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Morning Coffee Thoughts

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Every morning, we gather here to contemplate, plan, soak up inspiration, harvest motivation, and get jacked up on coffee and confidence for a day of kicking ass.

RISE AND GRIND, PEOPLE. IT’S WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, AND IT’S TIME TO STACK PAPER. WE’RE ALMOST A FULL MONTH INTO THE NEW YEAR. YOU’VE HAD 24 FULL DAYS TO GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND START SHINING LIKE LIL WAYNE CIRCA 2000. THE MAN GOT YOU DOWN? SPLASH COLD WATER ON YOUR FACE, GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE, SUCK IT UP AND PUT NUMBERS ON THE BOARD. THINGS NOT GOING YOUR WAY? BIG DEAL. LIFE ISN’T FAIR. SHIT HAPPENS. BUT GOD GAVE YOU AT LEAST A PARTIALLY FUNCTIONING BRAIN AND THE MAGICAL COFFEA PLANT FROM WHICH TO DERIVE INFINITE MOTIVATION AND ENERGY. QUIT FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF, STRAP UP AND RIDE OUT. TAKE OFF YOUR PANTIES, WAD THEM UP INTO A LITTLE BALL AND PUT THEM IN YOUR MOUTH, BECAUSE TODAY WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT SETTLING FOR MEDIOCRITY.

“You want something? Go get it. Period.” -Will Smith

Why not you? If Chris Gardner can go from being homeless to forming his own multi-million dollar brokerage firm and wiping his ass with hundred dollar bills, what’s your excuse? Kevin Garnett already proved that anything is possible by winning an NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics, so the science is in on impossibility. Settling for mediocrity is perhaps the greatest disservice you can do yourself in this life. Years from now, when you’re on your death bed, do you want to look back on your limited time on this planet and say, “Eh, I did alright?” I sure as shit hope not. That would make you a huge loser.

Mediocrity should make you feel dirty. Unclean. Disgusting. Being middle of the road and cool with it is not the American way. The American way is all about progress, growth, knowledge, power, fantastic fast food, and unnecessarily large televisions.

The truth is that everything is relative, and you should always be mediocre in your own eyes. That mindset will keep you ambitious, striving for more, pushing toward greatness. If your dream is to own a petting zoo, and you make that dream a reality, it doesn’t mean you kick back and live out the rest of your days watching kids pet donkeys. Fuck that. You very clearly need a second petting zoo. And then a third. Perhaps even a straight-up, full-blown zoo after that. I don’t know. I’m not a career counselor. I’m just a guy with a keyboard who has entirely too much caffeine pumping through his veins that wants to see his fellow man succeed. How many petting zoos you own and operate is on you. Figure that shit out.

I’m not saying you should never be happy or satisfied. That would be insane. But these are Morning Coffee Thoughts, not some Buddhist blog about achieving inner peace.

Rome is the mob. Win the crowd and you will win your freedom.

What’s on the schedule this morning? What are you going to conquer today? How’re you going to take one step closer to greatness? Let us know in the comments section below. Positivity only. Build the energy. Come correct or don’t come at all.

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Ross Bolen

Ross Bolen is a New York Times Bestselling author, co-host of the Oysters, Clams & Cockles podcast, co-host of the Back Door Cover podcast, psychotic Rockets fan, fair-weather Astros fan, and sad Texans fan.

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