Who are you? It’s a simple enough question, but my experience has been that most people can’t answer it. The sad reality is that most will walk around declaring to everyone else, “I’ll be whatever you want me to be so I can feel like I’m worth something.” Why then is it that with so many people willing to do anything to be loved, so few feel loved? Because only someone who is “nothing” would be willing to be “anything.”
Let me explain it like this: people either consume or create.
A person can consume without standing for anything and without having any value. Consumption is as easy as watching TV, eating at McDonald’s, and masturbating to internet porn. Its allure is the idea that you can “have” without the risk of rejection or the judgment of others. But it’s a lie that most people never understand. Know this: as a person, you will never gain value by consuming the value of others.
However, if you choose to create something, magic happens. Maybe you write your philosophy down and post it on the internet. Maybe you say something to a cute girl. Maybe you start a business, paint a picture, or fight for a cause. Whichever, in that moment when you choose to “do” rather than “consume,” you have made a choice to take action and create something. You now have something to offer the world, and thus you have real value.
Surly enough the consumers, commentators, naysayers, troglodytes, and other spectators will say mean things to you for having the courage that they do not. They will say that they could do it better than you, but they will say this from their La-Z-Boy with a nacho cheese stain on their shirt and a warm beer in their hand. They find it easy to verbally tear you down, yet it’s impossible for them to do anything other than talk. They are paralyzed by the risk of rejection and the fear of judgments that others may have. They consume like black holes, indiscriminately sucking in and tearing down the value of others, as they suffer from an unquenchable emptiness at their core.
See the consumers for what they are: unhappy from lack of value. And when they comment on your creations, question your value, and attempt to derail what you stand for, don’t let them steal your happiness. Remember that when you remain constant in who you are, you have value. This value is born from the confidence to stand for something and the courage to take action on it.
Who are you? You are someone with the balls to risk being hated for what you create, and it is this personality trait that will eventually reward you with the money and relationships you seek. There is no other way.
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