As I sit and type this on my 25th birthday, I reflect on what that means in regards to my warrior life. 25 years of life equates to 20 years of consistent martial training. I have had the great privilege of training with some highly skilled warriors from all different realms as civilians and members of the military and other government agencies. I reflect on how all my training has brought me to this moment.
I have received extremely positive feedback in regards to these blogs and I want to say thank you to everyone who has read them. I also want to thank everyone who played a role in helping me construct this website. Lastly, but certainly not least, I want to thank all my fellow warriors. To all the people I have trained with over the past 20 years, Thank You. You have all played some role in shaping me into who I am today and I am forever grateful.
20 years is a long time to do anything but I am extremely excited. For me, I feel as though I am a beginner. My training has really just begun. I have so much more to do, so many more people to instruct and to help. The opportunities that lie before me are endless and it is truly incredible to ponder.
My thoughts today are on how I am still here. Some have asked "How are you still doing the same thing? Most people outgrow that stuff." I am not most people. I am striving after depth in one subject rather than to become a jack of all trades. For me, the ocean of martial training is endless. I have barely even begun to explore it but the little I have explored has been amazing to discover. Each time I learn something new I feel like a kid in a candy store.
The training will never end and I will never stop instructing. It is in my blood. I am literally wired to do it. And it feels awesome. Sharing my knowledge and skills with a brand new client who has trained before is most rewarding. Seeing their brain working and their mindset shifting from fear to "I can do this." That excites me. Knowing that this person has taken one more step in the direction of self-determination and away from the victim mentality that plagues this nation. That excites me.
My birthday reflections lead me to feel how fortunate I have been in my training. I have access to the greatest instructors and teachers on the planet and that is largely thanks to one key mentor who placed me in contact with them. I also contemplate how I have gotten out of my training what I have put into it. Much of what I know and have done, I know and have done because I kept looking for more. I did not become sated. I have a perpetual hunger for more. This is good and means I shall never grow weary of training.
On this, my 25th birthday, I put a question to all of you: Are you sated? Are you already full from life or are you hungry? The good thing is, being hungry is a choice. I choose to be hungry. I hunger for more training. I hunger to improve my relationships, I hunger to grow my business, I hunger to love my family and friends better. Are you hungry? The great motivational speaker Les Brown would always say to his audiences "You gotta be HUNGRY!" and he is so right.
To paraphrase the most interesting man in the world, "stay hungry my friends."
Live in the battleground.
The Warrior Speaker