Small Steps, Growth and Baby Elon Musk

With every post I make I will be learning and gaining new insights. When doing anything which requires repetitive practice (pretty much any skill worth learning) I like to imagine the billions of neurons in my brain firing and rewiring, forming new pathways and networks… but I digress. (Who knows, this imagery might help).

I’m inexperienced with this medium of creation and handling a website, blogging, writing coherent posts etc. When I relate this experience to that of someone just beginning to exercise (something I’m confident to say I know a good deal about), my advice to them—and to myself in this context—is to not get discouraged because we all start somewhere.

Cliche, yet true.

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“Multi-billion dollar business owner engineer investor genius, who dis?”

Consider Baby Elon Musk to the left here. He did not pop out of his mother’s womb knowing rocket science… (some more imagery for you). Yet, look at what he has accomplished today through his resilience.

Right when I was gearing up to start Gen Connect I watched this great Ted-Talk by someone who definitely practices what he preaches. Now before you scoff and dismiss me as a naive ted-talk watching millennial—because we all know how much my generation likes to be blamed (whether we deserve it or not)—give it a watch. It may be the most important 17 minutes and 52 seconds of your… day.

The speaker, Stephen Duneier, brings to our awareness a system, of which I naturally found a parallel to in fitness.

Small, achievable actions are what produce changes—great, and small.

If you’re trying to lose weight don’t go and destroy yourself with brutal workouts, obscene amounts of cardio and definitely not crossfit five days a week. Depending on your fitness level the recommendation will vary, but the idea is to do just a little bit more than you’re already doing. Applying this system consistently can produce profound change in a sustainable and very “do-able” manner.

The reason this works is because we can only adapt as much as we can recover. That’s why the most effective way to gain muscle is to add the smallest amount of weight possible, or 1-2 more repetitions on a given exercise each workout, or as often as possible.

You don’t need to work yourself to the bone. Doing just a little more work than you’ve done before ensures that you will grow as well as sustain that growth.

Which brings me here.

Letter by letter, word by word, post by post and connection by connection (with all of you), I will grow closer to my idealistic goal of empowering others through human connection to express themselves. 

 

If anything here resonated with you or you would like to share something yourself, go here—I can’t to see what you have to share with the world.

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