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you… I’m calling you out.
I’m looking you in the eyes, (ok well, not really
since you are probably reading this article, but
fguratively, I am burning a cyclops type hole in
your ace right now! and telling you that you don’t
stand a chance.
I’m telling you that i you can read this article, look
through this list and not claim it as your own, then
you should be a little worried.
"ctually, you should be very worried. You should
drop everything and immediately #uestion your
e$istence on earth. You should fnd a mirror, look
yoursel in the eyes, raise your hand and slap
yoursel in the ace.
%ot it& 'ow repeat that until you come to your
senses and continue reading whenever you’re
I’m Talkin’ Bout Street Skills
I’m not talking about the( study hard, party light,
graduate top)o)your)class skills.
I’m not even talking about the( slack)o*, skip class,
smoke weed, drink and party but still graduate,
skill)set your +,-,---. diploma has lead you to
believe you have.
/I’m talking ’bout, step out your door, make some moves,
and get)some)shit)done, kind o skills0 1ome, move out
your mama’s house, #uit your 2ob 3 say /uck the world4
3 and then actually go do it, kind o skills4.
5he kind o skills you develop in the real world,
outside the bubble o your parents protection or
the ideological indoctrination that has
overwhelmed our entire educational system.
1kills that can be had by anyone willing to pay the
price to get them. 1kills that are #uickly becoming
I’m talking about skills that cannot be taught in a
classroom or in a te$tbook. 1kills you can only
learn by doing; by learning how to 6y ater 2umping
o* the cli*.
1kills that can only be developed when you fnd
your true sel. 7hen you put yoursel on the line or
otherwise e$pose yoursel to the possibility o
5he skills you can only develop when you are
willing to risk it all in order to do that one ama8ing
1kills that up until now, you thought you had.
“Basically, what I am trying to tell you is
that, in this game called life, you don’t
stand a chance…
1 :: Because You Have Not
9ecause you are comortable in your mediocrity;
because you choose not to try.
9ecause it is easier to talk about learning that new
(programming&! language as opposed to actually
9ecause you think everything is too hard or too
complicated so you will 2ust /sit this one out4, or
maybe you’ll, /do)it)tomorrow40
9ecause you hate your 2ob but won’t get a new
one; because it is easy to re2ect re2ection.
9ecause while you’re sitting around ailing to try, I
am out there trying to ail, challenging mysel,
learning new things and ailing as ast as possible.
9ecause as I ail, I learn, and then ad2ust my course
to make sure my path is always orward. :ike the
process o annealing steel, I’ve been through the
fre and pounded into shape. 5he shape o a sword
with polished edges and a ra8or sharp blade that
will cut you in hal i you are not e#ually hardened.
:: Because You !are "hat
#thers Think $%out You
9ecause you have to ft in.
9ecause you believe that being di*erent is only
cool i you’re di*erent in the same way that other
people are di*erent.
9ecause you are araid to embrace your true sel
or ear o how the world will see you. You think
that because you 2udge others, this means that
those people must, in)turn, be 2udging you.
9ecause you care more about the stu* you have as
opposed to the things you’ve done.
9ecause while you’re out spending your money on
new outfts, new cars, overpriced meals or nights
at the bar, I’ll be investing in mysel. "nd while you
try to ft in with the world I’ll make the world ft in
9ecause I will recklessly abandon all insecurities and
e$pose my true sel to the world. I will become immune to
the impact o your opinion and stand naked in a crowd o
ideas; comortable in knowing that while you married the
mundane I e$plored the e$ceptional.
& :: Because You Think You
$re Smarter Than You $re
9ecause you did what everyone else did; you
studied what they studied and read what they
9ecause you learned what you had to learn in
order to pass their tests and you think that makes
9ecause you think learning is only something
people do in schools.
9ecause while you were away at college, I was
studying lie; because instead o learning about the
world in a classroom I went out and learned it by
9ecause I know more than any piece o paper you
could ever rame rom a university. 9ecause smart
is not what you learn, it’s how you live.
9ecause I might not have a degree but I challenge
you to fnd a topic that I can’t talk to you about
9ecause I could pass your tests i I had to, but you
couldn’t stand or a single second in the ace o the
tests that lie has thrown me. 5ests that are not
graded on a bell curve or by percentages; tests
that are graded by one simple stipulation( survival0
' :: Because You (on’t )ead
9ecause you read the things you are re#uired to
read or nothing at all.
9ecause you think history is boring and philosophy
9ecause you would rather sit and watch /;04 or
/<5=4 instead o e$ploring something new, instead
o diving head frst, into the brain o another man
in an attempt to better understand the world
9ecause you reuse to acknowledge that all the
power in the world comes rom the words o those
that lived beore us. 5hat anything you desire can
be had by searching through the multitude o
words that are available to us now more
abundantly than ever beore.
9ecause you are probably not reading this article
even though you know you should.
9ecause the people that are reading this already
know these things.
9ecause you can lead a horse to water but you
can’t make him drink.
* :: Because You +ack
9ecause you get your news rom copy)cat
members o the state)controlled media.
9ecause you are unwilling to ask this simple
#uestion… /7hat i it’s all a lie&4, and accept the
possibility that maybe it is; that 2ust maybe, the
methods o mass media are under direct orders to(
keep you distracted.
9ecause you call me a know)it)all but reuse to call
yoursel a know)nothing)at)all.
9ecause I thirst or knowledge, regardless the
9ecause while you’re busy playing Candy Crush, or
Megalopolis, I am reading about string theory and
9ecause while you waste your time with 5osh.o I
am learning how to edit video, build websites and
design mobile apps.
9ecause i we were to go heads)up in a debate, I
would crush you. I would make it a point to deeat
my own argument; rom every imaginable angle;
in order to understand everything you might be
able to use against me.
9ecause I would dedicate mysel to understanding
both sides o the argument so thoroughly that I
could argue your side or you and win; even ater
having 2ust handed you a deeat in the same
- :: Because You (on’t $sk
9ecause you do not #uestion authority.
9ecause you don’t #uestion yoursel.
9ecause you don’t understand the power o
properly placed #uestioning in lie, respectul
disagreements and standing up or what you know
to be right in the ace o someone telling you
otherwise. >nable to #uestion reality; stuck in a
sel imposed survival strategy within a matri$)style
9ecause I know that you will give me all the
inormation I need to destroy you by letting you
9ecause I study human behaviors and you ignore
everyone but yoursel.
9ecause I watch how you say the things you say
2ust as closely as I listen to what you say; and you
say way too much0
9ecause control comes, not rom spewing your
ignorance like some incurable case o logorrhea,
but rom properly structuring the conte$t o your
9ecause I study the premise o your argument and
destroy it rom the ground level beore you even
get a chance to establish your ideas.
/ :: Because You !an’t
Handle The Truth
9ecause you reuse to admit that you don’t even
know the things you don’t know.
9ecause there isn’t an article online that would
make up or all the time you have wasted in lie.
9ecause even i I told you everything could be
di*erent tomorrow you would wait until then to
begin doing anything about it.
9ecause even when you think I’m not, I’m aware o
9ecause you think that since I have not
acknowledged you, it means that I have not seen
9ecause, you walk around with your head up your
ass, oblivious to the world around you. 9lissully
ignorant o the reality that sits so close to your ace
that i you stuck your tongue out, 2ust once, you
would taste it and reali8e how delicious the truth
9ecause you would become an instant addict.
>nable to pull yoursel rom the teat o truth.
?inally able to understand your lack o
understanding, and then you would see; then you
would know that the only thing holding you back
rom doing something truly ama8ing, is you.
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