(Friday Filosophy 4/28/23)
Happy Freakin’ Friday!
Welcome to another issue of Friday Filosophy, the weekly postcard where I give you a question, topic, or challenge to consider. This week you may want to think about what it really takes for success – and if you’re willing to pay the price.
By almost anyone’s account, I’m the epitome of the American success story, growing up poor with a single mom, expelled from high school, yet working my way up from a minimum wage dishwasher to becoming wealthy. And while I’ve had my share of “lucky breaks,” you can be assured they were vastly outnumbered by “unlucky calamities.” (Which, if we’re being honest, were mostly self-induced.) But the one through line that pulls it all together has been my tenacity, determination, and willingness to pay the price for success.
At various points in my life I’ve been bullied, ridiculed, ostracized, shunned, hated, sabotaged, molested, doubted, and betrayed. I survived four earthquakes, more than a dozen hurricanes including the eye-wall of Hurricane Andrew, getting shot left for dead, and the LOST finale. Yet I’ve never doubted (okay almost never doubted) in my beliefs that:
Like many of you, I sometimes project my failures onto external people and circumstances. But when I set aside my victimhood identity and rise to objective self-awareness – the evidence supports the theory that if you are willing to do the work, pay your dues, and suck it up, you can eventually triumph.
It should be noted that the evidence also suggests that if you want to accomplish something epic – at some point you will be required to walk through Hell to do it. Sorry. It is what it is. But if you’re willing to endure it, what awaits you on the other side is worth it. So if and when you do have to take that walk – strut through like you own the goddamned place!
Power Prosperity Podcast: Had some fun with the new episode. The topic is - Buy More Life!
Hope you have a walking through Hell weekend.
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