Whenever I tell people about this book, it ultimately leads to the question – “so what am I – a Warrior or a Worker?”. Of course, nobody every assumes they are a Whiner or a Weasel, (though I estimate that at least 10% of the time they should be looking at the less than desirable categories). Luckily, I don’t have to socialize with many Whiners or Weasels. And since a lot of my friends tend to be successful entrepreneurs with strong Warrior tendencies, much of the time I can answer “well of course you are a Warrior”.
But as I consistently point out in the book – it is not more honorable, or even necessarily more desirable to be a Warrior as opposed to a Worker. It just sounds more prestigious and perhaps a little sexier. Plus, Warriors tend to live in bigger houses and drive better cars. But don’t let that sway you. Certainly Warriors are the driving forces behind successful operations. They never take no for an answer. They persevere, they innovate, they win most of the time through sheer force of will and proper use of their Warrior tools. And when they do it right they bask in the glory and accomplishment, as well they should. But they are worthless without a team of dedicated and talented workers to deliver on their vision and promises. And often the Worker gets the best end of the deal, as a Warrior’s life is often filled with stress and dissatisfaction – since the status quo is often not good enough.
And I guarantee you – if we really were a world primarily populated by Warriors it would be a pretty miserable place to live in. Envision a relaxing softball game with the Navy Seals versus The Green Berets. Worker’s Rejoice.