Why I STILL Don't Have A Smartphone
By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder
About 3 years ago, I wrote an article called “Why I Don’t Have A Smartphone” (click here if you missed it). In it, I spoke about how what started as an innocent tardiness to the upgrade party, became a very intentional decision. The main takeaways from it were:
Well gang, it’s been almost three years and I’m still sporting the flip phone. However, nowadays, people aren’t making fun of me like they used to. The most common thing I hear is, “Oh wow. I wish I could go back to that.” Just to be clear, I didn’t ‘go back’. I’ve never ‘went to’, and frankly, after exploring cost vs benefit (I’m talking about time and productivity), I have no plans of getting one. As a matter of fact, I’ve actually gone more extreme on guarding my time… which is the point of today’s post.
- Being more present during live interactions with actual humans
- Being more attentive to my spouse
- Disallowing myself to be distracted by shiny objects and actually getting crap done
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Absorb What Is Useful, Reject What Is Useless
By Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder
“Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless.”
“Using no way as the way, accept no limitation as limitation.”
The two quotes in today’s post were introduced to me by our fellow coach, Chad Robinson. The “using no way as the way” quote has been the signature line on his email for as long as I’ve known him. Honestly, although I’ve always admired and respected Bruce Lee’s wisdom, that quote never made a lot of sense to me until recently. In the fitness world, it’s not a lack of information that holds us back, but rather TOO MUCH information that causes many people to suffer from paralysis by analysis. Trying to achieve a deep understanding of all the minutiae of a particular thing will often hold us back. Pavel Tsatsouline told us, “Understanding is a stall tactic… do you want to study hydro aquatics or do you want to learn how to swim?”
The first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in 1993… exactly 20 years after Bruce Lee’s death. It was far more brutal back then than today’s events: There were no weight classes, no timed rounds (they just go to knockout or submission), no judges, and almost no rules (‘no biting’ and ‘no eye gouging’ were about it). One of the objectives of the event was to settle, once and for all, which fighting style was superior. Prior to this event, almost no one had heard of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu (BJJ). However, after Royce Gracie destroyed the competition in UFC 1, today BJJ schools are on every street corner in America.
The UFC has greatly evolved since then, and if there is one thing we’ve figured out, is that this concept of ‘mixed martial arts’ or MMA for short, is superior over allowing oneself to become tied to the dogmatic approach of one particular style of fighting. Turns out Bruce Lee’s ‘using no way as the way’ was ahead of its time... I wonder what he would have to say about UFC if he were still alive today?
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