Most of us have heard of the resources curse. The notion is that countries blessed with natural resources don’t end up doing as well as those that start out with nothing. Think Venezuela with all its oil, versus Japan, possessing few natural advantages.
The concept can apply equally as well to people.
Those endowed with gifts sometimes cruise along, not as diligent as others, and often accomplishing less with their lives.
Having never worked for their blessings, these people may not know where these came from. Consequently, they don’t know how to protect them or reclaim the gifts when gone.
Possible types of bestowed advantages include sporting talent, family money, social connections, educational opportunities, good looks and intelligence.
Big achievers often come from behind, spurred on by an acute awareness of what’s lacking in their lives. They get enormous satisfaction from filling this deficit.
The “lucky ones”, meanwhile, sit back and wonder where on earth it all went.
It’s not how you start out that matters, it’s what you become.