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The economy is only part of the problem

The climb to the top begins with the first step
The climb to the top begins with the first stepRJ Sharpe

Lots of people are worried about the election. This sense of national worry will increase as November draws closer. Instead of focusing on what they can do themselves to improve their lives, millions of Americans will sit glued to their televisions while waiting for someone else to do it for them.

Don't be one of them. When it comes to your career, it doesn't matter what anyone else tells you. You are responsible. Not only can you build it, you will build it. You can build it well or you can build it poorly. In fact, you can choose not to build it at all. Whatever you choose, you will own it. If you want to own something of value, focus on these four points:

Develop a "can do" attitude

Don't listen to anyone in a position of power who tells you that you that you cannot improve yourself without their help. This is complete and utter nonsense. These folks are not interested in you. They are interested in themselves and holding onto whatever power they have. They don't get to determine what you accomplish. You do! You may not achieve everything you want. It may take longer than you think. You will most assuredly be disappointed along the way, but if you don't try, you will have no chance. Nobody is going to make it happen for you but you can make it happen for yourself if you decide that's what you're going to do. It all starts there.

Guard your time jealously

One of the biggest ways we waste time is by seeking out others who reinforce what we want to believe. It's why some of us watch the news, for example. We don't want the truth. We want what we already believe to be validated. We want to be outraged by those who think differently.

Instead of wasting your time on such things, reclaim it and use it to move towards where you want to be. If you want to develop a new product to sell, spend that time researching similar products or marketing techniques. You get to choose how you spend your time. Spend it wisely and productively and it will pay dividends.

Believe in something bigger than yourself

I don't want to preach, but if you don't believe in something bigger than yourself then you're going to live a very frustrated and disappointing life. That's not to say that your life will be perfect simply because you do believe. It won't. It will merely be better. When you believe, it is easier to pick yourself up when you fall down. When you believe, it is more difficult to feel sorry for yourself. When you believe, you view life as a precious gift instead of a fluke of nature, and that may be enough to make all the difference.

Never, ever give up

No prize worth winning comes easily. It takes work. It takes getting back up after being knocked down. It's not a matter of getting up once or twice, either. You will continue to get knocked down throughout your career. Get up every time, and sooner or later you will be the last person standing. This is how people have achieved success since the beginning of time.

Conclusion

There's a reason that so many millionaires were minted during the Great Depression. It's because most people lost hope. Those who didn't had less competition and fewer obstacles standing in their way. The rules of success never change. There are no guarantees but if you want a better life and the career of your dreams, don't wait for someone else to hand it to you. Go get it yourself. You can, you should and (if you decide you want to badly enough), you will.

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