26.5.15

TOUGHEN UP, BUTTERCUP.

I'm not particularly enthusiastic about mixed martial arts, or about women in prizefighting.  All the same, give prizefighter Ronda Rousey the Trenchant Observation of the Day.
People love the idea of winning an Olympic medal or a world title. But what few people realize is that pretty much every second leading up to the actual win is uncomfortable, painful, and impossibly daunting—physically and mentally. Most people focus on the wrong thing: They focus on the result, not the process. The process is the sacrifice; it is all the hard parts—the sweat, the pain, the tears, the losses. You make the sacrifices anyway. You learn to enjoy them, or at least embrace them. In the end, it is the sacrifices that must fulfill you.
It's a little longer than "Fatigue makes cowards of us all" and yet it's the same message.  Talent plus discipline wins.  John Hawkins elaborates.
College kids don’t need “safe spaces;” they need to test themselves. Poor Americans need to learn to depend on themselves, not the government. Our society doesn’t need to become “more sensitive;” it needs to get tougher. Everybody doesn’t have to fight for a living, but we all have to struggle. Teaching more Americans to embrace that battle instead of shielding them from it will make us into a better nation.
Yes, and the test is likely to have a steep grading curve. More on that shortly.

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