The below excerpt was written and posted by Seth Godin today on his blog. You can read his daily updates at this link. I highly encourage you to do this. I love the thought behind his comment today? Do we deserve what we have? What are we doing each day to maximize our potential for ourselves and our families? Maybe you are in a situation and you know you can do better...better job, better relationship, or better physical fitness. What is stopping you from starting today and moving on in the direction of your dreams to that better life? Scared? Join the club. Change is scary no matter what you are doing...starting a new fitness program or exiting a bad relationship. Guess what, the worse part is sitting there thinking about it and not making a decision. Once you act it is amazing how easy it is and you always look back and say, "Wow, I am glad I made that decision!"
As Seth says, what if you are in a situation where you are truly blessed but aren't really doing anything with it. You have a great job, great relationship, wonderful children, physically fit and healthy. What then? A life of fulfillment does not come with the accumulation of material things for your personal use. True happiness and fulfillment comes from being able to help others and make a difference in the world around you. The funny thing is the more you do this the more the material wealth comes your way. If you haven't tried doing this, start today. Make it your mission to give value to those around you in your life. Help others, practice random acts of kindness, and do what you can to make the world a better place around you. Your true value is measured by how many people's lives you touch and have impact on. The book "The Go-Giver" highlights this principle and says your value and worth rises in direction proportion with more people you influence and help. That is an amazing thought. Do you want to raise your value...start helping others and see where it leads you.
Do you deserve it?
By: Seth Godin
Do you deserve the luck you've been handed? The place you were born, the education you were given, the job you've got? Do you deserve your tribe, your customer base, your brand? Not at all. “Deserve” is such a loaded word. Most of us don’t deserve the great opportunities we have, or the lucky breaks that got us here. The question shouldn’t be, “do you deserve it.” I think it should be, “what are you going to do with it now that you've got it?"