19″Is warrior the concept you want to use?” Several friends and two advisers asked that question as Laurie and I were developing our plans for FreeEnterpriseWarriors.com. They were concerned that the global transformation we were seeking to engage was moving away from aggression and war-like behavior. We had to pause, reflect and do some research.
Here’s what we discovered: the warrior mindset is in the cultural DNA – worldwide. And, it is about more than engaging in battles and doing harm. It is about being a courageous and skilled guardian – of people and of ideals. The warrior spirit is one of dedication, discipline and engagement.
We are advocates of free enterprise. Our mission is to guide, train and encourage those people who desire to build their own businesses. And, we know that it takes an assertive, pro-active, courageous mindset – the mental strength of a warrior. In our experience, succeeding in business ownership is not an easy path. Starting a business venture is not for the weak of heart.
And, competition is a reality in the world of free enterprise. You are free to succeed and you are free to fail. The wisdom you gain, the skills you build and the persistence you display determine the outcomes you achieve. You can’t wait for others to do things for you, you must do things for others – and for yourself. To succeed, you need to be better and get better. That’s the nature of the game.
A gift book from Mike Netzel (The Way of the Peaceful Warrior) confirmed our decision. In the book, Socrates (Dan Millman’s mentor) says “I call myself a warrior because the real battles we face are inside us. We must learn to live with both courage and love.” He then adds “I admire those who spend years in arduous training as a path of personal and spiritual growth.” And then concludes, “In the challenges of daily life, we learn to face ourselves and the world with a peaceful heart and a warrior spirit.”
So, Free Enterprise Warriors it is! Who is up for the challenge?