Something For Nothing and
the Quick Fix by
Tom Venuto - author of
Burn The Fat, Feed The
Don't Catch These Two Diseases
One of my favorite
motivational speakers is a guy by the name of Brian Tracy, who is one of the
worlds top experts on success psychology and personal achievement. In
case you havent heard of Brian, he is sort of like a calmer, more
laid back version of infomercial guru, Tony Robbins.
Earlier this month, I had
the chance to attend a seminar Brian held at the Jacob Javitz center here in
New York. One part of his talk really grabbed my attention, and Id like
to share it with you...
Brian said that that there
are two diseases running rampant across America and much of the industrialized
world today. If you had to hazard a guess, which two do you think they are?
Cancer? Diabetes? Heart Disease? Osteoporosis? Obesity?
Guess what? Theyre
NONE of the above. In fact, theyre not even physical diseases they
are mental diseases.
The first mental disease,
according to Tracy, is called something-for nothing disease. Something
for nothing disease is contracted by people who believe they can take more out
than what they put in. These are the people who want all the rewards without
paying full price, or as Brian put it, They want to go through the revolving
door of life on someone else's push.
Quick fix disease is
the second of the mental diseases. According to Brian, this disease is
contracted by people who always want a quick way to reach their goals. They
search for instant cures to solve problems that may have taken months or even
years to develop. They seek short cuts to acquire key skills that actually take
many months and years of hard work to master.
These diseases are not to be
confused with the desire to constantly get better and search for more efficient
ways to reach your goals (which is a positive trait). The diseased
people are those trying to reach their goals faster than nature intended
without any effort (which is a negative trait). As a friend of mine once said,
"Theres a big difference between seeking efficiency and being lazy."
Brians New York City
seminar was mostly filled with businesspeople, sales professionals and
entrepreneurs, so he referred to financial examples, such as: wanting to work
fewer hours and earn more money, investing in get rich quick schemes, or buying
However, I personally feel
that quick fix and something for nothing disease are more rampant and insidious
among people with fitness goals than they are among any other group.
Health and fitness seekers
with something for nothing disease they think they can get twice the results in
half the time. They want weight loss without dieting, fitness without exercise,
and perfect health while eating, drinking and smoking whatever they want.
Those with quick fix disease
want to take a pill, go to sleep, and wake up skinny. They are forever on a
quest to find short cuts to fitness goals that that normally take months or
years to attain.
People afflicted by quick
fix disease are suckers for the latest exercise in a bottle,
fat burning cream, diet pill, or steroid
replacement scams. They impulsively buy miracle solutions on a whim,
which they havent researched and know nothing about. Saddest of all, they
often waste YEARS of their lives on a misguided quest for the holy grail of
weight loss or muscle growth, when they could have reached their goals with a
better work ethic and a little bit of persistence.
People with these diseases
are violating some of the most basic laws of the universe: Cause and effect,
sowing and reaping, action and reaction. This is just as ridiculous as
attempting to violate other laws such as the law of gravity. Jump off a cliff,
and youre going to plummet to the Earth below 100% of the
But theres more:
Not only are you going to FAIL and hit bottom if you catch one or both of these
diseases - the very act of seeking a quick fix or wanting something for nothing
makes you a weaker person.
On the other hand, the act
of setting a worthy goal for something you want and reaching it through
diligence, determination, discipline and hard work changes the very fiber of
your being. You literally change on a cellular level; you become a stronger
The purpose of having a
worthy goal then, is not to possess the goal, it is to become a
better person as result of pursuing and achieving the goal. If you get
something for nothing, you may have that thing, but you have not
become anything. Pity the person who wins a million dollars who has not
become a millionaire.
Its been said you
dont get what you want in life, you get what you deserve. If you want to
lose weight and improve your health
if you want success and
if you want to win the championship title
then set the
goal and go for it!
But whatever you do,
dont catch these two diseases. SHUN THE QUICK FIX, AVOID THE FREE RIDE
and deserve it. You can have, do or be anything you want - just pay the price
and its yours!
Warmly, your friend and
Tom Venuto is a bodybuilder, gym
owner, freelance writer, success coach and author of "Burn the Fat, Feed The
Muscle" (BFFM): Fat Burning Secrets of the World's Best Bodybuilders and
Fitness Models. Tom has written over 150 articles and has been featured in
IRONMAN magazine, Natural Bodybuilding, Muscular Development, Muscle-Zine,
Exercise for Men and Mens Exercise. Tom's inspiring and informative
articles on bodybuilding, weight loss and motivation are featured regularly on
dozens of websites worldwide. For information on Tom's "Burn The Fat" e-book,