Hello fellow warrior,
The next Warrior Wisdom E-zine was to concentrate on MIND.
Let’s do it.
Schooling started back up this week for my Warrior girls.
I’ve got schooling and self-education on my mind. Both involve books, learning and studying. In many ways, my whole life is a testament to what power knowledge truly is. But make no mistake — none of the education that has mattered most to my OWN success in life was acquired through formal schooling.
One of the greatest shocks to me is when people ask me, not “why,” “how” I’ve gone on to do other things in my life beyond my sports entertainment successes. The question reeks of an ignorance people have about the power of self-education. Of course, in many instances, the question is asked in an attempt to ridicule. Pathetically, there is an oozing disdain many people harbor for those who put self-education’s power to work to make something better or different about their lives. Most of these people die at an early age by living lives of self-destruction.
Studies show that 60% of all people do not like, even hate, what jobs or profession they do to provide for themselves. The majority of these people are college educated professionals who pursued distinct curriculums so they could have careers doing what they, now, hate.
I get emails everyday from people all over the world telling me this kind of story. And yet, they seem to have no clue how to change it, like it would be impossible to do. For some weird reason, they believe what knowledge they learned years ago, through previous schooling in their youth, is all they have to offer. Like the possibility of learning new knowledge and taking up new pursuits was restricted to a certain time period in their life, and is beyond them now.
Are you one of these?
Are you one of the 30 yr-olds writing me that you have all this incredible and expensive college education but you feel like you made a huge mistake choosing the career you’ve pursued and are lost about what to do from this point forward in your life?
Are you one of the 40 yr-olds writing me and telling me your career is just one big can of Suck Ass and you’ve sucked ass for so long that you’re now stuck ass-over-ears into a lifestyle you just don’t want anymore but don’t no how to get out from under?
Are you one of the 50 yr-olds writing me and whining that the race is all over for you, that you didn’t have what it took to be a contender when you were young and you sure as hell don’t now because you’re too damn old and too damn tired to think about it let alone do anything about it?
What — are you a fucking retard? Are you into retardation? Mental retardation? Physical retardation? Life retardation?
You may say, defiantly, “Why no, Warrior, I am not a retard and I don’t appreciate you calling me one.” And I say to you — you aren’t being honest with yourself. You damn sure are a retard if you consciously allow your thinking — your MIND — to hinder life progress.
Your age, your mistakes up till this point in your life, your immediate circumstances — what do any of these matter when you have the power of your mind and all the potential you can endlessly exploit out of life? Nothing, really — except how you are allowing your MIND to use them as excuses. Being smashed face-first into the truth does not always feel good, no. But the truth is what it is, and to fix what is wrong about ourselves, at some point and time, we must face it.
The more I watch over the schooling and education of my own girls, and reflect upon why my MIND works the way it does, it becomes more and more obvious to me why people do not “get it” about the power and potential of self-education.
The truth is, formal, classroom schooling, in and of itself, has a peculiar way of instilling ignorance about one’s true life-potential and an overall fear of life all the while it dismantles creativity and individual uniqueness.
“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel.”
~ Pablo Casals
Twenty years after the education system has its way with you, you go out into the world and do what you have no love or passion of doing. Basically, you go out and do something to make money so you can turn right around and spend it. You become one of the robots — both working on the production line and buying what comes off it. And, then, 20, 30, or 40 years down the road, you start to question what the hell you’ve been doing and what life is really all about. But by that time, the natural, instinctual creativity and intelligence you were born with as a child is substituted with a long-lasting, ingrained ignorance whereby you believe you don’t have the ability to learn at all anymore.
It’s a shame. It’s a GOD DAMN DISRESPECTING SHAME.
Schooling, ladies and gentlemen, is NOT synonymous with education. Not the kind of education, anyway, that matters toward preparing the human being for the greatest possibility to live a happy, inspired and fulfilling life. Oh, hell yeah, you learned all you needed to so that you can (and WILL without question) play by the rules of the system. The problem is all of THAT was designed to destroy your possibility at living the greatest life you had the potential for. You own all the crap, image and prestige money can buy, but you don’t OWN yourself.
