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You have heard me say this phrase many times. I am not sure you know exactly what I mean — so here is a short explanation. It is easy to stay in place, and keep doing the same old thing — day in, and day out. Heading in a new direction takes courage, action, and boldness. Likewise, responding to a dangerous situation without regard for your own safety can be a daunting challenge. As a man, there are times when you will need to be courageous, even when others around you are seized with fear and doubt, and recommend doing nothing. It is rare that doing nothing is the best option. Instead, move out and draw fire.

I wrote the original version of this blog on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. On that day we took time to reflect on the tragic events that transpired and remembered the many lives that were lost to include those brave souls who performed heroic deeds. We were inspired by all the emergency workers who voluntarily went into harm’s way to try and save others. They did their jobs despite the horrible circumstances — many of them paying with their lives. We still marvel at the deeds of the passengers on Flight 93 who decided to take matters into their own hands rather than wait for the inevitable outcome. Talk about bravery — they knew they were not going to make it…but they took courageous action anyways.

Draw inspiration from these examples — be bold. I am not saying to be impulsive, to take unnecessary risks, or make rash decisions. Rather, I am saying that once you make a final decision, move out. It is rare that you will have all the answers to every question when you begin. In my own life, I decided a few years ago that it was time for me to move my house, and start the next chapter of my life in a new location. It was a big decision at the time. I was not sure how it would turn out, but I decided it was better to take the risk than stay in place. Looking back now — it was the right decision. Move out and draw fire.

Acknowledging the fact that a ranger is a more elite soldier, who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a ranger, my country expects me to move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier.

Second stanza of the US Army Ranger creed

I am Doug Keating and this is my letter to sons.

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I write a blog for my sons called Doug Keating Letter to Sons. I am sharing content from my blog here. I hope you enjoyed it. All feedback is welcome. Thanks for reading it.

Leader and learner. Father of two young men. Novice blogger, www.lettertosons.com, Founder of All The Way Leadership! http://www.allthewayleadership.com/

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