If you can’t describe what you want, don’t say you never had a chance.
The people who complain the loudest about never having an opportunity in life are usually the ones who have no idea what they really want. They end up as what Zig Ziglar calls “wandering generalities.” They aren’t happy where they are but can’t tell you where they want to be.
And nothing is their fault. They are victims of the economy, their upbringing, their lack of education, the country they live in, or the evil company they work for. The real world puts them at a disadvantage. I know a guy who just got out of prison after 10 years. He’s now suing the prison because they did not adjust the temperature to his liking while he was incarcerated – definitely unfair. I just got a lengthy email from a 50-yr old man who says he has “never had any success in life” because of how his parents control him.
And yes, any of us can find reasons for not attempting something spectacular – reasons for the mediocrity we have settled for.
Successful people, however, are not excuse-makers. They take responsibility for their actions and the results they get. Where others see obstacles, frustration, discouragement and despair, they see hope and opportunity. They approach every situation with the enthusiasm, confidence and boldness that only comes from having a clear plan of action and the anticipation of a positive outcome.
If you’ve never had a chance, an even break or the right opportunity – check with the guy in the mirror. He/she’s got the keys for the success you’re looking for.
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