Does That Latest Bit of Equipment Really Make You Better?

Do those bright red boots really make you go faster? Does that specific racquet or bat truly give you more control or power? Do you really need all those sweat bands on your wrist and forearms? Does any of this really make any difference, or is it all a placebo effect that is decreasing for belief in your actual self…

There’s a man called Clifford Young. And back in 1981, at the age of 61, he turns up to the start line of the Ultra-marathon (875km) Race from Melbourne to Australia. Now, what was even stranger is that Cliff was a farmer, and he was wearing nought but overalls and work boots

People continually told him "You're crazy, there's no way you can finish this race” - to which he replied "Yes I can. See, I grew up on a farm where we couldn't afford horses or tractors… I believe I can run this race.

And when the race began, it was a true story about the tortoise and the hare, the pros took off whilst Cliff shuffled along, unable to fully run

Fast-forward a few days, and Cliff wins. The record used to be 5-days, but Cliff broke that - by a day and a half. The usual schedule was 18 hours of running and 6 hours of sleep, but Cliff believed he didn’t need the sleep… so whilst everyone was sleeping, he kept running, eventually overtaking them one night - and no-one ever saw him until the finish line

All the while, the pro’s had their latest shoes, clothes, and everything else. And here is old Cliff, in his overalls and work boots, but with a strong, determined mindset and belief in himself

And that is all you truly require. It’s not the shoes, the shirt, the racquet, the bat, or anything else like that - it’s all you. Kids and adolescents use the equipment as an excuse, but there are no excuses. Today you weren’t as good, but next time you’ll be better, as all you ca do is improve 

And believing you need the latest equipment at such an early age is complete BS, and it’s destroying the confidence and belief in ourselves

Napoleon Hill has two amazing quotes that we will leave you with around this topic. And do not dismiss them before believing in them. But know that this doesn’t mean jumping without a parachute - keep things with common sense and try stepping just outside our comfort zone for a push

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” 
- Napoleon Hill

"Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass
- Napoleon Hill

And remember, it’s all you 😃 

Nick Maier