Life Tip #101

Newsflash—it’s not the president’s fault.

If you ever need a “kick in the pants” version of motivation on self-sufficiency, check out Gary Vaynerchuck on social media. He is one of the many people whose videos and podcasts I listen to on my pre-dawn walks. He’s a social media marketing guru and just an overall inspiration for getting people off their butts and getting to work.

Gary Vee, as he likes to be called, often scolds followers who blame anything or anyone but themselves for their woes. One such group that really gets under Gary Vee’s skin are those who blame the President or Congress or the government in general as the reason why they aren’t succeeding in life. Gary Vee calls such people f***ing losers! I agree.

The talking heads of the media love to stir the pot by placing extreme amounts of attention on whatever the current President is or is not doing. Or they love to get us thinking that Republicans, or Democrats, are the cause of all our problems. The media loves to rattle everyone’s cage. Riled up viewers are great for ratings, after all.

And guess what? It works. Our weak-minded nature falls for what the pot-stirrers are dishing out. We get addicted to tuning in, and in the blink of an eye, we are convinced that our lives, our happiness, and our success are completely dependent on what the President or the government are up to.

We stay tuned to the news, and we just get angrier and angrier, so much so that we start attending rallies and protesting in the streets; throngs of people protesting in the streets instead of working on their dreams.

News flash: The President or Congress or a political party are not going to prevent you from pursuing and achieving your dreams. You are! You are preventing yourself from pursuing your dreams because you are more focused on media-hyped nonsense than you are with yourself.

For many people, it is easier to blame others—even if that person is the President of the United States—than to take responsibility for their own lives. So sad.

We need to ask ourselves, “Am I guilty of this in some form or fashion?” If so, our next question should be, “What am I going to do about it?”


“Hello, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”  ~ The 10 scariest words in the English language, according to Ronald Reagan

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