When was the last time you went anywhere in the continental USA and didn’t have at least one fast food place within 5 minutes of you? They are everywhere. Hell, I swear they have got little stands in the forests just so you can get your Big Mac fix. But the purpose of this article – unfortunately – is not to discuss the Big Mac, or how your never far away from a fast food place. It’s about speed.
I mean seriously, when was the last time you didn’t get pissed if you had to wait more than two minutes for your order to be ready? I’m going to guess never. Because of the incredible speed at which they clog your arteries, a hard work ethic is going the way of the dinosaur.
I can’t blame fast food solely for this problem. It’s the whole world. We have begun to move at such a rapid pace that fast is never fast enough. This has created what I call the fast food mentality. The “I want it all and I want it now” thought process. This has become extremely apparent in the current generation making its way into the adult world.
I have spent a lot of time over the last year on bodybuilding forums. And I’ve realized the under 30 crowd believes they can be bigger and stronger than world class athletes in a matter of weeks. This is the heart of the mentality I mentioned earlier.
When I mention something like periodization to one of these people, I often get a blank stare. This is usually followed by something like this… “You mean I have to work on one or two goals at a time? But that will take years!” This has pissed me off more than once, because we not only have lost our work ethic, but also our respect. If it was good enough for Reg Park or Bill Kazmaier, why is it not good enough for you?
These people can’t understand that something could actually take time. Unlike most of the modern world, where we are always looking to do it faster. We’ve tried this mentality in the lifting arena, and I am still not convinced that any of it has helped. All it seems to have done is opened the way for shady supplement companies to con you out of your money. Working hard is a dying concept, because we all want to work smart.
Sorry to break it to you, but smart and hard are the same thing in the lifting arena. Lifting hard is the same as lifting smart, and it is the fastest road from point A to point B. But it still takes a lot of time to get there. You need to learn to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Otherwise, you will wind up nowhere and will have wasted too much time.
We all need to remember that anything worth having is worth working for, and it is worth the time needed to get it.