Why They Call Us Warriors

We’re in a war.

If you’ve ever tried to do something truly amazing, you know what I’m talking about.

Bad news. Sad news.

Back stabbing. Front stabbing.

Doubters. Pouters.

Liars.

Every time you try something truly special, you will find someone to doubt you.  Every time you make it to the top, someone’s ready to knock you down.

Your heart will get broken.  You will get tired.

It’s no wonder so many people choose to stick to their 9-5 job and forego the risk and pain of doing something special with their life.

But you are different.

You get up.   You want more.  You don’t settle.

You are a warrior.

Be proud of that tonight,

Aaron@Biebert

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Inspiration from Andy Rooney the Warrior

Some of my favorite people just don’t know how to retire. Complete retirement is not in their DNA, not in their vocabulary.  They enjoy the war too much.

Andy Rooney worked up until 3 weeks before he died on Friday at the age of 92. He really loved the war.

Even though I’ve never met Andy Rooney, I admire his work ethic and passion.  Just imagine getting up for work after 92 years!  That’s almost 34,000 days.

He had many great experiences in his life:

  • Lived through the Great Depression
  • Witnessed World War II
  • 62 years of marriage
  • Wrote 15 books
  • Produced over 1000 video essays for TV (most for 60 minutes)
  • Won three Emmy Awards

For the record, I’m not against retiring.  I just hope I love what I’m doing so much that I can’t bear to stop.

Just like Andy Rooney.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Three Brave Words

“I was wrong.”

A warrior has to be confident that they will win every battle.  But what about when “winning” means losing?

Sometimes I get myself into stressful situations by taking on the whole world at once:  meeting deadlines, getting places on time, responding to everyone in a timely fashion, getting finished work sent out, etc.   Many times my wife will provide support as needed or help get me out the door to an event.

Believe it or not, sometimes I’m not always pleasant while she’s helping me.

Here’s where it gets hard for us 8pm Warriors.  We try so hard to take on the world and achieve our dreams, but along the way we may hurt the people we love (and need) because of the condition we leave ourselves in while working late, taking on too much, running, pushing, chasing.

Saturday morning I was rude to my wife because she brought blue socks instead of black when I was late for a luncheon I had.  I was irritated and acted like she was on the opposing side…

I was wrong.

When you spend your whole life trying to be perfect, these words are so hard to say. It’s so hard to admit that you’ve failed.  However, there is still a place for bravery in a modern world, and it takes bravery to do what is right when you’ve done something wrong.

I thought about it on my way home and apologized to her.  It’s amazing what kind of healing goes on when someone apologizes.  They love us, they understand us.  And it means the world when we are honest when we are wrong.  The human side is refreshing.

Just a reminder from one warrior to another.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert