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Finding Fulfillment by Embracing our Starting Points

Life is a complex journey, and each of us embarks on it from different starting points. Our initial circumstances, shaped by factors beyond our control, play a significant role in determining where we begin. Considerations such as the family we are born into, the neighborhood we grow up in, and our economic situation are influential elements that shape our early experiences.

Despite the undeniable impact of these starting points on our lives, it is essential to recognize that they are not insurmountable barriers or predictors of our ultimate potential.

Often, we fall into the trap of believing that reaching the pinnacle of success is the sole path to fulfillment or worthiness. We find ourselves looking sideways, comparing our lives to others and fixating on material possessions and comforts as measures of success; however, this perspective is flawed, as it perpetually leaves us feeling unsatisfied since there will always be someone with more.

It is essential to break free from this limited view of success. History provides us with numerous examples that debunk the notion that starting points dictate our achievements. Some individuals with privileged backgrounds fail to capitalize on their advantages, while others with humble beginnings rise above their circumstances and positively impact their lives and those around them.

Abraham Lincoln serves as an inspiring illustration of someone who transcended his initial circumstances. Born into a destitute family in a small Kentucky cabin, Lincoln faced financial hardships and lacked access to formal education; however, driven by an insatiable thirst for knowledge and personal growth, he dedicated himself to self-education. With unwavering determination, Lincoln transformed himself into one of the most esteemed figures in American history. Despite personal losses, business failures, and political setbacks, Lincoln's resilience and leadership guided him through the trials of the Civil War, resulting in the preservation of the Union and the abolition of slavery.

True success in life lies in becoming the best version o oneself, free from comparisons to others. Joy and fulfillment cannot be found in constantly measuring ourselves against external standards. Instead, the only fair and meaningful comparison is with our past selves. We cannot alter our starting points or those of others, nor can we change the past; however, we have complete control over our future selves and the choices we make.

Everyday can be a new starting point, so start where you are now and determine one small thing you can do today to improve your life or the lives of those around you. But do it today! Tomorrow never comes.


At Believe, we are working to build a community of people who are willing to build good in the world. We would love to have you join us. The world may never be the same. 

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