I’ve spent half of my life now entrenched with this burning bent towards fitness, health, and self actualization.
Who would of thought I would make a living spreading the good word of strength, truth, and all around tenacious living.
I never want to say too much, nor feel like I have much to say. But I would be remiss if I did not take the basic day of birth to reflect on some noble truths and throw them on digital paper…
If something is of great importance – obsession is the only thing that’ll make you great at it. You become the best at something by plotting and losing sleep over it. By hounding it, struggling and toiling it. There is no coasting when you have a mission. There is no getting around this if you want to be truly great at anything.
10,000 hours it takes to get “good” at something. Much more to be great.
You can work for hobbies or your hobby can be your work. Don’t get mixed up in the “If I’m not living my passion I’m failing” there’s many ways to continue you to your passion, whether you’re paid for it or not, the important question is whether or not you’re passionate about anything at all. How you get there can take many forms.
Work is blessing, it’s true whether you want to recognize it or not. Effort gives life meaning. Without it people go crazy when they retire – young or old, they get fat or the routine becomes redundant to the point of depression. If material possessions bought happiness we would see happiness trending upward with the acquisition of material goods. We don’t see this at all, stop thinking pleasure is in the next purchase.
The more you can tolerate the more power you’ll have in life. A powerless person is one that blows in the wind of influence, opinions, and external forces.
I use to always want to be respected, but respect is approval and approval is for dogs. Respect is nice when it’s earned, but it shouldn’t matter whether you have it or not. It should never be a need. Remember even ghetto thugs talk about respect right before they steal your shoes.
View products/information/data as a performance enhancer or a performance vacuum. It’ll help cut out 50% of the wasted decisions we make that don’t add value to our life.
Become more “Meta” as you get older. When you start to put greater value upon yourself (via self-improvement and the gym) you also start to value yourself in the larger context of the world, which is your family and tribe/nation. The value of yourself leads to the value you’ll show others – family, friends, beyond. This mentality only stems from the belief of your own worth and not based on any sort of hatred for others.
Avoid things that train your mind to be a “observer” in life. I rail against porn for many reasons, not because it is the worst thing in the world but because it is the largest consumer of mens mind/time/energy. A behavior like this trains the brain to become the passive partaker of pleasure yet requires nothing from him. You’re watching the activity you wish you yourself were doing. This can be true of entertainment in general. I’m much more a proponent of creating the future you want to have. If you are a slave to whatever detrimental weakness you should renounce it.