I was reading a quick little ebook, a couple of weeks ago, called the Hero Handbook by Nate Green. A client had forwarded it to me after I mentioned the Die The Hero project at the end of one our calls.
At first, I was like, “Well, I guess I’m just going to start getting tons of stuff with the word Hero on it” (sorry Tim) and forgot about it until I stumbled across it looking for another email a few days later.
I read it the next morning in about an hour. One of my favorite sections was titled Avoid The Living-Impaired.
I love that term. The living-impaired. It’s perfect.
I’ve always called these people The Drones, but not anymore. It’s living-impaired from now on.
This is one of the first concepts I walk my new clients through.
Avoiding the ridiculous people in your life. The one’s making the constant noise (like a drone). Always complaining, and judging, and doubting. Always the victim. Always expecting change, and never doing anything to make it happen.
These people are radioactive. They’ll slowly kill you, day by day, unless you avoid them.
Nate describes it much better than I.
From the Hero Handbook:
“The living-impaired are just…there. They breathe but don’t live. They’re not happy. Often, they’re cynical.
“You can’t just do whatever you want.”
“You can’t leave school to start your own thing.”
“That will never work.”
“That’s a bad idea.”
The living-impaired are all around us. They come disguised as friends, concerned family members, co-workers, or authority figures.
Heroes leave the living-impaired alone. They try to leech their negative (they call it “realistic”) worldview onto us.
Treat them like lepers and keep your distance.”
Take a look around you today. Are you allowing the living-impaired in your life?
Are YOU the one that’s impaired?
It’s a scary thought…
I know because when I ask myself those two questions my answer is Yes…and Yes.
I know what I’m going to do about it.
What are you going to do?