The bad: People in this group live for now. This type of approach to life is based on philosophy derived from new age thinking, pop psychology, religion and marketing forces. It is a phenomenon that is really easy to sell to people. The emphasis is on life enjoyment and often as little thinking and as little work as possible.
Work is often valued not too highly among present moment worshippers. Music, spa and food are really on top of their list of activities. They don’t believe in goals because they love the things as they are, and they are afraid to fail. It is impossible to succeed in life because they will not exert an effort required for success.
The good: The truth is, present moment is the only real thing, there is. Everything happens in a present. We can’t be happy in the future. We can only be happy now. We can’t enjoy the future. We can only enjoy now. Enjoying every breath and every moment is an important part of being a whole person.
2nd kind of people: Goal oriented MFs.
The bad: This group consists of go-geters. They don’t see anything but the aim they want to reach. And they want to reach it fast. Most of the time they are very passionate about their goals, and nothing will convince them to stop or reconsider their ways. Their philosophy comes from protestant thinking, Confucius and self-help gurus that preach goal-oriented lifestyle.
The good: It is very hard to live without having goals, it seems that we as humans are goal seeking animals by default. Goals give meaning to our lives and much-needed direction. They are necessary for true enjoyment and fulfillment.
3rd kind of people: Hybrids.
Only good: These folks are true masters of life. They figured out how to really crush it. They enjoy their life to the fullest because they love their present moment. But they also have no regrets, because if they want something, they go and get it. They are passionate about life and they will work their ass off to get what they want. They breath deeply. They have high self-esteem, because they have direction and purpose.
But they also know how to enjoy simple pleasures. A glass of good wine with friends. A beautiful sunset or a magnificent smell from a roadside rose. There is no dichotomy in their thinking. They know that present moment is the only thing they have, but they also know that their future is bright, because they are not afraid of real work and they are not afraid to fail. Their present shines and their future looks like million bucks.
To your total and crushing success in life.