Why I never joined the ‘Champagne Poppin’ club.
Stress is one of the greatest motivators that I know of; In college nothing cured my procrastination like the sudden realisation that the assignment was due tomorrow. Resulting in all-nighters, last-minute submissions, or worse come to worse faking a stomach ache to get a week’s extension.
Yeap. That was me. I was an addict of comfort.
As with any recovering addict, the fear of relapsing always lingers around. Hence, I never let myself become too comfortable.
Colleagues and Friends have often remarked that I like working myself to death, I don’t like the label of a ‘workaholic’ — to me work is my cure to shutting down my noisy brain.
Rabbi. Abraham J. Twerski’s views on ‘Stress’ are the ones that made the most sense to me, hence I never let myself feel too comfortable.
“The Stimulus for the Lobster to be able to grow is that it feels uncomfortable”.
I don’t want feel too comfortable again, because I worry I’ll enjoy the comfort of my bed too much and hitting that snooze button will be the death of me.
No matter how tough a situation gets, there’s usually an emergency exist; it’s the easiest door to run through but I can’t return through the same door from which I exited.
I once asked my father what the easiest way was to make a Million?
He answered, ‘That’s easy, you start with Two.’
What does that tell me about myself? I can take the easy way out, but by taking that easy way out I’ve just made rebuilding myself a lot harder than it needed to be.
Stress allows us to grow, As Rabbi. Abraham Twerski mentions; it’s human.
Why would I deny something that is essential to natural growth?
Think of when you’ve gone to the gym, the stress applied to the muscle, the burning sensations, is what allows it to grow.
It’s human-nature and it’s the way it’s meant to be.
There’s no easy path to a sustainable future.
Which is why I don’t pop champagne and celebrate every time I achieve something, it’s not a cause for celebration to me but rather it’s a reminder that I now have to work twice as hard to maintain it and grow further.
But I do enjoy my colleagues reactions every time someone gets hit in the face with the corkscrew.