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So I must admit it.
Can’t figure it out.
Don’t understand just what the heck the leader of India, an Asian giant and an economic powerhouse at that is thinking . . .
You on the list no doubt know about the Chinese aggression (completely unwarranted and brutal at that) that took place in the Galwan Valley between India and China last month, and (unless you’ve been living under a rock) are well aware of the Chinese atrocities committed at home (Ughur Muslims, dissidents, just about anyone that “She the pooh” doesn’t agree with) and the aggression against ALL it’s neighbors.
It doesn’t matter if we’re talking a rogue nation that capsized a Vietnam fishing boat recently. (Perhaps that’s what prompted the Russians to quietly step in into Vietnam’s waters and make sure that the oil rich waters around there aren’t used exclusively by the PRC!).
It doesn’t matter if we’re talking border disputes with all it’s neighbors.
Audacious land grabs in Nepal and Bhutan (two tiny Himalayan states without the muscle to stand up to the big bully). Disputes with Japan and the Phillipines. And of course, the eternal Taiwan issue.
And most recently, the brazenly audacious law passed in HK that pretty much criminalizes even yours truly sitting here writing about it (actually, if any of the reporters that wrote the pieces that you read about all this passed through HK right about now, they’d probably be hauled in too!).
Things are just getting more and more unbelievable in 2020, my friend. Truly the year of the survivor as I predicted way back in March . . .
Anyway, as far as PM Modi is concerned, the most shocking decision was apparently reached by both the Indian and Chinese yesterday (or thereabouts). A decision that (as usual) blatantly favors the rogues and aggressors, and (as usual) leaves India at a massive, glaring, disadvantage.
What the Chinese have been doing for AGES in India is salami slicing territory away based on vague claims that are NOT supported in any way, shape or form (other than the rubbish the PRC pulls out of his ass as “supporting documents”).
They essentially intrude, claim the land they intruded upon, and then (after a lengthy brouhaha) apparently “retreat” - - and then promptly start to claim the land AROUND which they made the initial claim.
And before you know it, in all the round table discussions, and the meaningless Chinese style of discussion that ensures that ALL discussions go round and round in circles with NO meaningful (if any at all) agreements being reached, the land somehow becomes “disputed territory claimed by the Chinese” as opposed to another sovereign country’s territory.
And they advance again. Salami slice again. And so it goes and so it HAS been going for ages with ALL neighbors; not just India.
You’d think they’d be scared of the Russians, but recently an even more audacious claim was made about the Russian city of Vladivostok I believe belonging to them! Not to mention the entire country of Kazakhstan.
I can only thank Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo for being the two world leaders bold enough to take a stance, and come out and say it, since no-one else apparently is!
And that’s pretty much Trump in my opinion is the BEST LEADER the WORLD has ever seen, hands down.
He’s sent into those two big boys into the Taiwan Straits for a reason my friend. Each of them has enough firepower to destroy a small nation, and it is NOT a coincidence that the Chinese FM issued a statement shortly thereafter saying “we were never trying to outdo the US!”
Anyway, back to Modi.
The agreement negotiated this time is apparently that the LAC over which the skirmish occurred remains what it was before the fight broke out, but this time there will be a buffer zone of 1.5 km on BOTH SIDES OF IT, into which neither army can intrude.
This LAC, by the way is a line that has been “pushed inwards” by the Chinese over the years, and India under Modi in years gone by finally took a stance, and started to patrol right along the LAC to ensure no more salami slicing took place.
The Chinese aren’t losing in any which way. In fact they haven’t even retreated from all the positions that they took over, and have actually fortified themselves along some of them, notably the lake in that area (I forget the name, but it’s a very beautiful lake indeed!).
And the Indians?
They’re being forced to build a buffer zone on their OWN LAND.
And in all this, PM Modi is strangely silent.
You see him doing yoga in the mountains and chanting “Om”. (the chant the yogis used while meditating apparently).
All well and good mi amigo, but when someone’s got a gun to your head, all the yoga in the world ain’t gonna save your ass.
