We all have an inherent sense of self. Our sense of ego leads us to always focused on ourselves. Yet we can drift for years not knowing how we get to where we are at in life. Little compromises and decisions echo throughout where we can end up. This book calls for a self-assessment. A recognition of where you are in life and where you desire to go.
There are two popular and opposing outlooks on life and success. One being that life is a gravity problem, where you are bound to where you start from. The opposing opinion is that while everyone has different starting points, they have free will and the capacity to rise to where they are determined to reach. The caveat is that the journey up will encounter more hazards and will take longer to arrive.
I’d like to say that everything for everyone is a possibility and that opportunities are endless. However, the complexity of generational poverty and modern-day economic caste systems are beyond my comprehension. While it is simplistic to state that you only get one life to live and to make the most of it, this work focuses on that belief. You don’t control where you start but you control where you end.
I will talk more about the philosophy of Stoicism later in this book. But the origins are worth mentioning here. Founded by a shipwrecked Zeno in 301 BC near Athens. The philosophy emphasizes that you change in life what you can and accept what you cannot change.
We will never know what our final end game will be. But we can picture looking back on life while on our death bed. We can theorize what are the memories we want to flash before our eyes before we pass. My guess is that you don’t want it to be the memory of you dragging your ass into an office that you hate to be at.
As yourself, you can design your path, I’ve talked endlessly about it. There was a time where I could not fathom five, ten, twenty years in my future. I needed first to design the perfect day and the perfect day of work. These became the building blocks that helped me figure out what ending I wanted to write.
It took years to bring that perfect day to fruition. However, it was the goal that I knew I could strive for. Statistically you may have low odds to get where you want to end up. You can use that as an excuse to not try. Or you can use that as fuel by overcoming the odds. But be honest with ourselves, odds are that none of us should have made it this far in life. There is still farther to go though.
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