From the Desk of Mike Farris
Bootcamp Graduation Photo - Feb/1959
This article was adapted from the book, MAKE YOUR BED, by Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired). If you are serious about being successful in Network Marketing -- and life -- his book is a must read. Available at GrandCentralPublishing.com
Things The Marine Corps Taught Me
As of this writing, I have been a Marine for almost 60 years (once a Marine always a Marine). I served on active duty from 1958 to 1962, and Marine Corps Reserve from 1962-1964 when I received an honorable discharge.
For me, it all began after I graduated from Lubbock High School in 1958 and joined the United States Marine Corps. Like my classmate, Mac Davis, I thought happiness was Lubbock Texas in my rear view mirror. I arrived at USMCRD (U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot) in San Diego, California on October 29, 1958. The Parris Island Marines call San Diego Recruits, "Hollywood Marines". Believe me, Marine Corps bootcamp is nothing like Gomer Pyle USMC. From November through March is the rainy season in Southern California - a great time of year to go through basic training.
Basic Recruit training is three months of long torturous runs, unending calisthenics, days without sleep, learning to march in formation to Marine Corps standards, field stripping and cleaning your weapon (sometimes blind folded), memorizing the entire Marine Corps Manuel and repeating it word for word on demand, and always wet, cold and miserable.
It is three months of being constantly harassed by professionally trained warriors who seek to find the weak of mind and body and eliminate them from ever becoming a Marine. But the training also seeks to find those recruits who can lead in an environment of constant stress, chaos, failure, and hardships. To me, Marine Corps recruit training was a lifetime of challenges crammed into three months.
So, here is one of the lessons I learned from Marine Corps recruit training that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life. Every morning in recruit training, my Drill Instructors (DI), who at the time were all combat veterans of the Korean War, would show up in my Quonset hut, and the first thing they would inspect was your bed. If you did it right, the corners would be square, the blanket pulled tight, the pillow centered at the head of the bed, and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack.
It was a simple task, mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that we were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle-hardened Marines, but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.
If you make your bed right every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed correctly will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.
If you can't (or won't) do the little things right, you will never do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a well-made bed-- that you made--and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.
If you want to be a great Network Marketer, start off by making your bed.
My Network Marketing Story
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