“Success Is Not Normal”
It’s been over 24hrs since I heard these words and I’ve been a bit unsettled ever since
So, I decided to share with you what I heard, so you’ll be unsettled too
Yes, Humans are evolved to Survive.
But we are not evolved to be Successful.
We are evolved to be alive. To be like everyone else. To be living. To survive
Surviving is like being a tree in a jungle. It’s normal.
Succeeding is like being a tree in a desert. It is not normal.
Whenever you say you want to be successful, you are saying you do not want to be normal
But do you really want to be abnormal?
Do you want to be awake when others are sleeping?
Read when others are watching TV?
Invest when others are consuming?
Are you willing to do what it takes?!
I remember in secondary school how the best students read voraciously.
They would read the textbooks, browse for information online, sign up for extra moral classes, and even get a private teacher.
They were not being normal
I was naturally intelligent, but I was normal.
This meant, without much effort I did well in school. I was easily among the top 5 students
But it was only those who were intelligent and abnormal that could consistently take the first position.
I couldn’t drag this with them. They bogarted it pretty much how the successful adults are succeeding in the career
I remember how the top students in the class were called out and awarded pretty much how successful people flaunt their wealth on social media today
If you aren’t ready to do something abnormal don’t talk about success. Don’t even dream about it.
It’s like the overly playful kid in class saying he wants to take the 1st position.
He can say it as much as he wants. Get angry, and even go for prayers. But until he gets abnormal, he won’t see the 1st position in class
In fact, the more he says it the more all the other kids would laugh at him
But the kid who comes first doesn’t even need to say it. Everyone knows that kid would take first (or at least second)
You can tell from his participation in class, test scores, and assignments
Pretty much how we can tell from the friends you now keep and how much you apply yourself to growth
It is true. Not all kids come first, yet majority (if not all) the kids graduate
Yes, you don’t have to be successful to live
To be like everyone else
But if you are going to wish or talk about being successful, don’t do that living a normal life
Apply yourself to doing all that is unusual and uncomfortable
- Read high-value content voraciously
- Write explicitly
- Network like crazy
- Invest bountifully
- Discipline yourself
- Develop Self-awareness
- practice Mindfulness
- Cultivate Courage
- Practice Honesty
- Uphold Your Integrity
- Protect Your Reputation
Whenever you feel tired of doing those
Remember, why you started
If you’re wondering why not everyone can be successful; well, it is because: “To succeed is not normal”
Success is not for normal people
So, get abnormal
Become an anomaly!
A Self-Help Writer And Editor Who Keeps It Simple (Yet Elegant)