“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing” Theodore Roosevelt
You may not like what I’m about to say, but when it comes down to the crunch most men are lazy. Untrained to put in the kind of commitment and dedication that’s required to create the life they dream about. So it stays just a dream.
It isn’t that we necessarily mean to be, it’s an unconscious, innocent choice in most cases because generally we’ve got it too easy. Your life may not seem like it, but we live at a time when the necessities in life are easily attained.
As a result most men have become comfortable, today there’s no need to step in to the unknown, beyond where we fell comfortable. Therefore we remain trapped and frustrated in a life that’s predictable, rarely requiring us to really push ourselves. But as you might be experiencing, the mundane saps the joy out of life.
Most Men Are Too Lazy to Fulfil Their Highest Potential
How do I know this…because I spent along time living the easy life, making do, buying into the limited ideas and beliefs about what was possible for me, past down from my parents, school teachers, society etc. The thing is the longer I believed those stories, the worse life felt. It took me many years to learn that overcoming illusory fear and hard work was part of the way out.
It was this idea which struck me last night, whilst watching The Toughest Job on Earth. An inspiring BBC program comparing jobs in the UK to the same professions in other parts of the world.
It highlights how much more the physical and mental capacities of the human body are capable of, before we get lost in fear, laziness and the myriad of made up problems we create. This is partly because real challenges, like feeding our families in most cases no longer requires us to do more than go to the cupboard. You could say we’re lucky, but the easiness of life sometimes means real work, purposeful work, work that’s necessary never gets done.
We Have So Much More To Give
Rob catching fish in Sierra Leone
Andy a fisherman from the UK, went to Sierra Leone where day to day life is pretty much about survival. There is no stopping, no holidays, no time off. It is literally life or death. To give up or stop working would mean starvation. A man’s life as a fisherman in Sierra Leone is tough, yet they don’t moan or blame life. They get on with it. They do what they need to do. There’s no time for depression, anxiety or even illness. These men are machines, they show us how our pampered, vain and lazy lives take away from our ability to create change, inspire and take on life with courage and determination.
This program woke me up. It showed me I have so much more, that I am only touching the surface of my potential. The same is true for most men, are you giving enough of yourself. If not it’s likely you have so much more in your tank than you think. Dig deeper, start by watching this…
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