Whatsupppp CHUCKKOOOOO .. .
. . . or at least, that was the first thing I wanted to say to Charles aka “Chuck”, the guy (not the loyal and down to earth customer Charles, but the other guy) I’ve written about a lot . . .
. . . he used to be a fairly honest and down to earth guy, but 2020 has changed a lot of people.
Truly the year of the survivor as it were, and truly the year where the CREAM rises to the top - - and Idon’t just mean fitness wise – I mean in all regards!
Anyway, what am I talking about, you might ask.
Well, a couple of posts earlier somewhere on these on my social media I posted a “politically” charged post on WeShat.
A form of social media I normally assiduously avoid due to the Chinese CCP censorship and monitoring, but a form of social media I just have to get on sometimes to talk to people that for whatever reason won’t and haven’t switched to less intrusive forms of social media (although they all do monitor, wechat takes things to giddy limits).
And what I basically posted about was the current unofficial war going on between India and China, and the fact that the Indians are finally giving the Chinese a taste of their own medicine, and how.
A lot has been written about how the Chinese view Indians as inferior, and how their economy supposedly dwarfs the Indian economy, how “India wouldn’t stand a chance”, and other such horse manure from the CCP “troll factory” or running dogs station.
Global Times being the prime moron here, which is basically a mouthpiece for the CCP.
One fine tweet from these idiots read as such “India has forgotten who it is”
Huh?? Racism (or intended) aside, what exactly do these buffoons think India, or the rest of the world is?
YES, we slept on things for way too long, but the plague you unleashed and a certain Trumpinator that was unleashed a few years ago changed all that permanently, and right now, it’s justa matter of time.
And that’s basically what I posted to weShat, or auto posted.
And Charles piped up, as he often does.
He was moaning about “why I posted here if I was bored (he thought I was) and had nothing better to do, and what would I accomplish by posting here”.
Well, first thing, Chuck-O.
My DEAREST, and former friend Chuck-O, and truth be told, you’re still a good dude, you’ve just been brainwashed . . . or you’re running scared of “them”.
What good does it do YOU To respond to my post?
I thought so!
I don’t care if you believe the CCP is the best thing since sliced bread, and if you quote Global Times as a reputable source for what sgoing on globally, or choose to stick your head in the sand on a number of issues as you have and continue to do.
I don’t care if you call me a moron that “can’t speak English” (hey, remember that convo we had? ?).
And so forth.
I don’t give a shit either way.
But what I WILL RESPOND to, and what I DO CARE about is this, my friend.
My honor and integrity, and my reputation, and DOING THE RIGHT THING.
I am NOT GOING to stand by and let bullies “be bullies” and passively encourage them by pretending to roll overand play dead.
What is right is right ,and what is wrong is wrong, BOYO. You know this as well as I do.
You know very well what is going on.
You’re just shit scared you’ll have to return back home and . . . well, I won’t get into that. Your choice, your pregorative, but when you come out and say I can’t say what I am, while you apparently can, I got THREE WORDS for ya.
No, NOT two words as “D-X” said all those years ago (man, them were the days!!). ?
Those being . . . (mine)
FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
And doing the right thing, again.
A long time ago, when we met in person my honor and integrity was called into question by a certain someone you know very well (someone I won’t mention).
I looked you in the EYE when that was happening.
So did YOU.
And YOU WERE the first to REFUTE that statement!
My friend from the Marines (while chatting with me) once told me the following.
“You’re a man of high moral fiber, Rahul!”
And while the reasons he told me that were different from yours, right now, if you were here, I’d stand toe to toe with you and look you in the eye.
And look DEEP into your eyes!
Much like I did all those years ago, when you looked away . . .
I don’t care whose stronger, and who can pick up who and throw him out the window.
I don’t care about doing pull-ups (I do, but not).
What I truly DO CARE ABOUT is my HONOR and integrity.
And when there’s wrong being committed, I WILL go to the ends of the earth to expose that wrong.
And I WILL POST about it, and I WILL STAND toe to toe with you, look yoi in the eye (much as “Major General Michael” did all those years ago while drinking one fine night ?) and tell you the following.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH, boyo!
And doing the right thing.
I don’t BS in any of my books and courses. That’s how it relates to fitness, for those asking!
My products deliver results, and while I ain’t everyones cup of tea, hey, end of the day, results are what count bro.
And as you yourself said, it ain’t how you start. It’s how you FINISH!
And on that note, me be finishing this here email. How dare I write that way. But hey, I’m the guy that can’t speak English worth a damn right Charles? ?
PS – And no, none of this is posturing my friend. Always stand up and be counted and do the RIGHT THING – it will pay dividends down the line!
I feel it. Oh boy, yes, I do!
And I’m sure you have too on occasion.
Have you ever woken upon one fine morning (or afternoon, as the case might be) and felt something POSITIVE?
Felt overwhelmingly POSITIVE (this goes for an “el groucho” like yours truly as well, hehe).
Felt like things were just going to WORK OUT SOMEHOW!
Felt like you were on top of the world?
You probably have. And while truth be told, this is how you should wake up EACH morning, not all of us do.
For most of us, those days are far and few in between.
Anyway, this isn’t so much about . . . ah, but let me say what I want to first.
Back in December last year, I was faced with a problem that it would take a while to detail here.
I was working willy nilly non stop on it all week, and on a Sunday at that, I was working LITERALLY NON STOP to solve it.
Like 18 hours of the day workday (which I do NOT do normally).
And it was frustrating,
I must admit I cursed all throughout the day, albeit to myself.
I was irritated. Tired. The “fuck it” all feeling.
And so forth.
And as I drank a couple of beers at the end of it all, I said the hell with it, and meant it. Literally.
The next morning, as I climbed my favorite hill out there, I just FELT GOOD all of a sudden.
Go get ‘em feeling!
Like it was just going to workout!
Work out . . . hehe. Is it a coincindence it came out that way and I have one of the best damn workouts that day – or today for that matter? ?
(Such is life when writing in the flow, but hey . . . ).
And as I finished my workout, things went swimmingly well.
Two of the issues I was working on got solved. And an idea that I got during my workout helped me solve the third, and off it was to Hong kOng that day, I believe . . .
Yesterday was yet one of these days for me, and I was FRUSTRATED to the extreme.
And yet, today when I woke up, right about at the “bright early hour” of 1130 AM or so, or perhaps 12 noon after NOT having slept until 4 AM last night (or so) . . . I am LOVING it!
That exuberant feeling is going full blast, and I have no doubt something good will happen today.
Something that will propel me forward towards my goals.
And what is common between now and the other day I mentioned?
Well, it is this.
Work on a problem intensely, my friend. I mean REAL INTENSELY. I m ean REALLY!
IT has to be ALL you think about – literally – for the ENTIRE DAY!
And the “how’s” of that aren’t as important as the why.
I don’t care how you do it, but DO IT – and convince the subconscious that THIS is a problem that HAS TO BE SOLVED NO MATTER WHAT!
And the way you do that is REPETITION my friend.
Claude Bristol when writing about the amazing powers of the subconscious wrote about the “tap tap” technique where he compared “drilling the idea into the deepest depths” of the subconscious to machine gun’s relentless “firing” that eventually achieves the desired result.
Or perhaps the way locomotives move, or perhaps the “Drip drip drip” Chinese torture techniques they used in ancient days.
Say a lie enough times, and you’ll start to think it’s true. And so forth.
Repetition truly is the cadence of the Universe my friend. And if you TRULY CARE about something and convince the subconscious of it, then that problem WILL BE SOLVED.
One way or the other, and I don’t care how it happens. It’ll happen!
And it’s happened on NUMEROUS occasions throughout my entire life my friend.
Now, does this apply to fitness you ask?
You bet it does.
And it applies to ANY exercise, no matter how tough.
REALLY, REALLY want to get good at pull-ups? Then do what I did and what I mention in “Pull-ups from DUD to STUD within weeks” – and NOT just the physical part. There is a reason I revamped and repriced the original (yes, it’s MORE expensive now) to include the mental side of this and that’s why I’m writing to you about this now!
REALLY want to get to 500 Hindu squats in a row? Well, goodie. The trick that is mentioned as the FIRST commandment of Physical Training in the 0 Excuses Fitness System is a must do, and if it worked for Tracy - - it will work for YOU TOO.
Give it a try. Let me know how you do!
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As events across the globe spiral out of control and processed towards the inevitable and (to me at least) bloody obvious conclusion (and as the vast majority of people in the world, especially China seem to be preferring to go the “if we don’t talk about it it will go away on it’s own” route on this one), I gotta say one thing.
Something I’ve been saying for a while now.
Something I’ve been saying for ages, actually, and something that is nigh on crucial to success in ANY field or endavor.
That being, you gotta stop VACILLATING my friend.
No if’s, buts and maybe.
As George Bush once famously said, you’re either WITH us – or you’re against US.
