These days we are so concerned with “winning” in life, that we can post our new Mercedes on Instagram. But this post isn’t about fancy cars. These people posting shit on Instagram always look so happy. They are better than you. Steps ahead in life. So how do we catch up?
Well, quite simple.
All of it is external validation and nets you nothing. So here’s how to not need external validation.
A Society Rooted in Need for External Validation
Society changed a lot over the past decades. Everything is fake these days. Literally everything. Food, cars, hair, sex, love, friendship, games, movies, social media, and most importantly, the people themselves.
Want proof, check out this clip:
We laugh about this, but it’s actually very sad.
This clip sparked my interest to write this post, but I noticed this recently with a lot of people.
You guys are so concerned with how you look on Social Media. How your so-called “friends” portray you, that you can’t even show your real emotions.
You can show them to thousands of people in that stadium, but not to your closest friends. Why? Because they have it so much better than you. But do they really?
Why get External Validation from ruined people?
Internalize the following:
Most people are a complete mess inside.
Maybe 0.0001% of people truly have it figured out. The rest of us humans is stumbling through life. Fucking things up here and there.
I usually keep telling guys this fact in regard to women. Girls don’t have relationships figured out, either.
Men tend to think they need to act according to their women. Horseshit. They are just as fucked up as you are.
So are all humans. You let yourself be blinded by social media, and stars on TV, all of which look like they have the greatest lives, but it’s all bullshit.
And then you need to ask yourself this. Why do you draw your external validation from other people which are completely fucked up?
You have a friend who is constantly blind drunk and achieves nothing, but posts an Image of his leased Mercedes he doesn’t actually own and it makes you feel bad.
The Harsh Reality Check for External Validation
The reality is, that pretty much everyone is heavily in debt, most people have relationship issues, most Twitter alpha’s don’t rail half as many hot 19-year-old blondes as they say, and if someone brags about their sex life in a marriage, they usually haven’t seen each other naked in years.
And how could they?
The average buying power has been declining for decades, so how do you think people afford these fancy cars and houses? Crippling debt.
People spend most of their daytime working a shit job, and when they get home they binge Netflix. At what time do you think are they taking care of their relationship? They don’t.
People eat all sorts of shit, that makes them tired and useless, when do you think are they gonna have the energy to have sex? Never.
This is the lie you’ve been sold for decades. Media, News, Social Media, and even gossiping with friends. It is all lies. Almost nobody lives the life they claim. I didn’t for the longest time. Even in my business. I claimed to be rich to get the clout. The social proof. Until I discovered that people like authenticity. Which is why I started to just share my journey.
Instead of acting all knowledgable.
The reason I did this is the key for you. I didn’t have to think about things to say so my carefully designed house of cards of lies didn’t crumble.
I just said what I meant, knew, and felt.
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This will bring a TON of happiness because you don’t need other people’s praise anymore. You are fine with yourself. Happy with yourself. Let me show you how.
How to Not Need External Validation?
Now that we cleared that up, which should already help, I will teach you how to not need external validation at all.
Because at this point, IDGAF about anyone’s opinion of me.
How to do it? Simple. Have a mission. A purpose.
Be aligned with your soul. Your meaning in life. Why you are on this planet.
You need something you absolutely love doing that propels you forward. Irrelevant what it is. I started my blog you’re just reading. For you, it could be something completely different.
But you need something that keeps you going!
Most people are externally validated because they have nothing for themselves. They don’t do shit to further their life.
They just exist. Naturally, you need to get your validation from somewhere.
Aim for validation through creation, not through appreciation.Naval Ravikant
How to be Internally Validated
When you follow your path and your mission, you will eventually be externally validated through other things.
Followers on Twitter, bragging about your Lamborghini, whatever.
Nothing wrong with flaunting your cars. But be aware of why you do it and who you are trying to impress.
Yourself for what you accomplished? (Correct)
Your neighbor for what you accomplished? (Wrong)
See, it’s these small details in your perception and your mindset that make a huge difference.
A few questions to notice your external validation. I leave them open-ended intentionally. With what you read so far, ask yourself, DEEP DOWN, why you do these things:
- Why do you post on Instagram?
- Why do you want to have sex?
- Why do you want to do special positions and sex in crazy places?
- Why do you want that expensive car?
- Why do you want those clothes?
- Why do you want to be a dominant man?
- Why do you want a threesome?
- Why do you want a huge house?
Hidden external validation
There are also some detrimental forms of this.
For example, if you still watch a ton of porn, and you see these crazy things these people do, you will want to do it with your wife.
But is it really because you want to try new things and spice it up, or is it because you want to feel better because you got your wife to do it?
In the latter case, she is validating yourself through doing kinky shit.
There is nothing wrong with kinky sex, but be aware why you want it. Is it just to spice up the sex-life with something new? Experimenting? Or is it so you can brag in your mind that your wife takes your facials? BE HONEST with yourself. Sometimes these thoughts are very hidden.
Observe your mind. Your thoughts. Your reaction. Where is the source of the validation coming from?
See, most people are like the two in that clip above. Life sucks, smile for social media, and do nothing about it. The good man, you, however, doesn’t cry about how life sucks. He goes out and changes it.
So you’re already on the right track.
This post is just to remind yourself, that people rarely have it figured out.
But focusing on their issues is pointless. Focus on your own mission (learn how here). And stop caring what other people think of you.
And in turn, don’t belittle yourself for not posting your new car on Instagram. If you’re building assets, improving yourself, and setting your course, you can ignore these LARPers and be finally validated internally.