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7 Things That Will Ruin Your Life, If You Let Them
Adding on to a recent Twitter thread that performed really well...
Some of my threads on Twitter lately have blown up.
So much so, that I’ve hit over 8,000 followers on the new account I made in late July.
My previous account only hit 8,000 in 18 months due to being dormant from 2011 to 2020. I learned far too late that Twitter penalizes accounts that sit dormant, so I restarted.
Safe to say it was the right move…
I want to highlight a thread I made last week about things that can ruin your life, if you let them:
How many times have you heard of someone dealing with the crushing weight of debt and bills?
It was all I heard adults in my family talking about as a child, coming from a lower class home.
I love my family, but as I grew older I realized that almost all of their troubles were self-induced.
They would buy things they didn’t need and never looked further than a week ahead.
I never heard about the idea of investing until I came across it myself as a young adult.
You must pay yourself first, before your money goes back out into the world. If this idea is foreign to you, read The Richest Man in Babylon ASAP.
I hate to pick on family so much, but it’s an unfortunate reality many of us deal end up dealing with.
When you start prioritizing yourself and making dramatic improvements, it is not uncommon for friends and family to attempt to sabotage you.
For whatever reason, some people get emotional and unstable when people near them start winning.
You have to cut these people out of your life.
I myself have had to do this with someone very close to me. It hurt and it still hurts, but it was the only way to move forward in a healthy manner.
We all start out thinking we can save everyone else too in our journey of self-improvement, but the world doesn’t work that way.
You can only control yourself.
I know several people who live for social media.
Their entire lives are posted and documented. While I like this idea for professional activities, doing it for your personal life is dangerous.
It is easy to fall into the trap of living for other people and maintaining a perfect reputation.
While doing that, it’s also easy to feel influenced (they are called influencers for a reason) by the content you see.
Lower the time you spend scrolling and recognize that the only things you are seeing are highlights.
You almost never see the lowlights.
I’ll be honest, I push extra hard on the alcohol thing in my content because I know it pushes people’s buttons.
Do I think it’s possible to enjoy a drink or two here and there without it having any negative impacts? Yes, I do.
However, most people are not that responsible.
The way people defend alcohol when I mention it shows just how much of a global issue it is.
I’ve never been insulted or attacked more than when I mention alcohol.
The truth is that the number of negatives outweigh the positives by a mile and it isn’t even close.
I’m being pretty polarizing here again, on purpose.
Most people do not know that I have been physically active in the gym now for over 7 years.
I’m talking 5+ days/week for 7+ years that has featured a ton of different weightlifting routines and bulking/cutting phases.
I have been both 40lbs overweight and sub-10% body fat.
If I wanted to, I could easily build a brand around fitness/nutrition and become a successful personal trainer.
What I said in this tweet is emphasized, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
Do we all have different metabolisms and health issues that change the way our bodies process and carry fat?
Do we all have to live by the same rules of thermodynamics that do not allow energy to be created nor destroyed? (if there is one thing I remember from my engineering degree, it’s this)
You can’t deposit excuses into the bank and they don’t do the work for you.
Blaming other people feels good because it means you don’t have to accept responsibility for whatever it is that happened.
That said, it never accomplished anything.
No one ever got rich or jacked because they spent all of their time blaming other people for misfortunes.
This is why I often say, “Act like things are your fault, even when they aren’t.”
When you practice this mindset, it allows you to deal with unfortunate situation with ease.
When I finished college and realized that working as an Engineer for 40 years wasn’t going to leave me fulfilled, I felt empty.
The feeling didn’t get better when I looked at my alternatives, because I didn’t know where to start.
That all changed when I sat down and designed my dream life in a very simple way on a piece of paper.
If you want to read what I wrote, read this post from last month:
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