August 3, 2020

Screw the Status Quo

Have you ever asked yourself the question, why is everyone else right?
Many times there are really smart people who learned from other really smart people and they have figured out the best way to accomplish a task. Sometimes, it’s just how the majority of people want things to be. Other times, things don’t make any damn sense and just are because that’s the way they’ve always been. It’s “tradition” as they say.
I encourage you to challenge all of it. In fact, that’s exactly what financial independence and early retirement does. It flies directly in the face of what is generally accepted by society. Think a little bit outside the box, save a little more money than the rest of America, and you’ll quickly be better off than most. In fact, many of the richest people in the world made their money by questioning the norm and creating revolutionary changes. They had a vision of the world nobody else could see and in turn made a fortune off of it.
It’s certainly not easy to go against the grain but it can certainly be rewarding.
So many people follow the prescribed pattern to “success”. They go to college, get a degree, buy a car, buy a house, have some kids, work in an office for 40 years, retire, and hope they have enough money or rely on social security. Of course there’s nothing wrong with any of that. But, many of those people will outwardly seem fine while they are miserable inside. They’re doing things that way because it’s what they’ve been told to do all their life. It’s what everyone else around them has done. That’s never the right reason to do something. Any capable adult should have the right mind to make logical decisions based on the information they have or is available to them and find the best way forward. They might ask at some point, is there another way to do this? But unfortunately many either become too blind to the fact there is, or they simply do not have the courage to do anything about it.
Don’t let that be you.

If there is something in your life you’re unhappy with find a way to change it. Want to lose some weight? Take action by researching diets, hire a personal trainer, set a workout schedule. Whatever you need to do to make it happen, do it. Just take action.
There are a million ways to live your life, so choose the one that makes you the happiest. Fuck what everyone else thinks.

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