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And receiving, receiving way, way more than you expected (and in forms you never thought possible!)!
When I first started 0 Excuses Fitness, I was “eagerly waiting for customers”. Every day, I’d check my email to see if I had new customers, and how many.
I’d check it every so often during the day on all my various channels.
I’d even check occasionally in the middle of the night so “hungry” for success (at that particular endavor at that time) was I.
Now, this approach paid dividends, sure.
But do you know when my sales really started shooting through the ROOF?
When I really started meeting customers that form the very nucleus of my busines, the very CORE – customers that are REPEAT customers, own most of my books an dcourses and aren’t just avidly waiting for my next product; they’re on TENTERHOOKS For it!
When I truly let go.
And I’ve written a lot about this before.
When you let go is when your desires start to manifest my friend, and the more you let go, the more EFFORTLESSLY and often (amazingly enough) QUICKER than you thought possible.
The more you TRULY LET GO!
And most people no matter how smart or disciplined have a very hard time truly letting go of something they truly DESIRE.
Now to the unschooled, this may sound like a bunch of baloney.
But bear with me my friend.
Yes, if you really, really really want something youll obsess about it. As Napoleon Hill said, it’s impossible to really HAVE anything unless you work up DESIRE for that thing, a WHITE HOT SPARK of desire!
That could be via sexual transmutation. Could be via working out. Could be via just wanting the thing or occurrence or event so damned BAD!
Any which way, really.
But the other side of the coin is knowing when enough is enough.
And letting go.
Truly letting go, which means “stop caring about the outcome”, and HAVE FAITH!
Believe me, there is no desire small or big enough for the Universe to accomplish.
You get what you put into it, first of all.
Second, you only get once you show that you truly don’t “care” (even though you do).
If you’re desperately running after something, chances are you ain’t gona get it.
And if you telegraph “want” as opposed to “need” to the Universe, then guess what.
It will sense both those thing s (or the presence of the former, and the lack of the latter, or vice versa) and respond accordingly.
Like a well oiled machine, the best of them all!
I can recall so many instances of this.
Take for instance a year or so ago
I was craving some pizza. Big effing time!
Some GOOD pizza.
I could literally TASTE and smell the damn thing - - so badly did I want it!
And within 3 days of having this desire Marc the African silverback gorilla “just so happened” to invite me out for pizza – on him!
I had never spoken to him about this before.
I was going to buy a pair of shoes later that year I really wanted, but for some reason Amazon didn’t have ‘em.
And guess what.
Within a WEEK of that desire being telegraphed, the shoes showed up - - from a different source - - at less than half the cost without me even buying em!
Mysterious indeed are the ways of the Universe, my friend, and it’s only when we accept what is, and accept that we have to have FAITH is that when things truly start to turn around for us.
ALL of us, regardless of what we’re into.
And it’s the same with fitness.
Have faith you’ll get a 100 pushups in a row.
Have faith the fingertip pushups will get easier.
Have faith the belly of Buddha will go away.
Provided you put in the hard yards, telegraph intention to the Universe, and truly do let go, there ain’t nothing “impossible” for you my friend – in any sphere of life, and I mean that from the bottom of my very heart!
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I feel it. Oh boy, yes, I do!
And I’m sure you have too on occasion.
Have you ever woken upon one fine morning (or afternoon, as the case might be) and felt something POSITIVE?
Felt overwhelmingly POSITIVE (this goes for an “el groucho” like yours truly as well, hehe).
Felt like things were just going to WORK OUT SOMEHOW!
Felt like you were on top of the world?
You probably have. And while truth be told, this is how you should wake up EACH morning, not all of us do.
For most of us, those days are far and few in between.
Anyway, this isn’t so much about . . . ah, but let me say what I want to first.
Back in December last year, I was faced with a problem that it would take a while to detail here.
I was working willy nilly non stop on it all week, and on a Sunday at that, I was working LITERALLY NON STOP to solve it.
Like 18 hours of the day workday (which I do NOT do normally).
And it was frustrating,
I must admit I cursed all throughout the day, albeit to myself.
I was irritated. Tired. The “fuck it” all feeling.
And so forth.
And as I drank a couple of beers at the end of it all, I said the hell with it, and meant it. Literally.
The next morning, as I climbed my favorite hill out there, I just FELT GOOD all of a sudden.
Go get ‘em feeling!
Like it was just going to workout!
Work out . . . hehe. Is it a coincindence it came out that way and I have one of the best damn workouts that day – or today for that matter? ?
(Such is life when writing in the flow, but hey . . . ).
And as I finished my workout, things went swimmingly well.
Two of the issues I was working on got solved. And an idea that I got during my workout helped me solve the third, and off it was to Hong kOng that day, I believe . . .
Yesterday was yet one of these days for me, and I was FRUSTRATED to the extreme.
And yet, today when I woke up, right about at the “bright early hour” of 1130 AM or so, or perhaps 12 noon after NOT having slept until 4 AM last night (or so) . . . I am LOVING it!
