#21. In it for the long haul

Sometimes you have to be the steady workhorse.

Sometimes there is no quick fix. Sometimes you can’t sprint through the race. Sometimes you can’t walk through it either. At those times you have to be able to grind it out. You have to be able to trudge through a desert if necessary. You have to be the steady workhorse. You have to be in it for the long haul.

An American Beaver Not an Alpine Swift

The busy beaver. A consistent worker that makes a huge difference.
A majestic and dignified animal. A hustler. We’ll see how majestic it looks after six straight months of flight.

North American Beavers are a great example of great workers. They don’t hustle, they just work. Sometimes you need to hustle, other times you need to just work. You need to hustle to catch up or get ahead. When you just need to get it done, when there are no time restraints or high stakes, you need to just work.

Hustling takes a lot of energy. You need to hustle sometimes. But if you’re always hustling, you’ll never stop to smell the roses. Alpine Swifts hustle. They fly for six months without stopping. That’s the longest non-stop flight pattern in the avian world. It’s truly incredible.

Some things aren’t worth six months of non-stop work. Six months of non-stop flight is worth is for the Alpine Swift’s migration. You have to ask yourself one question: what is worth that much to you. Some things might be worth it, but you need to know what you’re sacrificing. Do not commit yourself to something that is not worth it.

Everything doesn’t have to be worth it. For the things that aren’t but still need to get done, follow the model of the North American Beaver.

Beavers are one of the most influential animals on Earth. They change their entire habitats. In the grand scheme of things, what they do seems to happen in the blink of an eye, but in reality the change is gradual. Sustainability is the name of the game for Beavers. They change the landscape of their entire habitat, so creating something that wasn’t sustainable would be catastrophic. They don’t work the fastest. They don’t work the hardest. They work consistently. The whole family pitches in. They chip away at their task day by day until it is finished.

You don’t have always have to be an alpine swift. Hustling the hardest isn’t always the answer. Sometimes, you need to be consistent. Sometimes, you have to be in it for the long haul. You have to just work.

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