“Everybody wanna be a bodybuilder but nobody wanna lift heavy ass weights” - Ronnie Coleman, Eight times Mr Olympian winner
I’ve noticed a recurring theme in the lives of successful people:
- They’re naively optimistic about what’s possible
- They work hard and smart to get there
That’s why I love that quote by Ronnie Coleman. Everyone wants to be successful but few are willing to do what it takes.
What I’m not promoting is working longer hours. As you probably know, we work a 4-day week at Treehouse. What I am promoting is being willing to go through pain and fear. Not just willing, but expecting and welcoming these things.
I see a lot of similarities with working out at the gym and succeeding in the rest of your life. There’s no way around the fact that if I want to get stronger and healthier, I have to cause my body to ‘hurt’. Fatigue, exhaustion, aches, feeling sick. It’s all necessary.
The same is true with success in the rest of my life. I’ll never get to where I want to go without experiencing fear, doubt and exhaustion.
It’s normal and it’s good. Not always and not forever, but it’s definitely been a part of my journey.
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