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Dig the well before you’re thirsty

What “Cultivating our garden” is about (chapter intro):

You have no chance of fulfilling your dreams and life goals if you can’t even demonstrate self-sufficiency in the basics of life. ch13-bird and wormI’m talking about the simple stuff of life, or what should be simple for most people. Like can you demonstrate the ability to survive on your own from day to day, month to month, year to year? And by survive I mean on your own without having to run to mommy and daddy for money or help, or without relying on that other parent, big government, to help you make ends meet.

According to a 2014 Forbes article, just over half of all Americans now receive some type of government assistance. And many millions of those are receiving it from multiple government agencies. I realize that many folks do truly need that assistance. But you cannot convince me that millions of these recipients couldn’t manage their lives independent of government assistance if they had planned their lives more responsibly.

There is little reason that in a nation of freedom and unlimited opportunity, that so many people seemingly cannot function self-sufficiently. We have become a coddled people that rely on others to survive when it isn’t needed.

So I ask again, how are you going to achieve your dreams in life if you can’t even manage your own basic business? No one is going to achieve—nor live—your dreams for you. So why would you expect them to manage your day-to-day affairs? And consider this: No one ever achieved their dreams while living on welfare.

 

“Welcome evermore to gods and men is the self-helping man. For him all doors are flung wide: him all tongues greet, all honors crown, all eyes follow with desire. Our love goes out to him and embraces him, because he did not need it.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson