I’ve been sober since August 24, 2016.
I’ve never pounded my chest about it.
Honestly, I was a bit embarrassed by it for the first few years.
That is, at least, until my social circle changed.
At my “peak” as a full-time DJ, I was often partying 7 nights a week !
It was hard to realize what an issue it was when everyone else around me was doing the same thing.
Getting paid to party !
It was the dream job to me… and many idolized me for my role in it.
I was proud of how much I could drink and still “hold my shit together”.
But is that really something to be proud of?
People find all sorts of things to be proud of – based on the values of their social circle.
It could be your drinking ability, your sense of humor, your business acumen, your ability to “score”.
We all need to have some sort of external validation to maintain our composure in the real world (ego).
But all of that begs the question- Who is in your social circle, and what do they value?
You must identify exactly what it is YOU value.
When you read biographies at night of the great people before us, what do you admire about them?
You must know this down to your core- uninfluenced by anyone else.
Then, it is your job to stand massively tall, and protect your values at all costs.
The more successful you get, the more you’ll be tested.
Cement your values in stone and never surrender to temptation.