The financial worlds we live in as individuals are so very unique, yet strikingly similar at the same time. As a society we all work to get ahead, we work to put food on the table and to put a roof over our heads. As human beings, we all work to meet the basic necessities in life. We strive for a feeling of love and belonging. There are many of us out there that work our asses to the bone putting in 10, 12, 14 hours a day or more so that we can provide for ourselves and the ones we love. Even then, there are times when this may not even seem good enough. Is this normal?
There are many of us who have worked many years, saved our pennies and have built something for ourselves. It may be a small something, but it is our pride and joy. After a long day’s work we come home, scrounge around for something for dinner and try our best just to get the family around the table for a hot meal. We relax at the day’s end just to get ready to repeat it all the following day. Is this normal?
There are some of us who have worked hard, moved our way up, made a name for ourselves and live a comfortable life. Yes, we have stressful days, long commutes, customers to please and the workday never really ends. We leave the office, come home to a wonderful place that we have worked long and hard for and relax. We enjoy our favorite meals, wind down as we get ready for the adventures the next day will bring. Is this normal?
There are few of us who have really made our way to the top. Things can get stressful day to day, deals can be made and broken and important decisions needs to be thought about constantly. We have people who depend on us, people who look up to us and people who may even spite us. We work hard to maintain what we have built and hope to inspire others to follow us and to help us on our mission. At the end of the day, we may still have work that needs to be done, but we have the option to relax as others work for us to continue on what we have built. Is this normal?
We all come from different walks of life. Everyone’s view of normal is different. Many of us believe we are “normal” as we continually compare ourselves to our neighbors, colleagues, friends and strangers. But where does this get us? What does this mindset help us to achieve? There is no universal “normal”. In my eyes, “normal” means average, it means being just like everyone else. According to Google, the definition of normal is “conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expect.” Is this what we strive for? Is this what we want?
I am a strong believer that hard work pays off and that the best things in life and worth working and fighting for. To me, normal means doing the work you need to do in order to get by. It means doing what is expected. It means maintaining the status quo. This is what I have done all of my working life. But what do we do if we want more? What do we do if we want change? What do we do if we want to find true internal happiness, but are not happy with our day to day lives?
Whether you work day in and day out just to make it to next week or you have made it to a place where others may only dream, I believe that the key to bypassing contentment and reaching success is to defeat normal. Rather than keeping your dreams just dreams, work to turn them into reality. My goal is to stop conforming, to stop molding myself into the usual, to not be afraid to be different and to take a path less traveled. My goal is to go one on one with normal and to not stop until I defeat it.
As of now, I know I am heading in the right direction. How? Simple, I am writing this. In my past, I would have never dreamed to have started a blog like this, let alone think that my mindset could change into what is has. I never thought that if I did start writing, anyone would be even remotely interested in reading it. The very fact that you are is helping me to defeat my normal and I thank you for that. I am very interested in your thoughts. What, to you, is normal? Where is it that you want to be? What are you working on to defeat it? Please leave your comments below. I would love to hear from you. I also am always available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter and Facebook @defeatingnormal. Thanks for reading.