“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” – Chinese Proverb
Today you get a movie review.
Today’s movie selection; Gladiator starring Russell Crowe. I’ll dispense with the pageantry and get right to my point. There is a scene in the movie where Maximus (Crowe) is in the Roman Coliseum with his fellow gladiators and the Romans are entering and preparing for a slaughter.
Maximus can be heard yelling to his compadres, “Hold the line! Stay together! If you want to live – Hold the Line!”
One of the group ran out into the fray of battle on his own, he was killed. Those that “held the line” and stayed together survived. Of course there were some wounds, but they were alive. The story line has the gladiators winning this preliminary battle and the movie goes on to its logical conclusion.
Can you see the power of the lesson?
Perhaps you’re not involved in life or death battles, at least not in an arena such as the Roman Coliseum. But you are involved in a battle for your better future. Doesn’t it make sense to “hold the line” in your own life? Of course.
So it makes sense, but how do you do it? Okay, here’s the deal Virginia.
First, take a look at the people you surround yourself with. Who are they? How are they influencing you? What do they have you doing? What books are they reading? What seminars do they attend? What newsletters do they read?
Ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly. Don’t fluff the stuff.
It’s time to ask yourself – are people who you can hold the line with? Are the people that you would go to battle with? Are these the people that will pull you up when you’re down? Are they the people that you will go to all ends to support?
They either are or they aren’t. There is no middle ground here.
Some of your peers will fit your needs and some won’t. That’s life.
And it doesn’t mean you say farewell to those that don’t fit, well sometimes it does but not always. You can maintain your relation, but use your productive time wisely. Don’t spend major time with minor people. It can cost you greatly.
Focus on the people that serve your greater good. Those people that are headed in a similar direction, similar in attitude…power people, committed people, driven people, people with vision.
Hold the line with these people. If you do, winning most of the battles will be commonplace.
The best is yet to come!