Good things do not necessarily happen to those who wait long enough. Did you ever tell yourself that someone, somewhere is going to recognize your talent? The effective truth is that, if your talents are underutilized, you'd better take action to promote them. It is up to you to improve your situation.
What doesn't work
Similarly, if after suffering some minor abuse or
discrimination, you become enraged, should you not rather let go of irritation and make way for
constructive action? Do you really believe that someone
is going to come to fix the problem, and put an end to unfairness?
truth is that everybody makes mistakes, and that it is seldom worth it to devote
your time to correcting other people's faults. Put the unpleasant
story out of your mind and move on. Apply your efforts to pursuing your
goals, not to telling people off.
The effective approach
The best approach is to face the facts, and make workable plans: Put yourself in the shoes of someone who
gets divorced in his mid-forties. For this man, it feels good to hang
around his old friends and be comforted for the difficulties that he is
encountering, but is this an effective behaviour?
Maybe they will
introduce him to someone nice who will put his life back on track.
Otherwise, he will just have to get used to loneliness, won't he? The
truth is that he needs to make a workable plan to rebuild his life.
Should he join a health club? Should he use on-line dating to meet a new
Another example: Imagine that you practise a beloved hobby that you
would like to turn into a source of income. Unfortunately, everybody is
telling you that you should not take risks at your age. You hear that
your best chance of success is to stay put in your job until retirement
Hesitation delays progress
The effective truth is that it takes a long time to
establish any sort of business. The sooner you start your
entrepreneurial career, the better off you will be in the long term.
Postponement does not reduce risk. A sensible approach would be to start
up your business on the side, devoting your evenings and weekends to
In every case, hesitation delays progress. Do not
allow wrong ideas to block your projects for years. Do not be contented
with bromides that waste your life. Throw away misrepresentations and
adopt an entrepreneurial attitude based on facts. Waiting for magical solutions only serves to keep you
down. Only rational action solves problems.
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