Posts Tagged ‘success’

We overestimate how hard we are working

August 21, 2017

You think that you are exercising really hard, or working really hard at your job. But, in all likelihood, you are probably not working all that hard. And, no matter how hard you’re working, there are people out there that are working harder, a lot harder.

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.
– Richard P. Feyman

Stan Efferding on what it means to do a hard leg workout:

Anyone who has ever said that you don’t have to get sore to succeed, has never succeeded. If you’ve never limped out to the parking lot and had to hold onto something to step off the curb, you don’t train hard. If you’ve never driven home and couldn’t bend your legs to get out of the car, you don’t train hard. If you’ve never walked down the stairs sideway, both feet touching every step while holding onto the railing, you don’t train hard. And if your entire body has never seized up – your abs, quads, and hamstrings – waking you up in the middle of the night, screaming in pain, you don’t train hard. And that should tell you everything you need to know about competitive weightlifting. You could look under every rock for the “secret”, but the answer is inside of you already. Are you willing to work that hard, are you willing to suffer that much, are you willing to sacrifice that much? The answer to that question is where you’ll find your next personal best.

To achieve success you must “need” it, not want or desire it

October 27, 2014

Want to improve your performance in running a mile? Want to shave 10 seconds off your personal best? Then switch from “wanting” it to “needing it.”

Want to lift 100 pounds more than your personal best? Then switch from “wanting” it to “needing it.”

Want to become your company’s expert in a technology? Then switch from “wanting” it to “needing it.”

John Broz says it fabulously:

There are two forms of motivation. There’s motivation from desire and there’s motivation from necessity. If you’re coming from a point of desire, it can always change — day by day, minute by minute: “I want to lose weight. Oh there’s a candy bar, it looks really good. Maybe I’ll eat it.” Your desire can fluctuate. The problem with that is you float above or below the line of success all the time.

But if you’re coming from a point of necessity, you can’t fail because you never see that as an option. You won’t allow yourself to fail. So when you look at things from a point of necessity — “I must do this. I don’t have an option” — you can’t fail. Those people always succeed.

“I want, I want” is different than, “I need, I know I have to.”

The problem in this country is that people are hobbyists. They want to be great: “I would love to do this. I want to make a team.” Yeah, you want. You don’t need to and that’s the difference. If I asked you this simple question, “Suppose you were on an island, and everything was paradise and you could train whenever you wanted. How often would you train?” Everyone basically spouts the information they have been brainwashed with: “I would train three days a week. I would max once every so often.”

Now compare that with this scenario: You’re in a cell. You’re locked up. Everyone you love will be executed if you don’t lift a certain weight (100 pounds above your personal best) by a certain date. Are you going to still train three days a week?

No, you’ll train every day.


Because, you have to.

That’s the point.

If you have to, now it’s different.

Interview with John Broz: