Note: This article is long as shit. I was going to turn it into an eBook and charge a few bucks for it, but fuck it. I decided to give it away for free. I think it will truly help you. It helped me and continues to help me every day. It’s my manifesto for living. I hope you read it word for word. I hope the words hit you. I hope the words connect with you. I hope the words change you.
Right before I take my last breath, I want to say, “I did that shit. I lived a full life.”
In other words, I want to die well.
That’s all I want. That’s all you should aim for as well.
Fuck everything else.
Nothing else matters.
Wait…that’s a lie…because in order to die well, you must live well.
So I guess everything matters.
But not really.
Because I watched a documentary the other day on Netflix called, Happy.
It interviewed a bunch of people from all walks of life.
Rich and poor. Developed world and undeveloped world.
Regardless of how much money they had or where they lived, when the people holding the camera asked these folks, “What do you want?”
Everyone and their momma said, “I WANT TO BE HAPPY!!!”
I guess that’s all we really want.
But the problem is everyone wants to be happy, but not everyone is happy.
Most people are miserable.
I don’t want to be like them.
You shouldn’t either.
You know the people that let the world change their smile.
Don’t let the world change your smile; use your smile to change the world.
You have a beautiful smile. Sure it may be crooked, sure your teeth may be yellow, and sure your tooth may be chipped, but fuck it.
Keep your crooked yet beautiful smile on display because it symbolizes life.
belowis my manifesto for living an extraordinary life…a life lived with a beautiful smile.
A happy life.
The manifesto is nothing more than rules and guidelines that I keep dear to my heart.
Follow them, ignore them, or create your own.
These guidelines work for me because they remind me how to live well so I can die well.
I don’t know if they will work for you, but read on and see.
The manifesto is broken down into three sections.
Part one focuses on what to avoid, part two focuses on what to do/embrace, and part three focuses on what to think/feel…if you want to live well and in turn die well.
PART ONE: GUIDELINES ON WHAT TO AVOID
Whenever I’m having a bad day or not living well, it’s because I have violated one or more of the things below.
If you want to die well, you must learn to avoid certain things in life. Certain things that turn a life full of color into a black and white existence. Below is a list of those toxic things that you must avoid.
1. Avoid normalcy
Normalcy is broken down into two things: normal people and the normal path.
a. Normal People
I don’t like being around normal people…because they make me think normal thoughts. Normal thoughts create a normal life. A normal life is boring.
Normal people are losers.
All they do is talk shit.
All they do is hate.
All they do is fill you with doubt.
I used to go out and socialize a lot with peers my age.
But I don’t do much of that anymore.
Because I would always meet normal people with normal thoughts.
When I would tell them my dream, they would laugh. They would put me down. They would fill me with fear and doubt.
Then I wouldn’t act on my dreams because I thought, what the fuck was the point?
They won and I lost.
If you want to avoid losing, you must avoid normal people.
You are a candle stick. Your dreams are the flames to your stick. A normal persons job is to blow out your flame. Don’t let them. Keep them at a distance, away from your candle.
You don’t have to become anti-social or anything, but just make a conscious effort to avoid people who think normal thoughts and live normal lives.
b. Normal Path
A normal path is the following:
Go to school, get good grades, get into a good college, get a good job, save money, get married, buy a house…and pay bills until you die.
That’s an ordinary existence.
That’s a cookie cutter life.
A life 90% of the population lives.
A life 90% of the population regrets.
If you want to die well, avoid this path.
Create your own path. Pave your own lane. Live your own life.
You don’t have to go to college to be successful.
College prepares you to be an employee.
Employees hardly go on to create an extraordinary life because they lack the freedom to do so. They’re tied to a job.
The people who live extraordinary lives and make up the Forbes list are not employees.
Think about it…take a second.
They’re self made bosses.
Bosses pave their own path. Bosses avoid normalcy. Bosses live an extraordinary existence.
…All because they had the balls to fight normalcy.
Most of the population can’t fight normalcy so they give in.
They can’t take seeing their friends making six figures working a corporate job while they’re sleeping on couches trying to turn their dream into reality.
Most people can’t deal with that.
That’s why most people are normal.
That’s the challenge you’re up against.
Fight it, my friend. Don’t give in. Don’t become a product of the system.
Avoid the normal path if you want an abnormal life.
2. Avoid the media
Black folks and Muslims are the nicest people I have ever met, but if you listen to the news, they will have you believing something else.
I hate the fucking news.
I don’t watch the news.
I don’t watch CNN, I don’t watch Fox, I don’t read the newspaper.
I don’t care for any of it.
