Life advice from Jillian Michaels


I’m a big fan of Jillian Michaels’ 30 day shred. Not only is it a great workout, but her tough love style can be applied to all walks of life. After a few reps she always says, “Don’t quit! When it gets tough that’s when the real change starts.” So simple but so true. I find myself saying that over and over again when starting my small business.

Yesterday I bought the domain name, set up the web hosting, had a 2 hour meeting with my accountant, and got the paperwork ready for filing the LLC. I had a big fat headache and felt way overwhelmed. But Jillian’s voice repeated in my head: When it gets tough that’s when the real change starts.

All of life’s big challenges are like strength training. You start with a weight you can manage  and you keep going until it hurts like hell. If you work through the struggle, the next time you go to lift weights you can manage much more. If you never work until it hurts you’ll never get stronger. And you can’t skip any steps. You can’t just start off lifting the largest weights in the gym. You’ll end up pulling a muscle and never going back. You have go through all the stages, and all the aches and pains that go with it. Eventually you will lift 200 pounds and by that point you’ll be ready.

If you didn’t like my extended metaphor here’s something that should make you laugh. I don’t have 2 pound weights in my apartment so what do think a logical substitution would be? That’s right, I did my chest presses with two wine bottles.

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