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Good Sleep will get you Further in Academia than Waking at 4 to Workout

I hear a lot of pressure for young people these days to wake up earlier. Young people need to consider the dangers of doing this, and they must ask the question “will it really benefit me?” I believe that a young person wanting to become the world’s greatest bodybuilder might benefit from sacrificing sleep for working out, but on the other hand a student wanting to sacrifice sleep for studying is only doing themselves a disservice. It’s much easier to learn and retain what you have learned if you are getting enough sleep.

In my own experience, waking up at 4 to grind and hustle on your business is a great way to stay ahead of the competition, but this changes dramatically when the game you’re playing is academia and mind-related. In order to write a good research paper or scientific study, one must be able to focus, retain knowledge and work long hours. Some people can do this while only sleeping for 5 hours but most people can’t.

So if you’re a student striving to become the next genius, I recommend that you don’t follow the hype of grind and hustle but simply get a good night’s rest and use your day efficiently. There’s no problem with getting up at 8 AM like a normal person. You can still work a 12 hour day and go to bed at a reasonable time. Don’t stress your body out, because your mind will suffer and a historian or anyone in academia needs their mind!

So there’s my anti fatigue tip for today. I hope it improves your learning experience. Thanks!

How a Tow Truck Driver in Winnipeg MB Fights Fatigue

The people of Manitoba are known across Canada for being somewhat tough and resistant to the petty fatigue that many wimps in other parts of Canada suffer from. Now I’m not one to call people a wimp easily, but I’m a wimp compared to this Winnipeg tow truck driver, and that’s why I want to share his story with you today.

Somewhat recently I talked about a cool way to wake up at 4 AM with serious motivation. Some of us need tricks like that, but not our tow truck driving friend from Winnipeg. Oh no. All he needs is to repeat a powerful memory and he get’s all the anti-fatigue in the universe. More on that later.

In case you’re wondering, our tow truck driver’s real name is Larry. We’ve been Skype pals for almost three years now and I always knew somehow that he would have his own special on my blog one day. He really deserves it and I think he’ll be glad that you all get to benefit from his story.

Larry does some incredible things on a daily basis that prove to show how much of a champion he is. Here’s just a small list to begin:

  1. He wakes up at 4 A.M. everyday, even on weekends and Holidays.
  2. He works for one of the fastest growing tow truck companies in all of Manitoba, let alone the City of Winnipeg.
  3. He drives as many as 1,000 KM on a daily basis.
  4. He collects cars and has a total of 11 including the one he just fixed together last week.
  5. He’s also a mechanic who does all his own tow truck maintenance.

Now already you can get the sense that Larry isn’t your average dude. The tow truck Winnipeg company he works for has recently shown immense growth and his co-workers may not be wrong when they credit the bulk of this success to Larry’s hard work. Well, it’s nice to laud someone who deserves it, but there’s a reason we’re sharing this story here. Now’s the time to learn what you’ve been waiting for… How does Larry do it?


Larry the Winnipeg Tow Truck Driver’s Secret to Anti Fatigue!

Like briefly mentioned above, Larry doesn’t need little tricks and tips for motivation that people like me do. He has his own method and it works quite well. Larry gets up at 4 A.M. because he likes to read for a good few hours before work. He’s also prone to go to bed as late as midnight most of the time, so you’d imagine that he gets pretty tired throughout the day. And guess what? It’s true! He does get very tired, but this has little effect on him because he has a special memory of his father who was also a tow truck driver in Winnipeg many years ago.

What is Larry’s special memory?

It’s rather quite sad, actually. Before Larry’s father died of cancer, Larry, being just a young man in his early twenties at the time, listened deeply to what his father had to say on his death bed. Larry’s father said, and I quote, the following:

“My boy, remember that tree I used to pray to. I never told you why I would always go to that same tree to pray, but there’s a good reason. Your grandfather is buried there, Larry, and your grandfather was a great man. He in a lot of ways was like a tree. He was sturdy and would always reach up to the sky, bursting with motivation. If he could see you now, he’d be very disappointed. He was a stern man and even I failed to make him happy. But he taught me a valuable lesson. It should never be easy to be satisfied, son. Imagine if all it took was to drive a tow truck in Winnipeg to make someone like your grandfather happy. If that was the case, nothing of any value would ever get done in this world. Now before I leave you, I want to tell you that I, too, am very disappointed in you, boy. You sit around with your friends all day and drink beer and chase women when you could be out there helping people on the roadside with the family’s old tow truck. Now I believe you have what it takes to make me proud son, but it’ll take hard work. If you want to make me proud you got to grind, hustle and work your butt off. But you don’t got to work for yourself. You got to work for the people who need your services. There’s nothing wrong about driving a tow truck for a living. It’s a service every one needs, and it might even save more lives than doctors. So just remember that when I’m gone I’ll be watching you, and I’ll sure be hoping that on every waking day you’ll be trying to make me proud.”

