My life was a complete mess.
My business was tanking, my business partner stopped talking to me, and my girlfriend just broke up with me.
To make matters worse, my uncle had just died from cancer.
All of this in a span of a few weeks.
Waking up in the morning was a challenge.
I’d lay there beneath the covers, until noon, not wanting to face the world.
Miserable. Frustrated. Depressed. Dark emotions running through my veins.
It wasn’t fair. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. I was supposed to be winning right now. I’d think to myself. But I wasn’t. Instead, I was stuck in an emotional black hole.
A hole that would chew me up and spit me right back out.
Today was a repeat of yesterday. Tomorrow would be a repeat of today.
I hated everything and everyone.
Full of anger.
It was a very dark time.
When you’re on the pursuit of massive success, you’re going to have dark times like this. This is common. There are going to be a lot of highs and a lot of lows.
I’ve experienced great times and horrible times.
Not mediocre highs and lows, but insane amount of highs and lows.
I don’t try to bullshit anyone.
Chasing massive success is tough, very hard.
Most of us are going to fail.
Over and over again.
The higher you climb, the greater the fall. But the climb is worth it to me so I continue to climb.
You may or may not agree. A lot of people don’t agree, that’s why they purse mediocrity which is fine by me. The more people who pursue mediocre success, the less competition at the top.
But as much as I knew dark days were inevitable on the pursuit of massive success, it was still very difficult to get myself out of my rut.
What made it so difficult was the envy and hatred I was feeling.
Envy and jealousy, mostly.
My friends were doing great.
They had great jobs lined up, had hot girlfriends, and had great people around them.
I didn’t have neither of those things.
It was just me and my thoughts. Dark thoughts.
I know people say you shouldn’t compare yourself to others, and that sounds great in theory and all, but it’s very tough to live by. At least for me.
I wasn’t suicidal or anything, but the light was definitely decaying.
Mind you this was awhile ago.
Around this time, I used to browse the internet a lot. Reading anything and everything for a glimpse of inspiration.
Through my browsing, I stumbled across a great man by the name of James Altucher.
His life story was fucking crazy.
This dude went from making tens of millions to losing it all, to making tens of millions to losing it all, and on and on the cycle went for at least three to four times.
Insane. I’m talking about losing 15 million and losing 10 million at a time.
The more I read up on him, the greater my hope grew.
You know the feeling you get when you can feel the blood rushing through your veins and your brain lightning up as it receives oxygen?
Yup, I was on cloud fucking nine.
He started talking about all the dark times he experienced throughout his lows.
I’m talking about serious lows.
For instance, at one point he was considering suicide because his daughters would be the beneficiaries of a $4 million life insurance policy. In his eyes, he thought he was worth more to his daughters dead than alive.
Insane. I know.
But the more I read, the greater I resonated with him.
Then in one post it all clicked.
He shared his daily practice.
The daily practice is the ritual James used whenever he hit rock bottom. The daily practice got him through the lows and back on the fast track to success.
He simply stated, every time he was making serious money and winning at life, he was doing the daily practice. Every time he stopped doing the daily practice, he went broke and grew hopeless.
I soon realized the same thing.
Although I didn’t know it at the time, James and I were engaged in the same daily practice.
I too experienced the lows as soon as I grew lazy and quit doing the daily practice. Whenever I thought life was great and quit the daily practice, my life would go downhill.
Of course, I didn’t realize this pattern till years after.
So that was all I needed to hear.
I tried his daily practice.
His daily practice is as simple as it gets. It’s very similar to my own daily practice.
It’s broken down into four categories. Four categories that are equally important to master each day.
Physical. Spiritual. Emotional. Mental.
Under each category are tasks you must do each day. Simple tasks.
– sleep 8 hours a day
– eat well
– drink 8 glasses of water
– exercise 20 minutes
– surround yourself only with people you love/people who inspire you
– cut off all negativity (negative family members/friends, TV shows, movies, news etc.)
– treat everyone like it’s their last day
– connect people
– write ten ideas a day (ideas about anything, this is to strengthen your “idea muscle”)
– read an inspiring book for 30 minutes
– practice gratitude
– meditate for ten minutes
– read a spiritual book for 30 minutes
This is the practice that gets me through the lows and back on the road called massive success.
It sounds simple as fuck, but try it.
Try it for six months and see how remarkable your life becomes.
It results in luck, happiness, and fulfillment.
*Three years later*
I quit doing the daily practice and…
There I lay on my hotel floor. My business had tanked again, another death in the family occurred, and the future was looking dark.
No bullshit. The cycle had repeated itself because I let my laziness take over once again.
I could have chosen to act out in anger.
I could have chosen to blame the people around me.
I could have chosen to yell and scream.
I could have chosen to kick a hole in the wall.
Believe me; I wanted to do all of these things.
But in that moment, I took a deep breath, and I decided to do neither of those things.
So what did I do instead?
I chose to be happy. I chose to start the daily practice again, and this time I made a commitment to never quit it.
Happiness, my friend, is a choice and a state of being.
Never forget it.
Even in the darkest of days, smile, for what is a man without a smile? A dead soul carried by a living body.
I owe my new found happiness and my peace of mind to the daily practice.
Ever since my adoption of the daily practice, I’ve never had a bad day.
Sure I’ve had bad days, but happy bad days and fulfilled bad days.
That probably doesn’t make any sense whatsoever, but fuck it.
Thank you, James Altucher.
PS. I highly recommend you check out the work of James Altucher, if you like my blog, you’ll love his. Dude’s a beast.
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Peace. Go slay em.