Discover more from Untethered Mind
On the rewarding art of not stopping
A curious thing happens when you've been in the game for as long as I have.
You'll encounter people with tremendous talent.
You'll be inspired by incredible work ethic.
You'll be suffocated in self-doubt at the skills of some of your peers, many of whom are younger than you.
You'll lose sleep over how much more money others are making than you.
You'll be hit by relentless waves of worry as you contemplate quitting for the one-hundredth time.
But, if you're like me and stay in the arena long enough, you'll have encountered something else that's also curious…
People who were doing great quit.
They just stop.
They burn out.
They drop off cold.
Maybe they got tired.
Maybe they thought they were too old.
Maybe they had a baby and used that as a reason.
Maybe they themselves had self-doubt in the face of newcomers who they deemed more talented than they were.
Maybe they saw their views drop, and they decided to pivot platforms or even industries.
Some people sink into the shadows and are gone for so long you're prompted to do a Google search for their obituary.
People quit all the time.
And when they do, all the benefits of accumulation stop too.
This includes exponential growth, which comes only when you're willing to brave the most dismaying setbacks after a time.
Quitting is easy when you have yet to see the traction.
But it was quietly building all the time if you'd just had the patience to see it through.
Because the gold really is in the accumulation of output and the build-up of repetitions you put into the process.
You stop, and the potential for traction dies.
You stop, and so does your personal growth.
Masters can't afford to quit.
Amateurs absolutely can.
It's how they remain amateur.
I've been in this game long enough to experience two things.
Whenever I stopped anything worth doing, I lost.
When I committed to producing and engaging and continually creating, I won.
Consistency, they say, is King. And it really is.
It is crowned King for a good reason.
This is why it's so crucial to prioritise not quitting.
Many things contribute to your ability to stay in the game longer and to continue producing:
The work and topics you choose.
Your ability to allow your style, skill and approach to evolve and breathe.
Your prioritisation of appropriate injections of self-support and rest.
Your ability to turn setbacks into opportunities.
Your mastery of your own psychology.
Stay in the game.
When you do, you will witness the curious thing:
People will drop like flies all around you - people you never thought would quit, but they did.
And you did not.
That's the greatest advantage you can create for yourself.
Thanks for reading.
Remember, if you want to join the community, you can become a paying member.
You also get:
Access all courses and future courses (worth $50+ each).
Free instant access to Untethered Mind course to reduce anxiety (worth $290+)
Recent review: “I hesitate to say this because it’s such a bold statement, but this is the best course I’ve ever taken...ever...university included. Alex. Thank you." ~ George Sisneros, coach.
Free access to Fearless Program ($199) - reduce social anxiety through various exercises.
Receive Thursday members’ only articles as well as regular free articles.
Support me as a writer.
Access all archive posts and videos.
Untethered Mind is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.
To follow my other newsletter, ‘The Mastery Memo,‘ to help you grow your brand and make a living sharing what you know, join here.
Join a growing community of men here at ‘Untethered Man‘ if you’re looking to find freedom and joy as a man in a crazy modern world.