become a victim of yourself. Forget about the thief waiting in the alley;
what about the thief in your mind?
It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What
happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that
You say, "The country is messed up." That's like cursing the
soil and the seed and the sunshine and the rain, which is all you've got.
Don't curse all you've got. When you get your own planet, you can
rearrange this whole deal. This one you've got to take like it comes.
Walk away from the 97% crowd. Don't use their excuses. Take charge of your
Take advice, but not orders. Only give yourself orders. Abraham Lincoln
once said, "Since I will be no one's slave, I will be no one's
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the
circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That
is something you have charge of. You don't have charge of the
constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new
skills, and take new classes.
Your paycheck is not your employer's responsibility, it's your
responsibility. Your employer has no control over your value, but you do.
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