You know I've met a lot of people in my life who kept trying to
convince me why they were/are so unlucky, jaded and just unsuccessful.
There are others who say this and then launch into a "money is the root
of all evil" talk. Of course some of us know, this is an evident
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some
coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves
through with many sorrows." -- King James Version, the Bible.
They say to me that they were destined to be unsuccessful forever
because they lacked a lot of luck. How strange to bury yourself six
feet under without death's arrival first. But that is precisely what
negative people do. They kill their joy and want to rob others of
theirs. Some people are vehemently against anyone who's done well and
enjoys monetary riches. They adamantly find fault with these people
saying they were "lucky", may "become a bad person later" or that these
people were born with a silver spoon to begin with anyway. But what
about the guys who have dropped their silver spoons along the way? It
is also a choice isn't it? To regain them or to sulk and join the rest
of the complainers.
There are also some guys who were unlucky pretty much their whole lives
but that doesn't deter their goal pursuing spirits and dreams. They
could have been lucky that one time you saw them succeed because they
have toiled so much they know how to manage the situation when the
right opportunities come. The negative people are already so busy
thinking of why life is cruel and why they just cannot understand
tragic accidents happen to them, they may not even realize when their
golden opportunities do come.
Ingvar Kamprad wasn't born the son of some tycoon. He wasn't perfect
either. In fact he had dsylexia, but he was not going to say, because
he had a problem therefore it handicapped his will and spirit. He was
born on a farm in Sweden and he started out selling matches to his
neighbours on a bicycle. Later he realized he could sell them at a low
price and still make a profit, he progressed to selling fish, christmas
decorations and even ball point pens. These items were not glamourous
items, he was not selling BMWS nor goldbars, nor did he create the
products. He had to start somewhere because he didn't have much to
Of course that was how IKEA was born.
In March 2009, Forbes estimated his fortune at 22 billion making him the 5th richest person in the world.
Someone once said that "money cannot buy happiness" but someone else
also said that "money if used well can also be made to transform lives,
that is why it is also called change." (I remember Jason Chau's blog)
You can have all the luck in the world, all the riches to begin with,
but if you're always going to be negative and think you don't want to
settle for shattered hopes, then you already know just how much you
will always have. What the others did not know was that they would have
THAT much success just by dreaming, having faith and believing.
And faith. Faith is something that you cannot fathom, cannot see
directly in situations when the reality can be piercing. But that is
why it is a force not to be reckoned with. My faith in God these days
is pretty simple. I just dismiss whatever distractions or bad thoughts
of losing, of failures, or fear that come my way. Fear is usually more
scary than failure. Once you fail, you know how it is. It is the scary
thought, the fear of actually losing when you have abundance that
intimidates. It's a psychological thing. Now if you extracted yourself
out of the situation and put other things, like making a friend smile
or working the garden for someone, even if those flowers weren't yours
and they bloomed, you know you're smiling anyways because someone else
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