Chasing the Dragon: How to Achieve Success Even Though It’s Meaningless

Ayodeji Awosika
7 min readOct 28, 2019


“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” — Jim Carrey

How do you think it’ll feel when you get what you want?

You have these dreams in the back of your mind that you want to pursue. Dreams that you think will help you escape the traps of monotony, “the grind,” the rat race, whatever you want to call it.

You have an entire industry predicated on selling you this dream.

So far, I’ve only made money in this space from doing a few things:

I’ve hesitated from ever going full-blown “guru,” — creating $2,000 courses teaching people how to get rich, so on and so forth.

It never felt right to me. People reach out to me asking if I consult, and I tell them no. I turn down money on purpose because I’m not interested in being a dream seller. I’m interested in telling the truth — about success, the human condition, what seems to work and what doesn’t.

I’ve basically spent my entire writing career staying a short step ahead of the places I’ve just been and writing from that perspective.

Now, after five years of work, I made it to the proverbial “other side.”

I’m not rich and famous. But I work for myself. I’m free. I have a following.

I got exactly what I wanted. I chased the dragon and slayed it.

Here’s how it really feels.

This is How You’ll Feel When You “Arrive”

The euphoria of reaching a long term goal is palpable.

I’ve felt it only a handful of times:



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