Video transcript below:
Morning guys. Another thought of the day, quote of the day. Something that you can use to live a better life.
To be more in the now, more in the present, and to be more analytical in your decision. So that you can just be better, and get more stuff done, and live a happier life.
Just be awesome. Right? That’s the whole point of this type of stuff. As much as I’m telling you this type of stuff, I get as much as you. Cause when I’m teaching, I’m learning. And that’s why this is exciting for me.
And so I thank you for joining me on this journey you call life. Just give me a little of your time, some of your precious, precious time that we all have so little of.
I hope you enjoy today’s quote of the day, thought of the day, book of the day. Whatever it happens to be, I got a lot of those of the days. And use it to take action in your life.
Use it to something out of the ordinary. Use it to break from your routine. Break from the zombie walk routine most of us go through.
Even if you have a positive routine, we tend to get stuck in the same things and the same things and it’s always good to break out of that and go outside of ourself.
Today’s quote is actually going to be something related to routine. I’ve actually haven’t figured it out yet but, I’m going to find a good one right now and then we’re going to talk about it.
Alright, today’s quote of the day is a Wild Durant quote, I believe it might have actually been ascribed to Aristotle, it might be a different interpretation of it. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
If excellence is a habit, you’re not going to wake up one day and be excellent. You’re not going to wake up one day and produce a great work of art, a play, or a movie, or a screenwriting, or a novel, or a short story, or a youtube channel, or a youtube video.
Since anything you produce in your life is going to be based on the habits you create to do the work to build the thing, you have to build your habits. If you want to have an extraordinary life, then you need to build the habits of someone who has an extraordinary life.
If you want to be a millionaire, then you have to build the habits that millionaires have. And that’s why I actually talk about you can literally be a millionaire tomorrow if you build your life to be exactly like the millionaire and what he or she did to become a millionaire.
Those habits, which you can find in books and articles, you can find a millionaire and ask them what they’ve done. Generally what you’ll find, millionaires don’t necessarily live a perfect life where every second is perfectly planned out, mapped out and they have this great work ethic or whatever.
A lot of times millionaires, or let’s just say anyone successful, usually finds something that they enjoy doing or are very good at. And a lot of times they go hand in hand.
They enjoy, then they get good at it, the more they’re good at it, the more they enjoy it, etc. And what they do is they double down on that skill and they do it all the time. And the more they do that the more they compound, right?
The more, you get get that kind of compound interest type of effect where the more you invest in the skill or this thing, the more you can produce great work. And then as a result, the marketplace will reward you and you’ll make more and more money and that’s how you eventually become wealthy, independent, etc.
And so, it’s all about building the habit around those things though. For example, if I’m growing this youtube channel, every morning I’m waking up, coming out here and I’m doing either a book of the day, or a quote of the day or something.
And some videos are going to be better than others. Maybe one of these go viral, and it’s just a really great idea and enough people share it or whatever. And maybe like 90% of them, only a few people watch and hopefully they have an impact, so for me it’s still a win.
The point is, I’m still focusing on the habit. I’m still doing the work as a result of the habit I’ve built. Because what you’ll find, is to produce excellent work, you have to put in a lot of crap work.
And Steven Pressfield talks about this a lot. He’s like, for everyone one piece of paper that I would write and keep, I would throw away ten. There’d be ten that’d be in the trashcan.
Just completely wasted paper that I wrote on, that would be complete garbage that I threw away. If you’re not willing to put in the work, and if you’re not doing the work as a result of the habit, generally you’re not going to get those ten pieces of garbage to find the one gem.
And that’s the fundamental point. You have to build the habit. Especially around the thing you’re trying to accomplish in your life.
Whether if you want to be an actor, if you want to be a writer, if you want to be something like that, you have to invest the time in acting, you have to invest time in writing. And usually on a daily basis.
Today’s idea, today’s call to action for you is to find the thing, really identify the thing you’re trying to build towards. Are you trying to be a great salesman? Well, there’s a lot of things you can do to become a better salesman.
Reading all the sales books, even practicing copy writing, and interacting with people, and trying to even persuade people around you to just come to a different point of view. Or to even sell them something. Some used stuff you have or whatever it is.
There’s so many examples of how whatever your discipline is you can find ways to practice on a daily basis. Even if it’s one thing that’s going to make you a better salesman over the course of a couple years.
Again, if you want to be a writer, you got to write every single day. A lot of it’s going to be crap, but some of it’s going to be good. And then eventually do that enough, you’ll eventually produce something that is a great work, that will be your life’s work.
Hopefully will make a dent in the universe and pay you and do whatever, right? Because that’s all we’re after. But we only get there if we’re investing on a daily basis.
So find what that thing is in your life, and start investing on a daily basis by building a habit around it. Excellence is a habit, so what are you doing about it? Simple as that.
