Living a Life That's Worth Dying For - Chris McCombs
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Living a Life That’s Worth Dying For

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It’s a depressing march…tiptoeing along with the masses to the humdrum beat of mediocrity.

There’s a place inside that wants so much more. It’s that untouchable part of us that wants to soar.

Challenge-the-Quo-w800-h600Drowning it in busywork, worries, television, wine, or best intentions might be the popular choice, but what drowns dies…and before you know it, the days turn into nothing more than a mourning of what could be, should be, and ain’t-never-gonna-happen.

When you follow your heart, it may take you to places where you fall down and they laugh in your face. None of that will matter, though, because the beat of your own drum will be so loud you won’t even be able hear one word the critics, skeptics, or dogmatic followers of the status quo have in store for you.

If you’re doing what makes you happy, it doesn’t matter one bit what anybody else thinks, says, or does.

In my own life, I have a deep and overwhelming urge to write about the shit I’m going through, what I’m learning from it, and then to share it with others. It’s what makes me happy.

Blog Warrior-w800-h600Writing has saved me from dead-end day jobs, lonely nights, and holding onto dark secrets that poison the heart.

When I first set out to make a living at it, some of the people closest to me in my life told me that I needed to get it together and work a normal job or run a normal business. It felt great to prove them wrong.

And fortunately I can write anywhere, anytime, and in any way I want. This is good because I hate commutes, bosses, and set schedules, and just can’t find it in me to do the whole cubicle thing. I can’t even be around one. To me, a cubicle is a place where dreams go to die.

They’re like tiny little funeral homes for creativity, spontaneity, and all things good.

But if someone enjoys having a cubicle, who am I to tell them it’s no good for them?

And I ain’t saying you can’t change the world from a cubicle.

I only know they ain’t good for me.

I also realize that on my path I may fail more times than I succeed, and I’m OK with that.

Because to me, the only real failure is tiptoeing along with the masses to that damn drum of mediocrity.

It may be able to hold a beat, but holy shit, does that beat suck.

I hope to bump into you someday, out there, as you take bold strides towards your dreams on the road less traveled.

We’re sure to encounter plenty of storms, strange characters, and rough terrain. It’s like that when you’re going to unknown and sometimes scary places. But the view…well, the view is fucking awesome.

I’d say it’s a view worth dying for.

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Talk soon,

Big Chris

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bignick says January 24, 2014

Your blog posts always get me thinking and reevaluating. Finally decided to start following my dreams, sitting in a damn cubicle is soul draining and mind numbing! Keep up the good work, keep inspiring and motivating

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    hey right on big nick… glad you’re following your dreams brother, IMO that’s the only way to live

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Hazza Jay says January 24, 2014

Great post, Chris. You speak the truth, don’t worry about what other people say. Loved the before and after pic!

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    Hey thanks Hazza – I got the idea for that layered look from the beginning of the show True Detective on HBO – BADASS show btw

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Rusty says January 24, 2014

Heck yeah Chris… pure gold as always… makes me want to take more risks.

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    Hey thanks Risky, that’s awesome since I know you take plenty of risks already man. You’re a true inspiration bro

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Isabella J. says January 24, 2014

Chris you always remind me how awesome we each are, keep rocking! XOXOXOXOX

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    Thanks Isabella, and I promise, I will continue to rock … it’s in my blood (=

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Lesego Mapela says January 24, 2014

Man your posts are the best, always encouraging and pushing one to strive for the great and not to settle for the mediocrity.

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    Thanks Lesego… and yeah, never settle

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Zach Maslany says January 24, 2014

Been reading your posts for ahwile. I like hearing motivational stuff like this. I recently quit my job a month or two ago and opened up my own martial arts school. Mma jiujitsu and kickboxing. It’s scary just jumping out on your own but it is def possible to get out of the system., I’m going to put my all into this and attempt to change my life and do what I want to do.

