How “The Stupidest Idea I’ve Ever Heard” Became an F3 Institution
Dredd and OBT were running one Sunday morning with Mighty Mighty Owl Bait, one of the core guys from the original Mothership workout. This was shortly after the founding of the Mothership, and MMOB was concerned that the FNGs who were pouring in were not getting a chance to become known to each other. As they ran, MMOB proposed that they end each workout by sitting in a circle so that each man could say his name and become known as a member of the PAX.
Being of a type that does not suffer fools gladly, OBT is prone to violent, snap judgments and he had one on this occasion. He flashed back to his first few months at the Campos, when it took him eight weeks to figure out which of the two relatively short, somewhat squat guys out there was Q Ball and which one was El Esbelto. As far as he was concerned, figuring out who was who and becoming known yourself was part of the rite of passage. Not to mention the idea of making grown men sit in a circle, criss-cross-applesauce like a bunch of kindergartners playing duck-duck-goose … “That,” he declared to Dredd and MMOB, “is the stupidest idea I have ever heard.”
Dredd, as usual more farsighted, saw what MMOB was getting at. Here was a way to bind in the FNGs (who continued to show up week after week) at their very first workout, make them members of the group and part of the brotherhood. Calling it the “Circle Of Trust” would be a form of self-mockery, but the underlying result could be really positive. He said he thought it was worth a try.
Well, the COT quickly became such an essential part of the F3 workout that F3 men who occasionally attended other outdoor group workouts would complain that it didn’t feel right when everyone just sort of wandered off at the end of the workout without any formal ending. And when it came time to codify F3Nation’s five Core Principles, OBT made sure that his error in judgment was memorialized for history by including “must end with a COT” as the fifth Core Principle.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
1 John 4:18
- “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”
G. K. Chesterton
- “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Thomas A. Edison
- “The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.”
LEVERAGE: Use All Your Strength
A young boy and his father were walking along a forest road. At some point, they came across a large tree branch on the ground in front of them. The boy asked his father, “If I try, do you think I could move that branch?” His father replied, “I am sure you can, if you use all your strength.
” The boy tried his best to lift or push the branch, but he was not strong enough and he couldn’t move it. He said, with disappointment, “You were wrong, dad. I can’t move it.”
“Try again,” replied his father. Again, the boy tried hard to push the branch. He struggled but it did not move.
“Dad, I cannot do it,” said the boy. Finally his father said, “Son, I advised you to use all your strength. You didn’t. You didn’t ask for my help.”