Can’t Sleep, That’s Good

I can’t sleep. I mean, I can fall asleep, I can stay asleep for a couple hours, but if you asked me how I slept, I would say badly.

When you read a sh*t ton of personal development books like I do (Michael Hyatt, Tim Ferris, Lewis Howes, a dozen others), you hear all the time about “optimizing” everything. Getting good rest to be more productive. “Here are 8 ways to have a great sleeping habit in 8 days!” or whatever.

I panic. I think f*ck, I can’t sleep, I can’t be productive, I can’t be on my A game, why can’t I sleep, I try everything, but there’s this problem out of my control that is limiting every other part of my life, then you seriously start to panic because the doctors don’t know why either.

Well, that’s good.

It’s good because the greatest triumphs never came without tremendous difficulty (I think Nick Saban said that). Saban is the head football coach for Alabama, possibly the greatest college football coach in history (he’s on his way to win his 5th championship in 10 years, I think). But when his team was down and out, and they were injured and almost out of playoff contention and they were playing the top school in the country next, it’s like, great. Excellent. Perfect. When we beat them, it will be a victory more glorious than ever possible if we were healthy and on our game, because we will have overcome the most tremendous odds we’ve ever faced.

Lots of other “super-entreprenuers” (Tim Ferris, Tony Robbins, whatever) have admitted they have intense sleep problems. Insomnia, night terrors, anxiety attacks. They spend thousands of dollars on treatments, pillows made from unicorn calf tail hairs, and the rarest root from the most treacherous swamp in the Congo that helps people fall asleep.

And they still can’t sleep.

And they still produce the top, most-shared, more impactful content available.

I can’t sleep.

Excellent. Perfect. My victory of becoming an entrepreneur will be far more glorious than if I ever did get a good night’s sleep, because I’ll have overcome tremendous adversity.


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