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Is it in the DNA?

Teachers, Preachers, and police are said to be a calling. Each has to have a special ability to handle and deal with the people in it’s own field. Whether you believe that or not we all know of stories where individuals who have entered the aforesaid are not equipped to do the job.

The same can be said about the protection field. There is a special person that is required to enter this field. The main ingredient is “willingness to sacrifice”. Many are called but few are chosen. On the face of it the statement seems vague but sacrifice comes in many colors, shades and hues.

Sacrifice can mean a cornucopia of
things: time, effort, not working the specific position you think you’re supposed to work and lastly, the willingness to sacrifice your life for that of another.

We inherently will put our lives in harms way for a loved one, but we aren’t naturally wired to do that for a stranger. We say we do, but when was the last time you did that. Better yet, when was the first time you did that? Get the point? A police officer knows that at any given time on duty he may have to take the life of another and lose his in the process. But, there are countless stories of officers quitting the job after being involved in a shooting or even quitting after a friend was involved in a shooting. Were they called for the job or did they make the call when nothing else was available.

Whether you want to accept facts or not, we have seen an onslaught of people coming into this craft because it seemed cool after they saw, “The Bodyguard” or “Man on Fire”. As silly as it may seem, there was a spike in interest after these blockbusters hit the neighborhood theaters.

Sacrifice and the willingness to pit your life in replace of a stranger can not be measured, but I truly believe that a culmination of other sacrifices can be a measuring rod that can determine if someone has what it takes. It’s not the end all be all but it can be a determining factor.

I have never jumped in front of a bullet either but I have been in countless precarious situations where my life was placed in the hands of others who would have easily killed me if they really knew I was an undercover officer. I never second guessed my commander when he asked me to conduct an undercover case in jail. I did it with honor. Maybe I’m being self acknowledging but I was born to do this.

Ask yourself, why am I in this. Is it what the military was to young men in the 60’s and 70’s? A place to go to when college or anything else wasn’t an option? If so, Home Depot Loss Prevention is hiring.

1 comment

  1. Minister

    Eric

    As usual you write and lift my spirit to the level of speaking in tongues, and I must say that I am dancing in the aisle, Ha Ha.

    The other part of “willingness to sacrifice” is “sense of duty” and Eric and I spend a respectable amount of time discussing it in the MTMS EP course, but its important that all must understand, while Eric’s words are inspirational, we also want to share the other part of that critical combination in developing the mindset.

    The trick to gaining a conscious or sub-conscious addiction to ones protection service by a client or principal is confidence and while that is not all that earth shattering the process to get there is what makes Eric’s blog so beguiling and valuable. This process comes from mine, his and our other partner Brian. While we all have our CDI (chicks dig it) skills, our mindset and approach to how we strive to represent ourselves as men and professionals is what we call “the cream”.

    That cream is like the truth, no matter what, it will eventually rise to the top. Believing in that, even when there isn’t an immediate benefit, is an example of “sense of duty” (SOD) to a concept. You need to have a sense of duty not greed, toward your network and reputation; you must have a willingness to sacrifice not ease toward your network and reputation. I will not screw over another respected provider [EP shop] because one day that provider may have the opportunity to screw over me. One of my little mantras has been “a client or this business can dictate my posture but neither can dictate my standard.” This comes from me learning from the same and the different mistakes I have made like any of you. I don’t only apply that SOD to the obvious post, mission or crisis; I selfishly apply it to myself in being dutiful toward maintaining myself as an ethical professional. The other part of the spiritual application of WOS and SOD is the business side. Eric has already spoken about the currency of network and reputation in this business and how both are the hidden principals on EVERY detail.

    I can wax on mindset all day but I don’t want get sideways with Eric or cut into anyone’s fireworks. So I will leave you with one of the examples we share in the course. I had a principal coming in town and all they would pay for is the operational hours, no advance work no matter what the sell. The day prior to arrival I was coming off a 12 – hour shift and it took me an hour and a half to link up with my partner, for the next day’s assignment, and get into the operational area for the advance. We had 5 locations to try and at least get eyes on if not choreography planned and yes this was after normal business hours. Not only do you have the close in piece to work out but the protective driving operations piece. Did I mention first DO (doors open) is 0700? That’s duty and sacrifice, but not only for the principal or the company, but for the business, specifically my reputation – which will have an active threat against it starting at 0700 the next morning.

    Some reading this may say yea big deal I knew that; guess what that’s the DNA that Eric is referencing and the fact that its no big deal to you suggests either you get the difference between cream and sludge or you don’t care and are the sludge. I can tell you that in my seventeen years, specifically in protection, there are a number of catfish out there that don’t get the spiritual or the business side of duty and sacrifice in our craft. It’s not only scary but also professionally detrimental to the rest of us in how that number is increasing. Remember its not all about sliding across the hood of a car.

    ……and now from the choir.

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