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Former Navy SEAL Craig Sawyer on Changing His Outlook and Always Learning

By Craig Sawyer

Craig Sawyer

As I grow older, my outlook is changing.

I’m realizing that showing love and appreciation for the people I care about most, is more important than momentarily looking “cool” to a few acquaintances. I’m learning to express more gratitude and genuine appreciation to those who have gone out of their way to look out for me when it mattered. I’m recognizing that too many people foolishly mistake kindness for weakness. I’m learning that it’s a liberating breath of fresh air to cut the rope and separate from habitual liars, setting them free to lie to others and once free from the lies, wishing I had done it sooner!

I’m seeing it proven again and again that fear is the single most crippling obstacle preventing people from achieving their dreams. I’m gaining an appreciation for those who must try to raise children by themselves after recognizing there is simply no equal to the environment of a loving home with a mother and father to raise secure, well-grounded kids. I’m growing clearer on the nature of the abuse of power and how humans just can’t stop themselves when given too much of it. I’m seeing that character absolutely does matter, especially in positions of great responsibility. Character alone is the only guarantee of a public official acting in good faith when it’s been demonstrated how easy it is to get around laws.

I’m quicker to hang up on solicitors and slower to raise my voice at those I love. I’m recognizing that the power of the pen is mightier than the sword, because our warriors, no matter how heroic or effective, can’t physically kill enough of our enemies to satisfy the demand by unending screw-ups from crooked politicians back home. I’m growing less tolerant of the cowards who lack the courage to enter the game, criticizing from the safety of the sidelines, those who are actually doing the hard work on the field. I’m recognizing that I really have a particular appreciation for animals, especially those that so charmingly look after their own.

I’m learning that men with the loudest mouths and those who create the most ridiculously exaggerated physical appearance for themselves use that appearance like a costume to hide behind, because inside, they are still sad, scared, broken little children that usually come from abusive homes. I’m seeing clearly that the rude and selfish are that way because they’re utterly overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of their own insecurity and therefore lack any further capacity for consideration of others.

I’m recognizing that the truly strong look after not only themselves, but for others around them as well. I’ve learned by observing my own father that strength is definitely on the inside in the will to do what matters most, without regard to what’s easier, or more immediately attractive. I’m learning that a positive outlook is infectious and that smiling at others, holding a door, helping change a flat tire, or reaching out to someone who is down, can spread outward like a ripple effect from a rock thrown in a pond. I’m seeing that a hero is one who deliberately sacrifices of themselves to rescue others from death, or to radically improve other’s lives and that nothing less qualifies for that title.

I’m seeing that people are too quick to voice their opinions these days before informing themselves on a particular subject. I’m seeing that as science makes major advances, we’re coming to the realization that we actually understand far less than we’d once thought. I’m learning that even though I’m as flawed as anyone else, I have values, standards and principles, which mean more to me than people who do not. I’ve learned that the best things in life aren’t things at all, but relationships.

In the end, I’ve grown to genuinely believe we’re not just random particles whizzing around on a rock in a blank universe by accident. There is a big picture, a reason, a purpose and a plan.

Editor-in-Chief’s Note: Craig “Sawman” Sawyer is a former Marine and Navy SEAL with an extensive background, including being one of the first Federal Air Marshals after 9/11. You can read Craig’s full biography on his website tacticalinsider.com and check out his Hard Target Training courses while you’re there.

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Discussion

69 comments
ecook
ecook

Well said and happy birthday.

MarianneKawecki
MarianneKawecki

I guess most us Team guys think the same way ! At least that's what I'm seeing . Happy Birthday . Can't wait for my wife to read this :) ! She'll think I wrote it ! Ha ! Hank ( Bud/s#70 )


Michael
Michael

Well said.  Amen to that!

Robert Cowart
Robert Cowart

Ever since we met I've shared and respected your views on tactics, training, and life. Your ability to constantly evolve, or improve yourself impresses me the most. Thanks for sharing!

Greg Garcia
Greg Garcia

Excellent read. Thank you, sir. I concur.

Zabrewolf
Zabrewolf

Thank you, Sir. I will use your example and shall try to do better.

Bart Bechtel
Bart Bechtel

Well said Craig. Glad to see the transformation and the epiphany.

Paul Saar
Paul Saar

Character is a MUST when voting for politican

Deitra Gates
Deitra Gates

I love this! The world has gone crazy and this gives me a bit of hope.

Tina Roberts
Tina Roberts

You give my husband and I faith that there are so many good people still out in America who share our values. I've shared with you before because I truly believe it's true, you and my Michael are somehow brothers. It's scary the way you both think. I guess it's a Navy SEAL thing... he said he just had to go and do his thing first, before you... Men with Green Faces, then hand it off to you and your team. He said to take care Brother.

