Let’s be honest with ourselves… we live in a country with the most freedom, and the most opportunity to become whatever our hearts desire… and we still have a high poverty rate!
The people in poverty in this country outnumber the middle class and wealthy combined! There are high qualifying jobs in certain fields that are waiting to be filled… with not enough qualified people to fill them. Citizens from other countries flock to our home not just for freedom, but because we have the most institutions of higher learning… IN THE WORLD!
In our very own backyard, the United States has 4,495 colleges, universities, and junior colleges. According to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities… America has 30 of the highest-ranked 45 institutions!
WE ALSO HAVE THE WORLD’S HIGHEST INCARCERATION RATE!
So what does that tell you? As Americans, are we lazy? Are we incapable of learning? Are we spoiled… or are we overly distracted?
Remember High School? Remember how we would sit around and talk about all the great things we would accomplish as adults? The question is… “Did you achieve them?”
THE #1 REASON WHY WE UNDERACHIEVE IS BECAUSE… WE ARE QUITTERS!!!
It’s a harsh reality, but the vast majority of people in this country have learned to quit whenever times get tough.
Let’s be honest… no one graduates high school with dreams of underachieving. We all have big dreams of happiness and success. We decide what we want to do… and we go for it! And the first time a problem in life occurs, the first time we are faced with a major obstacle, the first time we get discouraged, or the first time things don’t go the way we planned… the majority of us quit!
The few who have succeeded and found happiness in life will tell you there are many obstacles to climb, problems to overcome, and a few changes in the plan along the way.
Do you know how many problems I faced and how many mistakes I overcame before I finished college?
Do you know how many rejections I faced before my books hit the bookstores nationwide?
Our lives… especially in this country, is about falling… and getting back up, and falling… and getting back up, and falling… and getting back up… until we’re able to stand on our own! It’s not about having a dream, falling… and years later using that fall as an excuse as to why your life didn’t work out the way you planned.
AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIVES… LIFE WILL TEST OUR EFFORTS.
BUT IF WE DECIDE NOT TO QUIT…
AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIVES… LIFE WILL REWARD OUR EFFORTS!