When I was growing up I was always fascinated with tattoos and the stories they told. My father had a bunch of tattoos, some referring to life or his service in the Navy, but they all came with a story that everyone could see. I admired the stories, and I too had a story even though I was young. Even though I am only 22, I now have some dope tattoos that hold great meaning.
When I turned 16 years old I went and got my first tattoo, then by 17 I had a full sleeve and a large quote on my side. These tattoos have always had special meaning, and they always will.
However, over the years i’ve acquired some more life knowledge, different perspective, and thoughts. I have some quote tattoos that I would currently change. So as a writer I thought there wouldn’t be a better message to share with you.
So, let’s dive into it.
“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man”
Across my lower stomach I have those words, and it’s probably my favorite tattoo as it holds the most meaning. To me it holds the purpose of why I want to drive my life so hard, I hold memory of a pain and I want to make sure that it changes with me. I want to make sure I can continue to support the ones around me, and never let a life mistake or situational obstacle come between a bond which can’t be replaced. This quote reminds me of that.
However, I’ve learned we can’t get rid of pain. It’s not something that we forget, but it’s something that we can learn from. It’s something that we can choose to remember when we may be taking something for granted. We can remember the feelings or moments where we felt pain, physical or emotional, and use it to make our future brighter.
You can’t get rid of your pain, but you can certainly use it to make a difference in the world. With this tattoo as a reminder that is exactly what I plan to do.
So here’s what I’d change about those words.
“He who understands his pain will come to make a beast of himself, and then learn to change the world”
“Control The Outcome”
On my left forearm I have the words Control The Outcome. My favorite moving growing up was Never Back Down, and the scene where those words are spoken still gives me chills. After losing his father, Jake Tyler faces a world of obstacles including a move to a different high school. Through a rigorous school change he becomes a Mixed Martial Arts fighter, and eventually faces the fight of his life.
After the movie shows a slow reel of every single life memory, all his previous training, and his father, his coach tells him to “control the outcome, it is on you and always has been”.
I wanted to be that kid one day. I wanted to Control The Outcome.
Now, when I read Control The Outcome, what really comes to my mind is this.
Can we really, fully control the outcome? I believe we can prepare as much as possible to give ourselves the best chance at an optimal outcome, but I’m not too certain we can ever fully control it. We can never control or predict the things that will happen in the outcome with 100% certainty. What matters more is our process.
I would argue to say that the process was more important than the outcome for Jake Tyler. Sure, he won the fight, but in the process he met his girlfriend, best friend, and most important of all, his true potential. I think that process beats any singular point in time, even if it becomes the biggest event of our life.
Adopting the Never Stop Hustling mindset has removed me from an outcomes mentality. I put emphasis on my process over anything else. That’s where the true happiness comes from. I really, truly believe that.
So if I could go back in time I would change the word outcome to process, it matters so much more.
Never Stop Hustling
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