4.I only get stronger by doing hard things . - Deepstash

4.I only get stronger by doing hard things .

When life is easy, we become complacent. Growth comes from doing things that require serious effort.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Uncomfortable Truths You Must Accept to Be Happy

And that’s okay. If I can get comfortable with myself — comfortable enough to present the truest version of myself to the world — the acceptance I get will be that much more valuable. And the people who provide it will become the ones who matter most.

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I have a finite amount of time in a day, and anything I do is a choice about how to spend it: Will I catch up on email or meet my friends at a bar? Will I spend an extra hour at the office, or will I go catch a movie? I also have to be a person outside of work. Navigating that balance requires an endless series of decisions.

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When you give away all your time or work for free, others won’t value it.

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We all spend most of our mental energy thinking about ourselves. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Self-reflection is how we become stronger, which in turn makes us better equipped to help others.

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Sometimes I try to chase every single opportunity that comes my way — and most of the time, I’m not as talented, competent, or brilliant as I think. The good news: This gives me a reason to only focus on the things I’m truly good at. Isn’t that liberating?

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Never take people for granted, or they might walk away.

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A little bit of pain can bring a lot of perspective and empathy. Don’t be afraid of it.

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I don’t have to be around people 24/7. I also don’t have to be friends with people I don’t enjoy spending time with, or be in a relationship with someone who doesn’t make me happy. I’m better off when I can think of myself as good company.

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One of the most difficult yet useful skills is the ability to balance your aspirations with reality. A pessimist and an idealist both miss the point.

The point is to have optimism about your future but look at the state of society, your environment, and your circumstances without rose-colored glasses.

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A World Without Dreams

The world around seems eager to dissapoint and overwhelm us with tragedies, horrifying news, and other things to fear. It has conditioned us to be afraid of being hopeful, as we shield ourselves by our pessimistic attitude in order to avoid being dissappointed all the time.

We have stopped dreaming, creating a defence mechanism of low expectations. The problem is if we don’t dream of things being good, we manifests a miserable life just by our unwillingness to think good things.

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Dream On

So I get why we fear dreaming. It’s hard for us to get our hopes up that things will go the way we want them to. Yet and still, we need to put this worry as far away from our psyches as possible. You might call it madness, but I call it necessary.

Here’s the thing. Life can absolutely be a filth bucket, even for people who TRY and STRIVE and DREAM. The difference is that those people can go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning knowing that they at least tried. They can take some small solace that they did what they could. Life’s shenanigans can be off-the-chart levels for them. But they blame life, not themselves.

When our dreams come true, we’re expanding the worlds of others because now they know theirs can too.

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