After reading this you’re going to be ready to do whatever it takes to not become another statistic with a heart breaking story about a life filled with regrets.
My favorite article of 2014 was the one about the man who wasted his life. You may have seen this story on social media. I shared it because it lit a fire under my ass. I want you to check out it out.
The article begins with an agonizing statement:
“All my dreams, my passion, gone. In a steady 9-7 job. 6 days a week. For 26 years. I repeatedly chose the safe path for everything, which eventually changed who I was.”
Before you judge, remember that time flies. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years. Look at how far you’ve already come. Think about those failed plans to get in shape or plans to save up for a trip.
The man concludes with:
“If you’re reading this, and you have a whole life ahead of you, please. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t leave your dreams for later. Relish in your energy, your passions.”
Powerful. How did this make you feel? Did it remind you to take control? To keep the momentum going, I want you to check out this video:
I personally experienced a similar moment…
“Aren’t you too old to start out in pro wrestling?”
To be brutally honest, I started wrestling way too late because I was a coward. I always did the safe thing. Went to school and did as my parents wanted me to. I never chased after my wildest dream of pro wrestling.
Sure, I saved money and start blogging, but those were safe for me. Wrestling topless in front of people with no guarantee of any pay, well, now that’s risky.
It wasn’t until I was 25 years old that I became a brute that does this…
Better late than never. I follow this philosophy for everything. It’s never too late. It’s only too late when you’re dead!
I could relate to the gentleman in the article because I’ve felt the pain of “what if?”
How can you avoid wasting your life?
We already looked at why you need to stop reading motivational quotes 24/7. That’s critical because inspiration fades. Long after you finish reading this you might totally forget about how you felt.
How does one avoid waking up one day and realizing that they wasted their life?
First, you need to stop talking about how hard you work.
Too many of my friends complain about work and how they’re stressed out. Nobody cares. Everyone works. Get over yourself. You don’t work hard enough. I’m calling you out because I see all of you slacking off and watching sports.
Then you need to ditch the distractions.
I don’t care about your video games or your stupid sports. I don’t even know the rules of football. I don’t care who wins a game. Why would I care? The athletes are getting paid millions of dollars and you’re not.
I’ve seen far to many friends fall behind because they’re so concerned with the next game, the next movie, the next release of a video game, and the next excuse to waste life away.
Once you stop complaining and you ditch the distractions, it’s time to forget about the fear of failure.
It’s okay to fail. It’s pathetic to not even try. You’re going to regret all of the things that you didn’t do when you’re in your 50s. You won’t regret the chances that you took and the way you felt when you put it all on the line.
Finally, I want you to remember that it’s not always all or nothing.
You don’t have to quit your job, travel the world, or invent the next Facebook. You can chase dreams on the weekend, you can try that new sport after work, you can plan an annual adventure with your family, or you can just be more open-minded to new ideas.
[Must read: How-to Plan Your Epic Adventure.]
What are you going to do?
There are those that are willing to do whatever it takes. Then there are those who just settle. Even worse, are those who lie to themselves!
I never want you to lie to yourself. You can’t delay your goals. Today’s the best day to start doing any of the following:
- Start freelancing.
- Going out sober.
- Paying off debt.
- Saving more.
- Planning trips.
You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to get started.
[Helpful article: How-to Start an Online Business in Five Minutes.]
It’s your life. You came here because you were tired of being broke, you wanted to save more money, you wanted to start freelancing, or you just wanted to figure out how to survive your 20s. Now it’s your turn to put in the work. I’ve already given you all of the tools possible. If you don’t try you’ll have nobody to blame but yourself.
“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” — Neil Gaiman