Do you hate to wake up early?
Or to go to the gym
or to work hard in school or at your job?
Do you often postpone the work that you know you should do?
Or maybe you just wish that somebody else would do it for you.
If you answered yes
to any of those questions
then the world has probably told you that you are lazy
or that you’re a procrastinator who lacks motivation.
At least, this is what I was personally told.
And for a long time I believed them.
I bought into their BS
and I labeled myself as that lazy procrastinator
who would never achieve any great academic success,
and I carried this mediocre mindset of getting mediocre grades
and putting in mediocre effort all the way up until my college years.
But one day I was presented with the opportunity to study abroad in Europe.
And this got me really excited,
and nothing ever remotely related to school had ever got me excited.
And I started to imagine myself laying on the beach in Italy
or eating churros in Spain
or going to a party in the Czech Republic.
And after weeks of research
I decided that I wanted to study abroad in Lisbon, Portugal
because it had everything that I had wanted.
In my mind going to Lisbon was going to be the thing
that would make all my academic struggles worthwhile.
At that time it was the most important thing in my life.
But when I was talking to one of my professors about the exchange program
I learned a few interesting things.
I learned that Portugal was the number one most popular choice
among all the students,
so there was going to be some competition.
And then I learned that my university chooses where all the students
go based on how good their grades are.
And at this time mine were okay at best.
And then I learned that
only four students are selected to go to Portugal,
which meant that if I wanted to go to Portugal
my grades needed to be in the top 1% of my entire business program.
So it was me, the lazy procrastinator,
going against all the other kids
who had dedicated their entire lives to school.
That was my competition.
So the next day I started to study really, really hard,
way more than I ever had in my entire life.
I can still remember walking through the library
and seeing the other kids from my class
who I knew wanted to go to Portugal,
and we would just make eye contact with each other
and we would just have this intensity in our eyes
because we both knew that we were competing for the same thing.
So the stakes were really, really high.
As the semester went on my grades got higher and higher
and my social life became more and more nonexistent.
But one morning near the end of my semester
my mom said something to me that was really interesting.
She said, “I have never seen you work this hard in school.
“Maybe you aren’t a procrastinator after all.”
And this line really got me thinking
because during that particular semester
no teacher, no student or parent would say that I was lazy.
老师 同学 父母没有人说我懒
In fact, they would say that I’m a really hard worker who
you know really gets after it.
But in the previous semester, just five months ago,
those same people would all say that I was a procrastinator
and that I was lazy, so which is it?
I can’t be both, can I?
The truth is, is that no human being is just one thing.
Nobody here is 100% lazy or 100% not lazy.
I first really understood this idea back in the 10th grade
where I would do anything to procrastinate doing my homework
because I hated school.
But I would put everything on hold
in order to play a computer game called StarCraft II,
which is actually a national sport in South Korea.
And I would spend hours
just researching how to get better at StarCraft.
I would practice my skills, practice different strategies,
and at one point I actually beat
one of the top 200 players in North America.
I’m not saying this to brag.
I’m saying this to make a point
that when it came to school I was really lazy
but when it came to gaming I was the opposite.
So the question, how do I stop being lazy
isn’t actually a great question to ask yourself.
A much better question would be why am I feeling lazy?
And the reason why I was feeling lazy
and why probably most of you are feeling lazy
is because we were all doing the wrong thing.
Maybe you’re studying the wrong stuff
or you’re working at the wrong job.
When you feel lazy you should pay attention and take notes
because sometimes that is your intuition or your body or spirit
有时那是你的直觉 或者身体 或者精神
or whatever you wanna call it
saying to you, hey, you’re doing the wrong thing.
在告诉你 嘿 你正在做错误的事情
Do something else.
So when you’re feeling lazy
and you truly want to feel motivated again,
you need to understand these two key things.
The first one is to make sure you know the why
behind what you are doing.
Because if you have this
you will always be able to do those things that you don’t really want to do,
but they are stuff that you need to do.
For me, it was being motivated to do well in school
in order to go to Europe.
And yes, I did actually end up going to Portugal.
So the lazy procrastinator won.
So there’s hope for all of us.
And two, and this is the best option in my opinion,
is to start doing something that you’re actually passionate about,
because life is short.
If you have not found
the thing that you really love to do,
then you need to start at the very least looking for it,
Otherwise, you will wake up at the age of 80
and think to yourself,
man, I spent my whole life doing the wrong thing.
And this image is really scary to me.
But Mitch, how do I find something
that I’m passionate about?
The number one best way to do this is to try new things.
Unfortunately, despite what the movies tell you,
your passion is not just gonna appear one day.
It’s not gonna come into your dream
or just come into your life.
It’s something that you will actually have to go and search for.
你必须行动 去寻找 才能找到
And the best resource that I found to discover your passion
is a website called Skillshare.
Skillshare is an online learning community
that can literally teach you any skill you want.
They have over 25,000 classes
in design, business, technology.
They can even teach you how to become a successful YouTuber
or a successful animator or a writer or a photographer.
And the first 500 people who sign up using my link in the description
will gain access to all of this 100% free
for the first two months，
and the last time I talked about Skillshare
I think like 500 people signed up in the first hour.
So, if you click it and it’s still there,
consider yourself very lucky.
Let’s make 2020 the year
where we finally start doing the things that we love to do.
Thank you for watching, and I’ll see you soon.
Do you hate to wake up early?