The 5 Freedoms: 3: The Freedom to Change

A dear friend once told me a story.

There was once an old man sitting on his porch with his dog. A young boy passed by and heard the dog yelping. He came back later on and heard the dog yelping still, but still he ignored it. He passed by the next day and this time the dog was wailing in pain. Annoyed He came over to see what was wrong.

“Whats wrong with your dog?” He asked the old man.

“He’s been laying on a rusty nail in the floor the past couple days.” The old man replied.

Surprised, the boy asked. “So why doesnt he move?”

The man replied simply: “Because it doesn’t hurt enough.”

Many people say they want to change, they’re comfortable in their circumstances that dont feel the need to take the steps to truly improve themselves.

The paradox of the self help movement is that its dependent on our sense of inadequacy at times.

The Self-help industry has 22% success rate because most people even though they read and take in all this knowledge, simply never planned on using it in the first place.It was just all talk.

50 cent once made a valid point on many people who educate themselves.

“People who study business and get their Masters are deemed intelligent. I think they just have great short-term memories and retain information long enough to pass exams. If they actually applied that information then we’d have a problem, we’d have an over-population of successful people.”

“How badly do you want change?” -Was what a mentor would always ask me whenever we spoke.  I could never answer that question because it felt corny to respond.  I realise now however that without being able to adapt to what life throws at you is not being able to succeed.

The universe is smart. It will always test you to see what you care about the most. It knows that we as a people dont appreciate anything that comes easy to us. Set a goal. Any goal and as you set out to get it done watch how many roadblocks and hinderances will come your way.  Its how life tests you to see if you truly are hungry to succeed.

This is painful to some. Change is always painful. As old habits fade away and are replaced with new better ones.

Arnold Schwarzenegger began lifting weights at age 15. He was awarded the title of Mr. Universe at age 20 and won the Mr. Olympia contest around 7 times.  In the documentary “Pumping Iron” he spoke on “The Pain Period”

“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens. I’ve threw up many times when working out but it doesnt matter because it’s all worth it.”

Everyone who you admire. Everyone who you consider successful went through this point in their life.

Kanye West was involved in a near fatal car crash while driving home from the recording studio. The crash provided inspiration for West’s first single, on his debut album.

50 Cent was shot 9 times outside his grandmother’s house which inspired most of his songs further in his career.

Oprah was a drug addict and homeless before she was successful.

Pain breeds perseverance, perseverance breeds character, and when character has done its work is when you have truly changed into the great person you were destined to be.

So Keep On.

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