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    Hey right on Zach, focus on helping a shit ton of people in big was and your school will kill it bro

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    Stevie Jo Killmer says January 28, 2014

    Market & give yourself one day off a week. Use online marketing that is free. (Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram w/ hash tags will sync you up w/ like minded individuals & clients.) Dont waste $ on google search or print ads. Find a college intern or assistant to help you for free! You can do this!!

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Jordo says January 24, 2014

Love it Chris.

Keep up the great work.

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    Thanks Jordo

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Jaytee says January 24, 2014

Chris I ran into a post someone shared of you on Facebook and I now subscribe to hear all your messages and gotta say that it feels like you are personally giving me advice with the exact struggles I have. Some things I’m already aware of but are so comforting to hear from other good people so I know I’m on the right track and other things you recommend are just awesome and eye opening.
Thanks for everything so far

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    thanks Jaytee, so glad you’re finding this stuff helpful. I know writing it helps me a ton as well

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Jamie Stone says January 24, 2014

Thanks Chris, I’ve been reading your writing for a while now (Was one of your original Market Annihalator members) Still got the travel mug!! Just wanna say that I think your writing continues to get better and better, more inspiring, more thought provoking, more brilliant. Thank you. Jamie

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    Oh hey Jamie, Market Annihilator, so cool, that was my first product launch. that’s super awesome you’re still here (=

    And thanks for the kudos on the writing, been working hard on it

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Darren Stone says January 24, 2014

Always inspiring Chris. This year i am branching out from the soul destroying day job in IT. Organising a charity car rally (www.farnhambangerrally.org.uk), doing some work in the property field and generally trying to live my life how I want to and not how everyone else thinks I should. keep up the good work! Darren

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    hellyeah darren , that’s the way to do it bro

    super cool you’re so focused on helping others, that’s gonna come back around to you BIG TIME

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Shay Obrien says January 24, 2014

Chris thank you for your regular posts which always seem to hit the right spot at the right time Keep inspiring bro

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    You’re welcome shay. And I appreciate YOU for reading and taking the time to leave such a nice comment (=

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Trish says January 24, 2014

This post is awesome. Thank you for speaking your mind!!!!

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    why thank you trish, and you are very welcome

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Mike Waterman says January 24, 2014

Very motivating as always. Real shit for real folks. Keep it up!

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    I like that “read shit for real folks”

    thanks Mike!

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adrienne says January 24, 2014

thank you, as always for being so inspiring!

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    adrienne you are very welcome

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AVB says January 24, 2014

You’re an inspiration. I am now on day 9 after quitting my job and I’m running my own Company. Haven’t been happier (professionally) in nearly 20 years. Thanks for being one of the people that gave me the nudge.

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    oh hellyeah… that is SOOOOOOO cool

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Lauren says January 24, 2014

Your posts are so motivating! I just recently started going back to school to pursue my passion. I’m terrified. But it’s people like you and posts like this that remind me that life is too short to sit on my ass and waste it doing something I’m not passionate about. Thank you.

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Rita says January 24, 2014

My cubicle isn’t so bad. I have lots of things that make me happy surrounding myself while I sit here every day…reading your blog. And a few others…wondering what else I would be doing if I weren’t doing this. Sitting at this desk. It’s not awful. It’s not the worst thing I ever did. In fact, it’s afforded me opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise…Is it what I want to be doing for the rest of my life? Probably not. But if not this…then what? That’s the magic question that I’ve been trying to find the answer to for years, and have yet to experience the light bulb moment that solidifies the dream I haven’t yet realized.

…stay tuned.

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    Hey thanks for chiming in Rita. I ain’t saying you can’t change the world from a cubicle, I just know they aint for me personally. We all have our paths, and I commend you for walking yours, even if it hasn’t fully revealed itself to you yet. I’m sure if you commit yourself to the search, it will. It’s all inside of you Girl

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Ed says January 24, 2014

Chris:

Another great blog. Your perspective is so inspirational as I also sustain my journey of transformation. Thank you!

