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Harsh Truths, baby.

Updated: Feb 19

These are by Dan Go (@FitFounder on X/Twitter) and they make a whole lot of sense.

The original thread can be found here.

So, rather than saving them and reading them as a thread on X, I'm compiling them here for myself, and hopefully for others who could find it useful too.

Thanks Dan.

Here we go.

  1. You spend life with one person, which is you. If you don't like yourself, you will have an issue.

  2. Growth is painful. Staying in the same spot as last year is even more painful.

  3. You can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped.

  4. People who hate others on social media are projecting their insecurities.

  5. People you admire in life carry the traits you have inside but are too scared to bring out.

  6. To achieve a goal you've never achieved you need to change into a person you've never been before.

  7. As you grow you will lose friends & find new ones. No one grows at the same rate. It is what it is.

  8. Your parents did more with less. Give them the respect they deserve.

  9. We're growing up in a time dominated by social media & smartphones, which will have a profound negative effect on our brains.

  10. The average person's focus is being trained by 15-second video clips. The person who can focus the longest without getting distracted wins.

  11. At some point, we will look at smartphones and social media the same way we look at cigarette smoking.

  12. The reason you don't have what you want is because you're not even willing to step into the arena & show up. You can't win if you don't show up.

  13. Behind every wildly successful entrepreneur is a trail of broken marriages & compromised relationships. Being obsessed comes with a cost.

  14. When people become successful their ego thinks it makes them smarter in other areas of life when it's usually the opposite.

  15. Kids shouldn't be touching anything resembling a smartphone until they're in their 20's but parents hand one to them when they're 2 years old.

  16. Posting pictures of their children on the internet without their permission will come back to bite some people in the ass.

  17. When people are metabolically unhealthy they shrink the areas of the brain responsible for emotional management & decision-making.

  18. The American diet was meant to put you in an American hospital for American health care so you can buy American Pharma drugs.

  19. The pharma industry owns the major media companies & politicians. They use money to control the narrative.

  20. Switching from one task to another is costing you hours of production. 2 hours of deep work will always be more valuable 8 hours of multitasking.

  21. If you drink your coffee with milk and sugar, it's not coffee. It's a latte.

  22. Saying "you need coffee to wake up" is a symptom of dependency & use of a drug to mask shitty lifestyle habits.

  23. Most people you think are friends are just transactional relationships. True friends are rare & should be appreciated.

  24. Using food or alcohol to manage your emotions will numb them for a bit but make them worse over time.

  25. When people are unsuccessful they change their goals and keep their plans, when it should be the other way around.

  26. You can do everything right, give something 100% effort, follow all the rules, and still fail. This doesn't mean you should give up.

  27. Life is shorter than we think and this is a feature, not a bug.

  28. The world won't wait for you to be okay. You gotta learn to pick yourself up and get better.

  29. Time is the most precious resource that people squander without giving it thought.

  30. Social media is free because you are paying for it with your attention.

  31. The body is doing whatever it can to keep us alive but most people treat it as a trash compactor.

  32. Most people will not get past the first tweet due to an inability to hold attention.

  33. The one common denominator in every problem in your life is you. Not taking ownership of your problems means you get to keep them.

  34. There will be a generation of people who will get old, look back on their lives & realize they spent most of it distracting themselves with a smartphone.


Some of my own that I learned along the way from people smarter than me.

  1. Complaining and blaming is saying loudly and proudly that we are helpless and have no control over our own lives, and we would rather seek attention as a victim than find solutions.

  2. Being easily triggered means we have no control over our own state of mind and emotions, and others do.

  3. Being a victim for attention and validation is one of the most toxic things we can do to ourselves.

  4. When we blame others for the state we are in, we are saying that our lives can only be better if others and situations change to what we want for our benefit.

  5. When we take responsibility, we are saying that our lives can be better when we change ourselves.

  6. Where we are now, the situation, the joy, the pain, the circumstances, is 100% our fault. It is the sum of all the actions, decisions, inactions and choices we made before this moment. We did this. We created this. We are creating where we will be in every single moment by what we think, what we do, what we say, how we act, how we feel, and what we imagine. That just means we are in charge, and no one else is.

  7. The past is our teacher, not our punisher. Learn the lesson and practice it, we have already paid the price.

  8. The future is our only imagination projecting our assumptions from what we know. It is not real, and there are far more things we don't know than what we know. We don't know what we don't know.

  9. What we will be is a result of where we put our time and what we put attention on. This is the most valuable resource that we own and have by default, and we choose how and where were use them in every single moment. Everything is our choice.

  10. "I don't have a choice" is a choice to not choose.

  11. Choose the outcome you want to decide your actions, instead of choosing the actions you want regardless of the outcome.

As I discover and remember more, I will add on to the above.

If you have any of your own to share, please do in the comments below. It's greatly appreciated!

Thank you.


February 2024

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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