Being a Victim is Easy… It Doesn’t Require Any Work
(One of the 83 quick and practical life & work lessons from Sh*t Sandwich: Quick & Practical Success Lessons for Practically Anyone.)
You’re a Victim Because of Shit Sandwiches
Let’s level set for a moment: If you avoid shit sandwiches you will just grow up to be a victim.
Think for a moment – back to perhaps when you were five years old and your dreams had no boundaries. You dreamt of being a singer or race car driver or a famous athlete. There were no obstacles to achieving these dreams – it was going to happen because you wanted it.
Virtually every child born into a free country has those same dreams; those aspirations. No one dreams at five about growing up to become a professional victim… interestingly, that just seems to happen without them even trying.
Most adults today aren’t the creators of their own difficulties – just ask them; it’s not their fault. They are all just the victims of their environment; the circumstances are completely beyond their control; someone or something stopped them from achieving their dreams.
Don’t believe me? Ask any mother of six on welfare; or any out-of-work college graduate with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt; or any flavor-of-the-day-anarchist who believes that dismantling Capitalism will mean more for all of us. It’s not their fault. It’s the system; the business leaders; the rich; the man.
In theory, of course, it’s probably not their fault they’ve become such victims. Their situation is most often a result of nurture, not nature. They were likely raised without the proper motivations needed to understand that if you work hard enough, if you genuinely try, if you’re honest with everyone (especially yourself) everything will work out in the end.
And, while they currently have what some would say is a shitty life, no one ever made them eat a shit sandwich. That’s the problem.
Personal responsibility is a great big shit sandwich. Avoid it, and you’ll forever be a victim of circumstance. Eat it with a smile on your face, and you’re now in control of the rest of your life.
If you’re currently a victim (or inching closer to that designation), it’s not too late. It’s never too late. Resolve today, right now, that victims are weak and you are strong. That what sucks about your life is of your own doing, and that’s great news, because you can undo it.
Resolve to eat those shit sandwiches served to you by others with a great big smile, because you know that every single shit sandwich you eat takes you one step closer to your goals; your dreams.
Today is a brand new day and today is the day you step outside of your comfort zone and take the first step toward achieving everything you ever dreamed about when you were five.