And though the Indian army has apparently been given “carte blanche” to respond to the cHinese, the ground realities do NOT reflect this fact.
Lots of people are angry.
Some claim Modi has sold out.
Some claim Modi is SCARED of China.
Some claim he’s in cahoots with them.
And ludicrious though these Bolton like claims sound, some of it might have some standing knowing how politicians in general are but I aint convinced.
Not by a long shot.
The same Modi that brazenly and RIGHTLY responded to the URI terror attacks with a surgical strike that left the rest of the world in NO doubt about the “new India”.
The same Modi that stood the Chinese down and again, rightly so in 2017 in Doklam (Bhutan) when they were attempting to bully them (of course, they ended up retreating and then grabbing territory right AROUND the “disputed area” anyway, so who was the real winner?)
And the same Modi that ordered air strikes in retaliation for the Pulwana terror attack.
And the same Modi, of course that was wayyyyy back in the day refused a visa by the U.S. for his alleged involvement (actually, it’s “alleged” on paper; the people involved know what actually happened!) in the Gujarat communal riots way back in the day.
Just what the heck is going on?
If he’s sold out - - well, that didn’t seem apparently during 2017. And for some reason, my gut tells me that he hasn’t.
There is more going on than meets the eye here my friend.
The Chinese could not beat the Indians in an all out war, else they would have done so years ago, and while this isn’t a military blog, I’ll be more than happy to tell you WHY if you’re so interested, but for now, that’s the fact for as it stands.
The last battle they fought was with Vietnam which their mini skirt wearing soldiers (sorry Xi, but that was just ludicrious last year during the National Day parade) lost, and how . . .
Economically, the virus the Chinese introduced has weakened the entire planet.
And so maybe, just maybe, Modi is buying time . . . but again, that don’t make sense.
The Chinese have been hit hard too, except they don’t admit it. And their so called giant economy is a house of cards waiting to topple. Believe me, those numbers they put out are SO far away from the truth it ain’t even funny (and hence the actions taken against their own people that CALL Them out for the liars and bullies they are).
So I don’t get it my friend. Especially not now, when the time is ripe, and there has never been a better time to take down the wannabe “Hitler” that is threatening not just country but as Pompeo (I believe) correctly said and as yours truly has been blathering on for ages about, the WHOLE WORLD!
I don’t get it.
IF you do, let me know what is happening! ?
Anyway, this applies to fitness too. And how you ask?
Well, look at what is going on RIGHT NOW.
As the lockdowns etc quietly come back into place in many areas, people are sitting at home, scared, and getting FATTER than ever.
Many console themselves by looking at the ever expanding bulge in the mirror and saying “it’s ok. Its just for now. Times are tough! I’ll get fit later…”
Well, guess what my friend.
That weight is salami slicing your V shape off, and much like the territory the Chinese gobble up regularly, it ain’t gonna be easy getting it back.
It’s far easier to halt the fat when it’s piling on as opposed to AFTER it’s piled on.
Can it be done?
But it’s a lot easier to do it when the “iron is hot” so to speak, and when the belly fat is in it’s NASCENT Stages.
Ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away. It just makes it worse.
Ditto for weak links in your body, my friend. Ignoring them doesn’t make them stronger. It makes them WEAKER.
And that’s precisely why I’ve come out with Animal Kingdom Workouts - - a book that will truly challenge you and take your workouts to the next level, and strengthen EVERY muscle and tendon in your body like never before.
IF you thought what I gave you in Advanced Hill Training was tough, well, you’ll be BLOWN away at what I give you here my friend.
Quite literally so!
And fat on your body will become a thing of the past so quickly that you won’t even know where said fat went.
Or how it piled on in the first place.
Anyway, this piece is getting too long. Double my normal “length”, so I’ll end it here.
But think about everything I’ve said here my friend. YES - - this sort of thing DOES impact us all and the sooner we ALL COLLECTIVELY speak up as the FREE (and HEALTHY! ?)WORLD - - the better!
