MyHealthFirst Column: ‘The road to mediocrity is to be realistic!’

MK health consultant and owner of MyHealthFirst James Preston uses the example of Hollywood stars to explain how the road to success is never easy.

Back when I was 16, I listened to Will Smith and he said, “if we run together on a treadmill, you would have to be willing to die to beat me”.

I watched Anthony Hopkins talk about reading a script 150 times so he knew every line and character more than anyone and Sylvester Stallone sell his dog for his Rocky script because he had no money to travel.

I noticed listening to all these stories one common theme, a determination and desire to put yourself first and be willing to go to that dark place others are not willing to go.

The kind of place where 90% of people say, no way would I do that, that is crazy or too hard. I often have that in my life.

I am up and in work for 7:30am to 8am and sometimes I will go 4 or 5 days where I finish at 10pm or 11pm. I also make time for playing the piano, going to the gym, socialising and pursuing hobbies.

Sometimes during busy periods, I have gone days with minimal sleep. I often have friends and family say, you need to stop or calm down.

When I hear that I think back to my role models, smile and say to myself “I feel tired, I’m exhausted both mentally and physically, excellent, I must be doing something right because this is what others have done for success.”

I have learned that people always question work ethic, sacrifices and things we do. However, when we get success they say “wow, that’s fantastic, well done, how did you do it?”

So my message to you all is to be willing to go beyond and dig deep, be willing to go to a place in yourself you never thought possible and you will find a stronger version of you and will be much better off in life for it.

You can email James at or call him on 07568 685231. For more information visit or book a session with him at Address: Midsummer Court, 314 Midsummer Boulevard, Central MK, MK9 2UB.

This feature was published in the February 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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