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Advice If You've Got The "Rage to Master" Personality Trait

Got a long email from a reader with some great questions - he's a very impressive dude, but he has a hard time sticking with something for more than 1.5 to 3 years. If you have this trait as well, you might want to pay close attention to this post

And I have a real problem "falling in line" with the rest of society in a stable, consistent and "normal" life. I just feel like it's not me.

Yup, I know exactly how you feel. I've been in similar places. So have a lot of my friends. Some thoughts -

What I see as a recurring theme in my jump from job to job and industry to industry is my utter lack of real fulfillment. Don't get me wrong, I do have a temporary sense of fulfillment and meaning with the careers I have pursued, they just don't seem to last. Once I have focus on what it is that I want to do I am relentless in achieving it. For instance, after 3 years in the --- industry I have acquired the knowledge that many people don't achieve until 10, 12 or even 15 years in the industry. However, that life-cycle tends to be around 18-months, where I then become unfulfilled by the rate of learning and progress I am making. This ultimately leads to erratic behavior within the succeeding months and a feeling that I need to drop what I'm doing and move onto something else - whether that be a new job or a new career altogether.

Google the term "rage to master" - click around, read some summaries, and then check out a couple academic papers. It will be very worth your time.

Turning down business

On minimalift

Today I'd like to elaborating further on character and judgement.

I couldn't stand the guy, and I'd only met him once on a weekend course. His behaviour towards the very knowledgeable and well mannered tutor was belligerent, and his general demeanour was one of arrogance and superiority. Granted, he was very strong, but I didn't see strength in his character. Out of all the participants, he was the only one I never wanted to see again. I later found out he lived close to me and I often saw him train clients in the local park.

Time passed and the trainer opened a facility of his own. Good on him - he has strong branding and his facility reflects his vision. It's the kind of place I'd like to train. A fellow lifter and coach was running weightlifting workshops and short courses there. The owner wanted more - regular slots for classes to build a weightlifting club for his clientele. Now while my colleague wasn't able to commit to that, he knew I was in the market for additional coaching and put in a strong word. Then he asked me if I was interested. Whilst I greatly appreciated him thinking of me first and thanking him, I had to tell him flat out:

"I won't line that guy's pockets. I don't respect him."

Having seen his character in the wild with no prior dealings, it's out of the question that I could lend my arm to his business. It doesn't matter how much money's on the table. I will only associate with people of good character. This is one aspect on how I conduct my business, and there is more to come on that topic.

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