Redefinition of the self.

Zander Widjaja
2 min readMay 14, 2020


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Let the world tell you who you are.

Let the world tell you that you’re not good enough, that you’re fucked up, that there’s something wrong with you.

They tell you that you’re crazy, stupid, reckless, and grandiose.

They’ll talk behind your back, never bring it to your face, and they’ll build an atmosphere of animosity around you.

Who’s right?

Whoever is more persistent.

If you let them choose your fate and you let them bring you down, cut you down to size, then they’re right.

You’ve become a fraud, a cheat, a liar, and a steal.


If you choose the path of your own fate, you’ve won.

Never back down, never surrender.

Gaslight the crowds, they’re just misinformed.

They don’t know the real you.

A friend once told me,

‘Zander, if I were you, I wouldn’t know how I would take it. I would’ve killed myself by now.’

Thank you for putting me down. Thank you for raining on my parade. Thank you for your hate.

Take it as it comes Zander, keep your chin up, and look forward. Look to the future that you want to build.

Look at your past, look at your discipline.

I choose to deserve more, I choose to say that this is not how life will be.

Things will be different.

I will never recognise anything else. It doesn’t exist to me. Denial? — I’ll focus on only the things that brings me closer to my goals.

The rest is irrelevant. They are irrelevant. Out of the question.

Outwork. Outplay. Outsmart. Outram? haha

Whatever I give my attention to, grows.

So. Grow your character.

Grow your will.

Look at what you can do.

Look at who you want to become.

Look at the intelligence that you cultivate.

Look at the greats that you want to become.

It’s in these painful moments, where you’re confronted with the reality of the world, that you grow the most.

Don’t depend on others, feed your self, Zander. Eat what you kill. Hunt, build, scavenge, build relationships. Build momentum, be strong, and be vulnerable when you need to.

I am greater than my challenges.

I will have a life of prosperity.

Let’s fucking get after it.




Zander Widjaja