“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” – Tom Hiddleston
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Houston, we have a problem – a problem with how success is perceived.
I hear the adults complaining of the younger generation. That these teenagers of today feel like they have a sense of entitlement, and that when they reach the ‘age of maturity’ they expect to be making loads of money working at a job they love. But I ask the question, “Can we blame them?”
We are all a product of our environment and how we perceive it. The problem lies in how, as human beings, we look at how someone is successful. We usually only hear about or see the end product.
Music videos show young adults with expensive clothing, jewelry and cars. Unbeknownst to the viewer, all of those things are rented and not owned by the recording artist as they are portraying an image – and one they will eventually reach.
What we don’t see is the ‘come up.’ We don’t hear about or weren’t there five years ago while that artist was recording a mixtape in their parents’ basement. We don’t see the live performance shows where the artist was paid peanuts, only to have to wake up and drive him or herself to the next town to do the same thing over again. And we don’t view the music video for what it is: a stepping stone to something greater.
Instead of concentrating on the ‘end-game mentality,’ we would be better served to find out the ‘how and why.’ Everyone, everywhere, regardless of where they came from, had to take baby steps to success.
About the Author: Kenton Sefcik is a husband, father, Registered Acupuncturist and published author. www.harbourhealth.ca