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I'll always remember the time when a fat cunt driving on the wrong side of the road pulled up in front of me and claimed "I speak with a "fake accent"".
Gotta love India, and the insecurities people have over there (which is where I was at the time).
I remember my wife later telling me about "her own English being so poor she could barely understand what you were saying, and so of course, the attacks start".
I remember many other things too.
A black dude who was standing next to me as I was brushing my teeth, who once famously told me he could't understand a word of what I was saying "though I was speaking English".
And then of course, the famous TEMB "Tyrone Eric Milakuwhat Blanks" telling me "this is pathetic! Habib Milakuwhat from India - originally - speaks English 10x times better than I ever did!"
LOL. I've heard that over and over again all my life, but even if I hadn't ...
Anyway, this morning I got off the phone with an idiot who I never got on the phone with over the past few years.
He implored me "not to speak English".
"I can't understand your English", he went in his ghetto slang drawl (which he isn't black, for those reading this. He's orignally Indian too).
I repeated myself, apparently "he couldn't understand the words I was using", so I asked him why.
So I told him the obvious, what his thought processes were, of course, that didnt go over too well.
Then I sent him a ton of texts, but deleted them all because in his own words "he doesn't read texts, he's terrible at replying to texts", but of course, when HE Is busy, he'll text galore and expect me to reply. Hehe.
And of course, he wants everything done on the phone because that is how he prefers.
This my friend, is yet another one of those reasons I NEVER get on the phone unless I absolutely have to.
The idiocy I deal with on a daily basis beggars belief - quite literally.
From Bozos that can barely speak the language clamiing "my language skills are poor" - though credit to this Bozo, despite being asked several times, he wouldn't use that wording - to clowns that are always too busy for everything - to idiots that think they're better because their Mommy and Daddy gave them a ton of credit cards, and a business to run - into the ground - in most cases.
Anyway, where am I going with this rant.
I dont know, hehe.
The "sooooooooooooooooo " part was something I picked up from a certain Gorilla Girl Sophia whose latest fad is describing guys and girls she likes as being "soooooooooo cute". Hehe.
I give up.
But she's pretty cute herself, I'll give her that.
Anyway, whats the point of this rant, where I barely even explained what I was saying?
I dont know - idiots galore.
And it's why I prefer texts and emails over all, there are literally no excuses left in that regard.
Alright, on with it, I've heard a lot on the 0 Excuses Fitness Videos, and I've had people tell me "they dont understand what I say in certain parts because their English is not so good" (those from non English speaking nations, or non natives, or whatever the politcally correct term is these days) ... but comments on my English.
Come to think of it, this person that made precisely the same comment about "he didnt understand what I said" probably fits right into the same bracket despite immigrating to the USA at the age of 4, despite being handed his citizenship on a platter almost, ah well, what can I say ...
English "Winglish", I believe was the name of an Indian movie they once made, and the insecurities Indians in general have about the language and the colonial hangovers, and "if the British whites spoke it, it must be something to aspire to".
More BS I dont subscribe to in terms of skin color and that crap.
Of course, try explaining that to the vast majority of fools out there.
I give up.
I'll stick to what I'm damn good at - writing emails in English, communicating in general - and part of the reason people "cant understand me" more and more is the more you write, the better you communicate - and THINK.
And when your thinking is 10x the level higher than the average Bozo, no wonder he wont understand a word of what you're saying.
Back to fitness.
The 0 Excuses Fitness System is by far the most effective and best out there - proof in the pudding.
And if you AIN'T (emphasis on aint, hehe, as Dr Kolibal once said in class) got it as yet, you're missing out.
I've written before about the lunacy, have I not?
Affirmations that go nowhere, affirmations that you repeat ad infinitum - affirmations that never get you the results you want . . .
The "I am affirmations" that people keep repeating.
"I am rich".
"I am happy"
"My work is going really well!"
I've written about how DUMB these affirmations and statements are - and how they are actually self defeating in many regards. Unfortunately, with all the crap the self help gurus spread about "I am" - the lazy mans way out, I'd say ... this is gettign all the more common.
Case and point, my "lovely" (not) significant other, and the utter lunacy she's descended into over the past year or so.
Sometimes when I look at people "learning what they are" - right about at this time when times are tough - and yours truly, been learning, applying all this ever since I was a kid - tough times or not - I have to say this.
People only remember "God" - or whatever it is when they need "him" (or her). When times are good, no-one even thinks about all this do they?
My wife's latest (for the past year or so) affirmations?
Wake up in the morning, touch the ground.
Apologize to it "because we put our feet on it and walk ont it".
Touch the ground again.
