We all need words to live by. Here are the seven tenants that Bootcamp Dan abides by.
You are not entitled to anything
- The world owes you nothing. Society owes you nothing. This is true regardless of your gender, race, religious or political affiliation.
You can do great things
- But wait, you just said that the world and society owes me nothing. How can I achieve greatness?
- Greatness is not owed, it’s earned.
- Work hard, but work smart. Don’t go to prison too much.
- Obstacles are a part of life, and should be welcomed. Yes, they can be difficult. Yes, they can be painful, but challenges will sharpen you. They will build you into the person you need to be.
Take care of your mind and body
- You may be young, but never overestimate the strain that your body and mind can take. Eat healthy, exercise, use your brain, and most importantly, keep an eye on your mental health.
- Seriously, it’s okay to ask for help sometimes.
- Conflict is unavoidable, but don’t seek it out. Realize that some conflicts are necessary, and some will needlessly complicate your life. This applies to co-workers, bosses, significant others, parents, children, multicolored invisible fantasy ponies.
- But wait, you just told me to be a wimp! No, I said avoid needless and harmful conflicts.
- Take chances but be smart.
- Learn to be assertive and respect yourself, and others will respect you as well.
Stay true to yourself
- But what if I’m a sack of s***? Well then you’re a sack of s*** and I can’t help you. But most people aren’t sacks of s***, or at least they don’t believe themselves to be, which is the next best thing.
- People have a set of words at the core of them. These can either be beliefs, ethics, or even people and places. These are words that are closest to what they are, and usually “I’m an asshole” isn’t there. Being an asshole is just part of their personality, but those principles you believe in, that matter to you, are the truest version of what you are.
- Take strength from those words. You’ll be adding to them as you grow, and occasionally, tragically, perhaps removing a few.
- People can change. And sometimes change is good.