How To Get Stronger – Learn To Value Your Time

I just got back last night from San Diego, which is such a beautiful city. I stayed in the Manchester Grand Hyatt overlooking the San Diego Harbor. (Swank, I know – but I slept on the floor while the two other guys got the beds.) Across the water is one of my favorite places, Coronado. The beaches are almost pure white on Coronado and the homes are absolutely amazing. The atmosphere is almost indescribable – it has the feeling of a very small town of yesteryear.

Courtney and I visited there in 2009 when she got her RKC. Unfortunately, this trip was too short and too busy to allow me time to pop over to the island.

I was at the Marketing Mastermind Intensive put on by John Du Cane, CEO of Dragon Door and half the team that brought us the kettlebell.

Needless to say, it was just pure brilliance.

We spent from 8am to 930pm on Friday, 830am to 11pm on Saturday, and 830am to 430pm on Sunday learning from John, who practically gave us the “keys to the kingdom,” showing us all the methods he uses to communicate the benefits of kettlebells to help people change their lives.

Why am I telling you all this?

Why should you care?

Because when you value your time, you’ll seek to follow in the footsteps of those who have gotten to where you want to be and can help you get where you want to go.

Do I want to start my own publication company? Not at all. But what I did want to know is how to more effectively help others solve their problems. John has done a great job with that.

I used to have to figure out everything by myself, do things “my way” – but not any longer. Life passes us by way too quickly to do things the hard way. If I can find “shortcuts” to get more out of life, that’s what I want to do. And fortunately, I’ve learned to measure the cost in more than just dollar terms. I was grateful to have the opportunity to learn from John.

When someone has accomplished something I haven’t but want to, or related to something I want to, I seek to learn from them and implement that into my own life. Which is how I became an RKC. That skinny-looking Russian fella seemed to have it all figured out and I wanted to know the shortcuts that he knew.

So what’s my point in sharing all this with you?


If you’re trying to figure things out on your own – Stop it.

Seriously, I mean it.

Life is just too darn short for that.

Whatever you want to accomplish, someone before you has done exactly the same thing. Just model their path and follow it, and more likely than not, you’ll get where you want to be.


That’s what John did with Dragon Door.

That’s what I’ve done by becoming an RKC.

That’s what you’ve done to a certain extent in other areas of your life too.

So, let’s just say you’re struggling – hypothetically of course – to achieve massive results with your kettlebell training. What can you do?

Simple. Follow a plan from someone who’s been where you want to go, and maybe even helped others get where they want to go.


Again, because you’re life is made up of time and the more time you waste trying to figure stuff out on your own, the less time you get to spend doing other stuff – things that might be more fun or more valuable.

Ok, now’s probably the part where you expect me to tell you how you should pick up your copy of “Kettlebell Burn” or something like that. Nope. (Ok, I’ll hyperlink this text so you can if you really want to...) But that’s not my point at all.

My point is to get you to really evaluate if what you’re currently doing is really working for you, and if it’s not, help you find alternative solutions.


Because in the long run, you’ll be happier. And if you’re happier, then you’ll influence others more positively. (I think you can see where this is going…) And that goes without saying you’ll not only be physically stronger, but emotionally stronger too.

So what do you do next?

I’ll address that in an upcoming blog post.

In the meantime, feel free to post your thoughts, ideas, and comments below.

11 comments… add one
  • Kyle Battis Feb 15, 2011 @ 10:01

    Hey Geoff,

    great post man and it sounds like it was a great event. looking forward to hearing more about it.

    I can’t agree more in the value of having a mentor in many areas. The best keep getting better because they seek out guidance from Mentors that are better than them in various areas of life.


    • GEOFFN Feb 17, 2011 @ 8:25

      Right on, Kyle. The key is modeling what the best do and then implementing what you learned. Catch up soon.

  • John Sifferman Feb 15, 2011 @ 10:06

    I got linked here from Kyle B. Good stuff, Geoff!

    • GEOFFN Feb 17, 2011 @ 8:26

      Thanks, John – glad you liked it.

  • Russ Moon Feb 15, 2011 @ 10:44

    Sourcer or Seeker’s creed “I don’t have to know the answer, but I must develop the skill to find it rapidly and have the courage to engage.”

    • GEOFFN Feb 17, 2011 @ 8:26

      Russ – LOVE it. Never heard that one before. That’s a “must remember” one for sure.

  • Garry Feb 15, 2011 @ 11:20

    Great post. Plus I’m flying from DC to San Diego tomorrow. I’ve fallen off my KB regime and your posts are kick starting me to get back on it. Thanks

    • GEOFFN Feb 17, 2011 @ 8:27

      Garry – the easy way to stay with your KB regime is to give them context and meaning – what is it they allow you to do – focus on that thing and the KBs will become easy.

  • Billy Meyer Feb 15, 2011 @ 12:26

    This post comes at a good time for me. We all like to think we know what’s best… but you are right. Sometimes you just have to recognize that what you think you know has already been invented and by someone much smarter and with far more experience. Again, kettlebells teach humility. Well, in my experience… life does that on its own.

    • GEOFFN Feb 17, 2011 @ 8:28

      Billy – yup, and also that if you want to be even better than you are, it’s in your best interest to follow those who have accomplished what you’re trying to accomplish.

  • Larry Dec 2, 2013 @ 13:16

    I went to SD this last weekend also but I brought my Kettlebell with me and went to a part to do my short workout. 10 two had swings, 7 walkouts for 20min. Great weather, great town and great, Geoff inspired workout!

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