Before starting bitehype, I was searching for something special. Something that would excite me day and night, something I could talk about for days and weeks. But also something I was good at, something I could really master. Unfortunately, that something didn’t come, but I still managed.
The bad days
Obviously that one thing never came, because nobody has that one thing that excites them all the time. Every watchmaker, every knifemaker, hell, every fitness trainer probably has a day where they don’t feel like getting up or go do work. Tim Ferriss recently wrote a very real and human post detailing his “un-productivity” and what to do about it. Jiro, the famous sushi legend, has some bad days and some days where he’s not really into slinging some fish.
But the thing that differs these guys (let’s call them the masters, the experts of the game) from the average joe is not passion. It’s not experience and it’s definitely not skill. It’s the persistence to keep going even if something isn’t as fun or as easy it could be. And that persistence is a variation of passion that helps you become good at something and happy. And this is also the thing that many of us would call passion when they see it from the outside. It’s the “I could never do that” or “how does he do that?” folks, who never find something they can enjoy and advance in, because they keep looking for something that feels extremely natural for them.
The question is, do you have the endurance and the will to keep going when something doesn’t feel as easy as on the good days?
I think it was Ido Portal who said something in the lines of “life is not always easy, but these hardships make your life fun and worthwhile”. So you need these downs, to appreciate the ups. You never advance in a linear fashion, it’s always a fight. One step forward, two steps back, three steps forward, one step back and so on.
The story of bitehype
Bitehype actually was started out of accident, or rather out of necessity. I wanted a place on the internet where I could geek out about stuff that excites me. This stuff happens to be food and movement (before attending the movement camp it would have been food and fitness/sport/gymnastics, but movement describes it so much better). I love to talk about food, prepare food, heck EATING FOOD is my favourite part! Same with movement, although with both things I’m just a beginner, I can find the persistence to keep going even when things aren’t going great (remember that burned dish? Or that failed handstand attempt? Yep, I’ve been there and I’m still learning). I’d say I’m still in the development stage of this passion, but what really helped me with process was to just not think about it too much. Which niche should I focus on? Should I only talk about paleo food? What kind of sports should I cover? Is dancing considered a sport? Why am I hungry? – all these little questions just kept me from starting and doing cool stuff. So I shut down this inner voice of mine and just started. That is why I consider bitehype still “just a project” – because it’s not totally defined yet.
However, what is really important, is that I can deliver value for certain people. And that is what is making me happy and what helps me re-create this persistence every single day.
From friends to readers
A lot of friends ask me how they should structure their diet or how they should start out with their training and I love to help them. I actually think that helping another human being to advance in something, is some of the most honourable things we could do in our lives. That’s probably why teachers do what they do, day in and day out, although it’s a hard job.
So I decided to reach more than just my friends, I want to help people all over the world, because I believe a lot of us have the same problems (eat healthy, sleep better, feel awesome every single day) and could use some ideas and tricks on how to handle these problems.
I think a blog as a platform is the best way to do this and since I recently bought “Start a Blog that Matters“, it fit in perfectly with the schedule! It really helped me in clarifying my message and just start out.
Since I’m at the beginning of this road, I’d love to take some people with me, but I also realize that some people need to go their own way when it comes to this stuff. Now the big question is, what’s yours? What is your way, your platform, your idea you want to share with this world?
Maybe it’s something simple for an outsider, like makeup or automobile engines. Whatever it is, share your learnings, share your ideas – this is how humans advance!
Stop looking for that one thing where you’ll be naturally good all the time. Do some hard things and decide afterwards whether it was worthwhile or not.
Now go ahead, do it and but tell me afterwards. I’ll be here.