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Quotes That drive my life

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As a guy who has spent the last year dedicated to making, editing, and posting advice, quotes, and motivation my life is driven by a handful of carefully selected quotes and sayings which when dissected really do explain my character and my beliefs so I wanted to dissect a few of these quotes I live by to both give you a look into my life and to maybe give these quotes a different light that might make you consider taking some of these quotes or sayings into your life.

  1. “My only fear is that on my death bed the person I am will meet the person I could have been”

This is a simple quote, I have a very big fear of death as death means the end of progress for me and also my fear of not reaching my full potential. So this quote hits me personally very hard as regret is also another thing in my life that is a reoccurring pattern where I have had a goal, not worked hard enough, and realized I failed too hard so death being the ultimate end is the only time to never have regret! This quote also goes along with the quote “imagine you’re on your death bed and standing around your death bed are the ghosts representing your unfulfilled potential. The ghosts of the ideas you never acted on. The ghosts of the talents you didn’t use and they are standing around your bed angry, disappointed, and upset. They say we came to you because you could have brought us to life and now we have to go to the grave together”

So I have 2 questions I want you to ask yourself mentally and truly spend time thinking about.

Will the person you become match up to the person you could have become and can you work hard enough to know that you did everything you could when you realized this?

And, how many ghosts are going to be around your bed when your time comes?

  1. The only limits that exist are in your own mind

This quote is very true for me as every time I have set my mind to something seen as impossible with the mindset of it is completely possible I have always achieved it and every time I have set limits upon myself I have failed horribly. An example with this was with my football years, I decided in grade 10 I would be a starting lineman in grade 11 even though I was 50lbs lighter than the smallest current lineman and far weaker and through the summer I worked harder than anyone else on that line and grew enough to take a near immediate starting position that following season because I put no limits on myself and said it was a do or die situation and there were no limits to it. Now an example of me putting limits for myself is when I first started bodybuilding. I told myself that if I wouldn’t grow because I was too stressed with school and for 2 months I didn’t grow at all and after I snapped out of that progress came immediately!

The question I want you to ask yourself on this quote is

What limits do you put upon yourself in your own mind?

  1. Instead of “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority” and see how that feels.

This is something I started saying 5 or so months ago as I realized I was getting soo busy that I was always saying “I don’t have time” so after listening to a motivational ebook (how to persuade others) I wanted to try and change it and after a few weeks of saying this to people I changed my entire schedule to things I was proud to do. When people asked me to do time wasting things I would say “im sorry I gotta do such and such work and they would ask why I wouldn’t do what they were doing and I said because I didn’t prioritize it or if I was to stop doing something and people would ask why instead of no time I would say I didn’t prioritize it and people gave me a lot more respect for this. I did have some backlash for it as people get offended when they are not your #1 priority but I don’t want these people in my life to begin with.

The questions for you is more of an action. Try and do this for a week and see how your planning and people change.

  1. I never lose. I either win or I learn

This quote is very important to me as it has kept me driven through tough times and failures. If you consider every loss a learning experience instantly you are able to see everything in a new light which opens to new opportunities and ways to not only accept a loss but use it to your advantage!

The question for you is what is a recent loss you have had that you can learn from. In this do not blame anyone for anything (even if it was 100% them) everything that happened think about what you did to cause it in some way.

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The World Has No Sympathy For Inaction – Thinking Piece

Something I see soo much both in life and in the fitness industry is when people get 1 or 2 set backs they simply give up. They simply cant take the punches of life and instead of fighting back they simply leave the ring.

Life is going to punch everyone in the face quite a few times and the more you want in life the more you will get punched and it frustrates me to no end how people will settle for less than they want because they are scared to get punched. Failure is a stepping stone towards success not away from it. The road to success is windy going left, right, up and down but all in the direction towards success.

anyways, lets get to the point of this article. Lately, I lost my tumblr (it’s a huge thing that happened that’s why im always talking about it) im down from 34,000 followers on social media to 1,400 followers a 96% drop in followers. So I had a few people who I told this who said I should take some time off to sulk and get over it and for a second I thought I should do that but I came to the concept that the world has no sympathy for inaction.

If I was to take time off I would gain no followers (or even lose some). I would be stagnant or even worse id move back. That doesn’t make sense to me why people would do that, why would you take a break after a setback as that is the optimal time to get back to work. Yes the setbacks hurt but taking time off or quitting doesn’t fix the problem it’s letting the problem destroy you. In football we learned this “you will eventually get knocked down but the faster you get up the more likely you are to make the play because if you just stay down then you have no chance of catching the opportunity while if you pop up you never know when the opportunity will come or how the play will develop”.

Now, when I say the world has no sympathy for inaction is I want you to tell me how many people who produce no content? How many people who are silent? How many people that are invisible? You would follow none because you have no sympathy for inaction because though the person in real life is a great person because they do not produce content you don’t follow them or give a shit about them. You don’t follow @randomguy87 on twitter who hasn’t tweeted in 6 months. You don’t pay someone money for a service that you don’t know about. People need to see action to care, inaction means being invisible and uncared about by an audience. So in conclusion remember when you get hit that you gotta pop back up because the longer you stay down the longer you don’t grow, and the entire time no one has sympathy for you because its your goal and very few others give a shit if it fails or succeeds.

This is simply a thinking piece. When I write these I don’t want to convince you that my stand/ view point is correct I want to cause you to think. Allow my points to make you think, allow my points to make you question yourself, allow my points to have an impact on your daily life. Thank you for reading!