"Thank you for letting me walk on the ground".
touch it again.
"Thank you for giving me a nice day!"
Apparently these affirmations are supposed to "ground you" - and give you teh nice day you want.
As I listen to her on the phone (ever notice that most wise men keep their mouths SHUT unless and if asked - while the idiots blather on galore) ...
She's telling a friend of hers to do the following.
"I have a nice boss!"
"I'm happy everyday!"
Incredibly, people believe this bullshit.
Now, I'm not saying affirmations in general are bullshit.
Claude Bristol spoke about it in the Magic of Believing - repetition of the same chant, the same affirmations, the same incantations, leads to belief. Once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to HAPPEN.
And it's true.
But there is a way to affirm, and a way not to, and the "I am" bullshit so many self help gurus spout, and are getting rich on - leads to the exact opposite result long term that you're hoping for.
Case and point again, being these same people that keep affirming "I am rich".
Year after year, their riches never seem to manifest, while the person that silently visualizes and affirms the RIGHT Thing - keeps going up, up, up.
You might notice his or her progress, but its steady, gradual, he (or she) is progressing in SOME way, shape or form regardless.
Fitness, my friend is the same.
Wearing loose clothes when you're fat won't conceal the fact - yet, with all the modern day BS about body shaming , and "fat is acceptable", people stand in front of the mirror and affirm "but I'm looking good! (or beautiful)" - while silently knowing they aren't and wanting the polar opposite (and wondering how those that DO - get what they have).
"They're lucky", they silently think.
I dont write about this lunacy too often, but when I hear people saying "say she is right, and I apologize to you for being wrong" as an affirmation (when the other person is in the wrong, but apparently apologizing to the other person for THEIR fault makes their vibes "positive") - I gotta say, the world has been going insane over the past five years or so, but specifically, ever since 2020.
As they say, when the shoe starts to pinch.
Idiot central, I'd say.
Anyway, fitness wise, remember affirmations are good - but if you're saying I "am" when you're not, all the affirming to that end won't get you anywhere long term.
Trust me, I've been there, done that.
It's about affirming your base desires - something you think about ALL the time without wanting, or trying, its about recognizing and seeing you do NOT have what you want - as yet - and affirming THAT to yourself, which works wonders.
Case and point, well, my own life.
And if you want to learn more - apply for my coaching services right HERE, my friend.
Other than, I'll see you -oh, almost forgot.
Shameless plug, fitness wise, nothing beats DOING the thing.
You can't simply do the easy things and expect "stellar results".
Isometrics, for one, is becoming increasingly popular these days, I suspect part of the reason is people think isometrics alone will get you in great, great shape.
They help, contribute, your gains will skyrocket if you do things right, but end of the day, they only deliver the results you want - when combined with a serious overall fitness regimen, such as in the 0 Excuses Fitness System.
There is no substitute for putting in the hard yards.
There is NO substitute for huffing, puffing, panting, sweating, hurting, not wanting to do the reps but doing them anyway, gettng good at squats, pushups and pull-ups, the big three - NONE at all.
Bottom line - you gotta DO the thing.
And you'll have the power, whether you affirm or not ...
OK, thats it for now.
It is also why I dont get on the phone - period.
MOST, if not all the conversations I have on the phone are utterly nigh usless in terms of productivity.
Ricky, my friend (one of them) often asks me "why I Disappear for long periods".
Well, one reason was he spoke to me on Facebook, which I then ditched after the election steal, the other reason?
Well, lots, but mostly, people keep asking me the same questions over and over again.
These people that wont respond to texts - though most things are easy enough to respond via text want it their way or the highway i.e. people to "talk to" - of course, when you call them out on it, you're the fool and the sarcasm flows forth.
"You're a high thinker!" many of the idiots go. "how could we ever understand you".
Well, maybe thats a compliment - I take it as such!
This morning, I heard from a guy who I've asked for help before, but thought he might have tried, nothing ever came of it except long phone conversatons leading to zilch all and zippo.
He wants a phone number from another country "to run Whatsapp on".
Why, I asked.
He ignored the question.
I asked again, with the addendum "I hope it aint nothing illegal" (not that it would be, but just in case, you never know these days).
He didnt reply, badgered me with questions.
So I told him to get a number online, the cost etc, then he pestered me with "can you give me a free alternative".
I told him I couldn't give him any alternative until he told me WHY he needed it, of course, all along, I knew it was an excuse to get on the phone.
Sure enough, calls came in thick and fast.
I never took 'em.
I'l be waiting for his "fuck off" later.
I mean, I dont get it.
You dont answer these meaningless calls, the other person turns around acts all high and mighty - when whatever the issue can be just as easily handled via text as on the phone.
