Set your own standards. You know what’s important to you and you know where you will and will not compromise. No one can make you compromise the standards that you set for yourself. The standards to which you hold yourself are your choice and your choice alone. You measure your success and happiness and no one else. Comparing your success and happiness with anyone else is a waste of your time. It’s a fool’s errand. Don’t do it…
Don’t worry about how much money you make right now. Worry about what you want to do. It’s a lot easier to pursue what you really want to do right now when your obligations are fewer… Live within your means and save your money. Love the work you do now and pursue what you want to do. The money’s going to follow. It almost always does.
These are two things I have consistently said to myself for the past few years. Things will always work out the way they should if you set your standards high and take every opportunity no matter how small or menial.
This was part of Jay Bilas’ speech gone viral at Queens University. See the rest HERE
they can’t ignore you.
that they have to pick you.
that people talk about your work.
that opportunities come looking for you.
you push others to be just as good.
that you always finish at the top.
Being good is easy. Being so good, on the other hand, takes time and effort.
In the midst of posting all of my blogs in a catalog of nonsense, I didn’t realize how hard it would be for you to pick out the good stuff.
In sharing all of my content, I neglected to highlight my best. This post is meant to do just that.
Based on different criteria, I have chosen my best work of 2013. Some criteria I used to determine my top 10 was:
- Quality of content.
- How social did a post go? (likes, shares, retweets, etc.)
- Content variety – I didn’t want to post two very similar blogs in my top 10.
So without further adieu, here’s my “Top 10 of 2013”:
Developing an Effective Taper
Top-End Speed for Soccer Players
5 Reasons Why Athletes Should Squat Deep
Reducing Injuries in Athletics
Implications of Training Endurance & Strength Simultaneously
Nordic Hamstring Lowers – A Magic Pill ?
Learning from a Luxury Car
4 Exercises to Improve Snatch Technique
Sleep & It’s Role in Performance
Post Season & the Overshoot Phenomenon
People always go through a point where you say “is it worth it?”. That’s always a tough question to answer and sometimes you won’t know until you do it and figure it out for yourself.
I’ve posted about “the dip” before because I think it’s a genius concept. If you’ve gone through a dip before (most everyone, if not everyone, has) you can then start to visualize where you are on the curve.
This is my interpretation of Seth Godin’s curve and how I’ve used this to pretty much make every decision in the last few years.
A: The beginning. This is exciting because you’re starting something new and everyone around you is on board. Maybe you’ve just been accepted into med school, got engaged, or bought a gym membership. For whatever reason, it’s the society norm to throw parties or congratulate someone on
their accomplishment starting something new. But how many people actually follow through? We would have many more doctors and way less failed marriages if we did.
B: The downswing. The point where it starts to get tough. Do I really want this or will this actually work? This is the point where I say – Do I quit now or do endure the stress of the rest of the curve? Most of the time, I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I’ll go for it. But, that’s yours to decide.
C: Rock bottom. “Why the heck did I ever start this. I should just quit now.” I think this is the last place you want to give up. You’re already at rock bottom. It can’t possibly get any worse. The only issue I see with rock bottom is you never know how long you’ll be there and whether you can sustain being there over a long period of time. It could be a week. It could be 5 years. Plan accordingly.
D: The upswing. My brother texted me the other day and said “I need one more class to fulfill my minor, but the professor won’t let me into it. Should I even bother? Is it worth it?” The answer is yes. Yes, you should bother. Bother the crap out of your professor until they let you in to the class. If you’re 90% there, work to get that last 10%. That last 10% is probably the hardest, but if you don’t get it, was it all a waste? Arguably, yes. Don’t let that curve end too soon. Ride it to the top.
E: The finish line. Congratulations. You’ve made it. As a prize, you get to start it all over again.