“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”George Bernard Shaw
‘Nurture’ is where you are starting. We grow up in the values, culture, beliefs, quirks, bad habits and faults of our parents and community. Nurture swirls around us — good and bad — before we even know what hit us. (Even before we are born our genes give us traits from our parents and they parents and on.)
I’m not sure when ’Nurture’ ends and ‘Nature’ begins. Likely they run in parallel and we are just to young (usually) to be aware of it.
‘Nature’ is what you make out of what you’ve got. You might not have been born wealthy, but if you want to be good with money now, what are you doing to do about it? (Or if you were born wealthy, what are you going to do with it / despite not needing it? ) You might not have grown up eating healthy, but now you know (or you’re on the precipice of knowing) how valuable it is. Are you going to keep eating crap every day or are you going to do the work and give yourself better health? You might have grown up slow in a small town, which has its benefits and downsides. But if you are after something bigger, what are you going to do about it?
What are we going to do about it?
I’m using my own experiences here as examples. I certain didn’t grow up poor, but my parents weren’t wealthy. I lived off mostly pop tarts, Eggos, pasta, bread and fast food (which I honestly look fondly on ). I grew up in a small town on the edge of Georgia.
Okay. But that doesn’t give me excuses to be bad at finance or eat crap today.
We make ourselves every day by the actions we take and don’t take.
If we want to be better, it’s up to us to make it happen. Others can help, but we have to initiate.
If there’s something you don’t like about yourself, what you are doing or your life, that’s on you.
Nurture sets the stage. The rest is up to us.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #631