I wonder what the ole Trumpinator would think of this, hehe.
Probably doesn’t care either way, but hey, he’d probably LIKE this email here - - and NOT for the reasons you might expect! ?
Anyway, I still remember the boobybuilder at the swimming pool, back in 2010 I think it was . . . Maybe 2009. Not sure.
Guy that was big as heck. Had all the puffed up bloated muscles, the massive chest and pelican legs . . . and very little back development to boot.
And of course the beachball biceps and so forth . . . which unfortunately weren’t helping him in the pool.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this dude. I was doing my laps swiftly, and he was watching me, and I still remember him coming up to me and talking to me.
“That’s good, man! You can really swim!”
“I’m getting there”, I grinned back (which is true; I love to swim and can do it pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement!).
And then he told me the entire tale that I’ve detailed on the Shoulders Like Boulders page.
While he didn’t quite drop dead of a heart attack when he lifted his arms up to hang a picture, he almost got there.
Two bypasses before the age of 25 I think it was, or maybe 26. I can’t be “arsed” to look right now, but it’s something like that.
And all the so called strength and twelve pack abs couldn’t get him to ONE continuous SLOW . . . BREADTH of the pool.
He was literally resting for 10 minutes between each slow breadth! And this guy could pound out the weights like nobody’s business apparently before he did the smart thing and flat out quit.
Anyway, my last post on mental tip #2 (on the other site) w.r.t high rep workouts caused a bit of flutter for some people it seemed.
One person posted the following on my WeChat account: (one of the crappiest social media sites out there with some of the worst rogue nation tom tommers out there and . . . ah, but lets not get into that!)
“Maximum weight . . . add oil” was the first comment.
I have to confess I don’t know why he made the “add oil” comment. It’s a comment the Chinese often use in their own language. Translates into something like “come on”, or “keep going” or some such thing in English, and to be honest I don’t much care to delve into the specifics.
Much like I prefer calling an apartment complex an apartment complex as opposed to “garden” which a lot of foreigners seem to prefer calling it.
(The Chinese call apartment complexes “gardens” ; even in their own language. Don’t ask, hehe).
Not much of a China sympathizer am I? Well, that much is apparent from my posts, or should be . . .
And then 2 minutes or 3 later . . .
“Keep adding weight on the bench press for 1 rep with no spotter until you just can’t lift it. See how big your balls get when it’s really life or death”.
Anyway, why should that concern you eh.
Well, actually it should but we’ll get to that later.
My response to this dude was …
“Heavy singles are indeed a good method (if you lift weights). The oldtimers did a lot of that”.
And it’s true. Weightlifting done right is GOOD . . . but NOT the way most people do at the gym.
And if there was ever a more retarded exercise than the bench press out there, Id love to see it.
Perhaps the lat pulldown. . . but we’ll get into that later. I was going to talk about this to the dude, but got a bad vibe at the minute I was going to type out my response, so stopped.
No point talking to those that have already made their minds up eh. ?
For now though, here are some reasons right off the top of my head that I’d take pushups over benching any day (and bodyweight exercise OVER weight lifting, especially the puff and buff nonsense, any day of the week.
Pushups are the #1 strength and conditioning (and weight loss) exercise all in one, my friend. Truly the big dog of all exercises.
Don’t believe pushups require strength?
Lets take the 500 lb bench presser, and see how many handstand pushups he can do, or even GET into the position.
Let me tell you one thing – most CAN’T.
And the reverse isn’t true either.
Its far easier to progress into weight lifting if you’re already good at bodyweight stuff, but it doesn’t quite work that way the other way around.
And that brings me to my second point. Conditioning.
High rep bodyweight exercises, or even a set of 50 pushups done in slow, perfect form have a way of making that heart THUMP like NO other weight lifting exercise (especially not one rep, and then “rest”) will.
They have a way of making you breathe like NO other exercise will (except perhaps hill sprints).
And they build the ENTIRE body, my friend. Including the legs and core.
As for bench pressing . . . legs? Core? I don’t think so, my friend.
And I’m not just referring to pelican legs. I’m referring to the exercise itself (and hence the pelican leg syndrome that is so damned common out there - - and pathetic, really, to say the least).
The legs and core – and back are the TRUE seat of power, my friend and hoicking up a massive (or whatever you can) weight while lying prone on your back aint the way to develop any of those areas.
Especially not the way most guys grunt and groan through poor FORM while doing the bench press, an exercise which along with the deadlift is probably responsible for more shot shoulders than ANY other weight lifting exercise I’ve known.
And as for “life or death”.
There have literally been cases where people have died doing exactly what dude suggested i.e. try max reps with no spotter.
Might sound good in theory, but I doubt anyone approaches these with the goal to go out of the gym in a coffin . . .
And with pushups, the worst that can happen is nasty injury.
Circa my sprained thumb (or dislocated, actually), by far the most painful thing ever to happen to me. I’ve detailed what happened before, but basically it was freezing cold and a rainy day, and I got the urge to do fingertip handstands after a long ass workout, and . . . POP!