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P.S #2 – Kiddie Fitness is another course that has been really getting great reviews. Here is where you can grab this - - https://0excusesfitness.com/kiddie-fitness/
P.P.S – Xi is often called “Winne the Pooh” in the mainland (albeit quietly, hehe) hence the “She” up there! ?
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! ;)
This one may come across as a bit of a strange thing to say, but bear with me (as usual,hehe).
I’ve often spoken about the power of dreams, both dreams you have when you’re awake, and when you’re FAST ASLEEP.
And with regard to the latter, I have often spoken about the vivid and very colorful indeed dreams I have, and how not just MOST of the time, but ALL the time, they’ve given me valuable information to use in my daily life.
Or, predicted events that would occur later.
In certain cases (a guy named Jack Lin being one prime example) showed me people and told me names in a way I couldn’t recognize from Adam at the time of the dream, people who I ended up meeting and working for weeks or months later.
In the case of Jack Lin, I actually did some work for him three weeks or so after having the dream which was set in a bar where “Charles” (and I know many people by that name!) asked me to go with him to Jack Lin’s bar.
That was the dream, and if knowing the result you have any doubts that the subconscious thinks in pictures, well, there is proof enough.
It was actually FATE that introduced me to a guy named Jack Lin and a guy named Tim who ultimately ended up recommending me . . .
Anyway, the point of me saying all this?
Often times, I have dreams - - multiple and seemingly unconnected dreams.
First good, second bad. Or the second terrible, and the first and third awesome.
OR a combo therein.
And what happens ALL of the time is things come true per these dreams, but they do so, almost inevitably in reverse.
What I dream about the first usually happens last, sometimes even before the “fag” end of the day!
And what I dream about “last” happens FIRST.
And that’s how it’s always been for me.
Again, point of me bringing this up you ask?
Well, simple enough, pally. FITNESS is the same!
Most people think “six pack” or “muscular sides” when they think fitness (any sort of fitness – and lets face it, even the so called “I’m a big guy, not fat!” crowd wants just that).
If they didn’t, they wouldn’t . . . ah, but we went there, did we not. Hehe. In a prior email or many . . .
After that, it’s usually big arms. Or muscle on the chest.
Then the upper back.
And then “solid legs and thighs”. Perhaps the “diamond shaped calves” (most ignore that part of the body altogether!).
And guess what comes first.
If you guessed legs, you’d be right.
Guess what comes second.
IF you guessed BACK, you’d be right!
The specifics differ for each person, of course, but by and large, your body whips the most important parts of you into shape - - in that order.
And so it should be, my friend!
And that’s truly how dreams come true - - of any nature.
Get the most important things out of the way first.
Do the heavy lifting and SPADEWORK FIRST.
Set a solid base!
And once you’re past all that, focus on the smaller things you want to get done.
And this is sage advice that not just me, but anyone that’s achieved anything of note will tell you and then some!
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When my daughter was about 3 (I believe, or maybe 4), there was a guy in her class that was repeatedly “harassing” her and a lot of other students (as much as a slightly older 4 year old can harass)
One fine day, I went to pick up my daughter from school.
The two were talking, apparently happily so.
OK . . .
Suddenly, out of the blue, the guy whacked my daughter. Hard.
She looked at me and started crying.
His father was there, and he stared at me, and did nothing. Didn’t even reprimand his child.
I just had to speak up.
“Honey, slap him back”
“What” my daughter wailed.
“Hit him back. Now!” I said sternly. “Papa is right here with you!”
She stepped forward, hit the much bigger guy, and HE started wailing, and his dad took him away.
And that was the end of that. I’ve never heard any complaints from here about him again!
I was bullied a lot in school myself, so when I see something like this happening, especially to my daughter, my hackles rise. And rightly so. Bullies should not and cannot be tolerated!
This sort of bullying when the person grows up leads to OTHER and more serious crimes as an adult.
If you were to look at the histories of most psychopathic killers, you’ll see one thing.
They were either bullies in school, or (in some cases) they GOT bullied repeatedly. Not good either way!
