August 18 2015

Seize the Day: Win a Primal Scholarship

By Mark Sisson
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If you follow Mark’s Daily Apple even semi-regularly, you’ve definitely heard me use the adage, “Invest in yourself.” Why do I use it so much? For starters, it applies to a massive variety of topics that we cover here at Mark’s Daily Apple. Whether it’s losing weight, gaining lean muscle mass, making more time for play, finding your path, or creating a benefit to others, it all starts with putting the work in where you have the most control: you. So I have a big announcement and opportunity to talk about. Just follow along with me for a bit.

Big accomplishments don’t come into the world through sheer luck and happenstance. There are well-trained, well-adapted and, maybe most importantly, well-learned individuals out there who put in the time and effort it takes to start something great. And those individuals don’t just pop out of the womb with all the skills and resources it takes to make greatness happen.

Sure, Einstein and Mozart had a leg up on the competition because nature endowed them with some innate advantages over the rest of us (although I have a deep appreciation for music and a knack for crunching numbers when it counts, I’m not exactly primed for composing the next great symphony or solving the mystery of dark matter.) And that’s okay. Because here’s the secret to self-determination:

It’s the resources we take advantage of during our lifetime that make all the difference in the paths we take and the kinds of lives we lead.

If Mozart never had an instrument to play or a teacher with music theory to guide him, the world would be a little less, well, beautiful to listen to. And if Einstein didn’t take advantage of the intellectual giants before him by investing his time in formal education, he’d never make the contributions that he did. And we’d still be scratching our heads over the fabric of space-time (granted many of us in the lay population still do).

The point is this: greatness comes at a price. Whether it’s time, effort, or money, getting good at something and transforming the world takes an investment in yourself. It took me decades to figure out what it was that I wanted to do. But I always set goals and took whatever measures I saw necessary to achieve them. And whenever I took a shortcut, you better believe I felt it. So the trick to leveraging your own innate skills—your own path to living for your passion—is seeking out the resources that give you that golden key to realizing them. When people ask what’s the most common characteristic of all those kinds of resources, I’d say it’s one thing: education.

An informed person is a capable person. The more you know, the better you can navigate around and over life’s obstacles to what makes you fulfilled, happy and successful (in whatever way you measure success). That’s what inspired me to start Mark’s Daily Apple in the first place: to level the playing field with Conventional Wisdom by educating as many people as possible about all the things that I learned to be true in my research and experience. I knew that knowledge was power, and by sharing my knowledge, I could empower millions of people to take control of their lives for the better.

And here’s the thing. Once a few people catch on to something novel that bares out positive results in common experience, it spreads. Generally, this seems like a good thing. And why not? More people will know more and get to reap the benefits of that knowledge. But one particular problem can crop up as a result. Sometimes, when new knowledge spreads, the conversation becomes so large that there can be a lot of miscommunication—like a giant game of telephone. We’ve all seen this, from sensationalist headlines about doom and gloom, to the junk science headlines you’re bombarded with on a daily basis.

What’s needed in these situations is an authority—an expert. Somebody who can filter fact from fiction with precision. In an age of growing information, the need for experts has never been bigger. Being a jack-of-all-trades is necessary in one sense (there’s an advantage to being proficient in a variety of things), but the value of someone with a specialty, or series of core specialties, is invaluable in another.

And that’s why I made it my mission several years ago to create a program that would provide a way for more people to become experts in all the things I’ve learned over the years. No one person can possibly field all the questions and needs that are floating around the primal health sphere. I, like everyone else, can’t be omnipresent to do it. So I wanted to create an extensive, unparalleled program that could stand as THE authority in primal living—one that gives the opportunity for others to go forth and prosper with complete confidence in their expertise on the subject. And that’s what I did: I created The Primal Blueprint Expert Certification.

I know you’ve probably heard about the program by now. But the reviews me and my team have received from students and graduates have been nothing short of amazing—and a complete affirmation of why we worked so hard over the last several years. Given the program’s growth, from a few humble participants to hundreds of enthusiasts all over the world from every walk of primal life—including doctors, nurses, health coaches, entrepreneurs, students, stay at home moms, and more—I wanted to celebrate by doing something that I’ve never done:

I’m announcing the opportunity for three passionate and deserving individuals to receive a FULL SCHOLARSHIP to the program.

Other educational programs typically offer limited, selective opportunities to honor passionate, driven, eager-to-learn individuals with a chance to join their ranks by offering a subsidy. Additionally, not everyone has the means to afford higher education. So I thought it was time to do the same.

