A large percentage of people have never cared about anything. They value certain life attributes, but not in the way of constant improvement or goal orientation. Caring from the perspective of betterment, not monotony.

As always – cooking counts, so does weightlifting, sport in general, a job/career, school, toys, other people, anything. This carries over to more than just the obvious thing we interact with everyday as athletes and coaches.

So, down to brass tacks. Starting to care is remedial. Move from passive activity to trying to get better. The starting is the easy part, but like my dad used to say, “the proof is in the pudding.” He’s a weird guy, I know. Following a plan, meticulous or not, and bringing yourself to where the rubber meets the road is the beauty of caring. Where you find yourself harmoniously pissed off at the thing you’ve chosen to care about. That’s where the magic happens.

The meat of this discussion is to manifest there is absolutely no shame when you realize you suck at weightlifting. So did Ilya when he first touched a barbell at age who knows how young. You’re just 25 years old and 20 years behind the curve; small difference . . .

This sparked from talking to a friend about understanding when people get frustrated with the daily tribulations that seem to come along with our realm. As modern day humans we want it now. We don’t care what it is, it has to materialize instantly. Food, career advancement, money, love, lust, all of it. Patience is a thing of the past. The good news is this usually is followed by an undying passion to not quit until we are gratified. That’s exactly the piece we have to harness. That is what will drive us when we encounter adversity. Find solace in that ability and own it.

I’ll say it again, there was a point in every “great’s” life when they were a rookie. let that sink in. You will get better. Think 10 years down the road when you can say you have years of experience under your belt.

“Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards.”

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