The Lost Art of Striving


Whenever I mentioned to business owners I was going to be starting a company they would tell me, “It’s going to be one of the hardest things you will ever do.”

Foolishly, I took these statements as challenges. I was determined to prove them wrong.

Well…I didn’t.

I have an ego. I want to show people that I can do things easier and better than most people. This is stupid. I know it is stupid, and I am working on it.

Yes friends, I am learning the lost art of striving.

When I get up in the morning, I am trying to make a habit of asking God what He wants me to learn or know from the day.

(I forget where I read/heard it. I will make sure to update this post when I remember.)

This is backwards from my usual approach of asking God for all of the things I want from Him.

I think He is teaching me the lost art of striving. The practice of digging in and pushing hard on life. The process of second-guessing, third-guessing, forth-fifth-sixth-guessing ideas until you land on the right one. The work involved with building up the energy and courage to pick up the phone one more time just to hear no. The exercise of challenging your mind when to keep going when the little voice in your head is coaxing you to beat yourself up and throw in the towel.

For stubborn people like me, the lessons I should glean from well wishes and warnings seem to only be learned through battling it out. But I guess thick skin just won’t develop on it’s own.

As my Dad would say…Onward!