Michael Chafitz | The Importance Of Being Extreme

Whether surfing the jagged California coastline, racing shifter karts in the Midwest, or honing his Jeet Kune do kung fu skills, Michael Chafitz lives an extreme lifestyle. He believes that routine extremism is exciting and necessary for health and longevity. Chafitz has a long history of engaging in extreme acts, and it has affected every area of his life.

Michael Chafitz, the Necessity of Being Extreme

Michael was taught early on not to do anything halfway. In a good way, he was taught about the Buddhist Concept of Enthusiastic Effort.

He explains, “Armor-like enthusiastic effort mandates that you give everything you have to achieve a goal that you have set and know to be virtuous. It doesn’t have to, and most often does not, involve anything grand. It can apply to mundane tasks like doing the dishes. If you do it, do it happily, and do it thoroughly.”

With age, Michael Chafitz came to associate enthusiastic effort with extremism, although it may seem counterintuitive. When you know something is important enough to give time to, then it makes sense to perform to the best of your ability, and to enjoy the process. After all, anything you do occupies some of the limited time you have left. It is true for all of us.

Michael Chafitz, the Power of Determination

Setting extreme goals and then attacking them as efficiently as possible requires determination. You must find the determination not only to set lofty goals but also to attack them fervently, even and especially in the face of opposition. 

“When I set a goal, I already know it is a worthy undertaking. So, it’s my responsibility to myself and the world to perform to the best of my abilities. It’s easy for me to stay determined when chasing a goal because I cannot imagine a substandard result that’s my fault. I don’t want to fail ever again,” Chafitz asserts. “And again, the goal can be as simple as taking out the trash or as complex as building a rocket and launching to space.”

Michael Chafitz, the Importance of Life Balance

A multi-disciplined martial artist, world traveler, and member of the Marble Institute of America, Chafitz knows about the need for balancing life’s various components.

Michael Chafitz is the owner of Absolutely Vein, a provider of custom stonework products and services. He works and lives in Pompano Beach, Florida, with his best friend, Amaya, an 11-year-old blue-nosed pitbull. Chafitz dedicates his free time to mentoring at AA and helping distressed people on Suicide Watch.

“We all have to balance our personal, professional, and societal goals. That can be very challenging unless you learn to prioritize and stay dedicated to a purpose,” he explains. “You have to maintain an equilibrium between attacking goals extremely and living life gently. There’s a lot to learn.”

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