The first steps toward high-level achievements and breakthroughs are seemingly simple—and yet surprisingly hard to consistently execute. In this second part of my two-part conversation with Dane Barlow, we talk about what it takes to become someone who can methodically figure out difficult challenges and skills. (If you haven’t heard the first part, make sure to listen to it now.) This is an incredibly powerful conversation, and I know you will get so much out of it.

Listen in as Dane emphasizes the importance of consistency in the small things and how that translates into high achievement. He shares some intensely painful moments that really helped define what being a true champion and achiever is, as well as why it’s so critical to put in the work. You’ll learn what makes achievement more meaningful and why so many people miss the point of true accomplishment.

Key Quotes:

  • “The hardest part is the simplest things, when nobody’s looking. But you do the simple things and do them right—what happens is that you live disciplined and you know you can accomplish the next harder task.”
  • “I do everything that champions do. Just because I don’t have that medal yet, it doesn’t mean that I’m not a champion every day.”
  • “Medals aren’t awarded to people who aren’t ALREADY champions. They’re awarded to people who have already fought that fight.”
  • “You can sit in a room full of millionaires and pick out which ones have that spark. It’s not the money—when you have or have seen it, you start to recognize it.”
  • “It’s not hard to get to the top. The problem is staying there.”
  • “Quit comparing yourself to other people. Compare your journey to yourself. Are you further along than you were yesterday?”
  • “Don’t look back until you’ve done something for a while.”
  • “You tap out, but you don’t give up. You start again.”
  • “Surround yourself with the people who you want to become.”

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