Are you a legendary unicorn or do you let your glass of water evaporate in the desert?
Who is the 99%
Before you get too far into the article and have the impression that I am speaking in reference to financial social status you are kinda correct. I am speaking about society as an entirety and how we must actively choose who we carry ourselves as.
Let's start with the majority, the 99%. We have all been part of this group at one point in our life or another but most never make it out alive. This group consist of mainstream thinkers that conform to the general consensus and allow the masses to dictate choices. We have all been taught the same lessons as we grew up, You go to school, get good grades, go to college. Education is the key to success and how to get ahead in life. We amass tons of debt in the process, half of us if not more don't even end up in the field we went to school for.
We graduate and grow up to become adults, we get married have children, work our 9-5 jobs and live our 9-5 lifestyle. We allow society to dictate our norms doing things that we don't always agree with but we do it. Why? Because why not? Why challenge our belief system? Why push back from the social structure that our world is built on? What would happen if you do? The restrictions of the 99% is that of the mind, the fear of the unknown road. We do what we are told. We do what we know. One of my favorite movie lines is from Fight Club with Brad Pitt. He is explaining how how he thinks, why he goes against the norm and compares the 99% and 1% effortlessly. "Your are not your khakis".
You are not your Khakis
The much smaller group who I refer to as the 1%er's are strangely no different than you and I. There's really nothing magical about this group of people, they don't fly or shoot lasers out of their eyes. A majority of them are financially independent but its not the money that has them in this group. Tired of guessing? It's how they think!
The 1% simply are independent thinkers bucking the social norm and have allowed themselves to make choices without fearing the unknown. Free thinkers if you will. The social dynamic that has dictated how we all choose to live our life and literally made it from generation to generation has fallen on deaf ears for these brave pioneers of what's beyond the secret curtain.
How to change teams
So now you are probably asking yourself... Which side am I on? Well, ask yourself, when was the last time I didn't complete something that betters myself like the gym or finishing that book you were reading on self help? If the answer is pretty recent, chances are you are in the 99%.. 1%er's simply don't make excuses. Have a great idea for an invention? So make it! What is stopping you? Want to open a restaurant? Why haven't you? We all have dreams, the deciding factor on which team you belong to is how hungry are you to achieve them. How bad do you want it? Can you be ok with not settling, not being mediocre, not being average. You want to lose weight? stick to the diet and exercise! It takes hard work and dedication but you will see the results you want if you simply follow through.
Do you make your dreams a reality?
When was the last time you checked something off of your life's to do list?
I can, I will, I must!
The first thing you must change is your self doubt. I have a secret to share with you, You can do ANYTHING. The only limits that exist are the ones you build for yourself. Held up on legs of fear, filled in with questions of the unknown, and topped off with the what happens if i fail? Here is reality, You will fail. Probably more than once. Life is full of failure, but we must build on it. Learn from it. Don't stop because it's hard, if it was easy everyone would do it. Push through because you want it. You deserve it. Remind yourself as much as you can that you can do anything you put your mind to. You will get knocked down but you will get right back up. You will become stronger, faster, smarter, you need to push. Be hungry for success. Be hungry for the goals you set for yourself. I can achieve my dreams, I will commit to following through on the promise I made myself to stick with it no matter what. I must not give up, or give in, no quitting, no surrendering. You can do this and i believe in you. But the truth is that its not enough, YOU need to believe in you.
Les Brown - Fear
Today is day 1
So now you have all of these new thoughts in your head right? The positive juices are flowing and you are excited to get started. So when do you start? Right now. You don't put it off until tomorrow, that is defeating the purpose. Treat your day how it really is, 24 hours that you will never get back. If you had 24 hours left in your life, what would you do? Where would you go? Treat everyday like it's your last, because you never know. From the day we are born we started this life long countdown clock that slowly takes time away from us. Everytime we choose to not do something, or procrastinate we waste precious minutes, hours, and days we will never get back. Is that I love Lucy marathon really that important? Turn off the TV and bring purpose and meaning to your life. Don't just create a list of things you want to do, create a list of things you want to do and then do them. No more excuses, no more delays because you simply no longer have the time to waste. Time is your most precious resource and the great equalizer. Success is not measured in material possessions or monetary wealth it's measured in how much time can you spend on doing the things you want and love. For this to work you have to take the dwindling stockpile of time you think you have seriously.
Think of it this way, you have 1 cup of water. You are standing in the middle of the desert and regardless of what you do the water is going to evaporate. Would you jus let it go to waste or would you drink it? So Why let your time evaporate?
You are the author of your own story. Don't base your choices on the people who try and talk you out of it. Be able to make decisions on what you want for your life. It is an elite club and it isn't for everyone. You will have people who will treat you different, but that's ok. you will have people who will call you crazy, it is ok to be crazy. What other people say about you is none of your business, if they aren't here to help you build your dream then they simply don't matter. When you make it to where you want to be, all of those nay sayers will talk amongst themselves and say how close you guys where before you were so successful. They will look up to you and say "Wow, I can't believe he actually went for it". Be your own unicorn, be legendary, be part of that group of independent thinkers, be a 1%er.