Thing is, they dont WANT to do it.
Far easier to blabber on the phone than just type out a single text message replying ... but I know.
How dare I say it, hehe.
It's part of the reason I never get on the phone unless I absolutely have to.
And with friends etc, same thing ... probably one reason I dont have too many "friends".
Explaining all this to these people, of course, is an exercise in FUTILITY.
You might as well, as a great customer said, "bang your head against the brick wall that would probably make more sense anyway".
So, I just agree with them.
"Oh yes, you're right and I'm wrong" is all I tell these idiots.
Or, just a "hmm, hmm" to everything else.
Seems far easier than trying to "convince" Bozos that never will be.
Same thing applies to fitness.
If after all I've written, said, there are some that prefer pumping away at the gym as opposed to doing real stuff, bodyweght stuff - then I roll out the red carpet for them.
I dont bother explaining beyond a certain point - my energy is precious.
So it is with this list, hehe.
There are some on it who will NEVER be convinced.
Some that will ask retarded questons no matter what.
And some, the doers, that will do no matter what!
Which side you fall on , only you can decide.
PS - Doers, head on over here to grab the 0 Excuses Fitness System NOW.
PS - People who have no time to reply to texts, but hours on the phone, or no time to change a car tyre, but hours to do everything else... Hehe.
Of course, then they claim "the hell with you" when called out on it.
I give up, hehe.
Growing up, I'd imitate my heroes - all the time!
I'll probably never live down, at least in my mind - the time I took my favoite (at the time) actor's picture to the barber salon and asked for a haircut "just like him".
Barber looked at it curiously.
To his credit, he didnt laugh - that would have embarassed my 13 year old self even more!
But he told me that "wasnt for me" and that wasn't a real hairstyle "just fluff it up".
I'm not sure till this day. Hehe. I do know a lady once at the age of 21 gave me a haircut - probably the best in my life, that middle aged lady in MS (the haircut!) - and even my Mom and Dad, perennial "naysayers" - looked at it and said that was a nice haircut (or Dad did at least, getting Mom to say anything remotely complimentary about anyone is a chore, let alone yours truly "headstrong". Hehe)
Then she wonders why she has no friends ...
(Dad too, but thats a different thing!).
Anyway - in Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill wrote about how he never truly, despite being well past the age of hero worship "outgrew it".
I can understand!
If I like someone, if I admire someone, I'll study every damn thing about them - I'll do my best to emulate THEIR actions in my field - I'll take a look at my life and theirs, and compare how the goods and bads "eerily" match up in many regards - and so forth.
They always have for me, because I've always compared myself to real achievers, those that have done it on their lonesome despite all odds, those that have picked themselves up by the bootstraps - REAL DOERS, in other words.
This afternoon, I was exercising in the park.
And a little baby was gazing at me curiously, while the parents were lazing around in the park.
I was stretching.
Doing the downward dog, then the splits, back into the former, then the front splits, and so forth.
And the baby kept looking at me.
She - or he - was only like two, or maybe four months tops!
And it was cute, the way the baby was trying to imitate me - she couldn't even walk!
"Kids", I laughed, looking at the lady. "The best imitators!"
"Yup", she laughed back.
Anyway - point of this?
Is that kids, young children - and even adults - EVERYONE to an extent "imitates".
And especially kids and young children - if you're in front of them as an adult, they will notice EVERYTHING.
One reason I have always done what my heart told me and my gut told me - despite all the hard times, despite all the neighsaying, despite all the idiotic trolling, despite the not so idiotic occurences, and much more this post won't even skim - - isn't just because I'm a doer, achiever, and because I won't stop till I get what I want - it's also because NOW, I've got someone OBSERVING.
She might not say anything during the tough times.
She's too young to (or was).
She might not notice the exhiliration that comes when good times re-appear - for her "it's always good" (so it should be, although unfortunatly that isn't the case with many a kid growing up).
But what she WILL remember, down the road when she grows up, and trust me "her time will come" is when times really got rough, when it was back against the wall, when it was DO or die, when it was about GUT and split second decisions, when it was buying her that little chocolate she so wanted despite not having the cash to do so, and many other things - she will remember how her Dad reacted.
An example I never had.
And it will be worth it all just for that.
Fitness wise, same thing.
If you're a tub of lard, and refuse to change, belching and farting away like the Bozo in Brum (Schofield, who claims he's a world famous "in ass" philathropist or some rot - I think he swapped it for scammer, hehe) - then guess what example your kids will follow (thank heavens Bozo ain't got no kids - ain't no lady crazy enough, and he can't keep it up anyway unless he's tongue in ass, but ah - I'll let that one be!Hehe).
