Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die.
Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but no one wants to lift heavy weights.
Everybody wants to be successful, to enjoy financial freedom, to be the masters of their own destiny, yet no one wants to grind, to fight, to claw their way from defeat to success.
You know, when we’re kids, our parents tell us that effort is enough. They praise us for trying, for doing our best, even if we fail. Troubles arise when you keep that mentality as an adult. When you do not assume responsibility for your situation.
What I mean by this is that maybe it’s not your fault. Truth be told, it’s not my fault for certain health issues that have been given to me by my parents. Genetics and whatnot. But no one gives a damn whose fault it truly is.
Let me repeat this: in the real world it does not matter who’s to blame for any situation. What matters is who assumes responsibility.
If you are mentally lazy, then you’ll want others to assume responsibility for you. That’s never going to happen. Can’t pay someone else to do your push-ups for you. Can’t tell someone to do your thinking for you.
And this is just an intermediary level of being mature enough to follow your dreams. To assume responsibility, and to want it bad enough so you work hard enough to get it.
But there’s another level, one of life’s most perverse lessons: you can do your best, you can give up sleep, you can show up even if you’re sick, heartbroken, tired, hungry… and still fail.
You gotta hate hard work after this. It suddenly seems to be easier to blame others, even if at the top of the list you should write your own name.
It’s easy to give up. That’s what most people do.
But do you really want to be like everyone else?
Hmm.. I do wonder. And you should ask yourself that.
In any given day, there’s this gap between where you are and where you want to be. This distance. And the only way to shorten the gap is to work. That’s it. Do the work, even when you don’t feel like it, even when all you want is to give up.
No other words are necessary.