How is this for a resume: Worked with refugees in Bosnia & Rwanda. Spent time working, living and doing research in Calcutta with Mother Teresa’s “Sister of Charities” as well as in Cambodia and Gaza. Lived in an orphanage in Bolivia. Graduated from Duke University and went on to be a Rhodes Scholar. Then joined the Navy and became a Navy SEAL. A compassionate humanitarian. A fearsome Navy SEAL.
Meet Eric Greitens. He brought care and compassion to the weakest and most vulnerable in the world. He used strength and force to combat real evil in the world.
I try to read everyday. Besides scanning news items I make sure to read at least one book a month, which I have managed to do for the last 7 years. This year I have read 25 books so far. I use a lot of illustrations from these books in my teaching (in case you haven’t noticed!). From time to time I’ll recommend a book that I think is worth while reading. He is the first, “The Heart and the Fist” by Eric Grietens. Three reasons I’ll recommend it.
1. It is rare to find someone who is willing to spend years of their live serving the worlds poorest people and those afflicted by war and also spends years of theirs of live using physical force aggressive force to fight evil in the world. Eric has sound reasons for not just talk about both, but by doing both.
2. He doesn’t over generalize the the tensions that exist in complex would we live in. Complex issues rarely have simple solutions. He understands the vital role history plays in finding solutions to each conflict.
3. He is determined to not just learn and talk about the worlds problems, but to take action. You Only Live Once (YOLO or as he prefers to say You Live Only Once), and he is convinced that service, especially serving others is the key to living a full life.
The book offers a ton of great insights on leadership. I laughed, got angry and I cried as read it. Most of all it made think of living, not just talking about life’s most important truths. Let me know what you think if you read it. Do you have a book that I ought to put on my reading list? Let me know, I’ll add it to mine!