Why are we in such a rush to succeed?

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Last Updated on November 14, 2022

What is it with 30, or any arbitrary number that we can think of, that makes us want to rush to succeed.

Many of us, Millennials and Gen Z’s, are in a rush to succeed. We want to attain so many things and reach higher heights before we hit 30, or even younger.

What is it with that number, anyway? Thirty.

Is it the magic number that will determine our success or failure? Or just a gauge between ourselves compared to our peers thinking, “I know I am smarter than them, but why am I still here in a low-paying job, while they are going on vacations abroad?”

Or maybe we are so disillusioned by the outliers’ accomplishments like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook/Meta), Bobby Murphy (Snapchat), or even Cong, who became very successful at a young age. If they can, why can’t I, right?

I’m not saying we should aim low or settle for mediocrity, but before we strive for something, we should know our ‘why.’

Why do we want to be successful as early as possible? Is it out of passion, pride, a childhood dream, or a goal larger than ourselves?

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Early in my career as a working professional, I also strived to climb the proverbial corporate ladder.

I wanted to be promoted every year and increase my salary. Because at the back of my mind, I want to do more, buy more, and be more.

Looking in hindsight, I was selfish. I wanted to accomplish many things, maybe a bit for my family, but ultimately for myself.

But once I finally found my vocation, everything changed. I was able to see things through a different set of lenses and escape the rat race with my heart and mind intact.

There is another thing people think has a deadline of 30… Marriage. I was once told to find a wife by 30. I asked, “why?”.

She answered, “so you will have a companion when you grow old.” In which I retorted, “if I will get married just for companionship, I might as well get a dog instead.”

So as the cliche goes, age is just a number. Like many young successful people, there are also late bloomers that may take longer.

Life is not a sprint; it is not even a marathon. As a runner, I wouldn’t compare life to a race running towards a finish line.

Instead, I will liken life to an endurance run. The finish line is the end of the allotted time. You will run until your lungs, your legs, and your heart tires out.

You will get sore, bruised, and you will consume your everything, but if you endure until the end, it will be all worth it.

Learn to slow things down. Try to walk a little bit slower, breathe a little bit longer, look a little bit closer, and love a little bit deeper.

Life is a journey so take one step at a time. There is no need to hurry. Run slow and live life.

Because in the end, God’s timing is perfect; never early, never late.

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5 responses to “Why are we in such a rush to succeed?”

  1. […] We haste through life, thinking that the future will always be better than today, but many often fail to pave their way for the better future they’ve dreamed of.  […]

  2. […] Like what I previously wrote, I always wondered why so many people are obsessed with reaching a certain level of success as early as possible, like before hitting 25 or 30. […]

  3. […] You often think that you should have accomplished many of your goals because Mark Zuckerberg did many things before reaching 30. […]

  4. […] are in a culture where entering your 30’s as a single is frowned upon like there is something […]

  5. […] I wrote a separate post about how our generation is always in a hurry. I learned that everyone’s timeline is different. So let us avoid comparisons and envy. Your time will come, so don’t beat yourself too hard. Just do the work today and have faith that tomorrow, everything will eventually be better. […]

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