We don’t maximize our short time on this planet.
We dabble, waste time, and we don’t chase anything big.
We settle and settle and then we wait for that glorious day of death.
Yet, some people rise to greatness. Some people work harder than everyone else. They break the rules and they break records.
We call them “hard” and relentless. They don’t give in to the softness, the civility of society or the mindset of the naysayer.
They create a darkside and never stop fighting.
♦ Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. On a mission to become the World’s Hardest Man, Goggins is the most motivating person you will ever read/listen too. He is a former know nothing from nowhere. He was once fat, uninspired, goalless, and altogether lifeless. But in a matter of one month, he drastically transformed his body and mind, gaining entry into the world’s most recognized crucible for human potentiality: the Navy SEALs and their famed hell week. Three tries later, he earned the coveted Trident and sought the right to wear it every day, pushing himself to the very limits of human capacity (on numerous occasions).
Master this mindset: If you look in the mirror and you see a fat person, don’t tell yourself that you need to lose a couple of pounds. Tell the truth. You’re fucking fat! It’s okay. Just say your fat if you’re fat. The dirty mirror that you see every day is going to tell you the truth every time, so why are you still lying to yourself? So you can feel better for a few minutes and stay the fucking same? If you’re fat you need to change the fact that your fat because it’s fucking unhealthy. I know because I’ve been there.
Read More: Living with a SEAL
♦ Relentless by Tim Grover. From good to great to unstoppable. Grover creates a hierarchy of performers: most are coolers, few are closers, but the best in the world are cleaners. As MJ’s trainer, he realized that it takes a different mindset about life and winning to become the absolute best. He saw the same traits in Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade, unstoppable competitors that craved the result of winning more than anything or anyone else. They were ruthless in their pursuit: To be the best, whether in sports or business or any other aspect of life, it’s never enough to just get to the top; you have to stay there, and then you have to climb higher, because there’s always someone right behind you trying to catch up.
Being relentless means demanding more of yourself than anyone else could ever demand of you, knowing that every time you stop, you can still do more. You must do more.” – Tim Grover
♦ The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday. I read this initially in 2017, but I knew instantly that I was going to read it again (and possibly again). I love the idea of stoicism and have since been slowly adopting it as a practical philosophy. Through this, I have learned to conduct myself in a certain way that is more conducive to long-term success. The Stoics, as history knows them are long gone, yet, their words carry on today, in those athletes, warriors, and entrepreneurs that choose to fight against the onslaught of today’s destructive societal traps. Their legacy is ours to embrace and their modus operandi is ours to exploit: their genius was unity of purpose, deafness to doubt, and the desire to stay at it.
The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius
♦ Time Management by Brian Tracy. Time is our most precious resource. In regards to work, it is especially crucial for the business executive, entrepreneur, or aspiring ladder climber. It has to be maximized, as opposed to what most people do, which is to “kill” time. This little book by Tracy packs some vitally key insights:
The degree to which you feel in control of your time and your life is a major determinant of your level of inner peace, harmony, and mental well-being. A feeling of being “out of control” of your time is a major source of stress, anxiety, and depression.” – Brian Tracy
Time management is a business skill that can be learned and perfected. If you understand the psychology of time management and the law of control; you feel good about yourself to the degree in which you feel in control of your life. Just like the Stoics, aim to be a master of your destiny. Nowadays, time is mostly left up to each individual to spend as they like. The comforting and easy way out is Netflix and Instagram and Pinterest. Instead, repeat this mantra.
At all times, say to yourself, “My life is precious and important, and I value every single minute and hour of it. I am going to use those hours properly so that I accomplish the most I can, in the time that I have.”
♦ Bigger Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews. This is one of the most practical health and fitness books that I have ever read. It addresses all of the fundamental laws for both fat loss and muscle building and often refers to each aspect of nutrition and training with a slant towards body recomposition: losing fat and building muscle.
Building a killer physicque is not a matter of jumping on the bandwagon of some new fad workout program for a few months- it’s a matter of adopting a disciplined, orderly approach to how you handle your body.”
Anyone who has a body worth admiring understands this principle: you have to be driven to make progress each and every day using strategies that are proven and that work for them. The book is well organized and builds on each chapter, leading to a complete training plan of 1-2 muscle groups per day, 4-6 reps for nearly all exercises, 9-12 heavy sets per workout, with 3-4 minutes rest in between sets with around 60 minutes of total training time.
And how about cardio? The best kind is High-Intensity cardio and it should be done separately from resistance training in order to avoid sending “mixed signals” to the muscles.
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In Pursuit of Excellence
“A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.” – Friedrich Nietzshe
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