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The Curse Of Being Extraordinary

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My newfound success it not what it’s cracked up to be – it never is. In some ways, it can be a curse. Ever since I broke out on the internet as a viral blogger, my life has never been the same. I’m humbled by the experience, but want to use it to help the world more than anything.

It’s so hard to tell you what it’s like until you experience it for yourself. When you mix your dream with passion, love, determination and enthusiasm altogether in a blender, what you get is the best tasting smoothie you could ever imagine. Becoming extraordinary is phenomenal.

Unfortunately, you do get a side of slightly off yogurt with it.

For those who have yet to experience success, here are some of the challenges with becoming extraordinary:

1. Lots of coffee catch-ups

A day doesn’t pass by without multiple requests to catch up for coffee. In the beginning, this was fun; now it’s a constant struggle. If you say yes to every coffee catch up you never get time to be alone with your thoughts.

You never get time to think up the extraordinary. You never get to focus on your goal to change the world. Many times, people just want to have coffee with you to tell their friends and colleagues that they know you, or even worse, to get a selfie with you.

Even stranger is that I actually don’t drink coffee, so the thought doesn’t wow me. A super food lunch on the other hand, is a little bit harder to say no to.

Before you say yes to a coffee catch up, ensure that you have the time, are enthusiastic about it and there is a mutual benefit to both sides. If not, abandon ship.

2. Expectations to perform

The curse of being extraordinary is that there is this constant expectation for you to perform. Somehow people think you have a magic wand and everyone wants to have a go. Whatever you touch should turn to gold, but it never does. The truth is that extraordinary people have more flops than successes.

“What makes extraordinary people the way they are, are the 0.01% of times they succeed”

It’s the fact that they’re willing to risk so much for those few highlights that normal people mistakenly believe is someone’s entire life.

Those moments are just the highlight reel of a long run of stuff ups, disappointments and failures. I’ve had so many rock bottom moments, sad times and failures that this little bit of success I have now is the reward for so many bad debts in the past.

3. Decision fatigue

Being extraordinary means more of everything. More invitations, more friends, more expectations, more events to attend, more chances to speak, more job offers and more chances to start businesses. I’ve experienced all of these over the past couple of years. I’m grateful, but the curse at the same time is that it creates decision fatigue.

You have so many big and small decisions to make at one time that your head gets clogged up. There’s no free space to think about the things that make you extraordinary in the first place. Having a lot of decisions to make is not as fun as you may think. It’s both a blessing and a curse sometimes. Such is life.

4. Notification overload

If I log in to any one of my social media accounts right now, I’m going to have a ridiculous number of notifications and messages to fill my brain up with dopamine like an overflowing fondue fountain. The temptation to consistently check social media is hard to ignore – especially when it’s full of compliments about what you do and who you’ve become.

Consuming notifications takes you away from having the time to create the very content that those notifications stem from in the first place. Being only one person, with no team, means I have to only notice some of what goes on. I do my best to reply but sometimes it’s impossible.

I want you to know that it’s okay not to see everything on the internet with your name on it. You can’t see every moment. What you can do is appreciate these moments though. Not everyone is so blessed.

5. You’re expected to post on social media constantly

If I didn’t post an article like this on social media for a week, then people would think I’ve gone rogue. This has happened before when I’ve gone away on holiday. My thoughts about this are to post when you can.

“You don’t need to be “ON” 24/7”

Taking a break sometimes is the best way to find new ways to become extraordinary. It’s the silence between the different pursuits you have in life that create the epic moments of success, and in my case, viral blog posts.

6. People assume you don’t have stuff ups

Hahahaha……if only you knew. Actually, you do because I post about it all the time. In case you have forgotten, extraordinary people have so many stuff ups that they can’t even name them all. The stuff ups give you the muscle to execute when the odds are against you.

The stuff ups give you courage like a coat of armor that a warrior wears. Learning to appreciate the stuff ups is the hardest part. These celebrities you follow claim they do although I know for a fact that many of them don’t.

Sometimes people think I just woke up one day and was lucky enough to get published on a blog that went on to have a cult following. This is not what happened to me at all. I tried many creative pursuits that failed beforehand- mostly music related.

I tried for a long time to be on the top of iTunes. I never even got close. All of those attempts then culminated in me using a different way to evoke emotion in people. The failure caused me to find another way to do the same thing. Blogging was the channel. I didn’t choose it and I didn’t even know. It happened by accident.

