The American Dream is a Lie

There… I said it… The American Dream is a bunch of bullshit. The dream that you can work towards something, achieve great success, and then hang up your hat and drink Mai Tai’s on the beach on some remote island for the rest of your life, is bullshit.

photo cred: Sven Scheuemeier

“But wait Josh. The American Dream is what America is built on. It’s how we got our start.” Okay maybe… but… how has that worked out for you? Are you living the dream? Are you on the beach chillin with your feet in the sand everyday?

This idea that you can work hard for a short period of time in your life and then kick back and do nothing for the rest of it, is the biggest sham I’ve ever heard or seen.

This is one of the biggest problems with our past, current, and upcoming generations. The thought that we can make one social media post and go viral, we can scratch one lottery ticket and be a millionaire, we can start one business and then sit back and let the cash roll in, we can go hard ONE TIME and then the rest of life is going to be cake.

Bullshit. This is not how life works.

How many times do you hear of someone who won the lottery and then they are broke two years later? How many one hit wonder artists have you never heard from again? How many viral posts lined someone’s pockets for three or four decades? None. Not any of them. This is why the American Dream is a lie. This is not how you achieve anything worth achieving.

Trying to go hard one time is not going to get the job done. If you want to achieve something, if you want to hit your weight loss goals, start your own business, accomplish a massive goal… you better be ready to put in the work every… single… day…

photo cred: Chris Curry

Success exists in those that go hard every day. No matter how much money they rake in, no matter how many championships they win, no matter how much fame and success they achieve, the best of the best go at it every day. No excuses.

Abandon this lie that if you dream enough it will all come true. That if you get lucky, one day, you’ll go viral, land a big contract, and be set. Throw this idea away. If you want to do something bigger, if you want to accomplish something, you need to understand that you are in it for life.

If you want to lose weight, you best understand that you will have to change for the rest of your life. You will have to diet and exercise every day. It will have to become a part of you.

If you want to be a writer, you best understand that you will have to write every single day. You will have to MAKE TIME, sit down, and do the work, every day.

If you want to be rich, you best understand that you’re going to have to get up and Out Hustle every other person in industry, every damn day.

My advice is to stop dreaming, stop thinking you’re going to get lucky with a little bit of work and that you’re going to be able to hang up your hat for the rest of your life. If you want to get some where you’re going to have to get up and go to work over and over and over. And it starts with Little Consistent Victories that you win, every… single… day…

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