Prefontaine Quote

A Mathematical Equation for Success

Prefontaine Quote

“Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.” 

Every single one of us are trying to be successful at something. If you’re not, you’re useless. And you’re not useless. You’re moving forward. Building a better self, life, and body, and that’s why I want to give you the mathematical equation for success.

Here she is:

Hard Work + Risk + Sacrifice = Success

A bit obvious? Read a bit further, the reasoning will help you appreciate this gem a bit more.

I have just been doing some research for an article I’m writing for another site. An article that focuses on heroes throughout history – and that’s all I’m going to say about that, we need some suspense for this awesome article I’m writing.

I have chosen the heroes. I’ve gone through their history, their strengths, and their weaknesses. I’ve cut some off of the list, and added new one’s because there was much more to learn from them. As I dig into their past, their accomplishments and the men that they were – and are in some cases – I have noticed a few constants:

1. They work very, very hard.

Great people throughout history have one thing in common, they worked hard. They didn’t all have amazing talents, smarts, charisma, or even come from the richest families – Abe Lincoln, Steve Nash, Steve Prefontaine to name a few – but they all worked hard. Their hard work was able to make up for any lack of a head start, but also make their success that much more warranted and appreciated.

Talent can be a great thing if you’re blessed with it. But if you’re not ‘blessed‘, then bless yourself and work harder than anyone and everyone. Hard work can guarantee your success. Talent, can open a few doors.

One of my favourite movies – A Bronx Tale – has a great line about talent:

“The greatest tragedy in life is wasted talent.”

I’d argue that we all have talent in some form or another. If we’re not the smartest people, hard work can make up for it. If we lack in one area, we’re often stronger in another. So by not working hard, we’re developing a tragic life, not a legendary one.

Lincoln is a great example of this. He wasn’t allowed to go to elementary school, or high school because his father would have nothing of it. Instead, he taught himself to read and write. He taught himself to be a great leader. To transform himself from a skinny, tall, awkward, gangly guy, to one of the greatest leader’s in American history.

2. They are willing to risk more, as a result, they achieve more.

The fastest way to a destination is a straight line. We all know this, but some of us aren’t willing to accept this in our lives – I’m in this category from time to time as well.

We know where we want to go, what we want to achieve, what we want to look like or what kind of shape we want to be in, but we take the long route because its easier. There’s less of a risk in the short term because we’re not missing out on the things we enjoy. And I can understand this way of thinking. I mean what’s the point of life if it isn’t enjoyed, right?

I love my Scotch – I have a nice little liquor cabinet developing with a MaCallan 18-year being the newest addition. I like my cigars, as you may know by now. I enjoy both of them, but in moderation. I love hanging with friends – there’s nothing better than grabbing a couple pints with a few buddies, laughing your asses off for hours. But all of those things are enjoyed much more when they’re rewards, not commonplace, in in place of time that should be spent on hustling.

You can still do those things – rather, you should do those things – but one lesson I’ve learned in researching for this article, is that sometimes you have to say no, to get ahead. Sometimes you have to cut back on the things that make life enjoyable in the short term, to build a great life in the long term.

3. They make sacrifices.

Do you really want to be successful?

Ask yourself that question. Also, to what degree do you want success? If you were guaranteed to make 1 million dollars if you woke up everyday at 5:00 am, worked all day, then went to bed at 11 pm for a full year – would you? What about 2 years, 3 years, or 4 years?

If I told you that I guaranteed that you’d build the best body you could possibly build – strength, power, six-packs abs and all – and all you had to do was train 4 days a week, eat how I told you to eat, sleep 8 hours a night, drink a gallon of water a day, and stay consistent for 3 months, would you?

We all have the capacity for greatness. Some of us are willing to make the necessary sacrifices because we believe that we’ll succeed, and some of us don’t.

The thing I don’t get – and I fall into this trap as well – is that we don’t make the sacrifices we should be making. We think that hard work and discipline are too much of a risk. But isn’t it an even bigger risk not to put your best effort into everything you do? Doesn’t it make more sense to at least try your best?

We live ONCE for shit’s sake! Once!

We owe it to ourselves to do our best in every are of life. Study your greatest hero, how have they earned their greatness? How have they earned their success? My guess is that they share many of the characteristics that I have just mentioned…

Who’s your favourite hero – and why?


By the way, that guarantee I made about you building your ideal body in 3 months is real. I have a guarantee built into the PowerHowse Challenge, where I’ll give you your money back if you’re not on the right track within 6-weeks of purchasing the program.

I have that much faith in the program, and that much faith in you that you won’t waste your own time, that I actually guarantee your success or your money back.

I give you the road map to build a more muscular, powerful and athletic body, it’s up to you to see if you’re up for The Challenge.