“If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.”
The status quo is usually comfortable. It’s what we know and what we can maintain with minimal effort. When we’re in a rut, it’s difficult to look beyond our immediate surroundings because you’re surrounded by the rut’s walls on all sides.
Improving yourself starts with dissatisfaction with this situation. The view in a rut never changes and is rarely pleasant. Building off this frustration, you can then think of solutions and apply them. While it’s hard work, you will be eternally better off because of it.