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The 5 Hard Truths About Chasing Success

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There are certain things in life that are inarguably true. Many of these truths are fairly harsh and unforgiving, but yet, they are truths.

Benjamin Franklin is famous for saying:

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

These hard truths of life are the elements which will have great impact. Knowledge of these will help some individuals gain the perspective they need to push themselves into the success state of mind, yet will force the rest to become so scared that they will never aim to be extraordinary.

The interpretation of these truths is what separates the wolves from the sheep.

 

1. You are going to die

There is nothing to lose in this life, because everything is fleeting and will eventually end.

The guy who makes a bunch of bad decisions and spends his life in and out of prison is going to achieve the exact same outcome as the guy who lives a typical, conservative life, and the guy who chases his huge ambitions and is admired by the masses: death.

Death is the common denominator, so what really matters is what you do in the time that is given to you. We all have this little window of opportunity in which we get to do whatever we want. We can choose a path of joy, success, achievement, or we can pursue the easy road of contentment, boredom, and mediocrity.

It’s up to you.

Death is certain.

 

2. Nothing you care about matters

Along the same lines of the gloomy topic of inescapable death, you’re the only one who really cares about your story– your highs, your lows and your experiences. Thinking that the things you get caught up on every day have any sort of importance on any level higher than your own consciousness is the fastest way I know to lose direction and sacrifice true happiness.

Decide whether or not you’re going to be one of those people who do great things with their time on this earth and if so, stop worrying about anything except that, because you will just end up being a sad little lost creature, floating aimlessly through a dull reality waiting for the blessing of death to be granted by “Father Time”.

 

3. Reality is a safety net, built by the people who had the balls to build it

Something that has really helped me to gain some perspective and to think positively about my path to success, is to imagine life and our reality as a wedding reception, with our legacy being the wedding “guest book.” Some people in attendance (of this thing we call life) are going to simply float by and occupy themselves with socialising and drinking–so much distraction that they forget to sign the book.

Others will write a short one-line message with no real substance–a message so generic it may as well have been stock printed on the guest book to begin with. But a select few will leave a message so honest and meaningful that it will bring any bride to tears and inspire her to live life to the fullest and to love truly and wholly.

This wedding metaphor demonstrates the varying levels of impact each individual can have on the world around them. Build the right kind of reality by being bold, unique, and courageous. Otherwise, your contributions are easily forgotten or written off, or may not even show up in the record books.

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4. Searching for meaning will destroy you

If I’m lucky, I have another sixty or seventy years in which I can pursue my earthly desires and do the things that bring me happiness and fulfilment. On the other hand, I have eternity to spend floating through the spirit world, if such a thing does exist. So I am not going to spend my time on earth trying to become closer to the spirit world. I already have a one way ticket, and I guess I will just figure it out once I get there.

The hippies are wrong. Sitting under a tree and thinking about the meaning of life is not going to help you find it. There is no such things as one meaning of life, we all have our own version and meaning, and we should stop thinking about it because in doing so, you are missing out on living it. Get excited to make the most of your conscious time on this giant rock floating through the universe and do whatever makes you happy without intentionally hurting others. That’s all you need to know. There is literally no other reason to be here that you are ever going to find during your lifetime.

 

5. Being ordinary will get you nowhere. Take risks

Imagine your life is a gymnastics competition and it’s your turn on the beam. You have a small amount of time to prove to the judges that you believe in being the best and that you have perfected your craft. You need to impress them. Some people are sure to crumble under pressure and forget all the training and hard work they have put in, as their fear prevents them from performing fully. Others are going to reach only about 20% of their potential, performing only the stunts that are “safe” : those that know they can land because they have done them successfully for years, but they are not really the challenging manoeuvres.

Then you have the ones who stayed up until 2am the night before practicing the stunts they hardly know, but will break new ground and prove themselves to be absolute champions. The last group of gymnasts know that they could fail hard by over rotating and landing on their face in humiliation, but they are willing to risk it anyway because the reward is worth it.

Think about life like that and I think about which gymnast you would rather be.

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Benjamin Franklin once said something of relevance to this that I’d love to quote for you:

“But our great security lies, I think, in our growing strength…for there is much truth in the Italian saying, Make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you.”

These 5 unerring truths presented to you are here to let you know whether you’re going to be a sheep (following the crowd, traveling the safe path, clinging to normalcy and mediocrity) or a wolf (powerful, strong, bold, courageous, and without a care for what others think.)

The only thing in life that matters is following your dreams, and becoming the things you aspire to become.

Do things that make you happy.

You are here to achieve your dreams and to manifest a new reality out of pure imagination.

In your short time on this earth, I suggest you follow the path of the wolf, and you’ll find that these truths aren’t a bad thing, but will propel you onwards toward a rich, rewarding life of success and true fulfilment.

 

Feature Image: Harvey Specter | Suits

 

Matthew Ozolins is an Executive Director and Co-founder of Webics, which is a rapidly expanding online marketing agency based in Australia. Matthew is passionate about using online marketing strategies to help businesses reach their full potential. This passion is matched only by his passion for instilling in people the idea that regardless of where you come from, it is possible to achieve anything you want and be anyone you want. You can follow Matthew on Twitter or Facebook

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Anthonia

    Feb 23, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I really liked the rawness, simplicity and honesty of this article. Massively puts things into perspective. Thank you.

