A Most Splendid Ride
Thank-you for taking the journey with me through these chapters. At the start of this book, you were disappointed at how life turned out. You wanted more, but you weren’t sure what you wanted and how to go about getting it. In “The Mind,” you realized you don’t have to be perfect to be happy. You can aim for being good enough. You found ways to uncover your strengths and to improve the fit between your strengths and your life. You learned the tools to unload your emotional burden and live true to your values. You saw how a simple way of living could make you happier. You explored the methods of raising flourishing children and the importance of nurturing the love for your partner.
In “The Body,” you began your physical transformation. You learned to appreciate your body and make the best of what you have. You followed the four commandments of beauty to enhance your features. No longer shying away from colors, you adopted flattering ways to dress for your body type. You discovered techniques to improve your sleep and workouts to improve your health. You looked beyond the dietary hypes and trends and learned to treat food as medicine. You recognized the benefits of a satisfying sex life and explored the power of physical love.
In “The Path,” you examined your old dream and why it was important to you. You drew your growth roadmap by reverse engineering the experts’ success. You learned how to maximize your productivity and build a support network to motivate you.
Now, you’re ready to embark on the journey to a new life.
Good luck, my friends, I wish you all the very best. No one can predict the future, but I can guarantee you’ll meet challenges and setbacks along the way. I want to see you off with these words:
Be prepared to be disappointed, brokenhearted even, when everything seems to go against you. Build a defense system for times like that. Have a mentor guide you through troubles; have your partner or a close friend comfort you; have your accomplishment journal handy to appreciate how much you have already achieved.
Be prepared when things are going too well, when your business is taking off and your talent is in high demand. Don’t neglect the other two vital components of happiness—your health and your relationships. Keep everything in balance and share the fruit of your labor with all who have helped you.
Be prepared by having a Plan B. When the situation challenges you to gamble, take a moment to draw up a backup plan. If there’s no alternative, don’t do it. You don’t want to end up with your back against the wall.
Be open to new opportunities. Don’t worry if you’re good enough. You only become good by doing. Failure is the prequel to growth. Change your struggles into knowledge and turn your mistakes into wisdom.
Be flexible in your approach. When something doesn’t work after multiple tries, test a different angle. Read a book, watch video tutorials, talk to people, and learn to draw inspiration from random events. The clues are everywhere; you just have to look for them.
Be optimistic. Your attitude plays a role in your likelihood of success. Happiness is a mindset built on open-mindedness and gratitude. Choosing to see the bright side may just bring you the lucky break you deserve.
Be humble. There is always something you can learn from the person next to you. Pay attention to those with specialized skills. Don’t copy their ideas; study their methods instead. Change their approaches to fit your practice and come up with your own creation.
Be you. Stop comparing yourself to other people. Remember, your height doesn’t change when you stand next to a giant or a dwarf. You don’t have to be perfect—just be the best of you. Think of life as a train ride. We’re all heading for the same destination, but everyone sees a different view. Stop looking at life through others’ lenses. Find your own horizon. Make your ride the most splendid and memorable.
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