Alright, this is TTE’s first guest post. Let’s welcome midtownmillennials from the blog midtownmillenials. They’re not teens but nobody’s perfect. So without further ado, here is double M’s:
The Key To Building Wealth That You Either Have Or You Don’t
You’re dying of thirst in the Sahara Desert.
Don’t ask me how you got there or why you don’t have a caravan full of camels and supplies to accompany you, just know that the average human body consists of 60% water and you’re only working with 10% right now.
Answer these questions:
- Would you drink water that was hot and unfiltered?
- Would you drink water that was dirty, muddy, or had bugs in it?
- Would you drink your own urine if it meant surviving for one more day and increasing the potential for rescue?
If you answered “No” to any of these questions, congratulations—you’re dead!
If you answered “Yes” however, you not only have the approval of survival expert Bear Grylls, but you also have the potential to become wealthy!
But let’s say you’re not dying of thirst—just feeling a little dehydrated.
Which of the three choices would you choose then?
What if I told you the more willing you were choose options two and three, the greater predicted levels of success and wealth you’d have?
“Okay, enough with the cryptic (and disturbing) analogies! You’ve lead us on for long enough. What exactly are you talking about?”
Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an American psychologist who says:
“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future—day in, day out. Not just for the week; not just for the month; but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
You can watch her 2013 Ted Talk which has been viewed more than 10 million times.
Hot & Unfiltered
For the vast majority of us, we drink the hot, unfiltered water by going to work every day. We may not particularly like the job or career that we’ve chosen, but we tolerate it. It’s definitely not our dream job (applying sunscreen to scantily clad supermodels) but it pays the bills, puts food on the table, and provides a roof over our heads—all of our basic needs. For most, that’s more than enough.
This is commonly known as the Rat Race.
Now that’s not to say there isn’t a certain level of perseverance involved in the Rat Race because there is—loads of it! I just wouldn’t characterize going through the motions of this endless routine as showing grit. If that were true, then every working soul would have this personality trait, but that’s not the case.
Grit involves something much more intangible; a passion that drives the individual to sustain efforts over the long term in pursuit of an endgame—not just to endure it indefinitely.
Dirty, Muddy, And Buggy
Drinking a tall glass of this beverage definitely, requires some grit. Those who love their careers and can’t picture themselves doing anything else in life are usually the ones downing this concoction and asking for refills!
“Now why on earth would anyone want to drink dirt, mud, and bugs if they weren’t dying of thirst?”
It’s the same reason why some people retire as garbage men, plumbers, and bus drivers. It’s why small business owners regularly clock in 40+ hour week weeks. It’s why there are always people willing to become soldiers, police officers, and firefighters.
Because for every job you turn your nose up to, every weekend you can’t imagine yourself working through, and every risk you’re too cautious to shoulder, there are those who have the grit to pursue these endeavors and not let anything stand in the way of their long-term goals.
This last group is special.
They can be described as eccentric, genius, and a repeat failure all in the same breath. Not only are they willing to “drink their own urine”, but they’ll eagerly accept a cup from you, your friends, and whoever is willing to donate—with a burp and a quirky smile!
Whether it’s surviving in the Sahara Desert, filling a need in society, or changing and even making up their own rules as they go along, these movers and shakers will stop at nothing to fulfill their passions.
YouTube personality Casey Neistat used to get detention or suspended for skateboarding in his school hallways. He was told by his principal that if he thought he could grow up and skateboard through the halls of his office he had another thing coming. Neistat would eventually build a half-pipe in his office so that he could skateboard while he worked. Oh, and CNN recently acquired his Beme app for a cool $25 million. Not bad for a real-life Bart Simpson! A Reddit originals documentary about Neistat delves deeper into his inspiring story.
This is just one example of someone with extreme grit. I’m sure you can think of a few others.
Who inspires you to never give up on your dreams?
Are you gritty enough to ever fulfill them?
Alright, let’s hear it for midtownmillenials! Once again I’d like to thank them for putting the time and effort to contribute. I would highly recommend going over to their blog and checking it out.
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