My first competition I went into I was 13 years old. I didn’t get noticed until I was about 24 years old. That’s 10 years of work I had put in.. People want immediate gain, They’re looking for immediate gains on what they’re doing. They’re not dedicated. You have to persevere, you have to have the mind frame and dedication. That’s the reason why so many people fail in what they are trying to do whether it’s business or anything else. So I put a decade into my work before I even got noticed. Then I had to put 5 more years into my art before I even got my pro card.. That’s 15 years before you even heard of Flex Wheeler. So that’s how much dedication and perseverance I got through before I even got noticed. Then I put a whole nother 10 years on trying to master my craft as a pro. The minute he walked on stage, it was flipping a switch. The physique on that guy was unreal.. Still to this day, everybody knows who the sultan of symmetry is. Everybody knows Flex had the most perfect physique. I always understood who I am as a bodybuilder. I’m not a wide bodybuilder.. I’m not as wide as Ronnie Coleman or Jay Cutler. I have more narrow clavicles. So I understood what my strength would be, is always to build a thicker back. I always try to use like a mind-muscle connection.. So I always pretty much have my eyes closed when I’m doing this. For me it doesn’t matter whether the weight is extreme or not. I still try to get the same mental focus and control on it. My mental mindset is always the same when I’m getting ready for it. If you make yourself more than just a man.. If you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you.. Then you become something else entirely. Which is.. A LEGEND. I think the reason why a lot of people aren’t successful, people are always looking for their freaking magic pill. They’re looking for some secret ass workout or something that we do as pros. I think really what the secret is.. There is no replacement for hard ass work.