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10 Ways to Realize Your Life Isn’t so Bad

Imagine this.

You’re fresh out of high school. You haven’t even got to experience some of the momentous times in your life — your first serious love, your first real job in your career, your first home.

You’re Alive

“We are quick to forget that just being alive is an extraordinary piece of good luck, a remote event, a chance occurrence of monstrous proportions.” — Nassim Taleb

I harp on this to the point of redundancy because it’s true.

You Have Access to the Internet

“The internet has massively broadened the possible space of careers. Most people haven’t figured this out yet.” — Naval Ravikant

Almost everyone who believes they have no upward mobility in life suffers from one huge blindspot. They don’t understand the power of the internet. There is an infinite number of ways to improve your life, start a business, make more money, get smarter, and build your network on the internet.

Most of Your Problems Are Purely Psychological

“If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.” — Marcus Aurelius

People who feel like the game of life is rigged against them have a perception problem. They don’t understand the extent to which perception shapes reality. Perception is reality. If you think the sky is falling, it will fall on you. If you think the world is abundant with opportunity, you’ll find those opportunities.

Politicians Are All Basically the Same and the Media is Nonsense

“To be completely cured of newspapers, spend a year reading the previous week’s newspapers.” — Nassim Taleb

Politics doesn’t matter. And even if it does, what can you personally do about it? Nothing except for vote every once in a while. Why not just do that and tune out the rest of the time? Because you’re addicted to narratives that absolve you of personal responsibility. And the powers that be have every incentive to sell you the narrative. That’s it.

You Are in the One Percent

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Of the entire world. We’re so spoiled. Some seven-year-old kid made the iPhone you complain from. Did you know they keep a net around the factory where iPhones are built? Why? Because, after being made to work 24-hour shifts at a time over and over, some of the employees jump off the building.

You Have Talent

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” — Dr. Suess

Maybe you don’t have the exact talent you want, but you’ll come to find that getting good at something you have a talent for will create passion. People sell themselves so short. You sell yourself short. Your ceiling is higher than you can even fathom, but you find yourself complaining about your life because…achieving your potential is frightening.

You’re Capable No Matter What

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison

When I was “struggling” to build my writing career to a full-time gig, I’d often think of some examples that stopped my complaining in my tracks. Helen Keller, Stephen Hawking, and the person I learned blogging from to start with, Jon Morrow. They had to deal with physical difficulties I couldn’t fathom and still pulled it off.

Society is Pretty Good

“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” — Thomas Sowell

I’m one of the top writers on Medium. I’m a black male. I know many other top writers — people of all different genders, races, sexual orientations, religious beliefs (or lack thereof), and political leanings. We’re successful writers because we’re judged on the quality of our writing. Is society perfect? No. But I’m not going to wait until racism is at 0.00% before I start trying to improve my life.

Your Current Reality is Fluid

Success is entirely accessible, even if you happen to be a huge screw-up 95 percent of the time. — Scott Adams

Even if your life is kinda bad right now. Understand that it’s also not that bad because you have time to change it. I talk about the fact that your life could end at any moment, but I use that to motivate people to act. In reality, statistically, you’ll probably be alive for at least another few years. Do something with those years.

Your Bases Are Covered

“The root of suffering is attachment.” — The Buddha

Again, there are some exceptions to this, but unless you’re a 1,000% depressed, 1000% percent isolated 10,0000% circumstantially screwed individual, you have something to hold onto.

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