Back in the day, when I was in the Army, one of the TAC officers (instructor) gave a speech about “improving your foxhole.” He explained, that in wartime, you live in a foxhole and sooner or later, you’re going to get some incoming artillery or an enemy attack. The time to start digging the hole a little deeper or reinforcing your position is before, not after the enemy attack. He explained, that when you fortify your defensive position, every day you should inspect it, look for weaknesses, decide on improvements and then implement them.
He then went on to parallel “improving your foxhole” to your regular life. As a soldier – or when you’re a civilian and later in your life – you should spend some time each day, maybe 15 minutes, maybe 30 or 60, and “improve the foxhole that is your life.” Every day, do something to improve yourself, to improve your lot in life. Perhaps wash your car, or clean your house, iron your clothes, do some push-ups, take a walk, mentally rehearse what you’ll say when you meet the love of your life, etc… If every day, you take a little bit of time to make yourself better, in time, those 15 minute sessions add up to hours and sooner or later, you WILL be better. A 747 pilot has tens of thousands of hours flying. He’s an expert. If you spend just 15 minutes a day improving yourself, in a few years you’ll be a professional. You’ll be an expert.
Following along the logic of improving your foxhole and tying into the article title to “Be excellent,” I want to think back to a course that my company sent me to when I was in sales. The speaker was one of the most successful salesmen ever. They quoted his stats and it was impressive. In his speech, he talked about race horses. A study was done measuring the average time between then winning horse and 2nd place. It was found that the difference between winning the race and 2nd place averaged less than a tenth of a second. However, when the earnings between the first and second place horses were compared, the winning horse earned $9 or $10 for every $1 that the second place horse won.
Think about that for a second. 1/10 of a second = 900% more money. It equals 900 percent more in life: bigger house, nicer car, the Omega watch instead of the Timex, etc. Now, I’m only talking about money. Money isn’t everything for anyone. Let’s compare it without bringing in finance. The guy who is 1% funnier will bring home the girl. The guy with the tighter abs and more cut biceps will bring home the girl. The Man who is 1% more gentleman will win the Wife.
I’m sure that you can see where I’m going with this. If you strive to be excellent and you improve yourself each day, you’ll be just a little better than that next guy. In time, you’ll do better in life and you’ll do better with the ladies. Every day, I tell myself (in my head) to “be excellent Scott.” “Scott, be sharp.” Half of the battle in winning is showing up for the fight. How many of us plow through life, day after day with no real goal in sight?
If you are here on this site, you’re probably looking for a Wife, perhaps a family, but certainly a lifelong committed relationship with a Woman who acts and thinks in a traditional way. Life is a competition. Every Man around you is a competitor. If you don’t realize this, you’re like France on the eve of the Nazi invasion. The sooner you realize you’re in competition with every Man around you, the sooner you’ll realize that you NEED to be sharp to compete.
… in Ukraine, even Grandpa is competing! …
The muscular guy doesn’t always get the girl. Sometimes the funny guy wins. Sometimes the valiant guy wins. Sometimes the pure gentleman wins. Each and every one of us has inherent skills and attributes that make us attractive to the fairer sex, but if you don’t rise to your highest potential then you’re missing a lot of opportunity. Take some time each day to improve yourself. Change your attitude to think in a competitive way – a positive competitive way. When you start thinking about how you can improve yourself, you’ll find that you’re much more sensitive to how you are perceived by Women and this will help you to much more attractive to them.
Every day I tell myself to be sharp, to be excellent. I look for ways to improve. I see some dirty dishes, I wash them. I have some free time, I invite my family for a walk. I have a chance, i practice my Russian. My Wife sees these actions and she’s always impressed. She says that she finds them very sexy because it shows how much I care for her and my family. Think about that, I’m improving my lot in life and she sees it as improving the position of our whole family. If you think to improve, Women will notice and your (potential and/or existing) love life will be better for it.
And so, the next time you’re “bored.” Don’t open your iPhone and look at YouTube videos. Don’t put on the TV and watch just “anything.” Do some push ups, iron your clothes, mop the floor, wash your car, study your Russian, make a mental rehearsal of what you’ll say on that first date in Kiev, perfect your online dating profile… I’m sure you get the idea.
If you haven’t yet read Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich,” I highly recommend it. It is past its copy write date and you can download it for free from many websites. Just google it and you can find it. After interviewing the top millionaires of his day (about 70 or 80 years ago), Napoleon followed the steps they used and made himself into a millionaire. I know that the intent of everyone out there isn’t to be a Donald Trump, but the book has a lot of techniques that can be applied to anyone’s life. Want to be the best surfer? Apply the steps and your chances of getting there will be increased tenfold. If you are interested in “improving your foxhole,” this book may be the best first step for you to get there.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
– Napoleon Hill
You only have one life and it will be over before you even realize it. When you’re 98 years old what is the more likely scenario?
- You were excellent and you had a great life but you’re sad that it required more work, or
- You laid back, had a mediocre life, never amounted to much but you’re happy that you saw more television?
The most important and valuable resource any of us has it time. Use it wisely, you can’t ever get it back!
I hope that this post is helpful to many of you – I hope it is helpful to many, if not most.
Now, go forward and do great things!
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