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Cultivate Mental Toughness With the Navy SEAL’s “40 Percent Rule”

Cultivate Mental Toughness With the Navy SEAL's "40 Percent Rule"

Developing mental toughness isn’t just about being resilient. It’s also about learning to access your reserve tank when you think you just can’t go any further.

We all think we know our limits. Whether you’re exercising, studying, or just trying to break a bad habit, there’s always that moment when you feel like tapping out. To get past that point, Jesse Itzler at Big Think explains a perspective-altering rule he learned from a Navy SEAL who came to live with for a month:

He would say that when your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done. And he had a motto: If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it. And that was his way of every day forcing us to get uncomfortable to figure out what our baseline was and what our comfort level was and just turning it upside down. We all have that will. It’s just a matter of how we apply it not just to the once-a-year marathon, but to a variety of things in our daily lives.

You are more capable than you realize, but you have to fight off the mental blocks you’ve established over the years. You can run farther, you can learn more, and you can resist your vices longer. The next time you feel like giving up, remember, you’ve still got 60 percent left.

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Navy SEALs Have a ‘40 Percent Rule’ and It’s the Key to Overcoming Mental Barriers | Big Think via Inc.

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Stephen Colbert’s Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Stephen Colbert's Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Life is filled with moments of success and triumph, but it’s also riddled with failures that feel like they couldn’t be any worse. Take it from funnyman Stephen Colbert, and learn to revel in those moments.

You probably know Colbert as the former host of The Colbert Report, past correspondent on The Daily Show, and future host of Late Night, but at one point he was just a young performer with the Second City improv comedy troupe. In a recent interview with GQ, Colbert explained the most important lesson he ever received from his director Jeff Michalski right before his first professional show:

“’You have to learn to love the bomb.’ It took me a long time to really understand what that meant. It wasn’t ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get it next time.’ It wasn’t ‘Laugh it off.’ No, it means what it says. You gotta learn to love when you’re failing.… The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer.”

You may not be performing improv comedy on stage, but you’re improvising every moment of your life. Those times when you’re bombing are the most defining moments in your life. Accept it, embrace it, and learn to love it, because you’ll bomb again. Are you going to walk off the stage or make sure that the show goes on?

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert | GQ via Business Insider

Photo by Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards.

Stephen Colbert’s Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Stephen Colbert's Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Life is filled with moments of success and triumph, but it’s also riddled with failures that feel like they couldn’t be any worse. Take it from funnyman Stephen Colbert, and learn to revel in those moments.

You probably know Colbert as the former host of The Colbert Report, past correspondent on The Daily Show, and future host of Late Night, but at one point he was just a young performer with the Second City improv comedy troupe. In a recent interview with GQ, Colbert explained the most important lesson he ever received from his director Jeff Michalski right before his first professional show:

“’You have to learn to love the bomb.’ It took me a long time to really understand what that meant. It wasn’t ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get it next time.’ It wasn’t ‘Laugh it off.’ No, it means what it says. You gotta learn to love when you’re failing.… The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer.”

You may not be performing improv comedy on stage, but you’re improvising every moment of your life. Those times when you’re bombing are the most defining moments in your life. Accept it, embrace it, and learn to love it, because you’ll bomb again. Are you going to walk off the stage or make sure that the show goes on?

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert | GQ via Business Insider

Photo by Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards.

Stephen Colbert’s Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Stephen Colbert's Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Life is filled with moments of success and triumph, but it’s also riddled with failures that feel like they couldn’t be any worse. Take it from funnyman Stephen Colbert, and learn to revel in those moments.

You probably know Colbert as the former host of The Colbert Report, past correspondent on The Daily Show, and future host of Late Night, but at one point he was just a young performer with the Second City improv comedy troupe. In a recent interview with GQ, Colbert explained the most important lesson he ever received from his director Jeff Michalski right before his first professional show:

“’You have to learn to love the bomb.’ It took me a long time to really understand what that meant. It wasn’t ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get it next time.’ It wasn’t ‘Laugh it off.’ No, it means what it says. You gotta learn to love when you’re failing.… The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer.”

You may not be performing improv comedy on stage, but you’re improvising every moment of your life. Those times when you’re bombing are the most defining moments in your life. Accept it, embrace it, and learn to love it, because you’ll bomb again. Are you going to walk off the stage or make sure that the show goes on?

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert | GQ via Business Insider

Photo by Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards.

Stephen Colbert’s Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Stephen Colbert's Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Life is filled with moments of success and triumph, but it’s also riddled with failures that feel like they couldn’t be any worse. Take it from funnyman Stephen Colbert, and learn to revel in those moments.

You probably know Colbert as the former host of The Colbert Report, past correspondent on The Daily Show, and future host of Late Night, but at one point he was just a young performer with the Second City improv comedy troupe. In a recent interview with GQ, Colbert explained the most important lesson he ever received from his director Jeff Michalski right before his first professional show:

“’You have to learn to love the bomb.’ It took me a long time to really understand what that meant. It wasn’t ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get it next time.’ It wasn’t ‘Laugh it off.’ No, it means what it says. You gotta learn to love when you’re failing.… The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer.”

You may not be performing improv comedy on stage, but you’re improvising every moment of your life. Those times when you’re bombing are the most defining moments in your life. Accept it, embrace it, and learn to love it, because you’ll bomb again. Are you going to walk off the stage or make sure that the show goes on?

