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You Don’t Need a Job – You Need Guts

In: Feeling Dead and Uninspired

Truth:

Most people will walk this earth for decades, feeling guilty for not pursuing the great adventures inside of them, but will never do anything about it.

Truth:

Most people are overwhelmed by fear, and will make some of the worst choices of their lives because of it.

Truth:

Most people will put their head down, follow the leader, do exactly as they are told, and will believe that by doing so, they'll get farther in life. While this may have once been the case, in a time when assembly lines were hip, the exact opposite is true now. In the digital age we're living in now, success awaits those who are willing to ask hard questions, take a stand, and be daringly, unflinchingly, trusting of themselves.

Truth:

Most people believe that there is safety & security in a steady 9-5 job. More and more, however, it's becoming glaringly obvious that relying on an external source of livelihood is a big (and irrational) risk. Why wait for someone to give you a job when you can create your own? Entrepreneurship is more accessible than ever, thanks to the Internet, and self-reliance is always, always a good thing.

Truth:

Most people leave the quality of their lives up to luck & happenstance, and believe, somewhere deep down, that eventually they'll be noticed, promoted, given a chance. As much as I love a pristine white horse as much as the next guy, it's crucial to remember that you're always in control—and Google always knows how to get from A to B.

Truth:

Most people want more from life—more fulfillment, more excitement, more pleasure, more peace, more self-assurance, more satisfaction, more happiness, and way more juicy stories to tell—but they'll never get it because they let the lack of immediate know-how become a lifelong obstacle.

Truth:

Most people will never actually do anything they care about—they'll just think they did.

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Growing up, my dad’s favorite line used to be, “Everything in moderation.” What a riot. One would assume that, after having those particular words-o-wisdom jack-hammered into my brain at least once per week, that I would have turned out, well, moderate. I’d think moderately, I’d travel moderately, I’d love moderately, and I’d live moderately. And […]

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It’s 5am. I’m checking out of my hotel in Buenos Aires, and I’m hoping the $80 eye cream I bought is ACTUALLY HELPING ME NOT LOOK LIKE I JUST CRAWLED OUT FROM UNDER A MOSSY, EARTH-STENCHING, FUNGI-COVERED ROCK. Mostly because I knew Andrés would be checking me out–hopefully in more ways than one. Andrés isn’t actually his name, as […]

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You know, this whole “follow your dreams” thing is getting a little old, right? Coming from me, that’s probably surprising. But the problem is that so much of it is fluff. So much out there encourages you to start “living the life of your dreams,” while frolicking on a big white puffy cloud and nibbling […]

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Listen: Do What You Crave Without the Guilt. Travel to Italy. Enroll in That Workshop. Make Your Art Every Afternoon. And Hurl Yourself Into the Unknown—For This Is The Best ROI That Money Can Buy.

My almost-mother-in-law gets really fucking nervous when I travel—especially when I bomb off to South America for a month by myself to drink ALL THE WINE and celebrate ALL THE BOOK DEALS. But she doesn’t get worried in the typical way a mother might; not the way my own mother would have been worried, which would […]

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