“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.