There is a built-in intensity to being a Marine
Gen. Chesty Puller gave a face to that intensity and is famous for for a quote he made during a particularly intense battle:
That simplifies the problem.
And he wasn’t joking. Read “Marine! The Life of Chesty Puller” if you’d like to learn about the most famous Marine that ever was; a man who lived the ultimate warrior life. As I said. Intense.
But the framework of being a Marine was just a tool.
We’d give all that energy and drive meaning from there.
For the purposes of this article, I’ll focus on the positive aspects – the ones that have helped me succeed in many areas of my life since first learning of them.
These traits can be learned in other organizations or during completely non-military life events. The difference was that I had no choice but to learn and then act upon these lessons while in the Marines.
The consequences for not performing well or deciding not to perform at all, were too hideous to consider.
Nothing like a metaphorical gun to the head to foster the learning experience
This experience proved to be invaluable the older I got and continues to be so to this day.
I was forced to do a lot of growing up in a very short amount of time and I was handed a level of responsibility as a young man that many never see, no matter how long they live.
Now I bring those lessons to bear as I help you reach your goals – find your true passion – shape your vision and tell it to the world.
They’ve proven themselves useful in literally every single aspect of my life but come in particularly handy in the area of business growth.
Simple to understand but not always easy to implement:
- Improvise – this is one of my key strengths
- Adapt – gotta roll with the punches
- Overcome – regardless of all else, find the victory
- Never give up – an essential mindset needed to enact the steps above
- See the hill, take the hill. Act! – don’t overthink shit
- Doing something is infinitely better than doing nothing – even if you’re wrong
- Stand for something greater than yourself
- Many times, being focused can save your life
- Go further than you think you can…then take another step – everyone has more in them than they’d imagine
- Use a system to achieve your goals
- Show your team respect and demand it from them – but you have to go first – Marines lead from the front
- Never compromise your values
- Be the Best!
Obviously, being a Marine means I can become annoyingly smug in my Marine-ness as I explain these things.
So I hope I avoided that here and that you see the benefits to having someone like me in your corner.
I refuse to lose. I refuse to quit. And I am flexible in what I perceive a successful outcome to be.
What’s that worth to you as you find your voice, plan your vision, or reach out to the world?