Hey everyone, I watch this video before, during and after my workouts and it helps me to push myself to the max. I thought I'd share it along with a
circumstance which the video prompts me to think about when I watch it. Maybe you guys could share something as well after watching it?
Bodybuilding is now my life but I got into it for all the wrong reasons. I wanted to show off, be the defining presence in any room I walked into, all
of that ego driven stuff. One night a long time ago I was at the gym and I was bench pressing some dumbbells. At this point I was still pretty weak
and also fairly small but I was dedicated to my cockiness so I struggled on. While I was throwing my dumbbells up this guy walked into the weight room
and pulled up a bench right next to me. I had seen him many times before and he was your typical douchebag. Now, while I was cocky for sure I did not
show off, because I knew I simply didn't have anything to show off. This guy however, took pleasure in strutting his muscle around the place. So he
pulls a bench up beside me (I'm talking right next to me) picks up some heavy dumbbells and starts acting like he's competing with me. I was pretty
angry because he was being an a-hole and also because he endangered both of us by being so close. I stormed out of the gym that night and never
returned. I saved, bought my own equipment, and worked out at home waiting for the day where I would be bigger and stronger than him so that I could
embarrass him the way he embarrassed me. The day came when I finally did get bigger than him but I did not return to the gym. I made the realization
that he was only a reflection of what I would have inevitably become had I stayed on my course back then. I had found in working out by myself that I
did not need the approval of others and I refined my self-worth.
I relate my experience to the part of the video where the speaker says "you won't be successful until I don't have to give you a dime to do what you
do." Instead of money, in the case of the video, I sought attention and popularity. I found eventually after so much hard work that I had developed a
passion for what I did, which was much more valuable than a fleeting ego booster.
edit on 23-9-2011 by Sentience365 because: (no reason
When that incident happened I was pretty small/average sized (160lbs or around there). I think he was more attracted to picking on me because people
like him don't like potential or future competition. He was just trying to make me look weak.
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