Just be satisfied with the way things are. There are many people who are happy with such a life. Those who’s only ambition is to have a job they can show up at, do the bare minimum, get their paycheck and benefits with automatic inflation-adjusted yearly raises, then retire comfortably in someplace warm. They discourage themselves from sticking out one way or the other. They find satisfaction in their mediocracy. And, society is largely satisfied with them there. On the other side, there are those that are that are driven by dissatisfaction. Those for whom there is always something better or something more. Those that live to stick out like a sore thumb. Those that are not afraid to challenge the status quo. […] Perhaps I’m biased but I believe the only cure for discouragement is dissatisfaction. That it is a key ingredient, perhaps the key ingredient, to success.
Unfortunately, things aren’t just like that. It would be nice, but it’s not. You see, you might remember the saying “Blessed are the poor in spirit." This is mediocrity. Thing is, "the poor in spirit" are not only mediocre and satisfied with what they have, they’re happy.
Dissatisfaction, coming again and again, will NOT encourage anyone. In fact, it’s the way to being permanently depressed. The key to permanent failure. And it’s damn tough. And it’s not every dissatisfied person that can reach the necessary inner peace to move on and try again. Dissatisfaction might be the key to success, but it might as well be the key to a not so nice state. And this not-so-nice-state, in many cases, leads to suicide.
Dissatisfaction is not the key to success. Wanting to improve stuff is. You can be satisfied with what you have and just wish to make it better. I think that’s the better way to follow.