𝙵𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝙼𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝚈𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝙼𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚂𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛
I can remember back some 25 years, to the first time that I worked with my grandfather, Leo.
Leo was an old Italian Stone mason, a trade that he learned from his father and uncle.
I didn’t want to be there, the work was hard as hell and it was always in the summer time when I was off from school.
But, I remember watching in awe as Leo would move around cement, bricks, pavers and more with ease.
Up until the day he passed, only a few short months ago, he still had the strongest set of paws I have seen on a man.
His fingers were twice the size of a normal mans fingers from all the years doing his line of work. In addition, the palm of his hands had a leathery feel to them, essentially becoming one big callus.
That only happened because of repeated friction, day after day, year after year.
I have been laying a memorial paver patio for Leo and even though I have a fairly strong grip from all the years in the gym, one day of handling pavers leaves my hands hurting and exhausted, I can almost feel them shedding a layer.
Eventually you don’t even notice what was one hard.
Well, your mind is the same way. You must challenge it and make it struggle to learn something new or achieve something you’ve never achieved before. The friction is what will build you up, it is not to be avoided, like so many in society now believe.
If the butterfly didn’t struggle in its metamorphosis, it wouldn’t survive or develop it’s beautiful wings.
Struggle doesn’t mean you have to rush, it’s not about speeding up the tasks at hand. It’s about embracing them and realizing, man, this is going to be tough, but here we go.
You have to constantly seek the slight edge when it comes to this stuff.
It’s one of the reasons I still do my 4 minute cold shower every morning, it gives me a little edge. It's one of the reasons I still do a 48-hour fast every single week; I am always seeking to grow myself.
But, I am not preaching or bragging, I am sharing a philosophy of life that has served me well. Seeking out friction and struggle in life can help you make up for a lot of ground that you might lack in natural talent.
Challenge yourself, it's worth it.
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