You should be healthy. You should be successful. You should be the best you can be, achieving great things for yourself and those important to you. But are you?
In a society full of positive messages, aggressively demanding that you be amazing, there is a growing trend to accept mediocrity. Or even worse, be a loser. This is not acceptable. You should be striving for glory. You should be working on something bigger than yourself, something that gives your life meaning and makes you a better than you were yesterday.
That can mean pursuing a great career. That can mean raising kids that will one day rule the world. That can mean building the next world-changing app. Or setting a new physical feat in sports. Or even simply getting those washboard abs.
Whatever it is, you shouldn’t settle for second best. Yet there are forces in our society, many of which are political, that are telling you it’s bad to be great. Those forces (blogs, magazines, movies, or political parties) don’t really care about your success or well-being. In fact, they end up better off if you’re a failure. Better yet, they will do even better (in the short term) if you don’t even try.
But you should try. You deserve better than those hacks.
Full disclosure, I don’t look like this:
But nor do I look like this:
I guess you can say I’m somewhere in between. And while I cannot control the hand genetics have played me, there is a great deal I can do to improve myself. Years ago, I was turned onto the Slow Carb Diet, from the book The 4 Hour Body, by Tim Ferris. The advice and tips in that book have helped me lose considerable weight and get into relatively good shape.
I don’t have washboard abs yet, but I’m much closer than I was before.
The path that helped me lose weight and feel better about myself (including dropping to a 30 jean size) was pretty straightforward. It didn’t involve radical investment on my part. Yet it did require some effort. There were set backs and times of frustration. I had to make sacrifices, put up with criticism (from myself and others), and remind myself—sometimes daily—of why I was doing it.
Boiling it all down: it was hard. And nobody was trying to make it easier for me (except for Tim, maybe, who wrote the book).
This is true of all goals. Nobody is going to hand you a victory. Even in a culture that tries to “level the playing field” for minorities and ever-shrinking, intersectional groups, you’re still going to have to bust your ass to make it.
Do you think it’s going to be easy to achieve a dream, even in a society that props up your race, gender, or sexuality? Welcome to the real world. There are literally millions of people like you after the same thing. The competition is intense, there will be more rejections than hits, and there will be precious few who come along to help you.
It’s remarkably easy to give up, settle in on the couch, smoke that joint, and collect your Welfare check.
But don’t do it.
The people who accomplish great things in this world are those that made incredible sacrifices. They weren’t great people, in and of themselves. Sometimes, they weren’t even good people. What separated them from everyone else was their dogged determination. Or their high standards of excellence. Or their foolish notion that they could make it happen.
Sure, some people have it easier, like Michael Phelps being born with a swimmer’s body. But if he didn’t put in the simply stupid amount of hours required to train on an Olympic level, he would have just been another weirdly tall guy.
You can have all the privileges in the world and still fail. Or you can be faced with serious challenges, some of them truly unjust, and still succeed.
George Washington Carver, one of my personal heroes, faced challenges to his education. Even in a post-slavery America, as a black boy, he was not allowed to go to school in his town. He had to walk ten miles to reach a county that allowed him to be educated.
He could have easily given up early on. But he persevered, becoming a respected educator and scientist. Because of his knowledge of agriculture, he helped save the lives of many Southern farmers, who learned to switch from growing cotton to other cash crops.
Today, young black people are told they cannot achieve great things because our society is so devoted to keeping them down. And while it’s true they will face challenges—like everyone else—Carver is a shining example of what’s possible, even in times of adversity.
But it’s easier to give up, to settle for second or third best. Or to not even try. Today, many liberal publications and groups are trying to normalize obesity, ugliness, and deformities. In a misguided effort to “rebel” against the healthy standards of beauty and success we all know, they want you to be satisfied with being sick, overweight, ugly, and abnormal.
Cosmopolitan wants you to check out a set of photos depicting morbidly obese people because it will “take your breath away.”
Cosmopolitan’s gallery features 12 photos of obese – and, oh yeah, naked – people.
The photos, reportedly taken by a photographer named Julia Fullerton-Batten, show “round, realistic, beautiful models,” according to Cosmopolitan, anyway. (Milo)
Obesity is not a good thing. You should not be happy with your body if you are overweight, can’t walk up a flight of steps, or can only wear XXXL clothes. I’m not saying this to be mean, it’s just science. Obesity is linked to heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, certain cancers, even bone loss. Plus losing weight makes you feel like a superhero. You will have more energy, sleep better, fit into nicer clothes, and learn that you can meet goals—if you work at it.
