Are You Being a Discount Version of Yourself? Here’s What You Need to Do (And Cash Giveaway Winner Revealed)
I think most of us have only reached, at best, 5% of our potential.
I’m talking about every single person reading this right now, including me. So that means you too.
Are you satisfied where you’re at? Are you ok with where you’re heading?
Be honest with yourself.
Even if you’re faking it or trying to put up a front in front of everyone else, you need to look in the mirror and demand the truth from yourself. What’s the point of lying to yourself? You have to dig deep. If you’re unsure, or maybe you’re too young so you’re not sure what you want in life. You don’t know your passion. So you don’t even know what path to take. I get it. It took me until I was about 30 years old to really find my passions.
Note that I said passions (with an s). I never understood why people are always short-changing themselves. Who the heck said that it had to be one thing? I like a ton of stuff. Don’t you? Why would I limit myself to just one thing? And I’m constantly finding new things that I like.
Ignorance is not bliss; it’s pain
I hear this oft-quoted saying being thrown around, like all the time. “Ignorance is bliss.” No it ain’t. It’s pain. Any type of “not knowing” will result in you missing out in some form or another. It’ll result in you suffering, without you even knowing where the pain is originating from.
Not knowing, gives you fewer choices, by default. You have no choice in the matter, because well, you don’t know what you don’t know (that’s what being ignorant is). And who wants fewer choices? Most everyone I know want more choices. Not fewer. And you can’t make a choice, if you’re constantly being limited.
So broaden your horizons. Always be willing to take the risk. Shoot the shots. Read the books and watch the videos. Attend business conferences and sign up for Masterminds. You need to do this, if you don’t want to end up being ignorant all your life.
Not learning, not growing, and not trying new things…there’s a word for that: average
Ask yourself that question.
“Do I want to be average?”
“Do I want to live out my life being average?”
Most of you don’t feel good being average. Because well…maybe you weren’t supposed to just live a mundane average life. No wonder so many people are depressed and unhappy!
We get so busy just barely keeping up with life, that we never fulfill our true potential
Do you know what the rich have the average people don’t?
I know that sounds contradictory.
Because I’ve said before that everyone has the same 24 hours. And yet, even though that still holds true (from a literal sense) the rich all start with just 24 hours for every day that passes, like the rest of society. But as they grow in wealth, they can leverage their wealth to, in essence, create more time by employing other people to do stuff for them. They also can use their wealth to create options for themselves. The freedom to choose. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
But let’s talk about you. You the reader. What about you?
Are you barely able to keep up with life? The bills, the responsibilities, the homework (if you’re a student), projects, assignments, classes, meetings, client phone calls, client walk-ins, spending time with family, spending time for health and spiritual well-being.
All of these things require time. And yet most of us are so stretched for time, you barely have time to breath, let alone try to hit our “true potential.” That sounds like a luxury that very few of us have access to.
If you’re barely able to keep up with life, that means you’re drowning; and drowning people can’t think straight
Do you know why life guards carry around their rescue tubes (those flotation devices?)? It’s for saving drowning people. You might be asking yourself, “no duh Tim.” But that’s not my point.
Did you know that life guards throw these rescue tubes to people who’re drowning; but they never ever directly take hold of the drowning person? They never swim up to the drowning person to physically lend them a hand. Do you know why?
It’s because the drowning person instinctively will try to use the lifeguard (the person trying to save them) to push themselves out of the water to keep from drowning. This will then inevitably end up with both the lifeguard and the drowning person drowning and dying. The drowning person can’t help it. They’re only thinking of survival and no matter how stupid and irrational it may be, they can’t just stay still while the lifeguard pulls them to safety because they’re unable, in the moment, to think straight.
Do you get where I’m going with this? If you’re so busy on a day to day that you have no time for self-reflection or trying new things, no wonder you’re stuck in the same old same old. And you’re going to be like that for the rest of your life.
You need to make time to think up an exit strategy
Do you have a plan B?
If you don’t, why not? How arrogant can you be, to think that your Plan A will absolutely work?
Now, I say that rhetorically. I don’t think you’re arrogant. Like I’ve said above with the drowning analogy, I just think that you’re overwhelmed. Too overwhelmed to think up and plan out a plan B. But plan you must. And don’t just stop there.
Life doesn’t always go according to plan; you need to have multiple exit strategies ready to deploy
You thought I was gonna stop at Plan B huh?
Not even close.
I have more than 1 exit strategy. And so should you. It’s the only way you can have the flexibility to live out a non-discounted version of your story.
I probably have 3+ exit strategies right now, and all of them are pretty good lives that I would have no problem living. I can drop everything I’m doing right now and live very comfortably with my Plan B or Plan C or Plan D.
When you have the freedom to have multiple options, you can breath easier; and when you can breath easier, you can operate at a higher level
So how do you NOT be a discount version of yourself?
Well, you need to be able to operate at a higher level, right? And in order to do that, you need to be in a better place. You have to be in a better place financially, spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally. If you’re not, then you can’t run at optimal levels.
