Reward Vs. Justification
“You get out of life what you put in,” right?
This was drummed into me as a kid by parents and teachers alike.
But the above statement isn’t actually true at all. It is implicitly untrue in every choice and action we take every day.
If the checks of life were always in perfect balance, there’d never be any point in doing anything. We are either getting more out than we’re putting in, or less.
Sure, all achievement requires effort. Sometimes we do need a kick up the ass like I did. But a problem far more insidious than laziness, and far more worthy of attention, is precisely that many do not get out of life what they put in.
Intuitively we all understand this. We know that life can be good, or great, or bad, depending on the choices we make.
Yet there is this pervasive reluctance to accept it, and to embrace what we know will truly justify our efforts. It’s as if we have been trained to not choose it, for fear of letting our masters down. The single biggest regret of the dying is living the life that others expected, rather than what was true to them. Let that sink in.
These habits run deep. Breaking them can feel like a negotiation, like we’re somehow indebted. But the reality is that your experience is free. And the necessary action to break these habits is built on this realisation.
What happens once you start getting out more than you are putting in? Where does it stop? Will you be able to handle it? How far can this machine be cranked?
Going beyond the Fulcrum takes courage, but it is by definition how we justify our effort, instead of merely rewarding it.
Bring it on.