Be a Fucking Boss

Contrary to popular opinion, I’ve actually learned quite a few things in my life; some of these things have been worthwhile while some have been completely useless.       

Looking back now with much clearer vision, I realize a fair amount of what I’ve learned took far too long for me to embrace and accept. I sometimes wish I would have learned some lessons much earlier but we all evolve and grow at our own pace, impacted by our experiences, our genetics and a myriad of other factors. I suppose we shouldn’t rush wisdom but rather appreciate the process of gaining that wisdom. That’s the true gift, after all.       

I thought a lot about this over the past few days, the fact that I had a rather steep learning curve, and came to the conclusion that since I can’t go back in time and change it, I should instead try and pay it forward. For my younger followers, subscribers and for my own kids, who I love more than anything, this is especially for you, but I’ll qualify that by saying there are people of all ages who can benefit from grasping these concepts.       

Here are just a few of the lessons I’ve picked up along the way. They’ve been life changing for me and because of that, I sincerely hope you’ll incorporate some, if not all, into your life sooner rather than later.

  • Be the boss of your own life starting now. Take charge and own your decisions. Own your successes but also your mistakes. But above all else don’t ever let other people get in your head when they think they somehow know better than you how best to live your life. Be an unapologetic BOSS of your entire fucking life.
  • Don’t point your finger at others to explain your shortcomings because that’s being lazy and a cop out. Point the finger at yourself instead and be accountable.  Life is absolutely unfair sometimes but your life is still your responsibility. Period. Successful people adjust to changes and disappointments and find solutions. The unsuccessful whine and complain about how they can’t do this or that because of some external force. They make excuses and then take their ball and go home without ever finishing the game. Finish the fucking game and own your shit, win or lose.
  • Keep your chin up in the face of criticism and second-guessing but always make sure you’re being honest with yourself first. People will judge your decisions and choices in every facet of your life. At times these judgements will be absolutely relentless and you’ll feel like you’re suffocating. Trust me on this one because I’ve lived it. But if you’ve made your decisions consistent with the person you are and the person you want to be, try your absolute best to ignore what others have to say about how you choose to live your life.
  • Be patient in all things. Remember, I said I had a steep learning curve so I get it when people say, “easier said than done.” Youth and patience are rarely synonymous. But when you’re young you don’t truly appreciate how young you really are. Life isn’t a sport, contrary to the popular cliche. In sports you’re “old” at 35. In life you’re just getting started. Enjoy laying the foundation and making it strong. Take pride in the progress and not just the end result. Put in the work and have complete confidence that one day it’ll pay off because one day it will. It won’t always go exactly as planned though. That’s when you reevaluate and either alter your course slightly or keep moving forward. Regardless, you keep moving.

There’s so much more  I want to share but this is a blog post, not a book, and I realize today’s attention span isn’t what it once was. So with that I’ll end it for now. Maybe I’ll consider another post in the future outlining a few more. Until then, best of luck.


Rick

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