Step 10: Stoic vs Epicurean, Arnolds 1000 Reps, Apache Cold Showers, and the Spartan Whipping Post

The Big Idea: Do Things That Develop Toughness

  • a nation is born stoic and dies epicurean — Will Durant
  • stoics say sacrifice today for tomorrow (invest wisely)
  • epicureans say live for today (eat drink and be merry, yolo)
  • there is truth to both, but stoicism is what I recommend
  • Arnold wanted big calves, moved to South Africa to train with Reg Parks, worked out at 5am and did 1000 lb calf raises, calves grew 2 inches in one year
  • humans have gotten softer over time
  • adversity makes men and prosperity makes monsters — Victor Hugo
  • there are three types of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and people who wonder what happened — farmer’s proverb
  • stoics say “toughen up”
  • the “hard” is what makes it great — Tom Hanks
  • test yourself, push yourself, toughen up,
  • spartans trained their children for toughness by feeding enough but not too much
  • let me embrace the sour adversity, for wise man say is the wisest course — Shakespeare
  • yolo is for suckers
  • do hard shit, you’ll be happier and richer
  • Sioux children took freezing cold baths to toughen them up
  • tremendous respect will come to you in business and life if you are tough
  • use it or lose it
  • bones grow weak if they are not used but they grow stronger if you stress them
  • who do want working/fighting next to you?  someone who’s been tested and survived or someone who’s soft?
  • toughness will give you a competitive edge in a world with 7 billion people
  • go without your phone for a day
  • jeff bezos never uses the elevator
  • every once in a while, you can work 24 hours straight
  • next time you don’t want to do something, do it anyways to build your discipline muscles
  • go camping
  • go a month without driving
  • lifting weights slows down aging at the cellular level
  • go without salt and sugar

Tai Lopez is an entrepreneur, investor, and blogger who runs an awesome online book club. 67 Steps is a lecture series teaching how to be successful in health, wealth, love, and happiness.  I’m a big fan.

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