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert | GQ via Business Insider

Photo by Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards.

Stephen Colbert’s Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Stephen Colbert's Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Life is filled with moments of success and triumph, but it’s also riddled with failures that feel like they couldn’t be any worse. Take it from funnyman Stephen Colbert, and learn to revel in those moments.

You probably know Colbert as the former host of The Colbert Report, past correspondent on The Daily Show, and future host of Late Night, but at one point he was just a young performer with the Second City improv comedy troupe. In a recent interview with GQ, Colbert explained the most important lesson he ever received from his director Jeff Michalski right before his first professional show:

“’You have to learn to love the bomb.’ It took me a long time to really understand what that meant. It wasn’t ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get it next time.’ It wasn’t ‘Laugh it off.’ No, it means what it says. You gotta learn to love when you’re failing.… The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer.”

You may not be performing improv comedy on stage, but you’re improvising every moment of your life. Those times when you’re bombing are the most defining moments in your life. Accept it, embrace it, and learn to love it, because you’ll bomb again. Are you going to walk off the stage or make sure that the show goes on?

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert | GQ via Business Insider

Photo by Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards.

Stephen Colbert’s Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Stephen Colbert's Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Life is filled with moments of success and triumph, but it’s also riddled with failures that feel like they couldn’t be any worse. Take it from funnyman Stephen Colbert, and learn to revel in those moments.

You probably know Colbert as the former host of The Colbert Report, past correspondent on The Daily Show, and future host of Late Night, but at one point he was just a young performer with the Second City improv comedy troupe. In a recent interview with GQ, Colbert explained the most important lesson he ever received from his director Jeff Michalski right before his first professional show:

“’You have to learn to love the bomb.’ It took me a long time to really understand what that meant. It wasn’t ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get it next time.’ It wasn’t ‘Laugh it off.’ No, it means what it says. You gotta learn to love when you’re failing.… The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer.”

You may not be performing improv comedy on stage, but you’re improvising every moment of your life. Those times when you’re bombing are the most defining moments in your life. Accept it, embrace it, and learn to love it, because you’ll bomb again. Are you going to walk off the stage or make sure that the show goes on?

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert | GQ via Business Insider

Photo by Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards.

Stephen Colbert’s Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Stephen Colbert's Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Life is filled with moments of success and triumph, but it’s also riddled with failures that feel like they couldn’t be any worse. Take it from funnyman Stephen Colbert, and learn to revel in those moments.

You probably know Colbert as the former host of The Colbert Report, past correspondent on The Daily Show, and future host of Late Night, but at one point he was just a young performer with the Second City improv comedy troupe. In a recent interview with GQ, Colbert explained the most important lesson he ever received from his director Jeff Michalski right before his first professional show:

“’You have to learn to love the bomb.’ It took me a long time to really understand what that meant. It wasn’t ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get it next time.’ It wasn’t ‘Laugh it off.’ No, it means what it says. You gotta learn to love when you’re failing.… The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer.”

You may not be performing improv comedy on stage, but you’re improvising every moment of your life. Those times when you’re bombing are the most defining moments in your life. Accept it, embrace it, and learn to love it, because you’ll bomb again. Are you going to walk off the stage or make sure that the show goes on?

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert | GQ via Business Insider

Photo by Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards.

Stephen Colbert’s Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Stephen Colbert's Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Life is filled with moments of success and triumph, but it’s also riddled with failures that feel like they couldn’t be any worse. Take it from funnyman Stephen Colbert, and learn to revel in those moments.

You probably know Colbert as the former host of The Colbert Report, past correspondent on The Daily Show, and future host of Late Night, but at one point he was just a young performer with the Second City improv comedy troupe. In a recent interview with GQ, Colbert explained the most important lesson he ever received from his director Jeff Michalski right before his first professional show:

“’You have to learn to love the bomb.’ It took me a long time to really understand what that meant. It wasn’t ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get it next time.’ It wasn’t ‘Laugh it off.’ No, it means what it says. You gotta learn to love when you’re failing.… The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer.”

You may not be performing improv comedy on stage, but you’re improvising every moment of your life. Those times when you’re bombing are the most defining moments in your life. Accept it, embrace it, and learn to love it, because you’ll bomb again. Are you going to walk off the stage or make sure that the show goes on?

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert | GQ via Business Insider

Photo by Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards.

Stephen Colbert’s Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Stephen Colbert's Lesson on Failure: You Have to Learn to Love the Bomb

Life is filled with moments of success and triumph, but it’s also riddled with failures that feel like they couldn’t be any worse. Take it from funnyman Stephen Colbert, and learn to revel in those moments.

You probably know Colbert as the former host of The Colbert Report, past correspondent on The Daily Show, and future host of Late Night, but at one point he was just a young performer with the Second City improv comedy troupe. In a recent interview with GQ, Colbert explained the most important lesson he ever received from his director Jeff Michalski right before his first professional show:

“’You have to learn to love the bomb.’ It took me a long time to really understand what that meant. It wasn’t ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get it next time.’ It wasn’t ‘Laugh it off.’ No, it means what it says. You gotta learn to love when you’re failing.… The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer.”

You may not be performing improv comedy on stage, but you’re improvising every moment of your life. Those times when you’re bombing are the most defining moments in your life. Accept it, embrace it, and learn to love it, because you’ll bomb again. Are you going to walk off the stage or make sure that the show goes on?

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert | GQ via Business Insider

Photo by Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards.