Welcome to Chapter 14 of Dan Bennett - The Diary of a Bored Kid!
Hi guys and welcome back!
I hope everyone is well and had a great a Turkey filled Thanksgiving weekend!
I finally uploaded my first ever podcast interview last week. Not going to lie to you, it was a bit of a big moment for me as I have wanted to do this for a while and getting a high level former soccer player on the podcast, I was buzzing!
I also know that me badgering on and promoting it over all my socials was probably low key annoying, but I appreciate the patience as I was fan girling!
I know that the audio and visuals will continue to get better and that Rome wasn't built in a day!
As my former coach used to say, that he stole from Denzel Washington in The Equalizer...
"Progress not perfection."
I have a few more interviews coming up in the pipeline but as of now we are back to regularly scheduled broadcasting....
I think todays topic will resonate with many of the audience and one that I think you'll find interesting and maybe even a little inspiring…
So yesterday, I was listening to a podcast at the gym, I'm not a huge music at the gym guy (Yes, I know that's weird.) Instead, I much prefer to get swept into the depths of a podcast and just crack on with my sets. I also feel like I'm habit-stacking because I'll be learning as I'm lifting!
Yesterday’s podcast featured two of my biggest inspirations, former England Rugby player James Haskell and Author / Adventurer Ross Edgley.
Now, how do I explain who Ross Edgley is? Let's just say, he has swam around the entirety of Great Britain, he ran a triathlon carrying a 100lb tree, he did a marathon pushing a car, he's written two best-selling books... oh, and he climbed the equivalent height of Everest on a rope.
Yup, he's a pyscho.
BUT.. he’s a really cool guy and one day I'm going to manifest interviewing him, because he's truly a legend.
So, in previous podcasts and blog posts I had spoken about the dangers of comparing yourself to others in and outside of your circle. It's stupid to compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter 20. It makes no sense, ultimately, you’re setting yourself up for an L, and the unavoidable pit of disappointment that will come along with that.
However, one of the big reasons why I wanted to talk about Ross Edgley and James Haskell is that despite me saying you shouldn't compare yourself to others in life, I do think that the specific application of observing others work is actually really important to help motivate and inspire you.
Now, the likelihood of me ever playing for England Rugby or ever attempting the feats that Ross Edgley has accomplished are slim to none.
I would love to aspire to do these things, but in reality, it's probably not going to happen.
However, what I think is really good about observing the insane work output of someone like a Ross Edgley and someone like a James Haskell who has played Rugby at the highest level and has now transitioned to a career in MMA.
Is one simple realization...
That you can do more.
They constantly remind me that you can always attempt to go bigger, achieve more and set your goals further than you initially imagined.
It’s the same with ultra-marathon runners! David Goggins particularly.. These people make you realize how little you are doing and how much more you can do to turn up and get better!
There's a huge reason why I love podcasts, and why I am currently building my own podcast. It's because I absolutely love humanizing those who we think are superhuman.
Ross Edgley from the outside is superhuman, his feats are incredible, and he often denies the laws of common sense. But what I love about him, he is so down to earth and normal.
Thus meaning, that if Ross Edgley who is human can complete such amazing and incredible obstacles and challenges, then there is no reason why I shouldn't hold myself to a higher standard and attempt to write more, go to the gym more, continue to turn up when I am tired, and attempt to be on a constant state of self-improvement, bettering myself and the work I choose to put out. And there’s no reason you shouldn’t either.
Oftentimes we set our own limiting beliefs and boundaries to what we think is possible. We deem those who are ‘superior’ to be in a league of their own and that there is no way we could ever achieve the goals we set because those who do achieve their goals are born different or are exceptionally talented and gifted.
Frustratingly, it’s all a manifested story we tell ourselves in our heads to make us feel better!
When observing the outside work of others, I don’t think you should ever feel the need to compare your work to theirs. Their work is their work for a reason, and by comparing yourself you are only belittling your own goals and motivations. There should never be a dick waving competition of who has achieved the most.
However, I do definitely think you should seek motivation from those deemed to be above you and observe why they are where they are. If they are achieving incredible accomplishments, then there is absolutely no reason that you shouldn't be either and shouldn’t be attaining to be a better version of yourself day in and day out.
It’s why I’m building the Accountability Academy, a place where people turn up to get better, to help and improve each other every day, and to be part of a network of people who all want to succeed and be accountable to being the best version of themselves!
Sometimes people know what they should be doing, but it’s hard to go alone! They need a team of people around them to help keep them on track!
Wrapping this up like a beautiful little thanksgiving pig in a blanket...
You can always do more to put future you into a better place down the line. I've said it before, and I’ll say it again, ultimately right now you are the embodiment of your previous habits and actions.
If you are really proud of the person you are today, then the likelihood is that past you was killing it! If there is more you want to be doing, then that's fine! But what better time than now to start?
Tomorrow is the start of the week, so do future you a favor and turn up!
As always thanks for reading!