Perseverance Rough Strength

I bet you dreamed about another “5 Ways to Build Bigger Arms” or “7 Foods You Need to Avoid” piece, but I’m not going to indulge you. Instead, I’ll tell you a story about what really makes a difference in your life. I’ll expose the biggest secret that distinguishes weak always-whining people from badass mofos you adore. And this secret is called “perseverance”.

Get Up

Perseverance is a simple concept. Everybody knows what it is. Yet I rarely meet people that not only understand how it works, but implement it in their lives. You can say without a doubt that perseverance is a lost feature.

While thinking about the concept, I’ve come to a conclusion that perseverance is all about getting up. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall. What does matter is whether you get up. You know how people like to brag about their attempts. Something like “Oh, I had a band once; we tried everything, but we never made it” or “Yeah, I tried everything to lose fat, but nothing works”. People count their failures as a measure of ephemeral success. However, they miss the point because amount of failures has nothing to do with success. Getting over the last failure and still getting up does. If you tried everything and nothing seems to work, then guess what?

Try harder.

You can have anything you want if you are prepared to get up and fight for it. I’m not joking. Think about anything you crave right now. I bet perseverance combined with even mild intelligence will get you there (of course, for stuff like time travel and creating a virus for a zombie apocalypse, you will need something more than “mild”).

Write Your Own Story

You know the story of the majority. In their twenties or even teens, they may have the courage to try something new, not to conform, to take charge of their life. However, once they fall, they cry like little girls and obey the circumstances. They become slaves of their environment. They stop dreaming and live miserable lives. Or even worse – they believe the conformity lies all the other losers are happy to repeat them millions of times. They irreversibly forget the main life principle you need to fucking carve in your brain:

There is only one person who knows what’s best for you. It is YOU.

But what if you don’t want to end like weak people? Prepare to fight. Every day. Seriously, once you decide that losers’ way is not an option for you, you will face a whole gamut of obstacles:

99% of people will say that you are wrong. There are lots of explanations for this. People are envious, they don’t want to feel worse than you, they don’t believe themselves and in themselves, they are close-minded, etc. You should accept the fact that almost everyone will say that you are wasting your time, and some of them will try to break you to prove they are right. Of course, you need to mute them mentally. Use “I don’t give a fuck” ethic. Remember, only you know what’s best for you. On the bright side, there will be 1% of people who will support you. Treat them like gold.

You will fall. It is a part of the process. The higher you aim, the more times you will be on your knees, broken. There will be times when all you want is to curl up on the floor and lie like that forever. However, you should not surrender the temptation to leave everything if what you are doing is fueled by your inner bonfire. Get up every time.

You will be distracted from your goal. There are people-parasites and laziness/procrastination. Both of them separate you from your goals much more than the actual amount of work that needs to be done. People-parasites will require your time giving you nothing in return. You know who I’m talking about. I bet you can name at least 5 “parasites” in your social circle off the top of your head. People that talk and talk about useless crap that does not develop you in any way. The solution is simple – ignore them. Do not return their calls. Do not answer their messages. Be a douchebag. Regarding laziness/procrastination, it is not that simple. You will need to stand on one leg, bend forward like in the Single-Leg Deadlift, and use your other leg to kick your lazy ass anytime you find yourself wasting your time. It is way simpler if you have a loved one or kids, or a good friend. I believe they all will kick your ass with healthy vigor.

That’s just a glimpse of the obstacles you will encounter, but the answer is always the same – perseverance. The everlasting cycle of falling and getting up – that’s the price of your dreams coming to reality.

Another Secret

Yeah, you know it already, but I’ll say it anyway. Life is a cycle of light and darkness. Embrace the fact that the darker your times now, the lighter you future will be. Everything happens for a reason. Persevere and you will be rewarded.

Closing Thoughts

You may be thinking: “Seriously, bro, aren’t you writing about exercises, foods, and stuff?” Well, there are things to be said that are way more important than exercises or foods. Perseverance is a life-changing concept for me. I hope this article will help you to deal with your own circumstances.

Play rough!

Alex Zinchenko

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10 thoughts on “Perseverance

  1. Dave R.

    Alex, this is absolute truth, a complete primer of everything you need to know. Where the mind goes the body will follow. Weak mind, nothing happens. First train the mind ( every day) then achieve things you never thought possible. Human beings are designed to be totally awesome. Most have lost the path….
    Dave R

  2. Jacob

    Hey thanks for the post. I’ve been working super hard on my character and attitude lately and I appreciate seeing this post to help remind me. There are about fifty things I’m really focusing on lately and perseverance is in my top 5. Do you think I should be focusing on one thing at a time or should I go after it all at once?

  3. Charlie

    Excellent article. People do not like seeing others succeed when others have failed. The goal of miserable people is to make those around them feel just as lousy as they do. After I sling some heavy iron, I feel like a new man. Let the naysayers wallow in their own ignorance.

  4. ethan

    Well said Alex, “there are things to be said that are way more important than exercises or foods”!!. I am truly inspired. I will to start my morning workout routine which I have been trying to start since last month. Your words of wisdom ignited the fire in me take to take on the morning workout challenge and conquer the laziness in my body and mind. Also for a start I want to buy some dumbbells for me are the ones shown here good for home work out? I came across this site while searching for best home gym equipments. Your suggestion would be helpful.

  5. Adam Trainor

    Good stuff, Alex. Dead on. Perseverance is why Keanu Reeves continues to get roles in movies. It counts more than talent in many cases. Also, I don’t think turning a deaf ear to negative people is douchy. It’s pragmatic. It’s what the most successful people do. By the way, I hear Keanu is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Probably hasn’t hurt him too much… and I’ll bet he never responds to negative stuff


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