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Wednesday asking what we all ask, "You want me to do WHAT on this thing?"

Wednesday asking what we all ask, “You want me to do WHAT on this thing?”


Hey Verve Members, in the refrigerator you’ll notice some new beverages by TRUETONiQS.  Please feel free to grab one or a couple and try them out.  There’s a flyer on the refrigerator with some information about the drinks as well as a few things you can do if you like the drinks and feel like helping out.  

Below is a an excerpt from a Foreword that Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote for a book by author Tim Ferris titled, Tools of Titans.  We all know who Arnold is and are familiar with his back story from Mr Olympia to movie star to Governor of California.  The subject of his Foreword is that although he has done well for himself, he didn’t do it alone.  A self made man he is not.  Click HERE for the full read, but below are a few of the points I enjoyed.  It doesn’t hurt to admit that you don’t know something or that you need help from time to time, even the Terminator couldn’t do it alone.  

I am not a self-made man.  Every time I give a speech at a business conference, or speak to college students, or do a Reddit AMA, someone says it.

“Governor/Governator/Arnold/Arnie/Schwarzie/Schnitzel (depending on where I am), as a self-made man, what’s your blueprint for success?”  They’re always shocked when I thank them for the compliment but say, “I am not a self-made man. I got a lot of help.”

But it is not true that I am self-made. Like everyone, to get to where I am, I stood on the shoulders of giants. My life was built on a foundation of parents, coaches, and teachers; of kind souls who lent couches or gym back rooms where I could sleep; of mentors who shared wisdom and advice; of idols who motivated me from the pages of magazines (and, as my life grew, from personal interaction).

So how can I ever claim to be self-made? To accept that mantle discounts every person and every piece of advice that got me here. And it gives the wrong impression — that you can do it alone.

We all need fuel. Without the assistance, advice, and inspiration of others, the gears of our mind grind to a halt, and we’re stuck with nowhere to go.  Whether it’s a morning routine, or a philosophy or training tip, or just motivation to get through your day, there isn’t a person on this planet who doesn’t benefit from a little outside help. I’ve always treated the world as my classroom, soaking up lessons and stories to fuel my path forward.

The worst thing you can ever do is think that you know enough.


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