Copyright 2005 Tinu AbayomiPaul
Sometimes many of us feel like we've made deposits into society, yet we are unable to make withdrawals. Whenever I have felt that way in past, I read essays like Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay Compensation, which I made into a free downloadable copy and distributed last week in special success issue of my ezine.
The other day a good friend of mine told me that I deserve to be more successful because I help so many other people, and so often without seeing a direct reciprocation. Just this morning, it was implied in another conversation that internet community "owes" me something, in return for all free site promotion and marketing information I give away.
But truth is, I don't wonder about what world owes me any longer. That's because I know better, through a long road of mental, physical, emotional and financial struggle, I've come to understand that world really doesn't owe me anything.
I've already been paid, and so have you.
We get our gifts at birth. We're here. We're alive. We're given a set of circumstances, some to overcome, some to elevate us. And yes, sometimes it seems that way world works is unfair. But from a long-range view, is that truly reality?
What's really difference between you and next guy? Is next person smarter than you, faster to pick things up? Maybe, maybe not. But even in that capacity, main differences between someone who is successful and someone who is just barely keeping their head above water has nothing to do with that.
It h as to do with determination, and taking advantage of opportunities presented to you, more than anything else. The paths to belief in yourself that yield that determination are many, but end of that path is same: success.
Know-how, you can buy or develop through trial and error. If your situation forces you to take long road, there are endless venues for study on and offline.