More than a decade ago, in an ex business métamorphose, there was a person in my life whom We considered a mentor and role model. He acquired taken a concept, envisioned the potential of it, then backed it with work and long hours until it paid back as a worldwide multi-million dollar trend. I got to watch the complete process unfold and even played a tiny role in it.
Certain things result from our lives that leave BIG impressions. Oftentimes they are big things and sometimes they are incredibly small things.
One day this man asked what looked like there was a very small question but became one of those BIG things. In an email meaning he asked, “Are you a warrior or a conscientious objector? “
My own hippie roots kicked in and the knee-jerk, indignant and self-righteous response in my mind was, “Conscientious objector, of course, inch because the thought of being a warrior conjured up a flurry of images of things like ruthlessness, attack, plunder, and killing; nothing I was eager to ascribe to myself Poe 3.6 builds.
But as the original reactive wave passed, We realized the truth is that I am and have always been a warrior. And over the years, I have found that it is possible to be a “gentle warrior: “
that you can fight for a thing without harming others
that you can be pro-active without having to be antagonistic
that you can champion your vérité without judging or convicting others for theirs
What are you willing to fight for – not swindle, con or adjust others to achieve, but stand up to and for? What is intimidating enough to make you want to choose and run but important enough to hold your ground over?
My old friend Merriam Webster describes a knight as, “a person engaged in some struggle or conflict. “
The turmoil that produces the greatest problem for entrepreneurs occurs when a business idea hatches and soon falls under attack from bullies throwing fear-spears and doubt-arrows.
Beating your bullies, whether or not they are in your mind or the real-world type that sometimes takes the form of well-meaning relatives and buddies, takes a daily decision to become a soft warrior and guard the greatness you know is uniquely yours and is just around the corner your claim to it.
Each of the “how-to” stuff you need to learn in order to claim your destiny is secondary to believing that you can have it. And dialling on the strength of the original source that planted the idea in your head to commence with is the shortest path I understand to obtaining it. If you call it Soul, God, intuition, Allah, Angels or any other ingredients label, your vision and desire had a creative source. Trace it and engage it for the bravery and strength you require to beat your bullies.
Once you are ready and willing to invest in that daily decision, hold on because that’s when the “how-to” stuff that you learn can actually pack a wallop and enjoying the power to rock your world!