Thursday, April 17, 2014

Make it!

If you “make it”, you achieve a goal, you are successful… especially with your career.
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1.      Frank Sinatra, in his song, “New York, New York”, sings: “…If I can make it there [New York], I’ll make it anywhere…” He was saying that it was not that easy to make it in New York, but that if he could be successful there, it would be easier in just about any other city.

2.      Countless aspiring movie actors move to Hollywood in the hopes of making it in the movie industry. Similarly, in the music industry, many people move to Nashville, Tennessee to give it a shot (try) and launch their careers

3.      To make it in business, not only will you need to have good ideas or provide great services, but you will also need to have a business mind and effective ways to promote or advertise yourself.

4.      Do you have any ambitious plans, projects or goals? What are you hoping to make it in?

5.      Do you think it’s easier to make it in a technical or in an artistic career? Is your chosen career very competitive? Are there many people who are competing for the same as you?

6.      What would it take for you to reach the “top of your profession” - to make it, and be in a position where you could say, “I have arrived!” Have you already made it?

7.      Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva didn’t make it the first time he ran for the Brazilian presidency, but he tried and tried again, until he eventually (finally) made it.


  1. Replies
    1. Haha! Are you quoting Bon Jovi?:

      "Whooah, we're half way there
      Livin on a prayer
      Take my hand and we'll make it - I swear
      Livin' on a prayer"

  2. Could I use "make it" and "you did it" in the same context?

    1. Hi Sergio,
      it depends.. try substituting "do it" in Frank Sinatra's song, "... If you can do it here, you'll do it anywhere..." That doesn't quite fit. It is OK gramatically... but "make it" carries with it the idea of being successful in a project, career, life, etc.

      On the other hand, if someone exclaims, "I did it!", that might work for isolated actions/ situations. You could excitedly call someone after a successful job interview and say both: "I did it!" or "I made it!".... but thereafter, if we are talking about the success in one's job or company, we would have to use, "made it."

      So the answer is both a "yes" and "no" for using "do it" and "make it" in the past tense... but if we are using the present tense form, you would almost always use "Make it" to talk about achieving something and being successful.