Steven Pressfield is my favorite author still living. From Gates of Fire to The War of Art, and twenty other gems in between, he’s woven many memorable stories I’ll never forget. Here’s great learning from studying his mindset.
When he finished the manuscript for Gates, his editor told him it was too long – way too long. It was roughly eight hundred pages in length. The editor, matter of factly, told him to eliminate four hundred of them. He was heart broken. Crushed. Did. Not. Think. It. Could. Be. Done. So, what did he do? Well, he felt sorry for himself for about a day. Then, he put his work boots on and made a decision. He put his ASS where his heart wants to be. He did the work and a novel was born – a world class, mega hit. One of my favorites too. What’s the learning?
Trust your ASS more than your heart.
Do the work. Put your ASS where your heart wants to be. If you want to be a world class runner, put your ASS on a track today. If you want to be a writer, put your ASS in your favorite writing space. If you want to be a professional athlete, put your ASS under the most extreme training. If you want to be a top producer at Lockton, put your ASS in front of as many CEO’s as Reda, Wierema, and Joeythelamb. If you want to become a leader at Lower.com, do what it takes to make some loans – lots of good loans! Stop day dreaming, friend. Stop trying to figure out how to follow your heart. Be more decisive. Put your ASS where your heart wants to be. Trust your ASS. Funny, huh. Good.
Live hard. Love harder…