Conquer the World or Die Trying

In this 24/7/365 world we live in today, there’s no off switch. There’s no downtime. There’s only the hustle.

Everyone’s trying to conquer the world or die trying. The dopamine rush, the goals, the business ventures. Always busy. Always doing. Always achieving.

These days, everyone’s got a side hustle. These days, everyone’s trying to emulate Steve Jobs or Warren Buffet or what have you.

And it all starts so early. A cousin of mine is 12, and he’s already got a YouTube channel. He knows more about cameras than I do. He knows how to edit his own videos. He hasn’t hit puberty yet and is already addicted to the hustle.

In today’s society, as we are overwhelmed by what we perceive to be an ultra-competitive environment, we’ve become obsessed with productivity, success, so much so that we’re taking nootropics while listening to binaural beats to get us into a flow state.

But aren’t we all moving too fast? Sure, we get a lot done, faster than ever, better than ever. But at what cost?

To paraphrase Tony Robbins, success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.

What about mindfulness? What about being grateful? What about taking some time to just walk around and notice the magic and beauty of this world?

Everyone’s telling you to do more, to stop complaining, to sleep faster, to hustle, hustle, hustle.

You either conquer the world or die trying.

This makes me wonder… what would happen if we didn’t do all that? If we took our time?

Isn’t that what being an adult is all about? Fighting with our heads? Being strategic about our efforts?

Isn’t meaning more important than achievement?

If you make a million bucks because everyone’s doing it, is it an achievement or a failure?

If we never stop to ask ourselves why we do what we do, do we still derive pleasure from all this 24/7/365 hustle?

This is not, in any way, a criticism of being a high-achiever. Not at all. But to try to conquer the world because everyone’s trying to do it?

Without purpose, how do you even know you’ve reached your destination? You ever just get in your car and drive 200 miles to nowhere in particular for no reason at all?

If we don’t have a destination in mind, what happens to the journey?

If there’s no reason for victory, what happens to our desire to win?

It’s okay to hustle, it’s okay to work on a side hustle. But if you do it just because everyone’s doing it, isn’t that just as mindless as not doing anything at all?

Same level of ignorance, different flavor.

You can either conquer the world or conquer your desire to conquer the world. Either way, it takes an awful lot of effort.

But this is what it’s all about. It’s hard because it means something. It’s hard because it requires a lot of patience. It’s hard because you’re afraid to do it, because you don’t want to do it.

If you don’t put in your 10,000 hours of procrastination, do the 10,000 hours of work matter anymore?

If there’s no struggle, does the victory mean anything anymore?

If we never stop, how do we even figure out if we’re headed in the right direction?


  1. yes, this is so thoughtful. I think the human race does not breathe anymore.
    We should focus on living a life that scares death, instead of trying to become immortal through materialism, oblivion is inevitable, but a happy soul lives forever.

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  2. Great points! I think we are so inundated with the celeb culture that it’s easy to fall into the “I wanna be known” way of life. I also know some kiddos who are whizzes with videos and their YouTube channels. Amazing how quickly they pick up those skills. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. “If we never stop, how do we even figure out if we’re headed in the right direction?”

    Yes, precisely! So many are hustling and trying to get so much done but to what end or good? Of course, some are doing much for good, but I know I personally wonder about the things I spend my days doing or the goals I pursue, whether they matter in the long run or have eternal, worthwhile value or are just a waste. As the saying goes, the struggle is real.

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  4. At this point I’ve certainly put in my 10,000 hours of procrastination, but you have good points. You shouldn’t do things just because other people are doing them. The desire to succeed is deeply ingrained in human nature, whether culture tells us to or not.

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