That thumb popped BACK in, and BACK OUT. And – OUCH!
I was told to rest it to “recover”. Never did. Kept training all throughout it, WITH the pain, and I really do think that helped me recover faster than if I were to just ice it up and “sit” on it, hehe.
Or, perhaps the busted chin (damn near) that happened when some joker let his dog get too close to me when I was doing my patented WIDE grip handstand pushups . . .
But nothing worse than that, really.
And while all of the above should be more than plenty, there are tons of more reasons, but I’ll do up another post (article, actually is what this damn thing is turning into!) on that later.
For now, lets look at what Herschel Walker had to say about bench pressing, pushups and the core. You know who he is, I’m sure!
"Almost everybody wants to look like a body builder and do 500 pounds on the bench. That sounds good, but all of sudden you've got back problems and all these other problems."
“You get the core ready, you can handle anything else”
As for pushups. His workouts (up till 3500 pushups a day) – should be proof enough!
And ANY serious combat athlete, or strongman would tell you the same thing.
Take Iron Mike Tyson, for instance. Bruce Lee. The Great Gama from India. All of them did a TON of pushups, and did NOT lift weights (and in the case of the Gama, he did, but certainly not bench pressing).
Last, but not least, if all of this ticks you off royally, well, that isn’t really the point of me saying it.
If after reading all this you’d prefer to go back to the benching station and see how many you can pump out with the bros cheering you on, by all means be my guest.
Aint my job to “make the horse drink”, hehe. All I can do is take it to the water . . .
Lifting weights CAN be good – but doing it the way people do in the gym (bench pressing, deadlifting etc) is usually more harmful than good.
As for what sort of “weight lifting” I am referring to that is good - - I’ve spoken tomes about it before on the list, but if you’re new to my list; well, hang on for a while yet - - I’ll do up another piece on that later!
And those are my thoughts on that.
Whew, that was a longer than usual piece. I’m out for now - - back later!
P.S. – Pick up the best damned course there is on pushups right HERE. There truly IS NO BETTER course than this one, my friend, and that is a FACT.
This afternoon I shared a tip – or two, actually on how I got my workout times down from an already good duration to even LESS.
Something which all of you should be aiming at doing.
I don’t care if it’s climbing a hill, or doing pushups, or jumping rope, or banging out plyometrics. Key is to reduce the amount of “rest” you take and the amount of time it takes you “in between sets”.
And this doesn’t go just for you guys looking to burn a ton of fat.
It goes for those of you looking to build real strength (note – lifting barbells and taking long 10 minute or more breaks may count as a certain type of strength, but it’s as far removed from FUNCTIONAL strength as can be, my friend).
And the mental tip I gave you in that email was eating a bear - - a bite at a time.
Something I’ve spoken about at length on both the sites.
Way too many people look at the overall number they have to complete.
For instance, a 100 pushups. Person gets to 10 or 15, starts panting.
20. HE’s really bushed. 25. Starts really getting winded (if he’s doing some of the patented workouts yours truly put together in Pushup Central, but really even if he is NOT, as the average lard ass CANNOT do even 10 regular pushups, or even 5 proper pushups without falling flat on their face).
Anyway, when he looks at that number. 100. Or maybe 150.
Longggggg way off, he thinks.
He dawdles some more. Will I get there? Can I?
Before he knows it, 5 minutes have passed.
10 more reps.
And in the middle of this can I, will I, he completely loses focus on whats important; the next set and the next rep!
Eat a bear one bite at a time, my friend!
And the other tip is: Anything from here on is a BONUS.
Let’s say you’ve got 100 pushups scheduled.
But you’ve been doing 100 for a long time now, and can’t seem to break the plateau.
No matter what you do.
It’s like some people with sales. Try as hard as they might, sometimes people are unable to break a certain sales figure!
It’s a MENTAL thing for the most part.
And what I’ve got to say is what I just told you.
Anything above this is a bonus my friend.
Do the 100.
Knock out 5 more with no stress. Remember. Bonus!
10 more. Bonus! Take a bit more rest in between sets if you must (not a lot though!).
And proceed that way until you hit 50 more.
Youll be amazed at how EASY it is to do it this way as opposed to setting an initial goal of 150 and then not being able to make it.
Don’t get me wrong though.
If you’re like I am, and can set hard, hard goals and force yourself to get there no matter what then of course, more power to you.
But for most people it makes more sense to do it the way I just mentioned.
Have at - - and let me know how it goes!
P.S. – Make sure to pick up the 0 Excuses Fitness System right here. Make sure too to apply this formula to the sample workouts shown at the back of the book! Get them reps UP, my friend. I’m currently at 3000 jumps for the day which ain’t bad at all. Loftier goals ahead tho - - stay tuned!
Back in 2017, there was a period of many months where I did not climb a single hill (other than steps to my fourth floor apartment at the time, and that don’t count for me, hehe) daily, and did NOT do a single pull-up for MONTHS.
