Do Not Join Them. Beat Them.
“If you can’t beat them join them”, right?
It is completely wrong, unless you are joining them to beat them. Beat them either harder or smarter. Better both.
You are not a quitter. But sometimes you get to the point where you want to give up on your dream. You feed yourself with ton of excuses why you can’t do it. You want to quit and move on.
Do not quit, you can beat them. You can beat them all.
Struggle is the meaning
When I was reading Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich I stumbled on a very motivational quote:
If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake. – Frank Wilczek, 2004 Nobel Prize winner in physics.
It really made an impact on me and every time I feel down, this one helps me to get up and move forward toward what I believe, The Dream.
It takes time to win
I am a big fan of “Fail Fast” approach. In a nutshell it means that investing in something must gain fast results. If the investment does not gain any results, if it fails – stop doing it, change the approach. It helps avoiding Pyrrhic Victory. However, never give up on the bigger goal, The Dream.
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. -Albert Einstein
Struggle is your source of energy
In the The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal the authors identify 4 Dimensions Of Personal Power: Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual. Their approach is based on tens of years of research and applied practice – they actually Practice This ;). Their take is that our Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual muscles must be periodically stretched in order to refill our personal power reservoirs. Keep fighting to be stronger.
What’s not killing me only makes me stronger – Friedrich Nietzsche
How do I become a smarter fighter?
Try applying ancient proven patterns & practices of martial arts – take, for example, Judo – my favorite sport :
The word "judo" … may mean "gentleness", "softness", "suppleness", and even "easy", depending on its context
The soft method is characterized by the indirect application of force to defeat an opponent. More specifically, it is the principle of using one’s opponent’s strength against him and adapting well to changing circumstances
Here is another great source of techniques to beating them smarter – The Thirty Six Strategies:
Whereas other Chinese military texts such as Sun Tzu The Art of War focus on military organization, leadership, and battlefield tactics, the Thirty Six Strategies are more suitably applied in the fields of politics, diplomacy, and espionage.
Take, fore example, this one:
19. Remove the firewood under the cooking pot.
When faced with an enemy too powerful to engage directly you must first weaken him by undermining his foundation and attacking his source of power.
My take is that the foundation to becoming a smarter fighter is Emotional Intelligence.
Emotion Is Your Enemy – coach John Wooden.
Fight your enemy, become Emotionally Intelligent:
- Do you have a Dream?
- Have you ever gave up on your Dream? How did you feel? Drained?
- Have you ever fulfilled your dream? How did you feel? Empowered, ready for another fight?
- Do you want to become a smarter fighter?
- Do you want to win you Dream?