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Why some people never succeed?

Updated on October 26, 2019

I would love to say that people of this kind will not succeed in life, whatever ‘this’ is. For example, people who lack intellect or are unethical and corrupt or who are lazy or just plain incompetent.

But the reality is that none of that is true. There are enough people of every type who are successful.

Life has too many variables and there is a lot to say about right time, right place, and luck.

Here is an example. Not to pick on celebrities or business tycoons, but look at where their kids go to college. Yale, Harvard, Stanford... Once you go to Harvard, you may end up working at Goldman or McKinsey, almost as a routine next step.

Now obviously we can say that they are working hard and are smart. But there are many hardworking kids who are equally competent, some of whom may never even see the entry gate of a college.

"Life is unfair, and random. However, that does not take away our responsibility to slog hard, hold high ethical standards, and be good at what we do."

Life is unfair, and random. However, that does not take away our responsibility to slog hard, hold high ethical standards, and be good at what we do. Yet, we have to do it knowing that in the end, there is a chance that none of that may amount to anything.

Maybe life is unfair or maybe people don’t know how to success and they fail because :

-They don’t have a “why” to live.

-They complain about their life, but don’t do anything to change it.

-They don’t have social connections.

-They are driven by greed, instead of driven by generosity.

-They blame others for their mistakes, rather than learning from them.

-They believe they can’t, instead of believing they can.

-They chase money, instead of chasing their passions.

-They compare themselves to others, instead of focusing on themselves.

-They talk about what they will do, but never take action.

- They won’t let go of their ego and kill it.

-They are academically smart, but are utter idiots in life.

-They are not willing to fail.

- They are not willing to leave the past behind, cut it off, and move on.

-They live in a state of stress, instead of taking moments to relax.

-They get ahead at the expense of others, instead of helping them along the way.

-They are friends with negative people.

-They choose instant gratification over long term happiness.

-They live in fear of failure, rather than following their dreams.

-They place judgment on others, instead of working on themselves.

-They act like someone else, instead of embracing their individuality.

"What I’ve noticed when it comes to people who fail in life: sometimes it’s their own fault, other times it’s not. Or it can even be both."

But life is not a silver lining. If we work long and hard enough, we will get lucky at some point. And in the worst case, even if we do not succeed, at least we will have the satisfaction of having done our absolute best. Is that any less than ‘success’?

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