If your dad is a pain in the ass, he’s doing his job. Nothing motivates me more than this picture. This picture is the reason I don’t give a shit about celebrities, rich + famous, pro athletes, politicians, singers, actors. The true heroes are the anonymous who grind day after day after day. I never said happy birthday once to my father, Antonio, because no one did. I never knew his birthday except that it was November-something. Antonio was a poor illiterate immigrant Italian whose story has to be told. He fought in wars, fought depression, survived POW camp, and came to Canada on a cattle boat, broke and uneducated.

At my age, Antonio went back to work after his 1st heart attack, doing heavy lifting 8 hrs a day. Then he went back to work after his 2nd and 3rd heart attack. He was forced into retirement after heart attack #4. Then he lost it because he couldn’t work no more. It would be shameful if I didn’t have the heart to work out 90 minutes a day. I don’t have the balls to lift 8 hours a day at my age like Antonio did. It would be pathetic if I didn’t max out sets and reps. I couldn’t wait to leave home when I was a kid because Antonio was a pain in the ass. Ironically, I didn’t understand until he was gone that he was a pain in the ass so that real-life wouldn’t knock me on my ass. If you’re blessed to have your father alive, don’t wait until he’s dead to find out his birthday. I found out in 1987 when I read his tombstone – Nov 15. If you’re blessed to have your father alive, I hope he’s a pain in the ass. There’s no greater expression of love than being a pain in the ass so that real-life doesn’t knock you on your ass.

#muchlove #soulofalifter
Blessings and all good things

Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Nat’l Coaching Certification Program)
Owner – X Fitness Inc.
Head coach – Niagara X-men football
Host – BLUNT TALK PODCAST http://blunttalk.libsyn.com/

Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of SWAT FOOTBALL Books are at: www.ginoarcaro.com
His books include:

4th & hell: seasons 1 and 2, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT No-Huddle Offense, SWAT Defense, SWAT Tackling Video & e-book, X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur

He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. A new 8-volume interrogation book series will be released in 2014. And just released, a new children’s book called “BE FIT – DON’T QUIT.” He is currently writing three non-fiction motivational novels book called The Mystery of Murder: Working with the dead, Midnight Shift from Hell, and Another Bar Fight. Another book on human potential called “Hashtag Peace” is at the editing stage.