how the path of the warrior can help you complete your project

“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.

yours, will.

twitter: @williamchoukeir

p.s. closely related: the endless cycle of inventing projects and postponing decisions, and what to do about it.

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7 Responses to how the path of the warrior can help you complete your project

  1. Anonymous says:

    Warriors have the ‘Yalla’ spirit. Whatever happens, just get it done.

  2. Anonymous says:

    sherif: you should post this in Yalla’s facebook group, hehe

  3. Anonymous says:

    I definitely don’t believe in blessings and/or curses, I believe that you make what you want out of a fact (call it challenge, call it the opposite: surrender…).We all have our reasons not to complete things, I am not justifying this status, or these reasons, but it is not always based on a "blessing/curse" factor.Thanks for sharing William!

  4. Anonymous says:

    <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; "><div>that’s very true pat. i think you got the point behind the note perfectly, there’s nothing such as a curse or blessing, or thinking makes it so. and thank you for reading and sharing as well. you’re beautiful.</div><div><br class="Apple-interchange-newline"> <div style="width: 600px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;" class="PosterousEmail"></div></div></body></html>

  5. Anonymous says:

    pat: the way i believe you can benefit from this note is if you take the fear that you have. you would of course neither consider it a blessing, nor a curse. so take it as a challenge, and defeat it 🙂

  6. Ahmad Osman says:

    Ideally, we would benefit so much more if we were each our own Mr. Xes – if we were that other who has the power to finish what we sarted, that other whom we admire for living our ideals, whom we love and try to buy or marry.And this is ideal, because sometimes it is physically impossible to be the change that we want to see, but we have to define the ideal, because it is often a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  7. Anonymous says:

    that’s a great point ahmad! and i think for each one to reach his self-fulfilling prophecy, he has to meet, interact, and use the help of other mr. xs – until he is one himself. 10x for input.

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