We need to think more like athletes in our culture. We need to understand we should be judged upon our merits, and that bad breaks are a part of the equation. Hard work doesn’t always mean success financially, but it gives one the attitude needed to be successful in other walks of life. Serena and Venus grew up in Compton, California learning the game from their drivenfather on a broken tennis court. They fought all challenges of their neighborhood, race within the sport, and poverty to the highest peak.
A society where people are judged upon their merits is better for everyone, not an entitlement society. A merits based society naturally creates an atmosphere of competition and work that makes everyone better in return. Never being satisfied (with the right perspective of course) in any aspect of life gives us the edge to look back at the end of our days and say “I think I did pretty much all that I wanted to do.” It would be a lot harder to look in the mirror and say “Maybe I didn’t work that hard, or try that hard or could have done better.” To look and say I tried to do everything in life I wanted to do, well that would be satisfying regardless of success.