“You can either step forward into growth, or backwards into security.” -Abraham Maslow Growth means learning. It means working, doing, creating, resisting, failing. Comfort means safety. It means stability, protection, pleasure, and feeling good. Growth cannot happen as long as you choose comfort over learning. Growth and evolution are incubated in pain and discomfort. Most people choose comfort over pain, and so remain in average, mediocre lives. If you want to succeed and experience true, lasting success, you need to know that all the necessary growth and evolution you must experience cannot happen while you’re comfortable. There is so much you need to know and need to learn. The path to success is paved with obstacles that can only be overcome by reading books, gaining mentors, failing and trying again, and learning from your mistakes. These cannot happen if you continue to mindless numb yourself through TV and drugs, sleep in longer than you should, or cling to what is “easy” instead of what is “challenging.” Growth and comfort cannot co-exist. If you want to become a new, better, healthier, richer, stronger, smarter person, it cannot be achieved while you choose comfort over growth.