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4/16/2013 7:32:54 AM -

Here’s some more shit I learned this year.

People in the fitness industry love reading, and I think this is awesome. As Will Smith said in that “reading and running” video a lot of people frequently post on Facebook, most situations in the world today have already been addressed by someone in a book, so in order to solve problems, all you really have to do is find precedents and see what other people have done.

Whenever you ask people what they’re reading, or what their favorite books are, their choices are inevitably self-help books. This, too, is great, because they can be informative and motivation, and they can offer amazing insight into what we need to do to be successful.

I read these for years, and I still do from time to time. I’m just more selective about it now, and I make sure I’m reading them for the right reasons—which for me, now, is more about getting a fresh perspective on business motivation more than anything else. I’m motivated to train, and I’m motivated to work—but I’m significantly less motivated when it comes to financial matters over and above making sure I have my basic needs covered, so I’ll look at these books and try to glean something from them that sparks me to think about money differently.

The problem I used to have—and the problem I think a lot of people in our sphere have—is that they’re looking in these books for “the secret.” By this, I mean they’re looking for shortcuts. I used to buy these books thinking there’d be a chapter that finally uncovered the one hidden thing that all these rich people knew that I didn’t. If I only could find that chapter, success would come knocking at my door, so I bought and read everything I could get my hands on.

I even got a bootleg copy of Tony Robbins “Personal Power” at one point, and listened to every single CD.

What was amazing about all of this is that every book essentially said the same thing: That you had to have discipline—defined as doing what you’re supposed to do, when you’re supposed to do it, to the best of your ability.

In other words, get your ass up, work as hard and as smart as you can, have an organizational system, seek out mentors who’ve already done what you’re trying to do (and copy them), and just try really f-ing hard. To my complete and utter amazement, no matter how many books I read by business leaders, sport coaches, psychologists, and Dave Tate (who kind of encompasses all three), there was simply no magic bullet other then discipline.

In fact, the best advice I read was from Dave. Paraphrased, it was, “You already know what to do. You just have to do it.” Try that. It works.

Angry Coach

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