In terms of yours truly and the bullying suffered by me in school, unfortunately I didn’t receive much support at home. If anything, my mother often put me down (when I was trying to get stronger) with statements like “He thinks he’s too strong!” and while that wasn’t her conscious intention to do so (in her mind she was just making a remark which didn’t affect me), the result was the same.
Zero confidence in many regards growing up, not to mention my family has never been the physical sort. Always the “solve it via non-violence” sort, and that’s not a good thing always. IN fact, I can remember a coupla instances where I really got it at home for striking . . . BACK at someone who was badgering up and down and taking him to the cleaners.
I still remember that gorilla grip around his neck, hehe, that caused his Dad to show up at school and complain.
Of course, when I got my eye busted in school did anyone show up to complain?
No way, Jose.
Anyway, enough of that.
In Rocky V, the upstart boxer gorging on Adrian’s sphagetti the first night in Rocky’s place had THIS to say when he saw his kid come back from school with massive bruises on his cheek (from a school bully that punched him, took his jacket and lunch money).
His mom was the pacifist sort.
“I’ll go to school and complain!”
“No, Mom, don’t” replied the kid irritably and I can understand why . . .
And the upstart pipes up.
“Just hit him. Pop him like a balloon, and he’ll go away”.
What do you mean, asks kid.
“Well, when I was growing up my Dad once beat me so hard I could barely walk for two days. And every time I got into the boxing ring thereafter, when I see my opponent in front of me, I see my Dad. Kinda sick, but it works for me!”
(That’s the sum and substance of it, and for the verbatim comment, you may want to check out the movie, hehe).
But the point stands.
Pop the bullies, and hit them where it hurts, and they usually go away in a hurry, never to return.
Other hand, if you take it, and don’t fight back, guess what happens.
You get more of the same.
And as a certain rogue nation continues to act like a rogue with its neighbors, most notably India, this is something the Indian think tank should bear in mind when finally replying to them (which they will - - matter of time now if the rogue actor – well said Pompeo! – isn’t brought to heel soon).
And that’s that for this post, my friend.
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Lots of men think that “it’s the modern day world” and they don’t need to be strong and fit like their ancestors. And if you’re part of that think tank, I think - - and know - - you’re WRONG.
I wrote about 2020 being the year of the survivor, and the way events have transpired until now? You be the judge!
September will truly be a month of reckoning though. Let’s see how it goes!
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I don’t know if I’ve written on this before but keeping up with the Jones (or as the Brits from what I understand said it) – the “Joneses”, hehe, is a habit that the vast majority of sheeple out there have and is best AVOIDED.
I HAVE written about it before, I think.
Anyway, for whatever reason, as I watched my wife boil eggs this afternoon, something came to mind.
Wayyyyy back in the day in 2009 I believe yours truly bought a flat screen T.V. (those were apparently the rage back then).
45 inch IIRC or I think 58. I really can’t remember, even though it’s sitting right in front of me right now!
Now, you on this list know the sort of relationship yours truly has with his parents (and as for my wife, apparently ZERO relationship after we got married against her family’s wishes – boy I Could write tomes – and an entire “Bollywood” movie probably on that, hehe) . . .
But at that point, the relationship wasn’t -5 on a 1 to 10 level as it is now. It was at 1, perhaps . . . for a reason you will understand soon.
So when talking to my Dad I tell him we bought a T.V.!
“Great”, he says.
And nothing else, and then the conversation ended shortly thereafter.
A few days later, he calls me up out of the blue.
“We bought a new T.V too!” he triumphantly said as if it were a competition.
And as if it was a GOOD thing. I can tell you one damned thing the TV in my apartment right NOW is NOT working, and I have NO plans to get it repaired. Ugh, if there is something I hate more than anything it’s the inane nonsense that goes on all day long on the boob tube!
Sure, it does on mobile phones as well, but at least those have headphones (when my beloved wife actually uses them, hehe).
“Ours is 2 inches bigger than yours!” I still remember him saying
My first instinct was to tell him – Dad – who CARES?