None of your schooling taught you the most important thing. A love of learning. A lifetime love, so that you would know, forever, that you don’t need a school or schooling to educate yourself.
Listen to me. Learning and education happens in the mind, not in the school. You have a mind. You don’t need a damn school or schooling. If you will grasp the reality of these two things, then you don’t have to EVER accept (at any time or age) the life circumstances and conditions you are miserable in.
You are an Artist capable of Masterpieces. Don’t waste any more time fucking around. What’s gone is gone — forever. What you have left is ALL there is. Only a retard would waste it.
Read the biographies, words, thoughts, writings and ideas of others who got it right. Piggyback on their inspiring spirits. Bask in their strength and creativity and determination and courage until the virtues wear off on you. Wrap your MIND around GREATNESS and your OWN acts will become GREAT soon enough, too.
In Corners-till a Day
The Owner passed-identified-
And carried Me away-
Your Founding Father of Life Intensity –
The Iliad — Homer
The History — Herodotus
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain — Betty Edwards
Thick Face Black Heart — Chin–Ning Chu
The Elements of Style — Strunk and White
The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans — Plutarch
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History — Thomas Woods
The Quest for Cosmic Justice — Thomas Sowell
Thinking Big — David Schwartz
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day — Arnold Bennett
Hamlet — Shakespeare
Gulliver’s Travels — Jonathan Swift
The Knight in Rusty Armor — Robert Fisher
Hello fellow warrior,
What with all that is going on this country right now, we could sure use George. Maybe two Georges. George Washington and George Patton. The courage. The character. Could go a long way in making things move along more nicely, constructively and prosperously than they are right now. Of course their strategies on how to get things done would not sit very well with the fence-sitting eunuchs of today, and there would probably be a lot of collateral damage to explain. Still, it’s an uplifting daydream to have on a hot summer afternoon.
I haven’t publicly discharged my opinion of the political state of things for quite some time. And I’m not going to now. Not here in this Warrior Wisdom piece because that is not what these are all about. Maybe later on Warrior’s Machete.
You have to admit, though, if I was in the mood to discuss what this country is going through right now, Patton’s words would make for a super premise to blast-off from.
I use Patton’s quote today because I like it. No, I LOVE IT!! It FIRES me up!! Nothing like a good ole’ GodDamnit or Fuck You to get a man motivated to get up off his ass and take action on something. And motivating and inspiring ourselves — kicking our OWN ass is what we warriors are all about, here.
Patton knew how to do it. He was a master of it — and he believed it was his Destiny! You have to love that!! That’s why his legacy is so admired and inspiring today. He kicked ass and never cared to take any names. It didn’t matter who the enemy was. To him, they all had the same name. Bastards. LOVE that!!
The GodDamned cowards you need to KILL are the pests inside your mind talking you out of getting out there and conquering the life that is yours for the taking. To make it happen you have to kill the GodDamned bastards off. Swat them down. Smash them into squishy unrecognizable goo. Visualize blowing them to smithereens in such a violent manner that you can feel the disintegrated ooze running down the inner walls of your skull. Render them unidentifiable!
Look, in many ways you’ve been lied to when it comes to how you get your life act together. Most of the crap out there you can turn to for guidance is touchy-feel-ly, telling you to look in your heart and find peacefulness, have patience and calm understanding, and learn to unconditionally love everyone else in the world. You know, hugs and kisses — the Chicken Soup stuff. Now, don’t get me wrong. I, too, can find some inspiring stories in that stuff, and there is nothing wrong with inspiration touching you on an emotional level that tugs at your heartstrings.
But the truth is, life — your everyday life — isn’t like that. Real life is a fucking meat grinder, not a warm, cuddly and cozy bowl of Chicken Soup. Peace and love and serenity and incense burning and sitting in the shape of a pretzel and humming Kumbaya isn’t going to lead you to your promise land — your Destiny. To get there — you have to WAR.
Take it from Patton, a Warrior General whom God saluted when he showed up at the Pearly Gates.
