Here’s a scary thought. Add up all the minutes spent fighting nothing. Not hours, not days, not months, not years. Minutes. The reason is that minutes will be a bigger number that will shock your system. It’ll give you the jolt needed to effect change and to never repeat the hell of wasting time fighting nothing.
What does fighting nothing mean? It means:
(i) no worthy opponent
(ii) no opponent at all
(iii) no cause
(iv) no title on the line
(v) no honor/honour
(vi) no pay
Fighting nothing is a meaningless waste of energy that digs you deeper in the hell that caused the non-fight to begin with. The strongest evidence of fighting nothing is the wait for something good to come out of it but good never comes. The biggest sign that you’re fighting nothing is that nothing changes. The fight just keeps going. It never ends. Same fight, no bell, no decision.
Fighting nothing is the polar opposite of fighting for something. The fight for something is the fight for meaningful positive change. The fight for something adds meaning and purpose and value and worth to every moment of your life. The fight for something is the difference between making a difference and killing the clock – waiting for the 15% discount, cardigan, and checking out of life.
Fighting nothing also means fighting for free. Amateurs fight for free. Fighting for nothing is a sign that something’s missing such as logic and reasoning. Fighting nothing lowers you to the depths of hell, making the escape tougher with each new level of hell you drop into. It’ll tear apart you mind, body, and soul. If you’re not fighting for something, you’ll end up fighting for nothing.
I was killing my mind, body, and soul fighting nothing until I became a fulltime business owner. I control my own workplace, my potential, my mind, and my sanity. I even own my own football team, the Niagara X-men. Becoming a fulltime business owner saved my life. Business is never easy. It’s the toughest job I’ve ever had but it saved my life. Business is exactly like my gym, X Fitness: 365-24-7. It never closes. How did it save my life? I eliminated fighting for nothing. I fight for something or not at all. It’s changed my life. Of course I have relapses. Addictions are not easy to break. I still suffer bouts of fighting for nothing. But now, my bullshit detector is working again. It was defective for awhile. I used to have an industrial-strength bullshit-detector. I could positively identify bullshitters a mile/kilometer away. And I could pick out a bullshit fight from even farther. Then something happened. My bullshit detector needed an upgrade. Turns out that bullshit detectors are like iPODS, smart phones, and laptops. You need to upgrade to keep up with the speed of bullshit. Like technology, bullshit gets more advanced virtually by the minute.
I wrote a book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur. It’s a fight for something. The books are intended to save lives the same way I saved mine. I hope they bring peace to troubled souls.
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
owner – X Fitness Inc.
head coach – Niagara X-men football team