The Treadmill Disease

“There is this strange idea in our culture that says, “If you work really hard, you’ll be okay.” What a pile of baloney! And what’s so tragic about it is that most people have been brainwashed to believe it, and they do believe it, even though we’re all surrounded by tons of evidence to the contrary.”

– Robert Toru Kiyosaki

People do not know that hard work does not equal success. Of course it still takes hard work to succeeded, but being successful and happy in life is heavily dependent upon what you are working on. Working hard on yourself is the ultimate path to success and happiness in life. I am talking about personal development.

Working hard just to end up right where you started is an excellent way to describe the life of many. Running on a treadmill versus running outside is a controversial subject for many; but I want to focus on a metaphorical aspect.

People who run outside actually cover some length of distance while people on treadmills have covered no actual distance. If there was a pot of gold placed in front of you, walking to it while on a treadmill will leave that pot out of your reach forever. One way or another, you’ll have to hop of the treadmill.

This is what happens to the majority of the world; I watch it every single day. I see people work so hard at their job just to be at the same point years later. They are with the same negative people, in the same city they do not enjoy, working the same job that disgusts them. They have continuously declining financial stability and the same upset attitude towards their life as they did before they started working or attending college. In all actuality, they are in a worse point than when they started.

Let me explain exactly what hopping off the treadmill means. It means removing the people from your life who do not support you and suck the happiness right out of you. It means constantly exposing yourself to positive affirmations several times a day; that means reading books, listening to podcasts, watching videos and talking to people who are positive influences. It means stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risks. It means constantly taking action towards your dreams and not allowing external scenarios to stop you. It means constantly surrounding yourself with those who have succeeded in your profession.

People seem to believe that personal development is not the necessary; they could not be anymore mistaken. People win the lottery all the time, but they are broke or in debt next year because they did not have the mentality to maintain their funds.

Do not just take my word for it, ask every successful person that ever lived. Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Eric Thomas, Eric Worre and Richard Bliss Brooke just to name a few. People also seem to believe that personal development is a process that they cannot control. Contrary to that belief, I have learned that I have more control over my personal growth than I can imagine.

In the last two months I have met seven or eight millionaires when I had met only one or two before. I have had the opportunity to sit down and speak with them for hours and they sought ME out! It had nothing to do with being lucky, it had everything to do with the fact that I decided to hop of the treadmill and develop myself. I decided to actually move forward and stop blaming the system for my short comings.

*Disclaimer: I did not create this video nor do I own any of its contents. No copyright infringement intended.*

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