Be Cynical

Why cynicism is easy:

1. It gives us an out. We can dump the responsibility somewhere else, so the failure isn’t our fault. After all, effort is a risk, while blaming a poor economy, not enough time or not having support removes that risk. Remember – this also means the success doesn’t get to be ours either.

2. It’s popular. How often do you hear others taking the easy path to cynicism rather than doing the work to be successful? e.g. “I know people who work out but don’t look any better”, “my boss likes so-and so more” or “I just don’t have time (energy, money, etc)!” These are all possible concerns, but in the end they are ways to avoid the risk of failure (and chance of success) for the certainty of the maintaining the status quo.

3. Pain avoidance. The thought of doing something big and then failing can be scary. We know the pain will be great and we know we’ll hear, “I told you so!” from others. Cynical responses allow us to substitute a small pain now for a potentially bigger one later. Bonus: Others will usually support our cynicism better than they will support our attempt at success.

Cynicism may seem easy now, but it always leads to less success in the future. If I had listened to those voices (“who will read it”, “am I good enough”, “who cares”), I would have never created this blog six years ago. I’m not making milions (yet), but I am doing something I enjoy. What about you?

Is cynicism your crutch?

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