I love this series Revolver magazine did a few years ago on Maynard from Tool about how and why he does so much from being in 3 bands – Tool, A Perfect Circle, Pussifer, to running a winery and eating establishments to learning BJJ – eventually getting a legit purple belt.
Here is the 4 part series below. Lots of powerful lessons that you can apply your life a fitness journey. Enjoy! Dr Mike
“The Art of Work” featuring Maynard of Tool: Part 1
“The Art of Work” featuring Maynard of Tool:Part 2
“The Art of Work” featuring Maynard of Tool:Part 3
“The Art of Work” featuring Maynard of Tool: Part 4
“But if you’re doing your job and you’re doing it accurately enough and you’re expressing from the heart, from the core, From your experiences and your intuition, other people are going to resonate with that.
It’s gonna resonate with them.
They’re gonna get something out of it.
Their day might go better because of what your true, honest approach to what you’re doing. You’re gonna help other people.
You’re gonna help yourself.
You’re gonna help your family. But just understand, at the end of the day, nobody owes you as an artist, any kind of accolades.
You don’t owe them anything. They don’t owe you anything. You’re just doing.”- Maynard
”Brazilian jiujitsu is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Long journey. As soon as you think you’ve gotten to a plateau, there’s another plateau above that. It’s very humiliating. You have to proceed in that manner understanding there’s always somebody better, more technical, faster, stronger, all that.
It’s a wonderful journey. I highly recommend it.” – Maynard
Be Present – Do the Work
“The vineyard suffers if you’re not present, right? Same thing on the mat. If you’re snoozing, there’s somebody that’s gonna put you to sleep. Verde Valley, Brazilian Juujitsu. You’re walking in the door as a white belt, you don’t know anything. So every day that you go there, even though you might make some small progressions, it’s about you really digging in and self-evaluating and understanding exactly what humility smells like.
’cause that’s, it’s a tough road from white belt to black belt. It’s a long road and it requires you, nobody else can do that, but you have to put the time in. You have to progress, you have to do it. No one can do it for you if you have that belt. By the time you get to a black belt you’ve earned it.”-Maynard
Just like In Fitness – There are No Shortcuts
“There’s no shortcuts. My father was my wrestling coach in high school. …his take was always, you either win or you learn. So you go on that mat, you’re on your own, and you maybe you won, but if you didn’t win. What did you learn?” -Maynard
Let me know what you think of this series!