Dick Fosbury didn’t follow the failure formula, will you?

I’m going to make this post short and sweet, just to give you a little motivation to start changing the rules in your life.

I was just skimming through The 4-Hour Workweek again for the 30th time and found this small piece of wisdom as I usually do when I re-read a book. In the Rules That Change the Rules chapter Tim starts by talking about how he became a Kickboxing champion by looking for “unexploited opportunities”.

Although he didn’t make a lot of people happy, he did it legitimately without cheating. He did the uncommon and he succeeded. This made me think about how we try to follow the rules and do what everyone wants us to do. We try to satisfy everyone hoping to succeed at whatever it is we’re doing.

“I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” -Herbert Bayard Swope

The rules have been challenged in sports and in life, it’s up to us to find the opportunities to challenge the status quo. Remember you’re not going to get many happy looks, but what would you rather have? The get good grades-go to college-get a good job-retire lifestyle or something more exciting than that.

Here’s a good question from The 4-Hour Workweek that has helped me start living a better life the way I’ve always wanted to. Answer this yourself:

How has being “realistic” or “responsible” kept you from the life you want?

Look at what you’re doing NOW and ask, “If I did the opposite what could happen?” How will my life be in 10-20 years if I keep doing what I’m doing?

  • I honestly think that people tend to forget taking risks so they become complacent and describe it as being realistic or responsible. I like your though provoking post. I have yet to read the 4 hr work week!

    • I like that, “tend to forget taking risks”, that’s a post on itself, thanks for inspiring me I’m going to use that. Yea it’s funny how you say that about realistic and responsible. In the 4 hour workweek book he asks at the end of a chapter something like, how was has being realistic got you? It’s the truth, NOT far, right? I think that’s what most people will say in their head when they read that chapter.

      Grace read it for sure! You’ll like it.

  • Wilson,
    Another thought provoking post. “. . .up to us to find the opportunities to challenge the status quo” Truer words have not been said!

    Still thinking!

    • ha ha, well I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s a hard task, but that’s why only a few succeed. It’s those with the most stamina, persistence and determination that will challenge the status quo.