Staggering while losing bits of consciousness I barely made it back to base camp. I had just failed the grueling land navigation course that I needed to pass if I were to become a Navy SEAL. Minutes later my SEAL instructors informed me that despite my wavering physical condition, they’d be sending me back out for an immediate retest.
Just 100 yards into the first snow covered field, I started to wobble again. During the previous test I had used ziplock bags to protect my feet from the wet snow and it ended up costing me 2 of my toenails.
Now with the circulation flowing again the blood started to fill the tips of my socks and then froze leaving me to tackle the course with a sadistic level of crippling pain in my toes. The reality of being dropped from training began to settle in along with the hypothermia. That’s when Joe showed up.
Joe was another student being retested, but knowing my compromised physical condition he refused to let me out of his sight. “Dude you’ll get dropped from training if you stay with me. Get out of here.” I said, but he wouldn’t leave my side. Joe ran to get his points and then ran back to me to make sure I wasn't face down in the snow somewhere.
When I stepped onto that field to retest, there was no way I could have passed. And even though Joe couldn't help me get my points, his mere presence gave me what I needed to do so. In the SEAL Teams this phenomenon of 1+1= 50 is known to be the result of our brotherhood (tribe).
When I left the military, I made it a point to learn how to create and maintain a brotherhood like this. As a result I’ve never once had to create a resume, sit through a job interview or have lacked any fun and adventure in my life. I’ve been able to constantly perform beyond myself and situation.
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