1. War is Hell. Nothing is pretty about it. Nothing smells good about it. Nothing feels good about it. It is ugly. It stinks. It is pain. This includes the war you must engage in your life to rid yourself of your doubts and weaknesses so that you can fulfill your Destiny.
2. There is no peace without there, first, being war. Between enemies, one good and the other evil, there first has to be war for there to be peace. Good must slaughter evil. Good must destroy evil’s will to fight. Good must bring evil not just to its knees — but to its death. You cannot find or make compromise with the doubts and weaknesses (evils) within you. There is no way of peacefully disarming them. You kill them violently and viciously.
To get in the mood for becoming your OWN One Warrior Nation, eat your meat raw and bloody, and keep your motivation aggressive and brutish.
Your Founding Father of Life Intensity –
“Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.”
Hello fellow warrior,
Everywhere I go today I see people being slaves to machines other than the great one they OWN. Little plastic and metal boxes, all of them wired to digital ether, where out of thin air the slaves exchange mostly nonsense and conformity. Hypnotized by the gadgetry, all the so-called individualists don’t blink an eye while they short-circuit and abandon the hardwiring of their own private and uncommon creativity.
Technology has done a hell of a lot more than simplify the organization, record-keeping and filing of information. It also simplified the task of turning human beings into slaves.
You may already be one. You want to pay attention to how and where you spend your time and energy to know for sure.
Brilliance and Greatness does not lie in a little box built of wires and chips. Brilliance and Greatness lies in the flesh, blood and bones of yourself.
Your Matter is what matters most, not the man-made Matter we can produce.
You have a purpose endowed within you as much as you are endowed with inalienable rights (and innate desires) to be Free in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
It’s in your makeup to desire freedom because you are a “being” created able to handle its responsibility. But if you don’t use what you ARE to think and act for yourself, you won’t have freedom. On some level you will always be a slave to someone or something. It’s the certain consequence of not understanding the functions of your Human Machine and your refusal to govern yourself.
If you don’t master yourself, some other master will.
Your Founding Father of Life Intensity –
Hello fellow warrior,
Free Will. An incredible power. An incredible responsibility.
Simple things like right or wrong, true or false, good or bad, accurate or inaccurate, effective or ineffective, constructive of destructive, proper or improper…what side you come down is regulated by how you choose to use your Free Will.
Every moment of your life you have the power to choose not only which direction your immediate life will head but where your life will end up down the road, as well. Days, month, and years from now, you will find yourself in the exact destination you drove yourself while being the sole designated driver of your choices.
Wherever you find yourself in your life, to know how you got there, look in the rearview mirror. It may do a great job of making the memories and timelines of the choices you’ve made all fuzzy and faded, but the consequences of your choices, of them, the rearview mirror holds not the magic power to erase.
The consequences…they hang on for the ride, all the way to the end. To haunt or help, they sit in the backseat, crunched up on their haunches on the edge of that rear seat, their fingers clinched around the two tiny bars of the headrest, pulling the faces of their histories up close enough to be breathing down the back of your neck, screaming and whispering, taunting and telling, never letting you forget what damages and deeds you’ve left behind on the highways you’ve traveled in your life.
Free Will is the only Master with Power enough to control the Monster’s appearance in the rearview mirror.
Your Founding Father of Life Intensity –
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.
Got quite a few emails about my comment that I believe overtraining is (another) sissy modern day concept — and BS.
Many of you who commented couldn’t believe I said such a thing. You think I should explain myself — “if you can,” you snidely add. Apparently, you’re concerned young kids following my BODY advice might be “mislead.” Going by your training standards today, you might be right. Young kids who follow my advice would be mislead in how to become champions — winners. And God knows, we can’t have any winners in our culture today. Not when kids are “lead” to be losers.
I found it interesting that the majority of you commentators seem to think you also read that I said rest or recovery is not necessary at all. Along with disagreeing with me by believing overtraining is possible and legit, you support your believe by chastising me, “You know rest is important for the body to recover, Warrior, so I don’t understand why you would put forward any idea that it is not.”
Yes, Einsteins, I do. I do know rest and recovery is important. I never said they were not. I never put forward any idea as you imagine. You read something into what I actually said that was not there at all.
