The Fight’s (Only) Over When You Are.
Waiting until tomorrow won't make the fight any easier.
And that's exactly what business is -- a fight.
Every step of the way it's a violent fist fight that threatens to steal your dreams and kick you to the curb of life.
Round and round.
Just about the time you think you can't stand another vicious uppercut, the ring of the bell signals an abrupt end of the battle for now. And as you stop to spit out your mouthpiece and gulp in some air, you notice the blood on the edges of your mouth.
You've been cut - bloodied and bruised.
And that's about the time you realize that this is personal.
The fight has cost you
Things won't be the same ever again.
They can't be. The fight has changed you.
- For some, the fight is hearing that in spite of your best business skills an important deal won't be closing this quarter -- a deal that dramatically swings the balance in your success or utter failure.
- For others, the fight is learning to move beyond betrayal and loss to invest in the success of others -- taking the chance to care and get hurt all over again.
And the fight is real.
People get hurt. People don't get back up. People die.
The fight wins.
But there's a secret that you learn the longer you stand on wobbly feet and take the punishing end of the fight.
You learn that the fight only quits when you do.
It's over when you are.
You don't get a day off or get to catch a break.
You get to fight. And that is all.
In late March of 1775, as the British army swept across the colonies, demanding acceptance of King George's oppressive taxes, the Virginia Convention met to consider whether to enter the fight or remain neutral. As the meeting droned on, the consensus seemed in favor of waiting before entering the battle. Waiting to enter the fight.
On the afternoon of the March 23rd, a wispy politician with a slightly crooked nose stood to offer some insights. Addressing the assembly that included future Presidents Washington and Jefferson, the thirty-nine year old Patrick Henry spoke frankly -- his passion building to a climax as he spoke:
"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave... There is no retreat but in submission and slavery...
Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!"
And at last, when nothing else could succinctly conclude a discussion so resolutely, Patrick uttered the words we so famously remember:
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"
According to historians, those in attendance jumped to their feet, shouting: "To arms! To arms!"
And so a fight that would change the course of history was kindled.
Maybe that's your fight.
Maybe that's you right now
And so as the fight beckons another round, push back the stool and rise to meet the challenge of the day.
- Take death over quitting.
- Take life over regrets.
- Take doing over fearing.
- Take "being" over appearing.
Make no mistake.
You'll get a few broken bones and black eyes along the way.
That's why we call it a fight.
Just don't forget that you're strong enough to keep fighting as long as you want to.
Which begs the real question: "Do you want to?"