I Will Never Forget My Dad’s Remedy For Sadness
When I was growing up, I played high school football, I was involved in some extracurricular activities, and occasionally I'd run up against an obstacle. Maybe I got cut from the team, or maybe I didn't start one game and I’d get depressed and frustrated. My dad, regardless of the emotion I was dealing with, in his wisdom said, “You know, the best remedy for being depressed is going to work. The best remedy for being sad is going to work. The best remedy for being happy is going to work. If you're happy go to work, if you're sad go to work, if you're stressed go to work, because what happens is work tends to fix all of those things.”
I've started to apply that principle in my life, and it's become a habit for me. As I've been helping people go down the path of creating wealth, a lot of people see the path to becoming wealthy as just this rose-colored path that's simple and easy, and it looks clear from the beginning, but inevitably everybody runs into obstacles. Those obstacles trigger an instinct that we have to fight or flight.
A lot of people when they feel that fear of coming up against an obstacle and not knowing what to do, they just quit. They stop progressing and they stop working at it.
Going back to what my dad taught me when I was young, if you just take those moments where you're sad, take those moments where you're depressed or where you're stressed out, or where you feel like giving up, and realize that the only solution to those things is going back to work. Because quitting on your dream, that's not going to make you happy. It's just going to compound the sad emotion, it’s going to compound the depressed emotion.
The only answer to those things is to get back up and go back to work.