I think sometimes, our current society has crippled us somewhat, in regards to achieving success. It's so easy to fall into a rut of complacency, and the fear of what people might think of our failures, of our being different than the rest of society, stops us from achieving our utmost potential because we won't try to step outside the bounds of what's "normal."
When I was in The Marine Corps in the 70's, there were men who hated being in the military, but they were afraid to get out into the civilian world because they didn't think they could make it on the outside, much like some who have been in prison so long they don't want to leave. Everything is provided for their basic needs so they settle for just existing, and never think about spreading their wings and soaring in a free life of their own making. The human spirit naturally longs for freedom, for happiness and for excitement, but over time the longing fades away into complacency and laziness.
The industrial revolution has been a blessing and a curse all in one package. We've gone from working outside in the fresh air, doing farm/ranch work from sunup to sundown, to coming home from working 9-5 and flopping down in a recliner with a microwave dinner and watching TV, then slogging off to bed and repeating the process the next day until we've put in 30 years of a job we hate and wonder what happened to all those years? It's no wonder so many people don't live very many years past retirement.
Here's our chance to break out of that rut, folks. Tear yourself away from the TV, and go for a quiet walk and contemplate what brings you joy, fun, and excitement in your life. What would you love to write about? What would you love to share with others? Chose your niche. Put pictures up on the walls of your home of places you'd like to travel to, so that you will be reminded of your plan to escape your rut. Visualize the freedom that your success will provide for you. Think of the time you will be able to spend with your loved ones, and the legacy you can leave for them. Be an example and show them the way. All we have to do, is reach out and take it!