It is intriguing to me how many people look at success and make judgments, false judgments relating to luck. Comments like, “She’s so lucky,” or “How come that happened to him and not me?” Truth is, very few people are born into massive amounts of money, the perfect body, an extremely unique talent or an easy marriage. Most successful people work their butts off for the success they have. They have inspiring stories of persistence and overcoming rejection and adversity. People don’t see the ten or twenty years of hard work that the successful entrepreneur put in, they only see the result.
This leads me to my soapbox. In the United States today, we are breeding more and more people of entitlement. There are so many companies hiring, yet so many people unemployed. College graduates are coming out of college expecting to walk into corporate America at $80K plus full benefits. Everyday people are looking for the government to feed them, take care of their kids and provide all healthcare needs. I just heard someone cheering on the fact that age 26 is the new age for “children” to stay covered on parents benefit plans. Yikes! All this money has to come from somewhere and the people who have worked very hard, most of them being solely responsible for the wealth that they have created, get to pay for those who are too lazy to go interview for a job.
I am in the process of writing a book. It will be out in Q1 of 2014. In my book, we will take a deep look at responsibility versus entitlement. Are you a victim in your life? If you are not living the life you want, who’s fault is that? Yours. You can be anything you want to be and you get to work for it. If you have been complaining or feeling sorry for yourself for not being where you want to be, let go of feeling entitled. You have not put in the work. Each of us has the power to create the life we want. The life you want will not come easy. It is about making decisions, deciding your core values, creating the team of people to win with, setting your mind to the outcome and getting comfortable with change and discomfort. Picture yourself winning. Feel the win and surround yourself with the best support possible, to celebrate the journey.