Go to anybody (after reading this) and ask them if they could be happier. It’s almost guaranteed they’ll say they could unless they’ve already succeeded at everything they desire, which most people probably haven’t. Everybody wants to be great. Whether they admit it or not, it’s only natural that people want to be successful in their lives. However, being successful is not some cakewalk.
The sad reality of our current society is that many “dreamers” are not prepared, whether it be physically, mentally, etc., to make the necessary sacrifices for their dreams to manifest into reality. There will never be a such thing as an “easy way” out. You only get the desired results to come in once you’ve put out the valiant efforts. Just like how we need air to breathe, this will never change.
Issac Newton said it himself in his idea of the third law of motion: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Let’s form an analogy. For every ounce of effort you pour into your goals, there will be far greater success that comes your way as you fill up that glass. That might sound crazy or wise to you, but I just hope you get what I mean.
How much does it really take to be successful? You’re most likely going to need to shed quite the lot of blood, sweat, and tears to obtain the status you seek. Are you willing to spend years or decades of your life? Will you be capable of obtaining the proper knowledge? Are you communicative when need be? There;s more you have to be willing to do by the way.
I’m not trying to sound pessimistic in the slightest. I’m being realistic when I tell you that life is suffering. Doing nothing but watching life pass you by is suffering. The process of going through sleepless nights, shift after shift, unyielding expenses, or making endless calls just to reach the top is suffering as well.
If suffering is inevitable, then we might as well suffer now so that our futures will be better off. What do I mean by that exactly? I mean to really hustle and get tasks done while you are young so that you can create the life you’ve always wanted for yourself, your family, and your friends down the line.
A big ego makes this impossible. Humans are naturally somewhat of a lazy species, so most people fall victim to “get-rich-quick” schemes and in general just attempting to cheat their way to victory. That’s why we have the lottery and illegal underground businesses. No one wants to put in the effort most of the time.
Think of a guy in the gym squatting over 400 pounds only a quarter of the way down for reps. This guy has an ego. This guy will never win Mr. Olympia or become an IPF Champion, and if anything will only hinder his own progress due to laziness.
Think of any champion or great leader you know. Stop being blinded by the excessive pictures of them smiling on their social media for a second and instead take a minute or two to really process in your mind exactly how much they had to sacrifice to get where they are. Once you’ve really thought about it, you’ll understand that you’ll have to work that hard as well.
At the end of the day, we must understand that we all breathe the same air. Lebron James, Bruce Lee, Taylor Swift, and anyone you aspire to all started out on the same level as you and I. We can achieve anything we desire. Don’t let your laziness, unwillingness to learn, and doubtfulness of yourself hold you back from manifesting a fulfilled life that you were meant to have. Leave your ego at the door, and your persistence and discipline will undoubtedly pay off for you later.
Torino, Founder of Torino Fitness