Let’s do a little self-analyzing. When it comes to life accomplishments, in which category of people would you consider to be most suitable?
Person who doesn’t take NO for an answer
Person who believes that luck is a product of hard work
Person who lays all of his trust on luck and how it was meant to be
Person who thinks that other people always have it better than them
Did you find it difficult to put yourself in only one category? I certainly did. And that’s because trough my life experience, I’ve met with many challenges and obstacles (as we all do), and not always, I was presented with the opportunity to have it my way.
After our graduation, me and my friend found similar jobs in different companies. Then, he found a better job, and started working on more interesting and challenging projects. As we discussed our work day, unintentionally, he mentioned how dull and unsatisfying his previous job was. The whole conversation, stroke me as little bit offending to my current job and accomplishments. Unfortunately, I was not in a position to have an argument with him, just because he got a better job than I did. I knew for sure, that I did my best to get to where I was. And I guess that was enough for me.
Sometimes people are getting carried away with their success and social position, and they seldom keep their humility. They will remind you that they worked hard to be there and maybe even take your efforts for granted. However, I believe that not everyone gets an equal chance in life. Two people can take the exact same life decisions and wind up on two completely different roads in life. Having more career problems and less existential problems, can lover the sense of empathy with people.
One night when we were walking back home, exhausted from our 12 hour shift, a homeless guy, asked for a change. My friend said: “Why don’t you get a job?”. In that moment, I backed him up, because I knew how hard I earned my money. Later, I realized that no matter how hard you have it sometimes, there is no excuse for insensitive behavior. I was feeling even more remorse, after I read the article about the IT technician who helped a homeless guy to earn money making mobile applications, by giving him a lap-top, so he could learn programming.
What I have suspected, one of the most successful people on the planet confirmed. Raising from the bottom to the top, the famous rapper Jay-Z said it himself, that not everyone in life is presented with the same opportunity. No matters how big his success is, they are people who are more successful than him, just because they were at the right place in the right time.
I guess what I’m trying to say, that it is OK, to give yourself a break from time to time. After all, “Sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~Dalai Lama.