What it takes to be great
The critical reality is that we are not hostage to some naturally granted level of talent. We can make ourselves what we will. Strangely, that idea is not popular. People hate abandoning the notion that they would coast to fame and riches if they found their talent. But that view is tragically constraining, because when they hit life’s inevitable bumps in the road, they conclude that they just aren’t gifted and give up.
Maybe we can’t expect most people to achieve greatness. It’s just too demanding. But the striking, liberating news is that greatness isn’t reserved for a preordained few. It is available to you and to everyone.
Read the entire article from FORTUNE Mag –
and – Outliers: The Story of Success
and the opposing view…
- You need the government’s help.
- No one expects you to make it on your own.
- Because others are rich, you are poor.
- You are a victim
Advice for victims
- Affiliate with a proven victim group. While this is not essential to permanent victim status, it provides a good head start.
- Avoid taking ownership of your behavior. You may have said something stupid or done something wrong or neglected the important things in your life for years, but that doesn’t mean you should have to face the consequences.
- Stay immobilized. Nothing will get you out of victim status faster than doing something productive to improve you situation. To overcome this urge, start thinking about all the things you can’t do.
- Master VictimSpeak. The words you use shape your thinking. Avoid phrases that suggests confidence. Come up with a personal list of dis-empowering phrases.
- Assume the worst about the future. Affirm the future is likely to be just like the past and probably worse. Refuse to entertain the notion that others have been where you are and have overcome their adversity. This is nothing but mean-spirited self-reliance propaganda.
- Become a spokesperson for the cause. Reaffirm your victim status publicly as much as possible.
- Stay the course. The path to permanent victim-hood can be very rewarding and liberating. The small price you have to pay today can turn into small reward down the road. And with very little work on your part, you can become the type of victim that other victims admire.
In high school I read Emerson. Emerson’s essay on Self-reliance, read at that early age, influenced greatly how I saw the World. Read the essay for yourself – Self-reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson