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Why Everyone Remains Stuck

powerful than their dreams.” The fear of pain, the fear of failure, even the fear of succeeding can all become strong enough to dominate you into submission, into living a life founded on avoiding pain rather than seeking growth. Your ability to tolerate pain directly determines how successful you’ll be. If you let it, fear of pain will freeze you as the current mediocre version of yourself, permanently. Thus, people remain in perpetual mediocrity. Others are too distracted. They’re so caught up in the mundane, trivial rhythms of email, traffic, work, the news, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, TV, and whatever their smartphone is buzzing about that they can’t even see their lives have become unfulfilling and profoundly empty. From the moment they wake up to the moment they fall asleep, their eyes are drawn to the short term. In short, they’re “busy.” But as essayist Tim Kreider once wrote, “Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or 9

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