His heart yearned for freedom, and he refused to accept anything less – even if the price was his own life. In the end, he inspired thousands to fight with him, but he still paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Your heart is free. Have the courage to follow it. – Malcolm Wallace
Every time I watch Braveheart, I’m ready to put on my kilt and head out to conquer the world! Then the passion usually subsides when I remove my kilt (ok, don’t actually have a kilt), and I head back to my job the next day. Of course in Braveheart, William Wallace was trying to fight for Scotland’s independence from England, and my fight isn’t quite as thrilling!
How is it we can become so easily excitable and passionate, only to fall back into our normal routine minutes later? Maybe we’re not engaged in what we’re passionate about… or maybe it’s just not possible to always be passionate in life. We have ups and downs. Even a hero in a movie like Braveheart can be doubted.
Robert the Bruce was one of the Lords of Scotland and a big fan of Wallace. However, he lived a noble life and his noble Father encouraged him to not sacrifice his family’s lands and power by going against the King of England. His father told Robert, “You admire this man, this William Wallace. Uncompromising men are easy to admire. He has courage; so does a dog. But it is exactly the ability to compromise that makes a man noble.”
If you’ve seen the movie, you know the father is a major villain, but what he says makes sense. To be successful, we’ll more than likely have to make compromises along the way. My freedom is to pursue my passion full time of helping others control their lives while taking control of my own. However, I must compromise now and work full time at another job while I build it.
Then what should my battle cry be? How about: “PERSISTENCE AND DEDICATION!!!!!”? It’s not real exciting, but I think this will lead me to my freedom! A combination of persistence and dedication is what’s brought me here today. It got me through college, helped me fight through $50,000 of debt, has helped me pursue my passion… and got my wife to marry me. The last one was probably the biggest accomplishment!
Our ultimate goal should be to find something we love spending our time doing, and in the mean time, take advantage of our current situation to get there. You should push very hard to get there, but most of us won’t be able to take the “FREEDOM!!!!!” approach and make it happen right away.
Every man dies, not every man really lives. – William Wallace
If we can pursue our passion with persistence and dedication, we’ll experience living. The key is the pursuit. What are you doing tonight to pursue your passion?
I have a friend baking pies, one getting started on his own blog, another deciding the next steps of his successful business, and another getting his dreams on paper. They are pursuing it with persistence and dedication. Are you willing to do the same?
It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom. – William Wallace
If you live your entire life as a slave to the lender, a slave to your job, and a slave to persistent thoughts of what you will consume next… do you have freedom?
Don’t be afraid to have a bold battle cry, but make sure it carries more meaning than a short burst of excitement. Don’t be afraid to believe in your battle cry.
What’s your battle cry? If it’s FREEDOM!!!!, what does freedom really mean to you? I’d like to hear about it in the comments section.
Some more awesomeness from Braveheart (from the video clip above):
William Wallace: I am William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men… and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?
Veteran: Fight? Against that? No! We will run. And we will live.
William Wallace: Fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!