“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”- Thomas Jefferson
The above words are so, so true and if only people realised. There is an old saying that if your mind can conceive something and your heart believes it then you can achieve whatever you want in life. This is true too, as long as you are willing to roll with the punches and grind it out when things get hard there is nothing you can’t do in life. The problems most people face stem from their basic attitude and outlook on life, last week I wrote an entry where I expressed my views on this matter:
“Everybody has the opportunity to make the right choice, whether they do or don’t is up to that person. Granted it is harder for some but it is never impossible. If I have over simplified the issue then in my eyes that is a good thing because when you break life down to its core elements it is actually very simple, it us ourselves that make life complicated. It is just as easy for somebody to get themselves to the library and better themselves than it is for them to shoot up and go down the path of oblivion. It is down to each individual to be a product of their environment or be all they can be, it is very rare that a person comes from complete destitution and a place of absolutely no hope, people always have options regardless of circumstances. If there is one thing the people of this country are addicted to then it is the victim mentality and the people who don’t like hearing this the most are the people who like to portray themselves as victims. If people want to argue against people being responsible for their actions then who do we blame? God? The Government? The weather? The alignment of the planets? Sure the Government creates social conditions that can be very hard to overcome, especially if you are born at the bottom of the pile like I was. But you don’t sit back and wallow in your misery or self destruct at the first available opportunity, you fight twice as hard as everybody else to get to where you want to be in life.”
I got so many people coming back at me with such negative comments over that article, they wanted to blame everything on circumstances or other people. It saddens me when I think of how many people have the wrong attitude on life and create their own obstacles and problems. I have experienced many instances in life where I have created my own luck, the latest one being this week when I got myself a job. Before I explain what happened though I want to share another quote:
“If we pay attention, we can find a greater life, no matter where we are, no matter who we are, no matter what our circumstances are. If you tune into the mysterious coincidences in your life, if you discover and then follow your intuitions, you will find that there’s a door of opportunity for a greater life for you. You can’t be a victim and do it, but if you go beyond that, if you find a way out of whatever circumstance you’re in, whatever block you think you might face, what happens is that it works. It always works. The only thing that holds any of us back is not believing that it works.” -James Redfield
Around three weeks ago I made a conscious decision to have a change of direction in life and find myself a full time writing job. This decision triggered a chain of events that have led to me getting what I wanted. Three weeks ago I wrote an article about Manchester on a Saturday. The next day, Sunday, I was in the pub watching football and I saw an old friend there. That evening she read my Manchester article and sent me a message to say she enjoyed reading it. I messaged back saying thank you and we exchanged messages until she asked what I was doing with my life.
I explained that I was looking for a writing job and she said that the place she works is always looking for new writers and that she would check if anything was available for me. The next day she messaged me saying that I could go in for a week’s experience if I wanted to. So last Tuesday I went to the office in Manchester and when I got there I was told I could have a weeks work experience at the company but there wasn’t any job positions going. They said if I proved myself to be a good writer and they felt like it would be a shame to let me go then they would see what they could do, they wanted me to put them in a position where they couldn’t just let me leave. So I did just that and on Friday I was offered a newly created job role of being the editor of a website called www.huddled.co.uk which I gladly accepted.
Now I don’t write this in a self indulgent way (okay maybe a little, it’s been a tough two years and feels great to have a job again!) I write this because it shows that with the right aims and the right mental attitude there is nothing you can’t do, you never know what helping hand life will throw your way. As the above picture shows it is all about helping yourself before you expect others to help you. I started this blog purely to write down my own thoughts and share them but it turns out I’m a better writer than I thought I was and people like to read my words and off the back of that my life has changed direction.
I will now be writing for two websites, I will find the time to write down my personal thoughts on the political/social/economic spectrum on this blog and the other website will be, dare I say it now I’m a paid writer, professional views. I’ve been very fortunate to land such a good job because the website I will be editing is for business professionals in Manchester and I’ve been given pretty much a free reign in what direction the website can go as long as it’s not offensive. It is a good opportunity to make the business men of Manchester see that they have a responsibility and duty to the city and the people who survive through employment. I will be in no way biting my tongue, there is huge inequality out there which must be addressed and if there is anyone who can solve these problems it is the men and woman who operate businesses. All in all it is a positive development and I am happier than I have been in quite a long time. Keep your eyes peeled for quality content coming out of www.huddled.co.uk
This article is authored by Lee Cooper
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