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Restlessness and Discontent

“Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.”

~Thomas Edison

The beauty of understanding the meaning behind this quote is in the realization that it’s OK to not be satisfied with where you are now.  Oddly, the realization allows you to be satisfied with not being satisfied.

If you were completely satisfied with your current state in life – whether that be your level of fitness, your current career, or your proficiency in that career, or any other catagory – your progress would slow dramatically.  It is the hunger to leave the current state in pursuit of greatness that fuels our efforts.

This is not to say that we cannot be content to be where we are on the path, however.   In fact, if you look at your Brass Ring pursuit like the summiting of a great mountain, while the goal is to climb to the top, the beauty of the goal lies in the journey.

I really enjoyed a post I saw on CrossFit Endurance.  “Sometimes we have to stop and appreciate why we do what we do.”

Enjoy your rest today.

By |2017-01-10T11:40:43+00:00October 19th, 2008|Categories: All Entries, Warrior Mind|

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  1. Chandler W October 19, 2008 at 10:21 am

    I did fight gone bad today which is:
    3 rounds
    1 minute at each station.
    The stations are:
    Wall ball (20lb ball)
    Sumo Deadlift High Pull
    Box Jumps (24in)
    Push Press
    Row for Calories
    Each station you count your total reps. Except for rowing you go for calories.
    My score was 302

    I have a quote that ties into BUD/S perfectly.
    “When a man is pushed, tormented and defeated he has a chance to learn something”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. Coach October 19, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Awesome quote.

    I really like FGB. If you approach it like a firefight or h2h combat, you realize the the need to be constantly on the attack. Slow down or let your guard down, and you open yourself up for real problems.

    “300” is also like that.

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