Sage advice from my Spin Instructor?

I’m not knocking where the advice came from….I myself regularly quote “Kung Fu Panda” for deep thoughts, but I can’t decide if I agree with this piece of advice. Maybe “advice” is too strong a term, how about motivational fodder?  Still……

Let me set the stage:

I’m in spin (indoor cycling) class at my local Y and I’m huffing and puffing up this “hill” when over the bumping music the instructor calls out:

“To get something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done”


On one hand, there is the tie in with Einstein’s description of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  OK.

Then there’s “you’ve got to give to gain” tidbit.  Mmm-hmm, I get it.

With the logic of my spin instructor’s phrase, I could conclude:

I’ve never had $1 million dollars (something I’ve never had), I’ll go jump out of an airplane (something I’ve never done)?

You see where I’m struggling.  Perhaps something was lost in translation?

If anone would like to shed some light on this phrase or share your own magical words that help get you over the curve balls of life, please feel free to enlighten us with your comments.


2 Comments on “Sage advice from my Spin Instructor?”

  1. Jennifer Cason says:

    I think I prefer the philosophy recently stated on Modern Family: “If life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all ‘What?'”

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