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Some life-changing observations and advice in this video below

This video, as its title says, has some great info on millennials, BUT, it has some amazing lessons and advice for all of us. Not only will you better understand the millennials in your life, but you’ll better understand what all our social media is doing to us. (Yes, all of us.) You’ll also better understand friendships, developing patience, and even some things about your job that you probably never considered.

If you can spare a few mins to listen to this, I’m confident it will blow you away as it blew me away. Since it’s a tad long, fold some laundry, dust your room, or march in place for some needed exercise while it plays.

Without question, I’m not a millennial, but after watching this, I’m certainly changing a few of my habits with my phone and social media.

Here’s the video:

(Hat tip, Colin)

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

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Stan R. Mitchell, author and prior Marine, is best known for his Nick Woods Marine Sniper series, which has remained in the Top 100 on Amazon for more than three years. The series has also been picked up by Audible.com for a multi-book audio deal. Additional works include a Western thriller, detective series, and World War II story. Learn more at http://stanrmitchell.com.

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Colin Powell: the best advice I ever got

Hey guys,

I thought I’d share something I recently stumbled across for the second time.

Many years ago, when this was first published in Fortune Magazine, I cut it out and pasted it on my front door. I was at probably the the lowest point in my life when I came across it. I’d been hit with a divorce I never saw coming. I had more than a hundred grand in debt. I had friends telling me I should close the newspaper that I’d started and just get a job or file bankruptcy.

But I happened upon this article with Colin Powell’s words and they really spoke to me. They really helped push me and keep me motivated as I read them each day on my door before leaving.

And every day as I walked out of my apartment, I’d remind myself that it didn’t matter that I was a struggling business owner in the present. It was more about what I could become if I just persisted and kept improving myself.

Let me quit blathering and just share what the great man said was the best advice he’d ever gotten when he was asked this question at the age of 72:

When I was a young infantry officer at Fort Benning, we had a lot of old captains who had served in World War II and Korea. They were not going to go higher in rank, but, boy, did they know about soldiering. So I didn’t learn this piece of barracks wisdom from an Eisenhower or Pershing. I heard it from these wonderful reserve captains.

This is the story: There was a brand-new second lieutenant who was very ambitious and wanted to be a general. So one night at the officer’s club the young officer spotted this old general sitting at the bar. So he went up and said, “How do I become a general?”

And the old general answered, “Son, you’ve got to work like a dog. You’ve got to have moral and physical courage. There may be days you’re tired, but you must never show fatigue. You’ll be afraid, but you can never show fear. You must always be the leader.”

The young officer was so excited by this advice. “Thank you, sir,” he said, “so is this how I become a general?”

“No,” said the general, “that’s how you become a first lieutenant, and then you keep doing it over and over and over.”

Throughout my career, I’ve always tried to do my best today, think about tomorrow, and maybe dream a bit about the future. But doing your best in the present has to be the rule. You won’t become a general unless you become a good first lieutenant. 

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

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Stan R. Mitchell, author and prior Marine, is best known for his Nick Woods Marine Sniper series, which has remained in the Top 100 on Amazon for more than three years. The series has also been picked up by Audible.com for a multi-book audio deal. Additional works include a Western thriller, detective series, and World War II story.

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Three tips on how to deal with extreme stress from an upcoming event.

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is doing well! Wanted to share a quick video I posted on YouTube.

Hope you enjoy!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

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Stan R. Mitchell, author and prior Marine, is best known for his Nick Woods Marine Sniper series, which has remained in the Top 100 on Amazon for more than three years. The series has also been picked up by Audible.com for a multi-book audio deal. Additional works include a Western thriller, detective series, and World War II story.

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