Who doesn’t want success in life! Who doesn’t want to move up the ladder of success higher and higher? Yet the question remains who is prepared to work for that?
The fact is that life is tough. You have to work hard in school to get good grades. Then you work like a dog to land a good job. Then you work hard to keep that job and move up the ladder of success. And no matter what might your desires be, this is the way it is supposed to happen!
Unfortunately in the case of many people, their minds tend to resist their desire for success, even while they are simultaneously struggling to make life work.
Being a student of chartered accountancy myself I remember meeting a student doing the trendy ACCA. I asked him how much had he completed only to be shocked that four years into his studies, he was still to go beyond level 2 (three main levels in ACCA).
When asked by me that shouldn’t he be studying hard considering he has already wasted so much of his time, his reply was that he studies a week before the exams. He was visibly unable to amend himself.
Now I look at this from a student’s point of view. It hit me then: he was waiting around for life to happen to him. He wanted success, he desired success but he wasn’t prepared to work for success. His deep inner conscious was at keen living off his family’s welfare.
How many of us actually do this to ourselves? My guess is quite a few. You see, not only do we have a fear of failure but we also have a fear of success. Yup, you heard me: we fear success because we naturally hate change. And it is this fear of the unknown that is the undoing of many potentially successful people.
I agree that school might not be easy and your boss might be the spawn of Satan. But does that mean that you sit back and let life pass you by? The answer is, ‘no’.
When you become open to the idea that you are responsible for your life and that you have choices, you will find that you are no longer stuck just because life is tough.
Everybody goes through tough times. What separates the winners from the losers is how they respond to adversity. Running away is always an option but; and I might be dramatic here, it’s the winners who are remembered in history not the losers or escapists.