It’s come to my attention that people don’t like failing. What a surprise right. In our classes we put a heavy emphasis on standards and I am upfront about my expectations from the beginning of class. In the end it’s still their own performance matched against standards that leads to a pass or fail.
Everybody’s a winner
One of the cultural norms we see popular today is how everybody graduates, I use the term everyone gets a juice box to describe this theory. Basically, there are no losers. All I have to say to that is it’s no wonder our country is going down the toilet. Even as a father I know the importance behind teaching the boys why winning is so important. It has to do with hard work, discipline and failure. We’ve created a society where failure is to be avoided at all cost for fear of traumatizing the psyche. What a bunch of bullshit!
The most important things to take from that last thought is hard work, discipline and failure. There is no substitute for hard work, natural talent will only get you so far, luck is never to be relied upon and good looks will fade. And then what separates world-class athletes and operators is the hard work they put in to bring them to a whole new level. That hard work leads to discipline, you have to be disciplined if you want to be the very best that you can. It takes doing what the other guy is not willing to do. The discipline to stay focused on the task at hand, to get that extra rep at the gym, to fight through discomfort and awkwardness, the list goes on and on. Ultimately, all of this will eventually lead to failures. If you are working to be then set you can be you cannot expect to be perfect or not make a mistake. If you find yourself in that situation, your mindset is that of ego driven versus performance driven. You’re more worried about the failure than what it takes to succeed.
The baseline of all baselines
In all of our programs there are standards everyone across-the-board must meet. The integrity of the standards is beyond reproach, and we will not sacrifice them for anything or anyone. Too many people have come through our classes over the last decade to throw their hard work to the side. I take great pride in knowing the graded evolutions we administer on the East Coast is the same as the ones we do on the West Coast. The ones we do in Texas are the same as the one’s in Minnesota. My point is folks know they can measure themselves, they can use the class as a baseline for their improved or sustained performance.
You don’t have to understand all of the testing and grading regarding our training programs. What I suggest instead is you consider every round fired is purposefully, willfully launched to achieve a hit. If you fail to perform during a graded evolution and you use the excuse you didn’t know it was a test, that’s an epic failure. Every round you fire should be fired under the assumption it is for real. Therefore, you should naturally assume in our classes every round fired is a graded round and why wouldn’t you, that is reality.
There are a lot reasons not to attend our training classes, but fear of failing and the damage to the ego shouldn’t be one. To those folks I offer the Juice Box Award.