Cause & Purpose - What Are You Willing To Die For?
By Leo Gura - March 5, 2014 | 15 Comments
How to transform your lame, petty life into something big and meaningful.
You Have Nothing To Live For
- The real problem is that you have nothing in your life that you’re willing to bleed for.
- You have no cause.
- Honestly, what are you living for?
- Are you living to:
- Party with your friends?
- Watch the next season of Game of Thrones?
- Go to your boring, useless 9-5 job that provides no value to humanity?
- Get even more comfortable and lazy inside your lame marriage?
- Go to another fancy restaurant?
- Get into another cozy relationship?
- Redecorate your house until it’s just perfect?
- Go shopping?
- How can you hope to create a great life from that? You are pathetic!
- I want you to admit right now that you are a waste of human life.
The Ancients Where On To Something
- Consider the movie, 300. This is such a powerful movie.
- The blood and gore aside, what’s really being communicated is THE GOOD FIGHT.
- The soldiers in 300 are fighting for their ideals beyond all odds.
- What are you fighting for?
- It seems like there was a time in human history when people where willing to die for what they believed in.
- Is that really true? I don’t know, but I like to believe it.
- On the one hand I’m sure people were lazy throughout all of history, even in antiquity.
- But on the other hand, as we get more technologically advanced as a society, it certainly seems we’re getting lazier.
- In the ancient times a solider was willing to go to battle and fight for something he believed in.
- What kind of mindset does it take to willing step onto a battlefield of thousands of brutal men and risk your life?
- Obviously he is scared, so what kind of drive must he have?
- He has a cause, he has a mission he’s willing to bleed for.
- But that’s more than we can say for 99% of people today.
What It Took To Survive In The Ancient Times
- In the ancient times, life was actually a matter of life and death. Survival was constantly on your mind. The shortness of life was palpable.
- Think about what the world was like 3000 years ago:
- No political stability
- Rape and pillage
- No education
- Crude medicine
- Crude science
- Crude technology
- Mythology and superstition
- What would a human being need to have to survive in that kind of environment, psychologically speaking?
- Purpose. That person would need something larger than himself to cope with all that chaos.
- That’s why religions took off like a wildfire in those times. Religion offered hope, a transcendent cause.
- But there was something even bigger than religion. There was the idea of living for higher values.
- What do you really value in life?
- By value I’m not talking about what you like to think or believe. I’m talking about what you actually practically value with your labor.
- If you’re sitting on your couch watching TV, that’s what you practically value, even though you might believe in being creative.
- If you’re going to a boring 9-5 job, that’s what you practically value, even though you might believe in making a difference.
- You need to tap into those things that are important enough that you are willing to bleed and even die to make them manifest.
- We all have these deeper, higher values, but few of us are connected to them because we are distracted by the modern world.
Living For Higher Values
- Here are some suggestions for what you should start practically valuing right now:
- Beauty: go create something beautiful
- Truth: go work your ass off to discover what is really true
- Love: live your life with compassion and giving to others
- Justice: go create a more justice society
- Creativity: go add something profound to our culture
- Abraham Maslow talks about all these values and more in his brilliant book, Towards a Psychology of Being.
- The self-actualized human being dedicates his/her life to one of more of these values. Not just in theory but in practice.
- You have to start living for something greater than sex, entertainment, stimulation, money, security, comfort, or peace of mind.
- The only way you’re going to radically change the trajectory of your life is by committing to something big.
- What it means for something be to be meaningful is that you are willing to bleed for it.
- If you don’t have a cause, you simply will not make it, because it takes too much emotional toil to make these ideals real.
- Stop being so fucking selfish. Commit your life to something that is not YOU!
The Main Dish Of Life
- Your life is going to be both very long and very short.
- You already know what it means that life is short, but it’s also long.
- It’s long in the sense that if you don’t have a cause, all you’re going to be doing is a bunch of useless shit that won’t ever make you fulfilled.
- That suffering will make your life long and miserable.
- Stop making useless shit the center of your life. Useless shit is okay, but make it the garnish of life, not the main dish.
- The main dish in life is your purpose.
- Purpose is larger than you, your family, or your friends. Purpose is about humanity.
- You purpose will be whatever you find advances humanity in the most meaningful way. For everyone this will be different.
- Whatever you do, you have to find something that you’re willing to put the work into.
- Your ultimate joy in life can only come from the work you put into serving others. Sounds hokey, but ignore this principle at your peril.
Where Is Your Hero’s Journey?
- You have to put yourself on the hero’s journey.
- Are you on a hero’s journey now? No! You’re just sitting on your lazy ass, working a boring 9-5 job.
- It’s very easy to tell. Just ask yourself, “Is my job really advancing humanity in a meaningful way?”
- Don’t waffle with the answer. It’s a simple Yes or No question. Deep down your subconscious knows what’s real.
- Is your company, your business, your organization creating something useful for humanity?
- If the answer is No, you need to change.
- This is your wake-up call.
- If you’ve been wasting your life up to this point, it won’t be an easy, painless transition, but it has to start somewhere. The alternative to too painful to bare.
- My job is to create a spark within you and help you kindle that into a roaring fire of motivation.
- It’s possible. If you think motivated people are just born that way, you’re dead wrong.
- Just over the last 2 years I was able to kindle a roaring fire within myself that now lets me work 24-hours straight when I need to. And a lot of my work is boring and tedious.
- That is me bleeding for my values.
- I’m not perfect at it by any means, but I’m better at it than most.
- How about you? What did you bleed for this week?
Die With A Smile On Your Face
- The feeling of living on your edge and executing full-out is amazing. I want you to have that feeling more consistently!
- When you are on your edge, you literally get the sense that if you were to die right now, you would die with a smile on your face.
- If I died shooting this video or writing this article, after working for 24-hours straight, I’d like to believe that I would die with a smile on my face.
- That’s what it means to live an extraordinary life, and I want that kind of life for you.
- This idea can be hard to articulate because it’s abstract and lofty, but I think you get the message.
- You need to start taking your higher values much more seriously.
- What is your cause? What are you willing to bleed for starting today?
Bottom Line: Pick a single higher value that your life will be about. Make sure it’s so meaningful that you are willing to bleed for it.
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