The Life of a Hero

This is another thing that I got from the book, Principles: Life and Work, by Ray Dalio, the cofounder of the largest hedgefund in the world.

He talked about the archetypal hero, and how it relates to the lives of a very specific type of people that he also calls hero.

And the basic layout of the Life of a Hero looks something like this.

  1. Hero is eager to prove himself in battle.
  2. Hero goes into battle, learns new skills, and becomes a great warrior.
  3. Hero gains fame, glory, and honor from battles.
  4. If the hero survives long enough, he no longer seeks more glory, fame, or honor.
  5. The final goal becomes to pass on what he has learned so that he can be free to live, and then free to die.

Dalio talks about how he sees parallels in real life with great individuals that accomplish a lot in their youth, and in their old age, they don’t want any more wealth or fame, but now, they want to pass on what they have learned and create a legacy so that they can live and die in peace. Ray Dalio, now age 68, after making his billions and continuously reaching higher heights of success, finds himself at the last stage, and is the reason why he wrote his book(which I recommend all of you to buy and read).

An important distinguishment he makes is that not everybody is attracted to this lifestyle. The life of a hero is dangerous, and there is a likelihood that hero might not even make it to the other side. Today, this wouldn’t necessarily mean getting killed in battle, but it could just mean failing in business or some other venture. However. there is still a risk of failing that leads to dire consequences. And so, a lot of people choose not to be the hero, and instead choose to live as a commoner. Although I understand that decision on a logical level, I can not understand it on a personal level.

I am assuming that most of you who are reading this post are heroes, or want to be one but are intimidated by the previously stated risks that come with being a hero.

There a lot of things that I can say, but I don’t want to sway you in either direction, and then come back to blame me for ruining your life years later haha.

Instead, I am going to talk about my life as a hero, or at least my attempt to live as one. I have always thought of myself as the main character of my own life. I am self-centered, and I live my life like I am the main hero in an anime or underdog movie. I sometimes compare myself to Bruce Wayne(without the riches), Naruto, Goku, James Bond, because I truly believe that I will be a great person, meaning that I will make change the world in a dramatically positive way. I don’t know why I think this way, and even further, I do not understand why others do not. Maybe because when I was watching those morning cartoons, and the main characters talked about being able to do anything through hard work, I actually believed them.

I see myself as an extremely lucky person. And one of the best things to have ever happened to me was being homeless at a young age. I am so grateful for the fact that I come from a broken home, because I had to learn how to grow a thick skin and depend on myself rather than the people around me. But through my luck, life humbled me so much where it forced me to rely on others as well, so I have become capable to rely on both myself and others.

I am really glad to have gone to a community college, where there is no community, where student’s really are not trying to help you become better. This is where I forced myself to teach myself, and learn how I learn, and be able to go after things, not because it was an assignment, but because I actually see something that I want to attain.

I also think that I was very lucky to be kind of stupid at school, and never read. I am glad that I only picked up reading until my senior year of high school. It gave me a sense of feeling like I was left behind everybody else, and so I read with more passion than most others, and at the same time since I experienced the power of books at a more advanced age, I gained a more mature view of it than most others as well.

Everywhere I look in life where I gained a skill or a strength, they all stemmed from major weaknesses and personal failures. I never realized that when I was being humbled and failing, while at the same time learning new skills, that I was turning my weaknesses into huge strengths.

I am not saying to focus on your weaknesses, because some skills, I believe, should not be invested in because of just pure natural lack of ability.

What I am saying is that your weaknesses do not define your success. Instead, I believe that weaknesses are just guide points of focus. And the only thing you can do right now, if you are young and stupid like me, is to fail, and fail FUCKING hard. Or in other words. . .

GO OUT AND DO. GO OUT AND FIGHT.

Live your life without fear of failure, live your life with the fear of missing out. Because every time you allow yourself to look back, to second guess, or stay behind, you are destroying yourself. You are destroying your potential.

I’m not saying be a hero. I am just saying to not allow yourself to prevent yourself from doing what you truly want to do, simple because of the fact that you were afraid.

It’s that simple,

Sam

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