If you're a fitness freak, ditto.
If you're someone that does squats all day long, kicks all day long, same thing.
And so forth.
On that note, my latest book the "Isometrics Compilation" is trending at #17 on Amazon, and there is only one way for it to go now - UP.
If you ain't got your paws on this world class, once in a lifetime compilation - do so NOW.
I'll be back!
P.S. - My next book, half done, will be "Advanced Plyometrics". Havent gotten into the writing mood as of yet to finish it up, but it'll happen soon!
You know, I put all the above into the same broad idiot category along with a host of other "descriptions" if you get my drift.
I'm sure you do.
But really, as I finish up - or, actually, I'm halfway through to be honest - the work on Advanced, Profound Isometric and Flexibility Training, some of the idiotic responses I've been getting as of late, and I get plenty - surprise even yours truly "hard ass" hardened to all this nonsense a long time ago so much so that I actually enjoy being trolled with this inanity these days.
Hey, it leads to more sales for one.
See the video on that for more.
But recently ...
"How dare I just put out offers to the sHip and not the whole list".
Well, as I've explained before, I got tired of idiotic responses or no responses when I spent hours putting together great offers to the entire list, so now, I make sure I only send it to the people that I know will at least be interested.
Which includes people I send it to personally too (i.e. those not in the Ship, but doers regardless).
I could, of course, tell you "my site, my choice".
I'd be perfectly justified in saying that, not even my greatest detractors would have a response to that.
But really, the "entitlement" mentality ... like, I can't send offers to who I want?
Damn skippy I CAN. And WILL.
And those that agree NOT can kiss my righteous booty - and uh, dont let the door hit you in the backside, or ...
... where the sun dont shine, or Bozo Scofield hides/makes deposits (his, not mine, UGH) ...
Derriere, for those with a bit of French in you, pun not intended.
GROW up is what these folks need to be told.
"You say you want to help, but the prices are so high! Who on God's green earth would pay ..."
I believe we covered that whine in a prior email.
YES, my prices are what I consider reasonable, and they will only go up in the future.
But here's the thing - is price WHY I do what I do?
Do we all gotta eat?
Fuck yeah, bro.
I'm the same.
But when a DOER emails me with a request for a discount, for one, I'm MORE than happy to give one out.
The sheer thrill and JOY I experience when a true doer buys my product, it helps him or her immensely, immeasurably, some things are beyond money comparisons .. when they leave GENUINE feedback - everything pales in comparison to that.
If it were just for the money, I'd never have come as far as I have.
If it just for the money, I'd never spend so much time giving y'all offers to SAVE a buck and then some (really, these idiots that complain, were they at the back of, or even in the line when "God" handed out the grey fungola?).
Sure, money is damn important, prices will stay "high" but it ain't why I do this whole shebang, or anything I do.
Its a passion.
A passion that helps YOU immensely too. Bottom line, and if I do all I can NOT to get shortchanged, well, all I got to say about that - anyone with half a brain would, could and SHOULD be attempting to do the same.
If not DO IT.
We still have plenty of pictures to take for that one, so this book will take at least two more days to be ready for release.
In the meantime, remember that YOU would do good to get in on the pre-order NOW ... because the price will only go UP my friend.
And remember - this book has a special section on how Alexander Zass, the great old time strongman trained.
Idiots will diss it as too simple, but before dissing, DO the thing, then tell me.
If it doesn't kick your ass from here to Timbuktu I'll be a monkey's uncle and horses ass rolled into ONE.
That section alone "stick isometrics" is, to me, worth the price of admission, not to mention all the other great benefits the book has.
Since this is another email Im typing out of the shower, I better go get clothed.
And get in on the pre-order NOW.
This email might get me pillioried from several, indeed, many quarters - so be it. Hehe. Let the fun - BEGIN!
Most of you on this list likely have heard of Matt Furey.
Most of you that are reading this "on the internet", likely have no clue who the dude is.
Well, he wrote a bestselling book years ago, and he is the guy I freely credit in 0 Excuses Fitness, Pushup Central, and a few other of my books as being the guy who while he did NOT (and credit where it's due, Matt never claimed this either) - "invent" some of the exercises he taught and (apparently) made millions from, IS the guy who "brought them to the mainstream".
That don't mean he's the be all and end all of bodyweight fitness.
In my case, I believe it was a case of the student besting the teacher at a lot of what he did - and then bringing that to the world.
I dont think Matt would mind at all - that is the goal any good "shifu" should have.
No, I was never training under Matt directly, and as he once said years ago, "unless you're in direct contact with me, you're NOT being trained by me".
