#1783 Even If You’re Broken…

Keep Moving!

In our last +1, we transitioned from chatting about wisdom from one fascinating human being to another.

We went from hanging out with Tim Kennedy and his Army special forces operators (and UFC fighters!) to hanging with Deion Sanders on and off the football field.

Today I want to chat about wisdom from the VERY FIRST chapter in Deion’s book, Elevate and Dominate.

Chapter #1 is called: “Even If You’re Broken, Keep Moving!”

Deion tells us: “Sometimes life is NOT easy. Believe me, I am FAMILIAR with that concept. Life will get you down, kick you while you’re already down, and make you feel like you’re never going to make it. But here’s the thing: You CAN’T stay down. You can’t. And you won’t. You get back up, dust yourself off, and keep going. Period.”

He continues by saying: “Look, I know it gets hard. Maybe you just got fired from your job. Maybe you lost someone you loved. Maybe you’re battling an illness that nobody knows about. Maybe your dreams have been shattered into a million pieces.”

And: “Whatever it may be, know that you’re not alone. I’ve been there. I’ve had my share of struggles and setbacks, but I can tell you that quitting is NEVER an option. Keep pushing, keep grinding, and keep chasing your dreams. It WON’T be easy, but it WILL be worth it.”

Plus: “Some people say the strongest steel is forged in the hottest fire. That means that when you’re going through a tough time, that’s when you’re being tempered and strengthened. That pain won’t last forever. It’s there to make you GROW. To make you jump higher, run faster, be better. … You got this. You’re a CHAMPION. AND CHAMPIONS NEVER GIVE UP.”


One of the best aspects of this book is how REAL Deion is.

His authentic, ICONOCLASTIC (we both love the use of all caps ;) style bursts through each page.

He’s also VERY transparent about his own personal struggles.

In the first chapter, he tells us about the health crisis (blood clots in his leg) that almost killed him and led to the amputation of two of his toes—slightly inconvenient for a guy who prides himself on being the living embodiment of speed and power.

Later in the book, Deion tells us about a time in 1997 when he was at the absolute peak of his success but didn’t have the wisdom and faith with which he aspires to live his life now.

You know what he did? He tried to kill himself.

He literally drove himself off the side of a road, plummeting a few dozen feet off a cliff.

Somehow, he came out of that unscathed. He took that as a VERY STRONG sign that it was time to pull his life together, found a deeper sense of purpose through his Christian faith and transformed his life.

Today’s +1.

Remember Rule #1 of a good, noble, Heroic life…

It’s SUPPOSED to be challenging.


Remember Rule #1 of the science of self-compassion


We’re ALL SUFFERING in one way or another at one point in time or another.

We must, as Deion encourages us to remember, have compassion for OURSELVES *and* for everyone else in our lives.


We need to STEP UP and do what needs to get done to CONQUER those challenges—using them as fuel to forge our next level of antifragile confidence.


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