Motorcycles, booze, and women will kill you, but what a way to go.
There are a few things I need to share with you. Things you already know. Things I thought I knew. Things that I lost sight of. Things that I’ve only just come to learn.
1) Ambition is a license to sacrifice.
Ambition will take you away from your friends, your family, your loved ones. Ambition will take you away from everyone and everything you love, but only for as long as you let it.
2) Reflection is essential.
Is reaching (insert the goal that keeps you up at night) really everything you need? Is it worth the loses you’ll incur to get there? You’ve got people who have to live with you, people who have to put up with you, and people who wish they were with you. Have you reflected on the cost to them?
3) Do you really need an extra $10,000 or $20,000 more?
Why, and what can you do to change that? Do you need it more than you need an extra 10 or 20 hours a week to do the things that enjoy? Is it worth saying no to a friend who’s never let you down, or putting off telling someone “I love you.”? I can’t tell you what your time is worth, but I can guarantee you that it’s worth something.
4) Be grateful.
If you’re reading this odds are you’re probably warm, sheltered, fed, hydrated, and with enough disposable income to have gotten yourself online. Not bad. Be grateful of your position and of the opportunities that you have available.
5) Sometimes you need to take a step back in order to move forward.
I read somewhere that giving up because of a problem is like slashing your own front tire because the back one is flat. Bullshit. Sometimes you need to lose the small battles in order to win the war.
6) Life is short, health is even shorter.
There are things and people much more important than ambition and ego. Maybe it’s time to try letting your ambition and ego take a bruising rather than your health. Maybe you’ll come out better for it.
Motorcycles, booze, and women will kill you… but what a way to go. And really, what’s the point of life if you can’t make a little time for living.
Here’s to you, friends. Live happily, live comfortably, and live well. I’m going home to regroup for a moment. It’s not a setback, it’s a detour on my path forward. We’ll meet again somewhere down the road.
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