Mark Sisson | Fitness and Health Author, Blogger and former Elite Endurance Athlete
Mark Sisson is a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness his life’s work. He has become an independent researcher, critical thinker, motivator, and communicator. He’s athletic efforts culminated in a top 5 finish in the 1980 US National Marathon Championships and a qualifying spot for the 1980 US Olympic Trials. In 2006, he started MarksDailyApple.com, and has authored several books. He has also served for 15 years as the volunteer elected anti-doping and drug-testing chairman of the International Triathlon Union and as its liaison to the International Olympic Committee.
The Difference Between good And Great | People who are good at what they do usually have one or two of the following: natural talent, passion, and a strong work ethic. People who are great at what they do often have all three.
The “good” could be “great” at something else, if only their talent would line up with their passion and work ethic. That’s why trying all sorts of things is important – eventually, you might figure out how to marry all three.
My Key Talent | My ability to research complex health topics, understand them, and repackage them in more accessible forms for others to consume, learn from, and incorporate into their lives. I’ve focused on health, nutrition, and fitness, since my passion lies in those areas, but this skill applies to anything: business, finance, physics, Southeast Asian history. The ability to synthesize information for wider audiences is vital for anyone interested in succeeding.
The Principle I Live By |
Integrity – Be true to others and more importantly yourself. It’s easiest to lie to ourselves, but it’s also the most damaging. Avoid that trap.
Decency – Be a good person. You don’t have to be religious or develop and maintain a strict moral code or anything like that. Just be a decent, kind person.
Strength – Don’t let the previous principles turn you into a pushover. Stand up for what you believe in, what you want, and what you deserve.
By emphasizing these values in my work, I’ve been able to create a powerful, effective, honest health movement that revolves around helping people improve their lives.
Critical Skills For Success | Rolling with the punches. To accept the current situation, however favorable or unfavorable, and know that things will be okay. This is hard, because it involves dwelling in the present, not the past, while keeping an eye on the future. It’s being present (without being irresponsible) and forward thinking (without becoming a dreamer rather than a doer) at once.
How I Use My Mind | Beyond the necessary planning, I try to use my mind as little as possible because I find it just gets in the way and makes me hesitate too much. If I just take that first step and get started toward my goal, whether it’s “write an article” or “write a book,” I’m more likely to achieve it. It’s better to think on your feet.
Lessons I’ve Learnt | If you want to “do the thing you love” for a living, make sure you work hard at it. Passion and desire are necessary, but they’re not enough. You need to develop the skill to execute your desire. That only comes with hard work.
Performing At My Peak | If you’re referring to my absolute physiological peak, I don’t. Some days are definitely better than others, and all I can do is accept that and make the best of it. If I’m feeling tired and lazy, I don’t sit at the computer staring at an empty screen for five hours and try to tough it out. I take a nap, or go for a walk, or catch up on reading, or grab a workout.
The Meaning Of Life | Is to live it.
The Best advice I’ve Received | Whenever the opportunity arises to take profits from your own efforts – especially when you are young – I find it’s much more lucrative to reinvest those back into your company, your product, your marketing or even your knowledge base as opposed to socking it away in some stock or fund over which you have no control.
Advice On Building Wealth | Live simply and humbly. Learn to appreciate the small things in life that don’t cost any money at all. Your friends, your kid’s smile, your significant other’s embrace. Riches won’t last and they might not even come at all.
The Legacy I Would Like To Leave | A million readers who are healthier and are enjoying life more than they were before reading my stuff.
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