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One of the hardest decisions to make in life.. At least for me.
There comes a time in everyone's life that you have to decide to move on! You have to let go of the little people in your life that hold you back from the person you want to be. Personally, this is very hard for me. Let me explain:
The people in my life who I know need to go are the ones that have been there for 8 years! We've been through everything together, and their support is undeniable. However, today is not yesterday. Let me repeat:
TODAY IS NOT YESTERDAY.
Time changes, the economy changes, people change, and more importantly; YOU CHANGE! The way life works is that you make mistakes, you learn, and you grow. At least that's how it should be.
Let me paint the perfect picture. My roommates/above-stated-friends brag about video games, getting wasted, and how many girls they sleep with. My family, just today, challenged me via Fitbit for a step-challenge and I ran 6 miles today to win the competition.
Do you see why you need to get losers out of your life? Do you understand the difference of a negative and positive influence?? Ultimately, everything is your decision, but bad influences do indeed alter your mindset and even your morals and ethics.
It's been said many times before, too:
"If you want to succeed in life, you have to get the losers out of your life" -Les Brown
"You're the average of the five people you spend the most time with." -Jim Rohn
"I spend 33% of time with people I want to be like, 33% of time with people like me, and 33% of time with people I don't want to be like." -Tai Lopez
It's very hard, I know. Especially when you can't avoid certain people. I live with these roommates and they work for me. You have to learn to associate enough without letting them influence you.
Keep in mind that a friendship is like a relationship. They end and you'll move on. The mind and heart of human beings works to bring yourself back to equilibrium, so have faith that even if you have to break ties and it's hard, you're helping yourself out and better people will come into your life.
If anyone wants advice and/or support to make this VERY necessary decision, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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先生Sensei is happy to welcome, Erik Nudson to the team! And being that this is his first article; I just wanted to thank him, as the founder of 先生Sensei, for being a part in this movement. Erik is one of the most driven young men I've had the pleasure of meeting. It is an honor to have him participating in the 先生Sensei movement. I'm excited to see him grow further and work with him on future projects! Cheers!
- Erik Fedorenchik
The Pursuit of Happiness
Where do you most often see happiness? When do you most often feel it?
When you have money or a good relationship? Or you got a promotion or a raise? What about being with friends getting hammered or climbing up a mountain?
On the contrary, when do you most often not feel happiness? Is it only when something bad happens, or is it in all of the blank spaces? When you have the greatest laugh, you’re fine. But seconds afterwards from your brain’s spike in serotonin, you find your body’s equilibrium of that same old, “meh.”
And just how often is it? How often do you truly feel good inside and out? Well, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a simple way to make you happy:
And how true is this? Despite being a legendary internet-fad, I encourage all of you to take some notes.
JUST DO IT!
Dr. Napoleon Hill talks a lot about listening to your “other-self” in Outwitting The Devil (which I HIGHLY recommend), which is essentially the little voice in your head telling you to “not eat that doughnut”, or “don’t spend all that money”, or even “Don't go back to that lying piece of shit, he cheated on you!”
Remember that everything in your life, including everything about yourself, is a result of who you are. 17 months ago, I was in jail before I graduated high school, I had poor grades, I had no job, and all I could do was play video games and complain why life sucked. While in a cold cell, I only thought about how sad my life is and how much I lost everything. And then it struck me. What the fuck did I lose that I hadn’t already? I was going nowhere!
Long story short, I met some great, inspiring people that preached their “other-self”. This includes Erik Fedorenchik, the founder of this website. Eventually I started getting into great habits of studying (I was already set to attend college prior to my jail-time), exercising (which I’ll write tons about in the future), and making every day count.
MAKING EVERY DAY COUNT.
Life is short and it’s much too easy to let it slip by. I listened to myself and understood that when I did something to improve myself each day, I felt happier. This inspired me to make the pursuit of happiness a tenacious goal of mine. If you don’t pursue happiness, it shall not come. Period.
Mind you I’m 19 years old, and I went from a NOBODY to a business owner (with revenue of $5,000+ a week), 3.8 GPA, full-ride student, and Senator of Business at my school’s Student Government Association. I can now run miles in 6 minutes, ace almost all of my classes, hire great people, close thousand dollar deals, and much more. 17 months ago I could probably get a good kill-streak on Call of Duty.
What changed? Realizing I didn’t want to drift through life. I got addicted to taking control of my life. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s simple.
If you make yourself happy and actively pursue bettering yourself, you’ll go to sleep and wake up every day feeling more satisfied than ever. Think about it this way:
Imagine you’re back in junior-high. Yes, I know it’s painful, but please bear with me. You see your crush walking down the hallway, right? Your palms are sweaty, knees weak, mom’s spaghetti- sorry, it’s too easy to lose myself. (INSERT PUN OF THE YEAR AWARD). Anyways, you see your crush and it’s like every ounce of you wants to talk to them and every ounce of you is saying FUCK THAT.
And the worst part of it all is that you go home and can’t stop thinking about it and regretting that you didn’t do it. And this is exactly life. This is where happiness is derived from. You have to be a little bit of an asshole to nut-up or shut up and get what you want.
It’s all too easy to go to sleep and say “I’ll do it tomorrow”. But what if never tomorrow never comes? Do you ever realize that? That people always live in tomorrow, rather than today? News flash! Tomorrow NEVER comes. You have to decide to make changes NOW!
So, if I may,
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