It's the difference that makes the difference. (Sal Glesser)
After a while one gets used to taking a stand and having to be willing to die on that ground.
Strong opinions you alone have come pretty easily after that.
July 3, 2018
A man who says he has never been scared
is either lying or else he's never been
any place or done anything.
Make your Bed
In a recent sermon, it was said that our lives are the product of our
habits, for good or bad.
Take a look at this video.
This is Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of Naval Special Operations (i.e. the Seals)
giving a commencement address in 2014 at the University of Texas, Austin.
This is a great talk (and he kept it focused and nailed it in 20 minutes).
It has been turned into a well liked book. My take on his 10 points:
Seal training aims to eliminate the weak of body and/or mind.
- Make your bed - little things are important.
- Relationships are valuable, you won't excell alone.
- Measure people by their will to succeed (size of heart).
- Life ain't fair. Get over it and move forward.
- You will fail, often. Don't fear the circuses that follow.
- Take risks.
- Don't back down for the sharks.
- Be your very best at the darkest moments.
- Hope and sing when you are up to your neck in mud.
- Don't every ring the bell! (Don't quit!)
Also (this "essay" is more of a grab bag of interesting links), take a look at these podcasts on
"Revisionist History" by Malcolm Gladwell. s3e3 (Season 3, Episode 3) is especially recommended,
and entitled "A Polite Word for Liar (Memory Part 1)".
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