It’s YOU. It’s always YOU.

“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 from 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 they shouldn’t have any problems. They think of themselves as broken beyond repair.

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

Some arrived at the conclusion that 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 every 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.

I avoided this simple truth for years. I used to think of myself as being what I was because of everyone else. I used to blame stuff. Bad luck, others, karma, fate, whatever. I used to wait and hope for someone to save me, and not even once thought about saving myself.

That’s how you drown in even the smallest of puddles.

“Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore.” Ray Bradbury

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