Embracing the Suck

A Path to an Easier Life

John Cousins


Avoiding challenges in life is like trying to toast bread with a flashlight. It’s a bright idea, but it won’t get you far.

In a world of sheep constantly seeking convenience and comfort (95 percent of the people are imitators and only 5 percent initiators), there exists a paradoxical truth: making hard choices leads to an easier life. In contrast, easy choices often lead to inevitable hardship.

This principle, based on hard-earned experience and resonating through various quotes and philosophies, reveals a fundamental aspect of growth and success.

The Value of Difficult Choices

“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” This straightforward statement encapsulates profound wisdom. The willingness to confront challenges and make tough decisions can pave the way to a more fulfilling and less problematic life.

Facing hard choices is a continuous struggle. Meeting life’s hard choices is like arm-wrestling an octopus. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, another challenge pops up.

The avoidance of difficulty, though immediately tempting, can long-term lead to a life filled with unmet potential and unresolved problems.

We are kept from our highest goals, not by obstacles, but by smooth, well-trodden paths to lesser goals.

What you do now and every second feeds your destiny. Small things matter when they accumulate.

The Illusion of the Easy Path

Choosing the easy way in life is like using a chocolate teapot. It might look sweet, but it will melt into a mess at the first sign of heat.

The belief that life should be easy is a trap. It often leads to a search for shortcuts and avoidance of challenges.