What are you doing? You want to be a boxer? You got to hit a bag. A lot. A lot. A lot. A lot. You want a good jab? A thousand jabs a day.
Like Bruce Lee said, “I fear the man whose practiced one kick a thousand times, not 10,000 kicks once.” I’m paraphrasing. But that’s basically the point.[Colin] He wants to see all the people. Smile.[Woman] Still smiling.[Colin] Okay so I’m out here at McKinney Falls, a nice spot in Austin and today’s video is all about habit and excellence. And how habit is what defines excellence.
So on an weekend even, my habit of deep work, my habit of recording, these are all things I have to do on a daily basis or I’m going to lose the habit.
And so, on a day like today where it might be easy to want to go home, tuck in, watch Netflix the rest of the night, I’m going to make sure I’m going to be getting to work later. Probably as soon as I’m done with this actually.
And so, definitely enjoy some of the time but, make sure you get right back to it. Because again, excellence is a habit. It’s not something you do.
So part of me didn’t want to come out to this. It’s cold, it’s rainy, it takes a lot of time. It’s far. But I said I would, so I did. And I think that’s a very important lesson for younger generation.
Don’t commit to things. Don’t say you’re going to be there if you’re not going to be there. If you’re even 50% unsure, then just simply say, I don’t know yet, I’m going to try to make it.
That’s better than saying, I’m going to make it, and not showing up. The worst thing is when you say you’re going to do something and then you don’t.
People won’t trust you anymore. They won’t ask you to do things anymore. It’s the worst.[Montel] Thought of the day, sometimes the simplest things are the most profound in a world where we’re constantly looking to the future and modernity.[Colin] What’s an example from your daily life?[Montel] Just getting together within a circle, there’s something about that space with people that’s so ancestral. We used to gather around fire.[Colin] Without any particular goal, right?[Montel] Yeah without any goals.[Colin] Or a minor goal.[Montel] Right. Or even just a goal of being with other people.[Colin] Montel’s thought of the day.[Colin] Something I don’t do enough, is get outside and walk. But doing more walking, but the main, just going out everyday for even a ten minute walk around the block.
And here’s the thing, going without an audible or a phone or anything, that’s going to be a big difference. Cause, with an audible and I think it’s great because you can get a lot of books in but all the famous thinkers, Beethoven, Mozart, Freud, Hemingway, all the guys, they all had walking habits.
They would do their, Einstein, and they talked about how, there’s quotes from these guys about how the best ideas always came when they were walking. And obviously, they didn’t have phones or distractions or music or whatever.
And so I think that just the idea of getting physical of moving. Niche, had a lot of quotes about getting out in nature and walking. But I think just getting out in nature and walking anything is really good for a contemplative state.
It’s going to be good for kind of mindfulness and meditation. But it’s also going to be good for creativity and sparking ideas.
And I think anyone that has anything that they’re trying to do creatively, I think going on walks ideally in nature is going to have, could have profound effects. So I highly recommend it.[Colin] See me coming, huh? You see me coming. What are you doing? Smile for the camera? You like being on camera. See he’s going to jump up and down.[Colin] Wee. (da da da da dant, da da da da dant, da da da da dant da, da da da da dant)My nose is running. He just knows, the camera is there. He just wants be on it. [Colin] You know, I was thinking a product idea, a little umbrella that has a thing that connects to the camera on the tripod somehow. He had to hold a thing over his the whole time. Literally a super small umbrella.[Woman] They have them for strollers. A thing that attaches to the side.[Colin] Yeah, just basically a small umbrella that can fold down and take up no space. I mean you deal with a lot of weather stuff when you’re recording and what not.[Colin] The issue of habit, it’s late, I’m tired, it’s rainy. We ate out and it’s making me feel sleepy. But I’m going to go to the gym.
I’m going to go to the gym and spend at least 20-30 minutes in there. Probably do arms, some squats, some basic stuff. Not going to go super hard.
I’m just going to get in there and kinda do what I can do. Because going and doing something is better than nothing.
And on a Sunday, I’ve talked about this before, you have habit muscle, and those times you don’t want to go, you don’t want to do the thing, you don’t want to get up and work, you want to relax, you want to watch Netflix, you want to start tomorrow, well those are the times you should never, ever skip.
Because you’re weakening your habit muscle. And it’s going to be easier, and you’re more likely to do that again the next time you feel that way.
Yet, if you get in the habit of every time you feel like crap or you’re tired or whatever and you really don’t want to do it. When you take that as trigger to actually do the thing, I mean, think about it. That’s awesome, right?
So today it’s all about habit. I don’t really want to go. It’s not going to be a great workout. But it’s going to be better than nothing.
And that’s the habit, and that’s the point and that’s how over the long term I’m going to win. And that’s how you’re can win over the long term as well.
Colin Stuckert Founder/CEO, Wild Foods