Internal or external, anger is a powerful emotion.
In some respects, it’s a superpower. Too often, this power is squandered into things that hurt us. The point is to feel something. That’s why we love drama especially when we’re not the center of it.
I haven’t been on YouTube much because I’ve been working on other projects. But, randomly, on Labor Day, I was scrolling through my subscription feed and saw a video that caught my attention.
It was POG – Physiques of Greatness – with Chris Jones talking about some issues with Vince.
I don’t know much about the story so feel free to fill me in; but, I watched the whole video.
What made me watch the whole video? Because Chris Jones made me feel something; he was angry and frustrated.
It had less to do with what he said and more about how he said it. If you’ve ever been in a similar situation, it’s so much easier to relate.
I did business with a best friend of mine and we ran into all sorts of problems. In case you’ve listened to our podcasts, it wasn’t Nash. It was another friend. I’ll save that story for another time.
One phrase that I vividly remember from POG’s video is what he said at 6:09.
It’s such a great video. You’re going to let trolls stop you from getting your money.
Look, it doesn’t have to be money. Money could be anything. Insert whatever it is that’s currently driving you forward.
The emotion of anger, love, hate, passion – are what makes us human. You can’t solely rely on logic. We all get emotional. People want connection. You can’t connect without putting yourself out there.
Fear is the reason why so many people are lazy. Why so many people don’t do shit with their lives. They’re afraid of failing, afraid of looking stupid and afraid of succeeding.
Being afraid of success is real; because, if you’re successful, what’s next? What the f*ck is next? There’s a bigger weight to lift; a harder job that’s ahead of you. After that big squat, what’s next? A bigger squat.
F*ck! I miss powerlifting.
So, I guess it’s best to be a bitch. Crawl up in a little ball and hide from everything that exposes you to physical and emotional pain.
Of course not!
Pain, hard work, ridiculous efforts of seemingly impossible tasks force us to grow and become stronger, to become better, to be more resilient, to weather the storms of life.
It’s within frustrations that I’ve become an unstoppable force.
Nothing is going to stop me. I’m going to make it. I don’t f*cking care who doesn’t believe me. I don’t care if you think it’s impossible. F*ck you.
It reminds me of the Nine Inch Nails song, Piggy:
“Nothing can stop me now, because I don’t care anymore.”
Ironically, in this specific context, it means that I care so much. I care so much to succeed. I care so much to craft the life I want and no one can stop me.
That’s what I felt while watching that 15 minute POG video.
He said: “Nothing is going to stop me from living my dream.”
It takes that kind of wit, fortitude, courage to go against all odds.
Get under that seemingly impossible weight to squat and get the f*ck right up.
You can’t reap the rewards of life without the risks. I’m not even talking about money or lifting more weight. I’m talking about having a full life.
Approaching that relationship more seriously, getting married, having kids, taking a promotion, starting a business, starting a YouTube channel, starting a podcast, creating a product…
The chance that it will fail…
That it will blow up in your face…
That you will look stupid…
You ignore the naysayers; you speed past them until you drop them.
The people that drag you down…
The people that act as heavy weights, like a sled that attached to you…
You ignore your own negative thoughts; you shut them out…
You look fear right in the face and you do it anyway.
The fear is real and one of my favorite authors, Seth Godin says:
“Fear is always there, it’s not going away we must learn to dance with it.”
And, it’s this dance of approaching the heavy weight of life to put more on the bar, figuratively or literally; that when the bar crushes, we know that we’re going to get a chance to try again. Maybe not in the same way, but in another way that makes life worth living.