Hi. It’s been a while. Been busy. Been making impact in the lives of people around me for sure. I hope you’re making progress too in your life. This is an excerpt of a letter I wrote to someone recently. I believe you can learn something significant from there.
I am very pleased to be writing to you. I really appreciate your understanding and your patience that you have decided to hear me out on matters pertaining to your life. I hope the discussions we’ve had before now means something to you. Like I previously said, I talk to you because I consider you a friend. I believe it would be unjust to be pregnant with words for you and to hold back. I talk to you because you are intelligent and also because you have a great future ahead of you.
My concerns about the circumstances surrounding your life now is you. As I have mentioned before, timing is a very important fragment of life. Anyone who understands timing and gets it right always will almost never have a regrettable decision. You are at a crucial point in your life; a very important defining moment. Your decisions in the next 2 – 3 years would determine the next 4 decades of your life. The purpose of having these conversations with you is not to force you to change or to drive you in another direction, rather it is to make you better informed for decision making. I want to give you materials to think with, so that you can have more information to process before you make your decision. This is so that you would not look back and say you didn’t have enough information to process your decision before you made it.
I’m going to be sharing a lot of things in this piece of writing. I believe it’s something you need to read again and again and again for it to really soak in. The question we want to answer is, ‘what more can I do?’ I hope these words mean more than words to you.
Reality of today’s world
We need to lay a foundation in understanding, so we need to talk about this. You are a part of life on earth. You live in an age of systems and there is a system in this world. Society is built on understanding. To lack the understanding about the operations of the society is to be programmed for a life of poverty (that is, a life at the mercy of others). The true meaning of poverty is a life that contributes nothing to the wellbeing of another person (or people).
In today’s world, living has a structure. Many because of democracy have delegated critical part of their life to chance and emptiness because of the false hope they feed themselves about the world’s reality. For example, the government is not saddled with the responsibility of creating jobs for anybody. It is not one of the functions of the government but because people dictate what governance is in democracy, they create these lies for themselves. When people say government should create jobs, ask yourself, what will or should those people be doing? They should just have buildings and offices filled with people who will queue up for salaries at the end of the month? Good life as a member of the society is based on the exchange of value. But many people will rather claim rights, cry for entitlement, etc. People expect the government to play God and get burned by it (i.e. their expectation). But even in the flames, they would not admit responsibility.
You need to know all that so that you can know the understanding someone is talking from when they are talking with/to you. You are responsible for your own life. And your life is going to be an expression of what you know. I know my views are correct because if you believe them, they put you in a position of control. But many would have their life out of their control, so that they can have someone to blame for their failure in life. In life, nothing good (remarkable and sustainable) comes by chance. The default choice of life is never good; it naturally tends to failure. So if you are going to be successful, you’ll have to be proactive.
The world has nothing to offer you. That is a fact you need to come to terms with. Life’s big question is, what do you have to offer the world? This is the reality of the world. And it is more glaring in today’s world than ever. Don’t be carried away by the looks of New York city or the glamour of London or the trends from Dubai, if you don’t have something to offer the societies of those places, it can be as hell as the harshest places on the earth. If you run an NGO, it means you depend on money from other sources. That makes you a taker, not a giver. You don’t make money, neither do you create value. Instead, you create an establishment of dependence. And the hallmark of poverty is dependence.
For clear understanding, there are two kinds of people; assets and liabilities. Assets are people who add value to the world by creating something that improves the wellbeing of another person. Liabilities are people who live off the value that the assets have created. You know one critical problem with the world? Too many liabilities. Liabilities slave themselves (aka work) to live the quality of life they want and desire. Assets think of how they can improve life and go ahead to create something. People actually choose what they become. But they don’t choose by claim or words, the choice is made by the knowledge and information they have. Contrary to what many would say or think, everybody in the world can be an asset. In fact, everybody is supposed to be an asset.