The news feeds you negativity because negativity grabs the attention of viewers. The more attention they get, the more corporations advertise on their stations…and the more money the network makes.
That’s it. That’s all it is.
The truth doesn’t.
If you keep watching the news, you’ll grow depressed and will grow to look at the world with lifeless eyes.
Avoid the news, my friend.
Just take a week off and watch how much optimism and joy you regain.
3. Avoid complaining and unnecessary stress
Care less, live more.
People tell me to take life more seriously, but I probably never will. I’m cool with being called immature and childish.
I don’t take shit seriously…because I know it’s not going to matter.
Sure it may matter today, but it won’t matter next week.
Most of the shit you stress and complain about is not going to matter.
Do yourself a favor and stop taking years off your life. Stop complaining and stressing over pointless shit.
If the girl you’ve been trying to shag didn’t text you back, fuck it.
If you’re stuck in traffic, put on some tunes, and rock out.
If you missed the game winning shot, let the hurt go, and hit the gym and get better.
I guess what I’m trying to say is simple…
Complaining and stressing makes you unhappy.
Take care of the shit you can control and toss up the rest of the shit in the air like LeBron James tosses up powder before a game.
Let it go.
It’s not your problem.
PART TWO: GUIDELINES ON WHAT TO DO AND EMBRACE
The days I remember are the days I followed the rules below. All the other days are just a blur.
1. Between safety and adventure, choose adventure
“Dude, you’re fucking crazy! How can you just pack up and go move to another country for four months? Aren’t you terrified?”
My cousin was worried. She had good reason to be worried; I had just packed up the last of my suitcase and was heading out west. I didn’t know a single soul out west.
“Yeah, I’m pretty scared to be honest.” I replied.
“THEN WHY THE HELL ARE YOU GOING?” She yelled.
“Because between safety and adventure, I choose adventure.”
You’re not going to get the good life by acting like a pussy.
Pussies crave safety. Safety gets you nowhere in life. It gets you an ordinary wife, it gets you an ordinary house, it gets you an ordinary life.
If you want extraordinary, you must embrace the adventure that is life.
The chaos that is life, there’s beauty to be found in chaos.
Life is meant to be lived on the edge, not in a cubicle.
Whenever you have to decide between two things, stop, and recognize…
Your brain will be drawn towards the option that is safe.
That’s why majority of the folks don’t become successful…because their brain is their worst enemy.
The brain fears the unknown. The brain fears adventure.
The brain clings to safety like a newborn clings to a mother’s chest.
Don’t let your brain sabotage you.
Defeat your brain.
Do the thing that scares you.
If I could only give one piece of advice, that would be it.
Choose adventure over safety and you’ll live a life that is better than 90% of the movies you watch on Netflix.
2. Do more for others than anyone else does. Become more valuable. Do more. Give more. Be more. Serve more.
I just gave you the secret to making a billion dollars in cold hard cash.
3. Love without fear in your heart
Five years ago, she was crying. Her world was over. The light was gone. Life had lost all meaning. Her husband had just cheated on her.
Today she sits alone.
She doesn’t talk much. She hardly eats.
She just replays the day over and over again.
All alone. Dark rooms are her only companion.
Time has continued to move forward, but she sits still.
I see too many people who love with fear in their heart, or worst, don’t love at all for fear of rejection.
Don’t fear rejection.
You must get through rejection if you want to meet the person of your dreams.
So put yourself out there, let yourself go, and love.
I don’t care if you’re the manliest mother fucker alive.
Love hard. Love everyone. Love life.
Don’t let the possibility of getting hurt keep you down.
It will be OK.
A life lived with love and a little bit of heartache is a hundred times better than a life lived with a black and cold heart.
Open up the locks, put your guard down, and be vulnerable.
Act from a position of love and love everyone.
From your mother to your mailman.
Bring love into the lives of others. You never know who you can save.
People make life worth living so the more you love, the more people you will attract, and the better your life will become.
4. Laugh from your belly
Laugh. Right now. Belly laugh. Force it. Come on. Don’t be a bitch.
You did it?
Do it more often.
Laugh like a kid.
Children laugh a hundred times more than adults.
I’m too lazy to go Google the exact number, but it’s not even close.
Children are happy, adults are not.
If you want to be happy, laugh more.
I don’t know how people can go through life acting all serious and shit.
If it wasn’t for laughter, I would have blown my brains out by now.
Laughter keeps me sane.
Be childlike and laugh at every chance you get.
You finally got a hot girl under the covers, but you can’t get an erection? Laugh it off. Who gives a shit; you’ll get to screw other hot girls.