That exuberant feeling is going full blast, and I have no doubt something good will happen today.
Something that will propel me forward towards my goals.
And what is common between now and the other day I mentioned?
Well, it is this.
Work on a problem intensely, my friend. I mean REAL INTENSELY. I m ean REALLY!
IT has to be ALL you think about – literally – for the ENTIRE DAY!
And the “how’s” of that aren’t as important as the why.
I don’t care how you do it, but DO IT – and convince the subconscious that THIS is a problem that HAS TO BE SOLVED NO MATTER WHAT!
And the way you do that is REPETITION my friend.
Claude Bristol when writing about the amazing powers of the subconscious wrote about the “tap tap” technique where he compared “drilling the idea into the deepest depths” of the subconscious to machine gun’s relentless “firing” that eventually achieves the desired result.
Or perhaps the way locomotives move, or perhaps the “Drip drip drip” Chinese torture techniques they used in ancient days.
Say a lie enough times, and you’ll start to think it’s true. And so forth.
Repetition truly is the cadence of the Universe my friend. And if you TRULY CARE about something and convince the subconscious of it, then that problem WILL BE SOLVED.
One way or the other, and I don’t care how it happens. It’ll happen!
And it’s happened on NUMEROUS occasions throughout my entire life my friend.
Now, does this apply to fitness you ask?
You bet it does.
And it applies to ANY exercise, no matter how tough.
REALLY, REALLY want to get good at pull-ups? Then do what I did and what I mention in “Pull-ups from DUD to STUD within weeks” – and NOT just the physical part. There is a reason I revamped and repriced the original (yes, it’s MORE expensive now) to include the mental side of this and that’s why I’m writing to you about this now!
REALLY want to get to 500 Hindu squats in a row? Well, goodie. The trick that is mentioned as the FIRST commandment of Physical Training in the 0 Excuses Fitness System is a must do, and if it worked for Tracy - - it will work for YOU TOO.
Give it a try. Let me know how you do!
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This is an interesting subject, and one I’ve not spoken about at length . . . a lot, at least.
And while I’ve often said that its better to have dreams that sound outrageous (if that’s what you REALLY want to accomplish) and visualize the same repetitively, there is a CATCH.
First, you see yourself where you are NOW in relation to your end goal, my friend.
So if your dream is doing a 100 pushups daily for an entire year, for instance, then you do a reality check and visualize (consciously) where you’re at NOW.
And contrary to popular thinking, visualizing isn’t just done consciously in pictorial terms.
YES, I advocate doing so. YES, it can really amp your results . . . and YES, everyone should be doing it regardless of their current status or goal or whatever it is, because the minute you stop aiming is the minute you stagnate.
As Claude Bristol put it, Success is a matter of never ending application. The minute you stop to rest on your laurels is the minute it takes wings and flies away.
99% verbatim that quote!
But the point I’m trying to make is this, that often times, and for many people (perhaps not all) the goal itself needs to be a manageable one.
Don’t get me wrong.
If your goal is to do 100 pull-ups per workout, by all means have that goal and visualize it, but an “achievable” goal – one that you CAN do, or see yourself doing very very soon is key as well in addition to this.
What do I mean and why am I saying this?
Well, I’ll give you a few examples!
When I was on my way to doing 500 rope jumps per set, for instance (not per workout, per SET) and doing so in decent time, I often thought about getting to that number when I could barely do 100 straight QUICK.
Invariably, and most of the time, I’d fail, often before 100 as well.
But I really started to get results when I thought of getting to 120 per set.
Doing that for a while.
Then getting to 150 per set. And so forth.
These goals didn’t “scare” me as opposed to the “oh my god” involuntary feeling that I got when I thought “500” (although that WAS the ultimate goal and I DID get there).
It’s not just about eating a bear a bite at a time. It’s about eating a slightly bigger bear a somewhat bigger bite at a time.
Milo and the calf.
Progressive overload - - the mental aspect of this while you do what you can NOW.
And so forth. Your beliefs will naturally start to upgrade to the point that your end goal, for instance, stops scaring you and at that point you’ll likely have achieved it or probably will very soon!
And the entire process will be painless as compared to if you do it the other way.
Don’t get me wrong.
Both ways can work depending upon your psyche, but I’ve found way #2 to be far better most of the time.
Now, bear in mind this applies to anything in life.
Business? If you want to make a $1000 bucks a day, and are making barely that in two months now, for instance, then think of making $100 per day first, and work towards THAT. Or $50 per day.
Once you get there, you work UP.
Writing, you ask?
Believe me, I didn’t start out hammering out (for my other venture) 20000 plus words in one day and cranking out books that sell that quickly from the get-go.
Initially when I really got into writing it was an average of 3000 words per day which is still way more than most people can bear to do (or think of).
But for me, its always been something I ENJOY, so . . .
As Cindy so adroitly put it.
You’re a writer, and a fighter!
And this fighter has this to say: upgrade your beliefs NATURALLY my friend.
Don’t force it.
