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“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” – Osho

Like a starving man deserves a good meal, you owe it to yourself to do something great.

You owe it to the ones who will never have the opportunities you have…like any one of the billions of people who every day are forced to live on less than it costs to buy one drink at Starbucks.

To those living under communist rule, without the freedoms you have to express yourself in anyway you damn well please.

Screen Shot 2013-06-15 at 2.32.00 AMYou owe it to everyone who can’t. Everyone who doesn’t have access to the internet, a blog, an iPhone, software, social media, jobs, information, wisdom, and opportunities…

…Opportunities to share your story and spread your ideas to the masses…

…To stand up against the wrongs of the world and create change…or to even just share a beautiful poem, song, or piece of artwork that your mind transformed from a simple vision into something real.

You own it to little ones dying of cancer, the drivers unaware they will be dying in a car crash tonight, and to those who have arms and legs they cannot use and who therefore will be living out the rest of their days confined to a hospital bed.

You owe it to every single person who helped you get to where you are today. Your family, friends, teachers, and mentors who showed you what was possible, helped light the way, and picked you back up when you lay facedown on the pavement, without strength of your own to get back up.

You owe it to everyone who told you that you couldn’t, so you can show them that they can.

You owe it to all of us, drowning in me-too blogs, me-too ebooks, me-too gurus, shitty me-too music, and even shittier me-too movies. Help revive us from our near fatal overdose of too many people saying the same thing, in the same way, for the same reasons.

But most of all, you owe it to the one who stands in the mirror, peeking out from behind the wall of your fears, shame, insecurities, and self-doubt.

You owe it to yourself to tear down the walls and light a fire so bright it can be seen halfway around the world.

Reveal your scars and battle-wounds and tell us all how you’ve recovered from the darkest parts of your own self and the world that tried to eat you alive. Wash away your sins and let your greatest mistakes be your greatest gifts to those who will hear your story, read your book, or listen to your song.

Help us to cauterize our wounds.

If you have an idea for a business, a gym, a non-profit, a movement, a book, a blog, a movie, or a song…something great you wanna do or beautiful you wanna share…

…Take off your mask and look the world in the eye, and then give it everything you’ve fucking got.

Screen Shot 2013-06-15 at 2.11.53 PMIf you have aspirations bigger than just making a buck, or even ten million bucks (unless, of course, you wanna make that ten million bucks so you can make the world a better place, instead of just leaving more tread-marks and greasy fingerprints everywhere while you build a bigger trophy case), then tear your heart out of your chest and give it to the world.

For you have it within you to create something so great it will bring smiles to the hearts of millions, opens minds for countless generations to come, and burn bright like the sun for 10,000 years…

…’cuz remember…

“What we do now echoes in eternity.” – Marcus Aurelius

Or of course, you could always just go watch American Idol; that’s what most people are doing anyway…But I have a feeling, for you, that just ain’t gonna cut it.

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Talk soon,

Big Chris

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I’d love to hear your thoughts down in the comment section below, maybe even about some of the great things you wanna do…and how you’re no longer gonna let fear hold you back.

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Aleksandr says June 15, 2013

Wow… you owe it to all of the people who don’t get things you get to have. A true eye opener and a game changer!

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    Chris McCombs says June 15, 2013

    hey thanks Aleksandr

    yeah, I think we do, owe it to em’ that is

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Carla says June 15, 2013

I really needed to read this today! Fantastic! Thanks!

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    Chris McCombs says June 15, 2013

    why you are welcome Carla (=

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Blake says June 15, 2013

I wanna change the world. Original, huh? Thing is, I’ve already started! The world today is filled with the gimme gimmes. People who would literally punch you in the face so they can get ahead in line to buy their new Iphone. Our children are being corrupted by a bunch of sickophantic pussies. Go into any school in America today, and you’ll see kids being taught, “Everyone’s a winner!” Now, while I do believe everyone is special in their own ways, I also believe we are all losers in our own ways. The thing is, we become stronger and more adept to handle challenges BECAUSE of our losses, BECAUSE of our failures. When we fall, it teaches us to get up again. Only next time, we’re coming back better, stronger, more prepared, INSPIRED because we felt the pain of losing. In schools, you see teachers who absolutely REFUSE to discipline an unruly child because they’re afraid of hurting the other kids feelings by raising their voices. They refuse to even speak sternly. I’m dealing with this with my own child in school. She’s great at home, because she knows when she’s good, she is treated with love and tenderness. When she’s bad, she still knows she’s loved, but she knows Mommy and Daddy won’t stand for any crap, and have no problems taking her favorite toys, sitting her in a chair facing the corner for 15 minutes straight. So she acts right. Her teachers deal with her biting other people by offering her cookies. WTF is that shit?

