Inspirational Post From Mike Mahler

You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back. — Vincent, from Gattaca (1997)

Mike Mahler is an elite  strength trainer and fitness writer who offers workshops and informational products on strength & conditioning.  I first met him when I took a kettlebell instructor certification course in Sept 2005, where he was a senior instructor.

Mahler publishes the online newsletter “Aggressive Strength Magazine.”  Today’s edition begins with a very inspirational essay about fulfilling your goals to live the life of your dreams.  It’s called “I Never Saved Anything for the Swim Back.”  Here is an excerpt:

“Swimming out without concern for how you will get back to shore is a metaphor for pursuing your dreams without any back-up plans.  Too many people opt out before truly getting started by telling themselves they can do something else when and if their dream career fails to thrive.  Is this your mentality?  If so, don’t bother with your dream career because you’ve already missed.  As the sage warfare strategist Sun Tzu wrote:  the winner and loser of a fight is already determined before the fight starts.  If you’ve already got your fall back job lined up in case your dream career fizzles, your fight is already determined…and you’ve lost!  Instead, you must be so single-mindedly focused on what you want that even the idea of doing anything else is never conceived.  When something isn’t an option, it will never obstruct you.  Excuses are unacceptable:  This is do or die time and those  unprepared to handle such hardcore mentality must fall back and prepare instead to accept a self-created, mediocre experience of life.”

To read the complete post, go to and click on “Magazine”

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~ by nolashaolin on February 4, 2009.

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