I am a firm believer that the biggest reason that when someone becomes successful its because they spent more time creating things than consuming.
We face a lot of struggles today because in an age of consumerism and fast food we end up being consumed by consumerism.
We go to work for someone else and sell what they created. We come home tired. We sit on the couch and watch a sitcom and each our Doritos. All we do is consume and sell things we don’t own.
And then one day we look in the mirror and we are overweight and sad and we look at house and our family and we think.. God. I’m a piece of shit! What kind of man am I? What do my kids see? What does my wife think of me? And most of all why do I hate my life and how did this happen?
I’ve been there. It’s pure pain. It’s sad! And then the day came when I decided that it had to end. I can’t call that living. I call it slowly dying.
So I got up and I started to work. I was excited and I was struggling! I set goals and then I didn’t reach them! I was desperate and you can imagine where that lead me. I went to jail.
I sat in that cell and I hated myself even more and at first I was angry but after a day I met a man. He was there for other reasons. He was a drunk. He couldn’t stop. I felt pain for him. As I sat and listened to his sad story and I cared about who he was I kept thinking… How does someone at his age not see the mistakes he is making? How is he so blind and how can he keep blaming others for his mistakes.
I know now how damaging addiction can be and I understand him better but I still didn’t want to be him. I don’t want to be the man who looks back at his life and always has an excuse!
The next day he left and I had a few days to sit alone and think. I was there for 5 days and when I left I had made several promises to myself.
- I would do something great for other people.
- I would not do the same things I did before
- I would not place myself in dangerous situations
- And most importantly, I would become someone valuable to others.
I wrote them down on the inside of a book cover that was stolen and tore out the page before I left.
The problem is I didn’t know how to do those things.
That’s when I started to consume. I had 47 dollars on my pocket at one point. I was homeless and I spent that money on a success program. I still use that program today and I made the right decision.
I work hard everyday to create more things. I consume and I create and I do it over and over. I do it because I will keep the promises I made that day! I will do the things I said I would do and I know I am tough enough because I had days with no food and no sleep and I’ve been places that I wouldn’t wish on an enemy.
So when you sit at home hating your life and complaining it’s not what want it to be think about this post… And then turn the TV off and throw that shit your eating out and go do something great with your life!
Ikon Republik- I live and travel in a frickin van and I love my life! I founded a magazine, VEGA Magazine. My magazine is full of beautiful nude women and its based around the idea of respect and soon it will include amazing articles on how to improve your life! Out of the last 8 months, I have spent 4 of them living in the desert, under the stars and cooking over a campfire that was made with two sticks and a bow. I believe in self-sufficiency and integrity. My website is www.ikonrepublik.com