Indeed! Like I said, Larry’s memory is not particularly a happy one. But it works! Every day Larry remembers this conversation he had on the side of his father’s death bed and it reminds him why he’s here. He truly believes that working for a local tow truck company in Winnipeg MB is doing a great service for the people who share his community. Who would I be to say he’s wrong?

As far as anyone can say, Larry deserves every ounce of the success he has today and it’s all thanks to making his father proud.

So there we have it. For those of us who sometimes need that hint of motivation to keep our fatigue at bay for one hour longer, I hope this powerful story about a Winnipeg tow truck driver came in handy.

Until next time, stay in that positive mindset. You can do it!

A Trick to Wake Up at 4 A.M. with Serious Motivation

This trick is a little abstract and requires an open mind to implement. I’ve had great success with it since the beginning of 2019 and so I wanted to share it with my readers and friends.

Winston Churchill did everything he accomplished with only sleeping 6 hours a night, so don’t think just because you have to wake up early you also have to go to bed early. You can still go to bed at midnight and wake up at 4 A.M. if you can power through the first rough week until your body gets used to it. But if you do this I’d recommend having a 25 minute nap during the day.

Now what’s the rick, buddy?

Good question. Hardcore atheists may not like the sound of this trick, but that’s where their weakness lies. Keep an open mind as I describe to you the habits of medieval Christian monks in monasteries.

Monks had extreme discipline and self-control, and I like to study them when I try to gain these qualities in my own life. Every single night, monks in monasteries did and still do wake up in the middle of the night in order to chant and pray. In medieval Christianity, it was believed to be vital for all of Christendom for monks to do this, for the saints and gods would bless the people living near the monasteries for the monks’ services.

So in order to learn from this behavior and use it to our advantage, we should seek to imitate it. We often tell ourselves before bed with utmost seriousness that we WILL wake up early tomorrow, but by the time the morning rolls around, we, with our cheeks comfortably on the pillows, no longer have that sense of seriousness and it’s so easy to hit the snooze button.

So what we should do in the morning is immediately remind ourselves of how serious this is to us by thinking about medieval monks in monasteries. If you joined a monastery and refused to wake up in the middle of the night to join the prayers and chants, you wouldn’t be a monk for very long. Start the day at 4 A.M. by thinking about medieval monks as soon as your alarm clock goes off. A cool way to do this would be to make the sound of your alarm clock a medieval Christian chant. A poster of a cathedral or something by your bed could also work.

We all have many reasons why we would like to wake up earlier and sleep less. For me, it’s all about making my future better. If we can develop this habit early in life, we could very well save years of productive time for ourselves by the end. The average person sleeps 1/3 of their life away, but we don’t really need to.

To make this trick work even better, I also like to get on my knees, light a candle and pray like a medieval monk when my alarm clock goes off. And by praying I mean visualizing what my day will look like, and I also remind myself of the seriousness of my life goals. Like I said, this trick requires an open mind. BUT IT WORKS!!!!

Studying for Final Exams? Here’s the Best Thing that Can Help!

A lot of student’s believe hovering over your notes trying to memorize everything is what you should do before exams. But, is this really the best thing?

Knowing and memorizing mean very little! It’s the understanding and application of knowledge that really matters. Doing flash card tests and memorizing everything may still get you a decent grade, but a year later will you still remember everything? Verily, if you want to get an even better grade AND remember things for as long as you live, you need to find a way to apply this knowledge after understanding it!

For example, if you learn names and dates about WWII history, try writing a short story that incorporates all these. Or if you must remember a bunch of math equations, try making a puzzle out of them that you have to put back together. Also, if you’re going to drink on Friday night with your university buddies, why not make studying a drinking game? This means you’re not just remembering information; you’re acting on it, too!

Say you only have 1 day left before you have 2 exams in the morning. What’s another great thing you can do? The ultimate thing to do in this case is DON’T WORRY! Follow the advice of this song, and act like you know you’ll win!

Use self-fulfilling prophecies to your advantage and BELIEVE everything will be okay!

Assuming you paid attention in class, you have a right to feel confident. Go into that test believing you’ll ROCK IT! And the chances that you will rock it will be much, much higher than if you go in believing you’ll fail.

So I’d say good luck, but you don’t need it! Don’t forget to check back soon for more Anti Fatigue tips and advice.