There are rules, necessities and duties, and limits, possibilities and impossibilities. Until doom, one can accept them and make the best of them, much to ones pleasure and honor, or one can do the opposite and suffer the consequences. The choice between these two options is the very essence of freedom. Personally, I have no use for the second option: a self-inflicted misery that is without the slightest doubt a pitiable way of life.
Admittedly, a great many suffer whose suffering is all the more problematic as their wisdom is still largely in the making. I remember my own past as a young unhappy and angry man who composed dark poems. My negative attitude compounded my difficult situation, and I lacked the awareness of my ability to improve both. Today, I feel deeply connected with those who live in the limbo of gloom. Even if my words only reach one of them, they will not have been written in vain.
What can you do for a person who thinks they were born for failure? It is as impossible for success to come from the failure thought as for roses to come from thistle seeds. When one is greatly worried about failure or poverty, when you thinks much about it, you impress your sub-conscious with the very idea of failure, and develop unfavorable conditions. In other words, your thoughts, your mental attitude, is making impossible the very thing you are trying to accomplish.
Discouragement, however, comes most frequently from within, and causes more poverty and crime than almost any other one thing. It is an indirect producer of poverty, because it paralyzes ability and blights efficiency. A person is in no position to produce anything when his mind is full of doubt and fear. When suffering from discouragement one’s whole being is negative, demoralized. Courage, the leader of the mental faculties, is paralyzed, and the judgment is not sound. No man is level headed when he is discouraged or blue. He is in no condition to look squarely at an issue, because his reasoning powers are dulled and his enthusiasm is dampened. In other words, there is anarchy in the whole mental kingdom and, until the order is restored and courage again leads the way, the faculties will not respond with their best.
Happy, peaceful, contented, trustful, self respectful mental states keep the reason, conscience and judgment clear and proper investments will be made under them. Always see a dividend coming in from every dollar that goes from your pocket. The greatest of all dividends is Experience, for it is ever afterward a mental asset, that increases the value of every decision.