You will face a lot of resistance when you decide to get yours in this world.
And along the way, some (most) of your “friends” will turn out to be nothing but grains of sand in your engine of success.
Take a look around you.
Who are the people you spend your days with? Who’s part of your inner circle?
Potheads and out-of-shape whiners or go-getters and heavy-hitters? Lazy and complacent bums or lean mean money making machines?
Let me be perfectly clear here: If the people close to you don’t challenge you to become your best, if they don’t push you out of your comfort zone, if they aren’t loyal to the very end, cut them loose. Eliminate them from your life.
Never give your most precious commodity – TIME – to individuals who don’t have your best interest in mind.
It’s a hard world, but you have to be harder. Get rid of energy suckers and invest in people who invest in you. Build a tribe of like-minded, hungry and capable assassins.
I only hang with killers and real-dealers. I have no time to waste on wimps and whiners.
I mean let’s be honest.
Most people you’ll meet in this lifetime are losers. They have no fire, no drive, no discipline. They revel in gossiping, mocking and bringing others down.
Don’t waste even a second of your time or an ounce of your energy on them. Surround yourself with champions or go your own way.
If you have to go it alone for the rest of your days, so be it. Much better than to waste away with a bunch of do-nothings.
This life is a gift.
You and I have been given the privilege to go after whatever we want during our time here. But it’s up to each and every one of us to walk the walk.
Most people are too blind to see the opportunities that present themselves every single day. They’re too busy complaining about this or that. Too busy wasting time on social media, in front of their big screen TV’s or at their local bars.
They are too busy cruising and losing. Not me. I’m winning and grinning.
I never needed anyone to push me to go to the gym. I never needed anyone to tell me how to eat to get lean and mean. I never needed anyone outside of myself to be the person I wanted to be.
And frankly, I do not care about anything or anyone but myself.
That didn’t come out right. Let me rephrase it: What other people do or don’t do has zero impact on my life and my ability to get shit done.
I do not allow anyone to keep me from doing what I need to do. I am self-sufficient and self-reliant.
You must become self-sufficient and self-reliant. You must become the captain of your own ship, the antidote to your own problems.
That’s not to say that you should isolate yourself and always go it alone. Not at all.
Though I am what some would call a lone wolf, I relish in the presence of other hungry wolves. I have my best, most productive and most meaningful moments when I’m with other people.
For the last year, I’ve been heavily involved in an after-school program in Quito, Ecuador. Living and working among a team of smart, creative and capable individuals has been an immeasurable privilege.
I gave these very special people my time and energy. In return, they gifted me the true meaning of life.
A fair deal, as far as I’m concerned.
Being elected president of this frontrunning organization was one of my proudest moments in 34 years on this planet.
But what if this organization ceased to exist? What if the people here decided to abandon ship and walk away?
Nothing would change.
I would still be doing what I do. Simply because I do not depend on outside sources to be who I am. And neither should you.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
– Ralph Waldo Emmerson