Whether we realize it or not, the vast majority of us are following the same road. What troubles me is that a great percentage of people are average and don’t live fulfilling nor interesting lives. Where is the road that you’re on leading you?
Have the people that followed the road before you acheived a great deal of success? Are their lives full of happiness, fulfillment, and excitement. Or do they spend the majority of their time complaining, watching television, and waiting to die.
Just because everyone’s doing it doesn’t mean it’s right. It doesn’t mean it’s wrong necessarily, but we must realize what following the norm is going to mean. For a lot of us, that means a mountain of financial debt and life full of fear and worry.
How to Access The Road You’re On
1. Look At Your Boss
What is your boss like? Is he/she a miserable wretch who doesn’t get any fulfillment from his career or life? If you were in his position, what would your life be like? That’s where your career is headed. You’ll end up in his position or a similar one down the road. Is it worth the effort to get where he/she is?
2. Look at Your Friends
What are you friends accomplishing if anything? Are they happy? The people you surround yourself with day in and day out will have a big impact on where your life goes. Don’t abandon them, but also don’t let them detour your dreams.
3. Look At Yourself
Are you growing each day, or are you stagnant? Is your bank account growing, or are you spending too much. If you’re going backwards financially and mentally (growing more depressed), you’re probably on the wrong path.
What habits are you developing? Are you constantly thinking negatively? The actions you continually do will become ingrained habits. And habits are difficult to break.
How To Get Off The Road You’re On
1. Save Money.
Stop spending right now. Look for areas to cut back on all expenditures. Take the bus to work. Pack your lunch. You’ve heard all this before, start doing it! Once you’ve got a cushion in your savings account, then you can take on the world.
2. For The Younger Ones Out There, Don’t Buy A House Or Car In The First Place.
You’re jeopardizing your freedom. What happens if you decide a year from now that you want to see the world? You’ll never go because of a car or house payment that needs attention.
3. Screw The Trends, Be Yourself
Nice clothes and things communicate wealth and status. However, it also costs a ton to keep up with what’s hot. If you can shun the new without complaining people will respect you.
Let me give you an example:
I have a friend who didn’t get a cell phone until he was in his 20’s while most had their first phone at age 13 or 14. But my friend never complained and never expressed the desire for a cell phone.
Did anyone care? Well it was hard to get ahold of him sometimes, but overall people still loved him and respected him. They thought he was a badass non-conformist.
Stand up for yourself and people, especially women, will listen.
4. Know Your End Goal
Have a vision of what you want your life to be like and work towards it. If you don’t have an end goal in my mind then where you are now is where you’re going to be 5, 10, 15 or 20 years from now. A solid vision will motivate you and give purpose to your life.
5. Live Uncomfortably
Do something that scares you everyday. One little thing that makes your heart beat a little faster and you’ll be amazed at how quickly your life becomes interesting.
If you want to live an interesting life and be an interesting person, you have to live an interesting life. Read that again, it’s stupidly simple.
The problem is no one is going to make your life interesting. That’s up to you.