DavidMRapp
DavidMRapp

the purpose and plan part is completely lost on me, the rest I'm good with.

JohnBeck1
JohnBeck1

@DavidMRapp David: The purpose and plan part fill an extremely large hole in the puzzle of life 

Terri Nicol
Terri Nicol

Absolutely spot on. What a world it would be if everyone lived this...

Su Woodruff
Su Woodruff

Your opinion and insight matter to a lot of us little people out here. Just so you know. Keep ' em coming please. Thank you for taking the time to spread your experiences with all of us. You sir, Rock!

Kino Davis
Kino Davis

It is an honor to call you a friend Craig.

Aymar Carter
Aymar Carter

Very well written! Without integrity we are basically not much at all..

Shipp Chris
Shipp Chris

I HAVE ALWAYS taken your posts and thoughts to a higher standard Benign military you have to however you are quite the inspiration to me. I know I have made comments before on your wall but damn I wished I could meet you sir. If even just for a moment I have a friend that is former SEAL it would mean the world to me to talk to you

Pete Rock
Pete Rock

I loved this quote as well. Character is important to all official duties. Especially in the public sector.

Luis Sousa Pereira
Luis Sousa Pereira

Its strange meet someone who think like us! Thanks Craig "Sawman" Sawyer!

Jonathan W Millstein
Jonathan W Millstein

The Havok journal is fantastic. Glad your wisdom is gracing the sight. Thanks Craig.

Noal Mitchell
Noal Mitchell

Humility is rare these days, Sawman..And you got a double dose of it my friend..The fact that you made it thru BUDS, (not to mention a gazillion other things) proves that you're a little different than a "regular guy"...Regular guys are the 90% + that wash out..Most folks don't have the willpower or focus for that..The Force is strong in you...

Kevin Gardner
Kevin Gardner

Hit the nail on the head. I find myself following these as well.

Craig "Sawman" Sawyer
Craig "Sawman" Sawyer

Well, like I keep telling people, I'm just a regular guy who dares to go for my dreams, again and again.

Craig "Sawman" Sawyer
Craig "Sawman" Sawyer

Trish Burnside, I find myself amazed that more people don't recognize that strength of character is a MUST in an elected official. We've all seen what we get with corrupt officials. Maybe we can get back to choosing genuinely good people again.

Brian Collins
Brian Collins

I wanted you to know I came across this from a friends reposting and it hit home so very deeply. I shared it and had sonny friends chime in on how much it meant to them also. Ty for taking the time.

Philip Collier
Philip Collier

Amen and Blessings over All in this Feed As well..#AmericanStrong

Philip Collier
Philip Collier

Amazing Man,Humanitarian, protection of Endanger Animals, Solider, Patriot. Yesssir, We are All Always Ready for a "SawMan" Post & Perspective..... YOUR one of the," Realest,Truest,"Call it how ya See It", No Bullshit & Straight to the point, Truthfilled,Man.! Problem Solver,An Mentally your Insights- Have Changed My Own Personal Shitty day with, a different perspective poat...So i thank you for All you Do..... No matter the situation You Give REAL LIFE,Priceless Wisdom That Many Want and/Or Need..That's priceless & All Respect. ......An You Talk & Interactions with Us is A True test to the Stella Character possess......So,Yessir We Listen, Relate & Back You. My Sons Do as well,Around here your Mr.."TopShot" MANY, Payers & Blessings.

Patrick M Connors
Patrick M Connors

Sharing this with friends, all great thoughts Craig and on the mark.

Paul McEwan
Paul McEwan

I relate very much at this point in my life. Excellent piece.

Jonathan Raines
Jonathan Raines

I'd love to run this in the local paper, with your permission, of course.

Craig "Sawman" Sawyer
Craig "Sawman" Sawyer

Hey, thanks, brothers, for sharing my thoughts! I felt like expressing a few things, not knowing if anyone would care, or relate. I'm glad it's sticking a chord with some good peeps!

Noal Mitchell
Noal Mitchell

Believe it or not, your opinions , outlooks, philosophies..whatever you wanna call them, carry a lot of weight..Word's got around about Sawman, now...You may not know this , but you're kind of a big deal...lol

Douglas Holmes Connolly
Douglas Holmes Connolly

Found it to be positive and insightful given your experiences and dedication to the teams.

Trish Burnside
Trish Burnside

Too many good quotes to choose from, but here's a definite fave: "Character alone is the only guarantee of a public official acting in good faith when it’s been demonstrated how easy it is to get around laws."

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