PROMPT: Why do you think some people are successful in life and others are not?
I think it depends on the amount of DRIVE and DISCIPLINE a person has to succeed. Some people can focus on a goal and try for it single-mindedly. They never give up. They take the hits and still keep going. These people want to be better than mediocre; better than their parents were maybe. They are the leaders and trend setters and rebels that press always forward, whether their goal is CEO of a conglomerate or the scientist who makes a break through with Cancer treatment.
Drive makes a difference.
But also discipline.
Something early on in their childhood set them on a course for success. Maybe it was stern parenting or a challenging school teacher. It could be enrollment into sports or music lessons. Something that required the child to focus and get through the hard stuff. Maybe it was curiosity or a real talent for being GOOD at a particular thing. Whatever it was, these special people realized that it was hard work that was always going to get them where they wanted to go so they developed a drive.
Not everyone has this quality though. Some people are fine with mediocre. They’re fine having just enough. It could be a financially poor situation that taught them to be grateful with “just enough” or a godly devotion to work on being spiritual rather than materialistic. Or it could be straight up laziness. Or entitlement; everything was given to them so they never had to work for what they wanted.
Yes, all people have dreams and goals but they may not have the will to reach for them. When one way fails they may not see any other way around or don’t have the energy to research other options. They may not even know WHAT opportunities are out there for them. It could genuinely be a lack of knowledge or resources.
I do believe that drive and discipline can be learned/taught however, for those willing to do the work. It won’t be easy at all. Changing a fundamental part of your being, even for the better, is HARD. But you have to ask yourself, is it worth it to finally know what your dreams taste like in your reality?