Don’t be itching to jump WAY out of your comfort zone from the get go.
Instead focus on small goals, and ticking them off as you go along.
This advice is contrary to that which most self help gurrrrrruuuuuuuuuussss give you, but it’s TRUE my friend.
Apply it, and see how far you go!
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Boy oh boy!
From “American dog” (which I wrote about a long time ago on Medium) to being called an
“Indian Nazi” . . . and more!
Quite a journey eh, and probably #101 on the list of the already very long and burgeoning list of names I’ve been called.
My first thought upon looking at that was “dude keep going”.
As the Chinese say “add oil”. Or “Jia you” (apparently a Wuhan version of “keeping on going” when the CCP unleashed the Chinese virus on their unfortunate souls).
And yes, while I don’t call it Kung Flu, Prez Trump is right for using the term, and I can understand why.
Anyway . . . why was I called this beautiful term?
Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess, given my posts about China and their Nazi like behavior in general.
And being I’m NOT the sort of people to shy away from calling a spade a spade, and for those of you that still buy into the liberal koolaid of “China didn’t spread the virus”, well, here are some facts.
They didn’t just know and spread the virus. They DEVELOPED it. The initial strain came from Saudi Arabia, and was modified by none other than the mainland Chinese. It’s not a coincidence that there are bio war fare labs a short distance away from the market at Wuhan, for one.
Second, their illegal claims in the East Sea (I’d rather use that term than the south China sea) . . .
Secretary Pompeo and a host of international rulings and disputes have done a great job of pointing those out, but if there ever a parallel to Nazi like behavior before WWII, THIS is it.
Not to mention their constant land grabs in India. India trusts them (naively) and they laugh at India and simply move their armies in and refuse to budge despite the so called “negotiations”.
India is probably finally beginning to really start to amp the pressure on them though, and it’s long overdue. That’s the LAST missing piece in the puzzle – a resurgent India despite all its problems (a lot self created to be honest) and America and the ROW together, and we’ll finally see the end of the CCP.
As should be. Enough truly is enough!
Oh, and did I mention what they’re doing to the Ughur Muslims of China, practices such as forced sterilization, forced labor (since their own Han Chinese are too lazy to do any real work other than copy and paste), mass indoctrination, a refusal to allow them to follow their own religion, and worse?
Need I continue?
IF Hitler is to be called the worst pestilence of the modern era (and he WAS, most likely!), then it would be a folly not to put the CCP in the same bracket, perhaps even MORE SO.
The above are just three glaring examples, by the way. I could and have ranted before about their virulent racism to anyone non Han Chinese and their own people. Their shockingly entitled attitude. And their idiotic manner of making centuries old claims and then bullying whoever they can to GET those claims “vilified”.
Did I use the right word?
Nah, and I’m sure the grammar Nazis will have me for it.
But really. Hong Kong for one while it’s a Chinee issue was handed over by the Republic Of China, NOT the CCP, and therefore should have gone back to them if one were to really look at “historical claims”, and yet, do we see it going back to Taiwan anytime soon?
I think not!
Anyway, why do I bring this up.
Because anytime you say it like it is, my friend, people are going to get PISSED off.
And part of the reason Donald Trump for one is so successful is because he simply doesn’t CARE what people think or say of him (much like the CCP, except they’ve been secretly caring for a while now!).
And yours truly has always been the same way.
I don’t care if I get called a buffoon (someone called me just that) for claiming pushups were far more useful and better than bench presses with the bros.
My last email on CONTINUITY (the sheer power of it) got a lot of likes, and positive comments.
And MORE than a few unsubscribes.
“Who do you think you are to call us out”, ranted one person. “Not everyone has a nice life like you where they can do what they like!”
It’s amazing perhaps, but yes, that was a response to the above email, meaningless as it is. I really did hit a chord eh.
As I apparently did with my recent comments on China.
More to come in both regards.
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PS #2 – Here is what a long term customer had to say about the email on continuity, and this is a man that KNOWS what he BE Talking about. Read, and digest!
Amen. No truer words were ever spoken! Why do you think the military special forces train PT every day. Love your emails. Very motivational. You are the man!
PPS – The read part holds doubly true for the nutjobs on LinkedIn who do the precise opposite while copying AND pasting what the CCP told them to . . .
If you’re working on a goal, and your “here and now” bothers you to the point where you can’t look forward to, visualize or take action on your future, then guess what.
You’re either not cut out for success, or you’re not going to make it.
Sorry if that sounds harsh, but it’s true.
And you’re not alone either.
And you certainly are in EXALTED company as well in that nigh on everyone feels this way at a certain point or the other when working towards success at anything!
Believe me, I’m sure there were times Napoleon Hill just wanted to throw in the towel and give it all up (and he actually DID give up for a while too before being reminded of his true calling, and how!).
I’m sure Henry Ford would be the first to tell you, as Steve Jobs and Jack Ma have, that the dark days are really what teach you far more than success ever does or could.
If you don’t have the dark, there will never ever be a true dawn.
