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Some of you are about to piss away 30 days looking for a clean start on January 1. I’m here to stop you.

Successful endings very often begin with ugly, unfunded, and even tragic circumstances. Great businesses are often started between 11pm and 2am. This is after your day job, the kids are put to bed, and your mate is off to sleep. Weight loss is sparked by health scares that finally slap you into taking your body, the only one you’ve got, seriously.

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Hard Work

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I don’t go out much. I don’t spend a lot of time with my friends. I only have a handful of close friends anyway. Most of them are related to me somehow. You get older. Your circle of friends gets smaller. Watch out if it gets bigger. They’re probably not all friends. You will have many friendly’s. Friendly’s are fine. They’re not friends though. Friends are people you’re exposed to. Make sure you know the difference.

I work a lot. Many of those times I’d rather be at home alone with my wife. My kids want to be there too for some unknown reason. I haven’t quite yet figured out their intentions. Maybe they’ve conspired in secret to drive us mad. The baby must be the mastermind. No one would suspect her.

I do work a lot though. My wife wants things. I want to give her things. I want her life to be better. My kids want things. My kids need things. I want to be able to give them what they need. So, I go to work. A lot.

Sacrifice. That is how success is won. There is one thing that determines success. Discipline.

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Changing your public image

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You can be anything you want to be the second you put action toward it. If you’re an artist, you’re an artist whether you’re good at it or even if you just decided to become one this morning. Who are the referees? When you decide to become an engineer and start taking steps to learn programming, you are in fact an engineer. You’re a pretty bad engineer, but that’s only because you lack experience and any skill. You’re an engineer at the beginner level. You aren’t good enough yet to get paid for it. There’s also no official ‘moment’ you become good at anything. My high school astronomy professor is pretty good at space-talk – until Neil deGrasse Tyson walks in. These things are relative.

You are whatever you want to be the second you start. Official titles are different. Those are credentials to function externally, and you’re probably not ready for that.

Becoming something is the process of passing into that state. You’re always becoming something. You become a better artist, executive, or software engineer. Or, you become a worse something because you don’t practice. Or you can become something else entirely. It’s up to you to decide.

Some of us were born human beings. We can decide what we will become. That’s what’s special about being human. A potato is alive just as well, but it has no choice other than to die and get eaten. You can choose to die and get eaten also. You can even choose to live and become a poet.

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Because somebody must tell you

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I don’t know everything, but I know this much: Until you’ve decided to go all-in on your dream and have taken bridge-burning steps towards achieving them, you will never achieve them.

This theme is echoed in many areas of our lives. In traditional wedding vows you’ll hear the lines

…forsaking all others… as long as you both shall live.

I’ve been to a number of weddings, as you probably have also. And so, we grow desensitized to what these words actually mean.

Until your dying day, this is the life you will live. This is the path you’ve chosen. This is the disease that plagues you. For better, or for worse. The path to achieving a dream is not common. It’s very unusual. Nobody will understand it. Most people will never achieve their ultimate dream and that’s probably why they have so much time to turn up every weekend. And, that’s ok — dreaming keeps us alive. But for you, dreaming isn’t enough.

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Why are you alive?

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I’m fairly certain that you’ll experience more bumps in life than others until you figure out why you’re alive. Well, that’s not entirely true… better said, you’ll experience a different category of bumps until you figure out why you’re alive.

I went to Cedar Point a few years ago with some family, and remembering that I got terribly sick the previous time at the amusement park having jumped from 70mph slingshots to yet other zero to 120 MPH in 4 second insanities, I stuck with the bumper cars this time around. (Looking back on it, that was the old man move… I’m back on that Dragster next time, just watch). There’s an interesting parallel bumper cars have to life that if you’re paying attention, you’ll notice. Take a journey with me for a sec.

You’re in a bumper car. There’s no specific destination — you see a nearby car, you bump it, obviously. But, there’s always a nearby car. So, you keep rotating, bumping more cars. When the horn blows and times up, you’re somewhere. No intended place, just somewhere. It’s likely that at no point you had even the thought to audit where you actually were in the rink as you were too busy chasing nearby cars looking for the next bump, and the next bump.

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