By: Stefan Aarnio

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Newton, the man who discovered gravity, once said that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.


When an entrepreneur, artist, scientist or anyone else wanting to make a statement, pushes on the world – the world pushes back!


Every great idea, every world changing idea, is always met with resistance from average mediocre minds.


In the words of Mahatma Gandhi: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.


But what allows one great mind to survive the resistance of an overwhelming force of mediocre minds?


The answer is shocking and controversial… the answer is Ego.


We are taught in the modern world to look at Ego as a negative. Ego seems to be reserved for rock stars, divas and Donald Trump, but not for the everyday man! For the everyday man to have an Ego is a taboo idea. Man must be humble, meek and compliant. Not egotistical, confident or even arrogant!


The resistance, the sea of mediocre minds, wants you to be meek and compliant. They don’t want you to stand up to the status quo or the way things have always been done. They want you to be quiet, climb the corporate ladder and pay your taxes.


They certainly don’t want you to own your own ladder or start a new country so you can collect taxes for your benefit!


Any statement that begins with the word “I” is an ego statement and for a man to assert himself on the world, he needs Ego to survive the resistance.


For a man to stand up to the world and utter the words “I am” which precede any personal definition require ego. For a man to be an individual, he needs the words “I am” and many other “I’s” that follow “I am”.


You must earn your place in the world by first uttering the words “I am”. You must storm the beaches of the world and make a claim of land by uttering the words “I am”. You must defend you intellectual space and your self esteem by uttering the words “I am”.


Don’t be afraid to stand up to the status quo.
Don’t be afraid to fight the resistance.


Don’t be afraid to be bold, be brave and make a statement.


When the world pushes on you, push back!


Your ego needs you and you need your ego to survive the stones they will throw at you on your path to greatness!


Be unreasonable!


“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”


George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman


Respect The Grind,

Stefan Aarnio


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