Honestly I don't know, which is why I didn't participate to the article. While I could come up with the typical answers like:
- It taught me to be discipline
- It taught me the value of hard work
- It taught me that life is unfair but you must do the best you can with the hand you've been delt
- It taught me that you will always be best at what fits your psychological profile
- it taught me to have patience, that nothing worth having comes without time and effort
And they are all true. But to be honest it feels somewhat repetitive.
If there is one thing that it taught me, and it's not really that great, is that training actually reveals how superficial most people are:
A lot of people train only to look good, either to impress the other sex or to intimidate their own. That's bad enough on their own, but a lot of people actually select their "program" to make themselves look good while they are training. Heck I've seen people select their exercises based on the people that were in the gym.
When you get in shape people threat you differently. I went from fat to lean and everybody acted different toward me. At first I liked it but eventually it pissed me off because I was the same person inside. It showed me that most people don't really care about the real you.
People use shitty form with way too much weight just to "impress" others.