“It is good to be king” is a line from History of the World, Part I a 1981 comedy film written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks. This catchphrase was used repeatedly to justify the king’s bad behavior and when he samples his luxurious lifestyle for the first time. As king or queen, they set the rules!
A king or queen is head of the monarchy. The dictionary says a monarchy is form of government in which supreme authority is vested in a single and usually hereditary figure, such as a king, and whose powers can vary from those of an absolute despot to those of a figurehead. How would you like to make the rules? Surprise, you have control of you! You control so much more than you realize!
Starting with your physical being, you control what goes into your body. You control the amount of activity in your life. Some may say that there are things or people that prevent you from controlling your activity, but it is up to you. I wrote an article some time ago called “The Problem with Health Care is You”, taking responsibility for your health. Controlling your weight, participating in an exercise program and seeing your doctor periodically is your responsibility.
Do you control your thinking? You need to fill your head with education, training and the necessary skills that help you accomplish the goals you find important. You determine those goals and can plan the success or chose to do nothing. Life is choices and your attitude, determination and tenacity will lead you to success or not. What is going on in your head? What are you doing to achieve your goals? If you don’t have the skills, get them!
Are you in the right environment for you to show your talent and skills? Are you succeeding? What do you need to be successful? What is your dream? Do you have the courage to identify your dream? What is your passion? It is the magic something that gets you up in the morning and happy to go to work! “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” is attributed to Confucius. Finding something you are passionate about is easier said than done. Make a plan and hold yourself accountable!
Education is one way to acquire skills to get what you want, but it is not the only way. If I wanted to become a Chef, I could go to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) or apprentice at various restaurants in the United States or Europe. Going to CIA would give me the training and skills to become an Executive Chef much faster. Being a Chef can be a very lucrative profession, there are lots of jobs and opportunities to have my own restaurant. Some may opt to apprentice because they do not have the funds to pay for formal training or need to support a family. Either choice is following your dream.
If your goals are more academic such as Physicist, Engineer or Doctor, you need a formal education. You will need to demonstrate academic skills that show you are ready to embark on one of these careers. In other words, you need good grades in subjects that show you have that ability to succeed. If you want to become a doctor, you should be good in physical and biological sciences. Do you want a doctor who only scored a C grade in school?
Find a career you are passionate about and you will be good at it. If you are good at it, you will earn a good living. What would you enjoy doing twenty hours a day, seven days a week? Is there something you do as a hobby, you could turn into a career? Spend the time researching your career, and then experience it. You can experience your choice by volunteering, interview people who perform your career or job shadow. Do you have the skills, interest and knowledge to be successful in your choice?
Taking control of your life and future is the message. You have more control than you realize, it is all about the choices you make. Many people think they prepared themselves and take a job they do not enjoy and worst yet they stay in that career. Instead of following their dream or passion, they weigh themselves down with debt and other obligations. They lose sight of what is important and settle with what is available. Remember you have control over your life. It is good to be king or queen!
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