Daily Attitude Email 09 05 17

If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

More words of wisdom from William McRaven’s commencement speech.

He tells the story (below) of how during a particular training exercise there is a moment that requires their very best in order to succeed.

Jim Collins said it by saying that not all time is created equal.

There are moments in our lives that require more from us.

More patience.

More skill.

More endurance.

More love.

More grit.

And these moments can define us. They can be the difference between victory and defeat.

We get to choose whether we give it our all or give in.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Here is this section of the speech:

As Navy SEALs one of our jobs is to conduct underwater attacks against enemy shipping. We practiced this technique extensively during basic training.

The ship attack mission is where a pair of SEAL divers is dropped off outside an enemy harbor and then swims well over two miles underwater using nothing but a depth gauge and a compass to get to their target.

During the entire swim, even well below the surface there is some light that comes through. It is comforting to know that there is open water above you.

But as you approach the ship, which is tied to a pier, the light begins to fade. The steel structure of the ship blocks the moonlight — it blocks the surrounding street lamps — it blocks all ambient light.

To be successful in your mission, you have to swim under the ship and find the keel, the centerline and the deepest part of the ship.

This is your objective. But the keel is also the darkest part of the ship, where you cannot see your hand in front of your face, where the noise from the ship’s machinery is deafening and where it is easy to get disoriented and fail.

Every SEAL knows that under the keel, 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.

If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment. ​

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