And the darker the night, the brighter the dawn my friend.
But still, despite the words, many people get frustrated.
If you’re sitting in a studio apartment with a laptop (that you bought on credit or borrowed) and that damn thing is on a table so flimsy that it’s almost crashing through, then “success” might look like a long, long way away.
But it isn’t, my friend.
The above example is from a millionaire writer and fitness guru’s life, but there are plenty such examples.
Sylvester Stallone, for instance, slept on the streets of New York for two weeks at a time where he had NOTHING, or less than it.
Ford was bankrupt twice (and no, no angel investors bailed him out either in that day and age).
And so forth.
Yet, despite all the tough times, they found it in themselves to keep going.
To keep being persistence, or should I say KEEP THE FIRES OF DESIRE AND PERSISTENCE burning within!
And we all know what the above people and many others I have not named here accomplished, don’t we?
Successful people are rarely, if ever, born with a silver spoon in their mouths.
And if they are, they HAVE been through the grinder several times and then some (Donald Trump being one prime example).
Despite Trumps family fortune, the fact is that his Dad bailed him out ONCE.
And if you were take a look at the very lengthy list of failures Trump has had before finally succeeding . . . .well, you’ll know what I mean by that!
Fitness wise you ask?
I was NOT born genetically gifited. If anything, and I’ve stated this publicly, it’s the opposite (until this day).
I am NOT naturally strong.
I do NOT have a “naturally strong” grip. I do have a strong grip yes, but boy did I work for it and then some!
Same thing with my fitness.
At a weight of 120 kgs, which my family sometimes still giggles about, hehe (in a good natured manner, and I mean my wife and kid) turning into the fitness monster I am now seemed and probably was to all observing an impossibility.
Much like me farting and landing on the moon is . . .
But it happened, didn’t it?
While I took the actions required, the KEY is something else my friend.
It’s being willing to look beyond the here and now and see the future in your MIND BEFORE it happens.
I did that, and we all see the result.
And that applies to you as well, in ANYTHING you’re looking to do or accomplish. And I mean that!
Do we all get frustrated occasionally? Down? Depressed? IN the “fuck it all mood”?
But the point isn’t that.
That will happen.
Its about how you RESPOND To that in the long term, my friend.
If you give in, and stop DOING, then you’ll never get there.
Other hand, if you breeze past a bad day or a couple and get back to it - - business as usual - - then I think we BOTH know which direction you’re headed.
And I should know. Oh yes.
I should know, and on that note – it’s adios for now. Back soon!
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Over the past few weeks, or months I should say, I’ve been paring down my contact list in all regards even more dramatically.
Used to be I could count on the fingers of hand people I’d regard as being close friends.
And now, it’s more like a couple of fingers . . .
I don’t know why, but people have not just stopped (or aren’t) saying it like it is anymore out of FEAR.
Fear of being lumped into XYZ category, or perhaps offending people, or perhaps being polarizing, or perhaps (most commonly) been “seen” differently than they’d “like to be”.
Truth be told, this has been going on for donkey’s years, of course, but whats different now you ask?
Well, the few people (or almost all of them at any rate) that DID say it like is apparently aren’t any more, and not even privately, which is sad.
I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out what I’m hinting at my friend.
The China-zi issue . . .
And no for those of you that think “it’ll hopefully go away” or “it won’t escalate”, I got two words for ya.
Not necessarily what you might think either! ?
Let me repeat that.
It won’t just like the Nazis never “went away” until they were MADE to.
Then there are those with businesses in mainland China or connections of other nature (family, investments, homes etc).
And they aren’t saying it like it for fear of reprisal from you know who.
Well, first thing I got to say about that is that if you’re that scared of reprisal, and don’t get me wrong, it’s very real given what China does, that probably isn’t the right place for you long term (unless gulags and forced labor are your thing).
And second, more importantly, if you think business wise it will be “all good” and the Chinese won’t take it over, think again.
Think several times.
For starters, any sort of real business in China requires a Chinese partner.
And there haven tons of cases where that partner just flat out took over the company and there was nothing the other person (or people) could do about it.
And THESE days, it’s about the CCP just grabbing it once it gets big enough.
And parroting it as “their own”.
They’ll let you do the hard work. The hard yards.
And just as you get big enough, they’ll invoke some obscure law or something (much like their obscure and meaningless territorial claims) and just GRAB it.
Or kick you out. Period.
Look at what happened to Uber, for one. It didn’t leave on it’s own.
Carrefour . . .
Plenty of other businesses, and on a smaller scale, you may want to read Mark Kitto’s piece on “you’ll never be Chinese” (Google if you need to).
And while I can understand not coming out publicly about it, privately??
Those that privately say nothing about this sort of thing are no longer on my contacts list, I’ll tell you this much.
No, the problem ain’t going away my friend.
No, the problem can’t “wait until the fight is at your doorstep”. It already IS IN MANY ways, and while it’s being pushed back vigorously, it hasn’t gone away by any means.
