Maybe you are like me. You’ve learned a lot of life’s lessons the hard way. You’ve figured out ways and means to get the best out of life, and be happy with who you are.
Then out of the blue someone sidles up to you, and wants to know what you know.
He or she wants you to tell all your secrets.
Do you give away everything for nothing? Do you give him or her all the keys to your success?
There are many books out there that tell you how to become successful.
But it seems everybody prefers to hear first-hand revelations.
Most people, who have talent and success but no great wealth, do not feel that smart.
No. The old adage seems to have a chokehold on many successful people.
It is, “If you’re so smart how come you’re not rich?”
Honestly, I’ve thought that myself when I have encountered people who are experts in a particular niche, or have a measure of fame.
Especially college professors. Most of them are not rich. But they know a lot.
I suppose putting labels on others and on ourselves is not a good idea.
I may seem selfish to withhold advice to the young (or not so young) who have approached me asking for my guidance.
So far, I have revealed everything I have learned or done in order to be where I am at. Yet, I sometimes think I shouldn’t.
I believe we all have to figure it out in our own special way. That way, the failures only sweeten the success and lessons can be truly learned.
Otherwise, if people need a coach or counsellor, I should charge them by the hour, so I can get rich from my wisdom and experience.