The Guy Files: The Grind Is The Glam

By John Siscel December 16, 2012 01:00 AM
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The Guy Files: The Grind Is The Glam

“We have inherited an incredibly beautiful and complex garden, but the trouble is that we have been appallingly bad gardeners. We have not bothered to acquaint ourselves with the simplest principles of gardening. By neglecting our garden, we are storing up for ourselves, in the not very distant future, a world catastrophe as bad as any atomic war, and we are doing it with all the bland complacency of an idiot child chopping up a Rembrandt with a pair of scissors.”
– Gerald Durrel

“The glam IS the grind.” When you dream about something…really get a good picture of what you’d like it to look like in the future…does your dream include the hard work it’s going to take to get there? Mine sure doesn’t. It’s a trick…you get this great picture of your dream home, family, and life…makin’ $500k, a celebrity trainer, living in a mansion, married to a trophy wife, perfect kids, homes all over the world, multiple cars…the GLAM. Then you wake up from your dream (or was that your resolution) and slamo – you’re right back in your life…the GRIND.

Here’s the reality – the Glam IS the Grind. While the glam is certainly possible…you’re not going to get it without the grind of every-day life. Ask any successful person who’s already there. Unless they won the lottery, they’ll tell you it was a LOT of hard work, day in and day out.”

-Kelly Starrett via Andy Petranek

As 2012 unfolds, opportunities abound. We are literally faced with a blank slate of opportunity. New Year’s Resolutions are on everyone’s mind this time of year. Roughly 90% people fail in keeping their resolutions. Any regular gym goer knows that gyms are packed in January, and back to normal levels in March. Why?

People are focused on the glam, but aren’t willing to do the grind. They may try it, but how many commit to it fully? For the long term?

“Everybody wants a bite. It doesn’t happen overnight.”
– Everlast

If you want to lose fifty pounds, for example, you don’t just lose that over night, despite what the “Biggest Loser” may tell you. It’s not safe either. It takes time. Luck, talent and God-given natural abilities are useless and irrelevant if you want to achieve something. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions and we all know people who have enormous amounts of talent and ability who don’t use it and/or let it go to waste.

“Luck is for losers.”
– C.M. Punk

“Luck” is what happens when you have done the work. It’s opportunity meeting preparedness. Success isn’t magic. You don’t need to wish for it. It’s not magic. It’s a matter of hard work and consistency. If you work hard and you stay the course, you can’t be anything but successful. Sooner or later it will happen. The “sooner or later” part is what tends to bite people in the ass. I find that if you consistently do the work you will make your dreams a reality, but they happen on their own timeline. Not yours. That is part of the grind that’s the hardest to embrace.

Make your plan for 2011, then enjoy the grind. See you on the other side.

“You cannot achieve success without the risk of failure. And I learned a long time ago, you cannot achieve success, if you fear failure. If you’re not afraid to fail, man, you have a chance to succeed. But you’re never gonna get there unless you risk it, all the way.”
– Paul Heyman