When this list comes up in conversation, people always act very impressed. They’re quick to tell me what a cool idea they think this is. What they don’t realize, is that I actually believe I will accomplish each and every one of these goals. This might sound arrogant, but it’s true.
I’ve often asked myself why I think I can do anything I put my mind to. Why do I try all these crazy things, and why I’m not scared to just go for it? I don’t think it derives from a sense of self-importance, or a desire to establish my worth through my actions. Knowing that my personality type could easily become trapped by these idols, I pray for protection against these things everyday. I believe a positive sense of entitlement was imputed into my DNA by my parents.
I did not grow up in a rich family. I also did not grow up in a poor family. We were distinctly middle class. From as early on as I can remember though, if I wanted to try something, anything, my parents did everything they could to give me the opportunity.
There’s a lot of noise being made about twenty-somethings being entitled. Our parents wanted us to feel like we could do anything, so they brought us up to believe that. Unfortunately, what gets lost in the translation is that there is a distinct difference between, “I believe I can do anything” and “I believe I deserve everything.” This is the difference between where entitlement goes right and wrong.
As I seek to create my own opportunities today, I never hesitate to go for it thanks to my parents. They imputed into my DNA not only a sense that anything is possible, but that it always comes at a price. That price is hard work. As I grew up, they were willing to pay that price for me. Now that I’m grown, I am ready to pay that price myself.
Making it happen comes at a price, but if you pay that price, you really can do anything you set your mind to.