The pull-up champ didn’t do a single pull-up . .. for months!
Neither did the self proclaimed (and rightfully so) hill maniac!
All I did was pushups, squats and bridging.
Exactly the SAME workouts that I teach you in the 0 Excuses Fitness System so yes, everything I teach you and sell has been put through the grinder multiple times FIRST to make sure it WORKS!
As Charless Mitchell a long term customer recently said, “You truly are the real deal!”
Anyway, one fine afternoon I was feeling in the mood for a CHANGE. Big time, at that!
And what was the change?
Well, I wanted a bit of an outdoor workout, and the HILL . . .
And, since I was past 150 pushups, I wanted to do pull-ups.
No biggie I thought. Lets go do ‘em!
Lets go PROVE that pushups do indeed help in building up your pull-up muscles (prove it again, I should say!).
And the results?
Well, surprising in a way, and maybe not in another.
You 0 Excuses Faithful would be expecting me to bang out pull-ups by the dozen the minute I got to the park that day, eh?
In fact, I didn’t do a single pull-up that day.
Curiously enough I gripped the bar and held on for a dead hang LONGER THAN I had before my “break” (extended break!).
Then I tested my one arm hangs.
Monkey bars (these truly are a Rahul Mookerjee special, the way I teach you to work out on those!).
Was a bit stiff first, but no other issues.
And yet, the pull-ups.
I figured I’d take a while to work back up to it.
And yet, within THREE days, NO MORE, I was back at ‘em - - hammering ‘em out in high reps like never before!
Despite my performance on the first day . . .
So muscle memory IS a real thing my friend.
And the hill climbs?
I barely felt it, as before. Hehe.
And while muscle memory is a real thing, it doesn’t mean it’ll all come back instantly, so if you’re in a similar situation - - don’t get frustrated!
Hang in there; if you’ve been doing ‘em before; it WILL come back.
This of course assumes you need to take a break for the first part, and most people do NOT.
I repeat. Most people need to do more - - not less.
The only reason I took a break was the obvious; to test out the System fully before it’s release, and boy did it go well.
Astoundingly well, and like a house on fire, and everything else you can think of!
And on that note, I’m out. That’s today’s tip; take it or leave it!
P.S. – A certain person on LinkedIn asked me “not to talk about politics” and “do it at home” if I wanted to. Um, sorry, but NO sorry - - I WILL Talk about politics if I want, and yes, I AM qualified to talk about more topics than just fitness. Curious though how most of the nay saying seems to come from those that do not agree with the political viewpoints I post (when I do). Folks – there is something called debate! . . . for a REASON. A very good reason at that!
When my daughter was about 3 (I believe, or maybe 4), there was a guy in her class that was repeatedly “harassing” her and a lot of other students (as much as a slightly older 4 year old can harass)
One fine day, I went to pick up my daughter from school.
The two were talking, apparently happily so.
OK . . .
Suddenly, out of the blue, the guy whacked my daughter. Hard.
She looked at me and started crying.
His father was there, and he stared at me, and did nothing. Didn’t even reprimand his child.
I just had to speak up.
“Honey, slap him back”
“What” my daughter wailed.
“Hit him back. Now!” I said sternly. “Papa is right here with you!”
She stepped forward, hit the much bigger guy, and HE started wailing, and his dad took him away.
And that was the end of that. I’ve never heard any complaints from here about him again!
I was bullied a lot in school myself, so when I see something like this happening, especially to my daughter, my hackles rise. And rightly so. Bullies should not and cannot be tolerated!
This sort of bullying when the person grows up leads to OTHER and more serious crimes as an adult.
If you were to look at the histories of most psychopathic killers, you’ll see one thing.
They were either bullies in school, or (in some cases) they GOT bullied repeatedly. Not good either way!
In terms of yours truly and the bullying suffered by me in school, unfortunately I didn’t receive much support at home. If anything, my mother often put me down (when I was trying to get stronger) with statements like “He thinks he’s too strong!” and while that wasn’t her conscious intention to do so (in her mind she was just making a remark which didn’t affect me), the result was the same.
Zero confidence in many regards growing up, not to mention my family has never been the physical sort. Always the “solve it via non-violence” sort, and that’s not a good thing always. IN fact, I can remember a coupla instances where I really got it at home for striking . . . BACK at someone who was badgering up and down and taking him to the cleaners.
I still remember that gorilla grip around his neck, hehe, that caused his Dad to show up at school and complain.
Of course, when I got my eye busted in school did anyone show up to complain?
No way, Jose.
Anyway, enough of that.
In Rocky V, the upstart boxer gorging on Adrian’s sphagetti the first night in Rocky’s place had THIS to say when he saw his kid come back from school with massive bruises on his cheek (from a school bully that punched him, took his jacket and lunch money).
His mom was the pacifist sort.
“I’ll go to school and complain!”
“No, Mom, don’t” replied the kid irritably and I can understand why . . .
And the upstart pipes up.
“Just hit him. Pop him like a balloon, and he’ll go away”.
