The Failure Mindset

Posted by Jason Ferruggia

I would like to thank everyone for all of the emails that have been flooding in during the last 48 hours and apologize for not being able to get back to everyone personally. I promise my staff and I are doing our best to get back to everyone and will be working around the clock today to handle all of your questions and concerns.

I woke up this morning to find an email in my inbox that I wanted to share with everyone because it demonstrates one of the biggest mistakes people could ever make and essentially guarantees failure in all that you do.

“Jay, your new product looks great. Here’s my one and only problem with it though. You’re lying to the world. Nobody could ever gain 80lbs of muscle without tons of steroids and you know it. It’s impossible and it’s complete bullshit. I used to respect you but now that is all gone. I can’t believe you would do something like this. You should be ashamed of yourself.”

Before I share my reply I should tell you that I know this guy. We have met three or four times and I even had lunch with him once. He’s about 132lbs and 25% bodyfat. Which I am not knocking; we all have to start somewhere. Back in the days he used to ask my advice on certain subjects and I always did my best to help him. When he decided to try the most asinine diet around in effort to get in better shape I warned him not to. He was determined to prove me wrong so he went on it for 16 weeks, taking before and after pics, only to finish a pound or two lighter at the same bodyfat percentage. He has been quite angry at the world ever since for some reason.

My reply…

“Chris, always a pleasure to hear from you. Sounds like training still isn’t going too well for you. I’m sorry to hear that. Anyway, where did you ever come up with the idea that gaining 80lbs of muscle is impossible? I never heard such a ridiculous statement in my entire life. I have actually known or known of several people who have achieved such a goal. If you know how to train and eat properly and have a set of balls on you and the desire to pursue and achieve goals this really isn’t that far out of the realms of reality.

One of my closest friends in the world is a guy named Mike Schwalb. Mike was the first athlete I ever trained. He came to me in 8th grade weighing 120 pounds. I trained him all through high school and college football and he became like a little brother to me. During that time, while mainly focusing on speed, strength and agility, Mike also gained 110 pounds of muscle and played his senior year at Gettysburg weighing 220 pounds. Not once did Mike touch a steroid. I know this for a fact. All he did was bust his ass in the gym and eat like a machine.

I have had several experiences like this in my gym. My close friend and long time training partner Todd Coker had a starting weight at my gym of 150 pounds and finished ten years later at 252 pounds. Now granted that’s a long time, but it shows what hard work and perseverance can lead to.

So as you can see from just those two examples, my gains weren’t even the most impressive in MY OWN GYM, let alone the world!

But I understand your plight. I really do, and I know what you’re thinking…

‘If only I had those kinds of genetics, I could out squat Jim Wendler.’

‘If only I took that many steroids, I could be as big as Jay Cutler.’

‘If only I had great genetics AND took a boatload of steroids, I could be the biggest and strongest guy in the world.’

Yeah, you could. The only thing you are missing is the attitude. Winners never make excuses.

You could have been something, Chris.

If only…”

Don’t let a negative belief system bring you down or hold you back from achieving your goals. If you want to gain 70- 100lbs of muscle don’t let anyone tell you it’s impossible. Believe me, it’s not.

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