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.
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, etc.
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, give them StrongLifts 5×5 eBook, 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.” Napoleon Hill
- “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 comments.