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Youth, A Fighter, and The Dying Breed


**deep breath, deep breath**

I’m all fired up today on this topic, because I deal with it nearly every day and it is ONLY GETTING WORSE! As many of you know I coach football and baseball while teaching high school Economics and running my gym (and this site). I have the the excuses that I get on a daily basis grow astronomically.

Let me give you a few examples:

Culture of Today’s Youths

On a Wednesday afternoon I had a student come up to me and say, “Mr. Hashey, I’m not going to be in class on Friday or Monday. I am playing in a game Thursday night at 7 and tournament on Sunday, so I will be tired.” My response was simply, “so what?” People need to hold THEMSELVES to high standards, and quit preparing for failure.

Listen, I was an athlete had a hectic schedule, and went on to play collegiately. NEVER ONCE did I miss school or work because of the weakest excuse - “I’m tired.” I never missed school for the sniffles, and my parents CERTAINLY would not let me miss school because I just didn’t feel like going that day.

I have at least 20 students miss a week (seniors that are going to be our “future”) because they are tired or school “starts too early.” It has broken my soul when I call home and the parents AGREE WITH THE EXCUSES!!!!!!

I’ll just summarize some of the calls for privacy’s sake but essentially every call goes along these lines - “Oh yea, he (or she) is tired in the morning, and takes awhile to get ready, so (the student) will be late a few times here and there.” My jaw still drops some, as I have never heard such craziness. Do they really think their son or daughter will be ready for college in 4 months?

The Superstar Fighter

Let me tell you a story about the gym. I had a fighter call ME and to try for my training program. He came and was pathetically weak. This person could not do 5 push ups, one pull up, or ONE BODY WEIGHT SQUAT. I’ll add that he had a fight scheduled in 2 months. “I can’t wait to get on the program, I need to get stronger” he exclaimed.

Even Glass Joe showed up for his whoopings!

The next week he missed his first workout so I called him up and got this response ” ah, I’m too tired from work today, I’ll email you when I’ll be there.” I knew the writing was on the wall. He never emailed, and I’m glad. I do not have room for such mental weakness to infiltrate my gym.

A Dying Breed

What happened to pushing through adversity to become stronger? What happened to being the best that you can be every day? Are we a dying breed? I sincerely hope not, but the signs are not good!

I will take my hat off to people that are doing the right things. I certainly have students that come to school and do what they are supposed to, but sadly those numbers are dwindling. I have also talked to a few parent’s (the vast MINIORITY) that actually do have high expectations for their children. It is for those groups that I keep on fighting this fight. I certainly left all names out because these people can turn around!!!!

So, if you make excuses - too tired, too busy, etc for your workouts, work, or your family, save them for someone else and GET OFF THIS SITE IMMEDIATELY. We do not have time for your weakness. Toughen up or get out.

- Joe Hashey, CSCS -

I STILL HATE COMPLANERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment by Adam Gentry on December 3, 2009 at 7:33pm
Joe, I totally agree with you on the depressed lazy attitude of the current generation. At UDM some of the excuses I hear in the weight room just knock me off my feet. Since I work with college athletes, I really push the novel idea of, believe it or not, "accountability" a lost virtue this day in age. They may be kids now, but in a few years they will be professionals, and now is the time they must learn that they will be held accountable for their words and actions. There are no easy ways out, and life is certainly not going to be fair. Work hard, try your best, and bring a positive attitude every day, or else you will be in breakfast club every morning at 6 am doing push ups until your arms fall off,and then you will clean them up off the floor along with the rest of the mess in the weight room!
Comment by John Girton on July 1, 2009 at 12:26pm
I also work in the high school setting, I have also played collegiately as well as fighting in OIF 1 as a Recon Marine. I unfortunately I have to agree with everything you have said. These kids today are some of the laziest people I have ever seen. They all say their going pro in their sport, but they are the same ones that do nothing, and I mean nothing but sleep or run their jaws. And the parents that agree with the kids are completely inabling them. If my parents got a call home I got whooped before the teacher could even tell my parents what I did. It is frustrating and dishearten at the same time. What are we suppose to be preparing these kids for? Because it's not the real word, and its not college. We need to get past this idea that everyone is intitled. But, I guess all we can do is keep fighting the good fight, because will what else there to do, we can't quit.
Good Luck
Comment by Joe Hashey on June 2, 2009 at 9:09pm
Its electronic billing. So when every week or month, I just press the button and they pay. I believe volo has a service for it. It has really upped the retention rate for many of my friends.
Comment by Marc Agnello on June 2, 2009 at 9:07pm
What do you mean EFT billing?
Comment by Joe Hashey on June 2, 2009 at 2:25pm
Marc, thanks for the kind words and feedback on Bull Strength. Feel free to shoot me an email if you come across any questions.

I do see the same with my athletes. I am moving over to EFT billing so they actually have to put effort into canceling. Hopefully that works!
Comment by Marc Agnello on June 2, 2009 at 2:16pm
I forgot to mention that I purchased your bull strength ebook. Awesome book
Comment by Marc Agnello on June 2, 2009 at 2:13pm
Well said. I also run into the same excuses from the athletes I train. I instituted a policy that once a session is scheduled, via email, text, in person or on the phone the athlete is expected to attend the session with bells and whistles on. If they do not show up for the session or do not cancel within 12 hours of the session, a session is still charged. So far this has worked. I realize that this will not change their behavior in the long term. Long term, they will either continue training or quit training.

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