The fourteenth item on the list of wealthy people’s habits is wealthy people believe good life habits produce good “luck” and bad life habits produce bad “luck.”
Wealthy people do not become successful because of luck and unsuccessful people are not unsuccessful because of bad luck. Your life is what you make it and the better your life habits the better your chance for success.
I know a lot of people that are struggling in life financially at 40 because they did not apply themselves in high school. Poor grades and study habits set the course of action for their life and they have been riding the wave of mediocrity ever since. They learned poor life habits early, never corrected their actions and continue those poor habits today. Some of them will use a variety of excuses like life has been hard or they just keep getting bad breaks or my boss will not give me a raise or I never was good at school or insert unending list of excuses here.
Secretly they wish that they had paid attention in school and had received some type of secondary education and oh how their life might be different now. It is not bad luck or bad breaks that put someone in a low paying job. It is the absence of successful life habits that aim someone in the direction of mediocrity. The friends I have that continue to struggle all focus lots of energy on the trivial while neglecting the crucial things in need of serious attention.
When you neglect to concern yourself with studying in high school, you receive low scores. Low scores produce a poor transcript. Lack of studying produces low college entrance test scores. Poor transcripts will limit college opportunities. Limited college choices limit the quality of secondary education. Limited secondary education limits career opportunities. Limited career opportunities limit upward mobility. Upward mobility limits financial gain. Limited financial gain limits everything you do in life. Some get it, some ignore it, but IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO CHANGE IT!!!! I find myself frustrated with folk that fail to realize the impact they can have on their own lives!
I say this again and will preach it until I have no breathe left…go today and enroll in 1 class, get outside and walk down the street and back, cut out cable TV and apply the $125 to paying down credit card debt. Do something, anything to redirect your current path in the direction of successful growth. Sometimes life requires tough love and god knows I am not perfect. I yell because the unsuccessful people I know are ridiculously stubborn in their laziness and stubbornly committed to neglecting themselves. They underestimate and underappreciate their abilities. They have allowed life to convince them they are not good enough. They cling stubbornly to the one thing that separates them from success: a mindset of accepting mediocrity.
I am no where close to where I want to be, but I am far from where I was 3 years ago. My wife and I made a decision then to change our direction. I read about and studied successful people to learn which habits to emulate. I focused my energy on creating a life where my income was only limited by my actions. I changed my entire set of habits. For anyone to use “luck” in referring to success truly shows they have a limited view of life. It reminds me of golfers that envy the scores high skill level players shoot. What they don’t see from are the 20 degree days on the driving range for 5 hours. They don’t see the years of dedication in the face of failure that one day led to success. The thing about those that see their neighbor’s green grass is they fail to see the hard work that produced the lush end product!
This post has been more critical in tone than most I write, but sometimes I/you/we need a kick in the butt. If you believe your life sucks because you have bad luck, then you have fallen for the biggest deception in life. Your life is the product of your doing, but the future is still unwritten. Look at life as writing a novel with you as the author picking your future.
If you are 45 years old and live to the average age of 77.8, you still have 32 + years on this planet. You can change the course of history with a 3-year plan. You have a lot of time left so why not make a change for the betterment of yourself?