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    Chris McCombs says January 24, 2014

    hey thanks Ed. Transformation is a beautiful thing

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Lonney says January 24, 2014

Howdy Chris , I’ m sure this note will find you well and happy, Thank You , the words you write , have given me the Food for Thought and the substance to make the changes needed at 55 years of age , as you , I also like to write , I have decided to Up Root , leave the ” SO CALLED NORM ” and relocate to the Gulf Islands of the British Columbia Coast. It’s Time to Take the Time to Live and Write about Life and with this a New Beginning Begins , once again Thank You Brother , Cheers, Lonney in BC Canada.

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    Chris McCombs says January 28, 2014

    enjoy the journey Lonney (=

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Styles Bitchly says January 24, 2014

“Goddamn it feels good to be a gangsta”

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    Chris McCombs says January 28, 2014

    Love that song bro. It’s been too long, we need to hang out Styles

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Carlos says January 25, 2014

Hey dude! great writing, your blogs have got me off some dark places!
When are you gonna have some online Chat rooms going?

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    Chris McCombs says January 28, 2014

    hey Carlos, thanks man, not sure about chat rooms, maybe a podcast in the future

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Harman says January 25, 2014

Man, I love your blogs. I do find a lot of situations in your blogs I can relate to my own life. You are doing good to lot of us out there.

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    Chris McCombs says January 28, 2014

    hey thanks Harman

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Bill Davis says January 27, 2014

Great stuff (again)! I love you being real, Chris. Thanks for always keeping it real.

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    Chris McCombs says January 28, 2014

    thanks Bill!

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Ryan says January 27, 2014

Terrified of being 32 and attempting to get my cpt certifications. The gym and helping people better their lives is where I belong but I am so scared that it is a young mans game. Not that I consider myself old, but (fucking excuses right.). Every time I read a post of yours I realize I either face those fears and attack what I want with such a ferocity that even if I fall a little short I can still look at myself in the mirror and be damn proud of who I see looking back at me or continue that march of mediocrity and face a life mindlessly inserting numbers into spreadsheets and dreading each day. Thanks for what you do, you send a message that helps people change their lives, a path I hope to soon be on.

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Leor says January 27, 2014

Quality advice as usual Chris, always seem to stumble upon your articles when I need them most. Thanks and keep em coming!

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    Chris McCombs says January 28, 2014

    thanks Leor, will do (=

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Jane says January 28, 2014

Your words are sheer enlightenment and inspiration written with a pure take on truths. You have brought so much light into what has seemed a dark world at times and I am grateful and so fortunate to have discovered you. Thank you Chris!! x

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    Chris McCombs says January 28, 2014

    I’m humbled Jane, thank you (=

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Stevie Jo Killmer says January 28, 2014

chris you ALWAYS speak to my heart. You write things that just happend to me or caught my attention in life. Kind of a awesome. I just watched A.O.C.D. Great movie… At the end of the movie Im sitting there stairing at the view from my appartment thinking…”This is all I got.” Right then the man in the movie says to the kid who loses everything…” At least you got the view. ” Love what you said about “The view.” The hot air balloons on your shirt reminded me of right before my step Dad died. I was so in awe with the hot air balloons. i prayed they would come back and the next day they did! That was the same day I couldnt sleep and read your blog at 3am. That day your blog spoke to me.. as my Step Dad was dying I started writing him because your blog inspired me. We created a new connection and bridge to peace because of that. He had lost his voice so writting spoke volumes between the two of us. His last letter to me contained much of what you said in this blog. I fear failure and I fear never actually writting as I want to. Thank you for reminding me to wake up and get started!!! I think its better to try and fail then to fear failure. Big Chris I’m sending you a heart felt high five and air hug! Your words are the hug, high five and JockJam my spirit needs for my personal pep rally! Rock on..keep writing!!!!

