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! ?).
Or should I say, “family” . . . There is a reason I’m using quotes.
Now, at the outset, I don’t know what prompted me to write this today of all things. I have no idea, literally.
It came to me . . . in the flow.
And when I say family, I’m referring to primarily my parents here. Not my wife or relatives or anything of that nature . . .
It’s something I’ve often talked about, of course. I’ve often said there is virtually nothing I see eye to eye with on my parents, and as Charles (the friend) said “sounds like there is a lot of bad blood for ages between y’all”.
And as Charles, another friend and CUSTOMER once said, they’re your parents. You should try and build a relationship, as they aren’t going to be around forever.
This comment was made in 2017, and it’s sitting on another laptop, so Im not sure if those were the exact words, but I’m pretty sure they WERE.
And he’s right, to an extent, or actually I should say he’s RIGHT for the most part.
Except, when I say that, I’m referring to normal parents.
Those that want their children to actually succeed.
Those that don’t want their children to turn into carbon copies of themselves.
Those that realize their kids have dreams, goals and aspirations.
Perhaps most important, those that realize the power of the subconscious, and the sheer power that parents hold over moulding a child’s brain.
Lots of people look at my kid and claim she’s “too lively” sometimes.
“You need to discipline her more”
And so forth.
And while she does indeed sometimes run amok why don’t we do so?
Because for the most part, we’re teaching her to grow up confident and strong mentally (and physically too - - she’s starting to get forearms bigger than me! Hehe) and that, by far, is the most important gift you could ever give a child my friend.
More than “education” or the joke it’s turned into these days. More than money for sure. More than the latest toys.
It’s confidence, and the KNOWLEDGE that comes from knowing that your parents will stand behind you no matter what.
What do I mean?
Well, before going to college, a well meaning colleague of my Dad once remarked to me “It doesn’t matter what happens, or goes wrong! It doesn’t matter if you get a girl pregnant! The main thing is, you come back and tell your family about it!”
And that is fine and dandy if your family actually CARES, is what I should have told him at that point.
Most worryingly, there are MANY families like this, who subconsciously hinder their children’s growth and amazing though it might sound, COMPETE with their own children!
When we bought a flat sreen TV years ago, my Dad’s next comment a coupl e of days later was “we have a bigger one!” (not his exact words, but the sum and substance).
When I was earning big bucks in mainland China, my Dad had this to say.
“You’ve got a far larger bank account than I did at your age!”
But amazingly enough, NO-ONE pointed me in the direction of doing my own thing. Or in terms of support at anything, except “work a job no matter what” and that is it.
And I think it would be fair to say they didn’t know their own son from Adam, hehe.
In fact, sometimes I wonder if . . . ah, but we best not go there. ?
My mother once admitted to me at the age of 17, “you’re the first kid, and we’ve made mistakes”, and that’s an admission she’s done EVERYTHING to counter since then and very forcefully so that she’s done it.
Anyway there is much much more to this sorry tale, hehe, and the reason I bring it up?
One, because people keep asking.
Two, because a lot of people go through the same thing, and yet think it’s just them it’s happening to.
(and yes, you CAN eventually succeed no matter what!)
Three . . . because, you got it.
It applies to fitness.
The very worst thing you can do, my friend, fitness wise is to have any sort of relationship with folks that don’t believe in you or your goals or your fitness.
It could be my Mom sagely commenting upon “he thinks he’s so strong” at a very impressionable age, or it could be any of the other army of idiots and morons that think “he’s naturally fit” (and that thought he’d never write a book, or do a pull-up, be able to do a 100 pushups etc before I actually did so).
We’re the sum of the people we hang out with the most.
We’re also the sum of the people we follow the most, and believe in the most . . .
And if you want to achieve something; accomplish something, then be prepared to put in the hard yards.
Burn all bridges.
And, as a famous iconoclastic author said on one of his sales page “Tell family, friends and non believers to go straight to HELL”.
And he’s damned right. He struggled for years big time before finally making it to millionaire status.
He knows what he BE talking about.
And so do I, my friend, although I’m nowhere near millionare status . . .
. . . as of NOW!
But my followers are doing all they can to make that happen, hehe. Judging by the testimonials I’m getting for Pushup Central and Advanced Hill Training (and Animal Kingdom Workouts) . . . well, all I can say is I’m GOBSMACKED my friend.
Pick up the courses if you so choose, but for now, that’s a short answer to a complicated question that don’t even begin to cover all bases. I’ll write more on this later. Adios for now though; and I’ll be back soon!
