Today I worked 13 hours straight of intense labor. I still haven’t secured a good position in Texas yet and I want to have some money in my pocket instead of lazing out all day and depleting my savings.
Hard labor for shit pay is a very humbling experience.
It makes me realize that I’ve been taking a lot of shit for granted. It’s also making me realize the value of money more. Back when I had an easy job and connections, I would impulsively spend my money on random shit. Now that I work so hard for every dollar, I’m a lot more disciplined with the use of my money. It’s truly a wake-up call.
I’ve also seen some very interesting characters at this labor job. A lot of men who are middle-aged and in a rut. A lot of them are alcoholics and drug addicts. A lot of them have serious mental issues. While working and during breaks, I barely said a word and simply observed. I noticed that a lot of these people have a victim mentality. All they do is bitch and moan about the problems in their lives and how it’s everyone else’s fault but theirs. One could easily tell that these men don’t know what it means to take responsibility. It’s sad and I wish them the best because they really are some hard working mother-fuckers.
One thing I will say and it’s that there is nothing like coming home after a hard day of work like that and relaxing. It’s really a beautiful feeling. I’m starting to realize what the human body is capable of. And a lot of the men out there have been doing this kind of thing for years now for better or worse. I still love the idea of working with my hands and believe it’s a manly thing and am still in route to learn carpentry. However, the ultimate vision is to turn SO into an amazing business.
I’m starting to feel a bit tired so I’m going to take the day off tomorrow, catch up on SO work, and relax. The enemies are on their way and I must allow my body to rest/recover so I can confront them when they do come.
“If you get tired learn to rest, not quit.” – Banksy
Today I had a situation with a friend of mine.
Let’s call him Joe.
For quite some time he’s been passionate about building a business but like me had no other source of income in the meanwhile.
Building your own business can be a long process for some as it could take years to develop the proper skills and systems.
Like me, he agreed that having a manly day-job would be better than say being a waiter or some other job that doesn’t really teach you any practical skills.
Like me, he chose to pursue carpentry.
We spoke about it and reaffirmed over and over how it would be an amazing day-job to have and how great it would be to learn to work with our hands and build things.
In the meanwhile, we did some labor jobs to get our hands dirty and make some quick cash.
But here’s the kicker…
After 2 days of hard labor, he was already willing to throw in the towel!
He complained about how his body ached and how it was tough.
This completely turned him off from being in the field altogether and all our talks about learning how to work with our hands were thrown away at that moment.
I was pissed off and disappointed.
But people are like that sometimes and as a warrior, leader, and man, you must judge people carefully and anticipate their character flaws in advance that way there aren’t any unpleasant surprises.
Anyways, he wanted to throw everything away just so he could do something easy like work in a restaurant ironically which does require some movement but is a lot less strenuous and doesn’t result in much skill development.
After a lot of convincing and admittingly some shaming, I managed to get to the bottom of what was going on…
The insight was that his body was simply aching and he needed to recover. I was feeling fine and dandy and he felt like he wouldn’t be able to keep up. I told him that this is normal as his body isn’t used to it. I told him that he needed to recover and that everyone is different. I told him that just because he feels weak for a moment, that doesn’t mean that he should throw away everything we planned.
In the end, he decided that he will stay the course and that he will simply take 2 days of recovery to counter-balance the physiological effects he was experiencing.
I’m glad he took that course of action.
Stay the course, don’t quit, and learn to rest.