Monday, February 22, 2016

Discipline

We live in a culture of victimhood. It never ceases to amaze me the excuses people will give to justify their mediocrity, and poor choices. It never ceases to amaze me how willing individuals are to find a scapegoat rather than examine their own flaws.

In my most recent reading project, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, the principals laid out are so simple. Ridiculously simple. The things that separate the rich and poor in society aren't difficult concepts to grasp. The breakdown comes when individual discipline is required. Controlling oneself is a tall order, it is in our nature to indulge our desires and whims after all, but the few who can have risen above the basic human standard and opened themselves to suffering. It is in that pain, that self-denial, that they have thrived.

Being rich isn't a solution the government can offer. The reason you aren't rich isn't because the "system is rigged" or the rich are crooks. The reason is laziness, a lack of capacity for discipline. 

Stop blaming others for your shortcomings and take a good, long look in the mirror.