All Of Your Heroes Are Dying & So Are You – A List To Remember

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Which I suppose is, the first thing they forget to tell you about heroes.
 
There are a lot of things that you’ll find out when you’re on the journey to being your best self.
 
This is a list of some things that I wished someone would have said or mentioned to me:
 
  1. Be nice. It will feel natural and much easier, to have bad days and carry them with you. Do not. It is a fucked up thing to expect others to do that emotional labor for you, to make you feel better, to lift you up. Friends will do that, but most others will not. And no one should have to.
  2. Read more. You only get better by learning and sharing ideas with others. Reading is a good way to do both.
  3. Do you want the thing or the experience? Do you really want those Gucci dog tags? True Religion jeans? Nike Air Jordan 1 UNCs? Or do you want the envy that comes when some people see you with those things? If you can’t tell the difference, start over.
  4. Happiness is not contagious. Being genuine is. As is being thoughtful.
  5. Your mental health is the most important thing you can maintain. Do the work to take care of it.
  6. Life is fair, because the market does not give two fucks about your day. Do decent work, try your best, don’t be lazy. Pursue every opportunity. 
  7. Life is unfair, because the market does not give two fucks about your day. Do decent work, try your best, don’t be lazy. Pursue every opportunity.
  8. There are no conventional paths to success – “Where we’re going, there are no roads.”
  9. Be willing to eat shit for what you love. If you really want to paint, are you gonna wash the craft store’s windows for supplies at 25% off? Would you walk dogs to pay for art school tuition? Would you apprentice for a semi-successful artist for free? If no, see no. 7.
  10. Your heroes have died and will die. So will you. Start looking forward and stop doing all the shit that won’t matter.
Stop waiting for permission.
 
Be the best fucking you there is–There’s only one.

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