He had his heart in the right place, and though his actions in Iraq for one are NOT something I support (for obvious reasons again, and even back then I didn’t support ‘em) what he said is true in times of crisis, and actually, when discussing anything important.
Way too many people right now are vacillating between offering lip service to the countries that are being directly affected by the Chinese aggression on their borders and elsewhere - - while adopting the silly and pacifist response of “we’ll continue to do business with them”.
And to me, it don’t work that way.
Thank heavens President Trump and his team don’t believe that, for one!
You simply cannot continue to support a bunch of thugs like that my friend. Every dollar spent in and on China goes back either directly or indirectly to the CCP and that’s just how it is.
Secretary Pompeo was very clear on this a few days ago too when he said the same thing, except in greater detail and was more “verbose” about it.
And in any case, I believe people will be FORCED to take a stance very soon, whether they like it or not, and the sooner they accept that reality the better it is.
Saying this, of course, has lost me more friends than gained, but that’s fine.
The few that remain are the ones I truly care about, and the ones that are worth remaining.
I was truly saddened last night by a good friends response to this entire mess last night.
He did not say one word against the CCP, the inaction by PM Modi in India, or the HIGHLY COMMENDABLE actions Trump and team have taken or anything of that nature.
All he said was the official CCP line (or something very dangerously close to it) of “we have to work together for mutual benefit”.
This floored me.
How can it work that way when one party is hell bent upon bullying the other and the entire world?
And yet, this blindingly simple concept doesn’t seem to be penetrating for a lot of people . ..
NO, you cannot separate border issues from everything else!
NO, you cannot allow Spy Way (Huawei) and other such CCP sponsored telecos to be the backbone of your infrastructure. Ditto for Chinese apps, Chinese programs etc.
We cannot discuss things in a void my friend.
And the same holds true globally.
And the sooner folks REALIZE this, the better it will be for ALL Concerned.
Thankfully, the developed world seems to be moving in exactly that direction, and I believe it is a matter of time (very soon now) before the Asia Pacific as a whole gets tired of the Chinese bullying and finally says enough is enough.
And now, fitness you ask.
OK. Let’s go there.
And let me throw a FINAL spanner into the works! ?
Fitness wise, you DO have to be on the side of the sensible, for one.
If what you’re doing right now is not working, then TOSS it regardless of what the bros tell you or regardless of what you read on the Internet.
If you’re NOT getting the results you want, well, guess what. Time to make that CHANGE!
But on that same note, do I believe that “lifting weights” (as many of you like to do) and bodyweight stuff cannot co-exist?
Done right, they can. And the old timers did it that way with great results.
What I DO believe cannot co-exist is pumping and toning, puffing and buffing, and REAL training.
That, to me simply cannot co-exisit.
And which side of that fence you’re on, only you know – and can tell me!
Let me know! ? I’m out for now, but will be back later with more! ?
PS – I’ve completely deactivated one of my WeShat accounts as of now. The only reason I had it was one of my friends, and given what he said the other day, well . . .
PS #2 – Good news – you can still follow me on other social media! Try Twitter, for one . . .
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Back when I started 0 Excuses Fitness, (blink and you’ll miss it! ?) I wrote about an old professor of mine, who I called Dr. K.
Dr K was a Math professor at college, and Math being a subject I was always good at for whatever reason and always enjoyed, I took a lot of them in college!
I think some were electives. Some were required. But even amongst the electives, I had choices, and yours truly made the choice to take Calculus 1, 2 and 3 - - and then “Discrete Math” as well on top of that.
Now, 1 and 2 were required. The rest weren’t!
Anyway, I met Dr. K when taking Calculus 2 I believe, as he was the one teaching the class.
A tall slim guy with a sense of humor that was slightly off, and a brilliant effing brain if any, as I was soon to find out as I got to know him better and talk to him!
Along with Dr B (who I’ve probably written about as well and still stay in touch with, him of “internet 101” class), he was and is one of my favorite teachers/profs ever.
And this is coming from someone who barely ever went to class . . .
. . . Anyway, those were the days of “Netscape email”.
And Dr K had this system where you could check your HW assignments online (so did Dr B! ?) and submit them without ever having to go to class (if you know how to do it, which most didn’t).
I still remember my friends sitting there scratching their heads during Calculus exams, while yours truly would guzzle down a few beers and show up late for the exam, and still ace it.
Now, that’s not something I recommend obviously! Neither the showing up late part or the beer guzzling, but hey, I was 18 at the time. Gotta do what a 18 year old gotta do! ?
Anyway, Dr K had this long ass midterm paper we were supposed to do.
“Take home” exam as it were, open book as well (strangely enough, Dr B did much the same thing during his exams – both these guys were REAL world guys, not “airy fairy” professors that teach stuff you’ll never use!).
And I took mine home.
I think it was holidays back then . . . of some sort.
I still remember Jen, a girl I knew messging me on ICQ (remember that??) and telling me “I’m going to FAIL”.
It sounded about as ominous as the words of an undertaker.
And being the exam was nothing short of BORING for me, I did a half ass job, and turned it in.
When I did so, Dr K called me up a few hours before the submission deadline.
“You can do better than this, Rahul!”
And he sent me back home with the rejoinder of “You still have a few hours to get this done, Rahul!”
Go home, and get it done – well!
And a few weeks before that, which I really should have told you before I told you this . . .
I emailed him about the status of some HW that I submitted online.
He took a while to reply (which was strange for him, as he normally replied very quickly).
And I called him up.
He said the following.
“You’ve aced it! Come and collect it when you can”
And then . . . “Are you ever going to show up for class???”
“Uh, yes, perhaps I will”.
And I did.
After class, he spoke to me at length.
“You need to be challenged, Rahul!! You don’t need to take these Mickey Mouse classes!”
And though they were anything but Mickey Mouse for the rest of the people taking them, for me they were.
He was RIGHT.
He was SPOT ON. I had done all this in high school of my own accord since I was interested in Math, and therefore college (those classes) were a frigging BREEZE for me to be honest.
And I still ended up with a 2.7 GPA, while the “muggers” and “copiers” (two different categories, don’t ask, hehe) ended up with 4.0 GPA’s.
And this morning, as I think about Dr K, his words ring out in my mind.
“You need to be challenged!”
So true, my friend. So true. And anyone that achieves anything of note needs to be challenged, big time!
That’s how my whole life has been, and this has held true WORKOUT wise as well.
From wayyyy back in the day when Brooks Kubik asked me if I was in the military when I told him about my hill climbing routines, to people calling me an ironman, strongman, and everything in between – and a lunatic as well (and of course, the 100 or so other not-so-nice names) – one things stands out.
I need to be challenged. And I believe in challenging YOU, my customers, to become the BEST you can be, and then some!
As Charles Mitchell who should actually be at “elite” status in many regards given what he does on a daily basis workout wise once said (again, I’m parphrasing) –
“I hate workout books that don’t challenge me! I know the way you exercise, and it’s nothing but easy!”
Amen, my friend. Amen!
PS – Be challenged, my friend, and be challenged to be a BETTER You. And our products will guide you every step of the way!
This morning I was reading about “PayTm” a Chinese backed Indian payments app which had surged in popularity over the past few years.
It’s apparently now (given the events of the past few months) being slowly but steadily pushed out by competitors with wallets that are equally, if not deeper as well as by the behemoth Amazon (for whatever reason, all these articles fail to mention the REAL gorilla in the room that does anything to grab customers and GETS Them – and hey – they have my vote for sure in ALL the countries I’ve used them).
Kudos Jeff Bezos – YOUR customer service is why you are where you’re at today, and that’s just the bottom line and an indisputable FACT OF LIFE!
And here is the point in me saying all this.
For years, PayTm in India was literally ROCKING.
Growing by leaps and bounds.
Company valuation increasing year by year, and money kept pouring in from Alibaba that apparently backs the app (not sure about now though).
And it wasn’t all bad. Chinese online payments have their downsides, most notably so in a country where the government scrutinizes and records everything, and its probably the only country in the world where today, you have very little, if at all, chance at DIGITAL security.
And especially when shopping. Cash is a rarity in mainland China. Big time.
And everything is done via Chinese apps like WeChat and Alipay which allow online payment and allow Xitler’s thugs to track your minutest purchases down.
Yes, they know what you ate for dinner last night and the cases of beer you ordered! ? NO, that is NOT an exaggeration my friend. Not in the least.
Anyway, online payments obviously have their upside, and PayTm was one of the first into the fray and it grew.
But these days, much like many other bloated businesses we see all over the place collapsing left right and center, PayTm is struggling big time.
Other apps have overtaken it.
And it doesn’t look to be getting back on it’s feet anytime soon. Shaky foundations anyone?
Pretty much what will happen to China as a whole, and what HAS been happening silently (and the reason for Xitler’s expansionist policies etc which even his own band of thugs are getting tired of).
