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Lifting Weights & Business
I remember the time when lifting weights was about just that—lifting weights.
A physical routine with a clear goal: getting stronger, building muscle.
But over time, something happened. I found lessons in the iron, insights that transcended the gym and spilled over into my business.
Progress is Slow - Embrace It
In the beginning, I impatiently sought progress. More weight, better form, quicker results. I was met with the stubborn reality: there's no hack to benching more.
You work, you wait, you grow. Slowly.
In business, it's the same. Quick fixes are illusions. Real growth demands time and sweat. It's mundane, but it's real.
Everyone Has a Method - Find Yours
The gym is a cacophony of opinions. High reps, low reps, endless debates. Just like in the business world.
But it's about figuring out what works for you. Forge your path. Forget the noise. Try, fail, learn, repeat.
It's strikingly similar to business; it's all about finding your way.
The Steel Doesn't Lie - Neither Should You
A weight is an unambiguous measure. Lift it, or you can't.
In business, it's easy to get lost in complexity, but numbers are as stark as steel.
Profit or loss. Growth or decline. Cut the fluff, face the facts.
Stopping Means Going Backward - Don't Stop
Take a break from the gym, and you'll feel it. Stop innovating in business, and you'll see it.
Stagnation is a subtle form of failure.
It's forward or backward. There's no pause button on progress. Choose.
It's Not About the Weights - It's About You
I used to separate my life into compartments. The gym was just another box.
Now, I see connections.
It's not about lifting dreams or some lofty ideal. It's about mindset.
Persistence, patience, honesty.
My business thrives on the same principles, not through poetic allegory, but through raw, relentless routine.
So, why does this matter?
I didn't expect to find parallels between my business and the gym, but the more I lifted, the more I saw connections.
The lessons that bleed from one area to another are not flashy, but they're real.
This isn't inspirational in a movie-speech kind of way. It's just an observation about consistency, about learning from the mundane, about facing simple, stark truths.
The gym taught me more than physical fitness; it offered a practical, no-nonsense school of thought that has, surprisingly, informed how I approach my business.
Lifting weights has given me an unexpected advantage. It's not a magical metaphor for life; it's a tool that has shaped how I operate. If you're looking for profound insights, sometimes they're hidden in the most mundane places. Even under a barbell.