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Building your life is like building your muscles...

From: Max L.
Sent on: Saturday, June 2, 2012 1:39 PM

Dear friend,

Traditionally we say that hard work leads to success, and while working “hard” is certainly not the only way to success, the real question is “why is it that some people consider hard work a bad thing nowadays?

I define “hard work” simply as work that is challenging. The real problem is when we start to think of challenging work as painful or uncomfortable. Does challenging work necessarily have to be painful? Of course not. In fact, a major key to create the life we want is to learn to enjoy challenging work and to enjoy working at it.

Challenging work, when intelligently chosen, is in fact a blessing! Just as lifting weights for example, builds muscle, tackling challenges builds character! To do only what’s easy leads to physical and mental flabbiness. If you want to keep your muscles strong or our mind sharp, you need to challenge them...

To systematically avoid challenge is to abandon one’s character development, and in doing so we are avoiding doing what it takes to fully express ourselves and feel really alive...

So we must learn to literally fall in love with challenge instead of fearing it, just like a bodybuilder learns to love the effort of doing “one more rep” to grow their muscles.

If we avoid the “effort” of stretching ourselves beyond our limits, we miss out the opportunity to grow and further express who we are. This is true both for building muscles and for building your life...


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