Absolutely - he later admitted that he was trying to motivate me. My uncle is an AMAZING guy - all American lacrosse player, Naval Academy graduate, two toars in 'Nam, took a one year motorcycle trip across Europe and Asia after that, got into real estate and then mortgage. He is one of the most successful people I know. He almost 70 now and still runs 5 miles every day.
Being "at cause" in the world means that you believe that your actions will generate your results in life. Being "at effect" means that you are holding a "victim mentality" and feel helpless to control and adapt to the events around you.