Grizzly bears and COVID-19, the Coronavirus. That’s a helluva scary combination. But they have more in common than they might seem, because both cause a lot of fear. Here’s a cool story about a grizzly attack that illustrates where we are as a society as we watch COVID-19 close in around us. You can check out the video below or just keep reading.[Read more…] about What a Grizzly Attack Can Teach Us about Dealing with COVID-19
“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” – Sun Tzu
Life will almost never go according to plan. When plans get disrupted, it’s easy to make excuses and resign yourself to failure. It’s much harder to adapt and persevere. But, when things fall apart, those who are able to adapt and persist often succeed at a much higher level than if things had gone according to plan. Winners find a way, losers find an excuse. In fact, chaotic circumstances are often the best recipe to win big.
In this video, I talk about how chaotic weather challenged me to adapt and find an opportunity when others did not. The result: Out of 200 hunters, I brought in the only deer of the day.[Read more…] about Video: In the Midst of Chaos, There is also Opportunity
One of the primary characteristics of manhood is responsibility, and it starts with being responsible for our own lives. There’s a sign at the Chow Hall at the Navy SEAL headquarters that reads “If every SEAL were like me, how strong would the team be?” While the hope for every team is to be greater than the sum of its individual members, that sign is a reminder that, in order for the teams to thrive, each member must push himself to excellence. As we’ve seen, much of SEAL training is about survival. But the great ones always push the envelope. They are not content to merely survive, they want to be the best. But there are always some who are content to merely get by, to meet the minimum standards. When we adopt that attitude, when we count on someone else to make the team great, we cheat ourselves and the team. [Read more…] about Lessons from the SEALs: Why Manhood Means Responsibility
The measure of a man is in what he does, not what he talks about doing. Likewise, the measure of a leader is in how his team actually performs, not in what he preaches to them. Check out this video about the two dangers that keep leaders from meeting the standards they talk about.
Success in life requires being properly related to truth. While individual truths are often simple, the fact that there are thousands of them makes synthesizing and applying them to our lives a complicated endeavor. This makes balance and calibration crucial. If we embrace one truth (or a facet of truth) while neglecting a related truth (or facet), then we will be out of balance and improperly calibrated. In order to find our way as men, we must embrace and properly calibrate these truths, even those that are paradoxical or seemingly contradictory. We must find the proper balance. [Read more…] about Balanced Manhood