May 22, 2015
Failing may sound counter intuitive, but failure holds perhaps the greatest life lessons. I’m not saying go out and intentionally fail but understand that it will happen. Train your mind to accept failure a lesson to be learned to catapult you to success. You see failure is the back bone of success, you can’t have one without the other.
Study the most successful athletes, business people, artists etc. and you’ll see that they failed more times then you ever imagined. It’s important to understand that there is a difference between failing and failing forward.
Failing, which is what most people do, is accepting defeat and refusing to learn from it. Failing forward is failing, but finding the good inside the bad. If you can program your mind to accept failure and learn from it there is nothing that you can’t accomplish in this life. Every failure is an opportunity to grow and get one step closer to where you want to be.
People tend to have a preconceived notion that successful people never have to struggle to achieve greatness. To be honest, I’m not sure how people accept this as any sort of truth. Maybe it comforts them in some sort of way…. but it’s absolutely incorrect.
A long time ago when I use to partake in athletics I had a dream of one day being the superstar of my football team. However, I was on average 4 inches shorter than everyone, 30 pounds lighter, and a whole lot weaker. It was a miracle if I even got to play one down. For sometime I accepted that I would never be a starter and that football wasn’t my thing.
Thankfully, a friend of mine told me to pull my head out of my a$$ and to stop accepting defeat. He told me that if I truly wanted to be great that I was going to have to push myself harder than anyone else on the team. I began training harder day in and day out, training my mind body and soul to be stronger than anyone else on the team. Although I was still smaller I found a way to be smarter than the rest of my team. I made decision to take action to better myself, no matter how many times I failed, and ultimately reached my goal of being a starter.
I’m not saying that failing is easy, but it’s a necessary part of life to weed out the weak and a time for those that are dedicated to shine.
May 16, 2015
As Will Smith said, ” The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft.”
Perhaps one of our favorite quotes of all times. Whether your talking about athletics or talking about business no truer words have been said. Training is the key component that allows you to excel to unfathomable heights. Often times people don’t full appreciate how powerful training is. Maybe they understand, but they don’t apply it. Otherwise if they did, everyone would be where they want to be in life.
Someone may naturally be gifted but that will only give them an advantage for so long. Say someone that is less talented constantly practices and trains day in and day out, they will eventually surpass a naturally gifted person that doesn’t put in the time. From our experience sometimes people that are naturally gifted tend to get beat out in their perspective fields because they don’t push themselves.
It may sound strange, but some gifted individuals have a slight arrogance to them that gives them a false pretense that they don’t have to push themselves. It is in this mindset that even the most gifted people can fail.
Life is about pushing the envelope to become the best that you can possibly be. Whether you have a small goal or a massive desire to do something,you have to train to get there. As we said before, training is a key!
Furthermore, training doesn’t have to be all about business or athletics. If you want to be a great parent or a awesome friend, it takes practice. We’ve all heard the cliche “practice makes perfect.”
On a similar note, we’ve noticed that people love to make excuses when it comes to working “on their craft.” For instance, people tell us they train all the time but still never reach then end result that they are looking for. Our response, BS! If you want something bad enough you will figure out a way to make it happen. Perhaps, a specific training doesn’t work out, but that doesn’t give you the excuse to give up. Instead figure out what went wrong, correct the issue, and keep going.
Training isn’t supposed to be easy, it’s suppose to challenge you. Otherwise, if it were easy everyone would do it!
May 13, 2015
We feel that it is a safe assumption to say that when most people think of the definition of athletics, they correlate it to sports. Make sense, right? Of course! I mean if you were to look up athletics in the dictionary it would give you some jargon about sports. However, think about it in a more abstract way, can a business person be athletic?
We’re not talking about a businessman that is in good shape that works out everyday after work. But instead, a businessman that has an athletic mind.
Just like in sports, business people face challenges that require training and skill to overcome. Having an athletic mind is a mind that pushes the envelope to new heights and is willing to go through the struggle to achieve the end result. Athleticism is an arbitrary word that has ability to be manipulated in numerous scenarios.
Perhaps we can’t pain a clearer picture of what it means to have an athletic mind by discussing a colleague of ours past.
Mitch, one of our own colleagues, had a hell of time getting to where he is today. You see, Mitch grew up underprivileged and under appreciated with almost no support behind him. By no means was anything handed to him and everyone expected him to fail. And you know what, he did. He failed over and over again. As he failed time and time again it only confirmed his pupils assessment that he would never amount to anything. However, what they didn’t see was that Mitch used his failures and adversity as a catalyst to push him to new heights.
Ultimately, Mitch adopted an athletic mindset and was willing to challenge himself every single day to break the stereotype that was placed on him. Everyday he read, trained, and remained focused on his end goal of becoming successful. An athlete is more than just someone that can run fast or jump high, an athlete can be someone that reads books, attends seminars, and strengthens their mind.
Training is what ties a conventional athlete and business athlete together. Despite the different end goals, both overcome obstacles by constantly pushing themselves to unfathomable levels.