The Belief of A Young Marine

I have a good friend named John Whittaker who is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps. He told me a story that illustrates the power of beliefs and how they dictate and drive our actions, and it is a story that I have never been able to forget. He says. “When I was in the Marines I decided to go to Jump School to learn how to parachute out of airplanes. Interestingly, the government sends Marines to Fort Benning, Georgia to an Army Jump School. One night everyone was out at the bar having a few drinks and one marine bumped into an army ranger and spilled his beer. Words were exchanged and they squared off and began to fight. The marine was a lot smaller than the ranger and for the first two rounds of the fight it looked like the marine had no chance. But then
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Care: A Great Investment

As a leader it is imperative that you invest in your people everyday. You’ve heard about going the extra mile, reaching above and beyond. If you want to be a person of influence, going the extra mile is exactly what investing in people is all about. Let me give you a great example of that. In 2003 on “Good Morning America,” Charlie Gibson was interviewing General Earl Hailston of the United States Marine Corps. General Hailson and his Marines were stationed a few miles outside of Iraq waiting to go to war. Throughout the interview they discussed the morale of the troops, and the plan and purpose of the mission. Then at the end of the interview, Charlie asked an interesting question. He said, “General do you have any hobbies, anything that you like to do other than your career?” General Hailston replied, “I do, I love photography and particularly
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Care: A Great Investment

As a leader it is imperative that you invest in your people everyday. You’ve heard about going the extra mile, reaching above and beyond. If you want to be a person of influence, going the extra mile is exactly what investing in people is all about. Let me give you a great example of that. In 2003 on “Good Morning America,” Charlie Gibson was interviewing General Earl Hailston of the United States Marine Corps. General Hailson and his Marines were stationed a few miles outside of Iraq waiting to go to war. Throughout the interview they discussed the morale of the troops, and the plan and purpose of the mission. Then at the end of the interview, Charlie asked an interesting question. He said, “General do you have any hobbies, anything that you like to do other than your career?” General Hailston replied, “I do, I love photography and particularly
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