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Dream Big and Take The Path of Least Resistance

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Greg Heffley is unconcerned with his own laziness, and lack of muscle tone, but that never stops him from believing he’ll someday be rich and famous even though the school’s future job questionnaire predicts he’ll be a clerk.

“Well, there must be something wrong with the way they set up these forms or something, because I don’t know any clerks who are billionaires…I know exactly where I’ll be in fifteen years, in my pool, at my mansion, counting my money. (Never mind that) there weren’t any checkboxes for that option.”

Greg even sees the diary his mom buys him as an opportunity for personal gain. “The only reason I agreed to do this journal at all is because I figure later on when I’m rich and famous, I’ll have better things to do than answer people’s stupid questions all day. So this book is gonna come in handy. Here’s my journal. Now shoo, shoo.”

Simply put, Greg urges all of us to reach for the stars and stardom, no matter how many Candy Grams we have to send to ourselves in the meantime. Why do laundry when there’s still a perfectly clean bathing suit and Halloween costume to wear? Why participate in swim team when you can hide in a bathroom stall wrapped in toilet paper for warmth? And why walk on two feet at the water park when your parents are going to have to rent a stroller for your baby brother anyway and they might as well rent a double?

Just ask Greg. He knows how to get the job just barely done. You can call it lazy or you can call it conserving energy, but either way, Greg’s got some insight into taking it easy, such as this gem on sleeping in on the weekends: “Most kids wake up early on Saturdays to watch cartoons or whatever, but not me. The only reason I get out of bed at all on weekends is because eventually, I can’t stand the taste of my own breath anymore.”

And rethinking dental care: “Maybe false teeth wouldn’t be such a bad thing. If I had dentures, I could have someone else take care of my teeth, and I could spend the extra time doing something I actually enjoy.”

In short, Greg is not going to suffer from high blood pressure any time soon. So maybe he’s onto something.

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