You Didn’t Get There on Your Own

 

If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, “Well it must be because I was just so smart.” There are a lot of smart people out there. “It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.” Let me tell you something, there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.

On this day of service, be grateful for your good fortune if you’ve had it. And pledge to use your position to help someone else. There are lots of smart people out there. There are lots of hardworking people out there. But they don’t all have the same advantages that you’ve had.

Encourage someone. Mentor someone. Fight for someone. Be brave. Be generous. Your community needs you to do that. The world needs you to.

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