Energy and Stamina Make the Difference

James Walpole/ August 22, 2020

I work a physically demanding job, and I do it in the sun and heat. So it’s not unusual for me to return home feeling pretty bushed at the end of a workday.

On a typical day, this isn’t a problem: I can just do the minimum cleanup and prep tasks I have and rest up for the next day. The problem is that a string of “typical days” like this leads nowhere for personal development.

If I want to become physically stronger, more mentally capable, and more prodigious as a creator, I need to be putting in several hours of work “on the side” every day after (or before) work. I need to train, I need to write, I need to build, I need to do business, I need to study and read. And for this, a day in which I can go until 9 PM (instead of just 5 PM) is worth 50% more than a day otherwise.

Of course, the answer to this is simply the discipline to push through. But I’m also starting to see that energy and stamina will – over the course of months, years, and the rest of my life – be the difference-maker. Either I will grow and maintain the energy to do *extra* or I will be mediocre.

If you’re like me, it’s worth investigating every possible avenue for managing energy and stamina. There’s a good deal of both scientific research and anecdotal advice out there on how to manage energy, and there’s a good deal that can be tweaked.

There’s sleep: how many hours per night? Should I nap? How often? Should I drink caffeine or not?

There’s hormones: should I boost testosterone? How?

There’s nutrition: what balance of macronutrients should I get? What kinds of whole foods should I seek out, or avoid? Is my food grown in good soil with micronutrients? How does my gut biome affect energy?

There’s mindset: what beliefs do I have in regard to energy levels? What negative influences am I allowing into my life?

There are other environmental factors: is blue light keeping me awake at night? What kind of music could I be listening to for greater energy?

I am no expert on this (yet) but I say all this to show that energy is a manageable quantity. And there is a very big world of options for ensuring that you can have a lot more “in the tank” than you may have now.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

1 Comment

  1. Hmmm

    The flip side to all your unbridled ambition is of course the very real danger of premature aging and a shortened lifespan. Not to mention the notion that at least occassionally, stopping to smell the flowers has its own virtues. It is all really that simple?….lol
    However, your reminder that no pain, no gain has certainly stood the test of time.

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