The “hao li hai” mentality

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Dear reader,

I keep hearing it so often that it’s almost part of my “subconscious lexicon”, hehe.

“Wai guo ren hao li hai”. While doing pull-ups in strict letter perfect form.

“Hao li hai!” while doing an advanced variation of an already advanced (yet in the works) course “King Kong Fitness”.

“Wah! Hao li hai!” while pounding out sets of squats in 100 – – and in less than THREE minutes for each set at that before instantly jumping into more pushups.

And so forth.

In Chinese, “hao li hai” literally translates  “into good, very good!” , or “more excellent”, for lack of a better literal translation.

And what that means in English is “strange man from foreign land, well done, excellent, EXCELLENT!”

‘Tis nice to hear, although I could care less what folks think about my workout to be honest. I’ve been classified as certifiably insane when it comes to working out – and I’m VERY comfortable with that tag, hehe.

Now, what do I mean by a “hao li hai” mentality?

Well – simple.

Be the – or I should say, AIM to be the best at what you do.

Actually, don’t just aim. AIM – but do so with an overwhelming DESIRE to be the best at whatever it is that  you do in life, my friend.

“Stone Cold” Steven Williams, he of the famous (and legendary) “Austin 3:16” brand in the WWE was interviewed on many things a few years ago, and I had the pleasure of watching this interview on YouTube.

I’ll post the link shortly, but for now, let me say that I’m certainly no fan of the steriod abuse (rampant at that) and everything else that goes on in the WWE – but I AM a huge, huge fan of Steven Williams if just for his work ethic – – his sheer PERSONA (that he brought to the table – no explanations needed there eh ) – – but most of all?

Most of all his DESIRE – and DRIVE to be the BEST!

“I don’t care what it is, or what I’m doing. I want to be the best at whatever it is that I’m doing”.

“I don’t care if I’m flippin burgers at Mc.Donalds’ – – I want to be the BEST goddamned burger flipper they’ve got!”

And so forth – quoting “almost” verbatim there from memory, but thats what he said.

And you’ll find this trait shared amongst ALL successful people – bar NONE,  my friend.

You name someone whose achieved a great deal of success in ANY field – and I’ll show you a person with the aforementioned desire.

On the other end of the spectrum, I saw a sloth bear  today trying to get onto a teeny weeny little “scooter”.

Actually calling this aberration a sloth bear would be doing a gross, gross disservice to the bear and animals in general – it was actually a “human” animal, if you get my drift, hehe.

A 400 lb or probably more man with nothing but FLAB – flab galore bulging ALL over his body getting on to a scooter – and “scootering” on for about 10 seconds before he alighted from said scooter, and ponderously huffed his way to his next destination.

Presumably before collapsing in a heap.

Looks like he had the DESIRE to be the best as well – at being OBESE, hehe. I’m sorry but anyone who needs motorized transport to get from point A to point B with point B Being less than about 10 seconds brisk walk away has got serious issues, my friend.

Oh well. So be it, hehe.

So THAT is today’s tip, my friend.

Last, but not least, being the best may sound like a pipe dream when you’re currently unable to do even a single rep of what I mention in 0 Excuses Fitness – – but it’s not, my friend.

Start small. Dream big, but start small.

Start by doing ONE pushup. Build up to FIVE. Pretty soon you’ll be up to TEN. And so forth.

Baby steps as they say, but boy oh boy do they work!

DREAM BIG – DESIRE BIG – and last, but NOT least – ACHIEVE BIG, my friend.

It truly IS the only way.



P.S. – There’s an interesting corollary to being the “best” in that this comparison usually evokes the term “mastery”. Fair enough, and rightfully so, but it’s nigh impossible to be a TRUE master at anything you do, my friend. Does that mean you can’t aim to be the best though- and keep improving even when you ARE the pinnacle?

Heck nawl, and thats the only way to go, my friend. Read the section on MASTERY in 0 Excuses Fitness right HERE –

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