I know a lot of smart people … or so they tell me.
Know what I hear?
I’m so smart, I know I could do better if I was just given the chance.
I’m so smart, I don’t know what I’m doing in this part-time minimum wage job.
I’m so smart, but I have a crappy degree which is why I can’t make more money.
I’m so smart, it’s just that other people don’t recognize it.
… blabeddy bla bla bla…!!!!
WHAT I REALLY HEAR: “I AM LAZY”
Frankly, these so-called ‘smart people’ who feel like they aren’t successful because of their circumstances (or whatever else they want to blame it on), are just plain LAZY.
No one gives anyone a chance these days for nothing, which is why if you want anything you have to work for it.
Make your own luck and take the opportunities right in front of your face.
Anything worth having, is worth working for because great opportunities aren’t handed out like candy to people who didn’t work for it.
People become successful because they are inspired by others, and they aim to achieve the same, or better results.
WORKING HARD WILL ALWAYS YIELD RESULTS
I’ve always said that I’d rather be stupid and hardworking than smart and lazy. I hold true to this belief, because just having brains doesn’t mean you’ll get what you want.
Take for instance the sales profession.
If you’re smart, and you know how to really sell to people, but you’re too lazy to cold call, follow up on leads, respond in time and really be hungry for commissions, then it’s really your fault and no one else’s that you don’t make bank.
If you don’t put in the time, you won’t get the money.
People who may buy from you, won’t care that you have an IQ of 180 and you could run mental circles around your other colleagues; what they care about is that you care about them as a customer.
Coasting on your intellect or whining to others about how smart you are if you’d just have the opportunity, is really freaking’ stupid because you’re throwing away the opportunity to use your smarts to their fullest potential and be better than your competition, just because you’re too damn lazy.
IT’S NOT EVERYONE ELSE OR THE TOOLS, IT’S YOU!
This will be the one time where I tell people that it’s not their crap degree or that no one taught them how things should have been done — IT IS YOU.
If you’re working a 20-hour a week job at minimum wage, but you think you deserve better, then go out and prove it.
At the very least, stop being so darn lazy and pick up 20 more hours (or more) to have a real living wage while you search for a better job.
MAKING MORE MONEY ISN’T NECESSARILY HARD
The funny thing about money is that there’s always an opportunity to make money, it’s simply a question of how hard you’re willing to work and what you are willing to sacrifice for more money.
Are you willing to work 80 hours a week by taking on overtime or another job to make more money? No?
Are you willing to stop spending money on eating out so you can save your money? No?
Are you willing to go to night school and study so you can be better educated for the working world? No?
Are you willing to take on the jobs that most people wouldn’t want to do? No?
*Shut the $*#$& up 🙂
It is a very rare case indeed that you cannot make any kind of money (perhaps you have a visa or a health issue and are restricted from working), so more often than not, it all boils down to the fact that people are more than likely just friggin’ lazy.
That’s why when self-proclaimed smart folks, talk about how smart they are and how the system is screwing them, I always probe lightly to see if it is within their control or not.
9 times out of 10, they’re just lazy and don’t want to put in the time, effort and the hard work that it takes to change their situation.
They’d rather just sit there, DO NOTHING, whine, garner sympathy coos, perhaps some dole money from mommy and daddy, and complain about how
smart stupid they are.
Put in the time and effort it takes to get what you want out of life, stop the whining and stop blaming other people in your life for your misfortune.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.”
Translation: You can wax poetic about how smart you are, and how you could join Mensa, but if you don’t take any action, it’s all talk.