I’ve been reading Steven Pressfield’s musings on warriors and warfare and this quote struck me like Ike Turner punching Tina when she fell flat while singing, “Rolling On The River”. Check it out.
“The Spartans do not ask how many are the enemy but where are they.” – Plutarch, Sayings Of The Spartans
And that, my friend, is one of the big differences between a warrior and a wuss.
A wuss, you see, looks for an excuse to run (I/we don’t have “enough”) but a warrior looks for the opportunity to throttle the enemy.
The strange thing is that nowadays, in our aggravated state of pussification, one would call the inquirer of how many foes are arrayed against them “a wise calculator of the risks involved” and whether or not they are able to contend with what they have at hand or if they should retreat. When, in reality, such questions, often times, are nothing but cowardice masked in some shrewd sounding horse-crap that doesn’t make one sound like a scared quail.
That mindset afflicted an old friend of mine from Cali who was way smarter than I when it came to books and business, who would always talk himself out of startups and personal goals because he always viewed how “insurmountable the obstacles were” rather than how he could possibly tackle his mountains. This attitude equated this brilliant, book-smart buddy’s being a stay-at-home dad versus an alpha-male butt-kicker.
Here’s the bottom line, folks: if anything is worth doing it will be fraught with sick hurdles. That’s life, Dinky. The sooner we take on the warrior mindset, the quicker we’ll be talking about great victories. So, from now on, talk yourself into the battle instead of how you can get out of the battle.
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