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The #1 Unspoken Rule of Success

The #1 Unspoken Rule of Success

I’ve asked a lot of successful people how they did it.

The middling ones regaled me with stories about their brilliant strategic moves, uncanny intuitions, and superhuman endurance.

The great ones had a much simpler and deeper explanation.

They didn’t attribute their success to just “hard work,” like you might expect.

I think we all know that working hard doesn’t guarantee anything. We can look around us in every direction and find people that work plenty hard with little to show for it.

They didn’t chalk it up to extraordinary luck, either.

Sure, there was plenty of serendipity, but there were also great misfortunes.

Instead, they said there was one primary factor that made all the difference in their journeys.

It’s something Albert E.N. Gray wrote about decades ago.

It’s the habit of doing the things that other people simply don’t want to do.

You know, the things that most of us instinctively dislike, that go against our natural preferences and prejudices.

The hard things, the uncomfortable things, the complicated things, the unexciting things, the exhausting things.

They did them all. Every day, week, month, and year. Without fail.

They didn’t even necessarily learn to like these things, either. They just had a strong enough purpose to ignore their feelings and do them anyway.

They just cared more about achieving satisfactory results than doing things they innately liked to do. Producing desirable outcomes and fulfilling their purposes made it all worthwhile.

Unsuccessful people have that backward.

They care more about the experience of doing the things they like than the results those things produce.

They choose the comfort of mediocrity over the struggles of greatness.

It doesn’t have to be like this, though.

Every one of us can change our behaviors and thereby our habits.

Every one of us can find a purpose strong enough to override our self-defeating natural inclinations.

Every one of us can learn to do the things that failures don’t like to do.

And once we do, we can do a lot more than build a great body. We can build a great life, too.

What’s your take on what it takes to succeed? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Awesome thoughts. I’m reading this article on a walking desk right now. I’d rather be sitting. Ugh. But I’m on the last bits of my cut…I hope. Trying to work off that last percentage point of fat…ounce by horrible, painful ounce.

  • “A winner is a loser who tried one more time”. Tenacity has to be the key, right?

  • Tonya

    Hey Mike. This is not on topic, but I couldn’t find anything on it on your website. How do I get rid of double chin? I am a girl, currently at about 24% bodyfat, but even when I dieted down to 18-19% and reached my goal of beautiful flat abs, I still have a double chin hanging a little. What can I do to get rid of it?

    Also, what do you think about facial excersizes / massage so cheeks don’t sag? Cuz I am only 25, but my cheeks sag a little and I’m wondering if there’s any way to fix it…

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hey Tonya,

      I can relate, actually, because I naturally have fat cheeks, haha. Unfortunately, there’s nothing special that we can do other than get even leaner, which isn’t exactly feasible when you’re already staying really lean.

      To be fair, I haven’t tried any facial exercises, but I’m not sure it would do anything…

  • Aidan Hickey

    Reminds me of my days as a hurdler in high school. Nobody in the weight room ever wanted to do pull ups, especially wide grip. By doing them to faliure two days a week along with my normal weightlifting program, I was able to put a conpletely different exercise on the record board at our school. Up With all the 200+lb lineman getting crazy maxes for all kinds of conpound lifts, there was I; A 5’8″ 135 pound lean (but still muscular and toned), mean, pullup machine. ( My max was 35 pullups, by the way) Great article. Makes me reminisce about those good times I had cranking my shoulders and back to their limits while everyone else was already on their way out of the weight room. Love your stuff.

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