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If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing



If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing
According to psychological research, the anticipation of an event is almost always more emotionally powerful than the event itself. The dread of asking your boss for a raise is paralyzing and can…


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The struggle with anticipation

The struggle with anticipation

The anticipation of an event is almost all the time more emotionally powerful than the actual event (in good situations and in bad ones as well).

The panic of talking with your superior about a raise is paralyzing and can last months. But once you convince yourself to do it, it’s over before you know it. The thrill of reaching a goal can become obsessive. But right after you do it, you’re bored and in search of something else.




The obstacles we create

Our minds can deceive us so much so that the idea of something becomes more satisfying than the thing itself. And that's why we stop at the idea, before even transforming it into reality.

It’s easy to dream. But that’s where most people stop. And the very act of dreaming stops us from achieving our dreams.



The illusion of action

We usually think about the things we desire in such detail, that we become happy enough and we trick ourselves into believing that we have actually done something productive.

So, when we try to act towards our desires, we immediately hit a stone wall of resistance and quickly distract ourselves from the discomfort with some form of momentary pleasure.



The SEAL 40% rule

This rule states that people feel maxed-out mentally and physically, and so they stop when they are at only 40% of their actual capacity. Going past this 40% capacity is when it becomes uncomfortable.

Thus, SEAL’s mantra, “If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it.”



Experience internal conflict and sit with it

Do something and don’t stop until it’s complete, no matter how long it takes.

Your goal is to learn how to accomplish hard things without repeatedly distracting yourself. Develop pleasure in experiencing internal conflict and sitting with it.



The bad side of "living in the moment"

Anything worth doing is going to suck at the beginning. Anything worth doing is meant to require pain and sacrifice.

Most people live for the present moment, so when something starts to feel hard, most people quit. Most people indulge themselves in momentary satisfaction at the expense of a better future.



True confidence is earned

And it’s earned by actually succeeding, not by wishing and thinking about success.

True confidence emerges when you regularly push-through things that are hard. The longer you sit with the boredom, pain, and discomfort, the more confident and successful you will be.



“Happiness leaves no bad after-taste, it is followed by no depressing reaction; it brings no regret, entails no remorse. True happiness is lived over and over again in memory, always with a renewal of the original good; a moment of pleasure may leave a barbed sting, [as] an ever-present source of anguish.”

James Talmage




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“It doesn’t matter what your vision is. It matters what your vision does.” — Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Disciple
“It doesn’t matter what your vision is. It matters what your vision does.” — Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Disciple

Practice is all about perfecting skills

True practice and learning force you to deeply examine the chinks in your armor. You are only as strong as your weakest link. In a world that tells you to ignore your weaknesses, true practitioners do the opposite.

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The era of problem-solving generalists

The era of problem-solving generalists

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The pursuit of mastery

Mastery, once a sought-after attribute, is falling out of favour, according to the 2016 World Economic Forum report, and is slowly clearing the field for employees who can:

  • Have a diverse set of skills.
  • Can display the mental agility to switch between tasks.
  • Are able to pivot towards a new problem or activity.
  • Can take on a variety of roles at a short notice.

Expertise decline consequences

With the value of true expertise in serious decline, and the economy evolving towards a different set of requirements from employees, the impact on college education, career paths, worker safety, employability and even the nature of work is going to be profound.

Pull-Ups Power

Pull-ups are a great way to test your strength-to-weight ratio and build your core and upper-body power.

They require a simple overhead bar as equipment, which is easily available.

Pull-Up by Machine Assist

Some people are unable to do pull-ups, even on a pull-up assist machine in the gym.

The 'assist' part of the pull-up aid machine might be the reason for the inability, as it can act as a 'crutch'.

Our Mind is the Obstacle

Many of us are stopped from being able to do pull-ups is our mistaken belief that we can't do itThe notion inside our mind that we can't do a pull-up is a major reason for our incapacity to do it.

Another reason most people cannot do pull-ups is the lack of regular practice. The gym-goers use equipment that narrows their muscle variations and doesn't replicate the real action of a pull-up.