I think he said "Im not your mentor unless.."
And again, he's right.
But I've followed the guy with much interest for years, and I've discussed him with my list, and people in general ...
On the internet, and even with family etc (I remember my wife once saying it, I remember some people on the list saying it) -
"Fat" seems to be the #1 gripe people have with him.
Admittedly he's never looked in super shape - even when creating that bestselling book.
And of course, you've got bazillions of fools doing the same as they do with my books, i.e. whining about price.
Now, me, if you were to ask me in one word?
I'd reply thus - LEGEND.
Then I'd tell you this too.
"That don't mean I agree with everything he says and does".
What do I mean?
Let me explain.
First off, guy's got WAY too much weight around him - not necessarily "now" (he's pushing 60 now) - I'm talking back in the day to be considered a serious bodyweight enthusiast.
That said, he could still do things with his body flexibility wise with all that weight that supposedly "fitter" people couldn't, so he's got it right there...
But really, some of the stuff he's put out in the past, he looks like a lard ass, and has admitted as much in his own emails.
But that ain't my main gripe with him.
I get it.
Matt got married, and stopped being "wild" - if he ever was.
Read THIS post.
I dont know if its just he eats too much or what it is though ... but the weight is an issue.
Anyway - that ain't my concern, never was.
What I really don't agree with him about - or didnt back in the day was his constant insistence on "China being the be all and end all of everything".
Several folks have noticed this too, and if you've followed the guy, you'll know that "if it wasn't china related, it wasn't worth it, period".
He literally took the "ancient Chinese mystique" thing to giddy limits, and it was laughable.
A customer of mine once asked me this.
"I dont know why Matt is so China centric either, I know he married a Chinese lady, but he's a rich man, he can live anywhere he likes, but yet he choses to live in the good ole U.S.A,so China must not be all that great a place to live, maybe? I dont know about you, but if I had a choice, my vote would be from the U.S.A. anyday".
My vote would ALWAYS be for the U.S.A, I think everyone knows that. Dont get me wrong, China has some great things about it, but overall, good ole Texas and the USA , nothing beats "home" as it were.
Matt from what I understand does have a home in China too, but it's more like a vacation apartment or something ...
I dont know, I could keep putting out stuff on, and I'd be from a certain perspective justified, given all the stuff I get about "you look like a movie star!" - or "you're an Indian porn star!" - or "is that a cock ring for your 10 inch..." (Marc, you'll never live that one down, LOL!) (he was referrng to a bracelet I was wearing in the boxing ring) ...
... I could put out a book on (with justifiable techniques) "ancient INdian Baba techniques to sport a 10 inch monster you know what and have the ladies SCREAMING for more" or some such rubbish (Matt put out something about "Chinese culture secrets" which used to be marketed the same way) .....
But,well, I never have, it doesnt seem too keeping it real to me!
Maybe marketing wise it worked for him.
Hell, what do I know.
But here's why I really respect the dude -
He's been through some dark, dark, times and he PERSEVERED to see (finally) the light.
Both financially, life wise, and otherwise...
He knows what the word "struggle" means. A lot of people really dont.
He's spoken about being so hungry in the past he;d look through boxes of old coins - hey. I get it. I've been there too many times!
I respect the guy for that - and just because, despite all his flaws, and we ALL have them, I find him INSPIRING.
He'd no doubt read some of this and say "Well, Rahul, I made a million dollars - you haven't - YET".
Yet being key.
Hehe. (not that that was ever a goal for me, I dont know if it is now)
But anyway, some other things I dont agree with him about ...
One being his constant insistence on pushups - which is great.
In one of his videos he says ...
"I'm not saying pull-ups are bad. They're great, and you need to figure out a way to include them in your own training" - but then he goes on to say "you dont see the Hindu wreslters do pushups! All over the world, wrestlers and boxers do nothing but pushups, squats and bridging".
TRADITIONAL Hindu wrestlers don't, yes.
The modern day Olympic wrestlers in India do tons of 'em, and look at their cores.
Traditional Hindu wrestlers do plenty of other stuff though, digging with a hoe in the mud pits of India, climbing ropes - doing monkey runs - and so forth ...
And Matt, and I've always said this - this is a huge "no no" I've always had about the guy.
I've never seen him, despite being a self proclaimed bodyweight guru, do ONE single pull-up.
I think there was a picture of him doing a half pull-up in one of his newsletters. But thats it.
i've never seen him do ONE pull-up.
Or a dead hang.
I truly believe the excess flab around his midsection is what prevents it.
