“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain
Far too many people seem to think that the world owes them a living and that they should prosper from the efforts of others. Thinking like this allows you to absolve yourself of personal responsibility when things go wrong in your life because you can always put the blame at somebody else’s door. However the truth is that you actually reap what you sow and this reminds me of the Parable of the Sower from the Bible.
In this parable Jesus tells us of a sower who scattered his seeds erratically – on a path, on rocky ground, amongst thorns and on good earth. The seeds which fell on the path were eaten by birds; those which landed on rocky ground produced crops which withered away in the sunlight because the plants could not take root; the seeds which grew among thorns yielded no fruit because the thorns choked the plants but those which landed in fertile soil produced a bountiful crop.
The actions you take in life are similar to the seeds which were scattered. Some actions just won’t work out and will produce no results for you at all, others look like they will produce results but come to nothing because they were not thought through fully and, therefore, could not take root. For some actions maybe you relied too much on other people, or on the wrong people and they strangled the life out of them.
Yes it is disappointing and frustrating when things don’t work out and your actions fail to bear the fruit you wanted. You may be tempted to give in but this is exactly the wrong thing to do. The right thing to do is to keep sowing and to redouble your efforts because by keeping going you will eventually sow your seeds in good, fertile soil and your efforts will be rewarded in abundance.
The more you can focus and take the time to take the right actions to reach your goals then the more of your seeds will fall on the fertile soil. Don’t overly rely on others to help you achieve your goals and never, ever, fall into the trap of thinking the world owes you a living. It doesn’t owe you anything at all.