I think one of the most overlooked, out of all of these, is the freedom to have a choice. Like I’ve said, when you feel like a prisoner of your own environment, there’s not a whole lot of motivation to do better and be better. You’re just barely getting by .
So the first thing you need to do is to think of ways to create more options for yourself so that you can have the breathing room to operate at a higher level. Or you’re forever doomed to a life of mediocrity. And who wants a life of mediocrity? I know I don’t. I want to make a difference. And I want to make an impact. What about you? Do you want to just be stuck in a never-ending cycle of paying bills until the day you die? Why even live then? That’s a sad life.
Start experimenting during your free time
Everyone has free time. I’m not saying all of us have a lot of free time. I’m just saying, “some” free time.
But most of us use it ineffectively, so the cycle of “modern day slavery via participation in running the rat race” continues. Do you get what I’m saying? You need to sacrifice some of the instant pleasure of binge-watching Netflix, playing video games, or browsing ESPN/Pinterest/YouTube, and be a bit more productive.
Your future you will thank you.
So what does this mean? How do you experiment?
Try a ton of different stuff.
I’m biased so I would tell you to start a blog (how to start a passive income blog) or a vlog. Start a YouTube channel and talk about your hobbies or just vlog about your day. Read some books so that you can get a different perspective, start an online business, or sell on Amazon. Try something. Anything.
For those of you who’ve been following me for a while, what’s the one analogy I give time and time again about experimentation?
Here it is: how do you make a half-court shot?
You just attempt a ton of shots. Eventually one will go in.
The point is this, the shot going in is inevitable. It just takes time and a certain random number of attempts. Am I making sense here? Most of you are sitting and wishing for a miracle half-court shot. But you’re not even attempting the shots. So…what is it that you want? Magic? Seriously, get to the half-court line and start attempting shots today!
Conclusion and Key Take-Aways
- Maybe you’re not satisfied with your life because you’re being a discounted version of yourself. If you’re gonna keep being a discounted version of yourself, I’m sorry but you’ll never truly be satisfied. You must fulfill your potential to feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction
- Don’t listen to people when they say “ignorance is bliss.” Because ignorance is not bliss. It’s pain. It sucks to be ignorant. So you need to do everything in your power to not be ignorant. You can’t be in a position to make choices based on options when you don’t even know what the options are (that’s what being ignorant means); don’t be clueless
- People that are drowning can’t think straight. I dare you to try saving a drowning person by swimming up to them. They’ll push you into the water just to try to get another breath of air. I’ve had this experience myself when I tried saving my cousin from the pool when we were younger. Good thing I was bigger because I had to end up knocking him out because he kept pushing my head down trying to get out of the water; by knocking him out I was able to safely take him to safety. Both of us almost ended up drowning that day (and both of us dying) because he couldn’t think straight as he was panicking. Here’s why I share that: most of you are drowning so you can’t think straight. You need to give yourself a breather, somehow to give yourself some time to think like a rational human being.
- You need options. The freedom to choose. That’s how you prevent yourself from being in a state of drowning. And the only way to get to that state of options is to become a mad scientist during your free time. And don’t lie to yourself. Even the busiest person has at least some down time. It’s just how well are you using your down time.
- What do I mean by saying be a mad scientist. You need to experiment. A lot. By experimenting a lot, you will eventually hit on some golden nuggets that will change your life forever. How many attempts did Edison make, to try to create the light bulb? Do you know? He tried 1000 times, and failed all 1000 times. What if he had stopped there? We wouldn’t have the light bulb today. You just need to keep experimenting and throwing those shots; and eventually one will go in.
- And as you start making some shots, you’ll eventually end up having a Plan B, a Plan C, and a Plan D. All of these exit strategies would be lives worth living. How nice would that be? So you won’t be just stuck with Plan A, hoping and praying that it works out. Without being stuck with just one option, you will have the bandwidth to operate at a much higher level and be able to harness more than 5% of your potential. Don’t be a discounted version of yourself. Start today. Try stuff and stop stumbling through life like a lifeless zombie!
P.S. here’s the winner of today’s $100 cash give-away:
@nat_the_crab was the first person to guess correctly!
I got my first car when I was 20 years old. Because I immigrated here to the US at age 18, in 2004.
That car was a silver 1997 Ford Escort
Congrats again to @nat_the_crab !!!
Stay tuned for more cash give-aways!
P.P.S. I’m a huge believer in Blogging and social media. Everyone should be blogging and/or vlogging and growing their social media. And I feel like there’s so much demand out there for content and yet everyone I talk to seems to think that blogging is too saturated or social media is too difficult. That makes zero sense. Less than half the world’s population is on the internet through the year 2020. So you’re not late to the party!
Don’t know how to start a blog? Here’s my post on “How to start a passive income blog.”
Have a ton of questions about blogging? Here’s my post covering the most frequently asked questions (FAQ about blogging).
Need help? It’s hard to do things by yourself. It’s so much easier doing things with others. So if you want me to personally mentor you, with a group of about 500 beginning bloggers, then check this out (there’s a short video in the link too that you can watch: Elite Bloggers Guild