Success in the Zombie Apocalypse

Success Zombie Apocalypse

Most people need a cataclysmic event in their life to really make meaningful changes. A death in the family, loss of a good job or a terminal illness are often required to start taking our lives seriously. It doesn’t have to be that way. All it takes is a little courage and motivation to focus on what’s most important now. To find that inspiration, take a moment to imagine your role in the zombie apocalypse.

Where Will You Be in the Zombie Apocalypse?

When most of the world gives up the fast food drive-through to become flesh eating un-dead with a taste for raw human brains, what will you be doing with your life?

When our streets are filled with zombie hoards hoping to chew off your face, will you be focused on locating a power generator to watch re-runs of Breaking Bad?

Will you spend your free time at abandoned home-centers to pick out some new designer patio bricks to match that new barbecue you’ve appropriated from your half-eaten neighbours. (Don’t worry, you never liked that guy before anyway. He always had a nicer car than you.)

Will you continue working in your office cubicle, staring at numbers on a spreadsheet for a company you didn’t particularly like even before your boss had his brain eaten?

Maybe you’ll spend your time playing online poker or building spammy websites?

In the context of a zombie apocalypse, all of this stuff would be insane. What’s the point of doing work that creates so little value, when there are so much bigger and more immediate problems in the world?

Yet, isn’t that exactly what most of us do with much our lives?

Unfortunately, zombies don’t really exist, so you won’t have any external pressure to do something constructive with your life. It’s all up to you.

How will you spend your days?

Kicking Ass in the Apocalypse

If you want an example of someone choosing the path less travelled, there is still a few more days to check out Ben Randall’s IndieGoGo campaign.

He had a friend that was kidnapped and sold into China, most likely for forced marriage or prostitution. Ben quit his job to try and find her and is filming a documentary to raise much needed awareness to the tragedy of human trafficking in the world.

We all have the opportunity to do something big, brave and valuable with our lives.

In a world where tens of millions of people are sold into the sex trade or forced labour every year, when almost a billion don’t have access to clean drinking water and when billions are still forced to eek out an existence on a few dollars per day, are you doing the best you can do? You don’t need a zombie apocalypse to start doing what is right, today.

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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

14 Responses to Success in the Zombie Apocalypse

  1. Joshua Dent says:

    I hope I am living the life I want!

  2. Darren says:

    John,

    Now that’s one of your more interesting posts. But you make a good point… There are some really big issues that can be focused on… that can get lost in the noise that is our lives….. Mind you, I am a huge walking dead fan….

  3. Ellen says:

    Great post John – a fun way of reminding us before tragedy strikes to make changes. And I love the photo!

  4. Brad says:

    I think there are two big problems for most people. But since I can’t speak for everyone, I’ll speak for myself.

    I find that voice in my head way too powerful to act on my ideas a lot of times. I have something I want to do, something I think will make the world better and there’s that voice saying “who are you to do this?” “Your idea sucks.” “Even if you’re idea is good, why would anyone listen to you?” That’s a hard thing to get pasted. It’s much easier to play online poker or build spammy websites since no one asks about those in the way they would a world changing idea …and it keeps the voice quite.

    The other problem I face is not knowing how to get from where I am to my idealised vision. I don’t mean to say I need to have a map showing me each step from start to finish, but I need to think there is a realistic chance that I can reach the goal. Having that voice saying, “even if you do start, you’ll fail,” doesn’t make me want to start new projects. No matter the social outcome.

    I want to spend my days doing things that matter, but I settle…

    • John says:

      Great comment Brad.

      We all ‘settle’ because it’s easy. We eat too much junk food and watch too much TV, because it’s easy. We exercise too little and consume too much because it’s easy. Almost every choice we make is a trade off between short-term pleasure versus long-term gain.

      We all have that ‘lizard brain’ as Seth Godin calls it, telling us that we are not good enough and providing a million reason why we’ll fail.

      Yet, some people consistently choose to do the right things. Some people are able to deliver on project after project that brings good into the world. Those people prove that it’s not impossible, it just takes discipline, continuous action and the right peer group.

      We don’t have to start with big world changing ideas. That can be paralyzing. One small step towards doing something good for the world, often snowballs into more and bigger things. Giving a little money anonymously or volunteering for half a day, are often so rewarding that you’ll want to do more.

      Connecting with the right group of peers, is also critical. If everyone around you is working on socially beneficial projects, it’s much easier to get support and encouragement for your own initiatives.

      Ultimately, the only thing we can do is bring new projects into the world. It is scary as hell to put ourselves out there, but anything less is not fully living.

      Thanks for the message!

  5. Stu says:

    John,
    Just want to say you have a pretty awesome site with lots of great stuff. Keep going.

    Regards
    stu

  6. Adam says:

    Maybe I need some major event to get me out of that cubicle you speak of. I’m just like the guy you’ve described sitting there looking over the numbers on a spreadsheet at a job I’m not too fond of anyway.

    I need to make some changes!

  7. Wan says:

    Ben is such a courageous guy. Man…if my friend was kidnapped, I’ll probably just sit there and say “How the hell did that happen?!” over and over again.

    Reading about him, it sparked something in me to do more meaningful things in my life.

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