What do you mean, asks kid.
“Well, when I was growing up my Dad once beat me so hard I could barely walk for two days. And every time I got into the boxing ring thereafter, when I see my opponent in front of me, I see my Dad. Kinda sick, but it works for me!”
(That’s the sum and substance of it, and for the verbatim comment, you may want to check out the movie, hehe).
But the point stands.
Pop the bullies, and hit them where it hurts, and they usually go away in a hurry, never to return.
Other hand, if you take it, and don’t fight back, guess what happens.
You get more of the same.
And as a certain rogue nation continues to act like a rogue with its neighbors, most notably India, this is something the Indian think tank should bear in mind when finally replying to them (which they will - - matter of time now if the rogue actor – well said Pompeo! – isn’t brought to heel soon).
And that’s that for this post, my friend.
In terms of fitness, if you want to get in the sort of SHAPE it would take to whip bullies into submission, go right here to get on the 0 Excuses Fitness System – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
Lots of men think that “it’s the modern day world” and they don’t need to be strong and fit like their ancestors. And if you’re part of that think tank, I think - - and know - - you’re WRONG.
I wrote about 2020 being the year of the survivor, and the way events have transpired until now? You be the judge!
September will truly be a month of reckoning though. Let’s see how it goes!
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I don’t know if I’ve written on this before but keeping up with the Jones (or as the Brits from what I understand said it) – the “Joneses”, hehe, is a habit that the vast majority of sheeple out there have and is best AVOIDED.
I HAVE written about it before, I think.
Anyway, for whatever reason, as I watched my wife boil eggs this afternoon, something came to mind.
Wayyyyy back in the day in 2009 I believe yours truly bought a flat screen T.V. (those were apparently the rage back then).
45 inch IIRC or I think 58. I really can’t remember, even though it’s sitting right in front of me right now!
Now, you on this list know the sort of relationship yours truly has with his parents (and as for my wife, apparently ZERO relationship after we got married against her family’s wishes – boy I Could write tomes – and an entire “Bollywood” movie probably on that, hehe) . . .
But at that point, the relationship wasn’t -5 on a 1 to 10 level as it is now. It was at 1, perhaps . . . for a reason you will understand soon.
So when talking to my Dad I tell him we bought a T.V.!
“Great”, he says.
And nothing else, and then the conversation ended shortly thereafter.
A few days later, he calls me up out of the blue.
“We bought a new T.V too!” he triumphantly said as if it were a competition.
And as if it was a GOOD thing. I can tell you one damned thing the TV in my apartment right NOW is NOT working, and I have NO plans to get it repaired. Ugh, if there is something I hate more than anything it’s the inane nonsense that goes on all day long on the boob tube!
Sure, it does on mobile phones as well, but at least those have headphones (when my beloved wife actually uses them, hehe).
“Ours is 2 inches bigger than yours!” I still remember him saying
My first instinct was to tell him – Dad – who CARES?
Way back in the day when I was a kid, I was afflicted with this syndrome as well. Growing up, we had like one air conditioning unit at home, while friends had three.
Those old window A/C’s . . . hehe.
And I told my Dad once “Their house has three A/C’s! Ours only has one”.
Being I was seven years old at the time he got back with a sage response saying “It doesn’t matter how many A/C’s they have! What matters is how well you do in your studies!”
OK, fair enough. And yet, years later . . .
Back to 2011 (or 2010?? Can’t remember?), when yours truly bought a dishwasher for his wife, it was something UNHEARD of in India at the time. Literally.
It had just come out on the market at a reasonable price, and to yours truly whose been using ‘em for years (since I was 19, actually) going out and picking one up was no biggie, even with the extra expense.
My Mom showed up, of course, to tell me otherwise.
“IT’s a huge investment! Don’t buy it!” she cautioned.
“Um, why?” I asked.
And there was no reason given than the above, and a few years, later, guess who bought a new dishwasher.
And the most mind boggling part of all this?
Is not the keeping up with the Rahul’s part (I still remember the “you have more money in your bank account than I did at my age!” comment my Dad made at the age of 23 as if I didn’t deserve it, hehe).
It’s the part about when I needed help financially, they were never ever there.
And yet, when we DO NOT need help financially, they’re throwing things at us left right and center despite being politely requested not to do so, and if we say anything?
Crickets, or angry, meaningless baritone yells of “This is how it’s gonna be!”
If there is anything more weird than this, let me know! Or if you guys have family situations like this . . . truly mind boggling.
And fitness wise, same damned thing.
When you GET fit, you’ll have the all those that previously laughed at you jump over to your side and shake your hand, and ask you to participate in their workouts.
Which I never did when it happened to me . . .
When you LOSE that weight, you’ll have the nutzos that told you about “belles hanging down ponderously beyond your nether regions (ok, my Dad didn’t say it that way, but he DID say it despite having a bigger belly on him himself!) . . . “yes, you’re the fittest you’ve ever been!”
And yet, when you needed their help back when you started where were they?
