On Monday evening, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a forty-six-year-old black man named George Floyd died in a horrific and terrible way.
As it’s not my goal to detail the events, you can read more about what happened here.
I’m not in the business of passing judgement, or trying to explain who did what and why, but there’s one aspect that I’d like to write about: the fact that we often forget the most inalienable of human rights – human decency.
“If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
In November 2012, I could finally call myself a full-time blogger. I was earning anywhere between $100 and $800 per day, averaging an income of between $5,000 to $12,000 per month.
I felt invincible. I felt that there was nothing else I had to do. I had reached the top of the mountain.
I stopped reading other blogs with the goal of improving my own writing, or to be inspired. I stopped reading books. I stopped investing in my education. I stopped investing in myself.
That wasn’t a smart move.
You see, education, learning, knowledge — you lose it if you don’t improve it.
The world is changing at an accelerated pace: even if you’re on the road to success, you will get run over if you aren’t fast enough.
That’s what I didn’t get for most of my life. Education is not something you accumulate and will remain in your head forever. It’s the same as working out: you need to do it on a consistent basis in order to stay in shape.
If you can’t wait to get out college, so you never have to learn anything at all, I am sorry to tell you this, but all the years you’ve spent learning didn’t teach you much.
The more you learn, the more you earn.
The more skills you develop, the easier it is to adapt to an ever-changing economic environment.
Irresistible. Defined as “too attractive and tempting to be resisted.“
Impossible to avoid, to refuse. Impossible to ignore.
Admit it, being “irresistible” is something that sounds pretty awesome. Being that one person in a room full of people everyone listens to, that one person who walks around as if they are wearing a superhero’s cape around their shoulders.
And, contrary to popular belief, being this kind of attractive has little to do with looks. It’s more about habits. The habits you develop.
“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc
If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you know that I am a big advocate of perseverance. This is how I define the grind, the hustle: to keep going in spite numerous obstacles, despite all the other people who are more talented, better connected, or have more time.
To grind means to want it more than just about anyone else.