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Full Responsibility

One of the more helpful habits I've developed is taking responsibility for everything in my life. This is a strong contrast to the average victim / "things happen to me" mentality that a lot of people have.

Basically I assume that anything "bad" that happens in my life is a direct result of actions I took. If I lose money in the stock market I don't think, "Oh man... I'm so unlucky... the stocks went down."

Instead I think, "I bought those stocks and I lost money because of a decision I made."

The Average Man: Enslaved

On Striving For Happiness

I’d like to tell you the secret of how to find happiness which you've heard before, in that you must follow your heart and begin to ignore the opinion of others which held you in contemptible chains for years, or made you start a journey in the name of prestige. Too many men live inside joyless mazes and yet refuse to listen to the essence of their being to break free because they are scared to listen to their heart, body, mind, and intuition, all of which are taught to be useless guides, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the soul than to ignore one's heart. The very basic aspect of happiness is creating a passionate meaning for one's life. The joy of life comes from our own meaning, and hence there is no greater tragedy than a man following the heartless meaning of society, for each day his soul withers away.

If you desire more out of life, you must caste away society’s meaning of life and adopt a personal meaning of life that will jolt you out of bed in the morning. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will never be able to go back to society and its silly ideas of prestige. And so, in short, get the hell out of your city and start a new life. I guarantee you will be far happier then you’ve ever been. But, honestly, I fear you will ignore my advice completely. You think you’re on the right path, but you are not even on your own path; you are merely a slave to society’s never-ending slave-route.

Don’t follow that path and think it'll turn out okay. Trust yourself, be adventurous, fill each day with love of life. You will always be safe in our society and it would be a shame if you did not take the chance to follow that unconventional path and create a deeper meaning to your life.

You are wrong if you think you don’t need a powerful meaning to live or do the things you do. It should lie underneath every action you take and dollar you make. We must have the courage to turn away from our relentless desire to follow others and listen to our heart instead.

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