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Friday, 11 September 2020 09:59

The one thing I will NEVER EVER compromise on . . .

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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”.

Hmmm….

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?

Yeah.

I thought so!

Look, dude.

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? ?

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

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!

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.

Awesome.

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 . . .

Great day.

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!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – Here is where you can check out the 0 Excuses Fitness System.

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 08:33

You have to take a side . . . or DO YOU?

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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?

Nope.

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! ?

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

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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Sunday, 23 August 2020 06:31

“You need to be challenged”

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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???”

My response?

“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.

Big time.

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!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – Be challenged, my friend, and be challenged to be a BETTER You. And our products will guide you every step of the way!

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 08:01

When times are a ROLLING easy . . . .

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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!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

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.

Sunday, 09 August 2020 08:19

Visiting VS LIVING. Talking (or READING) vs doing

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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?

Hell no.

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?

Simple.

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!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

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.

Sunday, 26 July 2020 13:44

We all had humble beginnings . . .

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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.

Just 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?

Same thing.

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”?

Hell yeah.

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!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

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Sunday, 19 July 2020 10:40

On black lives matter, and MORE!

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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?

YES.

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.

Black people.

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.

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

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.

Saturday, 18 July 2020 09:45

Why I don’t have a relationship with my family

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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?

Manifold.

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!

Best

Rahul Mookerjee

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Oh boy.

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.

Furious.

“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!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

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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.

Upward!

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