Morning Cup of Joe – The Two “C” Words

There are a couple of words you must be weary of as it relates to your inevitable success. These particular words have the ability to make you think that if things are good now then that is the way they will always be. Throughout my journey I’ve learned to stay as far away from these two words as possible namely because it creates a level of surety that inevitably makes you lethargic.

After college, I moved to Los Angeles where my dream was to become an actor. I quickly learned that 90% of the people in Los Angeles are actors and 90% of that population is starving. Starving meaning they aren’t working in show business and that it is not an easy industry to break into. I had to supplement my dream and figure out how not to starve so I decided to obtain my real estate license. Boy was that a great decision. I started doing exceptionally well making more money than I had ever known possible. That decision forced me to defer my dream of being a movie star. It also allowed me to believe that the good times would be around forever. I was very comfortable; the first of two words that I had to learn to eliminate from my vocabulary.

When you are comfortable it triggers the other word that I advise you to be aware of; complacency. When you think that all is well you tend to put things in cruise control and mistakenly believing that this is how it will always be. During my heyday in the Real Estate industry, I became comfortable and complacent. I thought that the money tree would be around forever. There is no way I could have predicted the massive downfall which occurred at the time that it did. I was forced to learn the importance of not resting on your laurels. Successes can be temporary but a successful person is permanent.

Don’t be afraid to ruffle your own feathers to get you going in the right direction. While being comfortable may be a goal for some, it certainly should not be the goal of someone who wants a little more out of life. During your lifetime, you will be exposed to possibilities of learning lessons; learn them. The universe has a way of re-teaching you lessons that you have difficulty learning. I had to learn that you can’t be comfortable because it leads to being complacent. I learned that it is perfectly fine to want more out of life. If you aren’t satisfied with the way things are, change them or change yourself or wisely change both.

Again, some people are fine with where they are but I doubt that you are in that majority. If you start feeling comfortable, you are doing something wrong. Dr. Martin Luther King once said “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Challenge yourself and expect more out of life.

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Joe Paul

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