Category Archives: Personal Development

Quote of the Day

Via Jim Wendler:

Why are you afraid to eat food? Eating doesn’t make you fat. Carbs don’t make you fat. Bad choices make you fat. Don’t make bad choices.

Apply that to everything, not just eating… good advice, huh?

In case anyone is wondering…

I started growing my beard in October.  I’m not growing it for man cancer awareness, or for the playoffs.

I’m growing it because it was time to put on the man pants.  It is a message to myself to man up, face itching be damned.

And it will entertain my nieces and nephews.


Some Advice for the “99%”

Quit complaining about what other people have that you don’t.  Instead, go out and try to get in the 1%.

You probably won’t make it.  That’s OK, I probably won’t, either.  But you’ll do a ton of good along the way as well as (obviously) make yourself better off.

Most of the people in the 1% got there by creating value (either a product or a service) for other people.  Steve Jobs did that.  Even the hypocrite Warren Buffett does it indirectly.  Are there bad people in the 1% that took advantage of government bailouts?  Sure.  So what – many of you elected the people who gave them the bailouts.  Instead of complaining about it, start taking power away from the government so they can’t bail them out, and put the power in your own hands to do as much (or little) good for others as you like.

The closer you get to the 1%, the more you are able to give money and time to those less fortunate.  Isn’t that a better use of your energy than protesting something you can’t change by protesting?  You can change the world by participating in the process (vote, petition, etc), by removing the power from the elite and putting it in the hands of the masses.  You can change the world by earning and producing enough that you meet your needs and can help meet the needs of others!  The nice thing is, the more power you retain, the more of your wealth will go where you want, not where central planners want.

As you inch towards the 1%, you’ll be happier and healthier.  Yeah, I know money doesn’t by happiness, but it sure doesn’t hurt.  And there’s plenty of research showing there’s a link between good health and wealth, not because of better access to care, but because wealthy people worry less about money!  Being happy and healthy is a great thing, I wish it for everyone, even those who want to use force to take my things.  (Selfishly, I know that the happier, healthier, and wealthier other people are, the less they will want to use force to take my things.)

So spend your time wisely, not by protesting some random injustice, but by going out in the world and making a real difference.

And quit talking about taking wealth by force from the 1%.  That will not work out well for you, I promise.

Try it for 30 days!

If you don’t subscribe to TED, you should.  Not value in every talk, but some are quick fun reminders of what we can do.  Like this one.

Awesome Scale

Jim Wendler provides the greatest answer to a training question, ever.

How To: Stop a Bully

Patrick at Popehat (which you should regularly read) links to a widespread video from Australia showing a bully getting what he’s got coming.

I didn’t know there was an uproar, and frankly don’t care much.  I’ve said for years, as Patrick points out, there’s a solution to bullying.

There’s always a big brother, a bigger friend, or a Dad out there.  Eventually, the bully will run in to them.  Problem solved.  Some people, in many instances bullies, respond only to violence, and some well placed violence is the only solution.  I think in most cases, just the idea that there’s someone out there who will stand up to you can stop a bully.

I know from experience:  standing up to the bully works.  I didn’t ever have to kick the shit out of someone (I doubt I actually would have been able to take on the kid who bullied me in high school), but just standing up to the lout ended the behavior.  He didn’t know if I really thought I could kick his ass, but I made him think I could, or that I might at least try.

(Also, a big shout out to Facebook.  The kid who bullied me in school turned out to be a douchebag attention craving loser as an adult.  I wouldn’t have the satisfaction of knowing that without Facebook.)

Successfully standing up for yourself can be a valuable life lesson, too.

Morgan Shepherd: Badass

Morgan Shepherd, a low funded 69 year old NASCAR Nationwide driver, showed he’s got some badass left in those old bones.

The veteran of 44 NASCAR seasons was getting out of his rental car in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store Monday evening just minutes away from Las Vegas Motor Speedway just as three men burst from the store’s entrance with security forces trailing behind.

Thats when Shepherd, a daily jogger and fitness perfectionist, sprang into action.

“I just got out and took off after them,” Shepherd said. “I caught one of them just as they were getting ready to hop a little wall at the end of the parking lot. I yanked him down and got on top of him.”

Shepherd said in a matter of seconds a Las Vegas police officer pitched the ageless NASCAR driver a pair and handcuffs and continued pursuit of the other two suspects, along with the store’s security force.

“I cuffed him and sat on top of him,” Shepherd said. “The police department officers showed up and asked if I could hold him a while longer while they ran down the others. I told them he wasn’t going anywhere.”

Shepherd said while the young shoplifter pleaded with him to let him go and about the possibility of going to jail, Shepherd used the time to lecture the youth about his poor choices.

Awesome.  Here’s hoping I’m able to do the same thing at 69.


I blogged about this in the past, and while I don’t follow the ‘Sabbath Manifesto‘ weekly, I do make an effort to unplug and slow down a little a few days a month.

Anyone participating in the National Day of Unplugging?  I think I might.

Who’s Judgemental?

There are Planet Fitness commercials making the rounds on the interwebs that suggests their gym is for the more reasonable trainee, the one with reasonable goals and certainly the smarter person.  (There are plenty of gyms like Planet Fitness out there – my old gym became a Spunk Fitness which has a similar strategy.)

This one is my favorite, because big and strong, well, that’s just stupid.

Thank goodness for that judgement free zone, huh?

I was pretty happy today to see Iron Sport has a response. 

I train at The Colosseum in Columbia, MD.  I’ve never felt more at home.  I train with powerlifters, bodybuilders, college athletes, housewives, crossfitters, people with disabilities, retirees (one well over 80), and a host of others.  Not once have I felt judged, nor have I seen anyone judge anyone else.  (OK, so I judge personal trainers who give horrible advice, but that’s not the fault of the trainee).

The difference:  We’re there to reach a goal.  We’re not afraid to work hard, and we all appreciate and learn from others working hard to reach their goals.  Often those goals aren’t the same, and in fact what I’m doing might be a horrible choice for someone else.  But we’re serious about what we’re doing.

People who are serious about training aren’t going to Planet Fitness.  If you are new to the game or uncertain or uncomfortable, know we’ve all been there.  I was scared to death the first day I walked in to the Golds in Timonium and saw all those people bigger and stronger than I was.  Within an hour, that fear was gone, replaced with a sense of belonging.  Because people who are serious about training don’t judge others who are also serious.  Instead, they welcome them, help and encourage them.

There is no more positive, less judgemental group of people than the people who train where I train; and that goes for every serious gym out there. 

Overcome your fear and train like you mean it.  Something you will never be able to do in a place like Planet Fitness.

Well Done

Via Boris

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