Why Most Men Are Too Lazy to Fulfill Their Highest Potential
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
You might not like or agree with what I’m about to say, but when it comes down to the crunch most men are lazy. Untrained to put in the commitment and dedication required to create the kind of inspiring life they’d love, so it stays forever just a day dream.
It isn’t that we necessarily mean to be. In most cases it’s an innocent unconscious choice because we’ve been conditioned to believe we have to follow the well trodden path.
A direction that saps the life and soul from our bodies and hearts, as day after day we spend our short time on this planet pursuing goals and careers that in the end mean fuck all.
It is the path millions of men have followed before, one empty of joy and adventure. It might pay the bills but, if we’re honest with ourselves, it’s is the easy option.
It is an option chosen because we think it’s the way to feel secure, but on the flip side we end up feeling constricted and trapped, secretly yearning for more. But too scared to take a leap of faith and go it alone.
We live at a time when the necessities of life are easily attained, as a result we’ve become comfortable. Today there’s little need for men to courageously step into the unknown, to live on the edge and feel trepidation and fear, yet this is where life really comes alive.
Therefore we remain in imagined safety, frustrated in a life that’s predictable, rarely requiring us to push ourselves to where it becomes an exciting adventure. But as you might be experiencing the mundane saps the fun out of life.
Most Men Are Too Lazy to Fulfill 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, passed 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 highlighted how much more we’re capable of, before we get lost in fear, laziness and the myriad of made up problems we create. This is partly because the challenges of 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, the work that makes us feel like men 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’m only touching the surface of my potential. The same is true for most men and it’s likely you have so much more in your tank than you think. Dig deeper, start by watching this… Are you giving enough of yourself to life?
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