In the past, I have talked about strength. I have talked about how important it is to develop physical strength through weight training. I have gone so far as to say that strength is the absolute most important asset to attain in the world of training.
Though I have spoken at length about physical strength, I feel it necessary to expand and talk about many forms of strength. When stripped down to it’s core and explained in all areas, strength is the absolute most important attribute that there ever was, is, or will be.
I have said it before and I will say it again. Strength is where it is at! There is no other reason to train with weights other than to gain strength. Sure, if you have been at it for a while, you can expand your training a little to pack on some muscle, but your foundation should always be strength.
Building strength is also the simplest method of training around. How simple? Pick up heavy shit for a few repetitions using as many muscle groups as possible and put it back down. I said simple, not easy. Anyone can pick up light weights and throw them around for endless reps, but a true warrior will aspire to pick up heavy weights and become a man among men.
In today’s world, mental strength just may be the most important type of strength to possess. Physical strength is the most optimal in the physical training aspect, but mental strength is the be all end all that ties it together. There is no way to develop physical strength without mental strength. Again, building strength is not easy.
Mental strength is a virtue above none other. A man must be able to control his emotions, control situations, and keep his wits about him. too often do you see mentally ill girly men losing control of their thoughts, actions, and their lives in general. As I have also said before, be in control.
This is where we get to the type of strength that most people do not think about. What the hell are you talking about skill strength? Simple. As you go through life, you are no better than your skill set. Sure you may be really good at one or two things, but something that will separate you from the rest of the pack is a vast array of skills. In a survival mode fight to the finish, the one with the widest skill set would win. If the TV show Survivor was for real and not a stupid popularity contest, the one with the most skills would win hands down.
The 21st century Renaissance Man is master of skill strength. The Renaissance Man is capable of making money and living a diverse, fulfilling life by forever expanding his skills.
The average person is a master of outsourcing. They never do anything for themselves. They outsource yard work, home remodeling, car cleaning and repair, cooking, cleaning, and even outsource their money by paying a money manager.
By having a vast array of skills, you become a more valuable member of society. You make your own money, you clean, maintain, and remodel your own house, you do your own yard work, cook your own food. Hell, even growing your own food is valuable skill.
Aside from the basic skills that most people take for granted, take the time to build a wide variety of skills to improve your life and the lives of others around you. Instead of outsourcing, try in-sourcing. The man who can do anything for himself without depending on others is a man among men in my book.
The term jack of all trades comes to mind. Unfortunately it is looked at in a negative light and followed up with master of none. In reality you do not have to master all trades and skills that you possess. You can definitely master one or even a narrow few, but have enough knowledge of other skills to be able to get through the task at hand.
I am a firm believer in the DIYDS philosophy of life. That is- DO IT YOUR DAMN SELF. Not only will it not punch your pocket book as hard, but also fulfill your life and make people ask if there is anything you cannot do.
Rise up and stay strong!!