“the difference between a warrior and an ordinary man is that a warrior sees everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man sees everything as either a blessing or a curse.”
_Don Juan, carlos castaneda, a separate piece
a friend was telling a while back, what a blessing it was that a prominent local figure was interested in her project and how he wanted to see the project through, and even fund it. (we’ll call this figure mr. x for practicality)
today this friend tells me that mr. x is not responding to her calls anymore. and how she feels that the whole project went down the drain. in other words, mr. x which was once a blessing is now a curse.
my friend could take don juan’s advice and handle the situation like a warrior. a warrior would perceive this mr. x as a challenge from day one, instead of a blessing. and later when this mr. x loses interest, the warrior now has yet another challenge to be overcome. but in any case, the project doesn’t stop.
mr. x isn’t the reason behind the project. he’s a catalyst that could speed things up. if he’s not interested anymore, a warrior finds someone else.
i asked my friend: ‘what would you feel if in the close future someone announces a project like yours, and your friends ask you: why did you stop working on your project? what would you tell them? mr. x didn’t take my phone calls anymore? that’s your reason to quitting your project?’
luckily, my friend decided to take the path of the warrior and to persevere until completion. you can too.
update: for deeper insights, and specific examples, please refer to the comments.
p.s. closely related: the endless cycle of inventing projects and postponing decisions, and what to do about it.