One of the greatest words I have ever discovered and one of the main contributing factors to my personal growth is discomfort. The opposite of discomfort is contentment, which in many ways can be the “killer of dreams and aspirations,” because it somehow convinces you that you have arrived in a “safe place” and you should have enough common sense to remain there.
I was at that place of contentment in my life. In fact it was more like I had decided to just accept the unfortunate cards life had handed me. I was a high school dropout, failed recording artist, victim of a nearly fatal stabbing and a warehouse worker with a youth criminal record. Sounds like a dead end doesn’t it? Luckily, discomfort set it and I was no longer comfortable accepting failure. I began to ask, what if there is more to my journey? What if there is an unwritten story that I have yet to discover? This is where the word discomfort comes in and challenges you to go further.
Take less fortunate people all around the world who are in disastrous circumstances. They can only be helped by those who have the means to help them. However, the people who are moved to help them are simply people who are discomforted by seeing people suffer day after day. Their discomfort moves them to help evoke change. Discomfort is one of the biggest causes of change. As I sit here drinking my tea and reflecting on my business and life journey, I think to myself, if I was comfortable in my situation then I might not have been able to ever provide jobs for Canadians as I now can. I might not be able to donate and sponsor sports teams and charities like I do today.
Understanding this, I now hope to encourage others, even those who have experienced some level of success, that regardless of the fortunate opportunities one may have in life, it is the discomfort that urges us to go further and reminds us that contentment never brings about change, something that is much needed in our world today. Many positive influencers understand this philosophy and this is why discomfort is what drives them on a daily basis. It’s a simple theory but if you really consider it, it actually makes a whole lot of sense.
“You never get a new bed until you’re uncomfortable with your old one.”