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Are You Committed?


As you may already know about me, I read every day.

I read great books on personal and professional development.

Sometimes I read them in the traditional sense, and other times I “read” via audible- while walking, working out or something else.


On this morning’s walk I was “reading” Sell Or Be Sold by Grant Cardone, which I’ve actually read a couple of times.

But two profound principles jumped out at me this time, that resonated with me such that I decided to share with you about it today.


The first was on the power of commitment.

Grant basically postulates that it is almost impossible to be successful at anything that you are not totally committed to.

And also that it’s hard to fail if you’re dedicated enough.


He tells a great story about how, once when he was young, he had a job in Louisiana where he worked on a boat that was basically a supply boat for other boats, mainly the fishing boats.

He worked two weeks on and two weeks off and it was a basic labor job. When they weren’t resupplying the other boats, they’d basically sit waiting to be called by one and, Grant says, while waiting they’d drop a huge 20 foot line off the side with multiple hooks, and do a little fishing.

Well, this one day, they hit a blessing and caught like 200 red snapper.

Grant shares how he had never been successful at selling anything (though he’d tried sales before) but how, on that particular day, when hearing the other men on the boat talking about how they were going to eat good for weeks and such, something hit him; and he offered to buy all of the men’s fish with the idea that he could sell them on the way home.


So now, he’s got a pick-up truck full of red snapper on ice, and the ice is melting, so he has a very limited time to successfully sell all of this snapper.

He says it’s getting darker and he’s thinking about how he just spent his whole paycheck buying this fish and how if he doesn’t sell it before the ice melts he’s going to lose it all.

He remembered the persistence of the door to door Bible salesman he had known before and decided to go door to door.

He sells some to residences, but then starts hitting businesses- realizing there are far more potential customers at each stop.

And, anyway, long story short, he sells all the fish and makes more in those four hours than he did in the 2 weeks he’d toiled for the  paycheck he’d used as seed money- or fish money in this case.


While there are of course many lessons in this story, the one Grant was sharing was that this time he was committed; he had to sell all those fish or lose big.

He realized that all of the times he had failed before at sales, he wasn’t; and that was a discovery that changed the trajectory of his life.


I believe that can be true for anyone.

If you’re like me; it’s a powerful reminder.


Or maybe you’re like he was at that juncture, and have never realized the truly magical power manifested through commitment.


It’s the same with martial arts.

Those truly committed become Blackbelts.

And on the way to that milestone are rewarded with the skills, fitness, leadership, relationships, confidence and all of the other great things that they develop by that time.


Those that were never truly committed quit.

And the truth is, if you’re not committed, any excuse will do.

There’s always some person, obstacle, hardship or catastrophe to blame…….


I’m not trying to be rude, hard or hateful here, but just trying to really land a hard lesson.

Because the same is true of anything- any goal, any role, and job, relationship or challenge.

With true commitment, failure is not an option or possibility; but without it, it’s more likely than success.


I’ll be teaching more about the magical power of commitment at this Friday night’s Leadership seminar.

I hope to see you there!


I decided not to write about the second profound revelation I had from the reading this morning, by the way, though I will be acting on it immediately, and sharing it with my Team at our power meeting today.

Maybe I’ll tell you in the future, if you ask me.

Or maybe I’ll teach about it at this month’s CIT.


Anyway, what are you truly committed to? 

Is it to get in shape, be a better husband, wife or parent, or some other relationship?

Are you committed to finishing college, success at work, building a business, becoming a Blackbelt or some other worthy personal or professional goal.

To succeed at any of these, step one is to commit- like real, serious, “burn the boats” kind of commitment.


Start with that and, over time with the right coach and effort, you will get better and better, crush that goal and be on to your next.

And with each such success, confidence increases as well as commitment and what was at first so hard gets easy.

But don’t take my word for it!

Commit and start!


I can’t wait to cheer you along, or even help you, on the journey to your dream!


Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!
Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Founding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts
Author of Developing Your Superpowers  Meditations On Mastery Vol One
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