Edit: All things 'red pill' (i.e frame, DGAF, abundance mentality) can be created through enlightenment. In a sense, enlightenment is abundance mentality without the need for abundance.

Summary:

My interpretation of this quote differs from what others have said about it. Enlightenment is a change in motivation, rather than action. A big obstacle to getting where you want to be is that you don’t realise that the thing you may be most proud of (your motivation) is the obstacle itself.

Body:

Before enlightenment we do not feel whole: we have a hole inside us that we seek to fill. We often say to ourselves that the answer lies in the external world - that we need money, a nice body, to be attractive to women, etc, to be happy. This is the path of least resistance because it gives us hope that we can be happy and whole, so long as we get all the external components that we need.

If you have ever felt suicidal, you have likely tasted the alternative: realising that the external world does not hold the answer you look for.

This is traditional motivation. An unenlightened person may go out with fierce motivation, and chop wood and carry water in order to be whole.

Example: me - I made loads of business ideas, learned guitar tirelessly, starting writing, learning languages, created a crazy exercise program, not to mention perfecting my ‘game.’ All this was to feel whole, to find what I was missing.

After enlightenment, we feel whole. Our previous motivation swings to 0. In fact we would be perfectly content to never live in luxury, to never bang hot girls, to never have the cameraderie of good guy friends - and to never find ‘love.’ However, do we do this? No, the broad strokes of our life remain the same. We go out and chop wood and carry water, but for a completely different reason than before.

Example: me - I am doing all the things I was doing before, and more. In fact, I seem even more ‘motivated’ than before. My reason for being a successful person is a form of celebration: an expression and a manifestation of my inner state.

TRP is excellent in cultivating a drive for self improvement. However, it will serve you well to notice the motivations behind your self improvement.

A question for the successful people of trp: have you ever really desired something, went out and took it, but felt underwhelmed?

Lessons learned:

My interpretation of this quote differs from what others have said about it: enlightenment is a change in motivation, rather than action.

Chop wood and carry water, but ask yourself why you are doing it: this is what matters.

A big obstacle to getting where you want to be is that you don’t realise that the thing you may be most proud of (your motivation) is the obstacle itself.