There are so few warriors because there are so few of us who are willing to do what’s necessary to win in life or to protect those who need protecting. There are so few successful men because those who are willing to work and suffer and persist are in the minority.
To man up is to take action on those things that others deem difficult, even impossible, to take daring steps while others flee and hide from effort and sacrifice.
Be in the minority, always. Don’t worry about what others think, only about where you’re going and the battles you’re facing, and face them like a man!
It’s the tough who win in this world, the weak can only thrive if the tough do their job.
When you’re hustling, that’s when innovation comes, that’s when doors open, and YOU have to open them. It never ends, and that’s a good thing.
One project leads to another and another and another, and before you know it you’ve done double of what you set out to do for the year and you’re only 4 months into it.
Improvement never stops, because as soon as you stop improving, someone else will keep hustling and working and learning and growing, and they’ll take your place, they’ll claim your place in the sun and make your journey that much more difficult.
Thanking someone for their service isn’t enough, serving them in some way is, and not wasting their service in laziness and ease is another important step. Be at your best because brave men and women have died so you’d have opportunities not found anywhere else in the world. (Read This: Are You Wasting Their Sacrifice?)
Every kid gets a trophy no matter if they’ve won or lost. We want everyone to get a “fair shot” at success or life and in doing so we give unwarranted success to appease a person that wouldn’t otherwise succeed and ends up wasting that gift because it wasn’t earned.
Then there are those who work…
They create the life they want because they know that life isn’t fair, and the only way to win is to hustle and evolve and persist. There is no easy day.
So stop complaining and start working.
Listen, there are days when I wish I could sit on me arse and do nothing, just be lazy, but life doesn’t reward laziness and it’s those who have something to work towards that create the life they want to create and live with a purpose.
Don’t seek ease, seek meaningful work.
It rarely works like this. We are what we repeatedly do. If we act as cowards 9 out of 10 times, we are cowards. If we’re greedy, we won’t one day magically become giving. If we’re liars, we won’t magically become honest.
We are what we repeatedly do. Don’t wait for a defining moment, instead become better everyday. It ain’t as sexy, but it’s reality.
What’s worse is we’re preventing our children from being able to fail. We give awards for participation. We don’t keep score. We reward everyone and in doing so we prevent everyone from growing.
Fail often, and allow your kids to fail often as well. (Read This: Why Michael Jordan Didn’t Fear Failure)
Don’t seek a place to rest, seek adventure, seek meaningful work, seek a purpose to work for or toward.
Practice toughness and you shall have it.
Most importantly, let them learn. In not allowing them to climb trees or wade into danger you’re removing their adventurous spirit like yours was removed with age and safety. Provide for them, but don’t let safety cloud their opportunities for growth.
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