This holds true for life, fitness, or anything, and is a prime example of what Napoelon Hill once famously said about NOT telling the world about your goals.
Tell the world what you’re going to do, but show it first!
And that’s today’s tip. In terms of pushups, if you’ve got a goal to bang out a 100 without stopping – a worthy goal indeed – as many of you DO have – then go for it.
But don’t announce it just as yet - - except to yours truly if you do want to ?.
Get it done first – and watch the world follow you thereafter!
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So I was bitching about my second job wayyyyy back in the day after I was laid off from the first.
A job that offered better pay and perks than the first in many ways, and was certainly a step up in many regards, but also a job where (at least I felt) yours truly was being asked to take on a lot more than the pay warranted.
That’s of course something that is no surprise to the employers (most!) that have employed me in the past, hehe.
I’ve made no secret of my “If you want that amount of work - - then you PAY - - and do so FIRST” .
My Dad had a different take on it though.
“You have to do the work first, and do it for years BEFORE you’ll get commensurate pay”, he contended.
Oh, really. I remember thinking. Well, that ain’t happening.
And a quick look through my very storied job past (when I DID work for others) will show the veracity of what I just said.
“You have to show leadership FIRST”, my Dad continued.
Although I disagreed with him at that point, over the past few years, I’ve come to the realization that that above statement is ONE (of VERY FEW INDEED) thing I do agree with him about (we don’t talk, so . . .).
Cindy, the lady that took the 0 Excuses Fitness videos and with whom I recently had a spat about her insistence on my products “should be cheaper” (I don’t think so!) said this about me once when I asked her for help.
She was unable to offer it at that time, but then said this.
“You’ll be fine! You’re a writer, and a fighter . . . “
Vincent, a friend of mine and the U.S. Marine (ex) I have referred to so often (and the person that headlines Gorilla Grip, and rightfully so!) once told me the following.
“You’re a goddamned survivor!” (And that comment rang SO true to me that I was compelled to write a post on it, hehe).
When discussing fighting and other related topics, I made it very clear that HE Had way more knowledge on any of that than I did.
“Man, you should put some products together on your knowledge and sell ‘em”, I remember saying. “I would help you get the writing and marketing part done if you needed it, but you probably don’t!”
He said he didn’t have the confidence to do it (at least back then).
Remember this man has been through countless wars, and is a true survivor in EVERY sense of the word. He’s got physical skills that the average man or gym bro can only DREAM of. And that isn’t me saying it because he is, as I’ve often said, a brother from another mother, but because it is TRUE.
“You know more than you let on”, he once laughingly remarked.
But the RING of truth as he himself once said was there in what he said, and the rest of the above comments too.
The RING OF TRUTH, and doing (and saying) the RIGHT THING . . .
Anyway, all of these people were spot on; in fact MORE THAN they KNOW (or knew at the time of saying it). Quite literally.
The pen is mightier than the sword, they say, don’t they?
Not always, my friend.
While the pen can indeed cut swathes through minds and THINKING (the most important), there comes a time when the SWORD must be wielded, and done so with CANDOR, VALOR and VIGOR.
If the pen was indeed always mightier, India, for one, would never have won its independence under Gandhi, who is often touted to be the father of the nation.
Men like Subhash Chandra Bose, Shahid Bhagat Singh and countless others are the FORGOTTEN heroes that went to BATTLE and actually laid most of the groundwork for what Gandhi did post-their work.
As the world grapples with an obvious crisis, or several in the making, I have this to say.
It isn’t about me or you necessarily (though it IS if you think about it).
It isn’t about my products for sure (hence there will be NO marketing link in this email).
It’s not about business.
IT’s about doing the right thing.
What is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong, my friend. There are no two way around that!
If you were to ask ANY world leader right now (sans perhaps TWO), including Trump, Modi, Pompeo, or any other nation, they’d all tell you one thing.
“Do the right thing”.
Unfortunately we cannot say that (any longer) to a certain rogue nation that has taken advantage (stunningly so) of the world’s kindness and leeway in allowing it years and years years to do the right thing, and it’s done the precise and absolute opposite.
With impunity at that.
It stops now, but this piece is not necessary about confrontation.
It’s about asking YOU, the reader, no matter where you’re at . . . to STAND UP - - be COUNTED - - and to DO THE RIGHT THING.
I don’t need to spell out what that right thing is, I’m sure. If I do, I’m talking to the wrong people.
Back last year in December I pointed out and realized that something that had been brewing for ages was going to come to a head, and my actions leading until Jan 8, 2020 (which I ain’t gonna detail here) PROVE it.
Guess what happened two weeks later.
I wrote about the year 2020 being the year of the SURVIVOR, and was roundly laughed at and lambasted.
What does he know, most people said (not all, but most).
And yet, right now, what is happening?
I’ve said for ages that Sep 2020 is going to be a time of reckoning for the world at large in more ways than one.
People still laugh for whatever reason when they hear this . . .
Laugh all you like, my friend.
