Disclaimer: I decided to change the direction of this blog. I have been asking myself what topics to write about, how to go about all of it, and I finally made up my mind. Since this blog has my name of it, it’s going to be a bit more personal, but not in a boring way. I’ll be writing mostly about my struggles, the things I had to overcome, my obsession with bettering myself, how I quit certain bad habits, my fitness journey, and stuff like that.
I’d like to call this “The Dash Project.” You know… there are two dates and a dash on a tombstone, and that dash represents all that you have done in your life. I’m going to make that dash count.
After I quit smoking, I decided to once again go to the gym. I bought a gym membership, and the first thing I did was run on the treadmill…
A few minutes of running, my heart rate reached 160 BPM, and I felt chest pain so intense I had to stop. But the next day I was at it again. And the next day, and the day after that.
I have been working out every single day for three months now. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
And I haven’t been doing it to look good naked, so women find me more attractive, or to post videos of my lifts on Instagram. I am doing it for my brain. Continue reading
“You never know how strong you are… until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Cayla Mills
I’m going to tell you something no motivational speaker would ever dare tell you: genuine strength can’t be taught, learned, bought, borrowed, or understood. Genuine strength, defined as the ambition, courage, and stamina to do whatever you want to do most in this world comes from the realization that you are the only one who’s going to pay the price for success.
That is it.
You really don’t need someone to keep you motivated, someone to keep an eye on you so you don’t become lazy. There’s no point in doing something if you can’t do it by yourself, for yourself, because you can and want to.
I enjoy watching those motivational videos on Youtube, or reading about this or that person who reached a breaking point in their life. I like to read about struggles that makes us human. But it never really helped me achieve anything.
The truth is, you have to do this by yourself. The moment you can’t find any more excuses, the moment you can’t blame anyone else for your mistakes, that’s when you can either give up or try again. You can run and hide, or simply try to take over the world.
It’s really simple. Continue reading
I don’t know if Grant Cardone came up with this or not, because I have seen this predicated by a number of other speakers and successful people, but the idea is simple: you are capable of being ten times more productive than you currently are.
If that doesn’t strike you as nonsense, nothing will. As a matter of fact, your ego should kick in an say that this is just a stupid statement, especially since it never took into account your own schedule.
But, you see, it doesn’t have to. It never did. Continue reading
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriett Tubman
My father would always jokingly (or maybe not) ask me how do you call those who have a lot of ideas? I’d say “idealists” and he’d start laughing and say “idiots.”
I have always dreamed big, I have always imagined myself reaching for the stars.
When I was six years old, I’d dream that one day I’d travel to the US, change my name to Chris Packlem, and become the richest man in the world. I’d own all the world’s largest companies, and have an assistant by the name of John. I had absolutely no idea how that was going to happen, and I thought that I’d start by opening a grocery store somewhere in my twenties and then things would take off. But I had no doubt about it. Continue reading
“Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.” – Seneca
Somehow I believe that it’s human nature to dream, to imagine a better life. It’s how we evolve and develop. But dreaming is one thing, striving to achieve that dream another.
But it’s difficult, right?
To find the energy, the time, the motivation to pursue your dreams? Continue reading
“Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” — William Goldman
I’m not a big fan of “positive thinking.” Yes, it’s important that we love ourselves, that we try to see all that is good and worthy of gratitude in us and others. I believe in seeing the light in others and offering them the support they need to better themselves.
But I also know that it is extremely important that we be realistic about what is what and who is who.
“Now the standard cure for one who is sunk is to consider those in actual destitution or physical suffering—this is an all-weather beatitude for gloom in general and fairly salutary day-time advice for everyone. But at three o’clock in the morning, a forgotten package has the same tragic importance as a death sentence, and the cure doesn’t work—and in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Life is a matter of perspective. What we call reality is limited to how much we perceive. Or how we perceive. Or what we want to perceive.
Events in themselves are meaningless. We attach a certain meaning to them, we choose what we feel, think, and how we react. Continue reading