This attitude gets me in trouble sometimes. Perhaps I shouldn't be pushing people who want something but have been taught not to push themselves. Somewhere along the way, it seems, I forgot that it's none of my business if people choose to accept what they've got, to forget their dreams and to not seek to help those around them achieve what matters to them.
Absolutely loved this article. I am going to buy the book. You are absolutely right. I am a single mother who has been raising my son alone for the past 12 years when my ex-husband abruptly, without warning disappeared from our lives. I was penniless, soon homeless and had to start all over, my son was not quite 2. I had no one to help me and no one to turn to even for advice. I had no idea of what to do. The one thing I did know was that whatever happened would be up to me and to take the time to sit around whining about my circumstances was a luxury I couldn't afford. I stepped up and did what I had to do to get us out of that situation and never looked back. It was very hard and for many years I was just barely holding on. I went through many cheap apartments, to being evicted to living in pay by the week hotels a few times. I would be okay and then a small emergency would happen like my son having to go to the urgent care and that $50.00 would throw everything off and I would not be able to pay the rent, then the light bill, then the phone bill, etc. It was a domino effect. Once in awhile I would cry in my shower after my son was asleep, but that was it. I never complained and I always tried to stay positive. I would convince myself that it would be okay. I did not want negativity to make things worse. I don't know why I thought that this would work, but it did. After 12 years I am finally at a place where one small emergency doesn't put me over the edge. Positive thinking and working around negativity is something I have always instilled in my son. For some reason, I have never thought about this in terms of work. I am excited to read this book and see how these strategies can help in my office.