The Art of Screwing Yourself

I think most people have a good heart, want to contribute to society and have something to give.  They are good and decent souls.

Okay, now that we’ve cleared that hurdle allow me to say this:

I also think many people excel at screwing themselves.  It’s like occupational self-sabotage.

  • How else do you explain the people on television shows like “Cops” (or the people who watch them)?
  • How else do you explain unemployed people spending their entire day on Facebook, Twitter (or the internet in general) sending useless messages INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR A JOB.
  • How else do you explain someone like Pete Rose, who knew gambling on baseball (particularly his own team) was illegal, but did it anyway?
  • How else do you explain the tasteless jokes Gilbert Gottfried, former voice of the Aflac duck since 2000, told on Twitter about the Japanese disasters – which got him fired from Aflac (the Number 1 cancer insurer in Japan)?
  • How else do you explain people who get fired from job after job for the same reasons and never try to improve themselves?
  • How else do you explain people who have squandered every opportunity in life (except working hard) so they play the lottery?
  • How else do you explain people who overspend for luxuries on their credit cards, then complain when they can’t afford the necessities?
  • How else do you explain someone doing the same self-destructive actions repeatedly and blaming everyone else for their lack of success?

Not everyone can reinvent themselves.  Are you surprised at that?  Don’t be.

Some people are prone to self-sabotage.  Moammar Gadhafi could reinvent himself tomorrow and he would still be a war criminal (and probably would do the same evil things).  Would the world have accepted a reinvented Adolph Hitler or Josef Stalin?  Of course not.

If you have dug a whole so deep there is no way to see the surface, your best bet is to throw yourself on the mercy of humanity and hope for the best.  But most of all, STOP DOING WHAT DOESN’T WORK FOR YOU.

Charlie Sheen should have learned this several months ago.  But he didn’t.

Some people are just great at screwing themselves.  The best you can do is put some distance between yourself and them…before their downward spiral becomes a black hole that sucks you in.

Sometimes reinventing yourself might just be distancing yourself from self-destructive people who influence you in a negative way.

And the reinvention begins…

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