Even though Jesus is predicting his own suffering and death, his main focus is on his followers. He wants us to take up our own “daily crosses” to be able to go to heaven. He wants us to realize that even if we “gain the whole world”, we won’t be able to be with Him eternally unless we lose ourselves. We lose ourselves by understanding our position. Humility is the key to success. Jesus wants us to work on bettering ourselves now, so in heaven we can enjoy the glory of God.