Do you want to join the program? Write up a 250 word or less essay on how you think The Primal Blueprint Expert Certification would change your life and why you are deserving of a scholarship. Submit it by August 25th by using this form. We’ll look over all the submissions and reach out to our picks to grant them their full scholarship access to the program.

And even if you don’t get the scholarship, we’ve made it easier than ever to join, with only $1 down and $89 a month for 12 months.

So now’s the time. I know our program, both from my own experience and the feedback I’ve consistently received from graduates, offers that next level of education and expertise that has the ability to change lives. It’s been humbling to know that we’ve made such a huge impact so far—and there’s still so much farther we will continue to go. So take a leap, and invest in yourself; whether by changing habits, learning a new skill, taking up a new hobby, or, like in the case of The Primal Blueprint Expert Certification, taking your education to the next level.

That’s all for now!

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  1. This is a very good idea. I think many of us may not have the time to spare to commit to a complex primal education course, however offering it in scholarship form is very enticing.

    Best of luck to all the contestants.

  2. I took the cert, loved it. Wish everyone well. And whoever wins or eventually does the cert, or even if you never do: change yourself, change your loved ones that want to change, then change the world.

    We all need to be doing this and it is very, very satisfying. Way more than anything else I ever accomplished before. To see your spouse blossom: priceless.

  3. Mark I am always down for education as I consider myself a life-long learner and have a BA and MA in arts and sciences. Money isn’t an issue and I’ve been interested in taking the certification, however time is a constraint. Can you expand a little bit on the time commitment required and the ~ duration to complete? That would help me frame out competing demands. Thanks!

    1. There is a lot of material to cover in the course and the exams are rigorous. Naturally, we’ve received disparate reports from students regarding their completion times. It’s conceivable that a real all-star could breeze through the material, succeed on the tests and be done with the coursework in less than 26 hours. A more deliberate student or one who is less informed and comfortable with primal principles starting the course could easily exceed 60 hours all told by the time the final test is passed. We’ve already seen some students rush a bit too quickly through exams, receive a below-passing grade, and have to engage in back and forth short answer with our staff in order to advance through the Modules. We also want to remind you that the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification is not only the online course with exams, but a complete program with a robust library of multimedia educational materials for you to enjoy. On the multimedia educational materials download portal, we have 15 hours of audio books, 4 hours of video presentations, and five more pdf books to read! Of course, these materials are optional – not required reading to pass the course. In any case, take your time and enjoy the course! There is no rush to pass in haste and potentially compromise your educational enjoyment.

  4. Wow riding home by train to a day off and reading your announcement filled me with the enthousiasm which will definatly keep me up tonight. I am eager to bring your message to the netherlands and i am going to write you an essay tommorow mark, one you’ll can’t resist 😀

  5. Wow thank you for this opportunity! I’ve been thinking of doing the Cert for awhile, but the $$$ has held me back. I will be submitting an essay!

  6. Is it possible to win a scholarship if one has already enrolled in the program?

  7. Recently had a kidney stone removed. Dr. gave me a recommended diet restrictive guide line. Eliminated coffee, tea, chocolate, nuts, limit of 1 protein helping. limit of 100 mg sodium. I take 1000mg of vitamin C / day. been using C for 25 years and feel like it improves my immune system. Rarely have any down time, i.e. , flu, colds, coughs, or general cold symtoms. Your thoughts and any recommendations. I am 67 years young. Thanks for your time !

  8. Mark, I am so grateful for this opportunity to apply for your scholarship. I have wanted to take your course from the very beginning; from your first offering. I knew it would be an important step in my life. I also knew the costs were on my “dream on” list and so contented myself with being happy for all those who could take it and perhaps pass on what they have learned. Now, I have even more important reasons to take the course. When I discovered your post at three am this morning and your competition for three scholarships, I immediately sat, wrote and submitted my essay. On an amusing note, I discovered just how hard it was to limit myself to two hundred and fifty words. My essay has been submitted, and with the exact number of words lol. Thank you Mark for your generosity.

  9. This is such a wonderful follow-up to your 1000 day challenge 🙂
    I am sure this gift will improve the lives of not just three people, but everyone that those three reach out to help 🙂

  10. Thanks for the time commitment feedback Mark and I’ll register shortly. Appreciated!

  11. When will the winners be announced? What a fabulous opportunity to learn & spread the Primal way of life!