Invincibility is a delusion.

It’s a delusion, Motivational Speakers prey on.

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At a motivational speaking conference where my colleagues simply expected me to sit through and applaud; I couldn’t resist keeping my mouth shut.

As the Speaker empathically preached to the crowd,

…Oh what the fuck. I guess I’ll have to jump in now.

I was told to leave, for bringing that kinda negativity into this fellas world of invincibility.

In my defence, he did ask me to speak my mind; kinda seems like the fella had it coming.

But whatever,
It was blessing in disguise, trust me, I needed a cigarette real bad.

Let’s bring some reality into this mythical phenomenon — We’re not invincible.

Though I’m sure, most of us would like to be believe we are.

We’re not. Believing it, sure as hell is motivating.

Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.

It’s struggle.

It’s tough, and it’s not easy.

Those words don’t sound that motivating, trust me I left the same way first time my mentor told me that.

I didn’t want to be told I wasn’t invincible.

I wanted to believe I was.

Until, reality struck — all my plans fell apart.

Down on my luck, and there I was — 20 years old, hooked on depression medication; wondering how it all fell apart.

That’s when I realised, I’m not invincible.

My only goal is to move through the struggle, learn to endure the pain, take a break — and let reality set in, keep moving.

We won’t all get the dream jobs we hope for, I hope that you do — trust me, wholeheartedly I wish all my students would go on to be successful.

The last thing I want to do is prepare them for a world that is unforgiving, by making them believe they’re invincible.

It’s harsh words, especially when students look up to me for advice.

I too was once a student, I know how they feel — I too felt invincible.

Except now I sit where once my mentor did, and my students where I once would’ve been — believing that same delusion I did at the time, I’m invincible.

I’m not.

Life is, unpredictable — nobody with a magic globe could tell us what comes next.

Maybe it’s a lottery, maybe it’s demise.

All I ever learnt from my experience, was simply this — prepare yourself.

Learn, Pursue, Seek to understand, Be curious, Ask Questions, Be Inspired by struggle — but don’t fall into the trap of believing you’re invincible.

It sounds like a great damn speech, but coming from a motivational speaker who stands on a stage preaching to a crowd paying upwards of $100 to listen to him say “We’re Invincible”; whilst he’s safely guarded by security to throw anybody out that will question their views — ain’t worth a dime.

Let this not demotivate you, let it be known that in your pursuit you will find struggle, you will find rejection, and you will get knocked down.

Keep moving, and you’ll persevere.

Just learn to get back up again without getting crushed by a false sense of belief that “We’re Invincible”.

On that note, I leave you with a great track by legends The Rolling Stones to kickstart the background music to your pursuit.

The Rolling Stones — Gimme Shelter / Let It Bleed (1969).

Thank you for reading.

I failed to learn the piano, so I decided I’d play the keyboard instead. //All aboard the Crazytrain.

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