Passion

Hey all, 

Hope you're all doing well. 

Last two weeks I've been flat out. I do realise most articles I open with something similar like this, but damn! I didn't even get a small article out last week! I actually started writing something about the fish oil and prostate cancer study that was over hyped a little back about a month or so ago, but I found that I kinda wasn't agreeing with the direction I was headed. But more on that when I actually produce that article! 

So last night, if you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen I linked out an article from Jim Wendlers Blog. If you didn't catch it, the article is called 'Time to Man Up'  and if you haven't already, I seriously suggest you give that a read before you continue on here.

Now why might I be referring you to Jim?  

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Well, not only is Jim Wendler the man who brought us 5/3/1 but he also happens to write with so much passion and exuberance that he makes me want to do nothing more than walk into my gym and pick the heaviest thing I can find up, and proceed to put it back down again. Wendlers article is the antithesis for todays current health and fitness industry. 

But what does this have to do with the title of the article? 

There's one line in particular that got me thinking. 

Talk about your passions in life, talk about how you’ve moved boulders, talk about the books you’ve read, talk about the world’s you’ve changed. You have the passion for training, start making this shit count.

Ok, clearly this is what sparked my thought process. 

First point. Your passions in life.  Too many of us just go day to day, through the motions and end up sad, depressed and feeling unaccomplished. Here's an idea. Go do something. Anything. Start applying what you've learnt.

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You want to do a marathon? Do it. You want to enter strongman? Do it. You want to start a sport you haven't played in years? Do it!

This also applies to more broader things in life too. Find your passion. You want to start a business? Learn what is required as far as licences, legal indemnity and tax law goes and do it. You want to learn a new language? Go buy some books/ language apps or even sign up to a class and do it. You want to start a blog and write about how great Jim Wendler is and then start harassing people into getting stuff done?! Go to www.squarespace.com and DO IT! 

I started this thing (the blog) when I was unemployed. If I could afford $10 a month when I had no job, surely you can too. 

Second point. Talk about the boulders you've moved. The things you've done are part of who and what you are. It's important not to dwell or live in the past, but your accomplishments better define you than a shredded six pack ever will. When you tell people you've lost 45kg, they are way more impressed by that, than you just looking good. Trust me, I know. 

Three. Talk about the books you've read. Better still. Read books. These days, we all read blogs for our information. Anyone can make a blog, like me for example. But like I advise at the top of the page, take it with a grain of salt. Reading books is always going to give you better if not first, second hand information. Interesting books I recommend.

  1.  The Paleo Solution - Robb Wolf
  2. Quiet - Susan Cain
  3. What Shintaro Taught Me - Ron Lee
  4.  The Flinch - Julien Smith (this ones a free ebook on amazon)
  5. Olympic Weightlifting for Athletes - Greg Everett
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And finally four. Talk about the world's you've changed. Once you've done something amazing. You can inspire every single person around you. Talking about the world's that you've changed maybe relating to yours, or other peoples. It doesn't matter. What does matter is that you've done something. Spent your time doing something useful and constructive improving things. Driving forward. Don't stop. Once you have the momentum, you can push through and make more changes, inspire more, develop more, build more. Why be satisfied with being mediocre. Be the best you can be. Be passionate in what you do. Love your life. Don't just waste it in front of a mirror.

 
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