Way back in the day when I was a kid, I was afflicted with this syndrome as well. Growing up, we had like one air conditioning unit at home, while friends had three.
Those old window A/C’s . . . hehe.
And I told my Dad once “Their house has three A/C’s! Ours only has one”.
Being I was seven years old at the time he got back with a sage response saying “It doesn’t matter how many A/C’s they have! What matters is how well you do in your studies!”
OK, fair enough. And yet, years later . . .
Back to 2011 (or 2010?? Can’t remember?), when yours truly bought a dishwasher for his wife, it was something UNHEARD of in India at the time. Literally.
It had just come out on the market at a reasonable price, and to yours truly whose been using ‘em for years (since I was 19, actually) going out and picking one up was no biggie, even with the extra expense.
My Mom showed up, of course, to tell me otherwise.
“IT’s a huge investment! Don’t buy it!” she cautioned.
“Um, why?” I asked.
And there was no reason given than the above, and a few years, later, guess who bought a new dishwasher.
And the most mind boggling part of all this?
Is not the keeping up with the Rahul’s part (I still remember the “you have more money in your bank account than I did at my age!” comment my Dad made at the age of 23 as if I didn’t deserve it, hehe).
It’s the part about when I needed help financially, they were never ever there.
And yet, when we DO NOT need help financially, they’re throwing things at us left right and center despite being politely requested not to do so, and if we say anything?
Crickets, or angry, meaningless baritone yells of “This is how it’s gonna be!”
If there is anything more weird than this, let me know! Or if you guys have family situations like this . . . truly mind boggling.
And fitness wise, same damned thing.
When you GET fit, you’ll have the all those that previously laughed at you jump over to your side and shake your hand, and ask you to participate in their workouts.
Which I never did when it happened to me . . .
When you LOSE that weight, you’ll have the nutzos that told you about “belles hanging down ponderously beyond your nether regions (ok, my Dad didn’t say it that way, but he DID say it despite having a bigger belly on him himself!) . . . “yes, you’re the fittest you’ve ever been!”
And yet, when you needed their help back when you started where were they?
This holds true for life, fitness, or anything, and is a prime example of what Napoelon Hill once famously said about NOT telling the world about your goals.
Tell the world what you’re going to do, but show it first!
And that’s today’s tip. In terms of pushups, if you’ve got a goal to bang out a 100 without stopping – a worthy goal indeed – as many of you DO have – then go for it.
But don’t announce it just as yet - - except to yours truly if you do want to ?.
Get it done first – and watch the world follow you thereafter!
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So I was bitching about my second job wayyyyy back in the day after I was laid off from the first.
A job that offered better pay and perks than the first in many ways, and was certainly a step up in many regards, but also a job where (at least I felt) yours truly was being asked to take on a lot more than the pay warranted.
That’s of course something that is no surprise to the employers (most!) that have employed me in the past, hehe.
I’ve made no secret of my “If you want that amount of work - - then you PAY - - and do so FIRST” .
My Dad had a different take on it though.
“You have to do the work first, and do it for years BEFORE you’ll get commensurate pay”, he contended.
Oh, really. I remember thinking. Well, that ain’t happening.
And a quick look through my very storied job past (when I DID work for others) will show the veracity of what I just said.
“You have to show leadership FIRST”, my Dad continued.
Although I disagreed with him at that point, over the past few years, I’ve come to the realization that that above statement is ONE (of VERY FEW INDEED) thing I do agree with him about (we don’t talk, so . . .).
Cindy, the lady that took the 0 Excuses Fitness videos and with whom I recently had a spat about her insistence on my products “should be cheaper” (I don’t think so!) said this about me once when I asked her for help.
She was unable to offer it at that time, but then said this.
“You’ll be fine! You’re a writer, and a fighter . . . “
Vincent, a friend of mine and the U.S. Marine (ex) I have referred to so often (and the person that headlines Gorilla Grip, and rightfully so!) once told me the following.
“You’re a goddamned survivor!” (And that comment rang SO true to me that I was compelled to write a post on it, hehe).