And again, point of me saying this?
Well first, same thing applies to fitness. You need a solid BASE to build upon.
If you can’t pound out 100 pushups per workout, much like I teach you in the 0 Excuses Fitness System, hold a bridge for a while (or even get into position) or do squats, then you’re in NO position to do more advanced exercises like pull-ups.
Or handstand pushups.
And even if you manage to do ‘em, eventually you’ll collapse if the foundation ain’t strong enough.
Second, and more importantly.
It’s what you do when the chips are DOWN that counts my friend.
Very few people have it in in them to get up – keep getting up- and keep going.
You, me, nobody is going to hit has hard as LIFE. Life ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. The world is a very mean and nasty place out there, and it will BEAT you to your KNEES and KEEP you there if you let it. It ain’t about how hard you can hit, my friend.
It’s about how much you can take.
It’s about how hard you can GET HIT and keep moving AHEAD – without blaming others for your failures or what not!
That’s how WINNING IS DONE, and yes, I borrowed that from Sly Stallone in Rocky, a man who should know a thing or two about what is being talked about.
And again, back to fitness.
Like I said yesterday, if your only exercise is climbing hills, GREAT.
Great workout! Hey, I know that better than most people.
But what when there is no hill.
What when you have inclement weather and cannot climb?
What when your favorite gym – or swimming pool is not available?
When you’re being SQUEEZED on all possible fronts, when your back is against the wall, and then some, how do you react?
Do you come out fighting all guns blazing - - or do you lie down and let life have it’s way.
The answers to these questions could well determine where youre headed in life – and your fitness journey as well – and I should know. Oh YES, I should know!
PS – My friend from the Marines, the “ruggedly strong” individual I refer to so often recently told me “you’re in rare form!”. Reminded me of what Marc the African Silverback Gorilla once told me “You’re in fine, fine fettle Rahul!’ one fine morning in bonny China . . . and while I may or may not be, fact is this – the WORKOUT routines I advocate will keep YOU in much the same condition physically and then some.
Get on the train NOW – right HERE.
Often times, I discuss the world with people (well, I USED to I should say, but whatever).
And countries in general.
Comparing countries and how they stack up. Politics. What is going on. And so forth.
And of course, the actual nitty gritties of LIFE in the countries.
And I don’t mean life as you see in those places in the movies. Or everyday life.
Or, the “touristy” stuff.
It’s amazing, but people still go on tours of Europe and other such vastly diverse places in a tour bus and expect to cover everything in the itenary in a trifling 10 days or so (or whatever the length of the tour is).
And of course, if we’re talking Asians (and specifically Indians and Chinese), for whatever reason they start to “miss home” as soon as they set foot abroad on foreign shores, even if that’s through the window of a tour bus.
Oh boy. IF there is anything more stupid than wanting (for example) Chinese food when you go to visit various parts of the USA to the point you’re not willing to try real American food, I’m yet to hear it.
Or, the Indians that jump up and down about “where is my curry” when they travel abroad.
Or, those that travel to the Himalayas in India, one of my FAVORITE Places to travel and visit in this world (there may be others, hehe) and never set foot outside the car.
Gorging on food all the time and getting FATTER and more miserable all the time, and then complaining about “I didn’t lose any weight on them hills”.
Yeah. Sure you didn’t!
Anyway, where was I?
Ah yes . . .
Personally, for me, if I travel someplace, I like to visit ONE place. And do so in detail.
Not for me the running around from one place to the other as we once did in China a few years back, a trip that was great fun, but a trip that with all the driving involved (and there is more to this story! Which I won’t share here, hehe?) was anything BUT fun sometimes. Often times, I’d just want to go back to the hotel, get a beer, and CRASH!
Anyway . . .
Point being this.
When you VISIT a country, you see what is “outside”. Or what the tour guides show you.
But when you actually LIVE in that country, and actually get to know the customs, the languages, and the nitty gritties of the country, then that is quite another experience.
For instance, the Chinese often mark my packages as delivered when they’re not. Apparently that’s “become the thing to do” for most delivery companies to avoid being penalized for late deliveries, at least in mainland China.
And to me, this is utterly unacceptable.
Not so to the cHinese, and to people in general who stare at me incredulously and gape like a fish out of water when I rant on about just how UNPROFESSIONAL it is.
Anyway, I’m here to tell you something that might sound a bit surprising given my recent posts.
China, all in all, isn’t really that bad of a place to live in overall – IF you toe their line, of course.
But take away the Commie part, and even then, for a third world country (and lets face it, that’s what China is for the most part even now beneath the gloss and glitter), it’s a pretty decent place to live actually.
It doesn’t have many of the issues associated with most third world countries (not any more at least) . . .
Of course, the reasons for that are the land grabs and the resources and other things they steal and so forth. Everything comes at a price.
But still . . .
Is China PERFECT?
But a lot of people think it’s like a slightly nicer version of Sudan or Ethiopia for instance on the grand scale of things.
Not so my friend.
And I KNOW, because . . . well, I didn’t just visit. I put down roots there, hehe.
Anyway . . . how does this apply to fitness you might ask?
Just READING about fitness ain’t gonna get it one.
You can TALK about doing pull-ups like Bourne all you want, but until you actually get down to doing them, you’ll get nowhere (and indeed, just talk might HURT your chances of actually getting better at them more than you think!).
And so forth.
Climbing hills is great, but you have to literally FEEL how it feels on your fourth climb out there in the blazing sun to be considered a true IRONMAN, for one.
And so on and so forth.
Get past the gloss and glitter my friend.
Start DOING – today.
Not only will you make a better YOU by doing this – but you’ll make the WORLD a far better place too!
And that’s that for now. Back soon!
PS – I just received the following email from a potential translator for one of my books (Fitness PIONEER) –
“Hi, Rahul! I'd like to translate your book, I find it really interesting and different from others related to fitness, it's not only about the body but our attitude. I'm overweighed and I know how it feels, haha. Hope to hear from you. Thanks. P.S: I speak latin american Spanish.”
Did he have it right? Me thinks so, amigo! Hehe.
If you’re working on a goal, and your “here and now” bothers you to the point where you can’t look forward to, visualize or take action on your future, then guess what.
You’re either not cut out for success, or you’re not going to make it.
Sorry if that sounds harsh, but it’s true.
And you’re not alone either.
And you certainly are in EXALTED company as well in that nigh on everyone feels this way at a certain point or the other when working towards success at anything!
Believe me, I’m sure there were times Napoleon Hill just wanted to throw in the towel and give it all up (and he actually DID give up for a while too before being reminded of his true calling, and how!).
I’m sure Henry Ford would be the first to tell you, as Steve Jobs and Jack Ma have, that the dark days are really what teach you far more than success ever does or could.
If you don’t have the dark, there will never ever be a true dawn.
And the darker the night, the brighter the dawn my friend.
But still, despite the words, many people get frustrated.
If you’re sitting in a studio apartment with a laptop (that you bought on credit or borrowed) and that damn thing is on a table so flimsy that it’s almost crashing through, then “success” might look like a long, long way away.
But it isn’t, my friend.
The above example is from a millionaire writer and fitness guru’s life, but there are plenty such examples.
Sylvester Stallone, for instance, slept on the streets of New York for two weeks at a time where he had NOTHING, or less than it.
Ford was bankrupt twice (and no, no angel investors bailed him out either in that day and age).
And so forth.
Yet, despite all the tough times, they found it in themselves to keep going.
To keep being persistence, or should I say KEEP THE FIRES OF DESIRE AND PERSISTENCE burning within!
And we all know what the above people and many others I have not named here accomplished, don’t we?
Successful people are rarely, if ever, born with a silver spoon in their mouths.
And if they are, they HAVE been through the grinder several times and then some (Donald Trump being one prime example).
Despite Trumps family fortune, the fact is that his Dad bailed him out ONCE.
And if you were take a look at the very lengthy list of failures Trump has had before finally succeeding . . . .well, you’ll know what I mean by that!
Fitness wise you ask?
I was NOT born genetically gifited. If anything, and I’ve stated this publicly, it’s the opposite (until this day).
I am NOT naturally strong.
I do NOT have a “naturally strong” grip. I do have a strong grip yes, but boy did I work for it and then some!
Same thing with my fitness.
At a weight of 120 kgs, which my family sometimes still giggles about, hehe (in a good natured manner, and I mean my wife and kid) turning into the fitness monster I am now seemed and probably was to all observing an impossibility.
Much like me farting and landing on the moon is . . .
But it happened, didn’t it?
While I took the actions required, the KEY is something else my friend.
It’s being willing to look beyond the here and now and see the future in your MIND BEFORE it happens.
I did that, and we all see the result.
And that applies to you as well, in ANYTHING you’re looking to do or accomplish. And I mean that!
