Becoming high value isn’t easy.
If it was, everyone would do it.
But the truth of the matter is that the vast majority of people don’t even try.
Now, keep in mind that these percentages aren’t necessarily ‘scientific.’ This is just based on my own observations, and on how I divide people up based on behavior and mindset when I walk into a room.
When I walk into an average room and assess what’s going on, I generally become aware of the fact that about half of the people in that room—about 50% of them—are really just stagnating in their life.
50% Of People Are Just Stagnating
They’re doing the bare minimum that’s required for them to sustain a certain quality of life without enduring too much hardship.
These are the types of people who do what they can to get some money that they use to pay their bills.
Then they engage in escapism, and spend the rest of their money on hobbies, TV shows, trips, drugs, partying, and/or other fun things.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with doing fun things.
And there’s nothing wrong with choosing to live in the manner that you wish to live in.
However, it’s really important to understand that on the dating marketplace, you’re not going to be able to engage to your full competitive capabilities if you don’t invest in yourself to continually increase in value.
But even beyond that, there are other things to think about.
For example, what kind of legacy are you going to leave behind when you’re gone?
How are you going to create a meaningful impact in the world if all you do is slide by on the bare minimum?
If you never aspire to greatness, how are you ever going to accomplish anything great?
I’ve learned that not everyone thinks about these things.
I’ve also learned that about 50% of people literally don’t seem to care at all about things like ‘purpose’ or ‘legacy.’
Their general attitude toward life is:
“It’s my life. I’m going to live it the way I want. I’m going to die how I die, and I don’t really care what happens after I’m gone. Because I’ll be gone.”
Okay, fair enough. I understand that. I really do. And every human has a right to feel that way.
I just can’t help but to believe that we have the potential to aspire to greater things than that.
About 40% Of People Try To Make A Small Bit Of Forward Momentum In Their Lives
Now, I also notice that about 40% of people do try to level up and do better.
These are the types of people who are trying to educate themselves, learn new skills, make more money, get in better shape, etc.
These are the people who are actively trying to become better tomorrow than they were today.
The methods that they employ may not be perfect. And they may not be focusing on trying to make their goals incredibly lofty or high level.
But that’s okay. They’re still focused on trying to be better today than they were yesterday.
And to be honest, I feel like most people should try to fit into this category.
It’s ok if you don’t want to try to be some big-shot or multi-millionaire. The most important thing is that you try to just be a better human, in all respects. To mind your business, get your money, pursue your purpose in life; level up mind, body, and spirit, and leave the victim mentality behind.
Even if you aren’t a top-level performer, this category is still a great place to be.
And so, this category is devoted to those types of people.
About 10% Of People Fall Into A ‘Highly Elite’ Category
Then, there are the elite 10%.
These are the select few people who are truly driven to set lofty goals and aspire to greatness.
These are the types of people who work themselves nearly to death, who strive every day to accomplish bigger and better things, and who seem furiously devoted to overcoming the futility of temporary human existence.
These are the types of people who think seriously about what kind of mark they want to leave when they’re gone.
(At least, that’s what it looks like from my perspective.)
Of course, there are probably some people in that 10% who are just driven to work really hard so that they can have a really good life and provide a really good life for their families.
That, to me, in itself, is its own version of a legacy.
But here’s the thing. We all have to grapple with the futility of life.
Some people grapple with it by doing the bare minimum and making sure that they get to enjoy every single second available to them to the greatest extent possible, even at the expense of trying to become better in the process.
And some people work harder and sacrifice more to try to create greater meaning outside of themselves… meaning that they may not even get to enjoy during their lifetime.
We all have slightly different perspectives on this, depending on which camp we fall into.
But I believe wholeheartedly in the fact that having an internal dialogue about what it means to be human in this world, and what it means to leave a legacy, and whether or not we should be concerned about that, is about as important an issue as there is to think about.
Honestly, I think that some of this has to do with personality type. But there’s also a certain amount of it that just has to do with how you decide to live your life and how you want it to turn out.
So my question to you, today, is this.
Which type of person are you going to be?
Because we really only have power over one thing in this life.
We have the power to act upon our lives, to attempt to create whatever destiny we desire.
And since you may only get one shot at life, I’d highly advise you to choose to live according to how you truly believe a human should live.
But for me, the answer will always be clear.
I will always strive to be a top 10% man, and aspire to live up to my fullest potential, to create a real difference in the world as a man and as a human.
This, I believe, is the highest calling that we can aspire to, to leave a great legacy and make a lasting mark on the world.
Go with grace, my friends, and never give up your power.
Joshua K. Sigafus