  2. Seema

    Jun 19, 2014 at 4:01 am

    wow! thanks for the kick-ass facts

  3. Joel Annesley

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Thanks Matthew. Wow, certainly no sugarcoating here! It’s direct, but I love it! I really enjoyed what you said about not worrying about stuff unless its related to doing great things with your time. It’s so easy to get caught up in the minor details of things that really don’t matter.

  4. Kelli

    Jun 9, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Hi Matthew
    I really enjoyed reading this article and your perspective. You have a very blunt style of writing, and it resonates with me. I agree with much of what you said. I especially agree with number 5–there is so much possibility and so many people squander the opportunity to do so much more because of a limited mindset, fear of being ‘different’ and what others will think, and a bunch of other junk. I know how fortunate I am to have been born into a life where shaping an ideal reality is not as much of a struggle as people who were born into circumstances where the main focus is mere survival and enduring all kinds of suffering that I can’t imagine. I just do my best to make the most of life and be true to myself.

  5. Reader

    Jun 9, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Not true at all. I like this website alot, but this article is the worst I’ve read. The fact that everybody is going to die, means there is no real value in this life. I absolutely agree that we should make the best of our lives, but not with the idea of being a wolf or a successfull person who only cares about his own goals without hurting others. A wolf does not even care about others. A wolf eats the poor sheep without any mercy, unless you believe in fairy tales. People are like animals and flowers. They should fullfill their goal of life like animals do everything ensure their existence and like flowers do by shining getting all the needed sunlight and nutrition from the ground to become a beautiful flower. Then, they will die, like people do. But people are different. They are here to be good and succeed in the eyes of God. So there is something to lose here in life. The most unscientific thing is to say that “we shall see what will be after we die”. We as humans have the right to know and fortunately we can. Study the three religions (judaism,Islam and Christianity) and find the truth for yourself. I found it in Islam. The religion that tells you that you should make the best out of your life because you can, but without losing scope that you will die and stand in front of God’s judgement that will either punish you or reward you with Paradise where you reeaalllyy have nothing to lose, because you are never going to die. God gave us this tiny earth to live on with so many advantages we take from, but yet we are depended on something we cannot even see, which is oxigen. We depend on a invisible ozon layer that projects us from the burning sun. And it floats without bars. We depend on invisible things. How funny, yet scary. All readers on this beautiful website seeks for success and I am no different. But succes is not to be measured in money or a certain life standard. Think again and again and again. Thanks for reading.

    • Matthew Ozolins

      Jun 9, 2014 at 4:00 am

      Hey Mate,

      I don’t align myself with any religion, but I don’t think that decision is in any way connected with my ability to succeed on earth. In fact, I tend to lean towards the idea that in the modern world we can each be the god’s own universe. As the creator of my own ideal universe I would also tend to condemn the idea of hurting others in order to benefit myself and my ambitions. The fact is though, Wolves eat Sheep. Not because they want the Sheep to feel pain, but because they are hungry and they want to survive. Typically, there are no animals out there trying to hunt Wolves for food and this is probably because they live and travel in packs. The readers on this website are Wolves. This is a Wolf Pack. A place where people who aspire to do great things are able to read awesome motivation and informative content and to start a conversation about the content with the other Wolves.

      Not all Wolves have to be Entrepreneurs, champion Athletes or successful musicians/actors. It is a state of mind that you possess long before you make any money and before anybody knows who you are. It’s about always believing in your own ability to progress in this world. It’s about being excited to do something. It’s about growth and learning.

      You’re only a sheep if you’re staying still. If you’re not progressing, growing or learning. If you’re life is so stagnant that you couldn’t even motivate yourself to run away from a predator and survive, you’re a sheep. That’s not to say that you have to continue living as a sheep. Becoming a wolf is a simple decision. The Wolves state of mind is not at all connected with money, fame or power but it is directly connected with true happiness.

      Love,
      Matthew Ozolins

  6. Koko

    Jun 7, 2014 at 11:13 am

    In my eyes, if you really take action about this harsh truth in this article, there is no way you are not going to be happy or successful in your lifetime, floating on a giant rock in space 🙂 Great article, we need more wisdom like this one, every day, forever and ever!

  7. Dan Western

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    You absolutely nailed this on the head. Use the time you have well and don’t let anyone tell you your dreams can’t come true.

  8. Atldude

    Jun 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    “Almost everything: all external expectations, all pride all fear of embarrassment or failure. These tings just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”
    – Steve Jobs

  9. Ryan Biddulph

    Jun 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    5 is the lesson Matt! Think big, act big and do not TAKE risks….GIVE yourself a chance 😉 Thanks!

  10. Luciano

    Jun 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I really like your thinking Matthew. It remind us all to be bold as we have nothing to loose

  11. James Simwanza

    Jun 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    WE WILL ALL DIE AT ONE POINT,WE COME WITH NOTHING,AND WITH NOTHING WE WILL RETURN.WHAT GOOD IS IN IT THEN THAN TO ENJOY LIFE,MAKING YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE AND LIVE LIFE IN YOUR OWN TERMS.SURE THIS IS A GREAT ARTICLE

  12. lordvito9

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Great article. Thanks!!!

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