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November 12, 2008 by Kevin Ngo

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Life is Short

Life is short! Don’t sell your soul, life, and time for money for too long of a period. Don’t let little things get in your way of what you really want to do with your life. Stop making excuses about why you can’t do something. If you really want something, you got to go and get it. Let go of your “should’s” and make your dreams a “must”. Until you do that, your dreams will stay just that, a dream and won’t become reality.

Life is to be experience and enjoyed. Life is not meant to be spent doing something you don’t want to do your whole life. Plan out your life so that you can soon do what you want, and work because you want to not because you have to, that is, if you even decide to work.

Everyone is looking for one thing in life: Happiness. So why is it that most people want to cling to things that make them unhappy? The answer is FEAR. Fear of losing that sense of security, which for most of us, is a false sense of security.

Because life is short, you need to quit doing what the average person does or you will end up living a life that average people live. Be a kid again and dream big. Don’t let the limitations of your income bring your dreams down. Plan your life in a way that will let you experience those dreams. By doing so you will inspire those around you.

Don’t get caught up in making a living instead of designing your life. Don’t be one of those people who wake up one day when they’re old and say to themselves “what happened to my life?” Letting the little things in life get in the way of big things in life is foolish.

You’re probably thinking one of three things at this point (that is if you’ve read this far). One is “life is short, blah blah blah, easy for this guy to say, he doesn’t know me, he doesn’t know how complicated and hard my life is”. Two: “Eh, I’m cool where I am right now, I might not being living my dreams, but I’m comfortable”. Three: “I understand where he’s getting at, but even if I wanted to live out my dreams, I wouldn’t know where to start”.

1. Whatever you’re facing or going through, there are millions of people who have it worse than you. Stop complaining about circumstances. Circumstances happen to everyone, it’s what you do about it that matters. If you keep complaining, you will only end up living a life worth complaining about.

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2. Being in the middle is probably the worse place to be. You’re not living the life you want to live but your life is not bad enough for you to do anything about it. This is where most dreams are destroyed and lives are ruined. We get comfortable. We start rationalizing “it’s not that bad, I have it better than a lot of the people I know”.

If you want to be average, keep rationalizing. If you want to live your dreams, be honest with yourself. Don’t be like the dog that whines because he’s lying on a nail but doesn’t do anything about it because it doesn’t hurt enough. Jump on that damn nail as hard as you can so that it will wake you up and get you moving towards the life you really want to live.

3. Everything starts with you. For things to change, you must change. As long as you have strong enough reasons why you MUST live the life you dream of, the “how-to” will eventually come to you. That determination and undeniable belief that you WILL live your dreams will soon attract people into your life who can help you get to where you want to be. Start surrounding yourself with people who will encourage you and who can see you for who you can become instead of just who you are today.

Negative people are energy drainers, dream stealers, life destroyers and you should get as far away from them as possible. Your life will never far exceed the expectations from your peer group. Want to know how your life will turn out, look at your friends. If you don’t like what you see, get new friends.

In closing, never forget that life is short. Tomorrow was never promised. No one ever said you will still be alive 5 years from now, or even 3 months from now. The more time you spend on doing things you don’t like, the less time you will have doing the things you enjoy. What ever it is you want to do in life, start today, don’t delay, make a plan and start right now!

Until next time…



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  1. That’s really true because im also one of the people who came from a small one just like a poor family but NOW!!!!!!!!! i cant believe, I will have a prosperous life Im having right now…I thank the Lord that He bless me and never leave me whatever happens in times that i am in down..From now…I have my own resort at palawan..a restaurant at Cebu…also with a Hotel at Bohol..a company at metro manila here at philippines..I love my life…but maybe all of these are useless if i dont use as a good thing ….hindi naman ako nagkulang sa tulong sa aking mga kapwa….actually nakapagpatapos na ako ng almost i think,,101 na tao.

  2. Its true the same thing what the other comment i read. Myself I did not finished my college because i came from a poor family but i had a strong determination, I joined in the Philippine National Police, where I learned to be a good public servant in my hometown. The people I served inspired me a lot and gave me a good picture in life, where I gained more knowledge, respect and strong to face any trials in life. Determination and my Dreams drives me into success in life. Now, I have several real estate properties here in the U.S and Philippines.

    1. The past doesn't matter, it's what you do right now that will determine your future. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  3. This is the best motivation site ever! Before I didn't know what I want in life, and I was one of those who complained quite a lot, but today I started to dream, I know what I want, and now, when I read your article, it inspired me more. I will go out and get what I want, and make my dreams reality. Thanks a lot!

    1. I'm really glad that you found my site useful and that it helped to make a positive impact on you. The important thing now is that you use this enthusiasm to take massive action on the things that you want in life. If you do that, you will eventually have to change your username from “dreamer” to “reality”. I wish you the best.

  4. Great Great Great,, I really inspired by this article. My situation is quite different than the people shared above. I am at late 40s. I have spent most of my life “say useless” I am late to understand but not too late.
    Thanks Kevin Ngo

  5. Reading this article reminds me of your video of Alan Watts. He speaks about doing what you love and not being concerned about money. I also noticed that you mentioned “Don’t let the limitations of your income bring your dreams down.” I think that’s what happens to some of us. We get caught up in surviving day to day and using our finances to fulfil others’ dreams then little is left over for our own dream.

    Another challenge is saying No to others when persons want us to spend time and money accomplishing their goals. It also happens when we start doing something and realize that we need to change course and fear telling the person No because we want to switch paths. The fear of being called a quitter or that they will no longer want to be our friends or that people will be angry with us. Maybe you could write an article on Saying No because you are very insightful. I have read articles on Saying No but I am sure you have so much lessons to share.

    1. I haven’t had to deal too much with not being able to say no to write a whole article on it. I think if you have a clear cut plan and keep busy, you’ll have less time to spend on other people’s goals. You just have to make it clear to people that your dreams/goals are extremely important to you.

      As for changing course, that can be challenging especially if you’ve been on a certain path for a while and have other people depending on your contribution. One way would be to gradually spend more time on the new path until it becomes a priority over the old path.

      That might not always work though. Sometimes, you just have to make a stand for your own dreams and remember that life is too short to spend much time doing things you don’t want to do. Feelings might be hurt but in the end, it’s your happiness versus theirs and in my opinion, NOTHING is more important than your own happiness.

      Some might take that as being selfish but I believe when we’re happy, we’re a better person and in that state, we can do much more to contribute to society than if we were unhappy, bitter, and filled with regret.

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