But all of this (and to a lot, it might come across as incoherent babble; so be it) wouldn’t be complete without saying something that a friend of mine Charles once told me when we were discussing how (damn near) it’s impossible to TRUST people these days on anything.
“Why can’t people just all get along?”
“Why can’t everyone just do the right thing?”
The first statement was made by him w.r.t something I cannot recall now, but the second was made when I state it was.
And as I close this one off, there is NO better note than to close it off. I know NOT where he stands on the current issues, and he probably won’t tell me either, which is fine.
Do the right thing, my friend. You can never go wrong that way.
P.S. – My heartfelt condolences (along with an entire nation) to the Indian soldiers recently martyred along the border. May God (of whichever hue) be with your souls.
P.S. – Carol, a long time . . . well, I better not go there ended a “relationship” because she wanted to “do the right thing”. She is Chinese. There was probably NOTHING more dear to her at that point than the relationship (in many regards). There are good people everywhere, and then there are the morons that attempt to control the already weak minded . . .
RISE UP, WORLD!
Something that most entrepreneurs struggle with when they start out (and indeed a lot of people that have ostensibly “made it”) is the feeling of “losing business”.
The feeling of (and lets face it, we’ve all been there) “what if they stop buying if I say what I really feel”.
If I say it like it IS.
Really IS, no punches pulled.
A long time ago, I was (a bit!) that way myself.
While I’ve always been called brutally honest from a very young age, I did sometimes have doubts about “if I should actually say it”.
Doubts that were removed by the REACTIONS I got from those that actually took the time to read what I was saying as opposed to making knee jerk reactions.
While not everyone agreed with me at all times (and that’s fine!) and a lot of people downright HATED MY GUTS for saying it like it is (and probably even more hate me now, and again that’s fine!) . . . there was ONE overwhelming consensus to all this.
If you really want the facts – then Rahul Mookerjee is the man to go to!
And loss of business? Followers? Social sh-media LIKES or so forth?
Ben settle I think it was who first wrote about “pandering to the mob mentality” I believe. (He likely wasn’t as he says in his post the first one to write it, period , but I read the piece on his blog, so . . . ).
Basically, the premise of the argument, and a very valid one at that was this.
(and he’s a copy writer, so he wrote from that angle).
“If you’re writing copy and getting scared about, and editing your copy to make sure it doesn’t offend, inflame, or otherwise “rile” people up – or make them madly “love you”, for that matter” then youre not writing anything that is worthy of reading.
So true my friend.
And more on losing SALES. And popularity.
Donald Trump, whom everyone “loves to hate” is currently enjoying a 96% plus approval rating in the Republican party.
This for a man who apparently “even his own party members distance themselves from at certain times!”
In short, if you want to be successful at busines, or anything in life, you have to polarize. Not ALWAYS, and I’m NOT saying you should speak or write with the intention of causing offense, but if you are stating the facts, and someone gets offended, well SO BE IT.
IF someone can’t handle facts for what they are, would you want them in your life anyway?
Either as a friend, or customer, or what not . . .
I really don’t think I would, my friend.
And as for the void not being filled worry, rest assured that the minute you cut people out of your life that DON’T matter, it gets filled with people that DO.
People that you WANT in your life.
People that respond logically to you. People that LIKE YOU. People that BUY from you. And so forth.
Trust me, if anything, saying it like it is will HELP SALES, and then some!
And so it will in terms of fitness.
If you’re currently struggling with being overweight no matter what you do, then the LAST thing you need to be told is that “what you’re doing will work eventually” (especially if you’ve been pavement pounding and the like for AGES).
If you’re currently FAT, then the LAST thing you need to be told is that “you’re a big guy” (unless you’re big and fat both, in which case BOTH need to be mentioned).
Trust me, the things we least like to hear are often times what we NEED to hear the most!
And on that note, I’m out.
Before I go, here is something else a lot of people don’t like to hear.
The BEST DAMNED fitness system on the planet is right here – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
P.S. – Stop trying to “please the majority”, my friend. Really. It’s cringeworthy to say the LEAST.
I just saw an interesting comment on one of my recent posts (I believe it was the one about listening to your body) on my WeChat account (which is slow as molasses for whatever reason these days, and being I rarely use social media unless I have to, I hardly check) . . .
It was in Chinese, and the lady that commented said the following
“The harder you work, the luckier you get!”
Considering this was posted in response to a picture of me doing pushups (one of the exercises in Pushup Central) and a toughie at that, you’d probably think what she said applied to working out, and youd be right, but it applies more to life – an overall perspective as it were.
And the REAL import of it was “Persistence pays off in spades”.
In Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, he mentions that we see the scores of people that are aiming at something give up after “the obstacle they just couldn’t surmount – or so they thought” – go down – never to rise again.
But he also writes of those that DON’T give up, and “keep on fighting against seemingly insurmountable odds”.
A one man army as it were against the world.
“Do we see the silent but IRRESTIBLE power which ultimately come to these men’s aids when they keep fighting on against all odds, LONG AFTER the war has been lost?”
