Did you know there is an ugly truth about success? It isn't discussed much because it might discourage more people than it helps. At least that is conventional wisdom and we all know how good conventional wisdom is at times. I believe that the first task of a leader and a warrior to is to define reality. How can a warrior combat life's enemies and problems if that warrior is not operating in reality? As the Shield Warrior, my task and mission is to share with you what you NEED to hear, not what you WANT to hear so that you can protect yourself, your family, your friends and achieve as much success as possible.
I'm going to say things that might ruffle your feathers. You are obviously free to agree to disagree but I challenge you to not dismiss something that goes against your paradigm before you've at least thought about it. A warrior is open to listening to anyone who may be able to clarify reality a bit more because by operating in reality, a warrior can prepare for success and prevent problems before they arise. The "stick your head in the sand like an ostrich" approach is not living in reality; that approach will get you harmed (or even killed depending on the scenario).
So what is the ugly truth about success? First let me set up the framework in which success is currently portrayed by many. Many people portray success as an actual thing you can achieve; something substantive you can hold, see and touch. It is a final destination, a place you "get to". I reject that notion. The ugly truth about success is this: Unless you continually put forth effort to grow, you will be left behind.
Once you "arrive" at success, you must continually grow and strive to keep moving forward or else the riptide of life will sweep you out to sea and drown you. I don't really like calling success a destination because that implies that once you get there that you can cease putting forth effort; you can rest. I think it fools people into thinking that succeeding is easier than it is. Succeeding is hard. Why? Because it takes continual effort. The truth is, there is no rest if you want to be successful. Life is motion and death is the cessation of motion. Think about it. Why do you really die? And when does it happen? You die when all the cells in your body cease moving. A flat-line means your heart has STOPPED beating. It was beating a moment before, but now it beats no more. What's the lesson? Don't stop moving. As a shark must continually swim or die, so you must do. We are all really like sharks: motion will keep us alive, non-motion will kill us.
The ugly truth about success is that there is no destination, there is no "place" you can arrive at. It is an ocean with no islands, no shores; just an eternal ocean. This is daunting, and it is why so many sink. In order to succeed you must swim forever; no rest. It is a never-ending journey of motion until you die. All the most successful people I have ever been around, seen or have the privilege to know and call friends are those who keep moving. I have a mentor who is a billionaire entrepreneur; he keeps moving forward. He never stops. No rest. Another mentor is the leading authority on martial sciences and personal protection and he is ALWAYS training; always moving. No rest.
Do not fall for the myth that you can arrive at success. It is a phantom you will chase and never catch; or worse still, you will "catch" it and then you will unknowingly be swept away in the riptide and drown. Once you cease swimming you will begin to lose; you will slowly begin to drown. Metaphorically obviously. But not always. Soldiers and warriors on the combat field will tell you the same thing: keep moving. If you are a stationary target, you will die. Move.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
The Warrior Speaker Blog is a collection of warrior lessons Alexander has learned in addition to practical information about protecting yourself and all that you deem most personal.