What makes a person miserable?

April 30, 2018

I had a gig on Thursday at an art gallery. Only 3 people showed up, but the info had a big impact on a young man who's writing a really cool fiction book about the experiences from his life. He's got some literary talent! 

 

Then I finished implementing Kate the Great's edits. The manuscript goes back to her tomorrow for a once-over then to the printers. Entrepreneurship for the Cool Kids turned out so well it gives me butterflies when I think about putting it in your hands. 

 

It's non-fiction but with some fiction memorabilia from Larry's self-discovery journey presented in the form of a ripped open scrapbook page. Can't wait to show you. 

 

All is well for Brandon, right? Well, kind of. Actually, yes. 

I smell the results of a LONG-term goal. 

 

You know what's kind of selfish though? I'm partly mad that more people don't live their dreams. (I'm not going to act on this feeling but it pops its ugly head up.) Success is a responsibility because it has to be properly managed, and part of that management is keeping your happiness under control because not everyone succeeds. 

 

Why doesn't everyone succeed, though? 

Well, the chances of messing up your life at a young age are insanely high! But I broke it down more elegantly in my mind earlier: It's incredibly easy to make long-term choices from a short-term or medium-term platform. 

 

The children you parent will most likely be around for the rest of your life but the relationship that produced those kids has a 50% chance of fading. 

 

College debt doesn't go away but the need for your education might. 

 

As I move closer to speaking to more young people, I'm tempted to give them this advice: "After high school, get a studio apartment in a part of town where no one knows you, get a serving job, and spend your time just thinking about yourself and what you want to do." 

Probably won't be popular advice and I don't know if I'll actually give it, but the return on thinking about yourself while not increasing your responsibilities will yield a great return! 

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