What Did I Get Myself Into?

Last Update: June 25, 2016

Thirty-six years ago this summer I was in the middle of Army Basic Training. I was still 17 for a couple of more months and I had just graduated from high school a few weeks before.

What did I get myself into?

Here is a picture of my new best friend at the time.

What more could anyone ask for in life? He was a great mentor and helped me to learn and to grow. I had to learn quickly or he would really pay extra special attention to me!

John Candy, The movie: Stripes


I also learned to surround myself with positive people who were after the same things that I was after. I learned teamwork.

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That summer in 1980 was very very hot in Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. It made everything much more difficult to accomplish but I made it.

I never once thought about quitting no matter what happened.

This lesson was to prove to be very important for the rest of my life. I learned to overcome obstacles and to drive on towards the goals that I had set for myself no matter what.

I learned to do things that I thought were impossible. I learned that I had to focus my mind first and get it right before I could move ahead towards success.

I learned that it is okay to be scared at times but you have to face your fears and make your mind up to overcome them by taking positive action.

Sometimes you just have to get down and dirty to reach your goals.

It is the same here at Wealthy Affiliate.

As you learn to focus your mind to learn and to grow, you will overcome your fears and do the things that you did not think you could do.

You have to make your mind up never to quit. You can make your dreams come true!

Before you know it, you are graduating and success is yours!

Dave.

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AlexEvans Premium
So true Dave, like the only person you ever have to beat is your self, so good to surround your self with positive friends, it does help heaps.
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dstaple1490 Premium
You are one of my positive friends!
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Kaciesmama Premium
No different to anything requiring perseverance
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dstaple1490 Premium
very true
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karagrace80 Premium
Great Blog! I really enjoyed it! Love the comparison!
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dstaple1490 Premium
Thanks Kara.
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Ultimateless Premium
....it's also good to be able to laugh at yourself so you can keep things in perspective...
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dstaple1490 Premium
Laughter is essential! It is the glue that holds life together. Thanks, Dave.
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verazhelvis Premium
If it's the army where people are allowed to laugh, I would rather join in. Have always lacked some discipline in life. Is there a probe period? lol
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dstaple1490 Premium
Sure Vera, come join! Discipline needs the balance of laughter and spontaneity to make a person whole. Dave.
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verazhelvis Premium
I sure like such a description of discipline... I thought it was worse... hahaha..)).
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dstaple1490 Premium
I went on to become an officer and I was an instructor at officer candidate school. My sadistic sense of humor has always served me well! LOL! Dave.
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verazhelvis Premium
"sadistic" maybe is a little too much... But being a teacher or instructor with the sense of humour is great. I know.. I am a teacher myself...lol))
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dstaple1490 Premium
The role that I had as an instructor was the drill instructor for officer trainees. I was the one in their face and yelling. In a loving sort of way of course...
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Ultimateless Premium
......of course....:)
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verazhelvis Premium
hope they understood it was a loving way... hahaha...:)
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dstaple1490 Premium
The point is, they remembered the love. LOL!
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Loubelle Premium
Thanks Dave. All the best
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dstaple1490 Premium
you bet!
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