Below is a brief video that includes background audio of a speech by Eric Thomas. If you aren’t familiar with his name, you may recall hearing his voice on a popular video that circled the web last year (see here).
The message in this recent clip is similar to the first. He stresses that many in today’s world are soft and spoiled. And while he references a homeless upbringing, he isn’t suggesting that you cannot achieve success without similar circumstances. His words aren’t intended for literal interpretation. The general message is still clear however.
Our generation is soft. Not everyone wants to hear it, but how can you deny it? Take a look around at the masses. People constantly search for easier ways to get in shape. Marketing companies then cater to the demand.
It almost seems like no one wants to hear the truth so no one is willing to tell it.
Pathetic, isn’t it?
Why not tell people that they’ll need to make considerable sacrifices? They’ll need to bust their ass day after day. Results won’t happen overnight. There may be stretches when you don’t make any meaningful gains. There may be days when you are beat down and sore. It may hurt just to squat down on the toilet.
That’s life. It isn’t a picnic. You can either face reality or sit on your ass and search for a magic pill that doesn’t exist.
The only easy choice for me is to wake up and face the music. Overcome some pain, deal with some hardship, and get up when you’ve been knocked down.
You’ll come out a better person.
“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa