“Somewhere, somebody is burning with jealousy. Complaining, seething, suffering. He doesn’t have what he wants in life, so it’s painful for him to look at others who do.
Don’t be that person. (Don’t fight with him either. Just walk away. Save your energy for the worthwhile battle.)
Somewhere, someone is stabbing with words and eviscerating with nouns. Her victim is standing right in front of her, hearing every word and taking them all inside. Cruelty has a human face and a human cost.
Don’t be that bully. Instead, stand up to her. This is a fight worth fighting. Toni Morrison once said: “If you can only be tall because somebody’s on their knees, then you have a serious problem.” Take on serious problems.
Somewhere, someone is working and failing, working and learning, working and trying again. He is the eternal student, no matter how accomplished he becomes. Learn from the student. His mindset and effort form the cornerstone of his success.
Be this person.
Determine who you want to be in this life, but also determine who you do not want to be. And then live your life accordingly. Good things will happen if good things are what you do.
“Success comes to those who do not waste time comparing what they are doing with what others are doing; it enters the house of the person who says, ‘I will do my best’ every day.” — Paulo Coelho, “Manuscript Found in Accra”