Where I’ve been the past few months…

It’s been roughly three weeks since I’ve posted, and I’m sure many of you have wondered where I’ve been. Unless I’m mistaken, that’s the longest gap — by far — of me not posting in three years. (Even prior to that I’ve just mostly posted Twitter summaries or other things of late, where I haven’t put myself out there much.)

Partly, the lack of posting is a result of my new job and the transition of adjusting to it, but my long-time followers know I still managed to post regularly through the closing of my paper, so you true members of Mitchell’s Militia are far too keen to think it’s just me in a new job.

Partly, I’ve been super busy — Danah and I have finally gotten our company debt refinanced, and we’re still wrapping up loose ends from our company even nearly a year-plus after the fact — but my true friends on here know I’ve been busy and trying to over-achieve since the day I left for the Marines at 17.

So, what truly gives?

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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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