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Elite Producers Live Like Warriors
“It’s better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand as a lamb” —Roman Proverb
Every great civilization has fostered a warrior way of life and warrior legends. The Old Testament recounts the stories of a warrior people and a warrior God. In the ancient Mediterranean, the Spartans were probably the most legendary warrior. From birth, Spartan society cultivated and trained their boys to become warriors, and that arduous training created men like Leonidas and his 300 soldiers that fought to the death. Japan had their courageous samurai warriors whose undaunted bravery came from living life as if they were already dead.
Today the warrior prototype continues in those who serve in the military and in modern media. General Maximus from Gladiator, William Wallace from Braveheart, King Leonidas from 300, all exemplify the classic warrior ideal.
Being a former Marine, I still embrace the idea of being a warrior, not on the battlefield, but in my life and for my family. I fight for them every day, it’s what drives me, and I bet it’s what drives you. Be assured, when you hit-the-door in the morning, you’re going out in the marketplace to do battle, but the enemy is not the competition, it’s yourself. The most difficult battle to fight is the one that centers in your mind. The warrior mindset will help you overcome this challenge.
In my opinion, there has been a societal shift away from this idea of the warrior man to a softer gentler type of warrior, certainly in many situations this is warranted. Our world has changed, for the majority here in the United States, we don’t need to fight for survival, hunt for food and defend our cities from intruders any longer, we are relatively safe. The focus has shifted from physical survival to mental survival.
You see, there is an inherent conflict living inside many men. On one hand, we are expected to go out and make the money, provide for the family, “bring home the bacon”, be aggressive, conquer the world, make it happen. Yet on the other hand, we are supposed to be calm, sensitive, not too pushy, and in touch with our “feminine side.” The result is the nice guy; the man who will avoid confrontation and aggression even when confrontation and aggression are justified. This leaves men confused about the role they are supposed to be playing and it creates a lack of certainty in their lives.
Women don’t get it any better, the expectations placed on them are just as severe, especially if they work. They are accused of not raising their children appropriately or being a good mother because they are pursuing a career and being selfish. Or the expectation of super mom is overlaid on their life and they are constantly struggling to live up to an image that is impossible to maintain.
The warrior in his fullness
What do you think of when you hear the word warrior? I remember when I first got off the bus for Marine Corps boot camp, the last thing on my mind was that I wanted to be a warrior, I was just looking to survive the first few days. But as time passed, they stripped me down physically, mentally and emotionally and rebuilt my mindset. My belief in what was possible for myself and my fellow Marines was transformed, we had become brothers.
Extraordinary achievers embrace the fact that they are living the life of a warrior. They embrace the warrior energy that comes with that declaration “I AM A WARRIOR”. Fighting itself is not bad, the question is simply: What are you fighting for? The warrior’s energy is needed not only in times of war, but on all the battlefields of life.
So, when I see elite performers, they exemplify the characteristics of warriors. You can define what a warrior or even “Bankcard Warrior” means to you but for me, I think of these qualities:
Properly tapping into your warrior’s energy provides an unsurpassable power source which will fuel you to reach your targets, provide for your family, fight for worthy causes, achieve greatness, and leave a lasting legacy.