In today’s pharmaceutical-induced, self-help therapeutic age we live in, people have come to believe that they’re owed a good life merely for being alive.
They think they deserve to be happy, deserve to be paid well, deserve to live a comfortably awesome life. And they think they are owed these things with little to no effort on their part. And when reality sets in and they realize the world doesn’t work like that–that they might actually have to work for it, that they might have to sacrifice some things– they’ll usually waiver and just calmly accept their mediocre existence.
They’ll sit on the couch after a long day at a job they despise, trolling Facebook and watching television. They go shopping on the weekends and own a car that’s worth their annual salary. And for the life of them, they can’t figure out why life sucks. Why they can’t get ahead.
And they spend their days complaining and blaming others, constantly floundering in a cesspool of negativity.
They blame the rich. They blame the banks. They blame the system. They blame the economy.
They don’t blame themselves.
Life’s hard, man—for all species.
Life is a constant struggle. It takes sweat, blood, and an initiative to change your lot in life. It takes guts. It takes effort. It takes risks. It takes a willingness to pursue and explore the unknown.
Instead of begging the State to up the minimum-wage laws, why not enhance your skill level, learn more, put in the work that’ll boost your value. Rather than clamoring for the State to handcuff my freedom so you can feel safer and secure, why not take responsibility for your own well-being along with your family’s. Rather than live dreadfully in a bad relationship, decide right now that you’ll no longer live like this. Get out. Make the decision right now. If you hate the fact that you’re overweight, get off the damn computer, throw out the TV and get moving. Get under a squat bar and lift. Be accountable for what you put in your mouth. Learn everything you can from people that have lost the weight. Follow their plan exactly.
Radical change requires extreme measures, which comes with discomfort and pain. You can do it. It has been done.
Take Charles Bukowski for instance. Before he made it as a writer, he lived in tiny, roach-infested rooms in the bad part of town. He worked shitty labor jobs (that he only held for a day or two) while living off of one candy bar a day. Bukowski would get off work, exhausted, grab some beer and go to his shitty room that consisted only of a cot, a desk, a chair and a typewriter. He’d pop open a warm beer and write. He used his time away from his hellish jobs to pursue his only passion, writing. And he would write short stories every day for years. Most of his writing was rejected but he still wrote. Then he finally got one published. And it began. He’s now a literary icon with thousands of poems and short stories published along with 6 novels.
Before BB King became the face of the Blues, he was a sharecropper on a cotton plantation in the hardcore segregated south. His parents split and his mother died very young. He was on his own, struggling every day to sustain life. At 12 years old, King bought his first guitar for $15. He plucked at it every night after working all day under the brutal Mississippi sun. He fused his love for singing in the church with a sound of the guitar and hitchhiked to Memphis with $3 in his pocket. It took decades of bloody fingertips, failures, and misery, but in the end, it paid off. King went on to be one of the most influential musicians of all time.
To BE SOMETHING, you have to take the time you have away from your job/responsibilities and work towards the life you want. Live with purpose. Set goals, and go get em’. If you don’t have time, try overhauling your priorities. Get up earlier, buy less stuff and find a mentor.
Discover what stirs your soul and pursue it with vigor and devotion.
You and I don’t deserve any damn thing in this life except the outcomes from the sweat we put into it. Sure, sometimes we get robbed. Sometimes our hard work will be in vain. Sometimes the cards dealt will be rigged. But in the long run, our endurance will prevail.
Nothing worth a damn has ever been received for free. It’s the effort put into achieving whatever it is you set your mind to that puts true value in it.
If you’ve been unhappy for the last few years with no effort to change it, it’s because you enjoy the misery. If you complain about being broke while spending the time away from your job watching Netflix and shopping, you deserve to be broke.
Trust me, I know people get dealt a shitty hand in this world. I do. The world is a cold, cold place. But you’re not the only one. Three billion people in this world live on less than $2.50 a day. Life sucks for most people on this planet. It’s dreadful. But if you have the ability to read these words via your phone or the internet, you have more than most.
It’s a beautiful time to be alive. The economy is revolutionizing right before our very eyes. It’s going away from old ways of industrialization and pushing towards one of connection and freelancing. In 2020, 50% of the US workforce will be freelancers. This means today, more than ever before, we can rely on our own skills, art, and passions to make a living doing what we love. We have more opportunity to live on our own terms right now than any other time in history.
Dig down deep and find that place of bliss and use it to fertilize your ambition to overcome your circumstances. It’s tough, but it has been done before. Do it. Do it. Do it.
What is stopping you?
Are you avoiding the vital pain needed for renewal?
Pain is a lot like fear. If you focus too much on it, it’ll devour you. If you try to avoid it, it’ll shackle you to a life of the mundane. The avoidance of pain, like fear, is the ultimate deathtrap. It’s the mad ones who work through it, through the pain, through the fear, through the insecurity, who thrive and make a notable impact in this world.
Remember, you don’t deserve anything. Absolutely nothing. Nobody does.
Go get it anyways.