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  • Writer's pictureKel Galavan

"What does the world owe us?"

This question is tempting—oh, so tasty. You can feel your body tingle in anticipation, taste the sweet, salty savouriness of it all.

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While the question 'What does the world owe us?' may be tempting, it can lead us down a perilous path. I'm not referring to the discomfort of overeating or loosening our summer shorts. I'm talking about something far more insidious-a path of scarcity and entitlement. This mindset only serves to divide us, trapping us in a cycle of dissatisfaction and unfulfilled expectations.

The world does not do well when we are apart and only see through the myopic eyes of the self; when we do this, we only know a fraction of the whole picture.

Instead, try this on for size: "What do I owe the world?"

It may sound simple but don't underestimate the power of simplicity.

This shift in perspective opens the floodgates to endless opportunities, not the metaphorical kind but the proper tangible kind. The beauty of this shift is that it switches the locus of control to us; it gives us the power to impact what happens next rather than waiting for the world to hand us what we think we deserve. When we sit by the side-lines begrudgingly waiting, all we can ever expect are scraps, which would be all we deserve.

Taking responsibility for our impact on the world is not just a duty, it's empowering. It reinforces the positive impact we have and amplifies it. It's about seizing the moment, no matter how small, to make a positive difference. Whether it's expressing gratitude for the little things, bringing extra value to our businesses, family or work place, using what we have or saving a few extra euros, every action counts.

When we all embrace the mindset of giving back, our collective contributions create a ripple effect of positive change. Each of our actions, no matter how small, has the power to make a difference. Connections are strengthened, and together, we become unstoppable forces for good.

When we do this, each day becomes a bit brighter and lighter, and we end up receiving so much more than we could ever give in return.

Ditch the entitlement of feeling 'owed' and embrace the joy of making a difference. When you make a difference, you not only see it but you feel it too, in your bones right down to your very core. That feeling of joy and fulfilment allows you to see things differently and money becomes easier and scarcity loses its grip.

Lead by example and show the world what it means to take ownership of our individual roles in shaping a brighter future.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

You only get one go on this big rotating rock; enjoying every moment possible and designing it to be better for you and those around you, is all you need to do to live a full, empowered, financially secure life.

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