I know, I know…there will be those who take issue with the title of this article. Mainly those self-help guru types who have failed to achieve anything in life themselves. With that being said, I’m gonna present what some may consider to be a dark side to the philosophy of success.
The truth of the matter is that not everyone is going to make it in their lines of endeavor. Period. This topic stems from a conversation I was having online with a few who considered themselves to be liberals. I was watching a video of a wealthy financier giving tips on becoming successful and as usual, the responses were were the usual hatred towards those that have worked hard to get where they are. They say things like, “they inherited their wealth, they stole it from the poor, they don’t know what it’s like to be poor,” etc. I then chimed in and stated that 85% of millionaires/billionaires are first generational a.k.a self-made. I then went on to state that in current society, people have been conditioned to believe that hard work is a sin…that anyone who’s successful at something either cheated their way to the top or had it handed to them. Essentially leading the masses of the populace to believe that hard work doesn’t lead to success, but that only dishonesty does.
Let me digress for a moment and say this — there really are a lot of dirty things that go on at the top. We know that a lot of societies today are nothing but cronyism and oligarchy. I understand that fully. However, that doesn’t describe the majority of entrepreneurs. Let us now continue.
A few of these people replied in their usual emotional ways by saying that they’ve worked hard and never got anywhere, therefore hard work doesn’t mean that you’ll be successful. And the truth is: hard work doesn’t guarantee success — no one ever said that it did. However, hard work gives one a realistic shot at being successful at whatever they’re looking to accomplish as opposed to sitting on your ass whining and hating those that have made it. In your final days, if you’ve worked hard and did your best but didn’t make it, you have something to feel good about because you at least gave it a real shot.
I guess, according to the whiners, if there’s no guarantee of success that comes attached with hard work, then working hard is a scam and a waste of time. Therefore, as a society, it seems that we’ve gotten to the point where the majority doesn’t wanna work for anything and tend to vilify those that have made it.
Conclusion: The hard work ethic is dying because, in order to gain votes, politicians have pushed the idea that success is a result of of chicanery and not work (in some cases, they’re right). Face it — not everyone is going to make it. But as I stated previously, by working hard, you at least give yourself a realistic chance. I’d be remiss in my duties if I didn’t make it known that hard work alone isn’t going to bring success. This is why there are hard working people who have been on jobs for 20-30 years and haven’t progressed. Only fixed goals backed with a burning desire and intelligent action can accomplish success. However, this is not about “how to be successful,” but instead to refute this absurd notion that everyone has to make it in order for society to be fair. As in every game in life, there are winners and there are losers. And, competition is extremely fierce. That’s why you have to make sure that you are on top of your game and doing your absolute best. That is a reality that you have to accept in order to operate in this world.