And other than Prez Trump, Secretary Pompeo (both of whom I applaud whole heartedly for saying things as they are), I see precious few people saying it like it is.
This includes world leaders.
Angela Merkel for one . . . Surprising that Germany isn’t saying anything, or maybe not??
And of course, PM Modi’s curious absence and silence given the Chinese aren’t just not vacating what they took from India, but will probably move in FURTHER as time passes (not a lot of it at that).
Ignoring a problem never makes it go away.
It only EXCABERATES it my friend.
And a lot of people are starting to rant about the ideological side behind this.
And how it shouldn’t be that way.
I can understand everything not being taken from that standpoint, but certain things have to be.
Let’s take a look at the racism row in the U.S. right now.
At the core of it, racism is wrong aint it?
Showl is, I hear you say.
Then isn’t China-Nazism or Nazim or any similar ideology WRONG?
Communism is fine if you’re into it and don’t try and impose yourself on others, but clearly that ain’t what is happening with the CCP!
Anyway, that’s my take on it.
And yes, I WILL Continue to take a stance.
The more people that speak up the better, and if you think your voice don’t count, think again.
Every little bit helps, and no, it doesn’t benefit me financially in case you’re wondering or hurt me.
In fact, and funnily enough certain people have “threatened” to get off my list and “not buy” for my political posts as of late.
And that’s perfectly fine. The vast majority of those people were talkers, not doers.
There WERE a couple of doers, but if my political stance offends you that much, so be it.
I’d rather do the right thing and speak up my friend. As YOU SHOULD, because believe me, this affects everyone.
That holds true for fitness as well.
Your inaction right NOW (if that’s the case) will cost you dear down the line my friend in terms of fitness too.
“Putting it off until tomorrow”?
Tomorrow usually never comes, and those that do know that very well at the core! ?
And so forth for strength training, weight loss and all that.
I WILL continue to say it like is and I WILL Continue to take a stance; not just have an opinion. The time for “just an opinion” is long gone in my opinion.
And that’s that for now.
Stay tuned for another blast on BAREFOOT training and more on what I wrote about before my goddamned computer crashed. GOtta love Winblows!
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If there is one incident that illustrates perfectly the sheer PRACTICALITY of the Napoleon Hill saying “Every adversity, every misfortune, every unfortunate occurrence carries within in it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit”, it is what is going on in the world today.
Note that the great man did NOT say the flower of full blown success, but the seed from which said plant may be said to germinate.
And astounding as it might sound, the current India – China conflict going on that yours truly has written so much about is a perfect example of this.
Now don’t get me wrong, first off.
Lots of people think I “want” war between the two nations and more.
You couldn’t be more wrong if you thought so my friend. Or if you think so. Or if you even think so in the tiniest bit, way, shape or form.
Unfortunately, sometimes harsh steps need to be taken in order to contain a growing menace that knows no limits and has NO mercy whatsoever. And the same can be said of this conflict.
Everyone knows why, so I won’t get into that here, but rest assured that it’s almost inevitable it will happen.
And the world will get dragged into it, big time.
Do I want it? No. Would I be glad to be proven wrong? Hell yeah! (yes, Charles, there are no prizes for being right as you keep telling me, but are there any for being WRONG? I never did get an answer to that! ?).
But anyway . . .
If there is one truism that emerges from all this, it is what the late Deng Xiaoping, truly a great leader had to say on China back in the day.
And it’s imperialist and other ambitions.
Hide your strength, bide your time
I have made NO secret of the FACT that I don’t regard the CCP and Chinese leadership in general as being even human, let alone have a shred of respect for them.
I don’t, due to obvious reasons.
But, and this alone will probably cause most people reading this to hit “unsubscribe”, he was the very best leader China has ever had. Certainly better than Mao and Xi Jingping, both of whom fit the “buffoon” category perfectly (the former in some ways more so than the latter, but not a lot more).
Conversely, Deng was a practical man.
And it is HE that caused China to literally emerge from the ashes and turn into the rogue nation it is today . . . or should I say, have the economic heft to try and be one.
It is HE that almost single handedly pulled almost a billion plus people out of abject poverty.
And were his methods pretty?
Do I support Tinanemen? Do I support the one child policy? Do I support the hukous system?
But in that day and age, those sort of drastic actions had to be taken and he made those tough decisions, and look where China is today.
And he was a huge, huge proponent of “hiding your strengths and biding your time” until it truly WAS or IS time to reveal them strengths.
Which is a different way of saying what Napoleon Hill did.
“Tell the world what you’re going to do, but show it first!”
AT the right time . . .
And ole Deng, I can promise you, would probably be turning over in his grave right about now if he knew what was going on now.
Ole Deng was NOT a proponent of “imperialism”. Economically, YES, he wanted China to be a force to be reckoned with and then some, much like Japan.
But nothing further than that, I truly believe, and yes, I can’t prove it, but not everything HAS to be proven.
And if China truly was the economic superpower it claims to be, things would have fallen into place a long time ago. It isn’t, and they haven’t, and . . .