Do we all get frustrated occasionally? Down? Depressed? IN the “fuck it all mood”?
But the point isn’t that.
That will happen.
Its about how you RESPOND To that in the long term, my friend.
If you give in, and stop DOING, then you’ll never get there.
Other hand, if you breeze past a bad day or a couple and get back to it - - business as usual - - then I think we BOTH know which direction you’re headed.
And I should know. Oh yes.
I should know, and on that note – it’s adios for now. Back soon!
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This is sure to be a very contentious issue, but so be it.
I did up a Medium piece on this a while ago, if you’re interested (well, when this madness all started), but as it shows NO sign of abating, I just had to write about this again.
I also did up a piece on why I do NOT support historical statues being defaced or historical names of places etc being changed just for this . . . (yes, Prez Trump is RIGHT ON that!).
After I saw a link which said the London Metropolitan Police have been forced to apologize (or urged, depending upon what source you read) for an officer allegedly pinning a man to the ground in the exact same manner as George Floyd was.
With a knee on his neck . . . for a sum total of 15 seconds, after which he let go (thankfully).
The “suspect” seems to be alright.
Full details still have not come out on this, but recently the same police was apparently criticized for stopping a black couple and handcuffing them in front of their three year old kid.
While I don’t know the specifics of case 1 and am therefore loathe to comment, it IS known that case #2 hardly involved “blacks that are prone to causing trouble”. A well known sprinter was the female half if I recall correctly, and the male half was not a hoodlum on the roads either (and that should have been obvious).
Anyway, my point?
Is that first off, NO, I do NOT support the widespread looting that is going on in the name of “eradicating racism” and “black lives matter”.
Not just looting. Organized thuggery and domestic terrorism is what I’d call it. Is this how one is supposed to protest?
President Trump is dead on right sending the Feds into Portland, for one. He should have done it earlier in my opinion.
And as Herschel Walker recently said, those that suggest police departments be defunded (the most ridiculous demand ever made by the left according to me) should be sent to those very same places.
Lets see how long they survive in an environment of crime without crying “Uncle”.
And most importantly, not all black people are thugs looking for trouble and not all white people are “racists”.
Simple as that.
In 2017, an University in LA or someplace I believe tweeted about “are you dreaming of a white campus”.
All they meant was “snow covering the campus”.
But the backlash that followed, my, my my. You should have seen it!
Anyway, that isn’t the point.
Point being, that despite what I’ve said above, YES, the CORE of the movement itself DOES have a certain amount of legitimacy.
Is there still racism in the world?
To the extent people depict?
Well, that is debatable - - and I cannot say either way because a person’s honest personal experiences have a lot to do with it.
Yours truly hasn’t really, apart from a few incidents really been on the brunt of any of this.
But there are black people – SUCCESFUL BLACK PEOPLE – NOT the thugs – that HAVE.
Makhaya Ntini, South African cricketing legend recently came out with the “no-one knocked on my door for dinner” statement as did Ashwell Prince.
A while back, the mercurial Herschelle Gibbs came out with a similar statement against another cricketing legend from SA, Graeme Smith, claiming there was a “white clique in the team” and if you weren’t part of it, well . . .
Jason Holder, a man who I respect immensely has come out about it.
Darren Sammy has too about the racist nicknames used in India of all places in the IPL about it.
Now, these are all cricketing examples. But if you dig beneath the scenes, you’ll find plenty of claims of racism from people that DO NOT SUPPORT the madness going on.
YES, it’s a problem that needs to be eradicated.
And the core of it, I Really, really believe that COMMUNICATION is the way to go.
Honest, open communication without fear of reprisal.
And this communication can only happen once stereotypes etc are let go of - - permanently.
Might be hard to do, and might still happen sometimes, but for the most part.
When yours truly sees a black person, what do I think?
That he’s “black”.
But that’s it.
Maybe I’ll notice his build, if he’s bigger than average.
Maybe I’ll notice the hair.
Maybe I’ll notice his accent (well, I would!).
But I’d do that with ANYONE.
I saw a white dude playing basketball out there last night, and my first thoughts were along the lines of “where is he from”.
But that’s it.
Unfortunately, from what it seems, that is NOT what the average person out there thinks of ANY Race.
The whites think all blacks are thugs (stereotypes).
The blacks think whites are all jackboot wearing racists (stereotype).
And yet, if one sits down beyond all the madness, and TALKS, guess what,
A lot of those preconcienved notions fly straight out of the window, to be replaced by FRIENDSHIP.
Communication, my friend, is truly what it’s all about in my opinion.
All lives do matter. Regardless of color!
So please stop the madness going on, and lets get back to the business of living is what I’d say.
Just one person’s opinion, but that’s how I I feel, and I “showl” will say it, hehe.
P.S. – Yup, this ain’t got nothing to do with fitness. For those that get ticked off at that, as I said this morning on the other site, the unsubscribe link is right here! Hehe.
Or should I say, “family” . . . There is a reason I’m using quotes.
Now, at the outset, I don’t know what prompted me to write this today of all things. I have no idea, literally.
It came to me . . . in the flow.
And when I say family, I’m referring to primarily my parents here. Not my wife or relatives or anything of that nature . . .
It’s something I’ve often talked about, of course. I’ve often said there is virtually nothing I see eye to eye with on my parents, and as Charles (the friend) said “sounds like there is a lot of bad blood for ages between y’all”.
And as Charles, another friend and CUSTOMER once said, they’re your parents. You should try and build a relationship, as they aren’t going to be around forever.
This comment was made in 2017, and it’s sitting on another laptop, so Im not sure if those were the exact words, but I’m pretty sure they WERE.
And he’s right, to an extent, or actually I should say he’s RIGHT for the most part.
Except, when I say that, I’m referring to normal parents.
Those that want their children to actually succeed.
Those that don’t want their children to turn into carbon copies of themselves.
Those that realize their kids have dreams, goals and aspirations.
Perhaps most important, those that realize the power of the subconscious, and the sheer power that parents hold over moulding a child’s brain.
Lots of people look at my kid and claim she’s “too lively” sometimes.
“You need to discipline her more”
And so forth.
And while she does indeed sometimes run amok why don’t we do so?
Because for the most part, we’re teaching her to grow up confident and strong mentally (and physically too - - she’s starting to get forearms bigger than me! Hehe) and that, by far, is the most important gift you could ever give a child my friend.
More than “education” or the joke it’s turned into these days. More than money for sure. More than the latest toys.
It’s confidence, and the KNOWLEDGE that comes from knowing that your parents will stand behind you no matter what.
What do I mean?
Well, before going to college, a well meaning colleague of my Dad once remarked to me “It doesn’t matter what happens, or goes wrong! It doesn’t matter if you get a girl pregnant! The main thing is, you come back and tell your family about it!”
And that is fine and dandy if your family actually CARES, is what I should have told him at that point.
Most worryingly, there are MANY families like this, who subconsciously hinder their children’s growth and amazing though it might sound, COMPETE with their own children!
When we bought a flat sreen TV years ago, my Dad’s next comment a coupl e of days later was “we have a bigger one!” (not his exact words, but the sum and substance).
When I was earning big bucks in mainland China, my Dad had this to say.
“You’ve got a far larger bank account than I did at your age!”
But amazingly enough, NO-ONE pointed me in the direction of doing my own thing. Or in terms of support at anything, except “work a job no matter what” and that is it.
And I think it would be fair to say they didn’t know their own son from Adam, hehe.
In fact, sometimes I wonder if . . . ah, but we best not go there. ?
My mother once admitted to me at the age of 17, “you’re the first kid, and we’ve made mistakes”, and that’s an admission she’s done EVERYTHING to counter since then and very forcefully so that she’s done it.
Anyway there is much much more to this sorry tale, hehe, and the reason I bring it up?
One, because people keep asking.
Two, because a lot of people go through the same thing, and yet think it’s just them it’s happening to.
(and yes, you CAN eventually succeed no matter what!)
Three . . . because, you got it.
It applies to fitness.
The very worst thing you can do, my friend, fitness wise is to have any sort of relationship with folks that don’t believe in you or your goals or your fitness.
It could be my Mom sagely commenting upon “he thinks he’s so strong” at a very impressionable age, or it could be any of the other army of idiots and morons that think “he’s naturally fit” (and that thought he’d never write a book, or do a pull-up, be able to do a 100 pushups etc before I actually did so).
We’re the sum of the people we hang out with the most.
We’re also the sum of the people we follow the most, and believe in the most . . .
And if you want to achieve something; accomplish something, then be prepared to put in the hard yards.
Burn all bridges.
And, as a famous iconoclastic author said on one of his sales page “Tell family, friends and non believers to go straight to HELL”.
And he’s damned right. He struggled for years big time before finally making it to millionaire status.
He knows what he BE talking about.
And so do I, my friend, although I’m nowhere near millionare status . . .
. . . as of NOW!
