Monday, July 3, 2023


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If you're not willing to go in there and face yourself then you can't find anything. You have to live right here on surface. Here on the surface. So if there is an ending to this world, and there is somewhere to go, and there's a judgment. You're gonna get there. And you might see a chart, and that chart may tell you who you should have been. And now you get the rest of your life to think about that. "I could have lived a much better life. I just would have just suffered a little bit more. If I just would have went in that and realized I had so much more. But fear, and the 40% of living here versus living here being afraid, stop me.

Your biggest enemy, your biggest. The most important conversation you will ever have in your life, is the one you have with yourself. You wake up with it, you walk around with it, you go to bed with it. Eventually, you're going to act on it, whether you're good or bad. You have to. That's why the whole thing about this book I have is about you. It is about you. It's strictly about you.

Finding who you are, so many people die, live a hundred years, never know who they are. You have to look in that mirror and know this. "There's so much more in here, because I can literally right now be, a 300-pound guy, spraying for cockroaches still to this day. If I did not look in that mirror and said there has to be more to this, this can't be it." And then we're going to go into it, dive deep into it and give all I have to find it. So that's what all that's about. 

Let's say: there are 10 people in this room, and we're all mediocre, but I'm the best of the mediocre people. I now think I'm great. We surround ourselves around people that make us feel great. They tell us what we want to hear the second we put ourselves amongst the uncommon people. 

We don't like that feeling, that challenge and feel that of that person waking up at 3:30 in the morning, saying "hey, push, we're going for a run." We don't like that challenge. We like that person who says "hey, you know, I mean, I don't feel good today," and they say: "oh, it's okay, brother, take a day off, maybe get a pizza and watch the game." We like that. We love that feeling, why? "Because you understand," "we're good bro." We don't want that.

We don't want it in our lives. We don't want that person who's constantly challenging our weaknesses. We want that process constantly. You know, making us feel nice and good and secure as nurses. That's the mediocrity of life. We want to be the best among the average people. 

People wonder how do you stay hungry, all the time. Because after I accomplished something, I don't sit back like a lot of guys who graduate this graduate that. They get comfortable. They wonder "why I'm getting weak - I don't know, I lost my Edge. What's going on?" Because once you hit the top of the mountain, guess what happened? I'm good, I'm good! So you wonder why you're falling down now.

Because once you're on top of the mountain, you gotta build another one. That's mediocrity! There are a lot of people in mediocrity who have a nice resume, but they're one-timers. "They hit. They hit a one-time deal. They busted it open. Gotta a lot of money, but they're good." You're mediocre. Now "What are you doing today, tomorrow, the next day?" "That's why listen to theorists." I don't listen all that!

I listen to someone who's like this:
"What's wrong, man?" 
"I'm tired, dude!" 
"Why are you tired?" 
"Because tomorrow I gotta do that again, man, whatever it is, that made me nauseous and sick to my stomach. It made me hurt, there's no ending,"

And that's the person I listen to. That's the person who gained knowledge. You gain knowledge through suffering. And on the other end of suffering, is a world that very few, very few, have ever seen. It's a beautiful world because that's where you find yourself. You don't find yourself over here. You find yourself on the other end, like the 100-mile race I was on. I ran it for 24 hours.

I found myself on the other end of that race, that 19 hours. I found, wow, there's a whole another good world out here that I've never even stopped l. But the world's in your mind, and that's what all that mediocrity is about. The mind has a tactical advantage over you. At all times of your life, the mind has a tactical advantage over you. Why is that? It knows what you're afraid of. It knows your insecurities. It knows your deep dark lies, and it starts to push you away from that.

It pushes you in a direction that is comfortable. The mind controls everything. So what I realized was that when I was growing up - and I was 300 pounds, and I got all fat, and I got all insecure - I realized that my mind kept taking me in this direction when things got uncomfortable for me, when I was facing my insecurities, I was facing my fears, my mind said: 'oh no, we had the tactical advantage. We need to get you separate you from this feeling. This feeling of your life is all about feelings. We want a happy feeling. We don't want that feeling of this, it sucks.'

If, in that moment, you can answer those up questions, and you are now in charge of your brain versus your brain ruling, you that's where all that stuff comes from, so the 40 rule is all of that you get to 40. Your brain says, 'we're done: let's roll, this is starting to get painful. This is uncomfortable,' so you sit down. You have to figure out ways, and everybody's different. That's how the book kind of talks about like we all have these things about.

You know, five steps to this and four steps to this. It's a lot more than that. That's all! It's a practice that you have to, it's a habit. So if you know that at 40, I'm still, you know, I'm, feeling pain at 40. I'm feeling pain. That's where the 40 rule kicks in. Now it starts, okay, I'm feeling pain. My mind's saying all this to me. It's saying get out of here, run, flee the fight or flight kicks in, okay. We're done. We're not good enough. It starts telling you all these things, and you start to believe it because the mind controls all. This is the time when you have to gain control back in your mind. 

'It's okay! Let me see if I can go 45%.' And once you start giving yourself more and more hope and start realizing, "okay, then." The mind starts to be okay. What are you doing? we're supposed to be going right, and you're going left. You start, then, controlling your mind, start finding more in you know in yourself, and it goes from 40 to a lot further than that. But that's the start of it, though, get to the spot.

Where your mind is saying: stop wherever that is, you got to get there first, and then that's when that starts to work for you. You got to control yourself in that moment.

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