Big Black a.k.a. Christopher Boykin — who just passed away last month of a heart attack at age 45 — had this catchphrase that I like. It’s simply “Do work.” And what that basically means is that you need to buckle down and put in some effort to be excellent.
“Do work” is a modern, slang, short-hand version of a very large and complex idea that’s explored, and think ultimately proven to be true, in the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. That idea is that the quest for quality is what gives birth to all great philosophies and religions, and that it has incredible power to transform individuals and cultures.
The short version goes like this: When people pay attention and strive for excellence they are on the right track. But when they don’t pay attention and they don’t care about what they’re doing things go wrong. That’s oversimplified by about six bushes and a peck, and there’s much more there of value that you’ll get if you read the danged book.
But in the meantume, just try it. Pay attention, take responsibility, focus on quality and “do work.” Everything that the pursuit of quality touches is made brighter.
And now for the Cabal Fang Workout of the Week.
Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #60
- Boxing HIIT for Accuracy: Setup a slip ball and a heavy bag so that you can switch between the two. Set timer for 1:00 rounds and complete 20 of them, alternating between ball and bag. On the heavy bag rounds, focus on hitting precise targets on the bag. Put a few “Xs” on the bag with medical tape if your bag doesn’t have dots or targets. On the slip ball rounds, focus on executing perfect and crisp pops and slips. Muddy movements are easy for opponents to read! When done, cool down by walking it off for 3 minutes.
- Writing exercise. Get out your training journal and write 100 words minimum about quality. What does quality mean to you? Have there been times in your life when you have and have not done quality work? Compare, contrast and explore.