Pearls are one of the earth’s most beautiful natural treasures. And in this video I’m going to offer a mental framework for you to use to restructure your priorities when it comes to health and fitness.
So, pearls come from oysters and mussels, but exactly how are they created by them? The process begins when a particle, or what is referred to as an irritant, gets inside the mollusk. This particle in essence functions as the nucleus of the pearl from a very early stage. Once the irritant becomes trapped, the mollusk begins to coat to it with nacre as a defense mechanism. Nacre is a composite made mostly of aragonite that is strong and iridescent. The unique luster (or glow) of pearls comes from this nacre. The mollusk coats the nucleus with thousands upon thousands of layers of nacre, and over time, a pearl begins to slowly form. How long it takes for a pearl to form is dependent on the growth rate of the nacre. Most pearls typically take anywhere between two to four years to fully develop.
“Okay great” you think “what does this have to do with fitness and body transformation?”
So many people begin their fitness journey as a way to improve their overall body composition. But in my opinion, their problem is that they try to integrate healthy habits into their life.
On the surface, this seems like a good idae. I mean, how else are you supposed to start going to the gym and eating more chicken? You just have to work it into your schedule, right?
Back in the golden era of working in malls (if there was such a thing), we used to work 11 hours a day. Sometimes we’d even have a 45 minute commute each way to get to work. After a day full of caffeinated hustling, there wouldn’t be much left in the tank at the end of the day to crush a workout.
As a result, every six months or so my health (both mental and physical) would get so bad that I would eventually quit, book a one way ticket to some tropical paradise, and spend the next 2-3 months working out like crazy and eating healthy food.
This constant cycle of… I don’t even know what to call it.. bulking and cutting? Looking like shit and looking good? Yoyoing back and forth from being an athlete and being a salesman?
Anyway, this constnat cycle gave me the impression that integrating fitness into your life is not an easy thing to do if you want to stay fit.
But when you make fitness the core value of your life, when you make it your #1 priority it becomes much easier to build your life around that.
Using the analogy of the oyster and the pearl, we can assume that “poor health” is the irritant, much like the grain of sand. And each layer of “healthy habits” or (nacre) in this case, we coat on top of it further and further improves our health.
In other words, if you really want to be healthy, you need to make health and fitness your #1 priority.
Maybe this sounds extreme to some of you. “But I have a family, I have kids, I have a job!”
Get rid of them.
I’m just joking.. sort of. Well I’m not actually suggesting that you get rid of your family and move to Thailand to spend your days at the beach eating coconuts and mangoes. Although to most of you, that probably doesn’t sound so bad.
But seriously.. why wouldn’t you want to live like that? Even if you do have a wife and kids? You don’t think they’d have a better life if YOUR main priority was fitness, and if theirs was too?
Most of the people watching this probably live in the United States. If you’ve seen my video where I rank the top 5 cities where it’s easiest to be fit, The United States is at the bottom.
It’s not easy to be fit if you live in the US. Most cities require you to drive everywhere, most people work in office jobs, and we have the biggest selection of affordable processed food in the world – not to mention that it is AGGRESSIVELY marketed to us by major corporations.
Fast food is everywhere. PUFAs are in everything. Unless you have a gym membership, it’s easy to be sedentary, get fat, and stay fat for life.
Let’s go to pretend land for a second… if you were to put fitness as your #1 priority, how would you life look?
I can tell you what I did many times – I moved to a tropical beach, got plenty of sun, worked out as much as I could, and stuffed myself on the healthiest food I could find.
What could be better than that?
The way I see it, there’s only 2 reasons someone would choose to live in America:
1. All their friends and family are here and they don’t want to leave
2. They are tied to their job
I can’t help you with the first one. If things are going great and you have a bunch of friends and a tight family, I can understand that you wouldn’t want to leave.
The second one I think is easier to play with. The world is getting more and more digital, meaning that you can always find some kind of work online.
Not only that, but in a perfect world you’d have multiple streams of income from online sources that would allow you to live anywhere you wanted.
The beauty of online businesses is that they work while you sleep. Create something to sell, start driving traffic, and make sales while you sleep.
So.. what does this have to with fitness? Well, you see how we arrived at this conclusion, don’t you?
We just did a little thougth experiment: “what would life look like if we put fitness as our #1 priority?”
-We would move to a tropical beach somewhere
-Every core decision would be based around whether or not something was healthy
-Take it from someone who changes his location every few months – you can always make new friends. And you can take your family with you
-And finally.. the big one: how to make money online?
I’m not saying it’s easy, but even if it takes you 5 years to figure out. Even if you have to move someplace where your rent is $200/month and you’re eating street food every day… would that be so bad if the eventual payoff is location-independent income for the rest of your life?
I’m not making this video to encourage you to start trying to make money online, although I do believe that is something that literally every single person who knwos how to use a computer should focus on.
My point is that by putting fitness first, you will naturally restructure your priorities in a way that will automatically fit your new lifestyle.
And at the end of the day, when we all have a limited amount of time on this planet, is there really anything more important than health?