Things Not to Worry About

Things They Have No Right to Tell You - when going your own way

Things Not to Worry About

The pursuit of happiness is as old as modern civilization. Books, elixirs, religions, and philosophies are all devoted to it. Happiness is a quest, an obsession, and a universal aspiration. But what does it take to be unhappy?

In some ways, it’s easier than happiness itself. New research and much life experience offers a simple recipe for genuine discontent.

How can I travel if I don’t speak other languages?
It will be fine. You travel the way you would anywhere. You’ll get by.
You’ll figure it out. (Hat tip: Danielle the Firestarter.) It’s not that hard.

I have so many ideas that I don’t know which to choose.
Well, stop worrying and pick one of them.
You can make the decision by flipping a coin or doing the last thing on the list. But seriously, just pick something.

What if something goes wrong?
If something goes wrong, it will go wrong. Who cares?
And more important, what if something goes right?
You just as well might succeed as well as you might fail.

There may be some valid things to worry about in your life. But make sure you’re worrying about the right ones–not anything that can’t be easily solved or ignored. Are you doing that?

Things They Have No Right to Tell You 

  • All of my relationships have failed, but here’s what you should do about yours.
  • I’ve never written a book, but here’s a list of everything that’s wrong with yours.
  • My business failed, but here’s how you should run yours.
  • My blog has five readers, but here’s some free advice on how to attract attention.
  • I have almost no experience in doing anything that matters, but you should hire me to manage your social media campaign.
  • Picasso didn’t know how to draw, and Van Gogh was a fraud. I know this because I took an art history class in college.
  • I traveled to Mexico once; let me tell you all about the world.
  • My unfinished novel is brilliant, but the editors in traditional publishing don’t recognize quality.
  • People just can’t acknowledge my talent. Nobody understands my genius. It’s all a scam.
  • I know nothing of what it is you are trying to do, but you will fail
  • Do what I say and not what I do.

Here’s my subjective experience, which I will now objectify for you as universal truth. My definition of success is the only one that matters, even though it has shifted over time in accordance with my unique journey through life.

I have no space in my brain to accommodate the fact that your experience might be completely different than mine. Sorry.

The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau The purpose of AONC is to share the story of how to change the world by achieving personal goals while helping others at the same time. In the battle against conventional beliefs, we focus on three core areas: Life, Work, and Travel.

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