By Terry Grant
“What one man can do, another can do.” – Anthony Hopkins
“The only limits to what we can create are the ones that we have imposed upon ourselves.” – Brandon Cook
Read the quote above from the movie the Edge, “What one man can do, another can do.” In this movie, Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin’s characters are forced to survive in the wilderness after a plane crash. As they seek to find their way back to civilization, a grizzly bear begins stalking and hunting them down.
After several close encounters with the bear, Hopkins realizes that their only chance to survive is to face the bear and kill it using a spear technique he read about in book.
This technique is very risky and must be executed precisely as the bear rears up on its hind legs and comes down to claim his kill aka YOU!. At that exact moment you wedge the spear into the ground or rocks behind you and allow the bear to impale itself upon the long spear and hope that it doesn’t survive or crush you.
So yeah, it’s pretty risky… but whatchya gonna do when a huge Kodiak bear wants to turn you into a mid-day snack, huh?
Anyway, he’s forced to convince the highly skeptical and freaked out Alec Baldwin that they can kill the bear and have no choice but to see it through. To convince him, Anthony Hopkins begins having him scream over and over:
“What one man can do, another can do!
What one man can do, another can do!”
Did you see the tear in his eye at the end? Now that’s good acting… I believed him!
Anyway, they did succeed at killing the bear. Sorry if I ruined the movie for you, but otherwise this quote just wouldn’t have as much impact.
Also, please realize that this is a movie and I do not recommend trying this at home or on any of your booze-a-palooza camping trips. I realize that I probably don’t need to tell you this, but just to be safe… if you see a bear run very fast.
Remember, you don’t have to outrun the bear; you only need to outrun your friends!!!
This quote has always stuck in my head after that show and I use it to remind myself that if any one else out there in the world has done something, then I can do it too. This includes our goals of learning how to gain muscle fast!
Memorize it and repeat it anytime you doubt what you can achieve.
“What One Man Can Do, Another Can Do.”
Sure, depending on what your goal is- it may take you longer or it may require more work for you. Or if you’re a bad-ass it may not. Either way, if you have a strong enough desire… you can make it happen.
The fact that the other person (who was just like you) DID IT… is the proof that it can be done. The only thing that could be stopping you is your self or your own limiting beliefs, fears or doubts.
Dare to Do the Impossible
The only limits to what we can create are the ones that we have imposed upon ourselves individually and collectively.
These self-imposed limits impact our ability to create that which we imagine only to the degree we allow them to do so. Therefore, if we truly want and desire something it’s our job to overcome these limitations.
For example, over fifty years ago it was collectively believed that it was impossible to run a four minute mile. Every one thought it was humanly impossible to do such a thing and as a result no one could successfully do so.
Then in 1954 Roger Bannister did the impossible and ran the mile in 3:59:04
and shattered that collective belief.
Since doing so, many other athletes have followed in his footsteps to break the four minute mile barrier and it has now become the standard for middle distance runners. In fact, in the last fifty years the time has been lowered by 17 seconds.
You MUST understand that something which is considered “totally impossible” by today’s collective standards CAN be broken by an individual with a strong enough belief, vision, and determination to achieve a particular goal.
This is only one example of millions. Want more? What about our trip to the moon? Cell phones, automobiles, computers, air planes, television, radio, and on and on it goes. History is filled with all of the proof you’ll ever need!
Basically it boils down to this; all of the stuff that you take for granted now, was once considered “impossible” by the majority of the people in the world. It was the true visionaries and geniuses throughout history that have made the impossible, possible.
The Negative Drag of Society…
If you could go back in time by a hundred years (1911) and tell people that very soon you will be able to communicate with any one in the world from a small hand held device; what would they think?
Not only that but you go on to explain how they will be able to play video games, check the weather, listen to music and balance their checkbook with the same little contraption that will fit in the palm of their hand!
I wonder what they would think about your insightful prophecies!
My guess is that in 1910 you’d simply be laughed out of town and regarded as a quack. Go back a few more hundred years and they may even burn you at the stake!
My point is 90% of the people in this world are pessimistic, cynical, doubting, naysayers who have accomplished nothing or very little above the norm. Yet they dare have the audacity to tell others what they can and can not accomplish. It’s F#@%-ed up!
The sad part is that many people are brought down by this and give up on their dreams prematurely. What a shame.
