Successful People Don’t Whine

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I’m always amazed when, in real life conversations or article comment trails about money related topics, someone inevitably says, “That [insert behavior that is not the norm] will never work for me. It simply cannot be done.” Either that or they quickly dismiss someone else’s success as the product of luck, incredible timing that can never be replicated, or some other gift sent down from the gods. Instead of examining what made a person successful, they choose to blind themselves to the options and opportunities that are available to them.

Choosing to be blind is easy. It’s very easy to sit back and disparage someone’s achievements, whether it’s ear


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3 Responses to Successful People Don’t Whine

  1. Alexandria says:

    Amen! The title says it all.

    Interestingly, I paid my own way through college and moved out entirely on my own when I was 18. You would not believe how many comments I have gotten as an adult, because I am successful, that how, “I had the advantage of a paid for college”. The reality is the complete opposite. I’ve always had to work very hard. (This is usually assumed specifically because I have never had any non-mortgage debt).

    Oh, and don’t get me started with my parents. My dad grew up in poverty, and I know I had it good in comparison. That my parents even went to high school(!) – my dad is first generation high school AND college – and they valued education and helped me to apply for colleges. People have said to me that my parents “have had it so much easier than them”. This just pisses me off to no end. Highly doubtful!! What an @$$ people make of themselves. When you ASSume… {I love that quote, in these instances}.

    This reminds me though, I went to a State college which was heavy in working/commuting/older students. I remember there was one guy in particular who lost his parents who was always very vocal that he had to do it all on his own. Whine whine whine. You have to feel for the guy as that was probably not the plan, and it became the plan when he lost his parents. I am certainly empathetic. But, I do remember him and this other guy in particular going on and on and on how they had to work and pay their bills. I don’t think they ever understood that most the rest of us were in the same boat. Hello??? Which is the thing, when you whine that much, you never listen and learn from anyone else.

  2. Alexandria says:

    P.S. I also had to say that kind of whining shuts doors. I remember trying to help whiners like that in the past and being yelled at for not understanding. So you know what you do? You never try to help those people again. You don’t think of them when an opportunity comes up. That is what I find the most fascinating about it. How much opportunity you completely close the door on simply based on your attitude.

  3. Gailete says:

    Just talking to hubby about this a bit today. While I don’t get out much I do have a lot of on line conversations via different forums and it always amazes me that so many that sell on on-line are whiners as well. If nothing of theirs sells on line then lets blame it on the economy, or it’s tax time, Or it is snowing, the sun is shining, the Olympics are on TV. It doesn’t matter what, it seems it is always easier to blame things outside of yourself that you can’t control for why you aren’t making a success at selling. While perhaps some of these things to have a remote reason for why sales may be down, they don’t decide to see what they CAN control to combat low sales. They never fix listings or photos that are bad, they don’t promote anywhere, etc. So who is to blame for their lack of success? Themselves or others. Usually it is themselves but no one wants to own the fact that their success is homemade and you only get out of life what you put into it.

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