Just Begin

To start or not to start. That is the question. Far too often, the beginning of something is the most difficult thing. Heck, it can be such a pain-in-the-neck to get started because of the many stumbling blocks along the way.

Let’s say you want to go into Internet marketing. You list your skills, talents, the capital that you need KICKASSTORRENT. You then realize that you can make profit out of writing an eBook on first aid treatments for animal and insect bites. But as you begin to read more on the complexities of selling online, you realize that writing is only the beginning. There are website design, eBook layout and advertising considerations to think about. There are surveys and statistics to understand. There are client interests and mindsets to take into account.

As soon as you begin to get overwhelmed with all these things, abandoning the project becomes all too easy. In the face of such daunting tasks, the finish line becomes a ghostly blur kickass movie 2. The goal seems unattainable.

With this mindset, you’ve already lost even before you’ve begun. And that’s such an uncool place to be. Let me tell you this: Every kickass rock star, every billionaire marketer, every success story started their journey by starting. They got to where they are now because they didn’t let anything or anyone convince them that something couldn’t be done. They simply began.

That ought to be your attitude, too. Man, you’ve got to just focus on starting. Sure, you need to have an idea as to what you want to accomplish, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, you’ve just got to roll up your sleeves and begin your work. Don’t give such a rat’s ass on what the outcome will be. Focusing too much on the end can even cause you to quit when you don’t have the things you need to start with. Do what you can to get the project off-be creative, resourceful, innovative. The most amazing success stories happen when those behind it had nothing to start with.

Here’s a little reminder from the great Henry David Thoreau to get your butt moving: “You must live in the present, launch yourself in every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.”

Dumbbells (DBs) are a great way to get a cardio workout at home (or anyplace else you want to take them, for that matter). A few sets of mult-joint movements like squats, rows, or the like not only will help you build muscle, but also get you huffing and puffing better than any cardio workout. Do some full-body exercises like clean & press, snatch, or swing, and you’ve upped the ante just that much more. And by looking around classifieds, Craigslist, eBay, garage sales, or even buying them new, you can get plates for adjustable DB handles for super cheap. It’s the best of two worlds – great benefits at a great price!

However, the “spin-lock” handles you often often (the kind that have threaded ends with a star-like collar that spin onto the end like a giant nut on a bolt) can be kind of “iffy”. They come loose easily, and can often be dangerous. And the handles themselves are often cheaply made – they can bend, or the grip in the center of the handle will move around or get torn up. Because of all this, I recommend just building your own. It’s easier than you think, takes only a few minutes, will cost you less than $10, and best of all, when you’re done, you’ll have a super safe set of DB handles.

First, go to Lowes, Home Depot, or someplace similar. Go to the plumbing dept, and buy two length of galvanized tubing, each one being roughly 14-16″ long. The diameter of the tubing will be roughly one inch. Hint – take a small weight plate with you to test fit the tubing into the hole of the weight plate so you know what you’re getting will work.

After getting your tubing, you’ll need to also purchase 8 hose clamps (like you’d put on rubber hose or tubing). If you don’t have any sort of industrial strength brush-on glue or epoxy, pick up some of that, too. Then, on you way home, stop by a pharmacy or department store and pick up some athletic tape. You now have all you need.

When you get home, take one of the pieces of tubing, and mark the very center, length-wise. From here, measure out 2.5-3 inches each direction and make a mark. Place hose clamps on these marks – these will be your inner “collars” (you’ll be gripping the handle between these clamps). Brush some epoxy on the clamps and let dry. Repeat with the other piece of tubing. When you’re done, you should have 4 hose clamps left over.

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