The faster you realize will not change the world the sooner you will stop doing things for everyone else and start doing it for yourself.
Do you know how advertising works? Through repetition. You’re infected without being aware. When the opportunity arises you will buy the product your brain is already familiar with. Those who think they are immune to advertising are most affected because they make no attempts to block it.
TV is to program you. That’s why it’s called programming. Turn that shit off.
You’ll be dead before your dead. Your spouse will die and your adult children will visit you once a month. You’ll be scolded by a minimum wage immigrant whenever you soil your pants. Life is long, but there is a window you need to take advantage of.
No one will complete you. People can only increase or decrease your happiness level. No more.
“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meager life than the poor.”
Get a medium sized box and put all the possessions you need in life inside. If you can’t say goodbye to all that other shit, well that shit owns you. In one year get a smaller box and do the same thing.
Buy nothing day? How about buy nothing month. You’ve been trained like a monkey to buy since you were two years old.
There is no God. You will die and that will be the end of your existence. All that you are will disappear forever. Remember that every time you stall, hesitate, and fear.
Enjoy it while it lasts because it’s going to end. I guarantee you it will. Take a deep breath because the pain will pass or you will adapt. I guarantee that too.
Do you think you’ll be playing golf in Florida at 65? You’ll be lucky if you can hold a golf club. Don’t believe the lies, don’t believe the 40-year work plan, don’t believe in retirement. Right now is your retirement. Don’t believe your real estate broker, don’t believe your investment adviser, don’t believe your boss. They are using you for your money, time, labor. Use them instead and get the hell out.
That so-called legacy you want to leave? In just a few generations your descendants will be as genetically related to you as a random stranger off the street. Do it for the right reason.
What’s the one thing you can do to put your life on a more fulfilling track? Don’t ask others for advice, don’t put it through committee—just do it now. But you’re lazy.
Remember it’s the journey, not the end result. No end result has changed any man.
A poor Argentine man I met travels by juggling at intersections and asking restaurants for leftover food. What was your excuse?
Do not work a day more than you have to. Are you sure that 401k is going to be worth it to you some day? You’re betting the prime of your life that it will.
If you want to be unhappy, all you have to do is try to impress other people. If you want to be happy, don’t do things which you are told makes you happy.
If you’re spending more than your income, you will work until you die. How many years of college and work have you put in so far? If you quit right now, how many years would you last without having to work? Do you see what the problem is? But you’re rich all right because you can go out to the new restaurant serving fusion dog shit and down $15 cocktails at the club with people carrying business cards.
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.”
Tell me you are not sleepwalking through life.