The Men of Iron Minute

by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation

Everything is Training For Something

Sports are amazing in so many ways. Whether it’s the chess match between a good pitcher and good hitter or the way a pitcher paints the corners of home plate while disguising the throwing position and grip on the ball, it’s masterful! Another favorite is how a great quarterback can drop a football out of thin air into a receiver’s outstretched arms at a dead sprint. I can appreciate these things because I know there is a ton of practice that even outweighs athleticism.

Great athletes add sweat and hard work to their giftedness, and men are meant to do the same.

Giftedness is a tricky and wonderful thing. Men hit their potential when they match giftedness with good ole’ fashioned grit. Angela Duckworth is on target when she says potential is one thing and what we do with it is quite another.

Here’s a potential mind-bender – every moment of every day has the potential to teach or train you to be someone or be something.

Consider this…

  • A conversation with your wife can help you develop sympathy, empathy or better-listening skills.
  • Your kid’s bad day at school is an opportunity for you to be a better dad.
  • When asked if you can work overtime, you are presented with a chance to exercise discernment and self-assertiveness.
  • When you realize your body has found 15 more pounds, there is an opportunity to train to be a better-conditioned man.

The possibilities are endless!

Remember running the dreaded conditioning laps during high school P.E.? Mindlessly running around the track was not an idea of fun for many of us, so we looked for shortcuts. More than likely, the teacher stood in the middle of the football field like a hawk looking for its prey. But we always found a loophole or two.

Maybe we walked or took a shortcut off the track when the teacher looked away. Whatever it was, the joke was really on us.

Our shortcuts or loopholes cost us something. Life is a training ground for something. There are no loopholes, no shortcuts or easy ways out. Just life. Just training. Just being and just doing.

“Three bricklayers are asked: “What are you doing?”

The first says, “I am laying bricks.”

The second says, “I am building a church.”

And the third says, “I am building the house of God.”

The first bricklayer has a job. The second has a career. The third has a calling.

Perspective matters.

What are you building?

Where are you being trained?

Be a mentor. 

Find a mentor.

Be a better man. 


Contact our team today to find out how you can become a mentor, find a mentor and be a better man!