“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

Benjamin Franklin

Good morning peeps, meditation done.

Quote for the day:

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

Benjamin Franklin

I regularly use the quotes of Benjamin Franklin. In fact out of my 365 Quotes of the Days, 366 in 2016, because it’s a leap year, that is a high proportion from one man.

I decided to take a look in my file of quotes, as you can probably imagine I have collected a lot of quotes over the years.

My file of Benjamin Franklin quotes is 50 pages thick with over 10, 000 words, I realised I could easily produce a year of Quote for the Day using only Benjamin Franklin’s quotes.

Wow, I thought to myself how could one man write so many great inspirational quotes?

Benjamin Franklin, who was born in January 1705 and died in April 1790 was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a renowned polymath.

Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.

As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He also facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and a university

A “Polymath” is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas, taken from the Greek word polymathēs — “having learned much”. Such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.

The term is often used to describe great thinkers of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment who excelled at several fields in science and the arts.

Many notable polymaths lived during the Renaissance period, a cultural movement that spanned roughly the 14th through to the 17th century and that began in Italy in the late Middle Ages and later spread to the rest of Europe.

Embodying a basic tenet of Renaissance humanism that humans are limitless in their capacity for development, the concept led to the notion that people should embrace all knowledge and develop their capacities as fully as possible.

The idea of a universal education was essential to achieving polymath ability, hence the word university was used to describe a seat of learning. At this time universities did not specialize in specific areas but rather trained students in a broad array of science, philosophy, and theology. This universal education gave them a grounding from which they could continue into apprenticeship toward becoming a Master of a specific field.

This was expressed in the term “Renaissance man” which is often applied to the gifted people of that age who sought to develop their abilities in all areas of accomplishment: intellectual, artistic, social and physical.

“Renaissance man” was first recorded in written English in the early 20th century.

It is now used to refer to great thinkers living before, during, or after the Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci has often been described as the archetype of the “Renaissance man”, a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”.

Aside from “Polymath” and “Renaissance man” a similar term in use is “Universal Genius” with Leonardo da Vinci as the prime example again.

In the UK phrases such as “polymath sportsman”, “sporting polymath”, or simply “polymath” are occasionally used in a restricted sense to refer to athletes who have performed at a high level in several very different sports, rather than to those gifted in many fields of study.

After having an argument last night with my girlfriend, because after I had finished teaching my warm up in last night BARREtoned class as part of my BARREtoned Teacher Training I excitedly text her that I had remembered the names of the new students, because the teacher observing me wrote in her report,

“It was great having you co-teach with me this evening. It was a major improvement on other warm-ups I’ve seen you teach, and you really took on Esther’s feedback to get names. You did a really nice job getting in VCs tonight and getting the new students’ names.”

My girlfriend said to me,

“You have lost the plot, your a celebrity trainer, you have been teaching all around the world for years and you are texting me excited about remebering eight names when teaching a BARRE class, get a grip you are obsessed.”

She went on to say that whatever I do or learn, I get obsessed with it, she is right, I have realised that I have this streak in myself, where I have an unquenchable thirst to learn everything I can to do with fitness, sport and yoga and a high level of intellectual, artistic, social and physical accomplishment in them.

I want to be the best BARRE teacher I possibly can be, the same as I am about yoga, personal training, football and cricket coaching and my writing and the same way I used to be, when I was a dancer.

Today I have come to the realisation that I would like to go down in history as a Health and Fitness Polymath, The Health and Fitness Renaisance Man or even referred to as The Father of Fitness.

This thought has encouraged me to work even harder with energy and persistance to conquer my goals, fufil my dreams and create a lasting fitness legacy.

Have a fabulous Friday peeps and a wonderful weekend I am off to BARREtoned to learn and improve some more,

Breathe, Believe and Achieve

Be Happy, Healthy and Wise

Keep on Winning, Smiling and Living the Dream


Steve Agyei

Founder of Beyond Lifestyle Secrets

Author of Celebrity Training Secrets