But anyway, Deng as I’ve said before is NOT the person responsible for the “Get rich at any costs” or the “To be rich is glorious” sayings both of which are INCORRECTLY attributed to him.
I’ve written about it on both the blogs, but the translation of what he said was “If some people get rich, that is a good thing”.
And he said that w.r.t opening the country up economically, and he was dead on RIGHT.
And he was even righter (is that even a word? Hehe) about the “hide your strength, bide your time” thingy.
When someone comes up to you as you’re starting a goal, or on your way there telling you “you’ll never get there”, or “you’ll never lose that weight”, or “you’ll never be strong enough”, or any of the other BS you might expect, one response might be to tell them (as I wrote in the last email) to go to hell.
Straight to hell.
Do so, but do so mentally, my friend.
Let the naysayers neigh, and always remember, any time someone says “no” they have themselves activated a large percentage of the forces responsible for you to do the exact opposite, and then some.
IT’s happened to me on so many occasiona I can hardly recount them all!
Same thing applies to fitness.
If the studs at the gym laugh at the pot belly you’ve got and your inability to do pull-ups, and call you a bonafide DUD at ‘em . . . well, let ‘em.
First thing you know, they’re right.
Second, get cracking on the courses on pull-ups. WORK towards your goal. Before long, you’ll be EQUALLING if not surpassing the braggarts, and that, my friend, will truly be the time to SHOW your strength as opposed to hide it.
There is a time and place for everything!
And by biding your time, and NOT telling the world about your goals or “reacting” when they criticize you or do your best to bring you down (believe me, I should know!) you eliminate any and all NEGATIVE energy that stands between you and your goal.
And channel the remaining bit of it wholeheartedly and FULL BLOODEDLY … into your goal!
And as Maximus Aurelius (I believe) a.k.a Russell Crowe said in the Gladiator,
“And victory shall be mine, in this life or the next!”
Armed with that belief and knowledge, there is nothing that can stand between you and success.
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(Edit – funnily enough it seems, and I’ve been saying this too, that India of all nations is following the “hide your strength, bide your time” maxim right about now. At least I hope that’s what they are doing, notwithstanding what their defence minister said!
Are we (those of subcontinental and Oriental origin) “Really all Asians”?
I’ve often been asked if I’m Chinese in mainland China. “You have yellow skin!”
And ole Deng looks half Indian to me to be honest, if you were to take the eyes away . . . and replace them with “bigger” or closer set eyes. Hehe.
Much like my ex boss Freddie, a great guy of Chinese origin and who was often called Indian!
Anyway, enough rambling on my part. Back soon – but hey – the message STANDS! ?).
While doing my pushups today it struck me that what is currently going on in the world on many fronts - - including the mess that India has currently got itself into (more on that later) with the Chinese, the overrallying cry seems to be “lets do it later”.
Let’s postpone the inevitable, though we all know it’s coming . . .
What do I mean?
Well, this Chinese virus for one.
We all know that the Chinese developed this, spread this and actively worked to not just contain info about it in the initial stages, but also make sure that the virus spread to ALL parts of the world by NOT imposing lockdown style restrictions etc on travel when it first began (when they first engineered it to begin).
And other than Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo and a few others in the current U.S. admin (though that number has increased a lot at the time of writing this) NO-ONE stated the blinding obvious (I should say “yours truly” too here, but hey, I’ll let it slide!).
I still remember the widespread panic that is now being replaced (slowly but surely) by a “resignation to the inevitable”.
Which wouldn’t be so bad if wasn’t accompanied by FEAR.
Hey, let me be very clear and state something I’ve been very clearly and stridently advocating and STATING ever since the madness started.
One, this silly virus only affects people with LOW immunity, and indeed, studies have shown its not just those people, but people with pre-existing serious medical conditions that have been mostly affected.
And out of those people, 1 in 10 people die, and the rest . . . RECOVER.
Am I saying that 1 person isn’t important?
I recently saw that a man who I have known ever since I was a teenager and a man that has always wished the best for me pass away due to the virus. I’ve seen people I know affected by it. Believe me, I’m not making light of the deaths.
But where do we stop my friend?
Panic, and FEAR are indeed the biggest killers, and I’ve written about the mind control that inevitably follows, and . . . . well, you get my drift.
And these silly lockdowns.
You can stop the tide of water behind a dam my friend. The Chinese managed to do it on their mighty Yellow River for ages with the Three Gorges Dam.
And even that dam is showing cracks now.
And when that dam is released, guess what.
The water don’t just go away.
Same thing with the virus. It will and is attacking with all that pent up ferocity now, and combined with the panic that is still spreading willy nilly, it’s doing FAR more to dent recovery of any sort than the actual illness it causes.
And no-one seems to “get it”, least of all States that seem to want shut everything down again, not thinking of livelihoods lost, jobs that may never come back, and so forth.
And in all this, of course. The India-China conflict, and the Chinese bullying.
And most gallingly, India, a nation that CAN AND SHOULD stand up to India not doing so.
