Strength Has a Greater Purpose

Ladies and gentlemen, here is the key point from my speech on the mission of StrongFirst that I gave at our recent leadership meeting.

Pavel Tsatsouline speaking at StrongFirst leadership meeting

Strength Has a Greater Purpose

Our motto is, “Strength has a greater purpose.” There are two ways to interpret it, both correct.

On a higher level, two images come to mind. One is warriors fighting for their God and their country. The other is a scene from the movie Trains, Planes and Automobiles. Steve Martin’s character, a successful executive, invites a man he met on the road, John Candy’s traveling salesman who lost his wife and his home, to join him and his family for a Thanksgiving dinner. Neil helps Dell to carry his monstrous trunk, which contains all of the latter’s worldly possessions. “Strength has a greater purpose.”

Strength has a greater purpose

StrongFirst’s mission goes far beyond teaching people to hinge through their hips or do sets of five. We are to make strength a quality admired and cultivated. Ladies and gentlemen, at 50,000 feet, our mission is the de-sissy-fication of our civilization.

On a 30,000-foot level, our motto—“Strength has a greater purpose”—has a lower key meaning. Unless you are a competitive lifter, strength is not the end all but a foundation upon which greater performance in your sport and a better quality of life will be built.

You can be anything you want. A warrior. An athlete. A hard man or woman ready to handle whatever life throws at you. But you must be strong first.

Strength has a greater purpose

Pavel Tsatsouline
CEO

Pavel Tsatsouline is the CEO of StrongFirst, Inc.


26 thoughts on “Strength Has a Greater Purpose

  • The acceptance of the universality of human rights and equality (not “equality” for just for one segment of the population… equality for everyone), the condemnation of hate speech, the (admittedly lukewarm) rejection of jingoist nationalism and imperialism, the fight against the influence of religious lunacy (redundant, but hey) on the government, the limiting of primitive, medieval delusions that seek to overthrow reason and science… this is “enforced tolerance of every post-modern piece of crap philosophy endorsed by the liberal establishment”?

    The Second Amendment gets a lot of press, but what about the Fourth, the Sixth, the Fifteenth (the latter presently coming under fire)? Is it a “ridiculous fear of guns” in a society where mass shootings have become everyday news, where one can hear statements like “the main reason for gun violence is the lack of guns” (the other reason, presumably, being a surplus of people), where psychopats organized in anti-government militias (a.k.a. terrorists) are allowed to patrol backwoods and even populated areas?

    The “US society” is no more sissified today than it was in the 1950s (which doesn’t mean much, but it is what it is). It’s just that most Americans are intelligent enough to relegate belligerent mouthbreathers to relative anonymity, and recognize calls for “a strong hand on the tiller” for what they really are… politicized flatulence that evokes dark historical parallels, but does little else.

    • Fatman, we all have our strongly held political opinions—but this is not the place to discuss them.

  • “Strength is .. a foundation upon which … a better quality of life will be built.”

    Yes! When you are strong, you foster a better life not only for yourself but for those you love and, in particular, those who look up to you.

    I choose to be Strong First.

  • Extremely well said. Please keep in mind folks that while that is the mission, to achieve it we must focus on what we want… the strength. Don’t get sucked into the trap of focusing on the sissification and how angry that makes you, or you will only get more of it. What we resist, persists. Instead, focus on strength. In so doing you will achieve it, and the world will be one little step closer to being a truly better place. Enough strength in the world, and there simply won’t be room for sissies. They will be replaced. I guess one could think of it as “slow strength”. We’ll get there, people. We’ll get there.

  • oh now I understand:)

    There is a deep and necessary need to not vote in our current civilization. The political correct BS that is continually shoved down our throats, the ridiculous NRA Gun Sales lobby’s attempts to take our rights to life, liberty and happiness, as they continue to promote assault weapons and military armaments to increasing poorly education of the masses and the sanitation of history is all part of it and we have forgotten what it is to be hungry and watchful of our freedoms. Now is the time for strength, yes. Now we must be vigilant. It starts within and it starts at home. This is where education and voting comes in comes in. This is where rubber meets road. Man, woman alike…strength in mind, heart and body first and foremost. It all comes together. Vote and particpate while you tell the guns sales lobby to go to hell.

  • There is a deep and necessary need to desissify our current civilization. The political correct BS that is continually shoved down our throats, the ridiculous fear of guns and the present attempts to take our rights, as armed citizens away and the sanitation of history is all part of it and we have forgotten what it is to be hungry and watchful of our freedoms. Now is the time for strength, yes. Now we must be vigilant. It starts within and it starts at home. This is where StrongFirst comes in. This is where rubber meets road. Man, woman alike…strength in mind, heart and body first and foremost. It all comes together.

      • That’s not what I was endorsing or saying – although I DO believe in right to bear arms and defend oneself. That has nothing to do with the gun lobby. That is an entirely different matter.

        But we DO live in a society where there is great ignorance and apathy. Strong minds, bodies and convictions are important. That was my point.

        • “But we DO live in a society where there is great ignorance and apathy. Strong minds, bodies and convictions are important. That was my point.”

          Wholeheartedly agreed. But there seems to be a tendency to just spout off without making an effort to organize your train of thought. May I suggest you practice that particular skill along with your strength as a skill routine? After all, impulse control is a huge part of self discipline.

          I’d rather be strong, with a gun, than to have a strong mouth and conviction and the lack ability to properly articulate or at the very least organize the thoughts in my head before I decide to espouse them.

          ST

          • I applaud your strength of conviction. I also support impulse control, but we also can’t wait until everything is ‘just right’ to take a stand. Our society has been sissy-fied, enforced tolerance of every post-modern piece of crap philosophy endorsed by the liberal establishment has dealt our country an almost lethal blow. We are forced to be weak. It will take a strong hand on the tiller to correct our course, or we’re just another rehashing of Rome – and we all know how that ended. What wonders have disappeared from our world for want of the strength to survive?

  • Sissy means weak, not feminine.

    Consider Karen Smith, Delaine Ross, Nikki Shlosser, etc.

    All EXTREMELY feminine, beautiful and STRONG. You know, the opposite of “sissy”.

  • One possible manifestation of the desissyfication will be that grown-ass men will no longer feel compelled to recoil in feigned horror at harmless words like “sissyfication”.

  • A most noble goal. Getting strong, by nature, requires inner focus, discipline, and a willingness to perservere through discomfort; characteristics all but lost in our society. Thanks, Pavel. We’re with you.

  • I can’t subscribe to a mission phrased as “the desissyfication of our civilization.” Our civilization has battled for many years to overcome sexism and using a gendered term like “sissy” to describe someone who is weak doesn’t aid that ongoing cause.

    Any suggestions for an alternative phrase? Unenfeebling maybe?

    • Brad, first, I fail to see anything sexist about the term. Second, I am strongly opposed to political correctness.

    • Ive got admit I find ” Desissyfication” very humourous. Check this video out.

      I would class the term ” Sissy” as a humorous stab at weakness. It may conjure different sterotypes and images to different people. Only if you are ” sissy” enough to allow yourself to be sterotyped.

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