What I said — and absolutely still stand by — is that overtraining is not possible unless you believe so in your mind. Oh, and it is BS.
Like most of the modern day theories intended to stifle action but stimulate a lot of yakkitty-yak, overtraining is one of those state-of-the-art suppositions that keep people from doing the THREE tried-and-true things they actually most need to do to build up their physiques or their physical strength:
Train. Train Hard. And TRAIN HARDER.
For good measure you might want to throw in a fourth thing if the three above don’t seem to be working.
Number Four: TRAIN EVEN HARDER.
Training is what people of all ages, young and old, need to concentrate on before they think too much about doing anything else — including the silly idea that they might be overtraining. Actually doing the exercise work at hand will do wonders for your body you would not believe. I guess, though, this isn’t a training method scientific enough for today’s trainers and trainees. On the other hand, thinking and talking too much can actually prohibit training altogether. Go figure. Walk into any gym today and see this self-evident truth at work for yourself.
Young recruits today think they need supplements like pro-hormones and NO2 stimulants before they even go to the gym and experience what it is like to grab the iron and throw it around for awhile. In my mind, a long while, say 3-5 years, for starters. Maybe after they put in that kind of time and commitment they can start having some serious thoughts about what might be important next.
I must get 50 emails a day asking me what is the best prohormone, and what is most important, working out? OR food and supplements? And they do not mean food and supplements to go along with the working out they would do at the same time. They mean — is it more important to eat food and take supplements OR workout to build my body? Yes, fellow warrior, you are understanding me correctly in the way I’ve written this. Somehow or other these kids have the idea that they can eat food and supplements without working out and build their bodies that way. Exercise might not be necessary according to the newfangled bodybuilding theories they hold.
This is a direct result of the fraud and idiocy the health and fitness industry perpetuates, to sustain their desire to keep people ignorant, stupid, and confused. If a young kid is going to be mislead, and potentially do harm to himself, it is the modern day crap that it is going to cause it, not me saying overtraining is bs. My advice will actually help the kid!
Back in my bodybuilding days it was typical to train bodyparts three times per week, including even the compound exercises — squats, deadlifts, bentover rows and heavy bench. I continually and progressively got huge and strong (all the monsters I knew then did too). Gritting, grinding, grunting, gnarling and growling were training concepts regularly witnessed, but overtraining? Never heard of it.
Train big. Eat big. Get plenty of good, sound rest. Period. All kinds of bodybuilders and strength athletes thrived off this simple three part formula. This was before they had all the theories, all the science, all the trainer certifications, and all the mad, over-the-top chemical experimentation that goes on today.
During my sports entertainment career, for over 5 years of a practically straight-through tour of duty, I traveled on a plane nearly every day, never missed any hardcore HIT workouts (no less than 6 days per week), survived on 3-4 hours sleep a night, and ate mostly 5-6 cans of tunafish per day (and practically nothing else when I could not find eating establishments that served good, clean food). Many times I would go 24 hour periods without any other kind of food — no carbs, no fats…just tuna out of the can.
That’s 24 hours where I would have also executed my workout and performed a wrestling match. I worked nearly every night of the year, pushing my body and energy reserves to the absolute limit. My success was dependent on my physique and physical conditioning. It was not something I could leave to chance or give silly, half-ass attention to. The limited caloric intake and the extreme workload never manifested anything but the most positive effects. My body ALWAYS took whatever exertion I subjected it to and it responded by getting better and better over time even though the mental and physical demands became greater and greater at the same time.
The problem with young people today is that they are doing too much theorizing and talking and not enough damn work. It’s no mystery that athletic champions in any sport put in a lot of hours — a full day’s work of 8-10 hours working on what needs to be done to succeed at the highest level.
How all this BS started that the body of person working out with weights can only handle 90 minutes of training a day only a few times per week, and the remainder of the time should be spent laying around eating gourmet health foods and shoveling down expensive supplementation, I don’t know. But I do know it is all BS because I speak from experiences that undisciplined, weak-minded individuals and skinny fitness-training theory freaks never had. All of this nonsense came from out of the minds of midgets who saw big money in marketing easy muscle building strategies to the masses of lazy, afraid-of-hard-work losers like themselves.