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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.
I recently remembered something a “friend” (I should actually say student of mine) told me once after my nth climb up the hill.
“They’re not really climbing”, she said, pointing to some other folks ascending them steep, steep slopes on a Saturday afternoon in May (and it was HOT my friend. Oh YES!).
It wasn’t just hot. It was one of those hot muggy days where it would occasionally rain for a bit throughout the day.
It would NOT cool down at all after that.
If anything, it would get even more oppressively hotter, and on an “exposed” mountain like I climb, well, trust me - - you’d feel it.
Especially if you climb five times during the day as my “crazy” ass used to, hehe.
I later reduced this to 4 times a day in the morning, but I still felt it, but anyway . . .
This was one of those times I saw Kelly (her name) climbing when I was on my (I think) fourth slog up the hill.
Being she was only halfway up when I finished round #4 and started #5, I figured I’d climb WITH her.
And as we finally reached the top of that hill, I was almost DEAD.
The sweat was pouring off me like nothing before.
I was literally DRIPPING sweat every time I moved - - a shower of sweat as it were.
PUDDLES were forming under me every time I moved. Quite literally, and my shoes were “squelching”.
I don’t know if I mentioned this in “16 inspirational fitness recollections”, but it certainly IS one of them.
And there are a lot more mentioned in that book . . .
And why do I tell you this?
Well, because THOSE are the sort of workouts (and the sort of commitment) that really get you in TOP shape.
That really get the WAIST whittled down.
And that really BURN fat off you like nothing else.
A close alternative, though not quite the same (but pretty damned good anyway) is the rope sprints I do, closely followed by another movement right after.
And the animal like movement workouts I do, mentioned in my latest book Animal Kingdom Workouts.
And so on and so forth.
It’s about workouts that burn fat, and BLAST that pesky FAT off your body quicker than anything else, and those workouts, my friend are the type of workouts I give you in all my books.
Go get ‘em here!
P.S. -Back from workout #2 (late, late night workout, and I feel GREAT!).
For once, the missing “L” is not a typo, heh.
And for once, I’m at a loss to explain just what the heck “Rahu is”.
I know what sun signs are, but Rahu takes sun signs to a whole new level altogether. My wife keeps talking about it, and to be honest there might be something to it (ancient Indian beliefs usually have some sort of logic behind them; remember, India was the first place all those years ago where civilization was actually discovered).
Long before Mr. Columbus discovered the good old US of A, or before the Brits discovered the jewel in the crown apparently.
Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro from what I remember in History classes.
One of the few classes I DID attend, hehe.
Every night before bed, my daughter asks me to regale her with stories of my school days.
And I do . . .
“Papa, which classes did you attend”
Stock question, and one she never tires of asking, and one I never tire of answering.
“History, Math . . . and that’s about it”.
“Never! My own English was better than my English teacher’s at school, therefore . . . “
“Did you bunk class and go to the movies when you were supposed to be in school?”
(Bunk class is an uniquely British way of saying “cut class”, hehe).
And I did, but being I went to them naughty 18+ movies (when I was WELL under 18), “morning shows” as they called ‘em, I didn’t want to tell my 6 year old any further details of that!
Those were the days. Pre multiplex. Big ass movie theaters with one giant screen, and the closer you got to the top the better.
Or maybe the bottom rows, if you were a rowdy. Or so they said. Apparently the “bottom rowers” were the rowdies, and I’ve sat in both, and . . .
Anyway, back to Rahu, HERE is where you can learn more about it if interested - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahu.
And I don’t know why, but computers seem to KNOW what we’re thinking and can PREDICT what we’re going to search for even before we do it.
It’s uncanny. Every time I THINK of something, and then fire up Firefox or whatever on the phone, before I type it in, it’s THERE.
And no doubt this has got something to do with past searches etc, but still. ‘Tis uncanny!
And this morning, I received an email from “Quora” (which I have NOT signed up for).
“How to make Rahu happy”.
And of course, the usual concoction of remedies was provided (FWIW, I don’t really believe in sun signs and all that). . .
Anyway, it was weird, as I kept reading it as “Rahul”.
(Lesson for you typo monsters who keep emailing me back about my typos!)
And along with THIS little bit that I received on my Twitter account yesterday (in response to the “inspiring 100’s post)
“Always happy to make great motivators like you happy! People need people like YOU to keep pushing them forward. Whenever I’m low or lose my focus, I look up to motivational speakers like many others Hope you keep growing and glowing.”
