There are many books, many perceptions, and many definitions about what it means to be a warrior. Truth be told, it varies between individuals. Fundamentally, being a warrior is a mindset rather than a physical status in the world. A warrior is someone well acquainted with failure, pain, and suffering.
The warrior is someone conditioned by these three things and has learned to embrace them, even make them friends. Success comes at the price of comfort, at the price of pleasure, at the price of contentment, at the price of satisfaction of the lowest kind. And in exchange for cheap and immediate pleasure comes the endorphin rush of a hard day’s work and meaningful tasks completed, a sense of accomplishment more intoxicating than even the most comfortable and leisure lifestyle.
The warrior isn’t someone who brags about their status, someone who associates themselves with that word because they feel cool doing it. No, a warrior is someone who suffers in silence and leads by example, who motivates his fellow man by leaving him in the dust, by outworking him at every turn, by making him feel inadequate in the face of true strength and courage. The warrior is someone who lives by honor and integrity, who doesn’t aim to be liked but respected. Who bears the burden of pain, suffering, failure and revels in the difficulty as he knows it will push him to new heights.
The warrior is a bloodthirsty savage, insatiable is his appetite for self-improvement, to be the strongest he can be and yet be so peaceful and serene as to not harm a fly without good reason. A warrior has a peaceful, kind, and gentle spirit that can also be ferocious in pursuing its goals. A warrior will steamroll anyone and anything without mercy that stands in the way of perfecting his gift.
A warrior works upon his craft each and every day, obsessively looking for ways to be more efficient, economical, simple. Looking for ways to clean up and trim the fat to make room for larger and grander things, to perfect the current machine and trade out the old parts for more superior ones. The warrior perfects the basics as they are the foundation of masters. The warrior fails more times in a day than most do in their entire lives, and yet, the warrior is more successful because of those failures.
The warrior knows failure is not an indictment on the individual but a measurement of how far he has yet to go, as well as how far he has come.
Alright, that’s my spiel. Til next week. . .