Armstrong Williams

However, silver spoons do not mean happiness and prosperity is assured. They must take the initiative to use those resources to become their own success. Too much time is wasted envying and vilifying such persons. They had no control over being born into such a life. To fritter away time resenting them is like hating a tiger because it was born with stripes.

The final inequality is the drive to succeed. The fact of the matter is that it is the only inequality everyone can change. The talented flop without motivation, geniuses fail without inspiration, and the scions flounder without ambition. The willingness to takes risks is paramount to success. Sometime you will fail, but failure is how we learn to triumph. The only sure way to lose is to do nothing.

By human nature we are generally lazy beings. We even work hard inventing things that make life easier—microwaves, cars, remote controls, etc. When the government or others offer free cash and goods for existing, it is hard to say no. Sure you may resent the giver or yourself, but you still take the freebies.

But you need to say no. Handouts take away drive and creativity. They act as shackles from success. You will never satiate your hate and jealousy by taking bribes.

What you can do is change your attitude. You do not have to be especially gifted, smart, or born into wealth; but you do need to be willing to fail, learn from your mistakes, and make sacrifices in order to achieve. You cannot make all A’s without studying, you cannot play Carnegie Hall without practice, you can not be Serena Williams at age 32 if you don't elevate your Tennis game,and you cannot hit a home run if you live in fear of striking out.

It all starts with 1 hour a day--one hour that you set aside to make a better you and push toward success. First, define your idea of success and what changes in yourself need to be made to get there, and then use that hour to work on the skills and knowledge necessary to get there. Even with a 9 to 5 job, or two jobs, or kids, you can find an hour. You may have to sacrifice sleep or socializing, but in the end you will gain a skill that finally gives you a path to the success you seek.

The world is not fair, but you cannot let that stop you. We are not all equal, but instead of decrying that inequality, we must embrace that it is what makes us special. We cannot change the talents, intellect, or circumstances of our births but we can work to overcome sloth. The only thing you have to lose is failure.

Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.
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