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The BeastPack updates and My thoughts

So if you haven’t heard by now My Tumblr blog was terminated by Tumblr staff for spam and the support has not been responding to my requests on appealing to the termination. So I have basically given up and accepted that I will not be getting my tumblr account back.

I am trying to have a different outlook than others would have in this situation. I imagine most in my situation would be angry, sad, and would want to lash out against tumblr but I want to be different beast in this situation as that’s what I pride myself in. I am not angry, I am not sad, and I will not have any ill wishes towards tumblr, this situation was a mistake that with such a large company has been overlooked and uncorrected.

I believe in the saying that “my goal shall stay firm but my path is always flexible”. I will become big in the fitness industry but my path there will change I thought originally it would be via tumblr but with this loss I must change paths and find a new way to achieve that goal

Being sad, mad, or depressed would only slow me down as in life no one has sympathy for you. It sounds harsh because it is, if you are sad and pout no one is going to want you to personal train them, no one Is going to take your advice they don’t give a shit about your downfalls all they care about is how hard you work and what you can do for them. So when life knocks you down spend any time needed weaping but make it short and get back to work as fast as possible because the more time you spend sulking is less time spent moving forward. The simple quote that sums this all up “it doesn’t matter if you fall down it only matters that you get up and keep going”

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Musical Personality

Music is such a big part of my life

Music has been such a big part of my life since I was young and recently I have found a song that sticks very true to me. I listened to it on repeat for hours as it hits deeply with me. Now first I want to explain my background on music and then come back to this particular song

Firstly when I started listening to my own music I started with 3 cds and a disk player. I had an old ACDC track list, The shady LP, and 50 cents get rich or die tryin album. So for a 9 year old with these 3 CDs (the Eminem and 50 cds were bought from friends and my parents didn’t know I had them).

Now iv always been into my violent music. I grew up in a neighbourhood where drugs and violence was common. At my elementary school I seen nearly every drug, knives, and even a gun so iv always been very into rap as it was the popular music at my school also because of the fact raps often would describe the similar struggle I would go through so even though I didn’t realize at the time I related very closely with these songs.

As I got older I began to understand why I liked these songs, not because I wanted to sell drugs or be a gangbanger, its because the struggle and the hustle related to me. I had and still have to hustle and grind every day as I hope to get big things. Much like these rappers I came from a shitty background and people looked down on me and told me id be nothing but I know if I work hard enough I will be able to be rich and powerful much like the rappers I admired.

Anyways, the song I referenced is G Eazy’s new song “Me, Myself, and I”. This song speaks a lot to me as it is insanely close to how my daily life is currently.

The beginning lyric “its just me myself and I, solo ride until I die, cause I got me for life. I don’t need a hand to hold, even when the night is cold. I got that fire in my soul” that first verse encompasses soo much about me.

Since I started The BeastPack iv had doubters that are close to me, supportive to my face but full of doubts and ill will behind my back. So this journey the last year has been all by myself, I haven’t had anyone to help me. Yes iv had great supporters but no one has come and done anything for me. Iv learned how to set up a website, order apparel, make money, do all my own research into personal training, and survive all on my own.

Now if we go into G Eazy’s first verse he says “get what I want when I want cause this hunger is driving me, ya”. I love this line as this is exactly what I want my life to be. To be able to get what I want when I want how I want. I don’t like bosses, I don’t like authority I want enough money and power that I can do what needs to be done with no questions asked, no one telling me no except myself. Now I could talk about this entire verse but im gunna move on and say the entire end of the first verse relates to me and if you listen it will be very obvious why.

Now in his second verse I don’t agree with the “I don’t like talking to strangers” as I love to but the next bit “so get the fuck off me im anxious” I agree as I definitely have pressures to succeed and that causes me a fuck ton of anxiety and so often I want to just say get the fuck off me im anxious and need a break.

Anways to the rest of the verse he says “im trying to be cool but I may just got ape shit and say fuck yall to all of yall faces” this is something insanely dear to me. As soo many people I would love to just say fuck you but many people support my living in some manner (maybe a boss, a co-worker, or someone that has influence that could make my life harder than need be) and I gotta stay cool or I could burn these bridges I need to keep alive but shit its hard and somedays its like you don’t know me, the shit I go through, all you know is the version of myself I ALLOW YOU TO SEE. You don’t know what I do behind the scenes and you probably never will as you don’t care.

Now into the last verse. We see how my thought patterns go in life. I always start positive, im a positive guy and I know I will succeed but sometimes with stress comes frustration that things maybe aren’t moving as fast as you want or as smoothly and that’s the 2nd verse but in the 3rd we come back to what matters and that’s the positivity. I like to say there is no shame in having anger at people though you will see me preach to let things go you must experience a little bit of anger to truly feel the release so I believe anger and a need for proving or revenge is needed but it needs to be short and cut off that’s why in the third verse we go to the line “all my life iv been told to wait but im a get it now yeah its no debate” coming full circle. As iv dropped the anger or frustration with the failures and gone back to my true faith and knowledge that I will make my dreams come true.

So with this song you get to learn more about me. I believe in positivity as from experience iv learned even blind stupid positivity will do vastly better than calculating negativity but that negativity is needed to make the positivity to work. If I want to make an analogy it could be say having every day be a sunny day except make 1 day a week a rainy day. Now those sunny days seem even better because without that rainy day they would just be average and not special. This also makes the rainy days special, because though negative it does have positives followed along.

So though this only may make sense to myself but I hope this might provide some thinking context for you. Maybe take my ways of thinking and apply them to your own life because who knows maybe a different context of thinking is just what you need to get over that next mountain. None the less thank you for reading and take care!

  • Zack Ramsey