Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living, and Learning

Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living, and Learning

Posted on 31. Jan, 2012 by in Motivation

As I was browsing my Facebook news feed the other day, I saw a post from one of my friends and fellow Russian Kettlebell Instructor, Mark Snow. He caught my attention because his post included a cover of Dan John’s book, “Never Let Go.”

I’ve been wanting to get a hard copy of this book but I had a huge stack of books on my coffee table still awaiting my attention ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, Mark’s comment was that the book is free on Amazon Kindle so I immediately downloaded it onto my Ipad. You may download you copy here while it’s still free (at least, at the time of this posting) => Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living, and Learning.

Let me just say that since I downloaded it, it was difficult for me to put it down.

A little Background on Dan John

I wanted to give you some of the things I’ve learned from it so far. But first, here is a little background on Dan John which I stole from his web site:

“Dan John has been teaching and coaching for well over thirty years. He is the former Strength Coach and Head Track and Field Coach at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah He remains a full-time on-line religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri and contributing writer to Menโ€™s Health. Originally from South San Francisco, Dan came to Utah to throw the discus for Utah State University and recently returned โ€œhomeโ€ after 35 years away. He currently lives in Burlingame, California.

Dan has Masters degrees in history and in religious education, as well as intensive work at the American University in Cairo, University of Haifa, and Cornell. Dan has written articles for Catechetical Update and Utah Historical Quarterly, as well as being a columnist for the Intermountain Catholic. Dan was also a Fulbright Scholar in 1985.

In addition, Dan writes articles for a variety of strength magazines and publishes a little newsletter called Get Up, which registers up to a quarter of a million hits a month. You can also read his work at and, and magazines like Menโ€™s Health and Outside and his busy forum at . If you sneak over the border into Utah and want to work out, give him a shout. Recently, Pavel Tsatsouline promoted Dan to the rank of Senior RKC Instructor.”

I have been very fortunate to have met Dan several times through my RKC certification and re-certification. I have also heard him speak many times and he has always given his audience great information about training and life in general. Oh yes, I should not forget to mention that I’ve hung out with him at the bar several times as well. This is one of those things you would not want to miss if ever you do get a chance to talk with a guy like Dan because he is such a great storyteller.

A Lesson Learned from “Never Let Go”

Back to “Never Let Go.” I love this book and it resonates with a lot of people so much (as evident from the 5 star Amazon reviews) because Dan breaks down any complex topic into something simple and inspirational. He spurs you into action with his simple philosophies and entertaining but educational stories.

If you do not plan on reading the whole book, here is an important lesson I learned from “Never Let Go”:

Dan says that we all have but one can of free will. Of course he explains this so much better than I can but he basically cited a research study where people were asked to solve a series of complex tests without any chance of success. The researchers timed the people on how long they would solve the test before giving up. In another group during the same study, the researchers offered the participants cookies. People who said no to the cookies quit solving the tests way earlier than those who said, “What the hell, give me a damn cookie.” (his words…lol)

In real life, we deal with a lot of choices that use up our free will. This is the reason choosing to exercise or eating healthy consistently can be difficult for a lot of people. Why? Most people are caught up in the daily grind that is life where we have to take the kids to school while we’re stressed about the deadline at work then we have to go to the PTA meeting or come home late from work. If we did get home early, we have to decide what to cook for dinner, worry about the next day, and so on. You get the idea.

Dan John suggested 3 things that will help you get more free will but you will have to read the book for that as I feel that I would do him a great disservice if I tried to put them into my own words ๐Ÿ™‚ Again, you may download you copy here while it’s still free (at least, at the time of this posting) => Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living, and Learning.

Once you’ve read it, please be sure to come back to this post and leave your comments. Would love to know what you got out of Dan’s book.

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  • Kelly

    I agree with you on this book. I bought a hard copy of it around four months ago from a recommendation from a friend. It is a great book and made me realize that I can push myself so much harder than I do! Free on Kindle is as good as it gets.

  • Glad you were able to read it, Kelly!

  • It’s interesting you wrote about this book. A week ago I was scouring my Kindle Fire for books written by Pavel (I’m experimenting with his “grease the groove” technique right now) and came across Never Let Go. I initially passed it up, but since it was hard for you to put it down, I’m going to give it a shot.

  • Definitely give it a read. You will learn a lesson or two ๐Ÿ™‚

  • maricel

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