I want it all. I want wealth, good health, a profitable business, and love. I want everything. I want it all. Does that make me greedy? Someone else’s perception may be “yes” because they don’t believe a person can have everything they want in life. Am I selfish? Absolutely. This is my world, my life, my goals, my dreams, my effort and my energy. Someone else’s perception is that I am selfish if I believe that this is my world. I’ve learned that people perceive based on their own personal experiences, not necessarily yours. Wanting everything may be equivalent to being greedy to one person, but to me it’s equivalent to being ambitious. Believing this world belongs to you or that it’s “all about you” may be considered selfish to one person, but it’s being aware of one’s own worth and responsibility to me.
This is my world. However, I share it with others. I’m aware that any actions I take, or don’t take, directly affect me, and then residually affect others. I am responsible for my world. This is my life. It was given to me to live. If I don’t live my life fully, another human being will not give me a second opportunity to live. There are no stunt doubles in real life. When I die, it is very unlikely that everyone else on Earth will die with me. Others will still remain to continue on without me. My life is my own responsibility.
These are my goals and my dreams. Although other people may have similar goals and share similar aspirations, whether my goals are aligned with theirs or not, if I do not achieve my goals or dreams, it will not prevent them from achieving theirs. I am responsible for how far I’m willing to go to succeed. This is my effort and energy. How I utilize my effort and energy determines what I do or don’t receive from it. If I fail, who will fail with me? If I fail, who will fail because of me? I can’t name one person whose success is directly affected by mine or lack thereof, not even my child. If I fail to work on my projects, that is my fault alone. Others can encourage me and support me, but they aren’t responsible for doing all of the work for me. If you don’t work, you don’t eat, right? Therefore, if I starve, I am responsible.
That is not to say that we don’t need each other. Every human being needs companionship, support and admiration. It’s innate. But we have to always be cautious not to put responsibilities on others that aren’t theirs. No one else is responsible for making your dreams and goals come to fruition. No one else can live your life for you. No one else can do the work for you and expel the energy required to make your world what you desire it to be. And yes, God, or whomever you refer to as your Higher Being, is in control of our paths and we must submit to His will. But God’s will is not for us to fail, or suffer, or go hungry, or be unhappy. We have to be responsible for our share. We have to improve upon what we’ve been given. If we don’t, we don’t have anyone to blame but ourselves.
Everything you truly need in life to be successful, to be happy, to be wealthy, and to be loved – you already possess. Even if someone else’s perception is that you have nothing. Prove them wrong.
Strive for everything. This is your world.