So here’s how I’m changing the world. I run a martial arts school. I teach my students if they want something, they have to work for it. I teach them that hard work and DISCIPLINE are at the core of the most fundamental values you can have. I don’t care how positive your mind is, or how in “alignment” your thinking is with what you want. If you won’t do what needs to be done, WHEN it needs to be done, you will fail. I allow my students to fail. I also allow them to try again and again and again, with Pig-headed discipline, determination and drive until they get it right. I teach them never to back down, never to quit. I teach them that their attitude is their most important possession, not their video games, or their gadgets. I teach them the value of respecting other humans because if we don’t try to look out for each other, HELP others, and do what we can to spread even a little bit of joy and positivity to others, then we really are all alone and its only a matter of time until we exist no more. So I’m doing my part to help spread these important values, and teaching people to live by a code of honor, not by a code on a label they want to buy.

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    Chris McCombs says June 15, 2013

    Hey right on Blake, lots of wisdom here my friend

    Yeah I agree with you that are losses, failures, mistakes and problems are all VERY important, I wrote a bit about it here actually https://chrismccombs.net/17-reasons-why-its-good-to-take-a-beating/

    Sounds like you’re helping a lot of people in very profound ways

    keep it up my man

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    Tim Bell says June 17, 2013

    Hey Chris,

    Great post my man, I am definitely primed to do something epic and memorable today… Fo Sho!

    Blake, I hear you loud and clear. I also run a Martial Arts School and I feel your pain, it drives me crazy the lack of passion, drive and perseverance that most kids have today, I’m positive it comes from a system that rewards kids highly for the minimum amount of work and effort… Sad 🙁

    I like you try to instill the values, discipline and work ethic in my students that I know will serve them well in life, but sometimes like you know it’s a tough gig.

    The students and parents who get it are the reason you wake up every morning and do what you do, the ones who don’t, help pay the rent.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Tim

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      Chris McCombs says June 18, 2013

      Thanks Tim

      and thanks for sharing your wisdom as well bruddha

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Angela says June 16, 2013

I don’t know. ..right now I look for opportunities to offer kindness, support, laughter, and friendship. I’m on a path. .don’t know where I will end up, but my offerings are my foundation towards trying to do something great. 🙂

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    Chris McCombs says June 17, 2013

    right on Angela, it keep walking it Girl

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ALTON says June 16, 2013

GOOD LOOKING OUT CHRIS THANKS FOR KEEPING IT REAL

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    Chris McCombs says June 17, 2013

    THANKS ALTON

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adam says June 16, 2013

beginning the transformation: two weeks ago I got rid of all my size medium shirts and bought some larges.. muscles no longer on display, no one treated me any different! last weekend my wife and I were eating at chilies and we invited a women who was alone to eat with us… we were immediately best friends. Found this blog last night, LOVE IT, thanks for writing. These ideas are new to me, but seem so familaur

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    Chris McCombs says June 17, 2013

    Sounds like you’re on a great journey and evolving a lot along the way

    and trust me adam, I know that muscle bullshit myself, its hilarious man

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Alanna says June 16, 2013

You have this unbelievable ability to take my soul’s voice, shake the shit out of it, wake it up and consequentially- bring me more to life than I have felt in a very long time.

Chris- thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!!..and thank you from all those who hear your message but are unable to reply. 🙂

Alanna

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    Chris McCombs says June 17, 2013

    Damn the most thank yous I ever got at one time in my life

    YOU ARE WELCOME Alanna (=

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Chris Collins says June 16, 2013

Great post bro… you have a gift with words…

Powerful message

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    Chris McCombs says June 17, 2013

    Thank you Brother, was just listening to The Twilight Singers and thought of you

    hope you and your art are going well

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Prenti says June 16, 2013

Simply Thank you… stop waiting for the right time and do what you know is right and that there is no right time,,, Again, thank you, you have an ability to talk to people on their level.