PM Modi is hardly to be seen these days, except in poses of him doing yoga, and one “designer photo session” (so it seemed to me!) of him talking to the troops in the mountains and proclaiming that the “world has seen what India can do” and that “the era of expansionism is over”.
Hmmm . . .
All the while, Army senior, or those that USED To be in the Army are publicly calling the government out and rightfully so, because despite all the hoo haa about talks etc going on, the Indian government has quietly accepted the Chinese “claims” and literally given away the biggest slice of territory to China since it gave Aksai Chin away in the 60’s.
Something that could have been avoided easily then. The Indian Air Force, for one stood ready to blast the enemy positions away, but the pacifist government of the time didn’t allow them to fire a single shot!
And we all know what happened thereafter.
The government now is seen as anything but pacifist, but what is happening now is the same.
The Chinese have intruded upon Indian territory, refuse to leave, and have created a buffer zone on INDIAN territory, a fact the Indian mainstream media (mostly all bought or threatened by the Modi government) does NOT want you to hear.
And a fact that many in the Indian Army are DESPERATELY trying to get people to hear.
It’s not for nothing that senior retired Army officers of the rank of Colonel and above have come out and said they’re ASHAMED to be associated with a military as hamstrung as this, ESPECIALLY when the FACT is that India could easily defeat China in a dog fight!
The Indian Air Force is far superior in terms of technology and training, and so is the Navy. Combined, these two (think the Straits of Malacca in addition to the hills) would be more than plenty to stamp the dragon’s economic “might” (so called might) out (and indeed, THAT is why the U.S. has sent them three big and bad boys into the Taiwan Straits right now, so as to ensure the Chinese don’t gain control of it!) out once and for all.
The Army itself is battle hardened, and China’s mini skirt wearing “warriors” aren’t. As for the mini skirt part, just look at their National Day Parade back in October . . .
The most astounding fact is this.
The Chinese are well known for their salami slicing tactics.
They intrude, make some vague claims, refuse to fully retreat, and on the front of it all, they “hold talks”. Talks that last forever and go round and round in circles, and accomplish nothing (a very Chinese way indeed of negotiation) while they themselves quietly prepare for round #2 (and indeed, they have been preparing for this since April this year!).
The Indian think tank knew of it, and did nothing.
And they’re doing nothing NOW.
And lest you think it’ll end here, think again.
There is a very strong parallel, and I’ve said this before between what Nazi Germany did in the months leading up to the Second World War.
They walked into countries that weren’t theirs and took ‘em over, while world powers at the time just “watched”.
They built themselves up using the resources from those countries, and to those in India asking “why is this happening’ - - well - - that’s your answer my friend.
Believe me, the Chinese done ran out of the most important resources there are - - LAND - - and WATER a long time ago, so much so that they’re actually trying to construct “water highways” from certain water rich parts of their country to other more parched areas like the North.
And when I say their country, more than 60% of it isn’t even theirs.
Wasn’t that long ago that Tibet for one was independent and a PEACEFUL buffer state between the two giants, and ditto for Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and the rest (oh, and Hong Kong too in most senses, but not anymore).
And much like the virus lockdowns, delaying the war with China and deluding oneself into thinking that “it’ll stop at tiny land grabs” is postponing the inevitable which is war.
And taking back what they stole . . . from EVERYONE. Not just India.
Much like Nazi Germany didn’t stop at taking over ONE country, China ain’t gonnna be satisfied with one either.
Don’t believe me?
Have you seen what is going on in Nepal, where they walked in and took a border village as theirs?
Have you seen the Bhutan mess (yet again)?
Truly imperialistic nations are NOT satisfied with pithy land grabs.
Those are done to further their overall aims of “world domination” by any means necessary. Could be imperial Britain we’re referring to or Gengis Khan if we go back further, but the point stands.
Mike Pompeo stated that the Indians “did all they could” to counter Chinese aggression.
I laud the man for saying it like it is and highly admire him, but I have to disagree.
The Indian ARMY would have to disagree too, and they are.
A LOT MORE could and should have been done. I mean, this is a country which doesn’t hesitate to order air strikes and “secret incursions” in retaliation for terror attacks on Indian soil (and don’t get me wrong; they shouldn’t!!) and yet when it comes to china doing the same thing on a much grander scale, what do you hear?
(And yes, I know. Pompeo DID say he expected India to do MORE on the open seas. Double kudos Mike!!)
Crickets, and mumbles of “they’re too strong”.
No they’re not.
And even if they were, look how they got there.
Anyone in India, including yours truly has had to LEAVE the country to truly accomplish anything of note.
The same cannot be said for China post 1980’s, where despite all the other BAD things they did, they DID at least create a “free market” of sorts in their own country where they allowed some sort of capitalism to run unfettered.
Why can’t India do the same? Why hasn’t it?
In the 80’s China was actually BEHIND India in many areas, and the economies were roughly the same size despite the Chinese land grabs and despite them having more resources, and despite their reported figures being far MORE then the reality.
