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How Fight Club Changed My Life (And How You Can Change Yours Too)

by Justin Goff on May 22, 2012 · 17 comments

When I was a junior in college, I was one of the laziest bastards ever…

I really had no ambitions in life.  My days consisted of eating like shit, going to class, watching 5 hours of T.V. and then usually going out and getting drunk at night.  I would wake up the next morning all groggy-headed and usually repeat the same thing over and over…

I was content with my life, so I didn’t really care.

Then I read Fight Club and everything changed for me.

I was browsing some forums online, and came across a discussion of Fight Club.  The main idea of the book immediately caught my interest, so I darted to the book store and picked myself up a copy. Up until this point, I had read probably 7 books in my entire life – all of them for school, and none of them interested me at all.

I dove into the book, and finished the whole thing in a few hours.  After the first read-through, I sat there… pretty much stunned at what I had just read.

I realized everything I was doing in my life, and everything I wanted in my life was just like “Jack’s” character in Fight Club.

  • I was materialistic.
  • I was living a very mediocre life with no real ambitions
  • I was looking for everything outside of myself to make me happy
  • I never really felt “alive”
Since reading Fight Club back in college, I’ve made a bunch of big changes in my life and I can attribute most of them to that book finally “waking me up”…
Fight Club forced me to look at myself and make an honest assessment of what my life consisted of.   My favorite quote from Fight Club has pretty much been my motto for the past few years – In fact, it’s helped me so much, I’m even getting a tattoo of it later this week…

 

Here it is…

 

“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time”

 

Fight Club motivated me to be a better person.  It motivated me to get off my ass and start my own online business.  It motivated me to stop being lazy and get serious about working out and eating better.   It helped me figure out what I want in life and also how to make sure that other people don’t distract me or try and pull me away from what I want.

 

But most of all, it made me realize that your life really is ending one minute at a time.

 

Each day we have is truly a gift.   And I don’t have any interest in living my life the way someone else thinks I should.

 

- Justin

 

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{ 16 comments }

1 geekSerious

Congrats on changing your mindset, Justin! It’s so natural and easy to just sit back and do nothing with your life – but for some of us we just know something is missing.

Sometimes I’ll watch a tv show and think “Man, I wish I had what they have. Like a big house, or a fast car, or a lot of time to pursue what they want to.” But, those things don’t come to people watching Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Those things come to people that are building their own Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous.

Keep up the good work!

2 Barry Sausse

The first rule of fight club is…

3 George

ABB – Always Be Building

4 david

Justin, the title of this post caught my attention. Good job on that title!

It is interesting that you felt inspired by the book, I didn’t really like the movie myself.

But I guess that perhaps the book is better.

I can understand the sentiment of ending ‘one minute at a time’. On the other hand, I feel that there is endless work for me to do so I do not feel that I am missing anything important at this point.

Glad the book worked for you.

5 Ramon

Well about th….. Nope, not commenting

6 Micah

Dude I can totally relate. I actually saw the movie first, then immediately went and got the book. Love them both.

I used to live pretty much like you, but I wasn’t in collage, I was a high school dropout. All I did was work my shit job, eat garbage, skateboard the streets till 3 in the morning and watch tv. That was my entire existence.

Then I saw fightclub. No movie, no book, no anything has had a bigger impact on my life. I’m sure this sounds f,ing stupid to those that don’t “get it”, but it true. My entire philosophy about life changed in an instant.

I didn’t ever read either, but ever since my “awakening” if been like a crack addict for knowledge.

Thank you for posting this. I experienced fight club 10 years ago, and in all that time you are only the 2nd person Ive run into who gets it.

Shoemoney 7 Strock

There is a problem in your life – you do not read books. Seven in your life? Oh, come on, you’re kidding me. That’s why all you do is selling stuff to other vegetables ))

8 faisal

wow, well said indeed. Any links for purchase/download of the book?

9 Jeremy Schoemaker
10 MicroSourcing

Sometimes it takes a work of fiction to make people realize what’s going on in their lives. Some books are transformational, regardless of their literary merit.

11 james

This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time”
nice words, really great article justin. thanks for your knowledge sharing.

12 Song Lyrics

Interesting. Just another confirmation that success is an attitude thing. Not sure about the tat though.

13 Robert

I haven’t read the book but I have seen the film. And after reading this post, I started thinking and reflecting this on my own life. I am materialistic and don’t have many ambitions. Maybe that is why I saw the film, and didn’t read the book.

14 Raimonds

Justin, if you really have thought about the shortness of life. Don’t you think that online business is useless? You will die anywhy, no point in making businees.

15 Mike

I never saw the movie or read the book, but I like the line. Every minute really is a gift-we’re all living on limited time. Great post!

16 TomL

That movie was inspirational… good post

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