Why You Shouldn’t Do 75 HARD… Yet

75 Hard | The 75-Day Tactical Guide to Winning the War with ...

75 HARD changed my life. But you (probably) shouldn’t do it.

First things first, what’s 75 HARD?

For 75 days straight you must:

  • Take a progress photo
  • Complete two 45-minute workouts (1 outdoors)
  • Read 10 pages (of a nonfiction/self-help book)
  • Drink 1 gallon of water
  • Follow a diet (no alcohol/cheat meals)

The program made me disciplined, built up my self-image, and cultivated mental toughness.

Above all, 75 HARD made me a finisher. Here’s one example: during one week of this challenge, I got food poisoning. I was bedridden for days, but I still got the tasks done. This mentality, to finish, transferred to all areas of my life. [Click here to discover 14 lessons the program taught me.]

I truly believe the vast majority of people would benefit from doing 75 HARD. Not just for the physical benefits (you’ll look better), but also for the mental benefits (you’ll think better). 

So I’ve shouted for all who will hear: do it.

But something funny happened. Many of the people I’ve told to try the program out have actually failed to complete the challenge.

In this post, I’m going to attempt to explain why you should not try 75 HARD… yet.

Are Some of These Habits In Place?

There’s an old saying that goes something like… 

“We must walk before we can run.”

75 HARD isn’t the equivalent of running. It’s sprinting. For 75 straight days.

You want to ensure you have a solid foundation of pre-existing habits before starting.

For example, there are some basics that you should master before attempting a program like 75 HARD. Namely: working out, cooking for yourself, and reading. If you don’t already do these, I would take a few weeks to lay the foundation for your future success.

Here’s what I would recommend before doing this program:

  • Start a consistent workout routine.
  • Learn how to prepare your own food.
  • Buy a few self-development books and start reading.

If I had set out to make all those changes in one day – having previously never done any of them – it would have taken a lot of mental endurance. It would have taken a lot of discipline. And I probably would have had no idea what to do or where to start.

For example, following a diet is easy when you’ve cooked for years. But if you have no experience with making your own food before? There’s a learning curve.

Same with working out and reading books.

Bottom line: make sure the habits are somewhat in place before you begin.

Does The Program Call To You?

When I first stumbled on 75 HARD in September, I saw it and immediately knew my life was going to be different from there on out. 

I found the program while I was in a rut. I needed an exit plan, and 75 HARD seemed like the obvious solution.

It called to me. 

From the day I started, I had a burning desire to complete it.

No matter how much I tell you this program is amazing, that it changed my life, that the world would be a better place if everyone did this… it won’t matter. Because there will be some points during this program that will probably suck. There might be times you want to quit. If you don’t have a strong reason to finish this program, you will probably quit.

When I started, I said to myself, “I will finish this program. “No. Matter. What.” Messing up would be fine, but not completing it was unacceptable.

If you don’t have this level of desire to finish, don’t even start.

Do You Have Accountability? 

Accountability might be one of the forces we underestimate the most in this world.

If you want to do this program successfully, it helps to be accountable to someone. Ideally daily. Be responsible for completing your tasks and reporting that you finished them. 

When I did this program with my friend Tej, we held each other accountable daily. Every time one of us finished all our tasks, we’d let the other one know. After this challenge was over, we both realized how critical each other’s support was to actually complete the 75 days.

You also want to consider what type of person you are accountable to

Of course, being accountable to someone is better than being accountable to no one. But in a perfect world, you want to be accountable to someone you wouldn’t want to let down – someone you respect and who respects your desire to improve.

So Would I Recommend 75 HARD?

Yes. It changed my life.

But for most people…  

  • if you haven’t cultivated some of the habits… 
  • if the program doesn’t call you… 
  • if you don’t have accountability…

… don’t try it.

Start with a workout plan. Start by learning how to cook your own food. Start by cultivating the habit of reading.

Then, make sure you actually want to do it.

And lastly, find someone to help you through the process.

This program is deceptively hard, and you need serious staying power to get through it. The three elements listed above are critical to successfully completing 75 HARD.

With that being said, if you already do most of the elements of the challenge, then I couldn’t recommend it enough. 

This program changed my life and I believe it is capable of changing millions more.

Send me an email if you have any questions about it – my name {at} this domain.

To your success,


Thank you to Compound Writing – particularly Kevin Shiuan, Ana Kozlova, Sarah Hunt, Stew Fortier, and Nick Drage – for looking over earlier drafts of this article.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.