I’ve no clue how to become rich and famous, but I do know the kinds of things that will surely lead to failure. If you continually bite the hand that feeds you, are ungrateful, unthankful, unpleasant to be around, if you loaf around all the time, refuse to jump out of the way of a train when it is coming by, squander your inheritance, and dwell in self-pity, then no good will come of your life. It’s not rocket science.

Nor is it rocket science to make amends. You can be kind, you can be grateful, you can be thankful, you can learn to be pleasant to be around (or at least not annoying or in the way), you can show diligence and prudence, you can make the most of what you have, you can stop pitying yourself, and you can go back to the people you have somehow offended and apologize to them, expecting nothing in return. This may not lead to success, but at least it will not lead to abject failure.


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