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You’re Not Lazy

The last motivational blog post you’ll ever need.

John Gorman
Personal Growth
Published in
8 min readFeb 3, 2018

We have a voracious, insatiable appetite for self-help. We live in an era where you can literally google how to do anything you set your mind to. Hell, this blog space is chock full of clickbait-y ruminations on how to get what you want. To wit, here’s just a snapshot of what just whizzed past my Twitter TL:

How Serena Williams handles pressure.

You procrastinate because you’re “too busy or too stressed.” How to stop.

5 Breaks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Take

5 Mistakes That Will Cause Your Pursuit Of Happiness To Backfire

We have Brene Brown, Tony Robbins, Dave Ramsey, Gary Vee, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Franklin Covey, Dale Carnegie, The 4-Hour Workweek, Eight-Minute Abs, p90x, the Pomodoro Technique, the Secret, the Law of Attraction, Kaizen, the Love Languages, the Strengths Finder, Rich Dad Poor Dad … it’s a fire hose of “How to” and “Let’s go.”

Inc Magazine, Fast Company and Entrepreneur magazines all regularly cannibalize each other with lifehacks, and that’s to say nothing of, which is different from, which is different from #lifehacks. Self-help is red hot. So is self-love.

We live in the most tolerant era in the history of human-kind, where a sizable chunk of people are rising to the top of their own little mountains to shout to the world, “You are enough. You are beautiful. You are perfect the way you are.” Yoga and meditation, once curiosities confined to the Eastern lands, are now mainstream in the Western World. Mindfulness is godliness. We’ve supposedly arrived at the nexus of becoming one with ourselves and the world and our dreams.

And everything that we read, everything we practice, every TedTalk we watch, every person we meet all leaves us with the kind of common-sense, simple, beautiful, easy-to-replicate, step-by-guided-step advice that feels definitive and achievable and paved in gold and chocolate. And they’re all given beautifully clickable headlines like “8 Ways to Find What Speaks to Your Soul” or “The One Secret to Bliss No One Ever Told You.” And they’re generally things we can all agree on!

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John Gorman
Personal Growth

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