“Some will sell their dreams for small desires “ – Neil Peart
There’s an old tale about two men, walking through the plains, when all of a sudden they see a hungry lion running in their direction. Shocked and in horror upon seeing the approaching lion, the first man takes off his nap sack, takes out a pair of sneakers and starts putting them on. Upon seeing this, the second man yells out, “What are you doing? Why are you putting on your sneakers? You will never be able to outrun that lion!” To which the first man replies, “I don’t need to be able to outrun the lion; I just need to be able to outrun you.”
Life works the same way. You don’t really need to be the very best to get an unproportional amount of success in the world. As a matter of fact, being simply better than most over time will put you miles ahead of everyone else.
The good news is that to be better than most is not very difficult. As a matter of fact, the very point that you are reading this and are trying to improve your life puts you ahead of 90 percent of the people who won’t even take the first step.
THE AVERAGE AMERICAN VS. YOU
But let’s take a closer look at your “competition” with a description of the average American:
• Watches four hours of television a day1
• Is 23 pounds overweight2
• Has only a 20 percent chance of belonging to a gym3
• Eats fast food about twice a week4
• Has about a 16 percent chance of exercising daily5
• Consumes an average of 50 gallons of soda a year6
• Eats 24 pounds of candy a year7
• Consumes 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day8
• Spends about 46 minutes a day commuting9
Is it really that surprising why an average person is unhappy about his or her life, body, sexual attractiveness and financial situation?
IT’S EASY TO BE BETTER THAN MOST (YOU DON’T NEED TO OUTRUN THE LION)
What if during your commute, you did not listen to music or talk radio like the average American, but instead listened to an audio book about someone or something that inspires you ? How much would those 46 minutes a day add up to after a year?
How much better would you feel and look if you simply stopped consuming crappy food?
What if instead of watching four hours of TV a day, you spent only three and spent the extra hour pursuing your dreams and trying to better yourself?
The sad truth is that it is very easy to be better than an average person because the average person has given up chasing his or her dreams and now lives in the state of comfortable mediocrity. A state of existing—not living.
If you spent even an hour a day pursuing the life you truly want and the person you want to become, given enough time, you will surpass the masses. If you spent two hours a day, it will happen even sooner.
I am not the smartest, the best looking; I don’t have the best body; I am not the hardest working, and I am not the most outgoing or social. But I have been able to surpass most by the mere fact that I never stopped trying to improve my life, and who I am as a person. It’s amazing how much further that puts you given enough time. The reason for my success is not that I do a lot, but that most do so little.
To achieve the life you truly want, you do not need to be perfect or even great; you just need to do a little more than most, and you will reap the rewards that most never will. Never stop trying to improve your life and yourself. Small steps add up faster than you realize.
1. Television & Health
2. Overweight is the new normal
3. Are You an Average Man?
4. Eating At Fast-Food Restaurants More Than Twice Per Week Is Associated With More Weight Gain And Insulin Resistance In Otherwise Healthy Young Adults
5. Less Than a Fifth of Americans Exercise on Average Day
6. Average American Stats
7. Average American Stats
8. America By The Numbers
9. Americans Now Spend Over 100 Hours a Year Commuting