Motivational Speaker Dave Crane - The Legend Of The Grey Warrior
The dragon raised it’s head for a third time.
All around was chaos.
Burned buildings, smoking corpses and the charred remains of brave young soldiers who had valiantly thrown themselves forward into battle and been utterly decimated.
Wave after wave had fallen to their doom and nobody was left to defend the village.
The families and the animals would all be devoured now nothing was left standing that could hold a sword or tip a lance.
And then there came a thunderous bellow from the East.
A single horn of defiance that sent fire into the bellies of the remaining fallen troops and fear into the heart of the dragon.
Then he appeared on top of the hill, bow in hand.
A lone warrior dressed in grey.
The dragon prepared for another blast of flame and tossed its head back defiantly showing the golden beating heart that was the source of it’s power and energy.
That’s when the arrow struck.
It sank deep into the golden heart spilling out lava and gas and slaying the dragon almost instantaneously.
The vicious behemoth groaned a final roar and fell forward completely still.
No beating heart, no smoky breath nor talons that could slice through armour and shield.
The townsfolk stood stunned, transfixed by what had just happened.
Then they cheered and ran to greet their hero.
He was a former chief, a wise man and a mentor but they’d cast him out believing that his ways were outdated and the next generation was all that mattered.
But they were wrong.
He knew from experience when was the right time and where to shoot an arrow to kill the beast but nobody had asked him for help.
The grey warrior smiled.
He always knew.
The word spread across the land and other grey warriors were recruited as custodians of their towns and hamlets.
It was the only way to keep the people safe.
1) They could start immediately without a need for instructions, they knew the land, they knew the enemy and they knew how to lead an army.
2) They didn’t need to be paid a huge amount anymore because they understood the market forces but were also able to lend a helping hand as consultants to other villages who might need additional wisdom. This gave them a better income than when they worked exclusively.
3) They didn’t complain because they were happy to be there doing what they always loved fighting the dragons and protecting their people.
4) They were completely reliable and had a proven track record of loyalty and achievement going back to the days when they too were young.
5) They were able to train and mentor the younger warriors in the ways of the dragon, showing them the deadly arts of war and how to get a result every time.
6) They had long term vision and were able to help build the village into a town and then into a city because they knew the steps that must be taken.
7) They never got ill because they knew their limits, they trained daily, looked after themselves and were never late to stand at their post.
8) They knew all the other grey warriors. They could call upon anyone and get an answer or assistance immediately without the need for long meetings, introductions or politics.
9) They were grateful to be relevant again and would never let the village down until the point when they were too old to fight and then they would retire leaving a succession of soon to be grey warriors in their place.
10) They knew how to talk to everyone, how to celebrate and enjoy life, look after the horses, save money, make a house, build a family and raise children.
These were old traditions that had been dismissed as outdated but now after the dragon the people realised was the only way to forward.
The morale of the tale?
If you too are a grey warrior and an experienced dragon slayer, you may be finding the market tough.
- You may feel lost, isolated or even worthless.
- You may have been cast aside by younger leaders who believe that automation is the only future and your ways are outdated and expensive.
- They are wrong.
- You are a warrior.
- You are smart, savvy, strong and unbreakable.
- Find your voice, grab your bow and polish your armour.
- The time to defend your legacy is now.