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Erik says June 16, 2013

Thanks for that Big C. I really really really needed that today-thanks for your wisdom and honesty. I have work to do in all these areas but am on the right path and I truly believe I will get there eventually….due in many ways thanks to you. It’s Father’s Day today and I won’t be seeing my own children and I’m in a lower place today because of this. But your words alone made me realize instead of mourning today, I will celebrate today because I have two beautiful children and I owe it to them and all those around me that I am a very lucky man. I’m blessed and very grateful. Thanks again Big Man-

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    Chris McCombs says June 17, 2013

    Hey thanks for sharing Erik, i know what it’s like to not see your children on fathers day, it’s a rough

    just keep trudging ahead with love in your heart brother

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Leanne says June 16, 2013

Loved everything about this post. I’m finding its a lot easier to share my fears, screw-ups, and battle wounds than to pretend like they don’t exist. That’s not real. That’s not how life works. Reality includes the parts that aren’t particularly neat and tidy…the times where you flat-out fell on your ass…and ones where you learn how much you DON’T know.

One thing I love about you Chris is your curiosity. You’ve always been curious–about life, about your true self, about your own pain and past stories. Thanks for being brave and always sharing it all. That in itself inspires me just as much as your writing.

Thank you my friend. Big hugs!

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    Chris McCombs says June 18, 2013

    Damn Leanne, I love the way you wrote this

    I got halfway down, and I’m like who is this? and they I see it’s YOU

    so happy to see you on here Leanne an thank you sooooo much for your kind words

    You’re awesome Girl, LMK if I can ever do anything for you (=

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Audrey Sheridan says June 17, 2013

Good one, Chris!
“But most of all, you owe it to the one who stands in the mirror, peeking out from behind the wall of your fears, shame, insecurities and self-doubt.”
“Wash away your sins and let your greatest mistakes be your greatest gifts to those who will hear your story, read your book, or listen to your song.”
After a rough couple of years, I’m working on letting go of shame and self-doubt so that I can share what I’ve learned with others. Great reminder that I owe it to myself to be brave!

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    Chris McCombs says June 18, 2013

    Hey Audrey

    thanks for you kind words

    For shame, check out Daring Greately

    and for self doubt

    https://chrismccombs.net/overcoming-self-doubt/

    and the war of art by stephen pressfield

    good luck with it all!

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Jo says June 17, 2013

WOOOAH! Great timing this one! I’m 4 weeks in post Achilles tendon surgery and this has been a GREAT reminder that this is just a pausing and not a STOP! My training and my business will be stronger for this time. I’d just needed to be reminded today! THANKS!

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    Chris McCombs says June 18, 2013

    Right on Jo

    My friend Sako Yakinian blew his training business up BIG while laid up at home for months after one of those achilles tendon surgeries

    And I wrote my most profitable email campaign ever in bed fresh out of a hernia surgery

    good things come if we look… happy to hear you’re looking

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Caleb says June 17, 2013

Word! And might I suggest a book for anybody that has a great idea and might be afraid to get after it? It’s called Start, recently read it and it inspired me to do a few things that I had been putting off: http://www.jonacuff.com/blog/start/

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    Chris McCombs says June 18, 2013

    hey right on Caleb, I’ve heard great things about that book BTW, thanks for sharing here man

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Angelena says June 17, 2013

Ok Chris, I don’t know what I’m being pulled to do, but I’m asking the universe to direct my mind to notice where doors are open, and then to be willing to take the action to walk through them. Even when I don’t know what the outcome might be. Even when I can’t think of what I HOPE the outcome might be – talk about leaving the results up to a power greater than me. I have been a numbers-and-spreadsheets-and-databases girl for years and I still really like that stuff. But there is some sort of right-brain creative activity that I’ve got to find and embrace. So I just have to do stuff and practice and expand my comfort-level. SO hard. Every time I try something my brain comes in with the “SEE? I told you you’re not a creative person. Just go back to what you know.” The challenge is to do stuff even when I’m not good at it.

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    Chris McCombs says June 18, 2013

    Hey Angelena, thanks so much for sharing

    i think you’ll enjoy The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield

    it’s about what you’re going through

    and it’s a short simple book too

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      Angelena says June 18, 2013

      Thanks Chris, I will read it. Funny, I just left you a book recommendation on your 101 Quotes entry…..

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        Chris McCombs says June 18, 2013

        yep, just got it and added to my list, thanks Angela (=

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Chris McCombs says June 18, 2013

Hey Sheila, thank you so much for sharing this

Did you go out with Jason H.?

Or if you’re not that Sheila… Did you drive a white Camaro? maybe work at Wendy’s on Alicia?

