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By Nature men are nearly alike

By Nature men are nearly alike
By practice they get wide apart
– Confucius

We all have base level instincts and emotions, anger, sadness, happiness etc

This is where we are all alike, but through practice or not is where we set ourselves apart

One person can have desires for material things and always gives in to temptation to buy them,

Where as the next practices frugality and resists the urge to buy them

One person gets in a rage about the slightest upset, the next practices hardship and readys its mind for them to arise.

It’s also the same way your friends grow apart from you, they practice something you don’t and eventually your interests dont align anymore…

We are all alike
Until we practice

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Be A Student Of Your Game

Be A Student Of Your Game

Ryan Holiday posted an Instagram post sometime back and someone asked him how he reads so much

His response was firstly I’m a writer so I get paid to read because if I don’t I can’t write

In Steven Pressfields War of art our turning pro (I can’t remember which one) he says a similar thing I write all day then read all night

Coming from the fitness industry a lot of the personal trainers get their basic qualifications and thats it, but the best keep on studying

To master your craft you have to study your craft the world is evolving constantly what worked once might not work now

Don’t be left dead in the water

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The Difficult Thing Is To Practice It Every Day

Teaching It Isn’t Hard
The Difficult Thing Is To Practice It Every Day

-The Archer

Or we can say learning something isn’t hard

What’s important is that we practice it every day

That’s how we master our craft

Not by learning the same thing over and over again,

Signing up for another lecture or reading another book on the same topic

Taking what we learnt and applying it to our craft or another craft, Like learning how to use your hands from a baker and mastering your breathing from a Yoga instructor and you can apply these principles to say boxing or farming.

The important thing is to apply whatever you learn to your craft and apply it everyday until it becomes you

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You also see that training is more effective than nature for good

‘You also see that training is more effective than nature for good’

Lycurgus

When wanting to bring in new laws into Sparta (The ones we know them for there strict discipline and lifestyle)

Lycurgus bought into two dogs (from the same stock apparently) and trained one to hunt and let the other life as a neutered house dog,

Then to prove a point that his new rules would be best for Sparta he would get the dogs to catch a hare. The one that was trained to hunt obviously overpowered the hare whilst the nurtured one wagged its tail probably (Couple of thousand years ago I wasn’t there)

Someone then accused Lycurgus of using dogs from different stock and the one that won was from a breed of hunters.

So Lycurgus switched the dog’s roles and let the one from the hunting stock live as a house dog and trained the house dog as a hunter.

After some time he did another showcase and this time the newly trained dog outperformed the dog from the good stock.

He then came out with the following –

“So also in our case, fellow-citizens, noble birth, so admired of the multitude, and our being descended from Heracles does not bestow any advantage, Bunless we do the sort of things for which he was manifestly the most glorious and most noble of all mankind, and unless we practise and learn what is good our whole life long.”

He’s saying it doesn’t matter where your from, how talented you were born, if you do not work at a something you will not get better at it or you won’t stay very talented for long.

Basically The ‘Well they have good genetics’ ‘They were born with skill’ excuses was debunked thousands of years ago.

If you want something you have to work at it, your whole life.

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Two Weeks Ago, I Was Eating Sugar Myself

‘Two weeks ago I was still eating sugar myself’

-Gandhi

In the way of the peaceful warrior, there was a story of a woman in India who was upset that her son was eating too much sugar. No matter how much she chided him, he continued to satisfy his sweet tooth. Totally frustrated, she decided to take her son to see his great hero Mahatma Gandhi.

Sir, my son eats too much sugar. It is not good for his health. Would you please advise him to stop eating it?”

Gandhi listened to the woman carefully, turned and spoke to her son, ‘Go home and come back in two weeks.”

The woman looked perplexed and wondered why he had not asked the boy to stop eating sugar. She took the boy by the hand and went home.

Two weeks later she returned, with the boy. Gandhi motioned for them to come forward. He looked directly at the boy and said,

‘Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.”

The boy’s mother turned to Gandhi and asked,
‘Why didn’t you tell him that two weeks ago when I brought him here to see you?”

Gandhi smiled (Apparently I wasn’t there),

‘Mother, two weeks ago I was still eating sugar myself.”

It’s a great example of practising what you preach, Many years ago in my early PT days I was telling a client to stop drinking so much energy drinks, Yet if they had looked on the floor of my car they would have seen layers of empty cans.

Today social media is flooded with loads of ‘expert’ advice from everyone about COVID 19 yet none of those people are even in the health field, the actual experts have dubbed it an Infodemic that there is so much false, unproven, random information out there.

Live what you preach