July 11, 2017
Earned not Given
I say this all the time but I don’t think it always hits home….you cannot allow yourself to become a victim of your circumstances. I fell into this trap for quite some time before I started my journey. It’s so EASY to look around & think that you can’t do this and can’t have this and blah, blah, blah because of your circumstances. The hard part is putting in the work, the effort, climbing all the hurdles in front of you in order to get “x” or become “x”. That grit, that grind, THAT is where you earn your stripes – you earn your story.
That which is not earned, is never truly obtained. In order to earn what you want in this life, you have to be willing to grind for it. What you earn is a product of what you are willing to sacrifice, and what you are willing to sacrifice may not always yield immediate returns. It will become frustrating at times, especially when you see others around you obtaining things without putting in the work. But know that what is given lacks structure, whereas what is earned is built upon a foundation of what will ultimately be your brand.
Avoid demanding what you deserve, and start demanding what you have earned. All too often, people become accustomed to playing the victim in life. They will use what little strife they have faced along the way, and broadcast it to the world in order to be gifted with compensation for their struggle. But a true grinder will never broadcast their struggle, they will shy away from handouts, and they will go out and earn their seat at the table.
Your story will only be worth reading if you make it worth writing; and it will only be worth writing if it has more depth than a fancy title. Be more than a title, and earn your story, because life goes on and titles can change, but your story should be read regardless of any title. And when you get sick of writing, just remember, somebody out there with a story very similar to yours may be reading your story in order to write theirs. – CPT Ryan