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.
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