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.

8 thoughts on “What kind of person are you?

  1. Stan – The Old Gunny always used to say: “Some people would rather live than lose – and you don’t want them on your fire team.”
    Semper Fi, Brother.


    1. Holy cow, OG!!!! I’d never heard that before, but that’s an amazing quote!!!

      I always felt that way with my business, and with my author goals. People might laugh at how hard I try, or with my constant — almost absurd — motivational quotes or beliefs, but most of them aren’t laughing now.

      Throughout my divorce, my near bankruptcy, and even my first few months as an author, selling just a copy or so a day, it seemed I’d constantly hear about people almost relishing the fact I’d fallen short. (Must have reinforced their views that there’s no point in trying…)

      Anyway, of late, I’m selling tons of books, so I’m pretty sure I’ll have the last laugh. And if I don’t, then it won’t be for trying.

      Semper Fi! Thanks for checking in!



  2. “Are you tough as nails and half crazy, with people looking at you with the highest level of respect?”

    Sorry, when I see someone who’s “half-crazy,” I don’t look at them with respect, I look at them with contempt, especially if that half-crazy in any way demeans or harms another individual.


    1. Hey Jason,

      I didn’t describe that well. Had just returned home from a two-day work trip to Alabama and went with the maxim of never let perfect be the enemy of good.

      So, I wanted to get a post out, exhausted or not. The “half-crazy” that I poorly described is how probably many would describe me. I started a newspaper at the age of 27, with just $20,000. Clearly, in hindsight, that’s half-crazy.

      But no one in Oak Ridge thinks I’m actually crazy. I’ve served on numerous Boards, and am well respected.

      Sorry that I so poorly described what I was trying to say, and thanks for pointing it out.



  3. You just hit the recruit a hard blow to the gut and straitened him out. You described the guts and courage of a man’s character and what it takes to carry you through. No you don’t have to be half crazy, just a WILL to push you on.


    1. 1stSgt!

      Great to hear from you! And you said it far better than I did. I explained in reply to a comment above how/why I botched it, and a little better what I was trying to say. (Which in short you said best in a single sentence…)

      Why do I fancy myself a writer?

      Well, I’ll keep endeavoring until I figure it out!

      Semper Fi,


  4. “Well, I’ll keep endeavoring until I figure it out!” – Roger that!

    An adage for those who don’t want to live life in the middle of the pack:
    Persistence alone, is omnipotent.



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