[November 17, 2022] You should present yourself to the world in such a way that you don’t disgrace yourself. You don’t want to disgrace yourself because the consequences of disgrace are emotional chaos, more pain, and less positive thinking. The best way to present yourself is to stand up properly and stretch out so that others can see you.
To do this, you make yourself vulnerable, but it is a sign of confidence, and that way, people are more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt. That means that others will begin to take you more seriously. They will start treating you as if you’re a person to be reckoned with. This is how you fearlessly confront the world.
By doing this, you begin to play the role of the hero. It means you are striving for the betterment of being instead of working for harm to others. This is no secret. Everyone has a sense of this, and they know when they are working for harm or for good.
It is good for you to take your place in the world. Have some ambition. Have a vision. Have an aim and a strategy. Try to be a good person, not because it is your duty but precisely because that is the proper way to live. And we are in danger of undermining all that our society has built, which is not good for us.
There is a very tight relationship between ambition and responsibility. Do you need to aspire to something? The answer is “yes” because you must do something; if you sit there, you will die. You must act out in the world, and the question to ask is, “Act towards what?” That’s what ambition is, having an aim. What should that aim be? It should be something worth doing. What is worth doing? If you watch other people and judge when they’re doing something worthwhile, you can judge their actions as good if they take responsibility.
Get your act together so that you can take care of yourself. And take care of your family. Maybe you can do better than that and take care of yourself, your family, and your community. This is achieved through negotiation with others, often very difficult but valuable to you and others. If important things are not getting done or they are being done resentfully (because they are being forced upon you), your life is out of balance, and you will be sad, resentful, spiteful, and bitter.
I believe that each of us is responsible for setting the world right in the manner that we can contribute. I believe that it is of the greatest importance that we understand our responsibility and that our ethical decisions are worthy to the extent we positively influence ourselves, our family, and our community. This is humankind’s unachieved goal that we all strive to complete but never seem to acquire. It’s the hope of doing, so that drives us forward. It isn’t the attainment of that goal that is most satisfying but the journey itself. Ultimately, that builds our confidence and does so with each iteration as we advance toward that noble aim.
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Another exceptional article and sage thinking from a successful leader of men and women in combat, Gen. Satterfield. If you read this article, you would understand that gaining confidence is only a small but important part of learning leadership. Pay close attention to this.
Gen Satterfield, thanks for this article but I would like to see more on this very subject. I know many young people who just simply lack that ability and probably will never mature to the point that they gain basic confidence to do much more than play video games in their basement (or worse, in their parents’ basement). Let us get on with it and “get ‘er done!” Oh, get a copy of Gen. Satterfield’s new book “55 Rules for a Good Life” and you will be happy you did.
Yes, general satterfield nails it once again.
Put yourself out there for all to see and hear. That is the only way to build confidence and, well, that makes you stronger against the small tribulations of life. Otherwise you will be a tiny lobster. ha ha ha. Rats, Gen. Satterfield’s website made me change my 76 to Seventy Six.
Yeah, a problem for many of us. But small. A security feature.
Building your confidence is hard in the beginning but as you work at it (sacrifice and stumble and feel failure) overtime you will improve and then at some point it becomes self sustaining.
This is the kind of information that teenage boys need to hear. Sadly, our school systems don’t teach this common sense approach.
RJ, our school systems have been broke for a long long time and now they focus only on creating “victims” and teaching them that it is okay to take government handouts, to be a girl if you are a boy, and that the world is ALL about sex and how to lie, cheat, and steal.
Coming from a High School teacher, that means a lot.
Have some ambition. Have a vision. Have an aim and a strategy. This is good advice. Pay close attention.
Of course, most of us will just ignore it. That means those who do, will not be fulfilled in their lives and resort to resentment, bitterness, and envy. As we know, those are part of the evil of humans and is never good for us.
Improving your self-image and your persona is a good thing. It leads us to do more things for others, to help and guide them. That is how you can be a better person and more satisfied with your life. Most of us have that internal drive. Some of us don’t. Just remember we are here to help, not to harm. yet, I see America drifting away from that. Just read Gen. Satterfield’s DAILY FAVORITES today for a glimpse of this thinking.
Gen. Satterfield is riding into the hall of fame with his blog. I especially like the recent changes he has made.
Me too. ❤❤❤❤❤
Gen. Satterfield does it again, Linux Man and I think we can all agree with Wild Bill that Gen. S. is a hall of famer. He consistently hits home runs with the most difficult issues.
Gen. Satterfield, spot on article this morning.
I’m fairly new to Gen. Satterfield’s blog and I’ve been impressed with it since I started reading the blog now for about 6 months. I continue to recommend it to my family and friends and I get regular positive feedback. Often, they ask why they never heard of this website before. He He He…. I just sent them my copy of “55 Rules for a Good Life: Pursuing Truth and Responsibility.” They love it too.
Another great article from the genius mind of Gen. Satterfield. I always just can’t get enough of my daily reading of this leadership blog .
Yeah, Yusaf, you and me are some of the originals here on Gen. Satterfield’s website and we have both his books. If you don’t have them, then get your copy NOW. You will not regret that decision.
Yusaf and JT, thank you for your long support of my blog.
Cool. Get the general’s book “55 rules for a good life “
Same here, Yusaf. Great words. Don’t forget them. Gen. S. helps lead the way.
Gen. Satterfield says that you should present yourself to the world in such a way that you don’t disgrace yourself. You would think this would be common sense but maybe not in our crazy world.
Emma, you got that right. And gen. Satterfield remains “da man.”
“I believe that each of us is responsible for setting the world right in the manner that we can contribute. I believe that it is of the greatest importance that we understand our responsibility and that our ethical decisions are worthy to the extent we positively influence ourselves, our family, and our community. This is humankind’s unachieved goal that we all strive to complete but never seem to acquire. It’s the hope of doing, so that drives us forward. It isn’t the attainment of that goal that is most satisfying but the journey itself. Ultimately, that builds our confidence and does so with each iteration as we advance toward that noble aim.” — Gen. Doug Satterfield, patriot, Christian, family man, Army General, and tough SOB
Great quote and nailed it.
Georgie, you know how to hit the ball out of the park. The best quote from Gen. Satterfield. If readers want to get a real handle on great quotes like this and inside the head of Gen. Satterfield, then read his newest book, “55 Rules for a Good Life.” ❤ I love it.
Right, just read the book and leave a review on Amazon.
As you should have:
“55 rules for a good Life”
The very best.