When I was a teenager, I had zero work ethic. (I didn’t even know what work ethic is). I remember spending summer break playing video games and masturbating.
An inspirational movie that I had watched was “Fight Club” (looking back, it was cringe worthy) and that motivated me to become greater. At that time, becoming greater means joining the army. So I had a stint with the army, fresh out of high school. Zero regrets!
So how did a lazy piece of shit who had no concept of work ethic or self improvement turned into an Uber Human?
Joining the army helped me because it forced discipline on me. I remember telling the interviewer why I joined the army is to “become more discipline.”
Because I learned discipline from the army, I was able to becoming a winning poker player through sheer work ethic and discipline (more on this later)
A starter’s guide to work ethic and discipline
Introducing, the 10 minutes habit: pick something you want to improve on and do it 10 minutes every single day, no matter what.
I started learning grammar every day for 10 minutes. Why? Because readers pointed out that my grammar was shit. If I wanted to be taken seriously, my grammar should be on point.
In 365 days, that’s 60 solid hours of learning grammar. (You know what’s funny – they never taught us grammar in high school English class, what the fuck)
Yes, learning proper grammar paid off:
It really helps if you have a blog where you can post what you learned. Write every day on your blog – this will significantly help you become an Uber Human (most people are too lazy to write every day on their personal blog)
Here’s a list of practical 10 minutes habits that you can do every day
- Prepare healthy food
- Read a book
- Learn a new skill
- Network with successful people through linkedin.com
- Floss, brush teeth and mouth wash combo
- Write in your own blog (I really like this one)
10 minutes is a good start towards building a hardcore work ethic.
Next up, put in more hours.
“One becomes a beginner after one thousand days of training and an expert after ten thousand days of practice.” ~ Mas Oyama, founder of Kyokushin Karate.
I started taking Muay Thai seriously because it’s fun and bad ass.
People usually attend 1 class (1.5 hours) per day. I attend 2 classes back to back and lift weight afterwards for a total of 3.5 hours. On my off days, I lift weight and shadow box.
I sprained my ankle and my left shoulder cuff hurts. But I sucked it up and did 30 minutes of shadow boxing today.
The only way to get good is to work harder – this means putting in more hours. And never give up.
And finally, put your life into it.
At one point in my life, I was a professional poker player.
I played up to $7/14 NL live at Macau, I also played $5/10 NL in Las Vegas. I played 12 hours a day, every day, for 2 years straight (and then I burnt out LOL. Actually, I realized the smart way to make a living is making passive income online)
I remember starting out at $1/2 NL and quickly moving up to $2/5 NL (after playing $1/2 NL for a month) and made a rapid climb to $5/5 and $5/10 NL.
I had played from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM. I had slept in a car, only to wake up 3 hours later and play cards again. I had put in more hours than the full time security guards working in the casino.
I have zero regrets. It was a fun time in my life. I used the money to travel the world, and had partied in Japan, America, Hong Kong and Macau. Yeah baby!
Oh yeah, there was one point where I made $2000 USD per month with Amazon Kindle Publishing. To get there, I was writing 6 hours every day, for 2 months straight. During new year’s eve, I stayed in to write. That’s how I got the bankroll to play poker for a living.
(As you know, my next adventure in life is making money online and retiring on a nice beach.)
By the way, starting and writing this blog was hard for me at first. I almost deleted this blog. Why? Because I take my privacy seriously. Besides, why do I need to tell the world that I was a nerd in high school who spent his summer jerking off while playing video games? Once you put it out there on the internet, there is no going back. But then again, I learned to drop my ego …
When in doubt, take action
Reading too much and not taking action is a waste of time.
Take an action oriented approach. For example, when I had first started in the gym and I had no clue what I was doing but I went anyways. Gradually I learned the proper form for bench pressing and squats by looking up Youtube videos or by asking other big, bulky guys in the gym who were lifting heavy.
When in doubt, take action is a good line to remember. See a hot woman who catches your eyes? Just say “hi” and go from there. I had a 2 years relationship with a woman I met at the beach, simply because I said … “Hey, nice hat.”
In fact, taking action is learning. A person doesn’t learn how to swim by reading a book. A good rule of thumb: for every 1 hour you read, you must take 8 hours of action.
If possible, find a mentor
The quickest way to get good is to have a mentor. I have a student (and friend) who I had taught poker. I met him at the casino by accident. Anyways, long story short, he has been playing poker for 3 years professionally now. Not bad – not too long ago, he was working 9 to 5 and getting stuck in traffic.
You can find a mentor by going through linkedin.com – message the person like “Hi, you did ZXY work? Really interesting. I would love to buy you lunch and chat about ZXY industry with you. Let me know when you’re free.”
For a long term mentor, you want to find a person who has good moral values and character. Nothing is more obnoxious than a person who is power tripping or just outright unethical.
If you would like me to be your mentor, I do online video coaching. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, to make sure it’s something that I’m qualified to help you with. The rate is $40 USD for a 45 minutes session.
In conclusion …
If you’re beginning to develop hardcore work ethic, try the 10 minutes habit. Gradually put more hours into your work. Then put your life and soul into the work until it consumes you.
When you have a mission in life, the bullshit just drops. I had stopped watching TV and play video games in my early 20s, when I started playing poker professionally.
If you have time quitting social media, video games or watching TV, don’t be so hard on yourself. You had been conditioned to be addicted to media for most of your life. It takes time to un-brainwash yourself to live a distraction free life.
That’s all for this week.
See you next week, comrade.
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