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1st degree murder

Here’s Real-Life Lesson #1,511 I’ve taught football players for 40 years and college law enforcement students for two decades – don’t kill the clock. Dual meaning.

The first meaning is football related. When you have the lead in the 4th quarter, there are two ways to protect the lead – play it safe by killing the clock or play furiously to score more points. The Football Establishment teaches playing it safe. Over 99.9% of the Football Establishment believes the best way to protect a lead is to kill the clock – let time run out by running as few plays as possible, as slow as possible, as risk-free as possible while hoping and praying that time runs out while nothing bad happens to you. I teach the opposite.

The best way to protect a lead is to increase it. Play furiously, score more points, and add to the lead. We are the only team I have ever seen play this way. Instead of teaching players to be fearful by running out the clock and doing as little as possible, we teach our players to be fearless – make every second count. Don’t be afraid to be different. Don’t be afraid to floor it. While the Football Establishment protects what is saved up, we spend it all.

The second meaning applies to real-life. The moment you slow down, you grow down in mind, body, and soul. You start sagging physically and psychologically. Killing the clock in real-life means letting your life wind down by doing the bare minimum, by playing it safe, and by staring at the clock until it hits four zeros and you drop dead officially by being dead unofficially. I have taught students and athletes to never kill the clock, to never waste time by being afraid to protect your lead because you will live with the hell of regret.

I have seen people retire at all ages – old and young – packing up life, letting the clock wind down because of the 2 F’s – fear and fatigue. Fear of going full-out and becoming fatigued. The 2-F’s are the product of conformity, the adult peer pressure that teaches you to retire as early as possible and do the bare minimum. I have removed the word ‘retirement’ from my vocabulary because the moment you retire, you start shutting down mind, body, and soul and you grow old. It happens at any age. I have seen students and athletes give up on their dreams early in life and start killing the clock with their countdown to retirement. “Five years, three months, two weeks” – countless countdowns in every workplace I have worked in.

Clock-killing is depressing. Clock-killing on any field and in any field is first-degree murder of precious time that you can’t buy back. Clock-killers are depressing people. They want you to slow down and join them because misery truly does love company. But you have the blessing of free will. You can choose how to protect the lead by speeding up or slowing down.

Here’s what I remind athletes and students – there’s no instant replay in real-life. You have one shot at life. You can choose to kill your dreams or keep them alive. You can choose to live a dead-life or a live-life. Killing the clock makes you a serial-killer of your time. Killing the clock makes you a cold-blooded murder of your time. Killing the clock kills everything around you – your career, your business, your team, your relationships. If your business is dead, if your career is dead, if you feel physically or psychologically dead, check your clock-management strategy. The amount of clock you kill is directly connected to the what’s dying around you and in you.

The next time you are tempted to kill the clock, think of those who would gladly trade places with you – the sick, the dying, the poor, the hungry. I’ve devoted a full book called Soul of a Lifter to inspiring you to not kill the clock, to not commit 1st-degree murder of your time. Read it and I guarantee you will change your clock management practices. Here’s one excerpt from Soul of a Lifter:

The unchallenged body softens.

The unchallenged mind weakens.

The unchallenged soul rots.

This blog is a copyrighted excerpt from a new book I’m writing called “The Mystery of Murder: Working with the Dead.” It’s a true story about the effects of working with two kinds of dead people – the officially dead and unofficially dead.  An audio version of this blog will be a future episode on Blunt Talk Podcast, compliments of X Fitness.  X Fitness and Blunt Talk Podcast are committed to lift in body, mind, and soul. X Fitness and Blunt Talk Podcast are committed to the celebration of Good Inspirational News Only. There’s enough depressing news and enough depressing people. We won’t add to it.  All 132 episodes of Blunt Talk Podcast are free, permanently archived downloads compliments of X Fitness. Every guest has a Soul of a Lifter. Guaranteed to lift. Here is the link:

Blessings & all good things.


Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Nat’l Coaching Certification Program)

Football Head coach – Niagara X-Men Football

Gym Owner – X Fitness Welland Inc.


Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. Currently, he is finishing another book in his non-fiction series: Mystery of Murder: Working with the Dead. All published books are available on on and www.Chapters/, in both soft cover and eBook format. Additionally, his website, features his books including:

Football coaching and non-fiction books: SWAT System: Offense and Defense, SWAT Tackling Video (with accompanying eBook), and 4th & Hell: Season One and Season Two

Business Books: Selling H.E.L.L. in Hell, True Confessions, and eBooks: Soul of Selling, and, Real Business Relationships = Sales

Fat Loss Book: Fat Losing

Workout System: eXplode: The X Fitness System

Motivational Books: Soul of a Lifter, and eBooks: The Pledge, and, The Focus

Children’s Books: Be Fit Don’t Quit, and, The Beauty of a Dream

Policing Textbooks: Arcaro’s Interrogation Case Law

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