why most people live mediocre lives

why most people live mediocre lives
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“The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.” — Benjamin E. May

Many people settle for a life that is not as good as it could be. They're satisfied with ordinary jobs, average lifestyles, partners who don't make them truly happy, and friends who don't inspire them. They do this because they're afraid. They let their fears control them and make decisions based on avoiding pain and failure. Unfortunately, this means they miss out on the happiness and pleasure they truly deserve.

But here's something important to remember: we all have a limited amount of time on this Earth. Eventually, our time will run out. No matter what we do or don't do, the future will come. So, doesn't it make sense to use the time we have to create a future that we really want?

Instead of always trying to avoid failure or things that scare us, why not take risks and go after what we truly desire? Time will pass anyway, whether we take action or not. So why not move forward toward our dreams and embrace the challenges along the way?

In life, there are two types of people: those who actively shape their own destiny and those who simply go along for the ride. The ones who belong to the first group take risks, pursue their dreams, and work toward a future that brings them joy. They understand that life is a journey and they are in control of their own destination.

On the other hand, those who are passive passengers in life will eventually end up at a destination they're not happy with. By avoiding risks and staying within their comfort zones, they miss out on opportunities for growth and fulfillment.

Here’s the thing: The reason why countless individuals struggle to achieve what they desire is because of the stories they constantly tell themselves. These narratives create self-imposed barriers based on beliefs about their intelligence, education, skills, time, supportive network, and what have you. Soon, these debilitating, fictional tales become self-fulfilling prophecies, acting as obstacles that prevent them from moving forward toward the things they truly desire and enjoy.

So, let's commit to not settling for a mediocre life. Let's take charge of our own happiness and make the most of the time we have. It's up to us to create and experience the life we truly deserve.


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