Life comes out of death, which is why real living begins when you kill off the habits, mindsets, and feelings that are holding you back. To live, something must die. To experience something greater, the lesser must be executed.

In my life, nothing has spelled more significant change than when fatalism began to die and determination came to life. In your own life, I can’t imagine anything greater dying in you. If you can lose the idea of fate, and embrace the reality that you have the ability to shape your future, a sense of empowerment will overtake you as if you were swallowed by an ocean wave.

History Shapers

The fruit of fatalism is seen when you’re waiting around for something to happen. It’s when you live like one awaiting a permission slip to step out on their dreams and goals. Fatalism is when you believe that you are subject to a future over which you have no power to change.

The opposite is determination, and determination is when you awaken to the reality that you can shape the world and your place in it. Listen to the way one famous “history shaper” describes it:

Living With Determination

When you can decide the nature and outcome of something, you are living in determination. When you hold yourself back from realizing your fullest potential, you are living under the restraint of fatalism.

Steve Jobs believed he could change the world. He took the simple idea of cause and effect—“if you push in, something will pop out the other side”—and maximized it to such a degree that he changed the life experience of untold millions all over the world.

You Can Change YOUR World

You don’t have to “change the world”, but you can certainly change your world, and that begins when you realize that the totality of your life experience is determined by the decisions you make and the actions you take. If there is a force, or god, determining everything, it is irrelevant because as far as your experience is concerned, your life was created by you.

This realization is both frightening and exhilarating, but once you accept the responsibility that you will only get out of life what you determine, you will experience the greatest sense of empowerment. Your weight problems, money problems, career problems, emotional problems, and relationship problems will be subject to the power of your own will. This is the greatest realization.

Are you still governed by fatalism? Tell me how in the comments below.
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C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    10 replies to "Steve Jobs and the Greatest Truth I Ever Learned"

    • Ethan Kincaid

      Yeah. In a way, accepting the probability of failure – even the inevitability of failure, in some cases – is a great shield against the pain of failure. Unfortunately, the price of that shield is to never accomplish anything. There is no greater failure than a wasted life. Nothing scares me more than the thought of dying as an old man, leaving behind nothing of value in this world. That’s a fear I’ll never kill, ’cause I need those spurs in the sides when I get lazy and whiny. Thanks for the reminder to keep fighting, CJ. I think we all need that sometimes.

    • Very well stated, Ethan. I’m sure you’ll leave a footprint on the world with an attitude like that. Thanks for writing.

    • MICAH

      The gift you receive from following these principles consistently over a period of time will amaze you. The biggest gift is the realization that ” I am my own master and I going to succeed no matter how bad the economy is, politics , relationships ect. Also , the feeling of adding to this world and not taking is a gift all on its own. Everyday I wake up now my outlook is to kick the crap out this day because i know i have planned , revised, researched and visualized my goals and I follow that plan to a T. I also competed in my first powerlifting event and beat all my personal records. These principles will benefit every aspect of your life. We just have to be the ones take this GOLDEN knowledge and execute them. Thanks CJ! You da man!

    • Alex Gammey

      I have lived my life a metal head, balls to the wall. I could never climb into any cage or allow myself to be chained to any spot without shaking cages and rattling chains. My whole philosophy on life is not in what’s the material gain of a situation but where will I be mentally at the end of it. I may have burned some bridges and a few m
      ore brain cells along the way than most, but I am still looking for ways to shake, rattle, and roll. Every time I find pleasures in my life I know I am being rewarded, look for your own rewards no matter how they come.

    • Alex, you’ve been a huge inspiration to me. You’re a great example of what I teach. Thanks for the friendship, and thanks for writing.

    • Brother! Thank you so much for taking the time to write. It’s so true—it all comes down to your outlook.

    • Jason

      Jeanette Winterson, author, said it like this: “If you want to avoid your fate, choose a destiny.”

    • Jason

      Jeanette Winterson, author, said it like this: “If you want to avoid your fate, choose a destiny.”

    • Dave Medina

      Great discussion CJ…keeping meet motivated…thanks for the inspiration! Be the change you want to see in the world.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Thank you, Dave. That means a lot to me, my friend.

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