The odds of dying from heart disease = 1 in 3.
The odds of dating a millionaire = 1 in 215.
The odds of being injured by a toilet = 1 in 10,000.
The odds of winning an olympic gold medal = 1 in 662,000.
The odds of winning the lottery = 1 in 238 million
The odds of having a perfect March Madness bracket = 1 in 128 billion.
The odds of becoming a human being = 1 in 400 trillion.
Let that sink in for just a minute.
You have better odds of winning the lottery 7 times than becoming a human.
This is my first “real” blog post and I just wanted to start it off on the best note possible.
That note being gratefulness.
Grateful for being healthy right now with no illness.
Grateful for my family and close friends being healthy.
Grateful that I have the ability to write and that you have the ability to read this post.
Grateful that you are taking the time to read MY work. You could do anything else.
Grateful that I/we have the opportunity to possibly change even just 1 person’s life.
To me, gratitude is one of the main roots (if not the main root) of overall happiness.
If you are always chasing more, you will never appreciate where you are right now.
Don’t get me wrong, you better be working your ass off to improve your life if you are unhappy with anything in it, but you can do this while being driven by gratitude.
You’ve already won the biggest lottery of all time - becoming a human being.
Yet, so many people still find the time to complain, spread cynicism like wildfire, feed into negativity on social media, be lazy, and fall into the abyss of boredom and complacency.
Once you have wrapped your head around how lucky we all are in this big game of life, you will start to live everyday as if you were doing a disservice to yourself and humanity if you didn't go all in on what you were put on this Earth to do.
I don’t know what your purpose is and if you don’t know either, that is 110% okay.
I’m not sure sometimes either, but what I do know is that having a positive impact on people is what fulfills me at the very core. It makes me happy.
But I got lucky.
I found out what I loved and what I was drawn to at a pretty young age:
Fitness, nutrition, and cool shit we can do with our brains.
I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with all of those, but I just knew if I kept learning and searching, I’d be able to make a living out of it (I’m still on this journey now).
So, what is one way that you can figure out what your “purpose” is?
First off, I don’t know. But, I have listened to many people smarter than me on this subject and think this method can help you get closer to finding it.
Try using this FIS formula (I think "formulas" sound scammy, but we'll roll with it):
Financial/Freedom/Flexibility - What is something you can do for a living that meets your standard of living and allows you to work as much as you want to?
Impact - how are you helping other people and why are you valuable to society? Solve big problems for people and watch your impact increase.
Skilled - What are you really good at that most people are not? What do the closest people around you tell you you’re good at? Double down on these skills.
“But Matt, you idiot, what about #passion?”
Passion is important.
But if you haven’t already figured out what you’re passionate about (and it will likely develop as you age), it is important to go all-in on your strengths. Don’t give a f*ck about what you suck at. These strengths will usually mold into your passion as you become more skilled at them.
I don’t want this article to come off as some 23-year-old graduate as trying to give life advice.
I have barely lived. I get that.
But what I do know is this article could be the eye-opener someone needed. Even if only ONE person finds it helpful, I will be pumped.
400 Trillion : 1 odds.
This is what I want you to remember every single day when you are about to quit, slack off, or complain.
We have already all won. So act like it.
*If you’ve read this far, thank you, and I would love for you to do me a huge favor and share this with just one person who may need to read this. It would mean the world to me. :)*
- Inspired by Gary Vaynerchuk's DailyVee 112
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