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    Chris McCombs says January 28, 2014

    awe Stevie Jo, thank you so much for this touching comment

    I love how messages come to us, like the one that came to you from A.C.O.D (cool movie btw)

    thank you so much for sharing here from your heart (=

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freddy says January 29, 2014

Great as always. How did you become such great writer? It’s like talking to a friend

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Ronak Vyas says January 31, 2014

Sir, I get that extra push, that extra piece of hearing from you. To go in for that extra round when I possibly cannot. I am a student, seeking work opportunities, wanna travel the world, watch live EPL football matches and wanna hopefully workout with you someday. While writing this, I am in a bit of strange and weird pain of rejection by an organization where I was so close to working. But then, the rejection is always treated as a motivation with a smile as you’d do.
Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful scripts that emerge from the mammoth heart of yours.
Love from INDIA.
Talk Soon. 🙂

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Greg says February 1, 2014

Thanks Chris! I’m going to keep writing, shooting my silly little videos and speaking my awareness regardless of the noise from the peanut gallery!

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Ashley says February 2, 2014

Truth. Two years ago, I sobered up, started lifting and competing in strong(wo)man, switched my job location, and started telling a sober truth on my blog. And not a day goes by that I don’t take the time to enjoy and appreciate what I have. It may have taken 25+ drunk years to get here, but at almost 40, I am for the first time, living and loving life!

Thanks for the early morning reminder to get my week started!

Ashley

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Alexander says February 2, 2014

One brick at a time. I especially like that wall coming down, nice pic. Cage free ain’t just good for chickens.

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Thomas says February 12, 2014

Hello Chris. Pure inspiration, just pure inspiration..

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Pritesh says March 21, 2014

Amazing man! Loved it.

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Adeleke Abiodun says April 15, 2014

You are awesome. You are simply my role model here in Nigeria, Africa. Keep it up, bro

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Vicky says April 23, 2014

Chris… your blog was refreshing, not because of what you wrote… I love the stuff… I do what you do…kind of… but the honesty and the ‘this is me’ style of writing. So raw and real… I have learned from you…. who I want to be in my blog… what voice… mine from my heart. Thank you

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Jmk says August 6, 2014

This is my first post, anywhere.
In the past 24 months I have gone broke, removed myself and son from a toxic relationship, fought a legal battle in federal court, blah blah blah, I could go on.
Mr.mccombs has the best motivational advice I have encountered.
His blog is real.

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Lost Soul says February 12, 2015

This is brilliant again Chris. You really are deserving of your success my friend. My demons have been beating me recently namely the depression. But yeah your writing is helping me out so much. Others write similar things, BUT Your writing style or something else is just brilliant and inspiring. I’ve struggled alot in recent months. I hope 3 months down the line my life is gonna be different and somewhat on the path it was previously taking (minus the gambling and depression :)). Thanks again.

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Little lady says September 30, 2015

I always read your blogs when im feeling down, helps me to see the bigger picture in life. I currently work in a cubicle and i can tell you, it aint good for me either. Trying to get out of the office way of life…life is too short to spend all your time doing sh*t you hate, i think you nailed it on the head when you said ‘a cubicle is a place where dreams go to die’
I am a creative person by nature but opportunities are hard to come by and obviously money helps with dreams.
Your stories really inspire me and give me hope.

I would love to know how I could begin doing something similar to yourself, or any advice on a step in the right direction would be appreciated.

Thanks

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    Chris McCombs says September 30, 2015

    Hey thanks for the kind words. As far as getting into creating and spreading your own message, check out the book The Impact Equation by Brogan and Smith, and this blog post may help as well: https://chrismccombs.net/7-ways-to-create-badass-content/

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      Little Lady says October 1, 2015

      Many thanks Chris 🙂
      Stay awesome

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john says March 6, 2016

hi Chris, nice posts. in fact I’ve read almost all of them and am so glad I did, because my life is taking a whole new dimension.
with love from Nigeria
John

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