Just do what? More de-motivation

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Facebook can be a lot of fun for finding the various ways that people stuck in their own little ruts will defend their lack of progress. Just post a few motivational quotes and thoughts and watch them start rationalizing. Watch Occam’s Razor at work. Watch the serious belief in magic try to spread itself like a virus.

Here’s an example of magic:

“This pill will make me lose fat. I don’t have to work out or anything.”

My response to something like that is like so.

“Sounds like magic. Let’s do a scientific study. We’ll hide 16 bottles somewhere inside 16 houses in a 16 mile radius and see who all loses fat without working out because the bottles are inside their houses.”

Sounds reasonable to me. Magic is magic, right?

It takes work to make progress in almost anything you do

On another note, there is a really cool demotivational poster making the rounds with the quote:

“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”

And the poster shows a dude in a wheelchair with a WTF expression on his face. Aside from the obvious use of the Razor to slice up the quote into meaningless chunks, you also have misdirection. The quote wasn’t intended to imply unequal access. It simply means that you can’t just sit there watching WWE and snarfing down Doritos while money pours into your lap unless you actually did something that would pour money into your lap.

“You can’t win the lottery without buying a ticket.”

Yeah, yeah, the demotivators out there, who want to drag us all down to your level, probably can start reciting lists of statistics and exclusions. But the bottom line is someone, somewhere, somehow, paid for that ticket, or it was stolen.

It’s the same for success. Someone pays for your education, even if it’s thousands of taxpayers. There is no free ride to success.

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