At any given time I can be in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas and of course H-town. While I try to find enjoyment in every trip for the most part I am laying groundwork. Planting seeds. Networking. Closing deals. I do not waste any time. I don’t moan about all the work I have to do because I prayed to God to make my business successful. I don’t gripe about all the people I need to talk to because at one time in my life I asked God to open doors and put the right people in my path. I don’t hate going to work because as I recounted in Life Is Not Complicated You Are, after being unjustly fired, for 3 years I had to fight to be reinstated while doing everything in my power to support my family.
My point is, people forget. They forget what it was like to not have something they desired and how grateful they were when (after making all kinds of promises to God and anyone that would listen) they finally received the blessing. They forget that there was someone there (maybe one person, maybe a few), who sacrificed some time or effort to get them to the next level of their lives. Folks do not stop and think that nothing in this life is owed to anyone and neglect to appreciate that when we wake up God has granted us another day to do better, to be better. When some people get happy, they forget to stay humble.
There is nothing wrong with celebrating success. Some see it as bragging but those of us who understand that it does not come easily know acknowledging the good in our lives is perfectly acceptable. But we have to keep in mind all that good fortune comes with a lot of responsibility. As much as you may think so, it is not all about you. Last week, I received two important emails. Two of my mentees (who had been struggling with life decisions and personal issues and were tempted to give up until we discussed alternatives) wrote to let me know that because of my support and my advice and the faith I had in them, they overcame their challenges and are now on their way to realizing their goals. Meantime, during a conversation with someone I love dearly yesterday, I learned that the reason she is motivated and refuses to fail is because I refuse to let her waste her time (or mine LOL) on nonsense. I push her to be a successful comic and businessperson. And she in turn does the same for deserving people in her life. My VP’s each reached out to me, thanking me for opportunities I have given them to achieve their individual successes. Ironically, I am the one who is eternally grateful to be surrounded by and working with such tremendous talent.
Opportunity is yours for the taking. If you do not work hard for what you want do not blame others when you become a prisoner of your passivity. If you choose to pursue your dreams all I ask is, the next time you are down on your knees pleading for whatever it is you want and the Almighty eventually grants your wishes, remember that feeling. That’s what will keep you humble and grateful.