"There are always those who thrive when masses are dying of sickness. There are always those who thrive economically when economic decline seems to be the order of your nation. There are always those who are clear-minded in environments of confusion. You do not need everyone or anyone else to align with your desire—only you need to align with your desire." ~Abraham [Excerpted from the workshop: San Francisco, CA on March 08, 2003]
This is such an important concept in this day and age! We have to stop looking around us and comparing ourselves to others or worse yet, judging our chances by the success or failure of those around us. You cannot make any determinations from outward appearances. Abraham here is really talking about your vibrations and those of others. The person who succeeds has the greatest vibration and will succeed no matter what people all around him (or her) do, no matter what the economic circumstances are.
The masters of New Thought/Metaphysics have preached this for the longest while. It's all about what's inside of yourself and where your vibrational plane is. The higher the plane, the more successful you'll be. The more you feel that the outside world governs what happens to you, the more you'll flounder around on the waves letting the elements control your life. That is NOT what you want. You want to control your own life. You do not want to be tossed about trying to reach here and there to find something to grab on to. You want to plot your own course on the sea of life!
Put your blinders on and steer yourself along your own path. Do not let anyone or anything get in your way. If you run into an obstacle, you probably attracted it so think of it as a personal creation and see how you can jump over it and make your road even smoother. The people who fail in life look at the obstacles as if someone else placed them in their path instead of recognizing that they, themselves, attracted them and therefore they serve some purpose. It's your task to figure out why you brought this obstacle into your way and then what the purpose of it is and how to use it to your advantage. Don't think of it as anything negative or bad. It's not. Remember that everything is about perception and if you perceive an obstacle as insurmountable, it will be. If you look at it as an opportunity, it will be!
Your success is NOT dependent upon anyone else. Never think that. It's all about you and how you use the Laws of the Universe!