“Webb, you are a worthless piece of ####! You’ve got no ####! You’ve got no spine! You’ve got no character! Do you even have the brains to realize what a worthless piece of #### you are?”
They have a saying in the SEAL teams: “It pays to be a winner.” True enough, but one of the secrets to winning is embracing failures, obstacles, and losses. They have another saying: “The best ideas come from the worst places.” Most outrageously successful business ideas are born out of the experience of failure, sometimes even bitter failure. The pain is temporary; the learning is priceless.
This is a fascinating read detailing the experience/thoughts of a US Navy Seal and some advice when the going gets tough and how to embrace, learn and grow from adversity, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining!
It is near the end of First Phase, just a few days before Hell Week. I am alone on the beach, surrounded by four BUD/ S instructors goading me through hundreds of calisthenics, yelling at me at the top of their lungs, shoveling sand in my face, hurling insults, pushing as hard as they can. I am a wounded buck, surrounded by a pack of hyenas, a gazelle cornered by a pride of the veld’s hungriest lions.