Ok Primal Camp.
It’s time to get REAL for a moment.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m one of the contributors to the Male Health Motivation facebook page. It’s a pretty cool page if you’ve never seen it before. With about 50,000 followers and growing by the hundreds per day, it offers a lot of different perspectives on the strength game. One of the best things I’ve found is that it gets a ton of interaction with comments and dialogue from the followers.
Most of the time it’s good, but something happened a few weeks ago that totally blew my mind.
During the middle of the night my time, I scheduled a post showing a photo of Tom Hardy in his role as Bane in the latest Batman movie. For his character, he gained 30 pounds in about 3 months. What I thought was inspirational and motivating turned out to be a total sh*t show of perspectives.
When I woke up, the post had over 150 comments, mostly negative of how “he couldn’t have done it naturally”, or “if I had a full time chef and that was my job, I could…”, or “I have kids and don’t have time”. Some guy told me that I was setting a horrible example because “it was unrealistic” and I “was giving people false hope”.
I was baffled initially, but the more I thought about it, the more it pissed me off.
What the hell has happened to our mentalities that we immediately seek excuses and cop outs for why someone was able to do something remarkable?
Were their comments wrong? Maybe not. I don’t know if he was on roids. I’m sure he did have a lot of help with his diet and cooking, and yes, he was paid a lot of money to get jacked. That was his job.
But so f**king what?
He had some fortunate circumstances, but he still had to work hard to achieve that physique. And just because he had a lot of extra help doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve something extraordinary like that for yourself!
How do I know?
Because I did it back in 2007. I gained 40 pounds in under 5 months, simply by training my ass off and eating like a complete freak. I did this all while holding down a full time job, being broke as hell, and I did it naturally. For a little glimpse into my life at that time, check —-> this <—- out.
My current dream is building Primal Strength Camp into a “strength training movement”. But guess what? I’m still working a full time job, running Primal at night essentially, contributing to Male Health Motivation, trying to be a good husband, raising my 3 month old daughter, and spending time with my baby boy Bruce (American bulldog puppy). I’m tired as hell at night, but I have a dream.
Listen. We all have circumstances. We aren’t all privileged. Some of us may have to work 10 times harder than others to achieve the same results.
Cry me a river. Life isn’t fair.
You have to dream big for yourself. Will you succeed 100% of the time? Of course not. But if you don’t believe that you can achieve something amazing, you are doomed from the very beginning.
Don’t hold yourself back with a negative attitude. Know in your heart that it is possible to accomplish big things, even if they do seem extraordinary. This world thrives on people doing epic sh*t and there is no reason that you can’t be one of the shining examples of “the impossible”.
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