The haters, man, the haters. I fucking HATE them. To begin with, they’re collectivists. They can’t stand individualism or anything else that reminds them that they are dependent on the herd. As soon as a real man steps forward and takes a risk, the haters SWARM upon him, trying to pull him back into the herd or if not that, kill him outright.
In the long run it’s these haters, these collectivists, these weak-willed man-children that slow humanity down.
I know you don’t want to be that guy. But I’ll admit it’s not easy to be an individual, to walk boldly into the future, taking the lead, swallowing fear in order to make something real out of this fleeting existence.
With that in mind, I’d like to share a couple of things that I’ve found inspirational lately. Firstly is the famous quote by the great American saint of Brass Balls, Teddy Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Secondly is this fantastic post from J.W. Black of the blog Fortune Favors Boldness:
“Well I’m shouting bullshit; I’m raising the flag of Bold Action. Fuck excusing yourself from life’s challenges, from its hardships…from its bounties and rewards. The things that are difficult and uncomfortable are the things you should be doing. Healthy diets, two jobs, clocking over time at work AND the gym, gambling a year’s savings on an entrepreneurial pursuit, educating yourself, cancelling your cable and your world of warcraft account to reduce distractions – ACTION. Think ACTION. Don’t shrink from the challenge; assault it with the bayonet of your whole being.”