Are You A Craftsman Or A Hack?
My friend Seth Godin posted a blog today on The New Craftsman.
In it he speaks of the, a “craftsperson is someone who takes real care and produces work for the ages. Everyone else might be a hack, or a factory guy or a suit or a drone, but a craftsperson was someone we could respect.”
A craftsperson is, “Someone to look up to.”
I like Seth’s twist, that “The New Craftsman need not make craft.”
A craftsman may be a strength coach, a personal trainer, a nutritionist, a chiropractor or simply a person, like you or I, who cares for their body, mind and spirit with the passion and intention.
That’s not to suggest by any means that all who eat well and train are craftsmen. Hacks do it to.
Hacks exercise. Craftsmen train. There’s a purpose, a goal, and intention and intensity to the art of science of their training.
Hacks exercise by the clock, checking off the sets and reps out of obligation. The craftsman trains in a flow state, lost in time, present to and enjoying every moment.
The craftsman’s work is never done—for while they have goals it’s not the goal that keeps them going, it’s living the journey.
The hack tries too hard, burns themselves out in mere weeks trying to be too perfect, or uses a diet to punish themselves. They are in a constant struggle—a tug-of-war with the scale, their body and life.
The craftsman need not and most likely does not have the perfect body. They don’t require themselves to win a pose down or reach single digit body fat. They enjoy looking and living a vibrant fit life but their deep satisfaction is in the feeling, the energy, the quality and passion for life.
So, what’s your answer? Have you been being a Hack or a Craftsman?
I bet I know your answer going forward.
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