Speaking of memes (yesterday), there’s another one that I see doing the rounds that always tickles me.

Here’s a text only copy of one version I saw earlier;

Spoke to a 25 yr old guy today. He became a tech VP at 25 by:
1. Waking up at 5 AM
2. Cold showers
3. Meditating
4. Intermittent fasting
5. His dad owns the company

The first four, of course, being self-improvement tactics that have been all the rage the last few years.

And, whilst I’m sure they can all be beneficial, none of them are actually needed.

But, like many things, when we think they are, we become stuck when we don’t feel we can do them.

Or we try to do them and find it too much.

That’s an expression that I really like.

“Methods are many, principles are few. Methods often change, principles never do”

We need to understand the “boxes that need to be ticked” to create the result that we desire…….

And then decide on a way of ticking those boxes that works for us.

Knowing our strategy.

Then deciding on the tactics that we’re happy to implement.

“Waking up at 5 AM, Cold showers, Meditating and Intermittent fasting” are methods.


The principals, the boxes that they tick are “Assigning enough time to do the things that need to be done, getting our energy levels and mood to a point where we can do those things and eating in calorie deficit or maintenance”.

If we tick those boxes some other way, we will still get the same result.

Obviously, in the case of this meme, having a dad that runs the company helps.

But, whatever the case, whatever our goal…….

It’s good to know a difference between the principles and the methods.

The strategy and the tactics.

And to pick an approach that works for us (it’s www.myrise.co.uk/apply for proven help, support and accountability for doing that).

Rather than feeling stuck when we can’t (or won’t) use somebody else’s approach.

Much love,

Jon ‘RISE Technical Recruitment’ Hall


RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.