“I will never quit. My nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down i will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect against my enemies and accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.” Marcus Luttrell,US Navy Seal, and Author of Lone Survivor.
All of us in life need people to look up to. People to admire. I think all of us need people, not to idolize, but to draw positive qualities from. I think of it like this…
It’s almost like a video game where there are certain characters in the game you must borrow powers from to become a more badass version of yourself. They could be drawn from athletes who are in the shoes you want to be in, or CEO’s of fortune 500 companies, when seemingly everything they touch turns to gold. It could even come from someone lesser known, like a pastor at a church or an owner of a cool restaurant on the beach.
We can gather, slowly but surely, if we are observant and open enough, traits from nearly everyone we encounter. It is important to remember though, not to be closed minded in any situation. As Bruce Lee put it perfectly,
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”
Well said, Dragon.
Be shapeless, formless, not rigid and closed.
Being an athlete striving to reach the highest level, a player who has encountered numerous setbacks in life and sports, and a human who is never content, and often grossed out by the possibility of mediocrity, I have found tons of people who I try and absorb superpowers from. There is however, a group of individuals who I look up to with more respect, reverence, and amazement than just about any other group. They are the Navy Seals of the United States Military.
Yes, they have been in the media constantly over the past decade, for good reason. They hate it. They hate the attention. They take pride in flying under the radar as the most skilled, and most mentally tough individuals on the planet.
The reasons are endless on why I find the Seals to be so admirable and inspirational. The first, and most obvious, is that they are giving of themselves, so selflessly, their lives, for the protection of our nation. The others qualities of Navy Seals, I feel translate more toward the life I aspire to live.
1.) Seals take pride on training harder than anyone else could ever imagine.
2.) Seals know that, no matter how tough the obstacle or challenge. They will die before they quit.
3.) Seals put others before themselves, without ever thinking twice about it.
4.) Seals are the best of the best in their line of work. They aren’t necessarily the strongest, but they are by far the most mentally tough.
I have probably read or listened to more things about the Navy Seals than you wish to hear, and have even heard from countless people that they think I should join (I won’t) , but here are some great articles and videos I found to be inspiring and motivating in my own path.
To Hard Men by David Goggins- I’ve written about David before, and in my mind he’s the toughest athlete of all time. After his career in the Seals, he decided to help raise money for a good cause, by running in ultra marathon races. The thing is, he never even ran a marathon. He didn’t care. He knew pain and suffering on the highest of levels, and wanted to test his soul in the most grueling way imaginable. Hundred mile races. His article and blog here are great resources for helping build yourself into the toughest person you can be.
The Story Of Adam Brown– The best book I’ve ever read, was the one above. I cried like a baby, smiled constantly, even pumped a few fists all in the short time it took me to finish this one. Adam’s story is absolutely incredible. From being the star athlete in his high school, to a severely addicted druggie, then finally a reborn, man of faith, Adam not only beat the odds to become a Navy Seal, he became a member of the most elite special operations unit in the world, Seal Team Six. This, all after beating and stomping even more obstacles along the way. I hope they make a movie…Here is the book trailer below.
Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor- Possibly the most important quality I strive to embrace in my own life, is the attitude of never quitting under any circumstances. >>>THIS (PART 1 HERE) (PART 2 HERE)<<< short speech to the Oakland Raider’s by former Navy Seal, Richard Machowicz, is a goto for me that reminds me even when in the most brutal of training, or worst of situations, the most important thing is that you never fucking quit. Ever.
Up there with Fearless is Lone Survivor. Marcus Luttrell tells his story of how his squad, under terrible misfortune fought till the very end against an overwhelming enemy. A true story based on one concept. Never giving up. Luckily, they are making a movie on this one. Mark Wahlberg is playing Luttrell. Movie trailer below.
It’s my belief that this group of incredible men are the most worthy of admiration. For me, they are they people I can look up to with the most sincere inspiration. No, I might not become a Navy Seal, but I will take with me their super powers. I will never quit. I am never out of the fight.