Which Version of Shit Sandwich Are You Willing to Eat?

Every worthwhile endeavor comes with some shit.

I heard a wonderful YouTube interview with Liz Gilbert, Author of Eat, Pray, Love the other day. She said:

‘Everything in life comes with its own version of a shit sandwich.’

Another way of putting it is:

‘Finding your true purpose is really deciding which flavor of shit sandwich you are willing to put up with.’

Yep, every single thing that is worthwhile in life most likely comes with a price.

Author Mark Manson, the originator of this shit sandwich concept said:


I think this is a liberating idea. You just have to decide what sort of suckage you’re willing to deal with.

So when you start:

  • a new mission in life
  • a passion
  • a new job
  • a new relationship

…don’t ask yourself if you are passionate about it.

The question is… “Are you passionate enough that you can endure the most disagreeable aspects of what you are going to start?”

If you want to be a professional artist, but you aren’t willing to see your work rejected hundreds, if not thousands, of times, then you’re done before you start.

Everything involves sacrifice. Everything includes some sort of cost. Nothing is pleasurable or uplifting all of the time.

So the question becomes: what struggle or sacrifice are you willing to tolerate?

If you talk to anyone who has reached a goal it seems they will be eager to tell you about:

  • the struggles
  • the hardships
  • the downright pitfalls they endured before they got that thing.

So, they ate a lot of shit sandwiches.

What are you passionate about enough to deal with the lousy side of The greatest things that have happened in my life have had the most shit sandwiches that accompanied them.

So,the question to ask yourself is not “What do I love?” the question is:

“What do I love ENOUGH that I don’t mind eating that shit sandwich that comes with it?