Keep barking. Let’s see if you’re gonna’ bite.

A extract from my Instagram @snasp17.

“He keep barking. Keep barking, keep barking, keep barking. So I’m gonna’ pull your card and see if you really real. You keep barking? Let’s see if you’re gonna’ bite”

A quote taken from one of the greatest boxers to ever enter the ring: Floyd Mayweather Jnr. This was said in a interview with Mayweather, when he was quizzed about a potential bout with UFC superstar: Conor McGregor. Whilst the quote was probably intended to act as a sly dig towards the “barking” McGregor, I believe it holds a lot of value in today’s modern society.

The title of this article isn’t just a reference to the Mayweather vs McGregor super fight.

How often is it that we see someone on social media doing well, and we wonder how things are so great for them? I’ve been guilty of this myself. See when it’s someone who’s hustling and grinding we can admire their success, but when we can’t see the source of someone’s achievements, it’s easy to shift our attitude to a “they’re just lucky” approach.

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Want to know how I live my life? I don’t believe in luck. Not one bit. I believe that everything is either down to hard work or circumstance. You don’t have to agree with me, but hear me out. You slip on a banana peel, is that bad luck? Of course not! Some moron just left a banana peel on the floor! It’s only when we look at these things from another, outside perspective that we can see that everything has a cause.

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It’s easy to say people are just lucky when they’re instagrams are filled up with nice things, but we can’t see them grinding. The source of it may trace back to a rich Mommy and Daddy who buy them everything though, so don’t focus on these people.

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These people are the “barkers” in life. They’re the people who are always posting their ‘great’ lives on social media, but their lives were not achieved through their own work. It’s not real. It’s fake. It’s a myth. You don’t have to look very hard to see the true colours of a person who’s faking it. You can tell who’s really working and who isn’t. You can tell who’s “really real”.

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The barkers just bark for a little bit of attention and appraisal, but when it comes down to the grind? There’s no bite. I like to think of these people as Jack Russells with Rottweiler muzzles. To put it in simpler terms; the bark is big but the bite isn’t. Sure it feels great to do some barking and get a few likes on Instagram, but it’s not sustainable.

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It’s scientifically proven that when we get likes on Instagram, our brain releases a chemical called Dopamine. This chemical makes us feel good. It’s the same exact chemical reaction that takes place when we: smoke, drink and gamble. Is that happy feeling sustainable though? You tell me. How long are we happy for when we smoke, drink or gamble? We both know the answer to that question. If someone gets their happiness from a hit of Dopamine and their money and items from their parents is it sustainable? Of course not! What’s not attained can not be sustained.

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Listen, ignore the people who are flexing their fake lives on social media, and just do you. These people won’t be around in ten years time. There’s a saying that I love which is: “we spend money we don’t have, to buy things we don’t need, to impress people we don’t like”. That’s all these barkers are doing! Maintaining their pretend image.

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Follow through on every good idea you have and turn them ideas into reality! Do not let yourself get distracted by these barkers. Go out and be a biter. Work without barking, be ready to get vicious and attack when need be! Be relentless in the pursuit of what your chasing after, and don’t pay attention the people who are faking it. Peace.✌🏼️