In his books where he references pull-ups, his webmaster Eddie Baran (in super shape) does the pull-ups, which to me is not keeping it real, if I'm writing a book, I want to be the one doing the exercises and workouts, simple as that.
Now dont get me wrong.
Matt's a college level wrestler.
For that alone, I tip my hat off to him - that is one of the hardest things to do, period.
I dont know so much about the "shuai jiao" championship he won in China - I'll let that one be, but college level wrestling in the good ole USA, and I believe Matt at one point had Dan Gable, a verified, bonafide LEGEND as a trainer ... well, that alone demands RESPECT.
More than that, the way he sold his books, has been in the trenches, etc ...
Sorry to say it, but Matt ain't got it, and as a customer whose opinion I'll always respect once told me.
"I have to agree with your assessment of Matt, I dont think he's in any condition to do pull-ups".
And if you're not doing pull-ups like a stud, you're not a fitness expert, period. Sorry to say it, but it's true ...
That doesn't mean he doesnt have other skills. He does.
But, not doing pull-ups, not being in shape to do them, putting out lousy videos i.e. form of pushups etc...then doing pushups on boards, with implements etc "because it's tougher" - no it aint - the humble pushup done on the floor is the toughest, period, while pushup boards might be great, I've found they end up emphasizing the stronger muscles of your body more and increase imbalance ...
Those are the reasons I dont agree with him.
In one word, and again?
And I freely credit him in my books and courses for much more than just the "royal court" he brought to the world all those years ago.
I truly do believe you can respect someone greatly, and yet disagree with them on many things.
OK, thats finally off my chest.
PS - The 0 Excuses Fitness System has been turning weaklings into wimps, studs into super studs, gurus into super gurus and more - if you're into fitness, and since you're on this list you are, you'll want to invest in this NOW.
As I woke up this morning, the song "We Shall Overcome" was playing in my mind - from a "kiddie" standpoint
Kids these days, they've got the opposite problem, too LITTLE to overcome as opposed to when we were growing up.
But I mentally made a note to tell my daughter about practice.
Not that shell listen - she will scoff. Hehe.
But she'll listen too.
And this is what I wanted to tell her.
"Someday, you'll look back - and realize the value of what I told you".
i.e. the 10,000 hours I keep talking about ...
Now, what do I mean.
Well, just this -sometime in life, these kids have to grow up, and when they face the real world, in whatever shape it is now ...
Is when a lot of them will remember these words - if they have been told that.
And when they will HAVE to do it - a lot of them will do it.
Even more won't.
Sink or swim, basically, as it was at THAT job I write so much about, where the boss kept telling me (a year later) - and my wife too.
"We don't train. We just throw 'em in, see if they sink or swim!"
Its the way I've lived my entire life (no, I'm not discounting the value of training, but sometimes, you have to learn things yourself too).
(use what you've been given naturally, a mind and physical tools).
But anyway later on while doing my meditation - a practice I highly recommend, something else came to mind.
"I cannot be defeated!"
This kept playing in my mind in various shapes, forms and guises.
Now, you guys might think it's all about fitness and working out.
i.e. if you go through a SOLID workout - blood and tears - and you're lying SPENT on the ground in a pool of "blood and tears", sometimes literally - and you THEN find it in yourself to do a 100 pushups MORE.
Then you do it.
At the time of doing it, you might feel you've died an gone to hell.
After this, after you do it - and you sit back and realize you got to that goal again- is when you realize the feeling is "you cannot be defeated".
You did it no matter what.
Training wise, this is exactly and precisely what yours truly did out there on the hill!
Those long, long workouts I did ...
Its the feeling of CANNOT be defeated, yet, is is just the physical that makes this up?
Incredibly, even if you're fit enough to be a Navy Seal or what not, or you go through the training daily - - what bout the MIND?
There is a reason ancient marital arts, when you look at them, you might think "they're not training the hard stuff".
Oh yes they DO.
And physically too.
But mentally is what they focus upon the MOST.
And mentally is what needs to back up the physical, as I wrote about the other day.
They both go together, and they both COMPLEMENT and energize each other.
As the world moves towards more and more "astrology", and other rubbish of "your life number is this and that", and learning from Youtube and other nonsense (from guys that ended up getting it from some other guru that knew exactly squat all) - and try and impart the same so called knowledge to those who dont want it, ie the silent DOERS ... how many times do we see people understanding this truism?
Barely at all.
And the mental part, the mental part where you can truly wake up in the morning and say - or FEEL, more like it ... "nothing can defeat me" - is when you know you've living life like it's meant to be lived, i.e fearlessly!
Lots of people TALK About it.
How many actually do it?
Its fine and dandy to wax lyrical bout all this when the chips are up, what about when it's the other way, so far down youd never imagine things could do this wrong?
