When you’re dead, you’re dead; until then, keep fighting.

When you’re dead, you’re dead; until then, keep fighting.

No matter your background, no matter who you are, what circles you run in, whatever it is you do in your life and world, this maxim applies.

You see, when you are dead, and I’m talking heart stops beating, blood stops circulating, lungs stop breathing, brain stops functioning, whatever and however you want to define it, but you are truly dead and there’s no ability for you to undertake (further) action. Well, when THAT point comes, then you are dead and obviously you can’t do any more.

But until that time comes, you aren’t dead. And so you must keep fighting.

Certainly this applies in self-defense contexts, and I’ve said this phrase in numerous classes. Recently Greg Ellifritz posted this story:

A 57-year-old Bronx livery driver chased a robber who had just shot him Wednesday, police sources said.

… Sources said the robber shot the driver in the shoulder and the hand and fled.

The cabbie drove after the fleeing suspect for half a block along Longfellow and struck him with the car, sources said.

Driver was shot, but wasn’t dead. So he kept fighting, chasing his robber and hitting him with his car! There are countless stories like this, where someone is attacked but keeps fighting and as a result are able to win, or at least survive the encounter. But as well, there are many stories of people attacked, maybe shot, but despite their wounds being minor or certainly survivable, they give up and die as a result.

When you’re dead, you’re dead; until then, keep fighting.

A couple workouts in the gym recently were quite difficult. 100 reps of something, if you really work hard, you use a challenging weight, it can be an excruciating experience. Your brain starts to tell you to stop, your body starts to scream in pain. It really becomes a mental game to get 100 reps. Yes you could give in, but the reality is that it’s all in your head; if you really can’t do another rep, then your body will stop moving and truly you won’t be able to do another. But until then, you keep pushing on through the pain. Granted this is just  lifting weights, but it’s a good way to learn to accept the pain and keep pressing through it. To not stop until truly you cannot continue, not to give in to other factors that try to hold you back.

When you’re dead, you’re dead; until then, keep fighting.

When you’re in business for yourself, it can be tough. Startups will struggle. You will run out of money. You will wonder how you will pay your bills, both business and maybe personal. If you have dependents (e.g. children), will you be able to keep them from suffering too? Sure you could give up, but why?

When you’re dead, you’re dead; until then, keep fighting.

Really, it doesn’t matter the context, the situation, whatever it may be in life.

When you’re dead, you’re dead; until then, keep fighting.

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