The above is not verbatim, but is close enough though.
And this power, my friend is the POWER OF PERSISTENCE, which Hill clearly and rightly goes on to claim is the main different between men like Edison and Ford and the average quitter.
Most people are ready to jump ship at the FIRST SIGN of trouble. Or any obstacle.
And to these people, Nature CLOSES the doors of true success. The guardian of success whose job it is to test men through one heartbreak after the other, one tough situation after the other, one seemingly UNSOLVABLE problem after the other finally flings the doors wide open when he has determined that YOU, the SEEKER of whatever goal it is you are pursuing has PROVEN that you can take enough!
And then you get rewarded in spades and then some.
I can relate.
A few years ago, and not so long ago, I was facing a tough situation at home. Financially as well due to business strife.
My own family was unsupportive (which isn’t a revelation by any means, but they were jacking up the pressure by margins daily – so they thought at least and so it seemed outwardly), and one fine night matters came to a head, and I was FORCED to agree to an ultimatum of sorts.
The specifics of the situation do not matter here, but I acted PURELY ON GUT feeling when I gave them a date.
And once I did, it was like all obstacles magically melted away, even though I had less then $0 to my name at that point.
Later on that night, out of the blue, a friend who I had NEVER expected (although he was a very good friend) to help me out offered to help out with some cash I sorely needed at that point.
That ballast wasn’t the final solution though and I went through another very tough phase until . . . BOOM.
Suddenly, I found a way to get the cash I neeed. It had been there all along, and I had not noticed it, but ONE idea caused it to flow into my account, and how!
And life dramatically changed for me after that.
Earlier on that year, I was in a similar situation business wise. I did NOT have enough money to keep the fires burning at home, let alone finance my biz – yes, this was a while back, but not so long ago!
And guess what; despite all this, I kept going.
Kept getting in workout after workout. Kept doing my thang regardless.
One fine evening during a 50 pull-up workout in the park, I felt “oddly at ease”.
It will come! An inner voice assured me (I needed money to keep the biz going).
MY INNER SELF HAD AWAKENED!
And I completed the workout at ease, feeling oddly relaxed knowing something good would happen.
Later that night, I made a sale -the first of MANY over the next few months, and things went back to normal (somewhat as this was before the other incident I mentioned).
Key takeaway from all this?
Is that persistence is what truly wins all battles, my friend.
I don’t care if your Ford trying to build the 8 cylinder engine, Edison with his lightbulb, or if it’s YOU trying to get in the best shape of your life – it is PERSISTENCE that will ultimately cause the gates of success to be thrown wide open to YOU – if you can prove that you can take the hardship before that!
And that’s how it works, my friends.
Life’s winners aren’t lucky. We MAKE our own luck.
The spoils don’t just get distributed randomly.
It takes a select few to get ‘em – and if you’re one of them – you know what I BE talking about.
And so it goes, my friend. More on this later!
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All my life there has been one outstanding bone of contention between my family and myself – and indeed my friends as well ( a ot of them).
That being, accepting “what is”.
Case in point being a shitty school system that apparently contains my daughter’s holiday HW login and that apparently doesn’t have a “reset” password link anywhere on it.
My wife asked me yesterday morning if I could open my Whatsapp to check if I had the password.
“No I don’t”, I replied. “You never sent it to me. No problem though; send it over, and we’ll see what we can do” . . .
Apparently the issue is that the homework can (for whatever reason) not be downloaded (and can just be printed).
Which is insane in this day and age, of course .. .
And truth be told, if you can print, you can download – if you know, but of course, my wife wasn’t in a mood to listen to that.
“I don’t use Whatsapp for the most part”, I replied. “I don’t want to open it. It slows down my phone, and too many idiots and morons with nothing better to do are constantly sending barrages of messages all day long on it. I’ve had it, and I almost uninstalled the damned thing a while back”.
And it’s true. Due to the lockdown where my wife and daughter are, the schools are still all shut (which is pretty much the new global normal for the sheeple now, of course!) and so they’re doing their own version of shitty online teaching (and in my daughters case, apparently cooking classes and national “patriotism” infused nonensical song classes at the age of 6 no less).
Hey, I get it. Online teaching doesn’t work, period. It’s been tried, and it’s failed, and I’ve said this long before it was tried anyway. Some things just lend themselves better to in person!
Anyway, this led to a massive argument and fight over me saying “what a crappy system, and why they don’t improve it” (apparently my wife didn’t want to check her own Whatsapp, or her Whatsapp as she said “mysteriously disappeared” – wtf again?) and my wife making a face saying “that’s just how it is!”
And this aint just my wife. There are several aspects of life in India which to me make NO sense in this day and age.
For instance, you don’t have the ability to throw your own trash outdoors. Some guy shows up *(whenhe feels like it) to collect the trash, and when he’s sick, or not there, guess what.
Trash sits there, piling up like the proverbial “mound of Jehovah” (sorry, that’s an expression I’ve been using since my college days every time I come across something utterly ridiculous) and woe betide anyone that DARES to say “dumpster”.