Yet, if you're there, bloodied and undefeated, with the feeling of "nothing can defeat me", then you're already halfway there, my friend.
In the future, I'll put out more on meditation, and mind power.
For now, those books bove, and the 0 Excuses Fitness System are the ticket to build mental toughness like never before.
And physical too...
The kind of combo that cannot be beat, no matter what.
The old man that looks sometime 13 years old, sometimes not a day more than 25 or 26- mentally, he never progressed beyond kiddie status, hehe, in many regards (hence his achievements) - is now 41.
And always as the lovely Irene, timeless and ageless once told me.
"You're always helpful, Mystery (my nick on a certain forum) - and you're wise beyond your years!" (I was 26).
She had me pegged - pun intended, and NOT - hehe - so right.
The square peg that refuses and never will fit into the round hole. Hehe. Again, pun intended, maybe not ...
What a journey,especially the last two years.
The last somewhat normal birthday I had was by my lonsesome out there on the hill hitting it hard and heavy.
Of course, that was pre-Show Vid.
And two years down the line, oh my.
Yet, here I am again - caveman by my own in a dark room.
Some things never change.
As David Goggins, pull-up super stud and more once rightly said, "in that dark room, you really come face to face with yourself".
And if you're knocking off 250 pushups daily, and more, you become a man, and find out what you're truly made of when it's all said and done.
"If you're like me, when your body wants to quit, but your mind won't let you" - John Walker, Pushup Central.
Like yesterday, this is being written during the workout.
100 pushups, and I barely felt it, yet, I'm sweating.
THAT is training - hard training at it's absolute best i.e. Pushup Central again. BRUTAL.
And yours truly caveman doesn't get wished Happy Birthday by many people.
I dont want to either, I think.
The best gift IC ould give myself is pushing myself to the limit daily - fighting - surviing - at an age and in circumstances (no, not just money for those of yo uwondering) that would have most men on their knees and beyond by now.
Stallone would know!
It's about being accountable - daily. Goggins would know!
About knowing it's not always the physically toughest man that wins, the man with the strongest MIND does.
Mike Tyson, ole Iron Mike would know!
And Michael Moookerjee, as Alan once famously called me, says this.
The best birthday gift I could give myself is not so much the pushups I'm doing now i.e. the exercise, but the ability to do 'em - that I've built on the back of plenty of years of hard work, sweat and toil in the trenches.
The sort of gains that don't go away, period.
How many people can do 250 pushups at any age, lets say 19, or 25?
How many can do ONE?
How many can get in position?
Case and point, friend.
And I'm grateful - super grateful.
As if on cue, a long overdue tax refund from Uncle Sam ie. the IRS finally is "on it's way".
I've no doubt it will show up soon, much appreciated!
But I'm grateful - again.
To have customers like friends, old friends, really.
John Walker, Charles, Panourgias, all these guys you keep hearing about are more like old friends than just customers!
Ditto for the two great hosting companies I work with, they've both been and continue to be so helpful and accomodating that sometimes I even neglect taking backups.
Not recommended, always have a backup plan.
My point though is this - these guys are like old friends too , I know I can always count on them no matter what.
It's never about money.
It's about caring for the customer.
it's easy to switch to AWS etc, but I would never get the feeling of being "cared for" as I do with these guys, and I will stay with them - period.
The best ever, and my reviews reflect that!
So thats the bottom line, friend.
The best gift I could give myself!
And as for you, friend, if you're reading this, pick up some products, and leave some reviews, thats the best gift you could give me!
And down a cold one or two for me, hehe.
"The secret to getting ahead is getting STARTED".
"I have no use for a man that can only spell a word a certain way".
I might have semi-butchered the last one a little...
But those quotes explain it all (from Twain himself).
Lets address the first one first.
Lets say you're in a position where doing ONE pushup right now is an impossibilty.
Yes, there are many people in that position - they can barely hold the start position of the regular pushup for any length of time before the arms quiver, lower back gives out etc.
(Though NOT most people are as batty as Bozo Glyn is, LOTS are in as bad shape as he is).
Going down for the pushup?
Forgetttttttt about it - for many people.
Yet, getting started - getting that first rep is key -once you get the first rep, you'll do more naturally.
You will progress - naturally.
Same thing for pull-ups.
Once you can finally get your chin over the bar, you'll naturally do more, and progress much quicker.
As opposed to if you never got started, or looked around the gym or park thinking "what will people think if they see I'm unable to do it", or "half my life is gone, I dont need to do anything great now!" or so forth.
