7 Brutal Truths About Success Nobody Wants to Admit

In 1999, CBS’ Bob Simon did a profile of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for “60 Minutes.”

At the time, Bezos was worth around 9 billion dollars, yet he worked from a less than impressive office, drove around in a Honda, and had a terrible sense of fashion.

Today’s richest man was working from headquarters located on the same street as a pawn shop, a heroin-needle exchange, and a “porno parlor.” His office, the badly stained carpet, the desk, made out of a door propped up on two-by-fours, all give the impression of the kind of hopelessness that people often encounter whenever they embark on the strange and perilous odyssey of building a business from scratch.

Success is not easy. Overnight success is so statistically improbable that we might as well think it doesn’t even exist.

The struggle is real. Just imagine in what kind of conditions Bezos was working when he first started his company, if this was what his office looked like when running what had grown into a 30 billion-dollar company.

The same way Elon Musk had to borrow money to pay the rent for his apartment in the early days of SpaceX, all successful people had to deny themselves pleasure and comfort in order to bring their dreams to life.

There’s no way around it, I’m afraid.

And there are certain aspects of success that rarely get talked about. We romanticize success to the point that it feels like a walk in the park. You do what you love, always a smile on your face…

Here are seven brutal truths about success that no one ever talks about.

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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.

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The Five Most Motivational Words in the English Language

Want to know what I like most about words?

Just how powerful they are. How they can either make or break you. How they can inspire, motivate, or place you in a negative feedback loop forever.

The words we tell ourselves often become our destiny.

Words give us the opportunity to tell ourselves a story that is empowering, to build a mindset that enables us to create happiness, rather than pursue it mindlessly.

Yet, we often fail to do so. We use words that do not motivate us, quite the contrary.

That’s why I am writing this article. That’s why I am going to share with you the five most motivational words in the English language.

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The More You Work, the Luckier You Get

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We often think of success as part magic, part luck, and part knowing the right people.

We often think success comes down to how the planets align, how certain external factors shape us. Maybe it’s the economy, or the government. Maybe it’s our friends.

The truth is that luck is something we only notice in other people.

The truth is, if you want to be successful in any area of your life, you must follow this simple rule: the more you want it, the more you have to do to have it.

We tend to obsess about strategies and plans, but the truth is that we must take massive action in order to reach our goals.

The truth is, the more you work, the luckier you get.

Yet we often tend to ignore this rule of life because it provokes mental discomfort. If you don’t earn a million dollars per year, you have one of two options:

  1. You either accept that you are just not good enough, and that you have to work more and become more.
  2. You accept that you just don’t want it bad enough. You just kind of want it. You want the results, but you’re not willing to pay the price.

Either of these two options are heartbreaking, so you often think that you’re just not lucky enough.

After all, luck can’t be controlled, so there’s no way someone could hold that against you. The truth is that even if it were a valid excuse, still no one cares. The only thing that matters is that you do the work and have results. That’s it.

The more you work, the luckier you get. The more action you take, the easier it is to build momentum and keep going.

You become an unstoppable force in life, in love, in business, in writing by placing on foot in front of the other. Some days, you won’t feel like it. Some days, you’d much rather hit your head against a wall. But you’ve got to do it.

The more you work, the luckier you get.

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What They Don’t Tell You About Life Hacks and Shortcuts

A few years ago I went through a bad breakup. The kind of breakup that got all my friends spending all their free time with me, because they feared what I’d do if left alone.

One of my friends, trying to make me feel better, gave me the following advice, “Why are you crying over a girl? Others have lost empires.”

You’ve probably heard something similar being presented as a quick fix for any dark night of the soul.

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