But my followers are doing all they can to make that happen, hehe. Judging by the testimonials I’m getting for Pushup Central and Advanced Hill Training (and Animal Kingdom Workouts) . . . well, all I can say is I’m GOBSMACKED my friend.
Pick up the courses if you so choose, but for now, that’s a short answer to a complicated question that don’t even begin to cover all bases. I’ll write more on this later. Adios for now though; and I’ll be back soon!
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One of my favorite topics right here, so strap in!
Back in the day in college, a professor of mine (a particularly hard assed one at that, and a particularly and usually cranky one at that) was talking to me in his office for some reason or the other.
He was rambling on about something. I can’t quite remember what, but I think it was about submitted HW or some such thing . . .
Once that was done he asked me a question.
“Where are you from?” he asked.
“Jackson MS” I said. Not that it was any of his business, but . . .
“Hmm!” he said. "This is not Jackson skin!"
And then he raised one of his spindly little fingers and pecked at my skin like a woodpecker. Quite literally.
“I mean, where are you REALLY from” he asked.
Perhaps shockingly enough, or maybe not, this nutjob was TENURED of all things.
And perhaps NOT shockingly either, later on that semester he ended up giving me a “F” for the course for no real good reason.
Well, actually he got me on a technicality.
What was that you ask.
I “mis quoted” someone, or “forgot to put quotes”.
Yes, I think it was the latter. Forgot to put quotes. My beast ass infused (and as Chris, a friend of mine and a fellow student put it “maybe if you hadn’t given him a hard time in class he’d have let you go with a C”) ass forgot to put quotes on a beastly term paper, and there it was. F.
The University had rules that meant anyone that got below a “C” had to repeat the course.
He was the only one teaching the course.
Anyway, as I told Emily about it (a friend of mine and “fellow student” again in another class) she said the following.
“I don’t know why you didn’t raise a stink about it. If he had even DARED to tell me that, I’d have made sure the entire campus knew”.
(and as we deal with the fallout over the incident in Minneapolis, well, I think she might well have!)
She was a fellow student in a different class. Curiously enough a Prof that was slammed for being racist, while the first wasn’t.
And while the second was roundly slammed for being racist, he’s one of the best profs I ever had.
The MOST rational. And the most practical.
Dr Bisland his name is, and I’m still in touch with him all these years later.
Says tomes about what you can see on the surface and what truly exists.
And my reaction to Prof #1?
I laughed it off, and made him the laughing stock in class in many ways. Literally so, except I didn’t race bait. Hehe. I used other tactics. Which I shouldn’t have, of course, but hey . . . ?
Then there was another incident where Rueben, a close friend and myself were walking (gasp!) in front of the gym of all things.
Out comes a burly looking character with massive pecs, massive biceps and pelican legs . . . (though not quite as bad as some other boobybuilders I’ve seen).
And a MEAN look to him.
As we passed . . .
“What the heck you looking at”, he went. “Go back to where you’re from!” (or something to that effect).
And it probably wouldn’t have gone any further except . . . I felt the urge to LAUGH.
Out loud, and while I didn’t laugh, I did “guffaw”. A bit. You know, the “caged guffaw”!
And he caught on.
He glared at me, and made several remarks I won’t repeat here.
Even I have limits! ?
And then he strode off like a Prima Donna if there ever was one.
My friend who was watching all this from the background emerged.
“You just HAVE to come with me to the cops, Rahul”.
“Cops”, I questioned. “Is it really worth it?”
FWIW, I was due to be traveling to New York for an internship soon, and I didn’t want any court cases etc tying me up here, but my furious friend would have none of that.
And at the police station he launched into a tirade about this, and rightly so. We ended up not filing charges because of the reason I just stated above, and . . .
(Upshot of all this? A cop in the sort of shape that would make certain people say “I can pick you up and throw you out the window” went into the gym and tore the dude a new you know what).
But anyway, to me, it’s all STUPID for the most part.
I mean, really.
Does tanned skin mean you’re “not from the U.S”?
Or does being from a different ethnic background mean you’re any less in any way shape or form than whats considered “normal” to these lunatics?
I think not my friend.
And the best way to combat all this is by ignoring it, and becoming BIGGER and better than these people.
Herschel Walker grew up poor, disadvantaged, and OBESE.
And yet you don’t hear a peep from him about his RACE, or the racism he no doubt dealt with growing up in the deep South.
Ditto for any true achiever.
And I’ve never been the sort of whine about it publicly.
Why. Well, first reason stated above . . .
And second, it’s far more fun, and profitable to LAUGH at said people (and if you’ve been on my list for any length of time you know what I mean! ?).
Let them display their stupidity and ignorance for all to see, my friend.
You’ll find that when you react to such things with true MIRTH(I mean real mirth, not feigned) then their racism will fly out of the window eventually to be replaced by a sheepish “Yes, I was wrong”.
They will never admit that, of course. But that is what will go on inside their wee little pea brains . . .
Anyway, who cares. Hehe.
The same way I don’t care two hoots about folks that say my ability to do 100 pull-us per workout means I’m “not strong”. Or some tripe to that effect.
Or that a corrugated core means nothing, and a mammoth belly hanging over your pants means you’re a “big guy” and not “small and light” . . .
Or that hill sprints get tougher with more “muscle” (if there ever was a more asinine assertion than this, I’m yet to hear it!)
And so forth.
Keep fighting the good fight, and doing whats right my friend.
That truly is all that counts at the end of the day!
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P.S #2 – And no, to the person that claims I misquoted them in an email prior to this, I’m not going to weep about the fact that “white people have it better in China”. First thing you know they don’t (if you truly knew their mindset). And second, even if they did, who cares huh. I’m not going to stand around and make excuses for anything and never have.
On that note, if I did mis quote you, please show me WHERE EXACTLY, and I’ll redact it asap.
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been receiving messages on WeShat (China’s premier messagin app which has been blocked in pretty much every rational and CIVILIZED country in the world) about being “concerned for my safety”.
Or, (and this is less bothersome from a certain angle) my social media accounts etc (the Chinese ones) being blocked.
Apparently although the Chinese law states that “political discourse is allowed”, it’s still not.
Really? I didn’t know that! ?
Jokes aside, what do I think?
Well, a few years ago I started a WeChat group in mainland China titled “Keeping it Real”, which discussed many of the same things.
Everyone was happy to discuss what we are now as a GLOBE globally but within the privacy of the chat room (which was a small private chat basically, so it flew under the radar).
But no-one was willing to take the plunge and actually set up the group and administer it.
Same thing for my employments groups.
While people LOVE the group for being a no-nonsense group where rules are very strictly followed for the benefit of ALL (and while a lot of people castigate me for enforcing the rules, and while I do NOT relent in that regard, hehe) – and in fact, people have offered to BUY the group from me (remember a certain Linda? ?), NO-ONE is willing to be the “bad guy” and enforce the rules with an IRON hand, NO exceptions.
Believe me, it isn’t easy for most people to be unpopular.
Most at the end of the day do care about what the rest of the “people” (sheeple) think of them.
And that’s precisely why MOST do not rise to the level of a Gates, or Buffet, or Ford, or Jobs, or who have you.
These people didn’t care two hoots about what people thought my friend.
And while I ain’t putting myself in that category (as yet! ?), I’ve always been the guy who would care FIVE hoots (if not more) else about what people think.
If WeChat doesn’t like me calling them WeShat, maybe they should take a look at their crappy app and the bloatware and spyware pre-installed on it.
Bloatware that fills up your phone within days of starting the damned app, and of course the regular CCP surveillance for the app, and everything else.
If folks that agree with me on certain things don’t have the balls to say it publicly, well I’m sorry – but you’re not a man (or woman) that TRULY agrees.
If you TRULY do care, take a stance my friend.
Way too FEW people do that, being content to drift along in the “Oh, but I’ll be hammered” bubble.
Guess what mi amigo.
Chances are excellent and second to none you’ll be hammered even more if you sit and do nothing (and by that I don’t mean the sort of hammering that the nail that sticks out the most sometimes gets, but another more insidious form of hammering).
So long story short – I could care less.
I WILL make posts of a political nature if I see fit to. I WILL Write emails of a political or OTHER nature if I see fit to.
I WILL comment on world issues and talk about LIFE in general.
And as my buddy Vincent once said, “I refuse to kneel”.
A true warrior dies, but he does NOT kneel.
He never has in the countless WARS he has fought, and neither have I.
I still remember us talking about being in a WAR right NOW (this was back in 2017) of a different nature than what most people think.
If something is right, then it’s right. If something is wrong, it’s wrong. That’s as simple as it gets, and despite my NOT agreeing with my Dad on MOST and any things, that was one lesson he instilled in me from an early age, and it has (for good or bad, and to brutally honest extremes) nigh on STUCK WITH ME.
I don’t plan on losing it anytime soon!
