Ambition EQUALS Distraction (A Quick, Motivational Read by Guest Blogger & Author Mansu Edwards)
Here’s a special guest post by a colleague and good friend of mine Mansu Edwards, author of the books Mental Diet and The Disappearance of Hate, both of which I urge you to learn more about here. Enjoy…
Ambition EQUALS Distractions
“Yes, ambition equals distractions. It’s an anomaly from the usual Personal Development theory, but does this sound familiar? ‘Make goals. Change your mindset. Surround yourself with positive people. Eagles soar. Repeat everyday for 10 minutes, ‘I’m a Winner’ and watch how your life changes.’
They’re all good suggestions. I’m not hating on these solutions (so shout outs to all the people making it their mission to improve people’s lives), but most of them don’t tell you that you will encounter many distractions. It’s a test that you can pass if you have a strong will. If you don’t, GAME OVER. Know thy enemy. Don’t get upset with distractions.
The phone rings while you’re working on a project that’s due next week. Oh yeah, and they’re people you haven’t spoken to in years. Why are they calling now? You know why? Because you’re ambitious and focused. Will you answer the phone or call back when you’re done. What’s more important? As the saying goes, DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS.
Uncle Ted watches a new episode of Alphas in the living room. You hear explosions and Malik Yoba shattering a titanium glass window with two quick jabs while you’re at the kitchen table drafting a business plan. Uncle Ted yells with excitement. You’re eager to stop the writing and researching. My future versus Alphas. Hmmm. What will I do? ‘I’ll take a 5 minute break and then go back to the business plan,’ you say. But, let’s be real, it won’t be a 5 minute break, you’re either watching most or all of the show . It’s just like when your Moms tried waking you up early for school and you told her “5 more minutes.” She came back to find you still sleeping.
Just, think about your future. What do you want to do? What do you want to be? Sacrifices are tough, but rewarding. I’m not a Guru. Just, in case you’re thinking, ‘this guy’s doing a lot of talking, I wonder what his life is about, he must have it all together.’ You know what, I DON’T. I’m imperfect like everyone else. My goal is self-mastery and yours should be too. And guess what, we’ll still be imperfect lol. Be ambitious, but be wary of life’s distractions.”
by Omar Hasan
Author of The Disappearance of Hate and Mental Diet