Anyway . . . I don’t think I need to say any more, do I?? ?
Simply postponing the inevitable, my friend ain’t gonna work.
And as for those that ask “why do I care”, well, other than the blindingly obvious - - it is THIS.
I’d rather be speaking English going ahead, my friend.
Much like I’d rather NOT have wanted to speak German or Japanese if I was around when the World War took place, if you get my drift!
It sickens me though that there are Westerners out there that publicly decry their own nations while a) accepting MONEY from their own nation’s governments and b) utilizing the benefits that come from having said passports - - and all the time support the rogue Chinese in the hope that their little fantasy worlds teaching English (or whatever it is they’re doing there) won’t suddenly dissolve one day.
Don’t get me wrong.
If you’re there, and you’ve got a thriving business there (or other reasons to be there), by all means stay silent and don’t rock the boat if you don’t want to or otherwise don’t “need to”.
If it privately bothers you, but you don’t feel comfortable taking a stance publicly, hey. By all means don’t. To each his or her own!
But when certain sections of the people PUBLICLY decry their own nations (comments such as “The U.S. is …… and China is where it’s at! Are not just baseless, but sickening as well given these people are accepting benefits and money from the former, not the latter!) and publicly do all they can to appease the rogues, THAT is when I start calling ‘em out for who they are, which is hypocrites with a capital H.
Let me be very clear, my friends.
The threat ain’t going away, and India as the next biggest power in Asia needs to do a LOT MORE to counter China and its expansionism.
Good news is if they do, it ain’t gonna take much. Much like when you pop a bully and he runs for the hills, never to return. The Chinese are the exact same my friend.
And as for those that bring out the (and there is a fair bit of that happening in India as of today) “you’re not an Indian supporter” if you don’t toe the official B.S. lines . . . well, I’m sorry, but that ain’t how things work.
That’s how Communist China works, sure. Not a democracy, and not a vibrant, albeit highly chaotic one at that . . .
And let me ask you this.
Is wanting one’s own land back being “unpatriotic”?
Is wanting not to be bullied “unpatriotic”?
Would you rather believe the Army officers who have been there and done that, so to speak, in terms of actually trying to DO SOMETHING, or the politicians safe and isolated from it all? (or the Chinese, who don’t even publicly acknowledge their dead soldiers, and don’t allow their family to cremate them in a traditional manner, etc for fear of having to “acknowledge the uncomfortable truth” publicly?).
I didn’t think so, and I rest my case. (but I had to say it).
But postponing the inevitable, again, won’t make the problem go away.
It will just INCREASE it if anything.
And fitness is the same damn way.
People in general are getting unhealthier and FATTER by the day.
More frustrated at the lack of direction and apparent control over their lives (and of course, when someone says this for the fact it is, it’s far more convenient to “shoot the messenger” than do anything CONSTRUCTIVE about the real Problem which ain’t the messenger himself or herself).
And when you ask these people what they’re doing about it?
Nothing. Zilch. Zip. Nada. Zero.
“Waiting to see what happens”.
“I’ll get on the exercise tomorrow. Or perhaps day after. Or perhaps next month.
(or perhaps never) . . .
“I’m tired today”
“I deserve a break today!” (no you don’t!)
“I fought with my wife today! I’m mentally exhausted”( ok, I get it, but still . . . )
And so forth.
And all the while, as they postpone their own personal inevitable, the looming reality of the situation looms, not to mention the shirt buttons that start a-poppin and belt buckles that get loosened “on their own” if you catch my drift! ?
Postponing the inevitable never helps, my friend.
Might as well get on it now – and get it over with, or at least get started!
And that’s the most salient and indeed way too long lesson I can give you today. Im pretty sure it will cause some of the lookie lous to unsubscribe from the list, which is fine. As I wrote in another communique, which I have not sent out as yet; if you’re on the list merely for freebies, then you might as well not be there.
Youre merely postponing the . . .
. . . ah, but wait.
We went there, didn’t we?
P.S. – Stop postponing the inevitable, my friend. You KNOW you need the best damn fitness system out there. You KNOW it’s imperative you get that belly under control, and do at least a 100 pushups daily! You KNOW it’s important to be able to do at least ONE PROPER and slow pull-up if not more.
And so forth. . .
Get on the train NOW, my friend. Start right HERE!
P.S #2 – Point of a war, you ask? Well, simple. Take back Indian territory. Take back Tibet, or should I say LIBERATE the damn place. And you’ll see how quickly the Commies fall apart in other areas once that first step (and a most important one given Tibet’s natural resources!) is taken!
P.P.S. – For those that think I’m “B.S’ing”, please do your RESEARCH first and then get back to me on this. There’s no point making idiotic statements such as “China is the next superpower” with nothing to back it up. No it ain’t, and was never in a position to be so either! IF anything, it is India that has most of the characteristics you’d associated with a TRUE superpower “in the making”! Point being, of course, that India needs to (finally, at long last) get rid of the “in the making” tag and replace it with “made” . . . in India, preferably. Hehe.
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.