Will success push your family away?

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from Malika.

Neagle Code Question

Hi David!

I am the daughter of an immigrant, and my parent’s expectations have always been to make something of myself and to be successful, but I’m now at the top of the income level of anyone in my family and I’m finding myself in a precarious place. I’m stuck and I think it’s because I’m worried I won’t fit in with my family anymore.

How should I think about this so I can break through this income barrier?

Thanks!

Neagle Code Answer

Hi Mailika and thanks for your question!

The first thing you need to understand is that when you exceed the income level of anyone in your family, you won’t fit in anymore.

You won’t relate on the same level anymore either.

Things that are important to you won’t be important to them and vice versa.

And sometimes they will judge you for your success.

But if you don’t move forward, you’re living a life so they won’t feel uncomfortable.

Recognize that at some level your parents gave you a double binding message.

One was to be successful.

The other was don’t stray too far.

The fastest way to move through this income barrier is to realize that your relationships may change.

Accept that fact, and begin surrounding yourself with other people who WILL support you as you strive to hit your goals.

After all, you get ONE lifewho are you going to live it for?

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