Work So Hard That It Scares Other People!
Hi there, it’s Stuart once again and welcome back to the blog!
I’ve just finished a workout. And I’m constantly reminded every time I work out of this guy called David Goggins, if you haven’t checked out, David Goggins, my recommendation is go check him out. He’s got insane workouts, he’s got a crazy work ethic. And it comes from one of the things that he’s described the the idea of having an alter ego.
I do believe that as an individual, we need to create multiple alter egos, because one of the things I’ve come to realize is, most of us tell us lies inside our head anyway, you know, I’m not good enough, things are getting bad, the economy’s terrible. All these are lies simply because they’re from a perspective that if you wanted to justify it, it will be true. And I know for a fact that actors, when you take a look at really convincing actors on stage, you literally buy into the idea that there is some emotion that is real, well, emotions are real, but they made it up inside their head, in order for you and I to really appreciate an experience.
So what I’ve come to realize is, if you played it out inside your body, you played it out effectively, you will create a reality that is congruent with whatever it is you want to think about. So in my opinion, I think it’s very important for you to start working hard. Because if you don’t put the pressure on yourself, I have a very strong belief that other people or life itself will put pressure on you. So if you’re able to stretch yourself into so called voluntary suffering, I know that doesn’t sound very good, but you put yourself through some pain.
And you can use it as an experiment, you go like, “I’ve never run a marathon before, I’m going to run a marathon” though I haven’t run a marathon before, I’ve run at most, like 12 kilometers. But it’s that desire to want to run tough kilometers, that kind of puts me into the edge of while and I’ve never been able to run this far before. But I’ve finally been able to do it. And it gives you a sense of this completion, and then the next one could be a little bit longer. And don’t get me wrong, I didn’t start off by jumping into 12 kilometers straight away. I went for five, maybe eight kilometers. And then I began to stretch myself a little bit further. So if you think about it that way, it’s all about stretching further now.
The work ethic is not about working hard for its own sake. Right. Goggins, David Goggins himself talks about how he wants to scare the boogeyman, right? So he puts on the persona of Goggins so that he can make himself look harder, harsh. I mean, if you tell him to do 200 push ups, you smile at you and go, instead, all you got, I think, when you have that kind of a work ethic, people are going to be terrified of you, especially those who are going to put you down. When people say, “Oh, you couldn’t lift 200 kilograms”, you’re gonna go and say, “Yeah, I can’t do it now. But you’re right. Is that all that you want me to do?” And then you work yourself to that, and then you realize that, hey, I’ve got even more in the tank than I ever thought before. So don’t turn people’s judgments of you off. I think it’s important for you to keep those judgments and allow those judgments to be, shall I say, a motivator redirectionalize, that anger, maybe even resentment that you might feel towards some of those people, and then use that as a way forward?
To a great extent, I feel that the stretch zone is different than the pain zone: you don’t want to go break your arms for the sake of suffering, right. But what’s important is that the work ethic of saying, let’s go the distance today, let’s see what we can do doesn’t mean that you don’t have a day off. I mean, Goggins, doesn’t have a day off. He laughs when you ask him, did you have a day off today? I think that’s, that’s terrifying, don’t you think?
I think in order for you to become to get what you want, you need to do what you’ve never done before. So I urge you, you know, I’m in the process of discovery. This morning, I went for a few different kinds of workouts that really put strain I was doing upper body shoulder bicep workouts today, and it kind of blew me out. But at the same time, I know that it was a good and fruitful exercise because I can feel it in my arms trembling right now, right? So go ahead, explore, you know, stretch yourself go beyond just the comfort zone because as long as you stay in the comfort zone, you’re always got you always get what you’ve always got. So as always, until the next video, keep learning, keep growing.