So, what DOES it take to keep me happy?
Keep Rahul happy?
Well, not much.
A laptop. A mobile phone. And a steady Internet connection . . .
A reliable WEB HOST (I cannot tell you how glad I am to have found THIS web host that I am using now. It was an absolute nightmare with the last one. Not just lost sales etc due to site downtime, but a slight dip in Google rankings etc I suspect. Anyway, all over now).
(Believe me, if I told you the stories of the last web host, you would NOT believe it. I have a new web host I am communicating with me right now in terms of moving the “other business” over, and they termed it as “simply outrageous”. And theyre RIGHT).
Plenty of Chinese tea. Plenty of cold ones (occasionally).
And . . . my man cave where I can be left alone, write my emails, create my product, write my books, do my thang, repeat, ad infinitum.
And of course, space to workout WITHOUT a bunch of morons showing up to pester me - - which given my workout routines doesn’t take a lot of space at all, hehe.
So that’s how to “please Rahul” (and NO, it’s NOT what you’re thinking when I say that, hehe)
And of course, by keeping it real – and keeping it CHALLENGING (kudos Charles!) – and keeping on keeping on DAY AFTER DAY, week after week, year after year!
By keeping an end goal in mind and doing what it is or takes to get there.
Being unafraid to speak your mind on whatever.
Being BOLD and UNAPOLOGETIC about your OWN views, and NOT being shy to express ‘em.
And of course, staying in shape no matter what.
And I think I just gave you the 7 or perhaps more fundamentals of true success right there.
Alright, my friend. That’s it for now. Back again soon!
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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.
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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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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! ?
When you look at the picture of Mike Tyson with that jump rope in hand, or indeed ANY of his pictures, THREE things stand out.
The chiseled CORE.
The MEATY, SOLID forearms that could likely knock a damned gorilla out!
And that solid, muscular CHEST OF HIS. Slabs of muscle as it were, like no other!
And while I’ve covered pushups before, the one thing I haven’t is rope sprints. Done right.
At least, I don’t think I have.
I’ve covered hill sprints before.
Regular sprints (and pulling my Achilles while I was at it!)
And BIPEDEAL and other sprints (that’s the next email, by the way!)
But not rope sprints.
And as I get done with a super, super workout, let me tell you something.
If there is one thing that burns and shakes when you’re doing jump rope sprints right, it’s your FOREARMS MORE THAN NAYTHING else!!
And . . . gasp, your TRICEPS.
Try doing a set of pull-ups or pushups right after these rope sprints, and youll see what I mean.
If you’re doing ‘em right, you’re not going to be able to do more than 15-20 seconds of this REGARDLESS of the shape you’re in – if you do ‘em right!
The very same thing I talk about in Advanced Hill Training and the very same thing that causes fat to FLY OFF YOUR BODY like nothing else!
And the breaks, you ask?
Well, you REDUCE them.
And while that may sound hard to do while you’re breathing and panting up a veritable storm, it’s easy if you know how.
One way is to do what I said the other day, do an easier exercise.
Maybe a few reps of it.
Or, BREATHE Deeply like I’ve taught you . . . that by itself is an exercise unto itself.
Or, do another exercise (a complementary one).
The key is this – don’t stop to smell the roses (or sweat) for longer than you have to, and REDUCE that time.
Keep reducing it no matter what.
And the MENTAL part, of course.
There is a tendency to waffle around once you get tired, or start to.
During these times, AFFIX that IMAGE of yourself - - the PERFECT YOU as you exercise.
And imagine yourself super fit, and CONSTANTLY GOING!
Rep after rep, set after set, and you’ll see the exercise times going on, and the breaks, the heart rate hammering through the ROOF, and your gains too!
And last, but not least, don’t think for a minute think that this sort of thing ain’t gonna add strength.
Oh yes, it will.
Strength + conditioning in one package, and if there ever was a benefit to Rahul Mookerjee’s stuff it is THAT!
P.S. – Here is the System that will give you the carved abs you want, and the benefits above.
P.S #2 – Make sure to check out Corrugated Core right here too!
P.P.S. - Taking a break from Animal Kingdom Workouts. I've decided to stop at 68 exercises for now, and am through writing the descriptions etc for 25 of them. Steady progress, and very much in the works! Back at it tomorrow, but for now, I figured I'd write to you. ;)