We all have a choice. We can either succeed or fail.
People who place value on character are free to live their dreams... while people who place value on material gain quickly lose their freedom to despair, imprisonment, and or spiritual emptiness.
To assure the freedom and success of present and future generations, we need to instill in our children a code of ethics that's essential to a successful lifestyle.
So what needs to be understood to assure success?
- Successful people understand the value of education.
They use educational resources for self-improvement and realize education is a life long process. Continuing education opens a person to new ideas, people and lifestyles. Ignorance and bigotry closes doors.
- Successful people have good work ethics.
They are reliable, on time, and prepared. They understand the workplace is not about the individual, it's a collaborative effort toward a single goal of success. They know a job description evolves and may change according to need. "It's not my job" are the words of the unemployed.
- Successful people develop strong coping skills.
They are diplomatic when faced with conflict and avoid both trouble and troublemakers. They know success is measured by the company one keeps. A successful person may reach out to someone who is failing, but they also know when it's time to break destructive ties.
- Successful people build a network of peers.
They know a person may be wealthy, just comfortable, or poor, but in no way does it determine a person's character. Anyone living a decent and respectable life is a successful person's peer. Building a respectable, honest, and trustworthy network of peers helps elevate an individual's success.
- Successful people grow.
Success makes people confident, charitable, and agreeable which gains the attention of people with greater success and outstanding character who will gladly open doors for them.
So if none of this is appealing and it seems too hard, here's the keys to being unsuccessful:
- Unsuccessful people don't value education.
They don't use educational resources; they use excuses and pass the blame unto the system. They don't respect anyone's success, experience, and the power that comes with it.
- Unsuccessful people have poor work ethics.
They show up late if at all and believe it's their right to stick only to the job description they were hired for. They're drawn to easy money, which draws them into trouble.
- Unsuccessful people have poor coping skills.
They use insults, fists, and weapons when faced with conflict and use foul language to make a point. They surround themselves with people who are just like them because it makes them feel powerful.
- Unsuccessful people become stagnant.
They may be illegally or immorally wealthy, but more often they are just miserably bitter and poor. Failure makes a person angry, paranoid, judgmental, and just plain disrespectful towards authority figures which are big mistakes because...
...disrespectful people are not liked by people with authority over their jobs, credit, and freedom. The only door that will be opened to a disrespectful person will be a jail cell.
Until a person understands:
- Assets don't determine worth.
- Respect is earned and not given and...
- Success and freedom come with a lifestyle and are not rights... they will never really be free.