Self made

“We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it.” — Earl Nightingale

Do you ever stop to think about what makes us special? What makes us…us?

Then, do you ever wonder what can possibly make some people great?

What is greatness? Or talent? Or success?

The answer is simple. The mind. How it works, how it finds answers and solutions.

Focus on everything that you don’t have, worry about the future…remember all that you have lost…

You get the idea.

The mind has its story. It’s what makes you different than anyone else who’s ever lived.

But you can change it.

Simple? Yes. Easy? No, not really.

We’re all self-made. From the money we make to the people whose lives we’ve influenced.

We build ourselves. With the help of others, or against them.

“If only…”

“I wish…”

“I could…”

“I should…”

Some people have problems, and they think that we should have problems. Or feel anything but sheer, utter bliss all the time.

Some people think of themselves as broken beyond repair.

Most people, including myself, never see the opportunity that hides behind the inconsolable fact of being alive. The terror of pain and suffering.

As long as we live, there’s hope.

Simple as that.

We can focus on all that’s wrong in the world and be miserable or we can try to improve evey day.

It’s no wonder that the ones this world almost destroys are the ones who save it.

What doesn’t kill you…either makes you stronger or makes you wish it did.

The choice is yours.

It always was.

Always will be.


6 comments on “Self made

  1. 4everguardedartist says:

    Love this!!! #kudos

  2. m.c.a. says:

    Beautiful words!

  3. kcg1974 says:

    Perfect lines with words hit home! Thank you so very much!

  4. realmromeo says:

    I’ve been doing a lot of this type of reading lately. You should check out Les Brown. Jim Rohn. I also wrote a piece using similar influences

  5. “We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it.” — Earl Nightingale

    As a person who has lived among the 1% and among the poverty-stricken extremes on this planet, I can tell you without reservation that it all comes down to dumb luck.

    Those who are of the wealthy class are most often born into it — sheer dumb luck is all it takes to be born into that class.

    Then there are those who start off poor and then make a fortune (and your chances of doing that are astoundingly small, comparable to winning the PowerBall lottery AND getting struck by lightning on the same day) are people (who through nothing else, but dumb luck) happened to be at the right place at the right time, and couldn’t have failed if they tried.

    Yet, people in the above two categories often suffer from the disease known as; “I’m a legend in my own mind.”

    (Yes folks, I’ve seen that personality trait up close and personal)

    And for those who were born poor and remain poor, it is the luck of the draw. Because if you had been born into one of the two categories above — without any doubt you would’ve been one of them.

    While Earl Nightingale’s words are truth, another aphorism springs to mind when considering those people who lack the dumb luck and common sense to be born into a wealthy family.

    “Sri Yukteswar showed no special consideration to those who happened to be powerful or accomplished; neither did he slight others for their poverty or illiteracy. He would listen respectfully to *words of truth* from a child, and openly ignore a conceited pundit.” — Paramahansa Yogananda

    Read more at:

    Thanks for getting me thinking this morning, Christian!

    Cheers, JBS

  6. Suaylia says:

    So true about how the mind is powerful. What you put in is what you get out.

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