You Are Not Special! (Despite what your mother told you.)

There are an estimated 7.5 billion people living here on earth today. That’s a lot! (Duh right?) My reason for pointing this out is because I’ve come across many people in life that have a sense that the world “owes them something.” Have you ever heard someone say the phrase “It’s not fair!” Of course you have, you’ve probably said it yourself, I know I’ve said it. What’s not fair? Life? No Shit! Life is unfair to EVERYONE. Let me repeat this so that it is embedded in your brain. LIFE IS UNFAIR TO EVERYONE! I don’t care if you’re the poorest person in the world or the richest human being on the planet, life has dealt you a shortcoming, sorrow, or some sort of loss.

When I was younger my mother told me the biggest lie that could ever hurt any kid. She told me that I was special. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I wasn’t special to her, because I know that I was. But she had no evidence why I would be special in this world. I mean, I was just a kid. There was nothing about Joseph at 6 years old that made him special, however I was unique and so are you. What separates successful people from those who don’t achieve success or the success that they want is MINDSET.  A good book to read about having a successful mindset is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey. Read it. Now back to my lying mother (I say that in jest). She told me that I was special, but what she should have told me was “Son you are a unique individual, but you’re going to have to work hard to become successful one day.” Or something like that.

If you have the MINDSET that you can achieve something it will help you immensely more than having a mindset that says you can’t do it. Before you can do something you have to believe that you can do it. Even if the truth is that at the present time you aren’t capable of doing it. If you believe that you can, eventually you will gain those capabilities.  Stop focusing on the past and focus on the things you are doing today to make your life change for the better. STOP THINKING THAT YOU ARE SPECIAL OR THAT THE WORLD OWES YOU SOMETHING AND JUST START WORKING TOWARDS YOUR GOALS. Success occurs when all of your preparations meet an opportunity. So stay ready, plan ahead, use your time wisely, and go after it!

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