7 Truths Everyone Forgets

Number 7: complaining does not make things better.

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I. We all die

“All my possessions for a moment.”

Isabel I of England.

No use being rich if our time is up. I still remember Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. The last thing he said was: “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

How to apply it to your life

Steve Jobs said he performed the same ritual every morning. He would get up, go to the restroom, look in the mirror, and ask himself: “If today were the last day of my life would I want to do what I’m going to do today?”

II. Nobody is perfect

Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.

–Salvador Dali.

I was raised to be a slave; I don’t blame my parents. They were educated to be slaves too.

How to apply it to your life

I want you to go to the mirror and look yourself in the eye. I want you to realize that you are all you have. And it is enough to achieve all your goals.

III. You are what you think

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Henry Ford.

As we have seen above, no one is perfect, but they want you to believe it so they can manipulate you.

How to apply it to your life

Being aware of it. Your thoughts can be the bars of your cell or the wings of your back. Choose them well.

IV. Fear keeps you from your dreams

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

Yoda in “The Phantom Menace,” 1999.

Fear is a silent killer. It waits as long as it takes to surprise you. It will not kill you immediately. It likes to see you suffer. It feeds on your feelings.

How to apply it to your life

You have to dare to live. You have to understand that the comfort you experience in your comfort zone is an instrument of the fear to keep you trapped in an invisible prison.

V. Both the good and the bad, it all comes to an end

“Even the best walk on the beach finishes arriving at the rocks. “

Tote King.

Sometimes everything turns out backward and at the worst possible time. Your partner breaks up with you on your birthday, your most beloved family members die on Christmas, you get fired from your job just when you’ve spent your savings.

How to apply it to your life

Understanding that everything comes to an end. The good and bad. Everything.

VI. Most things that are worthwhile are not things

“If I had a lot of things, I would have to take care of them. True freedom is in consuming little.”

José Mujica.

One of the best speeches I have ever heard in my life was “Pepe” (José Mujica) at the Rio de Janeiro Summit in 2012. Every time I remember his words, my skin crawls, and if I play the video, I cry.

How to apply it to your life

Think about why you want something before you buy it.

VII. Complaining does not make things better

“A person good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

Benjamin Franklin.

Complaining doesn’t fix anything. Complaining drains your energy.

Summary

  • I. We all die.
  • II. Nobody is perfect.
  • III. You are what you think.
  • IV. Fear keeps you from your dreams.
  • V. Both the good and the bad, it all comes to an end.
  • VI. Most things that are worthwhile are not things.
  • VII. Complaining does not make things better.

Alberto García (Malafama1981) is the author of the books "Incommensurable. El libro encantado" and "Desde dentro" (Published by Editorial Planeta).

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