The Daily Man-Up

June 15, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Man-Up

Fear can be debilitating. It can also get you off your ass.

Most prescribe to the former. They live safe lives because they’re afraid of danger, harm, death, and failure.

A few great men chase the latter. They allow the fear of future regret, the awareness in the finite nature of life, to propel them to do things ordinary men only dream about.

It’s this fear that you need. It’s an awareness that with each day you’re dying. It’s an acceptance that if you don’t do what makes you feel alive, you’ll never truly live. What’s more is that if you don’t chase your most audacious dreams you’ll leave earth with regret.

There isn’t any pain worse than regret.

We have it when we don’t do what we genuinely want to do, not what society tells us we should do – a path that usually leads to regret in its own right.

We have regret when we follow what others have laid out for us rather than walking down an unknown road on our own.

Regret can come by not being courageous, even in the little things in life, like not talking to a lady, not taking an opportunity, not being brave enough to do something daring.

To have regret means that you had opportunities that you passed up, likely because you didn’t have the balls to move on that opportunity.

The good thing is that you had the opportunity. The bad thing is that once you pass up an opportunity because you’re afraid of the risk involved, you’re training yourself to pass up future opportunities for the same reasons. You’re essentially training yourself to be a pussy.

I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. It’s a habit that needs to be broken.

Regret is a great propeller to something more. We need regret to know that there’s pain if we act like cowards. And being anything less than daring and courageous in life is cowardice, it’s also illogical.

We all want to flourish in life. We want to win, to be of value and to feel as though we serve a purpose. We want happiness and accomplishment and meaning in our lives.

Seeking a safe life by avoiding risk goes against the nature of what is to flourish, but not just one aspect, all of them.

You can’t flourish by living safely.

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  • MightyMule

    I can testify to this way of thinking. A few years ago I quit my $150,000/ yr job as a professional engineer to pursue my true passion of designing shoes for dogs. It was the scariest thing I ever had to do and it was pretty hard at first, then my wife ended up divorcing me and taking most of my assets for alimony and child support. After a couple years I ran out of money trying to sell shoes for dogs and ended up in a homeless shelter. That’s when the drugs really took over and I started having to turn tricks as a gay prostitute to get my next fix. People ask me all the time if it was worth it to ignore my fear and strike out into the unknown. I always tell them FUCK NO IT WASN’T WORTH IT. I SUCK DICK JUST SO I CAN SMOKE CRACK!!

    So thanks internet alpha male guy for showing me the way to flourish in life.