“It was a science experiment gone wrong. Success often is”

Conclusion

The purpose of this post is to show you the other side of being extraordinary or successful. Too often we only see the upside and not always the downside. This post is not a message to the world which says don’t be extraordinary; it’s a warning of what to expect.

Go out there and change the world. Make your dreams come true.

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Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.com

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It has been said by Robin Sharma, “5 AM is the time of least distraction, highest human glory, and greatest peace.” This also happens to be the central idea or the core value he has discussed in his book, ‘The 5 Am Club.’ Speaking of early mornings, at what time do you wake up? Are you annoyed by the fact that you wake up on the edge of time and then rush to work in haste? 

The life lessons put forth by The 5 AM Club are exactly the learning and motivation you need to challenge your complacency. In your race against time, you may not have the time to read this fabulous book. So, we have summed up the key book’s takeaways for your convenience.

1. The vigor of waking up early

This is what the book’s most fundamental advice to everyone is. Waking up at 5 am every day can work wonders to avert failures and make success a natural habit. When we wake up at 5 am, we have more time on our hands than others. Besides, this is when we have minimum interruptions and maximum powerfulness of the mind. 

To add, the early morning peace is priceless! You can schedule your most important tasks of the day between 5am, and 8am. This book teaches us in the simplest way, how we can train our mind and strengthen it to deliver the highest productivity by waking up early. This energy that you have when you wake up in the morning and the few additional hours in your day are what serve as perfect ingredients for success.

“The secret to productivity is simplicity.” – Robin Sharma

2. The power of finding the right balance in life

The book talks about a precious lesson of finding the right balance within. We often talk about the need for mindfulness and achieving the right mindset to perceive things. But this book goes a few steps ahead of our usual approach to life. It highlights the vitality of mindset and introduces the concepts of heartset, healthset, and soulset.

These terms may seem new, but they are self-explanatory. The idea of heartset endorses the essentialness of emotional stability and well-being. Next, the perspective of healthset indicates the need to look after physical health. At last, soulset is an attribute of spirituality. As explained in this book, success prospects can be enhanced big time by achieving the right balance between these internal virtues.

3. The iconic 20/20/20 modus operandi

What is the first thing you will do if you start waking up at 5 am every day? Did you ever spare a thought about it? This book has the answer to this question, and you will be convinced that it is a great way to begin your day!. The author suggests that you should split the first hour of the day into three equal parts of 20 minutes each.

In the first 20 minutes of the day, you should prioritize your physical fitness and exercise. In the next 20 minutes, you should energize your soul and spirit via self-reflection and soulful meditation. This will prepare you for the rest of the day and will enable you to bolster your commitment and focus. In the last 20 minutes of the first hour, you should read and learn. But what are you going to read about in those 20 minutes? Read about successful people and their inspiring journeys to the pinnacle of success.

4. The significance of a proper sleep schedule

In this book, there is a mention of ‘a ferocious global sleep recession’, which is intriguing and enlightening. It hints at the state of sleep deprivation that this world is sinking into gradually. We often associate success and hard work with the notion of staying up all night and testing our endurance beyond limits. But that is not the right approach to accomplishing success, or rather, it is a flawed methodology.

Sometimes even if we do not have any critical work, we keep whiling our night time on social media or television. What are we gaining from it is the real question, and I am afraid the answer is nothing! We learn from this book that it is critical to look after your sleep cycle and start your day at 5 am afresh. Sleep and rest are indispensable for mental and physical well-being, or your productivity will decline.

“If you want to have the results only 5% have, you must be willing to do and think like only 5% do and think.” – Robin Sharma

5. The art of evolving

The book sheds light on the need to be spiritual and master self-reflection. However, do you realize the purpose that the routine of reflection each morning serves? The idea is to keep learning, keep reflecting on the mistakes and keep evolution an ongoing process. You should evolve every day and strive to be a better version of yourself every day. So, one of your primary goals after waking up should be to reflect on your actions and missed opportunities of the previous day.

To recapitulate, The 5 AM Club is a must-read book if you are a passionate reader. It has the prowess and charm to refurbish your perception of life altogether. Even if you cannot read the book for some reason, make sure you incorporate the above key takeaways into your life. By starting your day at 5 am, you can rediscover your lost soul and enthusiasm, and you would not have complaints to make about the lack of time. If you can own your mornings, you can go places on the ladder of success, for excuses are only for those who are not committed to their goals.

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