Sounds like excuses to me. Damn pathetic ones. Ones not tolerated around here. Get to the gym, shut the fuck up and train your guts and brain out. Your body will tell you when it needs rest and recovery. When it does, give it some.
But don’t be a slave to its whining. Your best and most effective muscle building workouts will be when you least feel like going to the gym. Don’t be a sissy to soreness and hard work — or even pain. Try it — I promise, if you are serious about building muscle, you’ll love it.
If being big and muscular was natural, we’d all be big and muscular. Your goal to be huge is not natural and your body is going to try and come up with all kinds of excuses because it does not like what you are making it do. Tough shit. Engage Mind over Matter and go back and torture the crap out of it again.
Any kid out there training 5, 6 or 7 days a week and doing everything and anything, giving it his all, keeping his attitude positive, paying attention to what his body is telling him, drinking gobs of milk and not worrying about whether he has the new age supps — now, that’s a kid you do need to be afraid of. There’s a kid you will want to keep your eye on. Why? He’s been mislead, and he’s certain to be a future champion — and warrior.
Kicking your OWN ass is the best way to discover what it takes to kick the ass of your competitor — in any game or sport. Leave your OWN blood and guts in the training arena and your opponent will leave his on the battlefield.
Your Founding Father of Kicking His Own Ass in the Gym,
~ Victor Hugo
I’m never without book. I love a great book.
I really love one of The Great Books of the Western World. They not only educate me, they enlighten me, make me more aware of how important understanding philosophy is to one’s life.
I also read and enjoy books that inspire and empower practical aspects of my life.
Set yourself up on a reading program to read at least two books per week. Find an hour or two to read everyday. You have the time — you just aren’t making it. Create this habit and it will change your life. If you have to get up an hour or two earlier than you normally to do your reading, do so. Increasing your knowledge and bettering your life takes discipline.
Turn the TV off. Leave it off if you don’t have the discipline to only watch quality stuff that empowers your life. Better yet — throw the damn thing out. It never makes the quality of your life or your attitude any better when you watch the news or the junk programming (basically what ALL TV is today). Every time you watch this crap, it makes your attitude and quality of life worse.
Don’t read garbage. Garbage in your mind, garbage out through your thoughts and actions.
Thirteen Great and Must Reads for warriors (from a spectrum of subjects):
Your Founding Father of Mind over Matter,
“Until lately the West has regarded it as self-evident that the road to education lay through great books. No man was educated unless he was acquainted with the masterpieces of his tradition. There was never very much doubt in anybody’s mind about which the masterpieces were. They were the books that endured and that the common voice of mankind called the finest creations, in writing, of the Western Mind.”
~ Robert M. Hutchins
The books are from diverse topic areas. I can’t force any of you to read. But you always ask what I do to stay inspired and positive in my own life. I read books. I spend at least two hours a day reading “good-to-great” books.
To gain knowledge that can help you live a better quality of life, you have to learn it, and to learn it, you have to read books or get the knowledge from some other source. Access to books is easy. Most of them cost little. A library card cost $5 — and is an awesome place to read. You can find many of the classic Great books online for free — Project Gutenberg is a good start. And in my opinion, reading makes a greater impact on your mind.
Thinking and learning, the kind that makes you more powerful in your life, is not something you do passively. The more engaged your mind is, the better. Watching video or listening to audio to learn is nothing compared to having your mind absorbed with the structure of a book and the process of piecing together ideas and concepts from words and sentences.
Even when it comes to fiction, there’s nothing like imaginatively and creatively becoming one with the story inside a book. Even the best movies leave the best parts of a story out.
Success in life in its most fundamental way is effort and work. Books leave you no choice. Effective reading holds your mind captive — it makes you make the effort and do the work. And that’s a good thing. A very good thing.
It’s easy to find myself in conversation with people who want to better their lives. It happens frequently. But rarely is the person who wants change doing anything to learn more knowledge to create it. Developing the habit of daily reading WILL change your attitude and your life in dramatic ways. Up to you. Always is. NEVER anyone else.
Your Founding Father of Mind over Matter,