“The New Guts”

I do not consider myself to be a jack of all trades, by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I wouldn’t even refer to myself as a jack of any trade–as that necessitates and begs the question of there being something I actually possess a knack for. In every sense of the word, I am engrossed in a sea of mediocrity. A peculiar personage whose both aim in life and daily tasks are rather underwhelming.

What I aim to say with this is thus: although I am not really good at many things (if anything at all), I am capable of appreciating a variety of talents. I dabble here and there; I have dipped my feet in different aspects and spheres of life, so I feel like I am drawn to individuals that appear to be unlocking and grasping their full potential in life.

For a while now, I have been following a certain individual on social media–primarily YouTube. I am not able to recall just how or when I stumbled upon their channel, but it had to have been sometime during last year. It did not take long for me to be captivated by the content creator.

The content, on face value, is not something that I would be into. Watching dudes lift weights is not too high on my priority list. Definitely not how I want to be spending my free time. There is something different about this man. Known by many names (e.g. Count Succulent, Rick de la Stick, The Boogs, etc.), the YouTuber creator Eric Bugenhagen is a force to be reckoned with.

As embarrassing as it may be for me to admit, I believe that my quality of life has increased as a result of consuming Eric’s content. Actually, scratch that, “embarrassing” is not a proper way to describe the sensation. I am unable to find the correct way for me to word it, in order to encapsulate the feeling. At any rate, I am a big fan of Eric’s.

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Eric Bugenhagen (born October 19, 1987) is an American professional wrestler, internet personality and former amateur wrestler. He is currently signed with WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Rick Boogs. He is a two-time WWE 24/7 Champion, a title he won under the name of Joseph Average.[3]
Aside from his wrestling career, Bugenhagen also runs a YouTube channel focused on weight training and comedy.”

What first drew me into Eric’s content was his charisma. It did not take me long to realize that Mr. Bugenhagen has a very stout personality. This alone would not be enough, in and of itself, for me to be drawn in so quickly to his work. The personality of his is edified as a result of his truly palpable sense of humor. He strikes me as both a person that is effortlessly funny and someone who everyone could enjoy being around.

Going back to what I said earlier, I am able to appreciate people for who they are and what they do–regardless of whether or not I have experience with whatever their interests are. This also applies to Eric Bugenhagen. The only time I ever touched weights was during my freshman and sophomore years of college; prior to that time period and since then, I haven’t really touched a weight at all. Despite that, I have been and will remain a fan. Though a bulk of the focus of Eric’s videos center upon the weight training, his channel’s relevancy does extend beyond that.

On Eric’s channel, there are some golden nuggets that just about everyone–regardless of their status in life–could benefit from watching. At times, there are days he will go off on tangents for the sake of providing his viewers with motivation. Obviously, this tends to be directly correlated with the weight training aspect, but it is not necessarily limited to that. He preaches practical ways for personal growth, both physically and mentally, in a way that is both engaging and funny.

Confidence. Developing confidence is rather difficult, but it is an integral component of success in just about every aim or avenue in life. I can only speak for myself, but being or becoming “confident” makes a world of difference. It’s no exaggeration to state that it is a make-or-break factor. I do not find it necessary for me to drag this spiel about confidence through the figurative mud, bringing up drawn-out clichés as a way to demonstrate its validity. All I will say is that confidence is essential–obviously not to the point of hubris. Learning to become confident, while remaining grounded, is an important part of life. I feel that Eric is a good example for young people in this respect; it helps that he is able to preach this in a humorous manner.

Not trying to toot my own horn, but I consider myself to have a solid sense of humor. Due to this, I feel that I am a decent judge when it comes to whether people are funny. And let me just say, Eric Bugenhagen has got it.

Not only does he have the ideal physique to wield Guts’s Dragon Slayer, but he’s got a great grasp on humor and a heart of gold. Check him out.

Highly recommended.

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