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Grateful for Everything, Entitled to Nothing


Grateful for Everything, Entitled to Nothing

“Grateful for Everything, Entitled to Nothing”. This phrase was introduced to me at my first track team meeting in college by Jack Clark. For those of you who are unaware, Jack Clark is all that is man, he is like John Wayne x Ron Swanson and was a standout football and rugby player at Cal. Clark is the head coach of the University California Golden Bears Rugby team, who he has lead to 22 National Championships since 1984. “Grateful for Everything, Entitled to Nothing” is the motto of the Golden Bear ruggers and given their unprecedented success, I think it is something worth thinking about.

What does it mean to be ‘Grateful for everything’? Grateful for the good and bad that comes with life, training, and relationships. This past weekend, I hosted our first Become Unstoppable Seminar and celebrated 4 years of Juggernaut and it put me in a very grateful state of mind. I’m grateful for the friendships this company has brought me, the ability to do what I love everyday and to help people improve at what they love and all the opportunities that I’m presented with. All of that though is easy to be grateful for and of course it is important to let those people who you’re grateful for know it but it is also important to look at the things not as easy to be grateful for, because as cliché as it may sound, it is those things that will get you to where you want to be.

Be grateful for 90 hour work weeks that truly test your resolve and commitment to your vision. Be grateful for heartbreaks because you learn from them and they come into your life for a reason. Be grateful for injuries and set backs that force you to reevaluate your approach to things and learn how to overcome. Be grateful to be able to live a meaningful life full of ups and downs, I know I am.

That brings me to the next part of Coach Clark’s powerful message, ‘entitled to nothing’. At the ripe old age of 27 years old, I feel a little funny saying ‘kids these days’ but kids these days have a real entitlement issue and guess what so do adults, powerlifters, strongmen and all kinds of other people. Nothing is given to you in life and if you are expecting something to be, you are in for a rude awakening. If you are expecting your name, your team, your gym or any other status in life to give you success, you are wrong. Success is not given, it is earned, it is sweat for and bled for.

Embrace the process of working towards a goal and enjoy the journey. The things in life you want, you must earn them, you must work for them. You must persevere through times that seem terrible and be grateful for what those times teach you. Don’t expect earning success to be easy.

Coach Clark’s simple message, “Grateful for Everything, Entitled to Nothing” has been a powerful message to help shape my athletic career, business and life and hopefully you too can use it to reflect on what you are doing and improve.

Chad Wesley Smith

Chad Wesley Smith is the founder and head physical preparation coach at Juggernaut Training Systems. Chad has a diverse athletic background, winning two national championships in the shot put, setting the American Record in the squat (905 in the 308 class, raw w/ wraps) and most recently winning the 2012 North American Strongman championship, where he earned his pro card. In addition to his athletic exploits, Chad has helped over 50 athletes earn Division 1 athletic scholarships since 2009 and worked with many NFL Players and Olympians. Chad is the author of The Juggernaut Method and The Juggernaut Method 2.0.

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