I readily admit, I don’t deserve all the blessings God has chosen to give me. I freely receive them, but I do not deserve them. Often times, people say, “Sure you do. You work hard. You deserve it.” But lots of people work hard; many harder than I. But still they never seem to get that break that changes their lives. I was blessed to have someone ask me to help them with their wardrobe. That changed my life, and helped bring the man you all see today to the forefront.
In my success, I have had a world of opportunities open up to me. Where I once paid for general admission, I get invited VIP. Where I once paid to play in local golf tournaments, I’m flown across the country to play in celebrity ones. Where I once sat in sports bars to watch games and races, I often sit in suites loaded with fancy foods, drinks, and the who’s who of society. And afterwards, I usually have at least 2-3 of the participating athletes’ numbers in my phone, and we text or chat after the event. I don’t say this to brag, I say this to put my next statement into context.
My first apartment in Charlotte was furnished by Goodwill. I ate Ramen Noodles on a nightly basis. And I slept on an air mattress that I had to re-inflate in the middle of every night because the air leaked out, and I was basically on the floor with the inflated part of the mattress surrounding me. I had cable only during basketball season because I couldn’t afford it year round. My reward to myself twice a month (on paydays) was a pizza. I remember those times. And you know what, they were great times. And though I don’t wish to be in that spot again, if I don’t do things right, I can easily be back.
The problem some have with success is they forget this… They get accustomed to a lifestyle and it becomes their identity. I understand it. I fight it daily myself. When you constantly receive praise and admiration, it’s easy to start to believe it. You begin to think you’re better than you are. That’s why you must have good, solid, honest people around you that aren’t afraid to put you in your place. I have them, and though they get on my last good nerve, I love them for it.
You must be careful that when you meet a level of success, to remember the world doesn’t revolve around you. The same way they are cheering for you today, they’ll be cheering against you tomorrow. Everyone is important! Every single person on this planet has something to offer the world. Just because it isn’t something you need doesn’t make it less relevant. It’s just as important to pay attention to the person that buses your table as the CEO that shared the meal with you. Often, your blessing is in the bus boy, not the CEO. Jesus said, “That which you do to the least of my brothers, you also do unto me.” Don’t get so full of yourself that there is no room for anyone else, or their opinions. Don’t look down on someone because they don’t speak as eloquently as you, drive a car as fancy as yours, eat in the same restaurants, or live in the fancy neighborhoods you do. Your net worth should not define your self-worth. Just because you have more, doesn’t make you worth more. The sooner you come to this realization, the happier you will be, and the more fulfilled your life will be. And who knows, maybe then you’ll find the success that you seek. Until next time….
God bless and dress well,
William Wilson, CEO
William Wilson Clothing