When Will I Ever Use This?


Day 2 – 75Hard Phase 1

It’s the age-old question that kids ask about their algebra class. Or geometry class. Or social studies. Or any other subject that they don’t like.

When will I have to use this particular bit of knowledge in the real world?

First, I’m sort of a traditionalist in that I actually think we use a lot of our education more than we realize. What used to be the core curriculum (I’m really not sure what’s being thought right now) was core for a reason.

More important than the specific knowledge, though, is brain training.

Much of what kids learn – and all of the continuing education many adults have to go through for their professions – teach us how to solve problems. Social studies, math, English, foreign languages, and the sciences all train our brains to think critically and solve problems.

If nothing else, studying and learning from a variety of directions provide grey matter calesthenics.

I’m not a neurologist, but I truly believe this to be a fact.

Similarly, when I’m asked ‘why’ I take on a 75Hard or train for a marathon, it’s because it trains my mind to dig a little deeper than I normally need to dig.

And that makes that mind stronger. I’m not sure if it makes me smarter, but I’m sure it makes my mind stronger and more resilient.

Just want to encourage you when you’re learning a new skill, taking on a challenge, or even going to class, that you are doing something important. You’re making your brain strong. You’re building your mind.

That’s a worthy pursuit – even if you won’t ever use that particular skill in the ‘real world’. Whatever that means.


Today is Day 2 of 75Hard, Phase 1 – in my attempt to conquer the full Live Hard program.

The first book I’m reading during this 30 day reset: The Art of Impossible – A Peak Performance Primer, by Steven Kotler

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