And fitness is the same.
YES, pull-ups work your entire body way better than the idiotic lat pulldown machine ever can, will and HAS.
Think you’re strong if you can pump out bench presses while you’re “flat on your back”? Well, try handstand pushups – the REAL test of REAL MAN strength, and THEN GET BACK TO ME.
Think pushups don’t build muscle?
Try some of the ones I’ve got in Pushup Central, and then get back to me.
And if you’re thinking “gym shym” or pounding the pavement will get you the “animal like level of fitness”, “V shaped back”, “six pack” and all the other things that you really do want then you’re sadly mistaken my friend.
Very sadly so (and yoga shmoga isn’t gonna do it either)(.
If you want the sort of RAW animal like physicality I refer to so often, you TRAIN LIKE ONE.
Like a true BEAST.
To turn into a true BEAST, and a force of Nature to be reckoned with, and indeed as Mother Nature intended you to be, get on the stick NOW.
And last, but not least – rememeber.
Rise – UP! Never be afraid to take a stance – on anything. As Alan once told me, “unpopular is often times exactly what is needed”, and if no-one took a stance, nothing would ever change (mine!).
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P.S #2 – Charles, you were dead on RIGHT about not giving the group to a certain jackass that eventually got it. Trouble is, the dude I gave it to was too busy to bother with that B.S, hehe. Ah well.
If there is something that pisses me off no end, it is people that say one thing and do the exact opposite (or quite another).
I’ve made no secret of my distaste and dislike for those I consider to be grade A hypocrites (for instance, the dude from Hong Kong who complains up a storm about the mainland day in and day out and yet LIVES there).
Continues to live there despite his (very valid indeed) complaints.
Like dude. It’s not like someone’s forcing you to live in a place you hate . . .
Charles, a friend (or perhaps former friend as things stand now) of mine never shied away from telling me how much he wanted to visit India one day.
“Well, just do it buddy”, I kept telling him (along with advice of WHERE to go).
(Since he asked. Yours truly is hardly the sort to dispense unwanted advice!).
Has he ever followed up?
It’s been five years since I know him, if not more, and NO. He hasn’t.
“Uh, I didn’t get the chance”.
The real reason which of course is the 800lb gorilla in the room is the Chinese distaste for anything foreign in general and the intense dislike they have of “dark skinned people” (including their own).
And curiously enough (or maybe not given the rogue nation’s way of thinking) this is viewed as NORMAL in China.
Racism is normal, and even encouraged (albeit tacitly) by none other than many expats living there . . .
I’ll never forget, for one, how a Chinese property consultant picked at me skin once and exclaimed “But you’re not of Indian origin or Indian anyway! Your skin is yellow!”
But you get the picture.
And being his girlfriend is Chinese, well . . .
For those that don’t know, he’s of the same bent of mind as my Dad (who I obviously don’t agree with on anything) and is a firm believer in the philosophy of “keep the wife happy, and the family will be happy”.
My father never tired of telling me that growing up, and internally, I remember thinking what a crock of BS it was.
I mean, why does just ONE person have to be happy?
Unless you’re a masochist, of course, and funnily enough most . . . ah, but I best not go there ! ?
Anyway, that’s pretty much the reason he’s never visited, though he’ll never admit it.
I mean, dude.
He tells me that “it’s not because of her! She will do it if I tell her!”
Well, it doesn’t quite seem that way!
Back in the day, he once sourced some stuff from India, ostensibly for her and himself as well.
I still remember that night in September 2016 I believe it was . . .
“Are you sure you can trust me to do this?” I asked before accepting the money his girlfriend sent me (apparently he was too toasted to do it at that point).
We hadn’t met at that point, so it was a perfectly legit question, I’d say . . .
“Of course I can!”
And then we decided upon what exactly they wanted and if I could source it (after tutoring his girlfriend on how to “send the money” – don’t ask – long story).
We got everything he wanted. My wife did most of the shopping and when we met months later, I handed his stuff over to him.
And as expected, all went well. At that point, at least it did.
A month or so later, what happened was EXACTLY what I thought MIGHT Happen when I accepted Charles’s cash (which is why I was leery of doing so in the first place).
Apparently his girlfriend thought I “skimmed off the top” when getting them stuff.
God knows why, but that’s what she thought.
Actually I DO KNOW why, but we will get into that later!
There are few things that offend me more than being called a cheat and dishonest, my friend. Because if there are two things I ain’t, it is those two things!
EVERY time some of his money was used, I sent him a PROPER accounting. I still remember navigating in the car through the cows on the road, hehe, and sending Charles a message about it on wechat . . .
EVERY DAMN TIME.
And funnily enough, the guy himelf told us that “don’t worry about it! We don’t need an exact accounting!”
“If there is something you want to do for yourself with the money, do it provided it’s a little bit!”
(what he was indirectly saying is feel free to charge commission)
And I didn’t. What we did was use probably 7-8% of the money and use it to buy groceries etc instead of “splurging on a nice dinner” as Charles suggested (and he was right to say it, actually; at that point he was doing the right thing) so as to be as economical as possible. For obvious reasons.
And so, when months later this girl got back with her bombshell, I told my wife about it.
“Hmmmpph! If she thinks it’s too expensive, tell her to come here and buy it herself”
I don’t agree with most of my family on many things (as you know!) but I HAD to agree with my wife on this one.
“I can’t”, I laughed. “That’s not my job!”
“Why is she on your wechat anyway”, my wife fumed.
“Uh, because she sent me the money” . . .
And before it led to a fight I deleted the lady off my list, which is fine of course, since I didn’t know her from Adam other than the fact that she was a buddy’s girlfriend (and didn’t think highly of me to say the least, hehe).
Funnily enough, if you’d ask me if I was upset at her for thinking that way?
That’s just how the Chinese are, my friend.
John McIntosh, a past client of mine once told me that there was a time in his life he was a real estate agent and he closed a deal (to sell a large house).
“Done deal”, he told them.
“Cool! Let’s go to dinner!” the female half of the couple said.
They did, and guess what.
All throughout dinner these guys pestered John to lower the price even more, though it was a done deal!
There is a saying in mainland China which goes somewhat like this: contracts are worth nothing, maybe less than toilet paper.
And they ARE worth less than that!
Anyway, as I told my wife, the girls’ never been out of China most likely other than a trip or two to neighboring countries.
But for a man like Charles to not say anything about it was just . . . WRONG.
Given the very proper accounting he got.
Given everything HE SAID HIMSELF about it to me!
And so forth.
And given the current mess going on between India and China, you’d think he’d bother to “support the country he claims to love so much and wants to visit”.
Nothing doing. Lips sealed. If anything he’s probably even more vocal about saying the rogue nation is always right, and to hell with the rest of the world.
And being this is a dude that calls the Global Times China a “reliable source of information” (it’s about as reliable, or maybe even less than The Sun in the U.K. to say the least and has been designated and rightly so a propaganda outlet in the U.S.) . . .
Oh well. I rest my case. But really, dude.
If you really want to visit the country then quit talking and back up your talk with ACTION.
If you love the country, and you think, like you said all those years ago “The Indian are the ones who really have their shit together!” - - then PROVE it – NOW.
Crickets, I’m sure, but oh well.
Anyway, lest you think I’ve not been on this side of the equation, think again my friend.
Think several times!
Back in 1999 (long time ago, I know, hehe) my gym going roommate once got back from the gym.
And yours truly was lounging about with a beer in hand, lazy as usual (that was me back then! Hehe).
At the age of 19.
“I need to get in shape too”, I began half heartedly before I was cut off by my roomie.
“But you’ll never do it, will you”, he said.
And the excuse I made was so stupid that I wont’ mention it here.
Lets just say it makes what Charles says look like the most logical thing ever.
In fact it was so silly that I didn’t even say it outright, but my roomie KNEW . . .
Anyway . . . !!!
Point of me saying all this?
IS the obvious, for one. If you’re saying you want to do something, then do it, and fitness is the same damn way.
Don’t say you want to lose weight or “really need to lose weight” and then by your actions do the exact OPPOSITE of what you need to be doing.
If you really want that X shape to your body, or V shape to your back, then just DO WHAT needs to be done.
If you want to do pull-ups, then quit making excuses about being a so called big guy. Get your ass in shape and start to DO PULL-UPS!
And so forth.
And . . . before I finish this very lengthy piece off, it would NOT be complete without mentioning a person who is the exact opposite of the person(s) I’ve mentioned above.
A true WINNER in life, and a true FITNESS afficiando.
And I mean that!
Charles Mitchell, a long term customer of mine often tells me he’ll buy a certain book from me.
And without exception, he does it. In fact he’s probably bought the vast majority of my books already!
And he doesn’t just buy the books.
He does what I want MORE people to do i.e. actually DO the exercises, and get back with REAL feedback on them!
Let’s fact it, folks.
