5 Quotes From 'Fight Club' That Will Redefine Your Life
"Fight Club" is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk.
If you haven't seen the movie, stop now.
If you have seen the movie, you know it's not about a "fight club."
"Fight Club 's" violence was intended to serve as a metaphor for the conflict between a generation of young people (Gen-X and Gen-Y) and the value system of advertising.
"Fight Club" is about us. It's about the middle-class, white-collared dreamer who believes he deserves to be famous, even though he doesn't have a single skill worthy of a headline.
While the majority of us were too young to see the movie when it premiered or too young to truly understand the message behind the movie, that message is truer today than it has ever been before.
Specifically, there are five quotes from the cult classic that can help you live a better life:
"You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your f*cking khakis."
Be a person; don't be a job. Your career and how much money you make shouldn't be the first straws you grasp for when asked, "Tell me about yourself."
Your car, your clothes and your home shouldn't be how you compare yourself to others.
Get a hobby — get a lot of hobbies. Be weird and make weird friends. Join movements or make a movement. See the world.
Do something for more than the "likes."
If you make enough money to qualify for that huge car loan, great! But do you need it? Does that car, and its partnering loan, help define who you are?
If you want to be known as the car guy, then go ahead. If you don't want to be known as the car guy or you're just doing it for the perception, then grow the f*ck up.
When you realize a $15,000 loan for a car everyone else wants could be a bad idea, you'll start to use your money to enhance your own life.
Our generation has become addicted to the followers, likes and upvotes of our peers.
When is the last time you "liked" your own status? Try spending your money on what you enjoy, not what everyone else enjoys.
"The things you own end up owning you."
Cars, homes, trips and even college degrees come with their costs. The majority of us have borrowed the money we need to pay for these things.
If you keep down this path, you will end up owing more tomorrow for yesterday's image. Debt is a massive pain in the ass, and it will drag you down 100 percent of the time.
Don't buy things you can't afford. Don't take out debt. Pay cash.
"You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else."
I know we all got trophies when we were kids and our parents told us we were special. We aren't.
You and I won't be the next (fill in the blank with a famous or rich person). We are all the same. Everyone wants to fit in, but no one wants to be the same.
So, how do you become different? By doing different things. If everyone else is taking the weekend off to go to Coachella, don't take the weekend off and work your ass off.
The majority of the time, the crowd is wrong, especially when it comes to finances. In 1999, everyone was buying tech stocks. In 2001, everyone lost a lot of money on tech stocks.
In 2007, everyone was flipping homes. In 2009, everyone declared bankruptcy or had foreclosures. You aren't special. If you do what the herd does, then you are just another sheep.
Sheep flock together — wolves hunt alone.
"A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one."
The world and the corporations that built it aren't looking out for you. They are looking out for their profit margins.
No matter what job you have, you work for someone who wants to pay you less and get more work out of you.
If you can increase profit margins without changing anything else, you'll always make money.
On the other hand, if you are a drag on profit margins, you'll always get let go. Whether you are the founder, the coffee boy or the CEO, you must always remember that corporations are out there to grow profits.
"I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy sh*t we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact."
Potential is the number one word to describe Gen-X and Gen-Y. We have a lot of potential and not a lot of work ethic. We went to college because we didn't know what we wanted to do.
We live with our parents because our job doesn't pay enough. We take out enormous loans to pay for everything from college to a trip to Thailand. We have no plan, no skills and no discipline. We have no purpose or place.
Be different; make a plan; create a purpose; move out. Learn new skills and work your ass off to become really good at something.
Specializing in a niche market is how you will become rich. Don't try to cure all of humanity's problems.
Try to make a better cup holder. Remember, the guy who invented the pet rock made about $15 million.
Specialize yourself and put that potential to work.