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Break the Code

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Your DNA runs on a floppy disk. You are who you are from the minute you’re born. That’s just the way it is. Deal with it.

While your genes predetermine your physicality and mentality, the latter is more malleable. My favorite stories are those that break the rules. Someone defies the caste system; they pick themselves instead of waiting for someone to pick them. They embrace the fear but do it anyway.

Everyone’s got tendencies; most people let their doubt win. Staying pumped up takes practice. Believe long enough and supplement it with effort and magically things start to unfold. They have to. It’s the law of momentum.

Persistence requires staying upbeat. As Muhammad Ali said: “When I win the fight,” he already predetermined the outcome. He was either going to be right or be upset but move on anyway. When they studied Ali, he apparently had none of the characteristics of being a boxer.

Prepare for the best by being at your best when your best is needed. What else is there to lose but the genes? The mind is naked. Break the code.

Dream wildly but be bluntly honest about what you need to do to get there.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.