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We live in a culture attuned to instant gratification. I’ve spoken with three strangers around the U.S. about this exact topic over the past week, and they all agree - the absolute largest hinderance of success in our culture is what we have built it into: a system for immediate pleasure. Microwaves, pornography, hot showers, instant water boilers, INSTAgram, fast food drive-throughs, drug use, Netflix - anything and everything where you can touch a button or walk up to a window or click a link that makes you feel instantly or almost-instantly satisfied is an example of this.
While there are certain systems we’ve created that do in fact improve the quality of our lives, we’ve taken it many steps too far. It’s at the point where young people expect to become successful without hard work, where children don’t understand the value of goals, and where teens feel depressed because they aren’t instantly rich or famous.
The good news? We’ve developed this system of instant gratification ourselves. Everything around us, aside from the rock upon which we reside, is a product of our own minds. We control our destiny and our future because we’ve built everything around us. If we can become aware of how we’ve shaped our current state of being, and how wrong it is, we can begin take our own individual steps to rid ourselves of this toxic mindset.
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