I was in the United States Marine Corps years ago, for those of you who don’t know. I never deployed while in service, so I don’t pretend to have made the same sacrifices that many of my brothers and sisters have had to make, but nevertheless I learned a lot during my enlistment.
One of the 11 leadership principles in the Marine Corps is “Know yourself and seek self-improvement”. I’ve always been partial to this principle because its somewhat philosophical in nature. It’s a principle that’s important during and long after one’s time in service. Unfortunately, I’ve been slacking in this area lately and I’m disappointed in myself. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, but in the spirit of such I’m making a conscious effort to continue embodying this Marine Corps principles, for all of 2017 and beyond.