It’s normal to have thoughts like — If only I had the comfortable life or hailed from a wealthy background… my life would’ve been stress-free, I would’ve been much more knowledgeable, I would’ve been successful in my field…
I mean, we normally believe life would have been all bread and butter if only we hailed from a wealthy home.. right? Well, wrong.
Quite frankly, kick-starting the journey of life from your comfort zone have as many advantages as you can think of… you get to be classy and cool from a young age, you get to have the basic amenities at your beck and core, and you can even get enrolled in some Ivy-league college.
All that is good, and it’s all thanks to being born with a silver spoon.
However, when it comes down to succeeding in your career field, it goes beyond being born with a silver spoon.
As matter of fact, living a comfortable life as result of a wealthy family background can actually hinder your success.
To be successful and to have all you ever desired, you definitely have to put in the sheer hard work right?
Well, what happens when all the luxuries and glitz and glamor you desire is seemingly at your arms reach, will you really still be as hardworking as you currently are? Will your drive to succeed be as strong as it currently is?
The answer, I strongly believe, is no.
You’ll definitely in a way or two become dependent on the family wealth, and this will make you a little reluctant to put in the hard work.
Though the family wealth can sustain you for the short term, the future is never promised. At a point in time, it’ll no longer be about what your family has, but about what you have.
The family can give you the good upbringing. However, your desires will gradually expand and the family income sources may not readiy expand with it.
If you only depended on the family wealth for survival, it will get difficult to cope at such time. And, succeeding at any field will become even more difficult because you’re not used to the struggle.
By living in comfort and luxury, you’ll only kinda put in the effort for one of three reasons…
- To seem like the rest hardworking individuals;
- To have enough finances to acquire more of your wants;
- To keep living the good, classy life.
Now, these may seem like good enough reasons to work hard, they just aren’t as motivative as that of a person who is struggling to afford the basic amenities, to acquire their needs, and to have a little sunshine in their life.
For persons living in comfort and discomfort alike, the reasons to work hard will vary, the drive will vary, and so will the hard work put in.
Below are 3 ways discomfort can be your biggest motivation to work.
The struggle to get better
No one likes discomfort.
All the struggles and hard work is most often for a common reason: to get a better, to live better, to be happier and to afford your numerous desires.
Well, fortunately, you have so much to get better from if the life you are living is in no way close to the life of your dreams. In other words, if you are living in discomfort.
If you are living in discomfort, you’ll know quite alright that to get a good life — you’ll not just kinda put in the work, you’ll need to break boundaries.
This will, in turn, give you more genuine reasons to work harder
That’s discomfort in action.
A comfortable life will make it seem like everything you ever need is just a few arm-stretch away. It’ll make you believe that with a just a little effort, you’ll be just fine.
However, this can be very deceptive for the following reasons:
- Like stated above, your needs will gradually expand and the initial income sources that gave you the comfortable life may not readily expand with it.
- Unplanned scenarios could pop up and take everything you ever had away from you in a flash.
- You’ll rarely experience your full creativity and potential.
- Your personal success and personal worth will be things you can’t boldly showcase because you don’t really have any.
- You’ll be filled with the feeling that you’ve arrived instead of understanding that life is a journey, not a destination.
- You’ll miss out on the unfolding adventures of life experienced from wondering what the future holds.
Don’t get me wrong, though, some highly successful people also hailed from a wealthy background — and if it was a matter of choice, the comfortable life will surely be the option I will choose too.
However, about 80% of the world’s successful individuals kickstarted their journey the hard way; talk of Oprah Winfrey, who suffered series of sexual assault, or Ralph Lauren, who started the foundation of the Polo brand by turning rags to ties.
Nevertheless, they struggled and eventually attained paramount heights in their various fields.
This serves as a practical proof that discomfort is actually an advantage for you to go the extra mile to make ends meet — and this intense struggle, alone, will serve as a pathway for you to unleash your full potentials.
Let your discomfort motivate you to keep on grinding till there’s a positive result.
More is less
With a comfortable life, you’ll be forced to believe that nothing can ever go wrong, that you have it all together and that the future is under control.
This, however, is a huge deceptive power of a comfortable life.
The more you think you have under control, the less you actually do.
It’s better to be on a lookout for the latest trends, changes, issues and so on — as this will make solving new uprises much easier.
A comfortable life will make you overly relaxed and less concerned about what the future holds. This will, in turn, make unplanned circumstances often catch you unaware.
Living in discomfort, on the other hand, will keep you in a state of continuous struggle for a better future; and with such struggle, it’s a given that you’ll come across lots of opportunities that’ll redefine your life for the good, thereby making the future an even better place.
Let your discomfort motivate you to not just think you have more, but to actually do more and achieve more.
You’ll discover your WHY
This is one of the biggest ways discomfort can ignite the spark in you.
I mean, to escape your discomfort and to get a better life, you’ll surely put in the sheer hard.
Whenever the going gets tough and the thought of giving up crosses your mind, you’ll reflect back on the discomfort you tried to escape from that made you decide to undergo the struggle.
This becomes your WHY.
With this WHY in place, it’ll always be one of two options:
- Give up and return to the discomfort you tried so hard to flee from;
- Hold on tight and give it all takes to escape the discomfort and also get a much better life.
With such options, there are more chances that you’ll decide to hold on than give up.
And this is all as a result of the discomforts you’re trying to flee from.
The point is, when you have so much discomfort to flee from, you’ll reflect back on them every now and then to get motivated to keep going.
If your life is like bread and butter, burger and fries, cookies and cream, or any of the perfect combos that define comfort, however, you’ll have more reasons to give up, and your resilience and persistence will suffer as a result.
Use your discomfort to discover your WHY and reflect back on it from time to time.
Ways To Use Your Comfortable Life To Your Advantage
Now, a lot has been said on how your discomfort can motivate you to get a much better life.
However, if you are blessed with a comfortable life, does that mean you are cursed in the sense that you can not become a better you?
Not at all.
It’s all a matter of how you utilize the resources you are blessed with.
Below are few ways to properly utilize your comfortable life to become a better you.
- Focus on the journey, not the destination; realize there’s always room for improvement.
- Use the available resources as a support to start something good for yourself; not depending on them for survival.
- Use the available resources to create even more resources; invest.
- Spend wisely; nothing lasts forever.
- Use the available resources to develop yourself and to equip yourself with the best possible skills and knowledge.
- Strive to get better.
In conclusion, comfort kills, but discomfort doesn’t save either.
It’s how you utilize the life you have that determines the results you get.
Whichever category you happen to fall in, strive to always get better each moment.
Good is the enemy of best.
Never view your comfortable life as the last junction; you can always get better.
The starting point is not important, the end is what matters.
Never give up on life as a result of the current discomfort that rules your day; use it to motivate yourself to kick harder till you get better.
Instead of thinking about all you could’ve done if you were born with a silver spoon, focus on what you can do now for your future generations to, at least, be born with a silver spoon.
How has discomfort been your greatest motivation? Share your thoughts below.
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