Thursday, September 4, 2014

It ain't easy being gifted

A manosphere blogger unwittingly channels St. Paul:
Remember our discussion on values? What do you value? If you are a gifted but unaccomplished man, you have revealed your values. You value taking the easy way in life by coasting on a wave that you did not make. You can change your mindset. I did.
I used to value being highly intelligent, especially when I was younger. Yet growing up showed me countless examples of high IQ men who were total failures at life.
Even though I did OK in life, I didn’t apply myself. I viewed grinding as beneath me. “Hard work was for stupid people,” I told myself.
Time, however, waits for no man. When you look to your left and right, you see men who get ahead or fall behind based less on their gifts and more on their ability to keep moving through adversity.
Or as one of the great presidents of the 20th century put it:
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. 

One of the many problems facing Western civilization is that men have fewer incentives to persevere and work hard. Why should a young man bust his ass in a dead end, part time, minimum wage job when he can stay home, play video games, and either hook up or look at pornography?

As always, reform always begin with ourselves.

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