The Happy Gilmore Approach to Life

Happy Gilmore is one of my all-time favorite movies.

If you’re not familiar with the plot you may be wondering what the hell I’m getting at. Even if you are familiar with the plot, you may still be wondering what the hell I’m getting at.

Happy has a passion for hockey and works at it endlessly. He has an incredible slapshot while the rest of his game leaves much to be desired. Not easily deterred, he still dedicates his life to the sport he loves.

Early on in the movie, Happy finds himself in a pickle when his grandma’s house gets foreclosed and he has to try to find a way to pay to get it back. As it happens, it’s not hockey but another sport that serves as his saving grace.

Happy golfs his way into redemption!

Now, my point here wasn’t to give you a poor plot summary of the movie Happy Gilmore, or ruin a perfectly good movie for you (you have to watch this if you haven’t) but to discuss an idea, or rather a principle I carry into my undertakings.

Work as hard as you can at what you care deeply about and are passionate about but be ready to exercise the skills you’ve developed in a different arena when the opportunity presents itself.

I think t00 often we make one of two mistakes- not going after what we truly care about in the first place, or being hesitant to switch courses when a situation calls for such measures.

A fear we all have is fear of failure manifesting in self-doubt. The only way to defeat this kind of self-deprecation if to be your own affirmation by speaking kindly to yourself and not accepting language like “I can’t” or “that sucks.”

Negativity and pessimism are a paradox because they are so deeply rewarding to partake in, but are so absolutely detrimental to long term success.

Your life is all about the story you tell about yourself, you are responsible for framing your situations.

Another fear of the latter mistake I discussed is the fear of having to start from scratch to learn and acquire new skills for a new endeavor. To this I say- any experience chasing success and mastery of something will not be wasted on a separate entity, for you will be able to utilize whatever experience you have.

Lewis Howes recently posted on his Instagram: “Don’t be afraid to start over. This time you’re not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience.”

I can’t speak for everyone but I know for me personally I never experienced true fulfillment or intrinsic motivation until I started pursuing the things that my inner voice were telling me to do like create content and enter the health and fitness field.

I’m guessing you have that inner voice too and if you’re not already, let that intuition be your guide because I promise, you will be better off for it, even though it may suck to switch gears.

The life you want is just beyond your comfort zone and just little more in line with that voice in your head. It’s almost like fulfillment is a short putt for Happy, it’s easy right? “Just taaaap it in. Just taaaaap it in. Give it a little tappy. Tap Tap Taparoo.”

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