Enter the Dojo

The Dojo is Now Open!  What do you think?  Ah, we all can dream right?

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Most of us KNOW exactly what we need to do to reach our goals, but few of us actually DO IT.

Real-world results are not about plans.  They are about EXECUTION.  I can talk about nutrition principles forever, but until you have a true purpose for taking action, all educational efforts are meaningless.

Here’s the deal my friends. We all need some extra help and motivational guidance from time to time in order to maximize our potential.  But most modern self-help “gurus” dress that up with way too much mysticism and cult-like co-dependency.  They’ve become too wrapped up in their own bullsh*t, falsely believing the messenger is more important than the actual message.

They’ll tell you it’s all about drinking magic tea and floating through space in a lotus pose (I can do both by the way, but I’m not one to brag). Or you need a 47-Level Coaching Program where at the end, if you’re one of the lucky few disciples, you might get to touch the tip of the leader’s penis (or vagina), which of course, is the true key to curing all that ails you.

Although it sounds like a fun show man, none of that is really necessary, because believe it or not, the answer is a lot more simple.

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned in 2012, and really over the last 15 years as a coach — I’m older than I look and normally act — has nothing to do with the nuts and bolts of training or diet, or mystical practices.  The true key, the secret to your success in physique transformation, strength sports, or any other sport, and maybe even in life, is this:

You just gotta know what you are fighting for. 

If you want to start getting things done, you don’t need tricks and rituals.  You need straightforward principles and simple strategies, and then you need to take some personal accountability for your own life, and get out there and fight.

For this reason, I’ve opened up The Dojo.  I’ve compiled some lessons learned primarily from the works of Bruce Lee and Miyamoto Musashi (but have sprinkled in other philosophers and even fictional characters).  Their “Ronin-style” advice of self-education, authenticity, personal accountability, daily action vs. paralysis by analysis, being your true self vs. projecting an image, passion and sincerity in all things, making choices that are right for you instead of trying to fit into social conventions, and simply putting one foot in front of the other in the face of adversity, has helped me out tremendously — in fitness, in business, in relationships, and in life in general.

Now, before I get a bunch of hate mail, I’m not saying that I’m right.  I’m just saying what I believe, and sharing what has helped me in both my personal life, and in my career as a coach.  You can’t ask for anything more than that.  If you are able to find success and peace of mind via a completely different route, I’m cool with that.  And actually, I’ll be really happy for you.  That sh*t is too important to try and make you fit into some meaningless system or creed.

But for those interested in learning a little bit more about this random, Ronin Philosophy, The Dojo doors are now open.  I invite you to, as the pirates say, “Take what you can.  Give nothing back (or give everything back, or share it with your friends, or do whatever feels right by you).  I will update the lessons regularly.

The foundational lesson?

It is spiritless to think that you cannot attain to that which you have seen and heard the masters attain.  The masters are men.  You are also a man.  If you think that you will be inferior in doing something, you will be on that road very soon…No matter what it is, there is nothing that cannot be done.  If one manifests the determination, he can move heaven and earth as he pleases. — Hagakure.


2 thoughts on “Enter the Dojo

  1. Vlad Klipinitser

    This is awesome Nate. Can’t wait to read through. Love your stuff.

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