When discussing fighting and other related topics, I made it very clear that HE Had way more knowledge on any of that than I did.
“Man, you should put some products together on your knowledge and sell ‘em”, I remember saying. “I would help you get the writing and marketing part done if you needed it, but you probably don’t!”
He said he didn’t have the confidence to do it (at least back then).
Remember this man has been through countless wars, and is a true survivor in EVERY sense of the word. He’s got physical skills that the average man or gym bro can only DREAM of. And that isn’t me saying it because he is, as I’ve often said, a brother from another mother, but because it is TRUE.
“You know more than you let on”, he once laughingly remarked.
But the RING of truth as he himself once said was there in what he said, and the rest of the above comments too.
The RING OF TRUTH, and doing (and saying) the RIGHT THING . . .
Anyway, all of these people were spot on; in fact MORE THAN they KNOW (or knew at the time of saying it). Quite literally.
The pen is mightier than the sword, they say, don’t they?
Not always, my friend.
While the pen can indeed cut swathes through minds and THINKING (the most important), there comes a time when the SWORD must be wielded, and done so with CANDOR, VALOR and VIGOR.
If the pen was indeed always mightier, India, for one, would never have won its independence under Gandhi, who is often touted to be the father of the nation.
Men like Subhash Chandra Bose, Shahid Bhagat Singh and countless others are the FORGOTTEN heroes that went to BATTLE and actually laid most of the groundwork for what Gandhi did post-their work.
As the world grapples with an obvious crisis, or several in the making, I have this to say.
It isn’t about me or you necessarily (though it IS if you think about it).
It isn’t about my products for sure (hence there will be NO marketing link in this email).
It’s not about business.
IT’s about doing the right thing.
What is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong, my friend. There are no two way around that!
If you were to ask ANY world leader right now (sans perhaps TWO), including Trump, Modi, Pompeo, or any other nation, they’d all tell you one thing.
“Do the right thing”.
Unfortunately we cannot say that (any longer) to a certain rogue nation that has taken advantage (stunningly so) of the world’s kindness and leeway in allowing it years and years years to do the right thing, and it’s done the precise and absolute opposite.
With impunity at that.
It stops now, but this piece is not necessary about confrontation.
It’s about asking YOU, the reader, no matter where you’re at . . . to STAND UP - - be COUNTED - - and to DO THE RIGHT THING.
I don’t need to spell out what that right thing is, I’m sure. If I do, I’m talking to the wrong people.
Back last year in December I pointed out and realized that something that had been brewing for ages was going to come to a head, and my actions leading until Jan 8, 2020 (which I ain’t gonna detail here) PROVE it.
Guess what happened two weeks later.
I wrote about the year 2020 being the year of the SURVIVOR, and was roundly laughed at and lambasted.
What does he know, most people said (not all, but most).
And yet, right now, what is happening?
I’ve said for ages that Sep 2020 is going to be a time of reckoning for the world at large in more ways than one.
People still laugh for whatever reason when they hear this . . .
Laugh all you like, my friend.
But all of this (and to a lot, it might come across as incoherent babble; so be it) wouldn’t be complete without saying something that a friend of mine Charles once told me when we were discussing how (damn near) it’s impossible to TRUST people these days on anything.
“Why can’t people just all get along?”
“Why can’t everyone just do the right thing?”
The first statement was made by him w.r.t something I cannot recall now, but the second was made when I state it was.
And as I close this one off, there is NO better note than to close it off. I know NOT where he stands on the current issues, and he probably won’t tell me either, which is fine.
Do the right thing, my friend. You can never go wrong that way.
P.S. – My heartfelt condolences (along with an entire nation) to the Indian soldiers recently martyred along the border. May God (of whichever hue) be with your souls.
P.S. – Carol, a long time . . . well, I better not go there ended a “relationship” because she wanted to “do the right thing”. She is Chinese. There was probably NOTHING more dear to her at that point than the relationship (in many regards). There are good people everywhere, and then there are the morons that attempt to control the already weak minded . . .
RISE UP, WORLD!