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Why you shouldn't aim for passive income

Most people are severely affected by laziness and their natural inclination to minimize the value that they put into society, while maximizing the value that they get back. The most common example of this is the current "live from passive income" trend that keeps on growing. Most people will probably NOT like what I'm going to say, and it's fine if you don't. You can stop reading whenever you want. I'm on my way to building an audience that resonates with my own views about the world and really putting value out there for them.

Back to the passive income stuff, I don't believe that you shouldn't live from passive income if you really could. The thing is, you shouldn't aim to live from passive income right off the bat. Doing so assumes that you don't like what you are doing, and that your dream is literally to "do nothing while getting paid". If that's your dream, I don't want to hear about you. I believe that you should aim to contribute value to society while doing what you love to do. Then if things go well, you can scale your business and earn passive income out of it.

I'm also not telling you that you shouldn't have a strategy or work smart, but rather that you should work smart and also be willing to work really hard. If the mainstream way is to "minimize input and maximize output", I'm telling you to "maximize input AND maximize output".

Lazy people don't want to hear this, and that's fine. Society has a place for every type of personality out there. If you want to lie to yourself and rationalize your laziness, then it's ok. But if you really strive to achieve something big, you have to stop lying to yourself and realize that doing less won't get you where you want. People that want to do it the easy way think that they can get the rewards of the guys that did it the proper way, but without the hustle. That's not true. And you know what? Even if you suddenly gave those people the chance of being a Fortune 500 CEO or whatever, they would blow everything away. Because they couldn't handle it. You can't just do it right away. People that are at a high level in life slowly built their life over a number of years.

Love Work

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I used to dislike to work. I saw how most people lived their lives, slogging through work that they hated, and I was determined not to fall into that trap. I made the mistake of generalizing, lumping all work together in the same bucket.

Since then, things have changed. In terms of monumental personal life changes, becoming a hard worker is the most recent one I've undergone. About a year ago, for reasons I touched on in this post, I decided that it was imperative for me to become a hard worker. I didn't do it because I had suddenly fallen in love with work, but rather because I had began to feel as though I was behind. And believe me, it wasn't love at first sight.

To fall in love with hard work, you must understand why it's necessary. When I was young I was told that sugar was bad, but I never understood exactly why it was bad, so I kept eating it. Only when I learned how it chemically affected my body did I finally give it up. The same is true of work-- if you don't know why you have to work hard and love it, you'll probably never actually do it.

Work is your gift to the world. That sounds corny, but it's true. And believe me, you owe the world a gift or two. Think of all of the various things that millions of people around the world have done for you to enjoy the life you have. They made up languages, invented stuff, procreated at the exact right times to create your ancestry, and managed to not kill each other in the process. We're lucky to be here, and the high standard of living we all enjoy now is only because of those who came before us. Some, like Einstein, had huge impact, but even people you don't notice, like the janitors, are making your life better.

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