This is a philosophical one. For the last month or so, I’ve been obsessed with an Ancient Greek concept of excellence and how to apply it. Today’s post is about presenting the core concepts and how I think it works within the construct of The Everyday Marksman. At a broader scale, this will weave throughout my work and form the bedrock what I want you to achieve.
Today I’m discussing a concept that’s been brewing in the the back of my brain. While working on the book, I’ve needed a way to illustrate how different things we do relate to improving the whole and take use to new levels of performance. I think I’ve figured it out, and this is my first go at explaining it.
Too many people are looking for the easy out, as if finding the one perfect piece of gear, or just the right training technique, will take them to the next level of capability. But that’s not true. Success and failure are lagging indicators of our choice to make deposits or take withdrawals from our internal investment account.
While reading through some of Coach Dan John’s work, I came across a philosophy for breaking your annual training cycles. It’s impossible to do everything well all of the time- something must give. Instead, we should think of our training, all of our training, from two perspectives: the bus bench, and the park bench.
Like many enthusiast topics, we’ve got a problem with flex culture. What is that? Today we’re talking about it, how it manifests, why its a problem, and what you can do to combat it.
To start of 2023, I wanted to take a moment to look over where we’ve been over the last eight years, some of the impactful decisions I’ve made along the way, and how that’s affecting where were going next in 2023 and beyond. Thanks for being a part of it!
I’m making a casual bet that the market for compact prism optics is going to heat up soon. Low power variable optics (LPVO) have been king for the last several years, of course, but I’m noticing some trends and techniques that I think will lead us in a different direction.
I ventured off into a thought experiment that ended up becoming something…more. I’ve long suggested that the average prepared citizen should consider a battle belt and chest rig (or plate carrier) combo as their go-to fighting gear. There’s a lot of advantages there. On the other side, though, I’ve been thinking a lot about a single “grab and go” fighting kit all contained in a single piece of equipment.
Here’s where I’m at with the idea.
I recently appeared with Ilya on his live stream over at the Dark Lord of Optics. It started with a question about recent and future developments in the optics trade, but being a long stream with lots of Q&A, we covered quite a bit of ground in other places, too.
I feel like it’s been time for a change up, what about you? We’ve all set goals for ourselves over the last year, some have done well and others haven’t. Maybe, like me, it’s been mixed.
Well, it’s time for a shock to the system and a kick in the pants. This is what I’m doing.
The theme for May is Strength and Honor, so I’d like to spend a little time talking about what I’m doing this month in support of it. It’s going to be a doozy, and I’m telling everyone so you can hold me accountable for doing it.
This episode expands on my last post about the future of The Everyday Marksman. I’m ready to talk a bit more about where we’ve been, where we’re going, and the role you can play in it.