People angrily yell back saying “this is how it is!”
Ummmm … but why can’t we CHANGE it?
Why do we have to always accept shit for what it is?
That’s probably one reason I never could stomach living in India for lengthy periods of time. China has it’s faults for sure, and I’ve made no bones about that, but BASIC hygiene and sanitation (while NOT ideal there) are still miles ahead of India, and at least when you bring up problems there (at least ones such as this) people listen.
Unless we’re talking the COVID, of course . . . and uh, I best not go there. How dare I, eh.
“That’s how it is”, I can just hear a Chinese person tell me angrily!
Well, I’m here to tell you this my friend.
That is NOT how it is.
And that ain’t how it’s “supposed to be”.
Its about your THINKING.
If you think, then you are (as you think, then you are was the original saying).
And so it is.
If Henry Ford had accepted that “you can’t ever build a motor car”, then we wouldn’t have it today.
Neither would we have the wireless, telephone, airplane, dumbphone, and all these other things we take for granted (and the idea of a garbage dumpster too at that).
Shooting the messenger doesn’t work, my friend. You might THINK it does, but all it does is cover and excaberate underlying conditions that YOU need to fix as opposed to go on lengthy rants about the other person pointing it out.
Fitnesswise, the same doggone thing applies.
It ain’t how it is, my friend. You do NOT have to be doomed to a life of being fat and feeling unhealthy, and SCARED every time you step out of the damn house.
You do NOT have to worry about getting fat with no gyms (or hills) around.
Where there is a will, there is ALWAYS a way.
But that way can only be shown to you once you STOP accepting the “that’s how it is and will remain “ dogma that is being shoved down your throats (funnily enough those shoving it down your throats DID NOT accept things for as they were themselves!).
Last, but not least, there are SOME things yes where “that’s just how it is”. Learning a new language and it’s nuances is one for instance (for example, there is no “why” when you say “Ni Hao” which translates into “You how” in English, and yet means “Hello”).
But note I said some things.
NOT the vast majority of things.
And the sooner you learn this truism, my friend, the better off YOU will be.
P.S. – If you’re with me, and part of the very small and ever thinning minority that REFUSES to accept life for what it is – sets HIGH standards in terms of fitness, life and everything he/she does – then in terms of fitness, I’ve got just the program for you – (and indeed, this sort of thing will help you in LIFE as well if just for the sheer DISCIPLINE and FOCUS it will INFUSE you with) – right here – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
P.S #2 – They often ask (and rant) about why I don’t stay put in any one place for long. Well, long story to be honest, but here is why – in short – I don’t accept things for “as they are”. If I find a certain nation to be NOT to my liking, I DO something about it. I leave. It’s that simple. And the same thing goes for life, my friend. I’ll wax lyrical about this later, but for now, the point stands . . .
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been writing a lot about how my workout routine over the 10 days or so has left me BUSHED.
Shattered (in a good way, hehe).
SPANKED. (that was the word I was looking for at first!).
And as I sit here, typing this to you, I’m trying to debate whether or not to go in for ANOTHER ONE of them workouts.
. . . and I think I’ve decided, for ONCE, to do the SENSIBLE thing and call it quits – for today. Hehe.
Quit while I’m ahead, as it were, and get back at it tomorrow!
And this is the best thing to do, and this is a key, key area of training that a lot of people ignore, but even more EMBRACE – in the wrong way.
All too often, you’ll have morons running for the hills complaining about “being sore” after a workout, and not doing anything for days other than moan and groan about their sore muscles, and how weightlifters need FIVE days of rest a week, and the sixth is eating day, and so forth . . .
(and to these people I have two things to say -a ) I wonder what would happen I put you through a REAL WORKOUT! And b) Get real – and EMBRACE the soreness).
Being sore is part and parcel of it all, my friend.
If you quit at the first sign of soreness, you’ll never get anywhere.
But for the elite few of us that train like madmen - - or “really kill it” - - or so forth, sometimes, it DOES do some good to let your body recover a bit.
As I can barely lift my arms and shoulders a day AFTER a workout of NOT working them directly in ANY WHICH WAY, shape or form, I decided today will be the day I take a break.
I could go for a massage. I could probably do a very gentle walk up the hill. Or so forth.
But I’m not.
Instead, I’m going to put myself in YOUR SHOES as I’ve done so many times before, and realizing that a lot of you don’t have access to the above, I’ll do the following.
A gentle walk around the ‘hood (without a mask, hehe).
A few stretches
A few PATENTED stretches STRAIGHT OUT OF 0 Excuses Fitness.
And perhaps a bit of on the spot running.
I am NOT going to gorge, or give myself a ‘cheat day’ and ruin all the hard work I’ve put in over the past few days.
It will be active rest and recovery, and I have ZERO and less doubt I’ll be CHOMPING at the bit, and raring to go again tomorrow!
And that’s that for now. See if you can find today’s lesson – or a couple, actually – most valuable ones!
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