296: Derek Doepker: How to Excuse Proof Your Life and Breakthrough to Success

Derek Doepker is the founder of Excuse Proof Fitness, a #1 bestselling fitness author, and an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.

He started his journey eating fast food every single night and hating exercise.

After learning simple strategies to reprogram his habits and stay fit on a busy schedule and limited budget, he made it his mission to share the clever and cutting edge insights he’s discovered with others striving to get and stay fit for life.

Favorite Success Quote

“We must suffer one of two pains, either the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.”

Key Points

1. Life Will Change Around You 

Most people get comfortable.

They get into a rhythm with their job or fitness or relationships and continue taking the same actions that they have taken for years, thinking that they will continue getting the improvements that they used to get.

The problem is that unless you are actively and intentionally growing yourself, you are dying.

You have to intentionally seek out opportunities to grow yourself in all areas of life, or you will come to the end and look back on your life with regrets realizing that you played it safe instead of taking the bold actions that could have lead to unbelievable results.

2. Success Requires that You Invest in Yourself 

If you want to be successful, you have to invest in yourself.


There is no way around it.

You need to be willing to spend thousands on books, seminars, meetups, live events, and online courses related to your goals.

If you do not, you will never achieve success.

Do not be afraid of making bad investments either. Learn to value lessons more than successes and you will succeed at a level you never thought possible.

3. Focus on What You Can Give Not What You Can Get 

Whenever people get started in a business or in a relationship, their first thought is “what can I get”.

This is a backwards way of approaching things.

You only receive in proportion to what you give.

If you want to “get” lots of money, then you need to give loads of value.

If you want to “get” love and loyalty then you need to give it first.

Shift your focus from getting to giving and your life will never be the same.

4. You Need to Have a Long Term Focus

If you only focus on the short term you will never succeed.

With a short term focus, none of the actions required to be successful make sense.

Going to the gym, waking up early, working your ass off on your business, and getting over your fear of talking with women are hard in the short term. They are painful and scary.

But in the long term they will pay off.

You need to start thinking for the long term.

Ask yourself “What action can I take today that I will thank myself for in 10 years.”

5. Momentum Generates Motivation

If you want to become successful, don’t change everything at once.

Start small and build momentum and before you know it, you will be blowing your goals out of the water.

If you want to get fit, work out ten minutes a day.

If you want to grow a business, take only one action a day to build your company.

If you want to get good with women, approach only one girl every few days.

The more you do these small actions, the more motivated you will become and the more succcess you will ultimately have.

Influential Books

1. Secrets of the Millionauire Mind by T. Harv Eker

2. The Sadona Method by Hale Dwoskin

3. The E-Myth by Michael Gerber


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