All throughout our lives, we are made to fear bullies and thugs, bigots and , the
shallow and the superficial ones. And, true enough, these people may indeed come to cause
us harm, should we allow ourselves to succumb to their influences or let them bully us.
However, these people are easy to spot. Usually, you will be able to identify a bigot, a bully
or an bastard within minutes of holding a conversation with them. Presuming you
are a grown, mature adult who has the capacity to refuse those people' s influences, you will
also be able to quickly put up your defences against whatever bullshit the offending person is
spouting. That' s easy. That' s straight forward.
Be very wary though, of those covertly poisonous people among us, perfectly hidden in plain
sight; posing as modern, thinkers or intellectuals, but far more dangerous to us
that the loud man shouting racist slurs in the bar. It is hard to identify these people. Hell, you
might even be one of them and not know it. These are people who hope to build success on
good attendance and nodding to other' s opinions. People who only voice neutral opinions out
loud for fear somebody. People who know that they future is in their hands and
have many a grand plan for success in store for them. Delusion of grandeur.
Beware these people. They will travel around the world only to take some pictures and tell
some stories, but will not learn anything. They will relentlessly apply to a same establishment
university, job offer) only to be repeatedly declined, and make no effort to better
themselves. They will say they are against capital punishment because it is not "progressive",
regardless of not doing any research in to the debate around capital punishments.
Flamed opinions, a mild personality and naive hopes. Do not trust these. Never trust a fool' s
Any of us can apply to Oxford and then think of what could have been had they not rejected
their application. But only some of us will do something about it. A truly successful man
utilises his talents to better the world to which he/ she adapts. A fools knows that his very
limited and unreasonable skillset will change the world.
The people we often look down upon, you will see, are those who will rise up far in life. The
deeply shallow, the relentlessly stubborn, the loud mouth talkers and the overly confident.
These people present to the world what they truly are and they will adapt to suit the world' s
needs. These people will succeed. They will occasionally be obstacles in life. Do not tackle
that obstacle with the same approach over and over again - tackle it, see what happens, learn
from that, adapt and try out a new approach. Nothing in the world will stand in your way if
you do this.
I' went on for long enough now. Ijust want you to take away from this some messages that
I assure you, though you probably already know them, they are vital to your success and it is
worth reiterating them.
Laziness is a disease to which you must not succumb. Work, work and work some more.
Do not trust fools. Do not buy into their false hopes.
What you love doing can provide for you financially, but you might have to adapt the way in
which you apply your passion to the world.
If you travel just so you can escape and see some pretty sights, you gain nothing. One can
travel more just by spending a week in a city 20 miles away and engrossing himself in the
lifestyle ofthe city, than by visiting 20 locations around the world in 20 days.
Mild personalities are poison. Inactivity, delusions and escape are all they spread.
Success = talent + confidence f the willingness to adapt
Add luck to the above equation if you want to achieve success quickly, but both equations
will take you exactly to the place where you want to be.
I firmly believe this wisdom can help you overcome any and all trials life can offer you. Be
kind, be good, but be firm too. Believe in and better yourself, and you will be unstoppable.
Thank you for reading.