Potatoes, eggs, and coffee beans


Today we’re going to shift gears a bit. Got a story to share with you.

Whether you’re:

— having a hard time sticking to your nutrition plan
— inconsistent with your workouts for whatever reason
— coming back from an injury and just can’t quite get your training going
— etc.

It will make you think, reflect, and become a better and stronger version of yourself.


Potatoes, eggs, and coffee beans

Once upon a time, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”


Things will happen TO you in life. You will be faced with DAILY challenges trying to eat healthy and stay consistent with your workouts. You WILL have MULTIPLE failures along the way. But that’s okay.

At the end of the day, what matters is what happens WITHIN you. How you adapt and change and become a better version of yourself.

Commit to learning from your mistakes and getting BETTER. EMBRACE adversity. And you will be unstoppable!!

Train hard, rock on, and talk soon –



PS – Another thing that is a HUGE part of being successful in any area of life – people you surround yourself with. Your support system. They say you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with, after all.

This is a big part of what makes the community at FVT so powerful. Having like-minded folks around you that are working towards a common goal.

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