Desperation Fuels Success
Desperation Fuels Success

Desperation Fuels Success

Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. - William S. Burroughs

This may be controversial but true, extreme levels of success can only come from desperation. When you have to do something and you’re on the brink of failure, going broke, or leaving your loved ones homeless you will do whatever it takes to make things work.

I’m saying this as someone who has had a privileged life and should probably have no desperation considering my upbringing. I’ve never had to worry about where food, clothes, or even entertainment would come from. Sure I was given a great sense of financial understanding and hard work from my parents but there is no level of desperation connected to my life. I could work a reasonable amount and live a pretty cushy life.

I don’t want to do that as I feel a constant sense of desperation to live my life to the utmost and work hard every day. If I don’t have to then why do I feel this way? Naturally, it’s stoicism. A great quote from Marcus Aurelius that drives me forward in every moment is this:

You may leave this life at any moment: have this possibility in your mind in all that you do or say or think.

Wow. What if I died in a few seconds? Would I have lived the life I was meant to? Would I have fulfilled my potential? These are the thoughts that Stoicism and self-improvement have instilled in me in order to have a high level of desperation in a pretty sheltered and easy life.

It’s why I wake up at 4 AM every day and work 12-hour days. If I don’t fulfill my potential then who will? If I don’t push towards the finish line with every step then who will?

I know a truer sense of desperation might come from leaving home and quitting my job with no financial safety net however the fact of the matter is I have to wait for life to compound. I can push to the ends of the earth to make something like Rise Productive blow up by tomorrow but that’s not how things usually work.

Sometimes things work like Index Funds and you just need to hold that money in the stock market and consistently invest more until you cash out when you retire. Put in the work and find a way to be desperate even if there is no reason to be. It’ll fuel your work ethic and make you a more intentional person.

Have an awesome week!

  • Demetri

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