“Seeking support from friends and family is like having your people gathered around at your deathbed. It’s nice, but when the ship sails, all they can do is stand on the dock waving goodbye.”
- Steven Pressfield
This one really hits home for me personally. I regularly find myself feeling like I am on an island with no support from friends or family. Sure they all want me to do well, but there isn’t anyone down in the trenches with me on a daily basis.
I write early in the morning by myself. I do most of my Amazon shopping and all of the Amazon prep work by myself. I absolutely never run into anyone that I can have a legit conversation about trading with. It’s very lonely.
According to what Pressfield is saying, even if I did have people down in the trenches with me, their support would still be pretty much worthless. Come to think of it, he’s right.
I’ve got a buddy that is building a great little freelance writing business that is getting him out of debt in a hurry. I’ve got another buddy who is constantly adding to his growing real estate empire. I have another friend who has started and built a respectable lawn service in his free time on the weekends.
Each of these dudes is down in their own trenches. Ironically, they all feel completely alone too. I like to think I am supportive and encouraging towards all of them, and they probably feel the same towards me.
The thing is, no amount of support or encouragement from outside sources will be enough to overcome the fight we are faced with. We have to beat that shit on our own. There is no other way, so get to work.