This morning, as I wait on my friends arrival to the 3PP (Push up, pull up, plank – Palace), the book titled American Spartan, by Ann Scott Tyson is open on my crowded, seemingly unorganized desk. I’ve read this book more than once since reconnecting with my cousin Ann and meeting her husband, and main character of the book, Jim Gant. This book is another “anti-whine” pill for me and any of my family, friends, and clients willing to give it a read.
Here’s a taste from page 151. “‘We have the best tactics in the world, the best equipment in the world, the best plan in the world, but when this happens it’s going to come down to Ghairat, your bravery and your courage to fight.’ Jim said. Ghairat – one of the words tattooed on Jim’s wrist – was a core tenet of Pashtunwali, the code of behavior by which Pashtun tribespeople lived. It meant personal honor and valor, and was perhaps the most important measure of character and manhood of a Pashtun tribesman.”
Jim has Ghairat oozing from his pores. He signs his notes to me “Strength and honor,” and I know he means it. Jim certainly had the bravery and courage to fight, but more telling, he embodies the root reason behind virtuous bravery and courage (not false bravado). He embodies heart. He embodies love. We could sure use a few more teammates on your team with personal honor flowing from a full heart. Slow down and reflect, friend. What does your team see tattooed on your heart – the bravery and courage to fight for what’s right combined with the grit to get it done or the passive, political, play it safe and protect mine kinda person?
This morning we’re gonna be doing a whole bunch of Jim Gant’s (army crawls in the TRX) down in the 3PP. My mindset is gonna be to finish them the way we start them. I don’t have Ghairat oozing from me, but it’s never too late to begin the building process. Thanks for the inspiration, Jim & Ann. I’ll do my best. Good…