Some might say this a war issue, and that one movie depcits survival and overocming odds and the toher depicts the horrible part and some would say cowardice of war. Let me be clear with that last statement, I’m not advocating that sniping is cowardice nor am I saying it is a despicable part of war, I happen to feel they are both neccesarry and valued to our Troops own survival and counter insurrgency efforts. However, it is a common thread dissenters are using. In the next few paragrpahs I’ll discuss what I see as the messages from the movie, and what we can apply to life and business from it.
American Sniper, a book written by SOC Chris Kyle and made into a movie, and Lone Surivivor, a book by Marcus Luttrell (not sure of his retired rank) are both books by former Navy Seals. Although my friends would argue there is no such thing as a former seal, so I will say a retired Navy Seal. These are guys who do the dirtiest of work, along with all of our special forces, and it is somehting they do wihtout glory or recognition. Some of have said these books and movies are meant to glorify the Seals and Special Forces. However, those that say that really don’t understand what they are taking in. None of these books glorify war or the actions taken.
Instead they educate and inform the public of the steps being done and correct the mis information that is out there about their activities. In the cased of Lutrell, his story was asked, almost ordered, to be told by Navy Commanders so the right information was released about his ordeal and the memories of thise lost were honored properly. These heroes, did not write these books litely, nor did they enter the spotlight for fame and glory.
In fact they did it for the exact opposite, so that their brothers could continue the fight and their duty in annonmynity and continue to focus on their tehem, the only good day was yesterday. These heroes, need this annonmynity to do their job and frnakly we really don’t want to know what they do. Butg these stories tell us something we do need to know. These indivioduals are heroes and they survive and thrive by implementing four key things that we can all apply to our daily lives:
Imagine if we had the same applkication of loyalty in our lives and our professional work, where would we be? Combined with Loyalty is Duty. Duty is a sense of being and responsibility to finish what you started. In American Sniper, Kyle was not ready to com home until he protected his military fmaily by eliminating the enemy sniper hurting American Troops. Once done, he was ready tp physically come home and start the mental process of coming home. He was able to do this through his own dedication and duty to his perosnal fmaily to be there for him but also through his teamwork, of working with other veterans. Luttrell had a similar experience, healing form his injuries, by being a aprt of a alrger team supporting counter insurrgency and re-developing Iraq with trianing Iraqi forces and building bridges wihtin the communities. He went from warrior to strategist and cooperator to further the mission because that was what his team needed.
All of these men used a focus to do their job, a form of mental toughness. This is the last significant factor we can take to apply in our lives and professional situation. What is you were to focus and commit to your family and your work at different levels and be able to compartmentalize when neccesarry or open it up at other times, how successful would you be?
I contend, if we take the messages form these great mean and honor them for what they prove to us everyday and then follow just a little of what thery have inisde of them and do everyday in the form of loyalty, duty, teamwork, and focus, we will all have better lives, better communication, and better results with what we want.
What are your thoughts?
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