Jim Gant had just explained to a number of my clients how hard it was to do his job when our military bureaucracy got in the way, the Afghan government fought him, and the Taliban wrecked havoc. I turned to him this afternoon and asked him what kept him going. I curiously awaited his response. I didn’t have to wait long.

“My sense of identity,” he replied in an instant. He had written out his identity word – Warrior, and the book behind it. He knew who he was and why he was in it. This wasn’t a check the box kinda identity. This was built in the crucible. This was real. This kept him going. What keeps you going when you find yourself overwhelmed and all kinda entities arranged against you?

Your identity is your anti-anxiety pill. Do you know who you are? Do you know whose you are? Do you know why you’re here? Do you know where you’re going? Good…

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