So, maybe you’ve heard this meme or seen this on the internet somewhere. It goes something like:
“Everybody wants to be a BEAST until it’s time to do what BEASTS do”.
And the message behind that is: that being a beast is hard. It’s tough. It takes a lot of effort and not everybody – or not many people – are willing to make that effort in order to be that kind of Beast.
Well, I’d like to suggest to you that not only is it not hard to be a beast, but it’s actually the easiest thing that you can do once you embrace it, and once you accept the kind of Beast that you are.
Now here’s where I’m coming from.
I don’t know if you may be familiar with The Animal School fable that was created by George Reavis. It goes something like this:
The animals got together and they decided “Hey, we want to have a school just like people do, except our school is going to be all about what animals do. And that’s going to be a curriculum of swimming, climbing, running, and flying because that’s what we do”.
Well, what happened is, all of the students were required to take all of the classes and receive at least an average or better score in all of those subjects.
While the duck excels in swimming, he’s averaging in flying, but he’s having trouble [and] falling behind in running and climbing. So, he’s got to makeup; do extra running, and then do less swimming since he’s already okay with that. And then his little web feet get worn out and now he’s failing swimming too, because his webbed feet are worn out.
And then the squirrel.
They insist on making the squirrel take off from the ground in flying, instead of coming from the treetop down, so he’s not doing well in flying. He’s about to [have] a nervous breakdown.
And the eagle is always being reprimanded because, in climbing, he makes it to the top of the tree fastest, but he insists on doing it his way and not the way that they are taught in school.
So, you know, there is an obvious moral of the story: that the education system is is a one-size-fits-all type of a system instead of allowing children to develop in a way that honors their particular strengths.
So, the the moral of the story is: everybody has certain strengths and gifts, and something – or some set of things – that they do better than any ninety percent of the population. But this effort to try to become average in everything instead of focusing on the strengths really brings everybody down.
So the truth of the matter is, once you know what kind of Beast you are – once you know what your strengths are – it’s really not hard to do, or to live in that. The effort is really in just realizing and finding what those [strengths] are.
Like, take anything that you’ve ever had to learn. If you were really interested in it, and if it catered to your talents, you put the effort in without any complaint.
When I was learning to play saxophone when I was in school, I had a trash can that I would kick every time the horn would squeak and put out a sound that I didn’t want it to put out because I was very frustrated. And it took a lot of effort for me and a lot of hours of practice to get proficient at that instrument.
But the thing about it is, I’ve always had a love for music deep in my heart; so the time and the effort that I had to put in really [didn’t] seem like effort.
So that’s what we’re really talking about when I say “it’s not hard to be a beast”. And I’m also saying, “it’s the easiest thing that you could do”.
It does not mean that it’s not going to take effort.
It’s going to take effort. Anything that you learn to do – and do well – it’s going to take lots of effort. It’s going to take time. It’s going to take practice. It’s going to take repetition.
But when you’re in the area of your strength – when you’re just being the kind of Beast that you are – this is going to be activity that ultimately is going to be energizing to you instead of draining and just kind of sucking the life out of you.
Like a duck learning to swim versus a duck trying to learn to run and wearing his feet out.
So that’s the point of this. That being a beast is not hard. If you embrace this process it will be the easiest and most rewarding thing you’ve ever done. Although, it will take effort. It will take persistence. And it will take time.
But embrace the process and you will be astounded and you’ll be glad that you did, and you’ll be really surprised at the Beast that you are.