Chapter II. Taking Responsibility for Your Own Life

You have nobody but yourself to blame or credit for your successes or failures in life. You have the ability to overcome anything and everything in your life that's holding you back from your dreams. Period. Your ability is enough to overcome any obstacle.

Have you ever had a boss or coworker take credit for your work? Maybe they even got a promotion based on things you had done. How did it feel? Who wants to give other people the control over their lives so that they can claim credit for your successes?

Well, we can't blame anyone else for the things in our lives that we don't like, either. You can't have it both ways. You have 100 percent control over your thoughts, your mind, your emotions, and your determination to succeed. Your success—and your failure—are in your hands alone. Nobody else's.

But You Don't Know What I've Been Through!

You had to drop out of school and work to support your family, and couldn't get your diploma? That was then; this is now. What are you going to do with what you've got, where you're at? Work harder, take night school courses, or whatever else you need. Start there, and move ahead.

Oh, but you suffered poverty, and lived in fear of crime and drug dealers in the inner city? Hey, you're no refugee from some war-torn country! Nobody's hunting you down and killing you, like in Bosnia or Iraq, or Rwanda or Sudan. There's no "line," no "street" you can't cross and take on a new life. People drive, ...

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