“I don’t want to be a product of my environment, I want my environment to be a product of me.” – Jack Nicholson ( The Departed) If you haven’t seen The Departed it’s a 10/10. Highly recommended.
So often people blame their actions, attitude, and level of success on their environment. I say that is Bullshit. It’s an easy way out. It’s taking the L and sitting in it. It’s giving up any and all control you have. One of the biggest things I’ve come to realize is that we have way more control than we think. Once you realize this, the whole game changes.
I can not tell you how frustrating it is to me when I see someone let their environment decide how their life is going to pan out. We all get placed in different environments and are given different trials and hardships, that’s never going to change. We all also have the choice to either let it define us or take action to learn, grow, and overcome whatever is standing in our way. If you let your environment define you, you will always be stuck there. If you decide that making excuses isn’t your thing and rise above whatever you think is holding you back you have the ability to create your environment.
It’s not about what hand was dealt to you. It’s how you play with the cards you were dealt today that dictates who wins the game tomorrow.