Occupy Fails – Are You A Victim or a Victor?

While I agree with the anger toward bankers or anyone else who has exploited others and then were bailed out while adding millions of dollars to their personal wealth, I find most of the rhetoric coming from the 'occupy movement' simply a lot of general complaining and no real solutions.  The truth is that there are and will always be inequities in every area of life.  We don't all have the same physical ability, looks, financial status or family money available to us.

We are, however, all given the same 24 hours in each and every day.  What are you doing with that time?  The difference between victors or victims is how we react to the circumstances around us and the barriers that each of us are faced with.

The fact of the matter is that most of us have almost limitless opportunities available to us.  I found this amazing video yesterday that reminded me of that fact.

Are you faced with physical or financial adversity or possibly a broken marriage or other relationship?  You can choose to allow it to destroy your spirit or you can use it as a stepping stone to push off of.

I have an acquaintance who lost his job 2 years ago.  It was a job that he really didn't enjoy anyway although the money was good.  I saw it as the perfect time to learn some new skills, build an internet business since he was collecting unemployment.  I tried to show him a couple things and offered to teach him anything he wanted to know.

For the next year he sat around the house, watched TV, played video games, went out with friends in the evening and pretended the unemployment checks would continue forever.  I tried to challenge him a couple of times but my words fell on deaf ears.  Then last year the unemployment stopped, the rent payments were late and faced with the eviction notice he suddenly began looking for any work available.

The opportunity and time available to learn a new skill was an incredible gift and he basically squandered it.  Now he's struggling to keep his financial head above water and plays the victim any time you talk to him.

What about you?  Are you a victim or a victor?

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