Doug Giles

?It is a funny thing about life?if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.?  W. Somerset Maugham

With the new year upon us like Kofi on a big wad of Iraqi oil-for-food cash, a lot of folks use the end of one year and the beginning of a new year to assess their character, their accomplishments and their calling to whatever they are pursuing and to evaluate how they stack up to what they want to be and do. 

I guess that is why alcohol sales soar through the roof at this time of year . . . because for some, reality can be brutal.  I mean, who wants to appraise his life when he?s spent the last 12 months unshorn, sitting on his steel beam-reinforced, duct taped couch watching CNN, while complaining about religion and politics as he grows fatter by the day?but enough about Michael Moore. . . .

Sure, introspection is painful, and a brutal assessment of where we are and what we?re really doing is about as appealing as eating a morning Bagel with Joan Rivers while she?s tripping on acid after just getting fresh lip implants.  Nevertheless, sometimes we have to do the uncomfortable in order to go on to greatness.

Speaking of greatness, having a great family, a successful career or a killer business is not easy.  If you and I want to achieve what we dream about in life, then we are going to have to get an attitude?and not just any attitude, but a pit bull attitude.  The reason why?  Well, life is hard, Dinky, and you and I cannot be thin skinned little tea cup Poodles and expect life to give us what we want. 

The pit bull epitomizes courage and persistence.  They are little, scrappy warriors who will not back down.  They face difficulties with a win-or-die perspective.  They love the battle . . . they love the heat . . . they love the fight . . . and everything that is good, praiseworthy and noble comes through difficulty.

As a matter of fact, if you are looking for an easy way to succeed . . . for someone to carry you into greatness, you?re in for the shock of your life.  It is not out there.  And if you think life is going to be trouble-free, you?re about to have your rose-colored glasses removed, snapped in two and stomped into the ground?which, hopefully, will improve your vision.  There is no easy road to a successful family, career or life. 

Yes, the road to success is paved with road kill, and the road kill are all the glassy-eyed, weak, unprepared poodles that?re looking for a free ride.  But life is a battle where only the pit bulls survive and thrive.  Great accomplishments aren?t for the thin-skinned, fearful poodles. 

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.