Have you ever been so exhausted that you just gave up on a goal or dream? Have you ever faced challenges so daunting that you just quit? You don’t look back on that time with fondness, do you?
That’s because you know deep down inside that the moment when the exhaustion was at its peak, your goal or dream was within reach. When you let the fatigue become an excuse to give up, you give in to the enemy of your dreams. Call it Resistance. Call it the devil. Call it fear. Whatever it is, when you give in to fatigue, you give up on greatness.
Last week, in episode 25, I talked about how to beat fatigue. Exercise, supplements, fresh air, hydration, etc. I shared 11 tips and don’t get me wrong, they are all valid or I wouldn’t have shared them. But there is more to the story than just those.
Sometimes fatigue is nothing more than an obstacle that you have to fight through and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
The world truly lost a legend yesterday.
Nelson Mandela was a champion of principle. He fought for what he believed in and left a legacy for the entire world.
Last night, as the news broke of Nelson Mandela’s death, I tweeted:
How is it that a man in his position could rise to worldwide prominence? How is it that hundreds of years from now, people will use the words “modern-day Nelson Mandela” to describe another man or woman? And how can we leave a legacy like he has?
Odds are that none of us will ever go through what Mandela went through in his life. He spent 27 years in prison, often in conditions so dreary and dark that it led to him developing a case of tuberculosis shortly before his release in 1990. And yet we can all learn six powerful traits from him.
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Failure has been defined as the path of least persistence.
Success, then, will always be the path of most resistance.
There will always be pain. There will always be fear. There will always be obstacles and naysayers.
And there will always, always, always be hope.
The story of Lincoln
Many of us know the general story of Abraham Lincoln, the poster child for persistence. He had nearly everything go against him and yet, by all accounts, he left a nearly unmatched legacy.