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One of the most difficult yet useful skills is the ability to balance your aspirations with reality. A pessimist and an idealist both miss the point.
The point is to have optimism about your future but look at the state of society, your environment, and your circumstances without rose-colored glasses.
Realizing the world will constantly test you removes the element of surprise. When you find yourself in a bad spot, it feels doubly worse because you didn’t see it coming.
When life tests you, you get the chance to prove you’re resilient. One of the deepest levels of satisfaction comes from knowing how strong you are.
It’s easy to blame the government, your employer, or someone other than yourself for your problems. But no one will come to save you.
You’ll have to lift yourself out of your circumstances. It won't be easy. But if you want to change your life, you really don’t have a choice.
Deep down we know we're responsible for our situations, but accepting that it's hard. Because it means we’re the ones that have to change and take responsibility.
Denial feels bad, but it hurts a little less than accepting the truth of your role in your own life.
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