This is an old article that I have decided to repost due to the request by a student. Enjoy!
Why do Empires fall? Why do people fall from grace? Why do the strong become weak?
The fact is, people become complacent. They lose the hunger that got them to the top in the first place. Once they have eaten and their bellies are full they lie on the couch and sleep while others move in to take the spoils. When they wake up, they realize it is too late – their seats at the table have been taken by others who are unwilling to give them up. People still trying to eat their fill and wont give up without a fight.
And so people revert to telling fables of how things used to be – the glory days. What people fail to realize is that people who speak about the glory days are losers! They have all lost something – this is what makes it possible for them to talk about the past being greater for them than the present. They have all lost something along the way that most will never regain as long as they keep thinking about how things were.
We need to be able to keep the hunger! A taste of the good life shouldn’t be enough to turn us into soft, spineless, lazy, has been, once were warriors. The taste of glory should inspire us to hold onto it. That feeling of ecstasy should make us want to keep it forever. We should train and work harder to make our names soar so high that no one else will ever reach there. We should strive to be immortalized.
To become a legend you need to live your entire life as a hero! You cannot be courageous for a fleeting moment and expect to be talked about in centuries to come. A true hero doesn’t take a break from fighting the good fight. He doesn’t wake up one morning and say “Hey, I don’t feel like honing my skills today.” Through good times and bad, whether he is in the mood or not, he will be out there doing what it takes to keep his Kingdom.
Will your name be completely forgotten? Will your name be mentioned on a single line in a book? Or will entire volumes be written about you? Keep the hunger! Eat your fill but not enough to slow you down – the guy behind you will eventually catch up.