We live in a constantly changing world. Therefore, we must always reassess how we can serve humanity to make the most of our lives. According to Evy Poumpouras, a former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, and Author of the Best-Selling Book Becoming Bulletproof, being in service of humanity does not necessarily mean that we need to volunteer or join a cause. It can also mean being conscious of how you can help those around you.
Instead of blaming others, be responsible for yourself, then you will have the power to change your situation. For example, if you blame the teacher for your grade, what that means is you need to change your teacher to get a higher grade. But if you focus on studying hard, you can do something different to get that better grade.
"You can’t get your problem fixed by waiting for a person to change. Be responsible for yourself.” - Evy Poumpouras
Evy learned in the U.S. Secret Service, not to blame anyone else. Everyone must take ownership and be responsible for their own. That’s why it has an excellent reputation and is an efficient agency.
"Instead of pointing a finger and blaming somebody else, focus on what you can do to change the situation.” - Evy Poumpouras
Work Hard and Wake Up Early
The more rejection you have in your life, the stronger you become. Evy doesn’t hear a “no”; she hears “not yet,” which means whatever you want doesn’t get crashed or disappear. You just have to figure out how to get a “yes”.
These questions will help deal with rejections: “Why did I get a ‘no’?” “What can I do to change the ‘no’?” “Who's telling me the ‘no’?” “Maybe I need to go to somebody else to get my yes.” You can also try asking yourself these questions to cope with rejections. Remember, nothing is easy. We all need to work hard to make our dreams happen.
The first thing we can do is wake up early. When you do, you will get ahead of everything and everyone. There are things we can do best in the morning - before we begin working, like exercising and eating with family. You have time to get ready, pick the outfit you want to wear, and eat, and then you are off to a good start. You are not rushing and can think clearly for the rest of the day.
Helping Others and Becoming Bulletproof
It feels different if we focus on how to improve the world, help other people around us, and take care of ourselves. Serving others doesn’t take too much of your time. You can take 20 minutes of the day to ensure people get ahead by doing something for them, like helping with a project.
"Be of service to other people. That will make you happier than anything out there.” - Evy Poumpouras
Remember, a bulletproof vest is made out of a fabric called Kevlar. They put a layer on top of a layer until it makes this a thick vest, which stops the bullet. Similarly in life, it's not that one thing you do that makes you successful. It's all the little things you do. You pile these things up one on top of the other and become bulletproof.