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To Suffer Well is to Live Well




Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. ~ Kahlil Gibrand

I don’t know you personally, but I know you’re ambitious. That is, I know you want more, that you want to do something great and good and that you want to have been here for a very good reason when it’s all said and done.

You just don’t buy something like Man Greens or watch the videos or read the articles on the site because you’re content.

So, let’s cut to it…

You can have a mediocre life or a great one. The choice is yours, not circumstance’s or fate’s, not your upbringing’s or your parent’s, but yours — and mine.

I’m writing this at 330 am on a dark and cold Sunday morning in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

I’ve been getting up earlier as of late, running daily, lifting daily, reading a lot more and working a lot more because I’m really beginning to understand something.

And this understanding is coming from meeting people who are doing impressive things, making millions and billions and making an impact and really, truly, deeply living their best life.

It sounds like a bunch of platitudes, terms thrown out there in this massive explosion of self-help that we’ve seen over the past few decades.

The simple fact is that some people are living their best lives, inching closer to their potential, and some are sitting on the sidelines.

The difference between the two isn’t talent or birthright, but effort.

Limiting beliefs halt much of our efforts…

We don’t think that we’re actually worthy of what we want so we don’t give the effort we can give or we don’t have the faith that the work will actually yield what we want it to.

So, we rest, we watch TV a little too much. We don’t train enough or hard enough. We let areas of our lives slip because we don’t really see the point of being great.

Why be great if it doesn’t get us something great?

You can counter that with the question of ease… What does ease actually get us?

Suffering, actively suffering, giving up pleasure in the moment for something better in the long term, makes us better.

It makes us tougher, more interesting, happier, more fulfilled, more reliable and dependable and so on…

Ease doesn’t get us anything.

Taking time off doesn’t give us any value.

We don’t achieve more through ease and we don’t become better through ease.

Sure, running every day sucks, but at least toughness is earned because of the suck, with ease you just get nothing.

When you hang out with a billionaire or two or a few fellas who are killing it in life, you truly do realize that we’re all just guys.

There’s nothing innately better about anyone.

Some believe that either there’s good in suffering and so they put more effort in because effort itself is the reward…

…Or they believe in themselves so much that they think it’s a waste not to give everything they have.

Then there are those who don’t give it their all in life because they don’t believe they’ll be rewarded.

They – maybe we – can’t be told that we will be rewarded, it doesn’t work like that.

What has to be acknowledged is that the struggle is the reward. That the end doesn’t matter. That by getting up at 330am, hiking, running, lifting, working, shooting, living, you become better, tougher, more resilient.

Suffering makes tougher souls.

It makes better men.

It makes life harder, for sure, but that’s okay because we know that ease has no reward, not internally or externally.

The only real choice is to suffer, and suffer well.

To suffer well is to live well, and there’s no way around that.

Crawl to bed at night having exhausted yourself during the day.

That’s living.

And then do it again.

Get after it.

Be Legendary,
Chad Howse


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Chad Howse

Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

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