Toughen Up | Tai’s Mentor Tip of the Day

I live in Hollywood.

The city where dreams are made. Or I should
say the city of broken dreams.

For years, my neighbor on the right was Katy Perry. And my neighbor on the left is Cameron Diaz.

Why did those two celebrities get their dreams instead of the 1,000,000 struggling actors and musicians who left Hollywood empty handed?

I asked myself that question when I was still a teenager.

I wanted to be someone who got what they wanted.

We all WANT something…

The first answer I got came in the form of a ‘mental framework’ I memorized (a fancy way of saying a quote I memorized).

It was from the famous Columbia historian Will Durant:

“A nation is born Stoic and dies Epicurean.”

Stoics were people who believed in sacrificing the now to get something better later.

Epicureans lived for pleasure.

They believed in “YOLO” – you only live once – so get what you can today without thinking about tomorrow.

Durant was saying great nations and great businesses are built by people willing to sacrifice present luxury for a future benefit.

It also means nations and businesses and lives fall apart once they get into the hands of ‘soft’ people.

Victor Hugo said, “Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.”

Ask Yourself…

So my question to you is, “How soft are you?”

When’s the last time you went a day without eating, went camping and slept on the hard ground, or sat down and read a business book without getting up, went a month without going out to eat, did 100 push ups, or walked to get groceries instead of taking the car?

An Amish old farmer once told me, “Tai there are 3 types of people in the world. People who make things happen; people who watch things happen; and people who WONDER what happened.”

If you are wondering what happened to your dreams there is a simple answer….

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