Twain may have missed "and keeping on going" in that quote, but I'm sure he knew the value of persistence. Here, let me look it up -
“That is their way, those plagues, those scientists – peg, peg, peg – dig, dig, dig – plod, plod, plod. I wish I could catch a cargo of them for my place; it would be an economy. Yes, for years, you see. They never give up. Patience, hope, faith, perseverance; it is the way of all the breed.”
I can almost hear a certain Gaby telling me "well done!" for looking it up. Hehe.
She did when I looked up a Brit actress that she's apparently attracted to ...
Anyway, Bozo Schofield is getting famous in the UK - more on that later though - but back to it - yeah.
Get started NOW, my friend - that is indeed half the battle WON.
Now, the next thing - spelling.
With all the idiots complaining about tai-pos in my emails, and Schofield himself, King of all trolls "writing style is very poor" (oddly enough, Glyn Bozo himself once read a piece I wrote about Balboa International School in China, and his first comment - "very well written!") .
Even Schofield has to admit the obvious. Hehe.
But really, tai-pos or lack thereof aren't important my friend.
Especially keeping in mind the Twain quote above
That don't mean my books are littered with them, in fact, my books usually have NONE as opposed to my emails.
But if the odd one snuck in, well, as John Walker said in his review for Animal Kingdom Workouts ...
This is one of your best books to date, clearly you understand what it takes to create the perfect beast.
Mastery of one's own bodyweight is so much more important than some random goal of adding 10kg to your bench press.
Moving your bodyweight with strength, grace and power is how the human animal was built to move.
People, do yourself a favour and buy this book and learn the lessons in it so you too can join the ranks of the superhumans. Yet another masterpiece Rahul.
Glyn Schofield, you're a clown and quite clearly you've never worked out in you pathetic little life, because if you had you'd know what's important in a "training book" which is the training information it supplies not whether it has typographical errors, "I mean come on man training books are about training not writing style".
And that, my friend says it all.
Get started NOW, my friend.
The time will never be riper...
PS - To get to SUPER STUD level at pull-ups - check out Pull-ups from STUD to SUPER STUD within WEEKS! now.
Bit of a strange, and somewhat philosophical note to start off the email day on!
But it's something that popped up in my Inbox, and caught my eye.
I never read the article. But the question it posed is pretty genuine!
If today was the "last day on planet Earth for you" (I dont mean for those of you going on space travel, hehe, apparently Japanese billionaries have joined that race too!) - I mean, if today was the last day you know you'd be here on the physical plane - what would be your regrets, if any?
Answer honestly, my friend.
Lots of people say "no regrets" but thats an off the cuff remark, not well thought out.
For me, I thought for a good two minutes or so, which is way longer than I think about for this sort of thing.
IF today were to be that last day, which it most certainly isn't - none at all.
I know I've done my best - given my best - in and at everything I've done.
I know fitness wise, I've done everything I wanted to, and then some - and while I have goals right now, most notably the jump rope goal I wrote to you about - - I'll get after those too.
If I wanted to start a business, I just up and did it regardless of the neighsayers, admirers, encouragers (usually none) and so forth.
Regardless of the falls I'd take, if I wanted to do something, write something, say something, no matter how outrageous, no matter what the consequences, I've always done it.
That to me is what its all about .
When Jeff Bezos was asked this, he said "his only regret would be not trying".
And, with regard to space, and his ownership of the Post - "when I'm 90, those are things I can look back and be proud of".
Which I agree with Jeff on both.
What about YOU, my friend?
Fitness wise, have you done - and been - all you CAN BE?
It isn't an indirect push to buy products.
It's a simple question.
If you had a goal to do 100 pushups per workout -have you got there?
If you were once in super shape - and you keep looking back at that picture saying "I used to be like that" and wistfully wanting to be more - HAVE you done it?
Have you honestly given your best at all- business, and everything else?
Have you done the right thing as far as possible?
These are just questions from my end, I highly encourage you to think of them for yourself!
Anyway, that's an interesting note on which to start things off.
P.S - Fitness wise, if you want do something - try something - buy a product - then just DO IT, my friend.
Pushups wise, for instance, think about it - would it not be nice and satisfying to look back at the age of say 80, and say "I did (or do, if youre Clint Eastwood) one arm pushups willy nilly - or, 500 pushups per workout)?
Similiarly for pull-ups ...
I know a lot of you on here want to buy certain products, but you aren't "saying anything" for some reason.
Seize the day, my friend. It's the "Yuletide" time, if I got that right, hehe (my agnostic / atheist self sometimes does get these things right!) - GET something for yourself, DO something for your fitness.
Trust me, you'll feel great once you get on my workouts, which is really what makes it all worth it!