1. Because you haven’t failed enough
Because you’re comfortable in your mediocrity. Because you choose not to try.
Because it’s easier to talk about learning that new language than actually learning it.
Because you think everything is too hard or too complicated, so you’ll just ‘sit this one out,’ or maybe you’ll ‘do it tomorrow.’
Because you hate your job but won’t get a new one. Because it’s easy to reject rejection.
Because while you’re sitting around failing to try, I’m out there trying to fail, challenging myself, learning new things, and failing as fast as possible.
Because as I fail, I learn and then adjust my course to make sure my path is always forward. Like annealed steel, I’ve been through the fire and pounded into shape. The shape of a sword with polished edges and a razor-sharp blade that’ll cut you in half if you’re not equally hardened.
2. Because you care what others think about you
Because you have to fit in.
Because you believe that being different is only cool if you’re different in the same way that other people are different.
Because you’re afraid to embrace your true self for fear of how the world will see you. You think that because you judge others, this means that those people must, in turn, be judging you.
Because you care more about the stuff you have as opposed to the things you’ve done.
Because while you’re out spending your money on new outfits, new cars, overpriced meals, or nights at the bar, I’ll be investing in myself. And while you try to fit in with the world I’ll make the world fit in with me.
Because I will recklessly abandon all insecurities and expose my true self to the world. I will become immune to the impact of your opinion and stand naked in a crowd of ideas, comfortable in knowing that while you married the mundane I explored the exceptional.
3. Because you think you’re smarter than you are
Because you did what everyone else did; you studied what they studied and read what they read.
Because you learned what you had to learn in order to pass their tests, and you think that makes you smart.
Because you think learning is only something people do in schools.
Because while you were away at college, I was studying life. Because instead of learning about the world in a classroom, I went out and learned it by living.
Because I know more than any piece of paper you could ever frame from a university. Because smart is not what you learn — it’s how you live.
Because I might not have a degree, but I challenge you to find a topic that I can’t talk to you about cohesively.
Because I could pass your tests if I had to, but you couldn’t stand for a single second in the face of the tests that life has thrown me. Tests that are not graded on a bell curve or by percentages, tests that are graded by one simple stipulation: survival!
4. Because you don’t read
Because you read the things you’re required to read or nothing at all.
Because you think history is boring and philosophy is stupid.
Because you would rather sit and watch E! or MTV instead of exploring something new, instead of diving headfirst into the brain of another person in an attempt to better understand the world around you.
Because you refuse to acknowledge that all the power in the world comes from the words of those that lived before us. That anything you desire can be had by searching through the multitude of words that are available to us now more abundantly than ever before.
Because you’re probably not reading this article, even though you know you should.
Because the people that are reading this already know these things.
Because you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.
5. Because you lack curiosity
Because you get your news from copycat members of the state-controlled media.
Because you’re unwilling to ask this simple question, “What if it’s all a lie?” and accept the possibility that maybe it is. That, just maybe, the methods of mass media are under direct orders to keep you distracted.
Because you call me a know-it-all but refuse to call yourself a know-nothing-at-all.
Because I thirst for knowledge, regardless of the topic.
Because while you’re busy playing Candy Crush, or Megapolis, I’m reading about string theory and quantum mechanics.
Because while you waste your time with Tosh.0, I’m learning how to edit video, build websites, and design mobile apps.
Because if we were to go heads-up in a debate, I would crush you. I would make it a point to defeat my own argument, from every imaginable angle, in order to understand everything you might be able to use against me.
Because I would dedicate myself to understanding both sides of the argument so thoroughly that I could argue your side for you and win, even after having just handed you a defeat in the same debate.
6. Because you don’t ask enough questions
Because you don’t question authority.
Because you don’t question yourself.
Because you don’t understand the power of properly placed questioning in life, respectful disagreements, and standing up for what you know to be right in the face of someone telling you otherwise. Unable to question reality, stuck in a self-imposed survival strategy within a Matrix-style monotony.
Because I know that you’ll give me all the information I need to destroy you by letting you talk.
Because I study human behaviors, and you ignore everyone but yourself.
Because I watch how you say the things you say just as closely as I listen to what you say, and you say way too much!
Because control comes not from spewing your ignorance like some incurable case of logorrhea but from properly structuring the context of your questions.
Because I study the premise of your argument and destroy it from the ground level before you even get a chance to establish your ideas.
7. Because you can’t handle the truth
Because you refuse to admit that you don’t even know the things you don’t know.
Because there isn’t an article online that would make up for all the time you’ve wasted in life.
Because even if I told you everything could be different tomorrow, you’d wait until then to begin doing anything about it.
Because even when you think I’m not, I’m aware of my surroundings.
Because you think that since I have not acknowledged you, it means that I have not seen you.
Because you walk around with your head up your ass, oblivious to the world around you, blissfully ignorant of the reality that sits so close to your face that if you stuck your tongue out, just once, you would taste it and realize how delicious the truth actually is.
Because you would become an instant addict, unable to pull yourself from the teat of truth, finally able to understand your lack of understanding. And then you would see. Then you would know the only thing holding you back from doing something truly amazing is you.
This post was originally published at Raymmar.com and is reprinted here with permission.