Episode 122: How To Survive In Today’s World

Finding Subjects Podcast: Episode 122: How To Survive In Today’s World (libsyn.com)

Surviving in todays world isn’t easy. You have to apply yourself, work hard, and learn a skill, trade, career that will be able to help you provide for yourself and your loved ones, and simultaneously not count on anyone else to carry your weight.

Gordon: A beautiful Dog we spotted swimming in Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, USA

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  1. You make lots of good points, Tony, about individual responsibility–we indeed are masters of our own destinies. The sad truth, though, is that hard work is not always rewarded; not everyone has the same opportunities; and we still have a long way to go in our society before we put into practice the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that were spoken about in our Declaration of Independence. We do have the freedom to define “success” on our own terms and can reject the popular notion that “success” is defined by the size of our bank account or our salary or the number of “toys” we possess (or more accurately the number of toys that possess us). How much is enough? Is more always better? It is a matter of priorities, I believe, and I think that it has to begin with rejecting the notion we are not responsible for our personal situations, that somehow we are victims, that there is always someone else to blame for our bad choices. Yes, I really do believe that it is often a matter of choices. As you noted, Tony, the secret to having money is to live within your means or ideally below your means and to be thankful for what you do have. I can’t help but think of what Paul had to say, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with little, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Hard work matters, but attitude and perspective often matter just as much.

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