So sorry to hear about your current issues

However, I do know

1. EVERYONE goes through heavy shit

2. The majoiry of the world would LOVE to have the problems you have

3. It will pass, and you’ll be better and happier for it

Not trying to minimize what you’re going through, just hoping to help put
it in perspective, but I realize being in the middle of it can suck

Also, if you haven’t, maybe check these out

https://chrismccombs.net/35-reasons-your-life-kicks-ass/

https://chrismccombs.net/17-reasons-why-its-good-to-take-a-beating/

http://www.thehappymovie.com/

LMK if you’re on FB or anything

Happy somehow my stuff found it’s way to you, that stokes me out (=

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Lellen says June 18, 2013

You just read the article. You just pushed the buttons. THANK YOU ! great love from far away 🙂 keep up the good work and don’t you ever think about stopping inspiring people.

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    Chris McCombs says June 18, 2013

    right on Lellen

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AJ Brown Jr says June 19, 2013

My GOD!! Brother, you are BLESSED and you bless me…WOW

Thanks, man

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    Chris McCombs says June 19, 2013

    Thanks AJ!

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James says June 19, 2013

Chris, This is exactly what I needed to hear exactly when I needed to hear it. I appreciate you brother. Yes, I have been using excuses of where I am in life (ie. haven’t seen my 2 year old daughter for 10 weeks, lost the best job ever, been diagnosed with Manic Dysphoria, and it goes on and on) to not live my life and create something truly amazing.

“Get busy living or get busy dying…that’s Goddamned right.”

Keep up the great work. It is time for me to start on one of my own.

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Ben says June 20, 2013

This is incredible. Your blog posts are always good and it always has the right information for what I am going through that day.

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    Chris McCombs says June 24, 2013

    hey thanks ben, I do my best to make em good (=

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Luke Francis says June 26, 2013

Chris, nice piece of writing my friend. From one aspiring writer to another.

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    Chris McCombs says June 26, 2013

    hey thanks Luke!

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Chris Williams says April 6, 2014

Powerful words and very inspiring. I have shared with my network. Thank you so much for your words of inspiration

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Daniel Beyer says April 6, 2014

I just raised $500 for a client’s parents. They had a fire that destroyed their chicken house. Losing over half their income and not getting what they really needed to rebuild the farm from the insurance money. Realistically, they were short about $50,000.

But to bring a family together in such a way was amazing!!!

Go get it!

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Dinesh says April 7, 2014

Your blogs leave me speechless every time, but this article just blew my mind and almost had me in tears. This is unbelievable, man. I wake up each day wishing I would do something great before I’m gone, and this has helped me organise my thoughts and realise that life is too short to be sitting around doing nothing.

If I DO end up doing something great, I owe it to all those people you mentioned, and I owe it to YOU.

Love your articles Chris, keep raging on!

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Wan says April 10, 2014

“You owe it to everyone who told you that you couldn’t, so you can show them that they can.”

Definitely something people forget despite being reminded of this over and over again in their life.

It’s easy to relax and let other people take the responsibility of showing others what’s impossible and what’s not. We just can’t depend on others because we only have control over ourself.

Stop expecting. Do stuff.

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Jesse Stoddard says April 10, 2014

Hey Chris,

This is great stuff. I love your style and your voice on your blog. I too am a fitness guy and designing my own life. The part about being a “me-too” blogger hits home, since I have delayed starting my own thing until this year since I didn’t want to just look like a poser. The reality is that I have a unique story and I really have gone places that can be shared to tell a story that I know will help someone.

I have hired coaches in the past and been to more seminars than I can even remember, so thank you for the inspiring words that make me want to get off my butt and do something real.

-Jesse

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Mike says April 17, 2014

Hi Chris – Well said. You have a way of cutting through the crap and just laying it out there. We all get down from time to time and forget to look at all of the good in our lives. But this post went a step further. It was an incredible reminder of the opportunities many of have simply by being in a place like the USA.

A truly great post. I’m glad I stumbled upon your site.

Thank you.

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Lesko says October 8, 2014

Hey Chris, Good post that ties into me working on my FUCKING COMEBACK! Great reminder that I need to do great things, not only for myself, but also to help others and show them the way to greatness. As comes through in your writing, we are here to help everyone be great in our own ways. Keep preaching brother!

Thank you.

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Reader says December 19, 2017

pretty inspirational to be honest

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