You fucked up the deal and lost thousands? Laugh it off. Fuck it. Money comes, money goes.
You’re broke as shit and your dog eats better food than you do? Laugh it off. Don’t worry. The sun wouldn’t feel so good, if it wasn’t for rain. Thanks 50 Cent.
I laugh at everything. All the above happened to me and I laughed throughout it all.
I don’t care how embarrassing it is. I don’t care how fucked up life gets because if you can’t laugh, what can you do?
Laughter is life. To live is to laugh. So laugh…
Force it if you must. Get good at laughing and watch your world change.
5. Own whatever or whoever the hell you are
I’m weird. I’m crazy. I’m probably a little bit fucked up in the head…or a lot. Yeah, probably a lot, I mean really fucked up in the head.
But I embrace my uniqueness…so I am free.
Embrace what makes you, you and you too can be free.
Have the courage to be you, the real you.
You are who you are when no one is watching.
That’s the real you…so act like that when you’re around other people.
If they judge? Fuck them.
If they laugh? Let them.
If they make fun of you? Donate your middle finger to them.
They’re just jealous of your courage. That’s not some self help bullshit either designed to make you feel good. I actually mean it. They are REALLY REALLY jealous of your courage.
So take the backlash that comes with owning who you are with pride.
You probably won’t receive a lot of backlash though. For the most part, people are attracted to people who own who they are so you’ll be alright. In fact, you’ll be better than most. You’ll be the color in the black and white photo.
PART THREE: GUIDELINES ON WHAT TO THINK AND FEEL
Some days I’m happy, other days I feel like shit. Some days I accomplish a shit ton, other days I can’t even muster up the energy to shower. But I think I discovered something. I discovered what I do differently on the days that I feel great. I simply think better which makes me feel better. Below is what I think and feel.
1. I visualize what I want and act as if I already have it
I got a cheque in my pocket right now.
A cheque for a ridiculous amount of money. Fuck you money.
It’s not real though. I don’t actually have the money because I wrote the cheque myself.
But in my mind it’s real.
I have the money in my mind.
I act and think and feel like I have the money.
I visualize myself cashing the cheque.
I visualize the mansion I will buy my mother.
I visualize the black on black Lamborghini I will buy my brother.
I visualize the life I will live tomorrow, today.
I act as if I already received the money.
I act as if I already bought my mom the mansion.
I act as if I already bought my brother the Lambo.
By doing so, I am drawn towards it. I attract it. More opportunities come my way to make it a reality.
You may think this is tacky and fucking retarded and I agree.
But sometimes the shit that is tacky and retarded is what works the best.
I’ve used this method countless times to get what I want.
It’s just a matter of time before the money is in my bank account. I got no doubt in my mind. I just got unwavering faith. Insane belief.
The cheque will become real…because it’s already real in my mind.
Now don’t get me wrong.
I’m not just sitting here stroking my dick to the cheque.
I’m working. I’m hustling. I’m grinding.
I’m earning the amount I wrote down, but I am visualizing it as well because visualizing it makes it real and makes me get there a hundred times faster.
Not to mention it fills me with happiness and joy.
2. I feel abundant
Either you have a scarcity mindset or an abundance mindset.
Most people have a scarcity mindset. They think money is scarce. They think success is scarce. They think resources are scarce.
I don’t think like that.
I think there are bags of money with my name on it.
I think massive success is mine for the taking.
I think resources are all around me if I just open my eyes and look.
The world feeds you scarcity, but there’s more than enough to go around. In fact, there’s more than you will ever need.
So stop thinking small and living for crumbs.
Wake up, dream a little, and realize that the world is yours and everything in it. It’s out there, so get on your grind and get it. Never for a minute think there’s a lack of something because a scarcity mindset will get you a watered down life.
3. I think, act, and feel as if I am god…because I am
God made you in the image of himself.
In other words, he made it possible for you to manifest thoughts into existence.
In simpler terms, he made you into a creator.
In dumber terms, he made you powerful enough to move mountains.
But what are you doing?
You’re wasting this talent, instead of creating and moving mountains, you’re sitting on your Lazy Boy…being lazy. You’re making up excuses, sitting around, farting around, not doing anything with your power.
Not doing anything with your life.
If you truly believed in your heart that you were god, what would you do with your life?
Would you still be slaving away, doing shit that makes your dick soft?
I bet not.
Change now. For you are god and the world is your creation.
That’s all I got. My hands are tired from all that typing.
If you made it to the end of the article, I thank you from the depths of my vibrant soul.
Leave a comment below and show me some love…or hate. Whatever makes you happy.
Peace and love.