5 Cruel Truths That You Need to Know

Sit back. Relax. And be warned… This is not going to be easy for me or for you. This is something that has no easy way to be said, so I will just be coming out stating a few things that are a hard couple of pills to swallow.

There are a few things you may not want to hear. But it’s okay. You’ll be better for knowing them once you dry your eyes. You might even find some of these funny. Tee reality is that these 5 things are true and as an adult, we need to accept them.

We may not want to accept them, but deep down we know the honest truth. So in a nutshell, just deal with them – accept them and move on! You will be much better off in the long run.

Failing to understand these truths makes life confusing and dissatisfying. Seek the truth and it will set you free.

Understand these truths and increase your understanding of life:

  1. Most people only care about what’s in it for them. The majority of the world doesn’t care if you’re nice to puppies and remember your spouse’s birthday. Do you know society is composed of? It’s a bunch of people that need things. They need money, food, clothing, self-confidence, comfort, entertainment, and personal satisfaction
  • If you can’t provide any of the many needs that society wants to have fulfilled, you’re not going to get the respect and recognition you desire.
  • It’s important to develop skills, products, or services that satisfy the needs of society. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself being ignored.
  1. The universe isn’t for or against you. Many people are under the illusion that the universe is either on their side or working against them. The earth is but a speck of dust among billions of other specks.
  • You’re one organism among several millions of species of organisms. It’s estimated there are over 20 million species of microorganisms that live in water. There are 50 birds for every person on the planet.
  • The universe is neither on your side nor against you. That can be good or bad news, depending on your perspective. You’re responsible for your results.
  1. Your friends and family won’t always be there for you. You’d better be able to cook, clean, make money, brush your teeth, and pay your bills on time. Your friends and family won’t always be available to bail you out when you need something. You might have to find your own way to the airport someday.

  2. You can’t control or change others. This may be the hardest lesson to learn, especially where romantic relationships are concerned. You find someone that comes close to what you’re looking for, except for a few rough areas. You’re certain you can turn them into something you can live with. In most cases, you’d be wrong.
  • People naturally resist being controlled or changed. Think about how hard it is to change yourself even when you want to change. You want to eat better, lose weight, hit the gym every day, and save more money. But 99% of the time you can’t make those changes.
  • Now, imagine how hard it would be to change someone that doesn’t want to change. Then add on the fact that they’re resentful and resisting your efforts. You have no chance.
  • Accept people for what they are. Either change your expectations or expect to be disappointed.

  1. Failure is normal. Failure is par for the course. Expect to experience several failures before attaining results that please you. The only way to avoid failure is to never try. Never trying is the perfect strategy to ensure that you never experience success.
  • Learn to deal with failure effectively. It’s nothing more than an undesirable result and there’s no reason to take it personally. Adjust your approach and try again.

Do you know the truth about the world? You’re on your own more than you realize. Fortunately, that puts you in the driver’s seat.


  1. Cindy on January 4, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Great post! #5 has been the most difficult one for me to overcome. It took ages for me to understand that failure is neither good nor bad. It’s just trying something…and if that something doesn’t work [for me] then I move on to the next thing. How can I figure out where I will succeed if I never try anything? 🙂

    • Paul on January 4, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      Yup! You can always learn from it… and move on! It is not a failure if you get feedback and gain insights from the experience!

  2. LadyInRead on January 5, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Hi Paul, this is indeed what you say it is – hard truths to face and for me, #1 is kind of the hardest to accept..so where i can, i help ensure i can provide a service that satisfies the needs and where it is just the other (the being nice to puppies kind of stuff), i go ahead and do it anyway and say it is a service to myself 🙂
    And also taking this chance to say thank you for the UBC.. this is the first time I am taking part in it..

    • Paul on January 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      You are welcome!

  3. Judith Richey on January 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Great insights Paul. Kind of like a tough love advice column. Lol. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Paul on January 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      It certainly is, Judith! Someone has to say it! LOL!

  4. Jane Porterfield on January 6, 2017 at 5:39 am

    I’ve come to realize that I’m just another bozo on the bus and that it’s my outlook on life and things in general that determine my mood and how I face the world. Happiness is an inside job and no one else is responsible for mine.

    I’ve also found that regardless of any ‘lack’ in my life, if I’m grateful for what I do have, I quite enjoy life in general.

    I really enjoy and appreciate this kind of post. Thanks, Paul.

    • Paul on January 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks, Jane! We are 100% responsible for everything that shows up in our life; the good, the bad, and the ugly!

      And yes! You always have something to be grateful for in your life!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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