Listen up, this is important. I want to share something with you that illustrates the most fundamental difference between winners and losers – and I want you to be a WINNER!
Last week a petition began circulating to support the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012. Here’s an excerpt:
Total outstanding student loan debt in America is expected to exceed $1 TRILLION this year. Millions of hardworking, taxpaying, educated Americans are being crushed under the weight of the educational debts, while the economy continues to sputter. Support a REAL economic stimulus and jobs plan. Support the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 (H.R. 4170).
Do you hear it? That high pitched, squealing noise emanating from the words of that paragraph?
It’s called whining, and it is the real crisis we’re faced with in America.
The REAL crisis in America
They’re right about one thing, there is a huge crisis in America, but it’s not student loan debt. The crisis we’re facing is not consumer debt, it’s not interest rates, and it has nothing to do with China.
The real crisis in America is helpless, victim thinking, and it’s poisoning your future (yours, not mine, I’ll be just fine).
Let’s look back at that excerpt and see what it says:
- Millions of Americans are being crushed with student-loan debt
- They are hardworking taxpayers
- They can’t be expected to pay back their loans because of the economy
So what can you do about it? Nothing! It says so right there. The economy is in shambles. There’s no work, no money, no escape (Sorry).
It goes on…
Since 1980, average tuition for a 4-year college education has increased an astounding 826%. Since 1999, average student loan debt has increased by a shameful 511%.
So really who could be blamed for taking on more debt than they could hope to repay? It’s the colleges fault. They’ve been raising rates every year since 1980. What are we supposed to do?
Did you hear it that time? That helpless tone? That victim voice? Annoying isn’t it!
Oh, the irony!
If you participate in this type of thinking, you will not succeed. You will be a perpetual loser. Period.
There will always be something between you and your goal. You will always be waiting on someone else to fix your mess. You will always have a reason you didn’t make it.
And you know what else? Winners can smell you a mile away – and they don’t want to be around you.
They won’t hire you.
Because victim thinking doesn’t solve problems, it succumbs to them. It doesn’t breath life into new creations, it sucks the life out of existing ones.
Ironic isn’t it. The thinking that causes you to sign a petition to bail you out of your own mess because you can’t get a job is the same thinking that smart employers run from.
— Deacon Bradley (@deaconbradley) March 20, 2012
The great divide
I can’t even begin to tell you how fired up I get about this. It’s absolutely maddening that people think like this!
Because when you let this victim-thinking into your life you’re putting on shackles. You’re walking into a prison cell and slamming the door behind you.
And let me be clear, it doesn’t affect my success in the least if you choose to imprison yourself in “stinkin thinkin” (as Zig Ziglar would say). But it is a huge disappointment to watch people lock themselves away.
People like to talk about the widening gap between the rich and the poor. Well, here it is:
Wherever you find yourself right now, how will you choose to react to it? Will you embrace the struggle? Search for new routes? Turn obstacles into stepping stones?
Or will you file a petition for someone else to fix your problems and watch life idly pass you by?
“The same wind blows on us all. It’s the set of the sail that determines your direction.”
– Jim Rohn
Do you agree? Let me know in the comments below, and share this with your network!