If you've ever heard the tired old saying that nice guys finish last, and believed it, then you might be surprised to find out that it's profoundly wrong. For some unhealthy reason, our culture has decided that being nice is an awful thing and that aggressive jerks are much happier. We've also convinced ourselves that whoever amasses the most stuff is naturally the winner. Perspectives like these ignore the things that really bring joy to people's lives:
- Possessing self-awareness.
- Working through one's unresolved issues.
- Being comfortable with one's emotions.
- Treating people with kindness and empathy.
- Doing things that make the world a better place for everyone.
- Caring for the vulnerable.
- Letting go of the need to win.
- Not having to be on top of someone else to feel good about oneself.
- Building positive relationships.
- Helping everyone succeed.
No amount of money, power, or material possessions can make someone meaningfully happy. As you've probably read time after time, many extremely wealthy and powerful people are as miserable as can be, they just have a lot of stuff. They sit surrounded by their extravagant things in their expensive houses and have to work that much harder to convince themselves that it all means anything important.
Finishing first in life means that you've achieved the pinnacle of self-awareness where you are so healthy and comfortable with yourself that you spread peace and joy within yourself and throughout the world. The only things that really matter in life are how you feel deep inside about yourself, how well you treat others, and what nice things you do to improve everyone's well-being; everything else is just window dressing. Nice guys finish first because they've done the hard work necessary to become so self-aware that they're genuinely happy with themselves and are able to spread that joy. If you want to find out who really finishes last, look for the miserable person trying to make another million or billion so he can feel safe for another ten minutes.