Live Like No One Else

Would you sacrifice something you like to do in order to get to an area you always dreamed of being at?

Live like no one else, so you can live like no one else” 

      -Dave Ramsey

Instant Living

Have you ever wished you could wake up and go to the job of your dreams? Or open up your bank account app and see a million dollars just sitting in it? Or receive your diploma the minute you finish your first class? Or snap your fingers and see a Maserati in the driveway? The list goes on. We live in a world where we desire to have a lot of things. Not only do we desire to have it, we desire to have it instantly.  Why do you think we’re always in line to get fast food, or always watching stuff on demand, or starting to use apps like Spotify to get music instead of downloading music illegally? It’s because we don’t like waiting. Choosing another route takes too much time and effort. You know how many hours I used to waste downloading music? Paying $9.99 a month for Spotify is totally worth it! A new album comes out and all you have to do is hit that download button. If only everything in life could be as simple as that, but it’s not. That way of life can be somewhat achievable though, it’s just gonna require the main reason we choose the instant life in the first place—work.

What is Living Like No One Else?

The quote at the top of the page might seem a bit confusing. If you’re living like no one else, aren’t you already living like no one else? Yes but the context behind the quote is way deeper than that. It’s one of Dave Ramsey’s most known quotes. He says it at least ten times a day on his radio show. And though he applies it to getting out of debt, I believe it can be applied in other areas of life as well. Every day on his radio show many people call to ask him questions about their financial situation.

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The majority of the callers are people that are trying to be debt free. He asks them questions about their household income, how much debt they owe, and what they spend their money on. A lot of them are over a hundred thousand dollars in debt. He always gives the same responses to these people. If they wanna get out of debt, they have to change their lifestyle. This isn’t a lifestyle change like put a couple hundred dollars into savings each month either. This is a lifestyle change that nobody else is doing; hence “live like no one else.” This means: stop eating out, stop going to the movies, stop buying clothes, stop going on vacations, stop using credit cards etc. If you live like that for a couple years or so, and put all that money that would’ve gone towards those activities into paying off debt, then you will most likely be out of debt very soon. Being out of debt brings on the next part of the equation—“so you can live like no one else.” Once you’re fully out of debt, you’ll be able to do way more with your money. You’ll be able to take vacations out the blue. You’ll be able to give generously. You’ll be able to live a life where you can actually live—a life of freedom. Not too many people really get to experience that life. They might have the fancy cars and houses, and look like they have it all together on the outside, but in reality they’re in a mountain of debt.

Sacrifice is Key

This blog post isn’t even about money though. That’s just an example. You can apply it to so many other areas. I got a friend that was fed up about his weight. He gave up drinking everything except water. He goes to the gym like five days out the week and works out for over two hours each time. I know a lot of people be thinking he’s crazy (myself included) when he does all these things to lose weight. But that doesn’t stop him. And because of it, he’s lost so much weight in a matter of months. He made that choice to live like no one else, so he could live like no one else. It can be the aspiring musician. Instead of hanging out with your friends on the weekends, living like no one else can be spending hours in the studio perfecting your craft.

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Yea you might miss out on a social life for a time period, but that sacrifice might get you a chart-topping album or a dream record deal. It can be the college student. Instead of partying every day you can choose to study, or work part-time jobs to pay down student loans, or network like crazy so you can have a career as soon as you walk across that stage. It can be that new relationship. Having sex is the normal thing to do in relationships. In my opinion, entering into that world before you’re married can lead to a lot of unnecessary problems (another topic for another day). Why not instead wait until marriage to have sex? Sounds crazy I know. I bet you that their marriage will be way better than the marriages for the ones that didn’t wait. Live like no one else, so you can live like no one else. Sacrifice that short term pleasure in order to get a lifetime commitment (something unheard of in this day and age). It can be the entrepreneur. Living like no one else for them can be walking away from that steady paying 9 to 5 job in order to start their own business. It might be a sacrifice in money and a huge risk, but it can lead to something so much better. It can lead to being at a job that they actually love.  Even being a follower of Christ we use the live like no one else tactic. We know that the pleasures of this world are so enticing, but we choose to give it up. We live a persecuted life. We give up hobbies and activities that we love. We give up our whole life. We sacrifice our short life in order to spend eternity with Him. Live like no one else.

Nothing in life is easy. There are no shortcuts. There is no instant button. In most cases if there is something you want, you have to give something up in order to get it. Would you sacrifice something you like to do in order to get to an area you always dreamed of being at?

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Evan Xavier
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