When you join the military, there’s a reason why you go to basic training instead of hitting the front lines right away.
It’s pretty simple. It’s because you’re not ready yet.
When people enlist in the armed forces, they may be anxious to get out in the field to support and defend their country, but what so many people fail to realize is that going through a period of training to learn is the most important part of that process.
The same goes for all aspects of life.
- If you sign up for a youth sports team, all you want to do is play in the game on Saturday, but you have to practice after school during the week.
- You start a new job, and feel like you can make an impact right away. But, you’re a trainee for the first six weeks.
And in business? So many people are already planning their next job weeks after they just started the job they have. The problem is most people want to get dropped at the peak of a mountain on a helicopter instead of climbing up the mountain themselves.
You want to own a restaurant? Start working in the kitchen or dish room of an already-established one.
Be a leader in a major company? Learn the ins-and-outs of all the departments.
Training means learning the fundamentals. That’s the key to success. It’s the foundation of everything great.
The problem is the best results don't come right away and will usually happen to you later. You have to be patient and realize that training gives you the experience that you need, a.k.a. the tools and skills necessary, to perform at the highest level.
Always remember to dream big and focus small because you earn when you learn.