Simply buying the book doesn’t “walk the talk”. You have to DO what the books say, or there is no point.
And he does it, and then some!
Truly a man that MEANS what he says, and backs up his talk with REAL ACTION, and I commend you for that Charles! ?
And last, but not least, believe it or not, HE is the one responsible for me finally (after the space of a couple of months) getting my next book off the ground.
Sure, I’ve been busy. Sure, that other biz is eating up time. Yada, nada, schnada.
No excuses tho my friend!
And it was after his second email urging me to DO IT (and he’s RIGHT!) because I’m the real deal, and so forth, that I finally got around to getting some real work done on the book on isometrics.
And being I live in the flow, Animal Kingdom workouts is what came next!
THAT book will be the next one out, and believe it, it will have elements of isometrics and STATIC holds to it - - as well as plyometrics.
Alright, my friend. I’m almost at 2000 words again I see. Lets see how many people jump ship after reading this one, hehe.
P.S. – If you haven’t already, go HERE to pick up the 0 Excuses Fitness System. But remember. ACTIONS count, and if you’re just going to buy the product and do exactly squat all with it, then you might as well NOT invest in it. I only want people that are SERIOUS and COMMITTED To making a change in their life and fitness - - for the BETTER - - to have this, or any of my other products!
P.S #2 – As for Animal Kingdom Workouts, it would be DONE by now, but I’ve been wrestling with a mighty annoying problem all afternoon. My computer froze every time I right clicked on anything, and took forever to start back up. Don’t ask, hehe. More bugs in Win Blows. And I’m damned lucky I’ve got an I.T background or I wouldn’t know what the heck was going on!
(Edit – since this was written BEFORE the book was out - - and it IS out now - - HERE is the link for the book. If you got through all of what I said above, you deserve it! ?).
P.P.S – All seems to be on track now, including workouts, and I got done with a super one today. More on that soon! ?
I got the idea to write this to you as I was working out today.
As usual, a solid workout that left me sweating and burning FAT for way longer than it should have (or shouldn’t, hehe, depending upon what and how you look at it!).
And before I start, let me warn you. This is a LONG post, and much like the last one I did up will probably offended the “drooping lilies” and “wallflowers” amongst you. As well as the liberals, hehe. Big time.
And the China tom tommers. And probably just about everyone else with no sense, hehe.
Disclaimer out of the way, let me sink my CHOPS into this. YEE- HAW!
(Sorry, couldn’t resist! ?).
What should we start with, I’m thinking.
Let’s start with the Chinese foreign ministry and it’s most vocal “spokesperson” (read hired stooge).
This joker probably needs no introduction to those of you that have been following the news and his stupid, asinine and ridiculous tweets which place him right up there with the Grade A Hannibal Lecters (minus the physicality and BRAIN) locked away in Baltimore, MD. Hehe.
Some of the stuff he tweets is just so stupid that it begs you to say “WTF” (even if you don’t swear!).
And his latest tweet on the India-China situation, and the Chinese being “concerned” over the Chinese app ban in India as the latest step towards eliminating the rogue dragon from everyone’s life (as well as his demand that India be “responsible for Chinese apps” or some such B.S.) really led me to think he’s on speed (in addition to being an obvious paid stooge not to be taken at face value, or at all).
Unless fraternizing with or otherwise listening to self righteous pompus (and self ENTITLED) jackasses bray on is your thang . . .
China calling India out.
I mean, give me a break.
China complaining as usual about being the “victim” and attempting to play said card yet again.
The above x2.
China calling the kettle black. Par for the course.
And the latest is just so idiotic I couldn’t help but goggle.
A country that blocks pretty much any and all the whole internet is getting their knickers in a twist about their neighbor very rightfully blocking some of their spyware.
For those that don’t know, I’ve been a very vocal critic of Chinese apps since the start. WeChat, for one, is loaded with irritating, schooboyish spyware and buggy design etc that causes it fill up your phone space rapidly.
As opposed to more sane apps like Whatsapp etc (I’ve been using it for years and it’s yet to fill up 1 GB. WeChat fills up several gigs just in DAYS).
And that’s one reason (other than the obvious) that I said the app ban was a good thing.
And of course the China tom tommers jumped on the “nutjob” bandwagon almost instantly!
“Whatsapp sucks!” was the first comment I got . . . (and no, it doesn’t. Use WeChat for any length of time, and you’ll see what I mean!).
Anyway, why do I bring this up?
For the sheer brazen effrontery and the lunacy behind what he said. The obvious lunacy. And I don’t mean the person who said Whatsapp sucked!
But then again, that shouldn’t come as a surprise to those of you that have been in or otherwise dealt with the vast bulk of mainland Chinese.
Think it’s just politics, as the Chinese like to say when attempting to deflect blame?
Think again. In fact, think several times.
“Self entitled” is an adjective that describes the vast majority of mainland Chinese to a T, my friend (not to mention “brainwashed” and the “money is God” mentality which I referred to in an earlier post and for which Deng Xiaoping is WRONGLY blamed).
Sorry if that offends, but it’s nigh on TRUE.
And it’s no surprise that the “little emperor” mentality (i.e self entitled KIDS) is also a huge problem in China. Guess where those kids learn from.
Don’t believe me?
Try this one on for starters.
In my last apartment in China, I had a problem with the neighbors parking their shoe rack RIGHT OUTSIDE my apartment.
And while I politely told them at the time of moving in to move it, they didn’t.
Now it wasn’t “right outside” the apartment. It was a few feet away, so I still had space for my own stuff.
But, they were IN MY SPACE, and INTRUDING upon MY SPACE.
Something I paid rent on a monthly basis for, and amazingly enough this continued for a couple of months until I got “the red ass” and complained to my landlady.
Her response was that she would go to the management and “hope” that the problem got resolved.
Hope?? Huh?? I mean, lady, I’m paying RENT here, and you hope that the neighbors don’t intrude upon my space??
When asked, their stock answer always is “He’s not living with a huge family so he doesn’t need the space”.
Um . . . first thing you know, it hardly matters whether I’m a single man living in a palace or a shed.
If I paid for it, its MY SPACE. End of story. I Could care less which neighbor feels entitled to more space that they did NOT pay for (and didn’t bother asking me politely for, in which case funnily enough I’d probably agree!) and need for whatever ridiculous reason.
Anyway, then landlady tried to coerce me to “pay the utilities for that month first before we went to the management office” (despite said utils being due at the end of the month).
I refused, of course.
And pretty much told her I wouldn’t pay her any more rent either if the damn problem wasn’t fixed.
And it was the next day.
Think that was a one off?
In the apartment BEFORE that one, same problem. And same issue, except in that case the landlady tried to support me, but the management wouldn’t.
Apparently lady next door could hog all my space for her stuff but I couldn’t even place a potted plant outside my door or my workout shoes out to dry . . .
And again, I dug my heels in.
Refused to budge.
Balaam’s ass I can be at times!
And the lady eventually got pissed off when the management decided there was no point badgering me and started to badger her, saying if she did the right thing first, then I’d do it too.
My own space. No I wouldn’t!
And in a huff, one fine day she moved out.
Little does she know, of course, she has an entire book dedicated to her (not fitness obviously). And I’m making GOOD money off that book, hehe. Always on the outlook for an opportunity I am ain’t it?
How dare he, I hear the righteous nutjobs saying.
Well, I DID DARE, and I did it. Brazenly.
But hold on. On to story #2. Get a coffee, my friend. This is a long one!
So, I’ve spoken at length about the travails I’ve been experiencing with the last web host and just how brazenly unprofessional these guys are.
Not to mention scammers and BULLIES, but we will get into that below.
These guys, FWIW, would take my site down EVERY few days, and leave it offline for hours. When it WAS up, it would be slow as molasses. Think more than a few people accessing it, and the whole damned thing freezing up.
When I’d contact them about it, without exception, every time they would get back with “don’t get on chat with us! We’re busy! Send us a ticket!”
Huh?? Busy?? For live chat which is THERE to listen to customers and their complaints or reports??
As for tickets, they would never ever get back before a day or two, if even that. In an industry where 15 minutes is the NORM, not the exception . . .
The final straw came when they brazenly up and redirected my domain to a competitor site in the guise of fixing a problem.
And when they claimed for the nth time that “Data loss was no problem!”
Yes, that’s what they said!
“Oh, it’s just 2 or 3 days worth of data lost during the move!”
(this when they’d move servers willy nilly without bothering to even inform the customer. And data loss while moving servers, and it not being their problem??)
But wait. It gets better. I won’t expound more on the past here, but for those interested – check out the post HERE –https://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1811052&p=10241613#post10241613
I moved away from these guys, of course, and the current web host is the exact opposite.
I’ve got nothing but good words to say about them and their staff. So amazingly professional and courteous they are that I find myself sometimes wondering if they’re for real. Maybe Ive just been out of the US of A for too long and forgotten what REAL customer service is like!
