A knife sitting in a drawer never gets sharp

I posted some pics yesterday on the BPI Security Facebook Fan Page of me attending the Solutions Group International HRDP Course at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas Nevada.  I was well within my station as a successful business owner and specialist but I attended the course to learn from others after I was invited to attend.  The purpose was to show that, in as much as I am always preaching that you should always be looking for qualified schools and increasing your training knowledge and base, I didn’t want to come across as only speaking to specialists.  The truth of the matter is that leaders, experts and the like need to be doing it as well.  I also tweeted “My bio is a snapshot of who I am.  What I do today and tomorrow will determine what I will be.” I don’t know where they come from, but I saved that one with the other “Eric’isms” that seem to get a lot of attention.  Back to the message.

Within BPI Security and TheMTMS we are constantly looking at other training modules to increase our skill set and knowledge base.  Every time we do attend other training, I can honestly say that we take away something each time.  2 weeks ago Mark was back down in Texas running with the “Boys” and chopping up ideas with the BHD legend.  You should NEVER get to the point where you feel you know it all.  To me the cliche’ “been there, done that” means nothing unless it’s followed with “Going there to learn that”.  If you are a leader or expert that lives solely on your past quests and accomplishments, understand this, “some of those old dogs don’t hunt anymore.”  My undercover career with the Maryland State Police is no more important to me than the last trip I spent in Texas clearing rooms doing an active shooter school.  It boils down to what am I doing now.  In 1982 I graduated from the Academy with a 6″ 38 caliber Smith & Wesson swinging from a holster.  I’d look like a fool rolling up on a detail with that in a kydex holster.  Training keeps you fresh and current and helps you evolve in your expertise, knowledge and understanding.

I encourage EP school owners to attend other schools.  See what the others are teaching.  You may just learn something.  Weapons instructors should do the same.  NO ONE knows it all and no matter how good you think you are, there is always someone out there that can teach you something.  As I mentioned last year, in 2012 I intend on attending Fred Mastison’s Force Options School as well as another driving school at VDI.

Remember, leaders lead, but theyMUST  lead by example.  I will leave you with a poem that means a lot to me.  I had to memorize this poem many years ago under extreme duress, yet the words seem to reign supreme more so today.

Live Your Creed
I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one any day.
I’d rather one walk with me than just to show the way.
The eye is a better pupil and more willing than the ear.
Advice may be misleading but examples are always clear.
And the very best of teachers are the ones who live their creed,
For to see good put into action is what everybody needs.
I can soon learn to do it if you let me see it done.
I can watch your hand in motion but your tongue too fast may run
And the lectures you deliver may be very fine and true
But I’d rather get my lesson by observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the fine advice you give
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

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