Why do people succeed?
Because they’re smart? Or lucky? How about: Neither.
Richard St. John compacts 7 years of research into a 3-min slide-show on
the secrets of success. St. John interviewed more than 500 successful
people, then distilled what they told him into 8 simple principles.
Watch the video before reading how these 8 principles apply to building
muscle & losing fat through strength training.
Richard St. John: Secrets of success in 8 words, 3 minutes
Passion. You’ll develop a love-hate relationship with strength training.
Hate because the workouts & nutrition are hard work. Love because
the benefits you get out of it become addictive.
Work. Preparing your food for work the day before, Squatting 3x/week,
going to bed on time so you feel full of energy at the gym, etc. If you
want to build muscle & lose fat, you’ll have to work. There’s no
something for nothing.
Good. You will become your domineering thoughts & actions.
Study. Read books about building muscle, losing fat, technique, etc.
Apply. Squat endless reps, start a training log, track calories,
Focus. Ignore distractions at the gym, concentrate on lifting the
weight. You can build muscle & lose fat at the same time, but if
you’re a skinny guy with a beer belly, start by gaining weight. One goal
at a time.
Push. Only way to get good at Pull-ups is to do Pull-ups. Even if that
means hanging ridiculously on the bar. Stop caring. Drink protein shakes
in public. Push yourself to the gym even if you don’t feel like it.
Serve. You were a beginner once. Help beginners at the gym, at work, on
Internet forums. Teach them how to Squat, tell them how to lose fat, etc. Give and you will receive.
Ideas. Each problem has a solution. Someone, somewhere has dealt with
the same problems you have. Listen to what they did, look at what they
do, ask questions, make friends, subscribe to their blog, etc.
Persist. My favorite. It could take you 20 years, but if you keep
working you’ll get what you want. Failure will try to stop you:
injuries. CRAP will negatively influence you: annoying people at the
gym. Never let them stop you.
“Every failure will teach you a lesson that you need to learn.”
“A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits.” Napoleon Hill
“Persistence is key to success.” Napoleon Hill
Great video by Richard St. John, but he missed key principles to
success. I’m leaving that to you: share your secrets of success in the