Ten ways you’re making your life harder than it has to be

Pretty good article worth reading.

Ten ways you’re making your life harder than it has to be.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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What kind of person are you?

Heard an amazing thing on a Navy SEAL video I saw earlier.

A retired Navy SEAL said there are two kinds of people in the world.

Senior Chief Don Shipley said there is the kind that will get hit in the arm by a measly .22 and flop to the ground, kicking and screaming as if they’re going to die.

And then there’s the kind that you can shoot right in the face with a .38, and before that person dies, they will charge you, grab you, and throw you out the window and take you with them.

I know that’s pretty black or white, and I know there are times I’ve been the latter, but there are other times when I’m been the former. (And I’d like to think I’m mostly the latter, but we have to make this decision every single day of our lives.)

I think the question for all of us is which of those two are you?

Are you tough as nails and half crazy, with people looking at you with the highest level of respect? (Which is earned, never given!) Or do you quit and make excuses when confronted with the smallest of roadblocks?

And if you’re the latter and you’re prone to quitting or not fighting your guts out, or if maybe half of the time you’re the latter, remember this: you can change at any time.

You can find someone to look up to that you know. You can study some hero in a book or article about them. You can do many things to change who you are, but you’ve got to make that decision. And you’ve got to want to change.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Are you giving average effort?

I’ve already taken my medicine. Now it’s time to take yours.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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This pillow fight prank made my day!

I needed to smile and laugh today. Hope this lightens your day half as much as it lightened mine!

And remember. Loosen up! Smile! Laugh! And joke some as you deal with all the stress in your life!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Sgt. Major speaks out: ‘My career was defaced.’

Super glad to see the Sgt Major landed on his feet. And hearing his story (of how he had just returned from the funeral of his father, and how he handled how all this going down) only makes me respect this man about a hundred times more.

Here’s the story: Sgt. Major speaks out: ‘My career was defaced.

And here are my two earlier posts about the incident:

Back when this first happened and both sides were seriously pissed and entrenched — some supported the former DI and his right to protest, and even supporters of the Sgt Major were mostly furious about Obama’s trade for Bergdahl — I wrote this:

I might be wrong — I frequently am — but I’ll bet you in ten or fifteen years, that former DI feels bad about this entire episode. I understand why he was protesting the trade made by Obama, and I’ll bet he’s still super angry at the Sgt Major, but with about ten years and some distance from the event, I’m betting he’ll wish things had gone down differently.

Even with the distance of nearly four months, I still feel the same about this incident. And given that we now know the Sgt Major had just returned from dealing with the death of his father, which his command should have known, I find it absolutely absurd that he was basically forced out after this incident.

The man was a three-time combat vet with a Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device, which they rarely award to enlisted troops…

Sgt Major, I would have been proud to serve under you, and I wish you well in your new job.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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