Just Win

In life, you win some and you lose some. Regardless of the outcome, you don’t get to celebrate. You don’t! Because you are not done. The minute you think you’re done, you are dead! Mark Cuban has a saying, “Work everyday like there is somebody trying to take it all away from you.” And the truth is, there is someone out there ready to take it all. At any given minute, when you take your foot off the throttle, somebody else will gun it and before you know it they are looking at you through their rear view.

What do you have to celebrate? A win? Are you done? Is that moment going to carry you for the rest of your life? Are you going to look back in 20, 30 or 40 years and still be celebrating that one win?

You get one win, one minuscule victory and your job as a human being is done? For how long? A day? A week? A year?

We can all agree that winning is great. Winning is what life is about. Beating the shit out of your competition or crushing your goals feels great.

But we weren’t born to feel nice! We were born to do shit and experience life in its rawest, most cannibalistic form. We’ve all had plenty of moments where we’ve felt great. We are here to improve from the moment we take our first steps to the minute we are laying on our death beds. From the day we are born, we are blessed with moments of greatness. But life set a limit on those moments. And most of us have long exceeded our limit on those moments. We have had more than a lifetime of feeling “nice.” You know the what we haven’t reached our limit on? Work! Most of us are way below our quota!

The problem comes down to love. What do we love more? We either love living a simple, mundane life, or we love the fucking grind. People who truly love what they are doing wear their bodies down to a point of complete exhaustion! They wear themselves down every single day for a lifetime! And since they are so worn down, pursuing whatever it is that drives them, they have absolutely no time to celebrate. The immortal Vince Lombardi said “….I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours – his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” When you are completely exhausted, you don’t have time to celebrate. Because  the minute you stop to celebrate, it can and it will all be taken away by person who is working relentlessly and too tired to celebrate.

Remember, you are made of your father’s seed and your mother’s blood! How dare you have the audacity to disrespect their life efforts by not working every day for the betterment of yours? You don’t get to opt out of working hard because you want to take your time to celebrate a little accomplishment.

Last night my ten year old, stud basketball player made a game winning shot. After the game, I gave him a hug, looked him in the face and said, “Good job! Now remember, you have to work on your quickness so tomorrow you need to hit the jump ropes.” He had just made a shot that solidified his team’s undefeated season, and instead of celebrating I reminded him he still needed to improve. Why? Because the game should have never been that close to begin with. If you don’t win 100 to 0, you don’t get to celebrate!

Too many times in my sport of bodybuilding, and in life, I hear people say they want to compete to say they “did it” and they are only competing against themselves. And that in itself is a win worth celebrating. Competing against yourself is nice, but we are not here for nice! We are here to experience life! We are here to win at all costs. I put my life on the line every time I step on stage. I have given everything that I can possible give for 16 weeks and I am offended if you even show up on game day because you don’t belong on the stage with me. Why? Because you don’t want it as bad as me and I promise you, you haven’t worked as hard as me. I go in convinced I am going to win 100-0 every time.

After every competition, I am up the very next day, working on improving for the next one so that when I am done, nobody will have the right to accuse of celebrating too much. I will wear my body down until I have absolutely nothing left. And when I am laying on the battlefield, exhausted, I will be too broken to celebrate.

We don’t get to celebrate.

“Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder and give more than anyone else.” Vince Lombardi.



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