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Guest Post: Greatness and Humility

A few days ago, I wrote an open letter to a good friend of mine - "I Think Greatness is Something You Are, Not Something You Do" - I said to him, I'm not a great man, just a normal man working on great things. Greatness is something you do, not something you are.

To give you some background, my friend Brendon is just one of the most amazingly good people in the world. He takes care of everyone around him, his mind, body, and spirit are sharp. He's a black belt, an excellent programmer, a philosopher, a Shodan in Go (actually, even stronger than that - he's a Shodan under the Asian rankings, so probably even higher in America), a hard worker, extremely loyal, a clear and free thinker, widely read and knowledgeable, and again - an amazingly good guy. I've learned a lot from him (notably, he taught me how to play Go, sysadmin Linux, understand basketball at a very high level, improve at martial arts, improve my fitness, and other good stuff - we'd usually go drink green tea and play Go at Samurai Restaurant in Boston, go fight in the park, talk philosophy out at nightclubs, do stuff like that).

He wrote back to me about greatness and humility. I think this is a really beautiful piece, so I asked him if I could gently edit it and put it up. He graciously agreed. It's long, but go ahead and just start it and give it whatever time you have - there's a lot of amazing insight in here.

A Quick Favor Request - if you learn from this or it helps you, please send Brendon a quick email to mail@bobz.in - he was actually a little gun-shy about having such a personal piece put up with such raw power in it. He only agreed when I told him how many people it could help - so please, drop him a short line to say thanks if this teaches you as much as it did me.

Without further ado...

Reflection of ZenHabits

On The Nomad

After looking for motivation as to what to write about to start my habit of daily writing. I looked towards ZenHabits and I am just inspired and in awe. The way his post and blogs are set and his accomplishments that he has listed motivates me to be great. Looking at the big picture, it seems impossible and lucky to be such a person like him. But when you really break it down and look at his accomplishments, I noticed a trend of small successes which has led him to this point. I think we expect everyone to be great and instill a fear in us that we will fail and waste our time if we try. We as a people have a misconception that success should come quickly and that great success is very hard . But when you look at successful people, it’s rarely a story where someone got success instantly without much work. The recipe for success is consistency in your goals and achieving them leading to the big picture.

I’ve always liked the underdog in sports and have always cheered the underdog. In this instance, I feel as the underdog who needs to win and be the best at what he does. I want to help people put a smile on their face . I want to motivate people live a better life. I always see these blogs and just think “Wow, how cool to be such an impact on so many people’s lives”. I have a strong belief that I will get there and will achieve that success of my vision. With time, consistency, and the right set of goals. The power of the mind can achieve great things.

Looking at ZenHabits, I see the small accomplishments he achieved making his life more productive and better. He created many habits that allowed him to grow as a person and to really figure out what he wants in life and what makes him happy. The pursuit of happiness. ZenHabits was able to think about this life clearly and thoughtfully and understood what he needed.

I look at myself and I reflect back a little more than a year ago. I was in a bad place…

My mind was in the wrong place, my body was in terrible shape, and my mentality was shot.

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