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Aug 10, 2018

“Lives are saved by tough drill instructors.” -Robert Downey Jr.

Tough DI’s, Coaches, etc. push you harder than you would ever push yourself. They force you to get more from yourself than you ever would have on your own.

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Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television, and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Hello and welcome back to morning mindset. I am your host Paul Markel. Yes, indeed and I've got an interesting topic today. At least it's interesting for me, so I hope that you find it interesting as well. Recently, I was watching Netflix and I came across a- I don't know if it's called a documentary series or an interview series, but it's called “Off Camera with Sam Jones” and essentially the host chooses One Celebrity individual, and they do a long-form interview.

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They sit down, two chairs, a couple bottles of water, two people and they talk and I thought “Well this might be fun.” I saw one of them was Robert Downey Jr. Now obviously I'm-, well obviously but I am a fan of Iron Man and the portrayal of Iron Man that Robert Downey does and I liked his Sherlock Holmes movie and I'm old enough to remember when he was a young actor all the way back when he was in Weird Science.

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Yeah, how about that? Weird Science Robert Downey Jr. Who would have thought that that guy someday would be a super action hero or an action superhero? Well, I was listening to the interview and, Robert Downey said something that well, he agreed with me without knowing that he was agreeing with me.

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We've talked previously on this show about the value of mentors and coaches and instructors and so forth, and this is what he said. I wrote it down immediately after he said it on the interview, he said “Lives are saved by tough drill instructors”. Lives are saved by tough drill instructors, and I thought  “Wow”.

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Robert Downey, I don't believe was ever in the military, but he was talking about people, coaches, drill instructors, mentors, people challenging you and pushing you. He was talking about successes and failures and being pushed, pushed harder than you would ever push yourself and I thought that was very interesting.

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I thought that it was interesting that someone from Hollywood would say those words. But the fact that matter is tough DI’s, tough coaches, instructors, whatever you want to call them. They will push you harder than you would ever push yourself, they will force you to get more from yourself than you ever would on your own.

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Let's face it, the natural human condition, is that when things begin to get difficult, when things start to get difficult or tough or you get tired, your body says “Well, I'm tired now “or “This is hard” or “I'm not good at this, so I'm going to quit.” How many people are excited about taking up a new hobby or job or career field or whatever.

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They really want to play the guitar, they really want to do X Y or Z, doesn't matter. They say they want to do it, and they feel like they want to do it and they genuinely do, then they get into it and they realize that it's difficult, too tough, that they're not good at it immediately. They might be terrible at it immediately, and so the normal human reaction to it.

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“I'm not any good at this” or this isn’t easy, it’s to quit, and if you're left to your own devices, if you're on your own-, why is it that there are so many hundreds if not thousands of self-help books and self-help videos out there? Why are there so many of these? Why are there so many instructional “How-To's”? Because people say that they want to, “I want to learn how to Blank.”

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Play the piano or you name it, right? Then they start doing it and they get make it a how-to video and they start doing it. But the how-to video, the guy in the how-to video- (I’m not totally sure) not a two-way street. It's a one-way street. The guy or the girl who's delivering the information delivers it to you and it's up to you. To put it into practice.

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It's up to you to do it. Even if it's hard, and most people won't, most people will take the video, you know, the Jane Fonda workout tape or whatever. They'll take it out of the VCR, they'll throw it in a drawer, they'll never look at it again because they don't have a coach.

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They don't have a drill instructor, they don't have someone there to push them harder than they would ever push themselves. Now, the good news about having had a drill instructor or a good coach, if you have a good coach. If you have a dedicated DI that pushes you hard, that is tough, that won't accept excuses from you. If you've had that person in your life that will rub off on you, or at least it should, and it will change your way of thinking.

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It'll change your habits. You know, it's the the refining power of voluntary hardship as my friend Matt Reynolds likes to say, once you've done it, once you've pushed yourself farther than you ever thought you could. Once someone assists you in doing that, and believe me as someone who went through Marine Corps basic training about 30 plus years ago.

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I know that drill instructors will push you way farther than you ever thought you could go. They will get more out of you than you ever thought you had available inside of you, but after you've done that. If you've done it many times, it changes your way of thinking, so you don't always have to have that drill instructor, and that is actually the best thing about a good drill instructor or a good coach.

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A good coach who drives you, a good coach who refuses to accept the excuses that you want to offer him, who forces you to work harder and be better than you ever thought you could be. Well that person changes you and then when they're not around anymore, you should still be able to follow that advice.

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You should still be able to take the advice that they gave you the motivation that they gave you the drive and desire that they helped you refine and develop and take it with you throughout the rest of your life. A great example is Marine Corps basic training. You have drill instructors there and they push you and they push you harder and farther than you ever thought you could in your life.

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You run farther, you march farther, you lift more, you do more push-ups, everything and then you graduate and you go on and you become a Marine and the Drill Instructors aren't there any more to stand behind you and make sure that you're doing everything right. They're not there anymore to push you. But that's okay because what they taught you is still there with you or it should be inside of you.

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So do not be afraid of tough coaches or tough drill instructors or tough instructors or whatever. Don't be afraid to find these people, to seek them out, to take their advice because if you do it, if you park your ego, and allow a tough drill instructor. a tough coach to drive you there going to change you and they should change you for the better.

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So thank you Robert Downey Jr. For, you know, giving me that little thought to turn into a Morning Mindset episode and you guys are welcome. Thank you to everybody who has left review, for leaving reviews of the Morning Mindset book. It's been out for over 30 days no, So I hope many of you have purchased the book have read the book have followed the instructions and are now 30 plus days in and I hope it is helped you in some way.

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If you haven't go ahead go over to Amazon and pick up a copy of the book yourself. It's Morning Mindset: a 30 Day Plan for a More Positive and Productive Life. I'm your host Paul Markel. Talk to you again. Real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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