“In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible.” – Seth Godin
We all have heard about the “1 percent”, even the “0.01%”. Clearly, many of those fortunate to get into either club had to do things that the 99% are not willing to do. Besides the potential illegal things that some of these men and women did/do to be where they are, just on mindset and work ethic alone, they deserve to have the wealth that they do. The majority of the population would prefer handouts rather than hard work. The majority of them would settle being paid by an employer, working on a basic wage or salary for the rest of their lives. A majority of them would rather leave work, jump on the couch, and catch up on sports highlights rather than work on their side business. Therefore, the MAJORITY get the same result. Is that really shocking?
Anyways, what this post is about is me being empathetic for you if you think differently and live differently than the majority of people you are surrounded by. When you are actively working towards achieving greatness, you naturally discontinue doing things that are detrimental to that goal as well as starting to do things that bring you to your goal as fast as possible. The sucky thing about this is that the people you come across daily will not think the way that you do. You will or you currently do feel this especially if you are a young adult. You probably work part-time while you are studying in your University. The majority of the people you work with are probably superior complainers and complacency advocates. They will think you are weird or cocky because you do not enjoy the past-times that they have. They will think you are a loser for not wanting to go partying every night. It’s unfortunate for them because unlike them, you would rather own a club and making nightly profits than to pay club owners to drink their overly-priced vodka.
It is even more apparent when you live at home with your parents while you are in school. While the majority of parents want their kids to excel, most middle-class and poor parents will take offense if you refuse to sit downstairs every night and watch television with them. They will think you are separate from the family because you are 100% focused on working on your businesses, your investments, or you ventures. They don’t know what it means to be driven to the point of insanity by what you want to accomplish. They (especially first generation immigrants) are used to working hard until retirement and then relaxing. You, on the other hand, want retirement to come WAY before you will need anyone to wipe your ass for you, and this irritates them. Both friends and family will ask you “who do you think you are?” and “do you think you are better than your family?”. To them I say, you think you are whoever the hell you want to be. All of the greatest and wealthiest individuals went through exactly what you are going through right now.
The fact of the matter is that most society will ignore you because you are not like them. You aren’t content with struggling for the rest of your life. You don’t enjoy wasting your valuable time and energy on useless things. You would rather drive in a Lamborghini than a Toyota. Big whoop. Be happy about where you are in life because you will look back and be thankful that you went through what you did. Not because you surpassed all of your haters, but because kicking out all the haters left more than enough space for those worth your time.
Until next time,
Live Long and Prosperous.