These guys are based out of the US of A, yes, and I cannot say enough good things about them. In fact, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been using them, and I’ve already given them a LONG testimonial - - a glowing one, something I never ever do in that short a time frame, and rightfully so!
As for the last host, I still host a client site with them.
And today, as usual, it was down. As it has been for the past 3 days.
Red ass again, folks.
Got in touch with them. Asked them to read a ticket I sent, and their response was - - you keep bringing up old issues! We resolved that months ago!
(and it was just a couple of weeks ago to be frank).
And it wasn’t that issue. They didn’t even bother reading the ticket.
Asked them to fix the problem, which was to be honest such a schoolboyish issue that even yours truly could have fixed it if I had the necessary permissions etc.
“You know everything, don’t you!” was their response.
“Oh that’s right! You know everything!”
And amazingly enough after this, they wanted me to upgrade to a more powerful server despite their stunning lack of service!
All I was doing was trying to back up my site, and their system wouldn’t let me.
Hmm. Their hosting would be “due” in a month or so. Coercive bullying, anyone? I wonder if they’re Chinese owned . . .
And when I asked them to back it up, something that can be done with a mouse click and takes nary but s few minutes, they took more than 20 minutes to even start.
I got aggrieved, and tried again.
And got this from them
“Who do you think you are? You’re backing up your own sites!”
I couldn’t believe I read that right, so I re-read.
And I did read it right the first time!
Venkat (their rep) probably has no clue, but I emailed the entire chat transcript to myself, and it’s been saved for posterity on my hard drive and elsewhere as well.
Lets forget for a minute I’m a paying customer.
And I am.
Let’s take into account the hassle these guys create for their customers and the brazen nature in which issues are ignored when brought up!
And when they’re confronted about it, that’s the response they give. Now you understand why I wonder if they’re Chinese owned, hehe.
My friend (or perhaps friend before) Charles had this to say about ‘em the last time this happened.
“Get used to it! There’s nothing you can do! They took your money, and . . . “
He DID say he felt my frustration, of course, but this sort of response is the exact reason why people and companies are getting more and more brazen about lack of service (those that don’t give a rip about customers that is).
Um, no, Charles, there IS plenty I can do . . .
(Curiously enough Charles had a similar situation where his landlady gypped him out of some money and he moved heaven and earth to get it back as opposed to resort to the “there’s nothing I can do” thing. OF course, in that case he wasn’t the one who had to actually resort to EFFORT to get it done . . .
But still . . . I mean, Jesus. I’m paying, and there’s nothing I can do?? Get real, man. Seriously).
And now that we’re past all this, why do I bring it up?
Well, first because being brazen is something I highly advocate in terms of marketing.
And if done right, it can reap rich dividends. HUGE ones in fact. (and I should know, hehe).
But ONLY IF done right.
And most people don’t do it right.
Simply copying someone else’s style doesn’t make you right, my friend. It has the potential to actually drive people AWAY . . . Just look at what is happening with mainland China as a prime example!
(And Donald Trump’s soaring approval ratings).
And the main fact is this.
You can be brazen, but end of the day, what is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong.
It’ sjust as simple as that.
And if you’re on the wrong side of the equation, expect your brazenness to cause YOU trouble down the line, not anyone else!
Lots of people have asked me how to market their stuff the way I do, and my answer has always been (until now) – easy as pie.
And it is, if you know how!
But as of late, I’ve been thinking.
Since so many people want to know, I’ve been doing that as part of my coaching program, and currently I’m communicating with no less than FIVE people that are interested in these services.
Drop me a line here if you so choose,and we’ll go from there.
Whoa. The first marketing link in over 2000 words. So much for Rahul just “sending emails to make sales”.
Which he does, to be frank!! Heh.
And on that contradictory note, I’m out. Back soon!
P.S – Does the landlady situation I mentioned above sound like the current China-India situation? Intruding and being brazen about it. Bullying. And so forth. You be the judge!
P.S #2 – Client site will soon be sitting on another server. The hosting company there knows about the last host, and in one word, this is what they said “absolutely outrageous!”.
P.P.S – We are supposed to be taking the pictures for “Animal Kingdom Workouts” today. See how that goes, or if! ?
This morning I was engaged in some “silent” meditation while pouring out my Chinese puh-er tea.
This afternoon, I should really say, being that yours truly woke up at the grand ole hour of 12 noon, and then jumped straight INTO IT . . .
And what I was thinking about was the people that (in general) when told to do something (something that is good for them) will naturally balk at the advice.
The human mind truly DOES look for a bazillion and one reasons to NOT do the thing as opposed to the one reason why you CAN and SHOULD do the thing. Napoleon Hill wrote about this in Think and Grow Rich, and he is right.
Especially when the person in front of you isn’t a millionaire and giving you advice.
It matters not, of course, that he lives on his own terms and he’s doing (obviously) better than the person who is receiving the advice (which while free is often worth as much if not more than paid advice!).
Well, I take that back . . . somewhat.
What you’ll get from the 0 Excuses Ship, for instance, is unparalleled value in all regards and it ain’t something you can just get from my books and courses or the daily newsletters (which are all GREAT, don’t get me wrong, but there is always a next level, and this is that!).
But I’m saying when I talk to friends, or perhaps customers that have now become friends , and perhaps some of the closest friends I have . . . I just say what I would to a PAYING customer (in that regard).
And if that advice is ignored, well . . .
And on that topic, it brought to mind the following.
How do YOU want to be remembered when you depart the world on a physical plane?
Or, death, if you prefer that word! I prefer the former as I don’t believe the soul ever dies. I used to be PETRIFIED of dying when I was young, by the way.
I still remember my Dad consoling my 4 year old self when I was watching a movie of someone dying in the hospital.
I was worried that I’d “die very soon”, and “someday”.
And my Dad said don’t worry, there is a long time yet for you!
Indeed, my friend. And over the past few years (since 2017 actually, back when I really diversified my ventures and really got going on 0 Excuses Fitness) I have completely lost any and all fear of death.
Like Napoelon Hill said its nothing to be feared. You don’t fear sleeping, do you?
Then why would you fear death?
It’s an eternal sleep, filled with dreams galore as your soul waits to be “reincarnated” on a physical plane.
No, I am not wearing saffron robes and standing on one leg when saying this!
I’m drinking my very Chinese tea (yes, the antics of the CCP doesn’t mean I hate the country in general, which might come across as mind blowing to many, but it’s true).
If I hated it, I’d never spend as much time as I have in in the country and its just that simple.
Anyway, so when Napoleon Hill was talking to Carnegie about his mission in life, Carnegie informed him that the mission was to study 500 successful people from all angles and regards, and compile the world’s first exhaustive manuals on SUCCESS.
No-one had done it before him.
And, as Carnegie told Hill, the job wasn’t easy.
IT would take at least 20 years, and towards the end of that 20 years, he’d find out what his OTHER SELF is (something I’ve written about galore before).
And he’d have to earn his own living while he went about this work, as this sort of work is rarely, if ever, profitable at the outset (Carnegie’s words).
And perhaps most tellingly, he wouldn’t receive any recognition for his work until YEARS after his death.
And astoundingly enough or maybe not, all of that came true!
Napoleon Hill (along with the lesser known Claude Bristol who is really my all time favorite) is THE source of inspiration and motivation that most people look up these days when you talk about self help.
Sure, we have Tony Robbins. Donald Trump’s pastor. A host of other motivational so called “gurus”, but while not all acknowledge WHERE they learnt their stuff, some do.
It’s Hill’s work, without exception, which years after his death has left a legacy most people would struggle to even begin to match.
That brings me to another point, which is sometimes a bone of contention with me for folks.
I’ve often been called “spiritual” and very motivational (these are the kinder names on that list, hehe).
And a lot more along those lines. The real deal. And so forth.
And . . . I’ve never once shied away from mentioning who I learnt my stuff from.
We all learn, and constantly keep learning, and for the life of me I can’t understand why people are scared of losing business if they give credit to the person they got the info from (who has probably given credit to the person HE got the info from!).
If anything, it’s the opposite.
Anyway, the question begets.
How do YOU want to be remembered after you go?
After you “depart”, as I like to say?
Write back - - and let me know!
P.S. – I could tell you how I want to be remembered, but that would defeat the very purpose of this email which is to ask YOU your thoughts. Let me know!
P.S #2 – Here is where you can grab our highly inspirational and motivational products that WILL turbo charge you along the path to success in both life and FITNESS -https://0excusesfitness.com/products/
P.P.S - At the time of writing this, I'm 70 percent through with writing Animal Kingdom Workouts - the NEXT book out from yours truly. The book on isometrics is also "in the works" as we speak. But the former will be the first out. Now it's time to get the pictures taken, edited etc before I can get it online. See how that goes! ;)