Here’s proof that if you believe in yourself, you can do anything.

Ah, the power of belief! Some say you can move mountains with it. Others that you can alter the flow of rivers.

But you have to learn to crawl before you can walk so you should probably start with a small-scale test of your belief in yourself. Something simple like, say, breaking a board over your head:

Remember kids, you can do anything that you think you can do so long as you can handle the pain of trying it repeatedly until the board, or your neck, breaks. It’s probably a good thing he didn’t start off by demonstrating how to catch a bullet with your bare hands. Or, worse, your teeth.

Found over at Greg Laden’s Blog.

8 thoughts on “Here’s proof that if you believe in yourself, you can do anything.

  1. Oh Les, I nearly died watching this.

    And remember kids, no matter how pointless the task, and no matter how much you damage yourself in the process, the important thing is to continue hitting yourself over the head repeatedly with a piece of wood.

  2. LOL. The material he used is to flexible, he can bend the board 90 degrees without it breaking. He should’ve used something less flexible, like a concrete tile. That would solve his problem(s).

  3. The real lesson is at 0:51, “It’s not anybody else’s fault. It’s yours for not coming up with..uh.. a suitable..a suitable alternative…..”. Seems he should have heeded his own advice and found a more efficient means to split a board using his head. Like maybe thinking (using his head) about using an appropriate tool (to break the board). Just my thoughts on this.

  4. Exactly. A probably better plan would have been to use a thinner board or to rest it on his head and then pull the edges downward. Or to fake it by weakening the board; one pass across a table saw would have saved him a headache or two. Of course, this clown might well have lost a few fingers because he thought he wouldn’t get hurt not knowing what he’s doing if he really believed in it.

    Anyway, he wins at failing. Thanks for the laugh.

  5. A better plan would have been to not use plywood. Do like “professional” karate demonstrators, use thin hardwood and break it along its grain.

  6. This would be comedy gold if he wasn’t obviously hurting himself.

    Part of the lesson here is before setting off on a goal, make sure it’s reasonable possible with the skills and abilities you have. For example, if trying to break a board over your head, find out how much force your can apply compared to how much it takes to break a board, especially something deceptively strong like plywood, manufactured specifically with glue and layers arranged to cross their grains.

    On second thought, maybe it is comedy gold. Hopefully it’ll warn people off becoming motivational speakers. At least it’s not one of those skateboard faceplant videos.

  7. I seriously hope he didn’t post this video up on the Internet himself. If so the board must of caused some damage as how could he not realize people are laughing at him.

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