Through out the ages, society has coined terms to address people it deems “bad”, terms like selfish, greedy, envious among others.
And in most cases we end up spending our lives trying to avoid being called any of these terms that our lives never get to rise beyond mediocre.
Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest footballers has often been called selfish for not passing the ball to others when he has sight of goal. But it’s b’se of this “selfishness” that he scores more goals than his teammates, becomes top scorer and eventually wins the Ballon D’or.
If you choose to be unselfish then society will still coin a term for you. Let’s take an example of a woman, a woman who is “unselfish” towards men’s advances will be branded a b**ch by the same society that condemns being “selfish”. Which prompts a question, how can one be unselfish without being something bad?
Well, the answer to this question does exist but society will never say it out loud. The answer is ” mediocrity”.
Back to Ronaldo. If Ronaldo was to pass more to his teammates while in the box, his goal tally will eventually drop, he’ll become one of those many players who score between 10-20 goals a season. You know them, the mediocre players.
This poses another question, in your life as a doctor, teacher, businessman, nurse or any other job, do you want to be Cristiano Ronaldo or Olivier Giroud?.
If your answer is the former, then you should stop minding about how society will brand you b’se that’s what’s keeping you in that mediocre job, that mediocre life, that mediocre income.
In the series “Spartacus: War of the Damned”, Marcus Licinius Crassus (Played by Simon Merrells) was the richest man in Rome. At one point he was criticised by a Roman General who branded him “greedy” for his desire to conquer more places despite being the richest man in Rome.
It is Crassus’s response that sent the General into silence. He said:
“Greed is but a word jealous men inflict upon the ambitious.”
To you my reader, never desist from pursuing your ambitions, b’se most of your critics especially those in society are just jealous of you and your ambitions.