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Look Beyond Hope

In the vast battlefield of life, many choose to tread on the path of *hope*, naively believing that it's the best strategy. But let me break it to you – hope is as far from a strategy as wishing upon a star is from astronomy.

Code Of Conduct

Sun Tzu believed in principles. For us, this means a "Code of Conduct." Every army, and yes, every painting contractor business, needs a set of principles. You might hope for a win, but without discipline, training, and strategy, you're setting up for disappointment.

Clarity is the first step. Hope can be vague, like "I wish I could make more money," but the *Code of Conduct* insists on specific, tangible goals. "I am working towards earning $75,000 a month in the next decade" – this is clarity. In this realm, there is no room for vague desires. You identify your goals, lay out a plan, and set into motion actions to achieve them.

Live Unafraid

"In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity." – Sun Tzu

"Live Unafraid" is not just about taking risks but recognizing opportunities in challenges. It's about seizing the day, not merely hoping for a better tomorrow. When you're a painting contractor or any other businessperson, every brush stroke, every project, and every deal carries risks. But beneath these risks lie opportunities for growth, mastery, and success.

Remember those football players who hoped for scholarships but wouldn’t put in the work? Their lack of consistency in training, their sporadic performance, was their downfall. They didn’t "live" their dream. They simply hoped for it.

In business and in life, there will be setbacks. But by choosing to live unafraid, by consistently choosing action over stagnation, you can turn any obstacle into a stepping stone.

Finish Strong

"Opportunities multiply as they are seized." – Sun Tzu

Hope alone doesn’t bring results. Only by embracing a robust strategy and committing to it can you ensure success. And no strategy is complete without the determination to "Finish Strong".

Consistency is key. It doesn’t matter if you attended class three days in a row or turned in your homework for two weeks. What counts is your ability to maintain this momentum, to build on every achievement, no matter how small.

Your bank account, your relationships, your business – all are a direct reflection of your choices. Hope isn’t a strategy, but choosing to finish strong, to persevere, and to remain committed to your goals until they are achieved, is.


The universe doesn't merely hand out successes to those who wait, but to those who act, to those who choose strategy over mere hope. Embrace the strategy of choice.

Sun Tzu once said, "All warfare is based on deception." In this battle of life, let's not deceive ourselves by thinking that mere hope will lead to success. Instead, embody the principles of *Code of Conduct*, *Live Unafraid*, and *Finish Strong*. Only then will you truly conquer the battlefield.

Oh, and before you head out to carve your destiny, don’t forget to subscribe for more wisdom and strategies. The battlefield awaits, warrior. Choose wisely.

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Nov 25, 2023

I always learn something new from your posts. Keep them coming!

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