Yeah, there will be some people who will never like you. They will say you aren’t pretty enough, or tall enough. They will say you have the “wrong” face or a big nose. But are you going to let strangers dictate your life? Are you going to let someone else’s opinion prevent you from achieving a goal? Refusing to improve yourself because of what someone else says is just as stupid as trying to fit into their standards.
Those that achieve greatness do so largely for themselves. There may be some part in them that wanted to do it to help other people, but unless you have a personal interest in success, you’ll never achieve it.
This doesn’t just relate to losing weight. This is also true of financial success. You may never become a millionaire, but shouldn’t you try?
The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. But you don’t have to love it to earn lots of it. Having money means you have the freedom to do whatever you damn well please. You can live where you want, dress how you want, support the things you want. It’s a power that even governments fear.
Which is why so many politicians want you to be poor.
Why do you think Bernie Sanders rails against the rich so much, even though he’s one of them?
In 2016, Bernie Sanders reportedly made $63,750 from an advance for his upcoming children’s book “Bernie Sanders’ Guide to a Political Revolution.”
Even if that was the only money Sanders took home last year, he would still find himself seated quite well within the top 1% of income earners in the world for which, according to Investopedia, one only needs to earn $32,400 per year.
Of course, that wasn’t the only money Sanders took home last year.
According to Seven Days Vermont, Sanders also received a $795,000 advance for “Our Revolution,” a $174,000 salary as a U.S. Senator, and $9,256 in royalties from his previous books, giving him a grand total of $1,052,000 in the bank after 2016 – plus whatever he has in retirement savings along with his wife. (Milo)
Politicians like Sanders regularly attack the wealthiest in America. Not because they intend to do anything about it. Sanders has been in government for over forty years. Yet there are still rich people in the world. In fact, he’s gotten super rich because of his fame and position. What has he done to redistribute the wealth or punish the evil one-percenters?
The reason he spews his rich-hating rhetoric is to brainwash you, the people. If you really believe his stupid speeches against the rich, then you’re far less likely to try to become one of them. Hating the rich of society is like hating your own arms or legs. Most rich people aren’t Game of Thrones-style tyrants that abuse the poor. Sure, there are some dirt bags, but most of them got rich from working hard, starting businesses, or rising up the corporate ladder.
Again, you might not become a millionaire, but you should want to have money. You should want success. The people telling you otherwise are doing so because they want to keep you down.
If Cosmo or Sanders or some other liberal hack tells you not to even try, then what are you going to do with your life? You might as well give up and succumb to their government-expanding, privacy-destroying, freedom-hate regimes. So, what about your Constitutional rights—you have nothing to defend or protect anyway!
You’re too poor to own land. You’re too weak to use guns. You’re too stupid to form opinions and speak them freely. Why not just let Socialism wash over this country like the fallout of a nuclear bomb?
Sounds crazy? What else can I say in light of stuff like this:
They want you fat, sick, anemic, and powerless. They want you to give up before you even try. Worse than that, they want you to hate those that are actually succeeding.
What good is it to hate your friend that looks great at the beach? What good is it to hate Zuckerberg for his wealth? What good is it to hate rich celebrities because they have better lives than you?
But they want you to hate them, because you’ll never even consider trying to be like them.
A society of achievers is a society that cannot be easier controlled. If the majority of us worked hard to be fit, earn cash, make great new apps, and set higher standards for sports and culture—then the sniveling’s villains in D.C. and elsewhere would have a harder time controlling us.
People who achieve great things have something to protect. They care. They don’t want the government or forces in society to rob them of their success. That means we might have a say in what goes on in Washington. They really don’t like that!
Wonder why companies in Silicon Valley support mass immigration and outsourcing to other countries? Because they are protecting their businesses from potential competition. It’s really hard to make the next Facebook-challenging app when your business is burdened with heavy taxes, government regulation, and impossible-to-meet minimum wage standards.
The war against exceptionalism is nothing new. There have always been forces aimed at keeping you down. Today they are more notorious. They come in the form of media propaganda that tells you it’s okay to try.
But are you going to obey?
Or are you going to set high goals for yourself, work harder than everybody else, and commit to doing something amazing with your life?