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What if I told you there was one weird trick to realize all of your biggest dreams?

Just one thing you could do to achieve success and live your best life.

Want to know what it is?

The trick is to ignore all the one weird tricks.

That’s right. The real secret isn’t shortcuts and fads. It’s hard work, consistency, discipline, and building good habits. That’s the real juice.

If I just knocked the wind out of your sails, I understand. 

Hard work sounds a lot less fun than instant gratification. But what’s more fun? Failing, jumping on the next bandwagon, and failing again, or making real progress and actually achieving what you want? In the long-run, the tried-and-true methods of developing a strong work ethic and discipline have an astounding track record and are far more likely to get you where you want to go. 

That’s what I’m talking about on this episode with Nick Shaw. He’s someone who’s learned these lessons and honed them through personal hardship, building them into an actionable framework in his book Fit For Success, that you can follow to live your best life.

If you’re not familiar with Nick, he’s the founder and CEO of Renaissance Periodization (co-founded by Dr. Mike Israetel, who’s also been on the podcast). He’s also a former competitive powerlifter and bodybuilder, who’s coached hordes of elite athletes, including CrossFit Games Champions, Olympians, UFC fighters, and professional athletes, so he knows a thing or two about achieving success and helping others do so.

In this episode, Nick and I chat about . . .

  • Why he wrote Fit For Success
  • Enjoying the work process versus being outcome-oriented
  • Morning routines and the benefits of waking up early
  • Mindfulness and the difference between using data instead of feelings
  • Developing discipline and thinking long-term
  • The importance of a positive mindset
  • And more . . .


13:48 – What are the key concepts of success that you wrote in your book?

16:17 – What does hard work mean to you?

21:39 – Where are you now with work/life balance?

24:24 – What are your thoughts on developing work ethic?

25:57 – How do you organize your to-do list?

27:07 – Do you have a morning routine?

47:08 – What is your take on developing discipline?

53:47 – What does a positive mindset mean to you?

Mentioned on the show: 

Nick Shaw’s New Book (Fit For Success)

Nick Shaw’s Instagram

Renaissance Periodization

How to play Sevens

Books by Mike Matthews

What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!