The social media experiment

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I recently read a post by Mark Manson, who posed an interesting question. What are you willing to suffer for? (Reference: Mark Manson – the most important question of your life.)

The final lines really bring the point home…
“Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for. People who enjoy the struggles of a gym are the ones who get in good shape. People who enjoy long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who move up it. People who enjoy the stresses and uncertainty of the starving artist lifestyle are ultimately the ones who live it and make it.

This is not a call for willpower or “grit.” This is not another admonishment of “no pain, no gain.”

This is the most simple and basic component of life: our struggles determine our successes. So choose your struggles wisely, my friend.the struggles of a gym are the ones who get in good shape. People who enjoy long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who move up it. People who enjoy the stresses and uncertainty of the starving artist lifestyle are ultimately the ones who live it and make it.

This is not a call for willpower or “grit.” This is not another admonishment of “no pain, no gain.”

This is the most simple and basic component of life: our struggles determine our successes. So choose your struggles wisely, my friend.”

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What I enjoyed even more were the responses I received from friends once I reposted this post. Here are a few:

Helena, this was a good read and a good reminder about what a good life means. We are the architects and we need to learn to make our lives more meaningful. It’s an ongoing conversation with ourselves. Have we made the most of it? It’s exciting to participate in once own life, right!?! BRK

It is easy to get caught up in the American Dream and become disillusioned with the challenges and setbacks. I like how this author refocuses on the process of achieving goals as living life. KS

Good read to start my day, especially “so choose your struggles wisely, my friend.”AC

 

Friends and family inspire me and help me through the struggles.
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