Indifference is the Enemy of Your Success

The other day I had some Chinese takeout. My fortune cookie had a very interesting message…

“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.”

That’s true, whether you’re talking about politics, social change or your career success. If you want to create something different, something better, you have to be willing to put in the time and effort necessary to make that change a reality. defines indifferent this way… “Without interest or concern; not caring; apathetic.” It’s simple. If you don’t care enough about your career success to put in the time and effort necessary to succeed, you never will.

Kind of reminds me of the John Mayer song, “Waiting on the World to Change.” Check it out…

“It’s hard to beat the system

When we’re standing at a distance.

So we keep waiting,

Waiting on the world to change.

That’s why we’re waiting,

Waiting on the world to change.

We keep on waiting,

Waiting on the world to change.”

If you want to create the life and career success you want and deserve, you can’t stand a distance.  You can’t wait for things to change.  You have to get up close and personal.  You have to do the things that will bring you the success you want.

I bet you read Samuel Beckett’s play “Waiting for Godot” when you were in high school. If you slept through class that day here’s a brief summary. The play has two main characters, Vladimir and Estragon. They spend the entire play waiting for the arrival of Godot. He/she/it never shows up. The big question that our English teacher posed was “Who or what is Godot?” For our purposes here, we don’t have to worry about that.

But here’s something we do need to think about. Waiting will not get you far. Whether you’re waiting on the world to change or waiting for Godot, if you don’t get up and do something, take some action, you’ll never move your life and career forward. All of which brings me back to the fortune cookie. Waiting is a form of indifference. Don’t be indifferent. Do something. Take action. Action is the key to success.

Your career mentor,


PS: I write this blog to help people create the life and career success they want and deserve.  Now I’m going one step further.  I’ve created a membership site in which I’ve pulled together my best thoughts on success.  And, as a reader of this blog, you can become a member for free.  Just go to to claim your free membership. You’ll be joining a vibrant and growing community of success minded professionals.  I hope to see you there.



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