Honestly, I never had a desire to serve. I made the decision almost spur of the moment. I love a challenge, honestly. I love pushing myself both physically and mentally and when I heard about the SEAL program it absorbed my attention.
Q: What keeps you motivated?
Well that's a difficult question to answer in a short response... so I will say I simply love my country and I enjoy serving with some of the best and brightest our country has serving beside me. There is always competition and someone shooting to be the best. I'm 27 and still getting faster, stronger and smarter. Not many my age can say the same. Being a part of the 1% of the nation's population is an honor and a privilege. I may not get paid 6 figures.... But I am both happy and content with my career.
Q: When did you realized that continued progress was the key to success?
Someone told me when I was laying down in the surf zone in Coronado one thing that stuck with me forever.... "I am the least bit interested in being good... I want to be perfect. But since it is impossible to be perfect I will reach greatness striving for it." These words have been my inspiration in every task I have at hand. Constantly reach for perfection and constantly progress. Never sit still and become complacent.
Q: What is something you are most proud of?
Well, I can't exactly say... Just know it was amazing. But for this blogs sake and not to leave any question unanswered... I suppose I am proud of the fact i am now serving in the army. Not many can say they served our country... even fewer can say they served in two different branches...
Q: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome on your path to success?
Getting over myself and understanding the world is bigger than me.... when I went into the military I still had a very childish mindset. I didn't care about anyone but me and my own success. It took a while and a few fights to learn one very valid fact. It is impossible to do anything in my line of work alone. Teamwork is when a group of ordinary people come together to do extraordinary things. Once I figured this out my entire life changed.
Q: Share any tips or suggestions that you have to anyone interested in continued progression as well.
My mom told me one day to look myself in the eye and ask myself if I was happy with who I was. As a child I didn't understand and honestly I was in trouble as usual but at the time I didn't realize how much worse it was to do that... than any spanking or punishment I could have received. If you as an adult can't look yourself in the eyes and tell yourself your happy with where you are in life as an adult.... Then you need to go find what's missing. As a child you had dreams of great things and doing big things in life. But as we grow older we tend to let go of those things and accept the safety nets we create to avoid failure by not trying things that involve unnecessary risk.... I say cut the nets and walk the unbeaten path instead of the one created by those before us. Take chances and risks to better yourself and even when you fail... you will still gain knowledge from it. It is better to fail at trying... then to not try at all.
Q: Anything else that you would like to share with the readers?
I'll end with a quote... short but powerful. If you understand it you may just begin your progression...
"The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct" - Confucius.
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