Just do it.
A generation of ‘what-ifs’
Finish school. Go to University. Get a high paying 9–5 job. Get married. Retire.
This is success. Or rather a poor excuse of true success told to us while growing up. Venture outside this set path and you will be shunned.
Stop being foolish! Grow up! Get a real job!
Or my favourite of all:
This is one of the most widely accepted lies of the 21st Century.
As Hitler said himself: If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.
The irony behind it is through our youth we’re told we can be anything. We can do anything. But once we hit that certain age, usually around high-school, is when we’re told to be realistic and stop day-dreaming. The word ‘realistic’ is in italics because society seems to have a very skewed perspective on what the word actually means.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word realistic means: ‘Having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected.’
If this means all you truly believe you can accomplish in life is working a shitty job you hate, then by all means, be realistic.
I believe very strongly that if you want something badly enough, and are prepared to put in the hard work, then that is a realistic thing to pursue. It’s only when we fall back on the mindset of it being too difficult, or not bothering because it won’t work out anyway, is when we fail.
We tend to enjoy falling back into this state of blind conformity; doing what we’re told to do instead of what WE want to do. And why is this? It’s because it’s easy. It’s easy to just be complacent push-over, but it’s A LOT harder to fight for something you truly believe in.
“If you live for the weekends or vacations, your shit is broken.”- Gary Vaynerchuk
How often have you heard of the term ‘TGIF!’ (Thank God it’s Friday!)
The huge amount of people that regularly use this expression clearly shows how many people are working jobs they hate. I think another thing a lot of people forget is our time on Earth is extremely limited. By slaving away 8–9 hours a day doing something you absolutely hate, you’re wasting your life away. You can do ANYTHING you want with your life, so fuck doing something you hate.
And the best part? I’m going to show you how to do this in 5 simple steps.
- Just do it.
This one is quite obvious. Stop with the lame excuses and just do it. I’m sick and tired of hearing the what-ifs people seem to come up with. Stop worrying so damn much and just do it.
2. Do something that scares you ever single day.
This one is quite simple too. Basically it works on the concept that nothing good has ever come out of sitting back in your comfort zone. I have NEVER met a single successful person who is content with working a job they hate, or never venturing out and doing things that scare them.
I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone EVERY single day. Whether that be as simple as talking to that cute girl you see everyday on the train, or as big as starting that business you’ve been dreaming about. A super effective trick I learnt in conquering comfort zones is this. (It’s worth it, trust me.)
…First, you have to know, not fear, know that someday you’re gonna die. — Tyler Durden // Fight Club
I’ve not going to delve into my deep and lengthy background in this post, but at 17 years old, I left my family and friends to move across the country to study at film-school. As much as I tried to pretend it didn’t scare the shit out of me, the hard truth is that it did. But the awesome thing I learnt from the experience is that once you push yourself out that nice little bubble of stability, you realise that you are capable of so much more than you ever imagined.
3. Work your ass off.
If you’re not prepared to put in a shit-ton of work to make your dreams a reality, then you might as well give up now. You can’t just sit back and expect things to magically fall into place, because the world doesn’t work like that. You want something to happen? Then get shit done.
A favourite quote of mine by Tony Gaskin-
“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”
And this is the brutal reality of it. Would you rather be working towards building your own dreams and making them a reality, or are you going to settle for working a job you hate, helping someone else make their dream a reality.
4. Money ≠ Success
It ultimately boils down to what you define as success. If your ultimate dream is to make lots of money no matter the cost, then a monotonous 9–5 job will probably be what you’re looking for. While saying this, I’m not saying you’ll make $100K/year pursuing your passion to become a professional kitten photographer, but the pay-off will be the ability to wake up every morning with excitement and vibrancy.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. — Steve Jobs
5. Passion is everything.
And the final step to pursuing your dreams is passion. This is the key ingredient to bringing this all together. If you’re passionate about something, you’ll naturally have that inner-drive to motivate yourself.
This is the awesome part about it all. You get to do whatever the hell you enjoy doing, and as long as you have that passion and drive, you’ll figure a way to make it happen.