If you have the ability to work hard you have the capacity to become successful.
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That’s what most people get in this world that glorifies talent, those who seemingly do what others can’t do in an effortless fashion.
You get people who actually think they’re beneath others.
For starters, where you’re born is not indicative of who you are nor who you can be.
A guy born into a rich family will be afforded more opportunity at face value, but he’ll be robbed of the opportunity to develop grit and toughness unless he goes way out of his way to do it on his own (think Theodore Roosevelt).
The guy born into less will have a tougher time, there’s no way around it, but this is the hand he’s been dealt, and to cry about it wishing he was dealt someone else’s hand is only destructive to him. It turns him into a victim, the oppressed, the ‘have not’, when the truth is he has the single thing you need to live a flourishing life: the ability to work hard.
Hard work and persistence do much more than bring in eventual wealth – and even then, that’s never guaranteed, you have to be smart as well as persistent, open and aware of the opportunities around you, and you have to have timing – they give us the virtues and attributes that will serve us well in life, far better than a hand-out ever can.
All we want is to live a flourishing life, one filled with accomplishment, meaning, purpose, and happiness.
We don’t really want to be happy. Being happy is an emotion; it’s a state we can’t always control. Sometimes we need sadness and despair, they’re parts of life, necessary aspects to the highs and lows we all experience.
What we really want is to flourish, to win, to feel useful and to have a purpose behind what we’re doing and why we’re waking up.
To flourish, to be fulfilled, to win and accomplish, and to be of value, we need to be better. That is, we need to be tougher – toughness comes from persisting through hardships. We need to be smarter – intelligence comes from learning, often from failure.
The skills and attributes we need to be good (character) and great (persistence and intelligence) are developed within moments we want to escape from.
It’s the poverty we were born into. It’s the years of hard work we had to put in before we earned what we thought we deserved. It’s even the ass-kissing we had to do while we were at the bottom that enabled us to kick ass when we got to the top.
The common thread in each of these, in what we want in life and what we want from life is that if we have the ability to persist and work hard, we have the ability to win.
Everyone has that ability, be he rich or poor, and there are benefits to being rich, just like there are benefits to being poor. It’s just perspective, and it’s a perspective you have to have that ignores societies hierarchy and delves into something deeper, more spiritual, and more real than the status we can buy by having more expensive things and living in an expensive area.
About The Author
Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.