Born to Win; Conditioned to Fail

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

We all have the qualities necessary to succeed. Then why are there so many people struggling to get ahead in life? When we were young the sky was the limit. I remember when one of my sons was in kindergarten; they asked all the students what they wanted to do when they grew up. There were answers of being an astronaut, a nurse/doctor, football player, tennis star, president, exc. My son Vincent responded that he wanted to be a zookeeper. At first compared to the rest of the children I said “really?!” but then I thought about it- for a five year old, that would seem to be the most enjoyable career. Then we grow up and we hear all the sounds of limitations. Parents, teachers, people in authority, and other family members telling us or suggesting to be realistic, or “people from this neighborhood or family has never done that”, it’s too expensive, and it’s not worth the price. We become SNIOP (Susceptible to the Negative Influence of Other People.) They tell us that no one in our family went to college, or you hear that if you don’t go to college, you will never amount to anything. I’m not saying that this is all you've heard. There have been many times that I have heard encouraging words about going after it all (it just seems like there are far fewer of these people.) I've come to the conclusion that if people you are getting advice from have not accomplished great things, that sometimes it’s hard for them to suggest that you can accomplish the big things. If they've never been there, how can help you to arrive?

An example I can think of is how you train a flea. When you put a flea in a jar, what does it do? It jumps high, and it can jump out. The possibilities are endless. When you put a lid on the jar, and the flea hits its head on the lid, after a while, any self-respecting flea will stop jumping so high. It’s like the world; it puts limitations on what we can do. And even if we remove the lid off the jar, the flea will not jump out because it’s been conditioned to jump so high. That’s what I’m talking about; sometimes if we've taken in too much negative about where we can go in life, even if great opportunity comes our way, we either don’t recognize it or we just feel it’s something we couldn't do. Like that flea, at this point in time, we need some help. The flea needs a flea trainer. And so do we! The best suggestions I ever got were to associate with people that did more, that have more, give more, and that want more. Associate with the people that have done it, and let them guide you all the way out of the jar. We only live once, why not live to your fullest potential?!


Your friend,