Time for a confession; I spend a lot of my free time on youtube.
I think it’s a great service, an absolutely brilliant one for seeking knowledge and advice.
I’ve learnt a great deal from online lectures and advice from innovative people from the platform.
But watching videos like these, won’t make you better at anything.
Or videos such as this, Sample.2:
Red flag: Any video that starts off with “Here’s the channel where future Billionaires come to get inspired”, just know it’s going to be a butt-load of complete utter bull-shit.
On the other hand, videos such as these are quite helpful:
And finally, Sample.4:
What I want from you, dear Reader, is to simply understand which information is useful and which information is just simply detrimental to you.
In Sample 1 we’re presented with a very hard-working individual whose life seems to be pretty organised and he seems well-motivated for success.
He listens to Audio Books at a super-sonic speed and travels at the speed of light- He might as well be Superman.
“Every minute counts”, he says.
Now there’s nothing wrong with that.
Except for the fact that it doesn’t take into account those occasional mornings when you wake up to an endless session of a poop that runs your entire toilet paper inventory out-of-stock.
Jokes aside, here’s what I think is wrong with the whole “Productivity-Start-Up-Be-Motivated” culture.
It puts too much pressure on the importance of time-management, meditation mantra, keeping an upbeat attitude, and a lot of other bull-shit.
Waking up at 4:30AM won’t guarantee you success.
Doing Meditation; whilst helping you maintain a clear mind, will not guarantee you success.
Downloading a dozen apps to make sure you’re not a second late for your train, won’t guarantee you success.
Actually, absolutely nothing at all will guarantee you success.
Success isn’t some magical mantra that follows a set of rules.
Success is personal to each Individual.
Success doesn’t come from running through life on hyper-speed mode like you just swallowed twenty Adderalls.
Doesn’t even come close.
You need at least 50.
But I can’t really take Adderall; so I just kinda moon-walk through life — Kinda like this guy.
Now, I’m doing alright at running a Business myself. And honestly, I don’t really ever feel like I work that hard.
Yes I do wake up early, but that’s because I live in a different timezone to the stock-markets that I might be trading in.
Yes I do go to the gym, but I don’t do it because getting huge and buffed up will guarantee me success; I do it because it helps me keep control of my crippling anxiety.
Yes I do meditate; not because I’m hoping this magical meditation session will make me a Billionaire, but because I kinda just need some time off sometimes.
And honestly, I don’t even meditate in the conventional sense.
For me; meditation is lying down — not worrying about anything for a minute or two and listening to my favourite songs.
And everyday I spend over two hours talking to my parents.
Why? Because they fucking gave birth to me.
Clearly; somewhere along the Hard-Working Organised Startup culture, we forgot — we’re all individuals.
And take what you will from these motivational videos; but do not make them your reliance for success.
Repeating someone else’s formula for success will not guarantee you’ll be successful.
Warren Buffet popularly admits he doesn’t understand a lot of the Businesses coming out today, and he doesn’t have to.
He likes Coca-Cola, he sees value — so he stays invested in it.
You might think differently, you might be on the Crypto bug right now.
Or onto Artificial Intelligence.
Or Electric Cars.
Or Renewable Energy.
Well whatever it is; it doesn’t have much to do with waking up at 4:30AM and running a marathon.
Don’t wear yourself out. Cause worn out tires cause accidents, they tend to slip and skid when you’re speeding too fast.
I had the pleasure of knowing one of the most hard-working woman I’ve met in my entire life thus far.
She didn’t meditate, She didn’t follow a strict gym routine, and she didn’t follow a mantra.
Her reason for success was her Identity and her Ethics.
When I first met this wonderful woman — she came to me hungover, after a night out, and quite frankly seemed a little out of it.
When I asked her why she wanted to work for me; she simply said “Well..I just need something to take my mind off my breakup with my girlfriend. I don’t mind working as a barista but they all want to me keep a happy face all the time.”
She got the job. Over the course of a year, she became one of the best managers I ever worked with.
The reason for her success was simply the honesty to herself.
She didn’t need motivational videos or a lecture to get her going in the morning.
She just needed a distraction.
And that distraction was work.
Later on the work became her passion.
And that passion led to success.
By all accounts, this woman wouldn’t have had a chance at a Corporate Firm.
She had no formal degree, showed very little regard for authority, and refused to smile for the sake of smiling.
But her brutal honesty to herself is what made me believe that she would turn out to be a gem.
And she did.
And now she owns her own business; kudos to her.
We hadn’t spoken in a long time and I got around to catching up with her today, and she told me how full of shit some motivational videos could be.
How Self-Help books were a rip-off.
Now there’s a lot of great writers here who do write a great deal about self-help; and they’re pretty good at it — I have the deepest respect for them.
But also, don’t forget — for a lot of other people that’s a profession.
There’s predators out there who will take your hard earned money for a motivational lecture.
And it might not lead to much success at all.
Take it from this guy:
I’ll admit he’s pretty good looking. And he’s got a cool scenario. Gets you all fired up.
I’ll also admit it’s George Clooney and it’s from a movie called “Up in the Air”.
But that’s beside the point.
Don’t zoom through life, take a moment — breathe.
And think to the greatest words I’ve ever heard in my life from a Chain-smoking, World War II Veteran; who ended up writing one of the most influential books of his time.
“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”
-Kurt Vonnegut Jr.