On Not Becoming a Sellout

The culture of pulling successful people down is big.

Very big.

It can also be very subtle before you break through. It’s only overt once you’ve “made it”.

Until then, all we can do to constantly remind ourselves not to succumb to the subtle jealousy of embittered settlers.

Clipped, 3:28 to end

Successful people work insanely hard, and they love what they do. They should earn as much as they can from it. Why not? Those that want to keep them down are never going to put in the work to achieve that level, so why listen to them?

The unsuccessful see work as a chore.

Successful “sellouts” see work as their passion.

Which came first? The success, or the passion?

Most people only work enough so that it feels like work, whereas successful people work at a pace that gets such satisfying results that work is a reward. Truly successful people don’t even call it work; for them, it’s a passion. Why? Because they do enough to win!
– The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

Mastery is a key component to passion and (later) success. It’s correlation, not causation.

Passion is an epiphenomenon of a working life well lived. Don’t follow your passion; rather, let it follow you in your quest to become so good that they can’t ignore you.
– So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport.

The key to not becoming a sellout in to believe in your heart of hearts that it’s a lie. Perhaps there are some people who could be called sellouts for making a truly immoral decision. For almost everyone who’s given this label, it’s only an attempt to hold them down.

For almost everyone who’s given this label, it’s only an attempt to hold them down.

“Don’t Be a Slut”

“Sellout” is the career-version of the term “slut” – used by those that don’t take what they truly want from life to shame those who do.

It’s elegant, really. Turn the act of having what you want into something shameful and you never have to feel bad about your own starving soul.

I wonder what are the health-version of these terms…

What do you think? Skinny bitch? 🙂


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