This is probably my last post. We’ll see what the future holds.
I want to leave you guys with one last lesson.
This is a strategy that shouldn’t be taken lightly and should only be used as
a last resort.
Before I go any further, I want to introduce you to someone and a few ideas about life.
His name is Hobo Nick. You might have seen him on the news. He traveled from Florida to California…on foot.
Why? Why on earth would someone do that?
In this video, Nick, at 25, said he was well off enough to buy whatever he wanted. He couldn’t be more comfortable in life. But he wasn’t happy.
Motivated by emptiness, he flew out to Florida to give up. He slept on the beach, woke up the morning after, and challenged God like a crazy person. Only he wasn’t crazy…he was as sane as you or I.
Imagine if you were the smartest person in the room, or even the Universe, but happiness eluded you despite your best efforts. The frustration would be unbearable.
So Nick, unable to find the answers, gave up; not by killing himself, but by flinging himself into the Universe.
Nick talks a lot about God in his interviews. Personally, I’m agnostic, but I do want to point out a time when I was younger. I felt like the hand of God was protecting me in all situations. Was that God or just peaceful ignorance. Who knows.
But you can tell Nick is certainly happy in his beliefs.
Giving Up to Find Yourself
I want to go back to my point about being agnostic. Honestly, I lean more towards being atheist. I am agnostic because we simply don’t know and saying that we do would be arrogant and ignorant. But I don’t see any proof for a God. Science continues to explain all the mysteries of the Universe and God isn’t a part of that equation.
However, there seems to be this need of the human spirit to connect with nature, other people, the Universe, and the divine (whether it be real or not).
And the people who have the biggest smiles always seem to be the religious ones. Not the TV evangelist who is trying to get your money (their smiles are as fake as their hairpiece), but the ones who are really living the spiritual life.
I think this happiness comes from, instead of trying to outsmart the Universe, letting the Universe have its way with you.
No matter what you believe, there is no denying that there is a Universe that we are not just connected to, but a part of.
It is easy to start thinking of the Universe objectively (like a good scientist should), but we often forget we are the Universe. Other than our consciousness, there is no line between us and it.
What I’m saying is stop trying to act like you are separate from the Universe. That is an illusion.
Stop trying to plan and think your way to happiness. Stop trying to out work the Universe. You can’t win that way. You have to be one with it.
You have to give up and let the Universe do the work for you.
In other words, get spiritual. Even if you don’t believe in the divine.
Letting Go of Everything
And what better way to get spiritual than to let go?
When I say let go of everything, that includes your concepts about living.
Let go of the idea of “that isn’t possible.”
Let me introduce you to another man: Daniel Suelo.
What is so different about Daniel? He gave up money…completely.
And has been without it for 12 years. If that doesn’t contradict your beliefs, I don’t know what will.
Funny thing is, he is living more biblically than most people who preach the Bible. Doesn’t it say to give up all material possessions and follow God? To not worry about food for God will provide for you?
Yet you see so many people using religion as just a means to make money.
In this video, he talks about his beliefs. They are very interesting and very spiritual.
The big deal with Daniel is he isn’t trapped by society’s ideas and constraints.
He doesn’t try to control nature (i.e. the Universe) with rules, ideas, and debts. He just lets nature provide for him.
Daniel was able to let go of everything. Can you?
If you think Daniel is crazy, you probably don’t see the pearl in his possession.
Be Willing to Follow Your Heart
If you are like most of society, you do the logical thing. You go to
college, get good grades, major in what will pay the most, and get that career job that has the potential for you to climb the corporate ladder for the rest of your life.
The problem is when we follow our logical, we often forget to listen to our
That was me.
I have a cousin who reminds me of myself (our demeanor, mannerisms, and quiet nature), but we took two different paths in life. He majored in landscaping (I forget the technical name of the degree, but my mom called it gardening…) because it was his passion. I remember my mother saying he would never make any money doing that.
His landscaping company made over $16 million in revenue about five years ago (it has grown since) and has won several business awards.
I, however, listened to logic and society (and parents, of course). Got good grades, went to business school, did my masters, and a job at a prestigious firm.
Then I burnt out, left my job, and now I have an ungodly amount of student debt.
Who do you think came out the winner?
Following logic vs. following your heart: the heart wins every time.
Even if you do listen to your heart…following it can be scary and dangerous. But worth it!
Fling Yourself Into the Universe
So you didn’t listen to your heart and now you are stuck.
What do you do now?
This brings me back to the final lesson I was talking about at the start of this post. Now let me warn you, this isn’t the right thing for 99.99% of you. For you guys, there is a better way.
For you 0.01%, what you need to do is something a little crazy to put you on the right path. Something I call, “Fling Yourself Into the Universe.”
But before I talk about how to and what is flinging yourself into the Universe, let me give you my experience.
The concept first came to me from this article on Scuttling Your Ships. In short, you put yourself in a do or die situation to force yourself to succeed.
And the same idea was echoed here. The concept is a little different, but you are still putting yourself in a dangerous situation to force growth.
So I did it…a few times. Or I thought I did.
Here is what I learned.
Scuttling your ships and flinging yourself into the Universe are two different things.
The former, you remove your resources forcing you to take action. The latter, you put yourself at the will of the Universe.
Flinging yourself into the Universe is not necessarily about moving somewhere new or destroying all your access to your current resources.
The ONLY way to fling yourself into the Universe is to put yourself at the mercy of other people. Where you can freely give and receive without expecting anything in return.
That is how Nick did it. If people didn’t help him out, he would have died. And he freely gave when he had enough to make it for the day.
But sometimes to put ourselves in a position where we will reach out to people or to have other people reach out to us, we have to scuttle our ships first.
But if you are going to scuttle your ships, be careful not to trap yourself.
What do I mean by this? Don’t get rid of ALL of your resources when trying to scuttle your ships. Just the ones that will force you to take action. For Nick, he did have to give up all his resources, but that might not be you.
For example, you don’t necessarily need to be homeless to take action, but you may need the threat of homelessness nipping at your heels to finally do what you need to do.
No sense in putting yourself somewhere that will take decades to get back to where you were before if you don’t need it.
Next, don’t over plan it. Just take action.
Finally, there is the decision if you should be flinging yourself into the Universe or not. It isn’t exactly something you can undo the next day.
The answer isn’t so simple, but I would say if you are turning 30 it is probably time to do it.
You’ve had about 10 years on your own (school wasn’t there spoon-feeding you) to figure things out. And if you haven’t by then, you probably never will. And after 30, you start to accept things the way they are, and you lose motivation.
But Nick was 25 when he did it.
True, but Nick had his life together. I’m talking worst case scenario where you are still living in your mom’s basement.
And look, you’ve had a decade of real world experience (unless you never leave the house). You are a lot safer doing this at 30, because, to be honest, you could die.
But flinging yourself into the Universe or scuttling your ships doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to walk across the country.
How do you fling yourself into the Universe?
Unfortunately, that is not an easy answer and you have to figure that out on your own as what works for one person probably won’t work for another.
Do a little soul-searching, follow your gut, and I think you’ll figure out what you need to do.
It has been half a year since I started this blog and I wanted to say thanks to all the readers.
The ride has been fun and interesting for sure.
I’ve been doing a little soul-searching myself and determined it is a good time to end the blog. Will I ever start it up again? Maybe someday.
In the end, listen to your heart, determine what you truly love, and find your place in the Universe.
Till next time,