When I was a kid my friends and I saw this cool picture in a magazine.
It was of this woman who’d stacked up three golf balls on top of each other.
Now, the article was about something completely different, and the stacked up golf balls were only there to make it look interesting.
But for the next several days, that’s all my friends and I did.
Try and see how many golf balls we could stack up.
Most I ever got was three. My friend did four.
You need a very steady hand and as surface that won’t move.
I was also big into building card houses. Seeing how many stories we could get them.
Things like this are hard to build, and they collapse pretty easily.
Clearly, if you want to build something that will last, you need to make sure you’ve got a lot of things in place.
Solid ground. Sturdy construction equipment. A legitimate reason for doing it, since it’s going to take a while.
The most important thing, of course, is your life.
Yet most people spend zero time considering how to build it.
Imagine if you had a plot of land, and a pile of lumber. And you sat there waiting for somebody to come along and tell you what to do.
Or worse, you sat their waiting for somebody else to come and build your house for you!
Most people use this as their main strategy for building their lives, without even realizing it.
This used to work out fine, maybe fifty years or so ago. You just did what you were told, maybe figured out what you were good at, and showed up to work every day.
That was enough.
Not any more.
Now every single day can be seen as a balancing act. Unless you take your time to choose the building blocks wisely, who knows when it will come tumbling down.
Luckily, it’s not as difficult as it seems. But there is ONE crucial ingredient that most people don’t even want to talk about.
And THAT is self-responsibility. Sure, it’s not YOUR fault the world is messed up and everything is rigged.
But it is.
How YOU respond, though, is up to you. And ONLY you.
Since every single person has the same problem, namely, how to get their needs met in a world that is increasingly chaotic and rigged, few people are going to have spare time to lend you a hand.
So if you wait for somebody to come knocking on your door, take you by the hand and show you some secret step by step system that only a “few” people know about, you’ll be waiting a while.
But here’s the good news.
If you ARE willing to shoulder the responsibility for your life, you really can build it as big as you want.