LESSON 1: If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your colour, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.
Sadly, it’s not quite the case in our society nowadays. However, (as naive as this may be) I still believe that staying true to the below belief, one day it would be rewarded when noticed and appreciated by the right people.
Kindness. It doesn’t cost a damn thing. Sprinkle that shit everywhere!
LESSON 2: If you want to change the world, get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
But it seemed that no matter how much effort you put into starching your hat, or pressing your uniform or polishing your belt buckle— it just wasn’t good enough. The instructors would find “something” wrong.
For failing the uniform inspection, the student had to run, fully clothed into the surf zone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand. The effect was known as a “sugar cookie.” You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day—cold, wet and sandy.
There were many a student who just couldn’t accept the fact that all their effort was in vain. That no matter how hard they tried to get the uniform right—it was unappreciated.
Those students didn’t make it through training. Those students didn’t understand the purpose of the drill. You were never going to succeed. You were never going to have a perfect uniform.
Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up as a sugar cookie.
It’s just the way life is sometimes.
A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances, instead of letting your circumstance having power over you. Always be the one in control. Stay positive.
LESSON 3: If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
No one wanted a circus. A circus meant that for that day you didn’t measure up. A circus meant more fatigue—and more fatigue meant that the following day would be more difficult—and more circuses were likely.
But at some time during SEAL training, everyone—everyone—made the circus list. But an interesting thing happened to those who were constantly on the list. Overtime those students—who did two hours of extra calisthenics—got stronger and stronger.
The pain of the circuses built inner strength-built physical resiliency.
Life is filled with circuses. You will fail. You will likely fail often. It will be painful. It will be discouraging. At times it will test you to your very core.
Do not confuse my bad days as a sign of weakness. Those are actually the days I’m fighting my hardest. Choose to shine even after all the storms that you’ve been through.
LESSON 4: If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
Taught that if a shark begins to circle your position—stand your ground. Do not swim away. Do not act afraid.
And if the shark, hungry for a midnight snack, darts towards you—then summons up all your strength and punch him in the snout and he will turn and swim away.
There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them.
Your kindness with them, speaks of you. Their behaviour in return, speaks of them. Stand your ground and beat them with kindness. Kindness always wins.
LESSON 5: If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
At the darkest moment of the mission—is the time when you must be calm, composed—when all your tactical skills, your physical power and all your inner strength must be brought to bear.
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. It’s how you choose to tackle it, that determines how you emerge – victorious, or never.
LESSON 6: If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person—Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan—Malala—one person can change the world by giving people hope.
People always say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why it’s recommended daily.
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being Be thankful for those people who rekindle our inner spirits.
LESSON 7: If you want to change the world, don’t ever, ever ring the bell.
All you have to do to quit—is ring the bell. Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the freezing cold swims. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT—and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training. Just ring the bell.
An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.
Hope this video motivates you as much as it did, me!