There are going to be times in life when you get punched in the face. And it’s going to hurt like hell.
There are times when the pain of getting punched in the face is so hard, that all you want to do is quit.
There’s gonna be times when you go all in on something and you have plans of being a king only to lose everything.
And there are going to be times when you devote what seems like a lifetime of dieting and endless repetitions only to come up short, wanting just one more week.
To make things perfectly clear: you are going to fail. You are going to fail often, and it’s going to hurt like hell! And those failures are going to add up and weigh on your shoulders like a ton of bricks.
Failing is just part of life. But it’s not the only part.
Failing does not define a person. It’s what that person does in the times of complete loss that defines them.
Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Schultz, Walt Disney, Daymond John and Einstein, all failed over and over and hit rock bottom several times before they saw their visions come to fruition.
In this thing called bodybuilding I have failed more times than I can remember.
In my lifetime I have failed over and over again. I have actually failed more times than I have succeeded.
I have quit more shows than I care to discuss.
You see, life isn’t just about the highlight reels. I failed in 2007 because I was too scared to commit. My fear of failure held me from pursuing what I had been working on for years. I have actually quit more shows than I care to even discuss.
I failed again in 2010 when I placed second in my first competition. I failed again in 2011, in 2012, in 2013 and in 2014.
After every one of those shows I could’ve hung my hat up and told myself that at least I gave it a shot. I could’ve convinced myself that I did more in those 5 years than most people do in a lifetime. I could’ve listened to every single person who told me I wasn’t cut out for it.
But that’s not what I did. That’s not how I’m built. It’s just not in my DNA!
Instead I became relentless. I took everyone of those those failed attempts and made them the driving force I needed. Those failures kept me up every night. They woke me up every morning and made me get on the treadmill. They made me eat every one of my meals without deviation.
Those failed attempts eventually culminated into one of the grandest moments of my life.
At the end of the day I don’t regret any of my failures because they have made me who I am: unbreakable.
What I do regret is not failing more.
“I have failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan