Month: February 2018

Those who can control self-preservation…


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My Dearest Raider,

Leadership

The yield of America’s decades-long social experiment has been reaped, measured and found wanting. Most everyone desires rampant peace to flourish throughout every corner of this flat earth as much as justice, equality and non-offensive behaviors. Throughout your life you will quickly recognize 4 types of peoples. Whether we want to believe it or not, history proves and reproves time and time again that the “evil wolf” in bad peoples will inevitably come knocking in some shape, form and fashion. They exist to devour the mass of sheep, the seemingly innocent victims of naivety. What stops them are sheepdogs who stand shoulder-to-shoulder to guard the flock, placing themselves between who and what they love and those trying to take it away. And then there are the noble wolves who initiate movement to take the fight out to the enemy. They hunt them down in their lairs. They extend far beyond their reach, doing what other wolves do because that is exactly what they are. They are physically brutish. Emotionally, they are rough around the edges, oftentimes abrasive and obsessive compulsive. Intellectually, they curse too much. Most need adrenaline to self-medicate and suffering is a sought after and acceptable 2nd hand substitute. Throughout the good times, the characteristics and traits of these war fighters is deemed archaic and counterproductive to society’s needs…until bad things are encircling and the need arises for someone to put the reasoning of self-preservation aside.

In the end, never lose your warrior’s heart & soul. We will nurture your passions, loves and likes. As you continue to grow, you will continue to chose and re-chose who you are and what you want to be. Regardless of what you decide to devote your talents to, regardless what craft you will develop and sharpen your skills for, never lose your warrior’s heart & soul. What we’ve come to know you as you, many outside of your small circle will in fact label you weird. You are undoubtedly hard-working, gritty, passionate and disciplined.

Never, ever lose your warrior’s heart & soul.

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Love Always,

Your Dadda

Team-ability


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My Dearest Raider,

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“How Navy SEAL Hell Week Builds Indestructible Teams”

(video presentation by Brent Gleeson, former Navy SEAL)

A team-driven culture doesn’t happen by accident. It must be planted, nurtured and grown. Every rising star like yourself must understand the inherent value of your “team-ability” in that your successes from life till death are strongly dependent on your ability to work effectively as teammates. Our family is a team. What you reap in the arenas is team-driven. Even the successes within traditionally individual-based sports such as Track & Field, Swimming, Tennis and such are based off of team-based relations between coaches, training partners, sports med and all. Your eventual professional career(s) in the work force will all based off of developing cohesion between teammates. And again contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t just happen. It is a skill that you must constantly practice and fine-tune! But what you have yet to comprehend is the absolutely amazing double-edged sword, the gift of team-ability. This occurs because the stronger that you can help make your team and the more that you can raise their actionable expectations of themselves, then you will quickly learn that ALL of the ships on the team will float higher on the rising tide!

Love Always,

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Your Dadda

You Are Weird…celebrate it!


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My Dearest Raider,
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Crazy, Hopping Penguin It is the weird ones like yourself that live in the fringes. You guys think what you are doing is only natural. You are one of the individuals whose minds tick differently. You rationalize differently. You see the world differently. You are these individuals who demonstrate the ability to not only see a difference in public opinion, a view from outside of the proverbial box, also who put forth rare and focused energy into creating changes. Be wary of “centers of excellence” for they need new self-evaluations. Chasing greatness isn’t only about the bare-bones metrics of being more intelligent and increasing weight room numbers because this is a minimum effort accomplishment for gifted individuals. Time and time again the “X-factors” become the launch pads that send talent to new heights. You are growing up in a world that is riddled with a singular socio-drive to better grades, test scores and metric-chasing. But life constantly proves that it is your character development that will allow your true talents, whatever that they may be, to sprout and flourish. A bigger bench press, squat, Oly lift is great and all, unless you become a turd bucket in the process. Don’t be a turd bucket. Your talent is only useful if you have the character to stay in the game long enough to make long lasting, positive changes to the picture that is bigger than yourself. Nurture your greatness, feed it and prune it and continue to grow the confidence needed to bring positive changes to the world. i am constantly in awe and every day i celebrate your weirdness young, rising star.
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Love Always,
 
Your Dadda

“Fault vs Responsibility”


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My Dearest Raider,
 
As a coach, your Dadda and a teammate in your small circle, i feel that it is my responsibility to give you this exact message, but to take it even further. It is imperative that i lead you to develop positive compensation patterns to deal with the stresses that you will be faced with. i’ve been blessed enough to have been in the craft for quite some time. Throughout this journey i’ve heard every excuse, point and reason why many peoples’ desired successes haven’t been achieved. You are growing up in an age where everyone wants to quickly label everyone else and pack on the excuses that come with it all. Height, weight, race, color, creed, gender, socio-economic background, blah-blah-blah-blah-blah. We all have our quirks, short comings and issues to deal with along our way with some more than others, but it is irrelevant. You will come to recognize that in life, just like the arenas, the absolutes do not care what kind of baggage you’re toting along. The stop watch doesn’t care. A touch pad doesn’t care. Sprinting to the game-winning ball lofted into the end zone will not care. Your opponents definitely will not care. Your product development or sales figures will not care. i feel that our correct response is to teach you how to “deal with it all” in a positive manner. But oftentimes we never give our young rising stars the tools to do so. i’ll watch the grimaces on faces when the discomfort of an exercise and workout are too much to bear. i take note of the sad-face look of despair when they fail at difficult, near-impossible tasks. Some idly stand by and watch others implode in times of training adversity and then they all wonder why it happens in grand events. As a society, many times this leads us to commit the bigger sin as we shy away from confrontation and not putting peoples into situations where they can progressively, systematically learn how to compensate, how to deal with these emotions. Learn the “TiVo Pause”, continuously practice box breathing, fine-tune your meditation, sharpen your ability to extract relevant information in chaos, maintain effective communication, and so on and so forth in training. For instance, your under-waters are highly valuable tools to maintain composure under duress, to learn to apply focused attention to the task at hand and to remain calm in stressful situations. During training, use mirror moments so that you can recognize your habits and make a decision to put into play the most effective tools to gain traction and build momentum. Then regardless of the situations and their emotional dangers and pitfalls, you will come to bear your healthy defiance and “In Spite Of…” you will succeed.
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Love Always,
 
Your Dadda