There are some people that I know who are financially able to pay for nannies and private after-school care for their kids while others don’t have that luxury. That first group of people aren’t directly affected by possible cuts or elimination of publicly funded after-school programs…….well, that’s until their home is broken into or vandalized by some of these kids, or until their daughter is sneaking one into her window after school.
God forbid this to happen to anyone, but the sad truth is, most of those not directly affected by an issue will not have much concern of seeing that said issue is properly resolved until it creeps into their life.
People only care when the issue hits home, they don’t care enough to help find or advocate for funding to support these programs, but they are quick to support those seeking to fund correctional facilities to thrown these kids into. All of us as adults have the possibility of our lives being directly and/or indirectly affected when there are hundreds of thousands of children not able to attend an after-school program. These programs can help these kids stay in school in route to graduating and moving on to a successful career or secondary education.
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So what type of parent are you? Will you advocate to keep after-school program funding, or will you wait until your son or daughter is sneaking one of these kids in their window while you are still at work before you act.
Let it be known, we cannot fault these kids for getting into mischief if we aren’t willing to invest in programs that can divert those mischievous ways. It starts with us!
Not all young adults that end up on the wrong track or fall short in life, come from rough beginnings. Not all of them come from struggle. Some of the kids that end up in some of the worst circumstances actually come from privilege. Some of them grew up in a sheltered childhood, got everything easy, and never really had to struggle or work hard for anything. Some of them are accustomed to having everything at their fingertips and not having to go the extra mile for it.
That type of childhood develops an individual that lives with a sense of entitlement. He feels that everything should come easy, he doesn’t think he should really have to work hard to get what he wants out of life. He therefore doesn’t prepare for life’s challenges the way he really should.
Life doesn’t care! Life could care less about your upbringing! What are you bringing to the table now!? Unless you strap up your boots and tighten your belt life will BREAK YOU!
It’s up to you where you end up in life, so don’t let your past victories defeat you!
– Inpsired by Eric Thomas
Life is short, definitely too short to live it doing something that you don’t enjoy doing. You have to find your purpose, find your passion, find your gift and go at it with your all. It will NOT be easy. You will fall on your face numerous times, but that’s part of the journey! Embrace the struggles and embrace the difficulties! It is only through struggle that we can grow. Welcome all of the difficulties that you can, the more difficulties you face without quitting, the closer you will get to perfecting your craft.
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There will be lots of negativity along the way. There will be many people who don’t believe in you and will constantly try to discourage you. They love to see you struggle and pray for the day that you quit. If you quit, they will definitely win. You cannot allow the haters and dream killers to prevent you from chasing your dreams. They will make jokes about you, they will make sarcastic comments, they will dismiss your ideas before they even fully hear them. Don’t be the weak person that allows this to get under your skin and get you down. They will constantly say that you can’t do it. Utilize their disbelief in you as the fuel to prove that you CAN. The best revenge against dream killers and negative people is MASSIVE SUCCESS!
If you really want to be successful at what you love you WILL succeed. Yes, there will be disappointments and failures will happen along the way, but failures are a necessary ingredient on the road to success. You need to taste failure before you can savor the taste of success. Be a humble loser until you win, and then be a humble winner. Don’t allow it to go to your head when you achieve success because you won’t be the talk of town forever. You must KEEP working hard and grinding! You have to continuously hustle to become better than you currently are.
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Success is allergic to average. The average person quits after just a few failures. Don’t be average or you will never experience the greatness of success. Push and push and push. Be persistent! Don’t give up and prove yourself worthy of success, but before you consider yourself a success you must have positively affected the lives of others. If you want it bad enough you’ll make it happen, if you don’t, you’ll make an excuse!
What are you willing to risk in order to get your reward. Small risks result in small rewards. Keep on just sticking your toe in the water and you’ll never experience the abundance waiting on you in the deep end. If you REALLY want to experience the optimal rewards of success, the key is that you MUST be willing to do what’s necessary and dive in head first!
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Monday marks a new beginning. Don’t dread its arrival, yet step into it enthusiastically, ready to embrace the opportunities before you!
Thank God It’s Monday, Let’s Rise and Grind!
– Eric Thomas
The new year is upon us and people are scratching their heads trying to decide what to do for their New Year’s Resolution. Many of those same people were doing the exact same thing one year ago today, and what’s sadder is that the likelihood of them making the same resolution this year is extremely high. The whole concept of the New Year’s Resolution has become extremely synonymous with failure; so much so, that I refuse to make one. Instead, I make a continual and reinforced commitment that carries on from the initiation of my redirected life that started nearly four years ago.
With the new year comes new days, week and months, and…..that’s about it. You will be the same person tomorrow that you are today. You will live in the same house, drive the same car and work at the same job. If you are miserable today you will be miserable tomorrow. If you’re lazy today you will be lazy tomorrow, and if you are a quitter today you will be a quitter tomorrow! Don’t lie on the new year saying it’s going to bring you all these glorious things, but cause it is NOT bringing you crap…unless you change.
The new person comes from the new mindset. The new house, car, and career comes with the new mindset. The new personality and outlook on life and it’s possibilities come with the NEW MINDSET! Please stop doing the same thing and thinking the same way over and over and over again but expecting a different outcome! That is the definition of insanity. Make a commitment to yourself that you are going to begin the process of changing your mindset, and that is what will aid in the positive change in everything else.
So analyze your life and your thought process today, (December 31st 2015) so that once 2016 rolls around you will be in the right frame of mind to capitalize on every opportunity placed before you.
Dream big then take massive action towards your destination. Don’t wait too long, because Your Legacy Begins NOW!
Go live a life of purpose in 2016.