People say they want an easy life. They want to reach retirement, throw away their alarm clock, sit back and do nothing. If everything was taken care of for them, they could live the good life.
I don’t believe though, that the easy life is the good life.
When fishermen in San Fransisco stopped feeding the seagulls it turned into a disaster. Not because all of the seagulls started eating the natural food, readily available to them, but because the gulls had been given their sustenance for so long they had forgotten how to keep themselves alive.
For generations they had come to the piers and docks to be fed the remains from the fishing boats. Life was easy. Everything they needed was handed out and they need not go out and fish themselves. They didn’t need to get better, stay sharp learn more, because they were comfortable.
And the gulls began dying in droves.
Easy stops us from growing, if we let it.
Easy will keep you right where you are, if you allow it.
Easy is the opposite of great.
If we want to have more influence, make a change in the world or do bigger things, we have to avoid easy.
We must chase after what is difficult.