We've all heard some elder say something along the lines of "If it's going to be worth it, it won't be easy." That has never been more true than today. At a time in history when there are more people in the world than ever before with more access to information, having an idea or a talent is not enough. You have to have the work ethic necessary to keep chipping away at a system that is meant to keep those in power in power and those out of it out.
Some people were born with a silver spoon. My guess is that, if you're reading this professional development blog, you're not one of those people. If nothing but an opportunity was given to you, don't squander it all by saying "I'm tired." You're going to be tired anyway. The question is, will you be tired from working for something you have equity in or will you be giving your time to a system that will discard you as soon as you show signs of wear and tear?
Do to capitalism what capitalism does to you: Use it for what you can and then retire it and replace for a system that better serves your needs.
Make investing in yourself a priority.
Why are you in bed? Why are you eating? Why are you relaxing at the end of the day watching TV? What have you done to earn these luxuries that so many of us take for granted? If you’re not where you want to be in life, work to get there. If your bank account isn’t stable, pick up an extra job to get it there. And I will be the first to admit that “picking up an extra job” is easier typed than done but try. Put in that extra effort. Put in one more application a night. Reach out to your network and say “I need some help.” Humble yourself now so you can provide for your family later. But don’t just sit there. Times get tough. Things seem like they’re not going to work out. Sometimes things don’t work out. That’s life. Try something else. And if that doesn’t work, try something else. Keep trying until something works. And, if you’re trying your hardest, fruitful or not, then you’ve earned your breaks so that you can be successful on the next try. But if you’re not working toward something, you get no sleep.