Everything and anything of any significant value that has ever been achieved in this world has been done by the 10% of the population that defied the odds.
- They rose above mediocrity.
- They went the extra mile and kept believing in their instinct.
- They never let the negative drag of society pull them under
- They refused to believe their goal was impossible.
They pushed forward through what many would describe as insurmountable adversity and because they never caved… they realized the fulfillment of their dreams in all of their glory. They changed the very definition of what is possible!
In fact, we owe them all a great deal of appreciation and gratitude! Whether we realize it or not our lives have been made better because they have lived.
Once again, the only limits to what we can create are the ones that we have imposed upon ourselves individually and collectively. Never let someone tell you what you can and cannot accomplish.
Proof That Skinny Ectomorphs Can Gain Weight
The first step to achieving any goal is to believe that it’s possible for you. If you are unsure of whether your goal is possible or realistic then you should seek out other people who have accomplished the same goal that you would like to attain.
The process of seeking out this proof will begin to act positively on your subconscious mind by providing viable and undeniable evidence that it can be done.
As you just learned above if one man can do it, then it is a proven fact that you too can follow in the footsteps of those who have walked the path before you.
Luckily for you, I have already done the work for you. Here are just some of the guys that learned how to gain muscle mass and PROVE you can overcome your ectomorph genetics:
EXHIBIT A: Vince DelMonte was able to pack on 41+ lbs in six months by eating like a mad man and lifting heavy weights. Vince also explains exactly how he pulled this off and reveals the program he used in his No Nonsense Muscle Building Program.
EXHIBIT B: Anthony Ellis was able to gain 32 lbs in only twelve weeks by following a basic workout program of three days a week. He spells out exactly how he did it in his breakthrough program Gaining Mass.
EXHIBITS C, D, E & F: I’ve read and seen tons of success stories from other guys like Joel Marion, Jason Ferruggia, Sean Nalewany and Nick Nilsson. Not to mention the tons of guys following their training programs.
Joel Marion, author of Cheat Your Way Thin
Jason Ferruggia, author of Muscle Gaining Secrets
Sean Nalewanyj, author of The Truth About Building Muscle
Nick Nilsson, author of Muscle Explosion
EXHIBIT G: I was even able to pack on thirty pounds of muscle through hard work and dedication. With everything I’ve learned about how to gain muscle over the years, I believe I’ll be able to pack on another 20 or 30 pounds in the very near future and I’m going to show YOU how to do it too!
Now I realize I’m not a MASSIVE guy at 5’11″ and 160lbs, yet I think it was quite an improvement over the skinny 130lb high school graduate me. Plus, I still have the potential for more growth.
As I hope you know, my main purpose for creating this blog and website is to help other skinny guys gain muscle fast! I want to help you avoid all the mistakes I’ve made over the years and benefit from my own failures.
I’ve made quite a few by the way, that’s why it took me so long to gain 30lbs!
Well, that and all the bad habits that I had become a slave too.
Things like smoking cigarettes, heavy drinking, partying into the early mornings after our band played a gig. These things will kill your testosterone levels and destroy your muscle gains… keeping you scrawny for life. Just so you know!
The motto “all things in moderation” is a vital concept I had yet to grasp.
Unfortunately for my muscle-building goals, I was more like Jim Morrison at the time… “I’m gonna get my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames, alright!”
Well, at least in my case the band broke up. So, I was lucky enough to live past the age of 27, unlike the ol’ Lizard King. May he rest in peace.
Anyway, like I was saying… my main purpose is to help YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT! In other words => BIGGER MUSCLES.
My secondary purpose is to pack on another 20-30lbs of muscle for myself.
I think both of these goals can be attained by creating a training system that allows me to apply everything that I’ve learned on my own, plus everything I’ve learned from the muscle-building coaches I’ve studied over the past decade.
This training system will be called The Path of Awakened Warriors!
Of course we’ll be laying the ground work for it right here and now on this blog. And I’ll need your help in testing this thing out in the gym. If you’re game that is?
Let’s wrap this post up with six important “mindset take aways” on how to gain muscle:
- Remember, what one man can do another can do.
- The only limits to what we can achieve are in your mind.
- Dare to do the impossible by challenging your perception of reality.
- Seek out others who are “living proof” of what you can achieve.
- Never say die by overcoming any adversity you may face.
- Oh yeah… and if you see a bear: Run, Forest, RUN!