Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price." - Sun Tzu
Sun Tzu, the famous author of The Art of War, is credited with this quote. Are you the type of person who is willing to sacrifice and pay the price or are you the type of person who wants to get something for free? There is a perverted attitude in our culture which seeks to get without giving. To reap without sowing. Victory isn't so easily gained and it cannot be fooled. Lasting victory in life will go to those who have perseverance; to those who pay the price. Which type of person are you?
If you are the type of person who seeks to gain first without giving, you must correct your attitude and approach now. This attitude is most likely the cause of why you cannot win; of why victory eludes you. Again, you cannot trick victory. It comes to those who do what is necessary to obtain it. Thinking otherwise is like expecting to reap a bountiful harvest of corn in the fall when you failed to plant in the spring. If you do not sow, you will not reap. If you do not prepare for victory, you will not be victorious.
Sun Tzu was speaking primarily of combat, of war. The warrior who fails to pay the price of training and preparing for war will likely be the first to die on the battlefield. This applies to life in general; to your life. Victory in marriage goes to those who are intentional about being victorious in their marriage. Victory in business comes to those who are intentional about being victorious in their business. Victory only comes to those who are willing to pay the price.
In our culture, there are many people who believe they should be victorious without having to pay the price. These people miss the entire point. By paying the price, you become someone worthy of victory. The victory is often less important than the person you have to become in order to obtain victory. If you are handed victory without having to pay the price, your perseverance muscle never gets developed. This is why these victories are not sustainable. Because this individual lacks the personal perseverance to forge ahead when things go bad. Many times they often lack a true support system around them. This is because being victorious without paying the price often results in that person becoming a taker, not a giver. They become entitled, since victory was handed to them, and as a result, they become selfish, unattractive people.
Do not attempt to cheat by gaining victory without paying the price. Pay the price. Your character will be strengthened and your perseverance muscle will gain invaluable experience and exercise.
Sun Tzu was referring to war, but you can apply his quote to any area of your life. What arenas of life do you wish to be victorious in? Answer that question for yourself. Once you have done that, seek out what price you will have to pay to get there. The rest is simply in the doing of the thing. Pay the price. You can either win or lose at life and guess what? The result is up to you.
Live in the battleground,
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.