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Morning Mindset with Paul G. Markel


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Feb 5, 2018

Today we will examine why we make the career choices that we make. How can you make the correct choice when it comes to your career?


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Okay, welcome to a brand new week of Morning Mindset! We’re gonna help you get your mind right, and I’m glad you made the decision to join me today. Congratulations on your excellent decision making skills, at least for the next 10 minutes or so, *Laughs* and thank you for letting me share a little bit of my personal life, my 30+ years of professional experience with you. You say we’re gonna talk about “Why did you join the Marine Corps Paul? Why did you join the Marine Corps?”

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You say “I didn’t join the Marine Corps, why did you join the Marine Corps?” and I’m gonna share something that goes back, well over 30 years now. When I was at basic training on Parris Island, we had these folks called Drill Instructors that were there to help us get our minds right, help us get our bodies right, and they were not the best humored folks, they didn’t laugh or smile a lot. They were very serious individuals, but our papa, our daddy, the one who took care of us, was our senior drill instructor and my senior drill instructor was SSgt Ericson. SSgt Ericson I can remember distinctly, the first week of recruit training standing on line, at attention, and SSgt Ericson walked up and down the squad bay, and he said “I’ve got a question for you. Don’t answer, just listen. Why, did you, join the Marine Corps? Why are you here?”

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He said “Let me tell you what. If you’re here because you wanted to impress your mommy or you wanted to impress your daddy, there are a lot of other ways you could have done that. If you’re here because of a girl, if you wanted to impress a girl, want to make girls like you. There are a lot of other things in your life that are a lot easier than becoming a Marine to impress a girl. How many of you are here because your recruiter told you about getting all kinds of free and inexpensive college? If you’re here because your recruiter promised you free and inexpensive college, you screwed up. There’s a lot easier ways to get college loans and inexpensive college, than becoming a United States Marine. If there’s any of you out here who became a Marine because you thought you needed a good job, and you thought this would give you a good steady job and a paycheck, ooooh, you screwed up big time. Because there are a lot of easier ways to make a living than being a United States Marine.”

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So there I am, standing on line thinking “What’s this guy’s point? Because in my mind, I did not join the Marine Corps because I wanted to impress my mommy or daddy or a girl. I didn’t join the Marine Corps because some recruiter promised me a bunch of cool free stuff. I did not join because I needed a job, I had a job when I joined the Marine Corps. I joined the Marine because I wanted to be a Marine. So I’m standing there, and drill instructor SSgt Ericson, he said “Right now at this moment in time, you’ve got a decision to make. If you joined the Marine Corps for any other reason that you wanted to be a United States Marine, you’re not gonna be happy. This is not going to be a good experience for you. You better make that commitment right now, that you want to be a United States Marine, and that is your goal for basic training. Not ‘I want a job’, not ‘I want free college’, not ‘I want benefits’, not ‘I wanna travel and see the world’, not ‘I wanna impress people’. If you’re here, for any other reason than you want and desire, and your #1 goal is to become a United States Marine, then you’re wrong and you better fix yourself.”

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Years later, and it’s been going on 31 years since I stood there at attention, in Parris Island in South Carolina, and listened to my drill instructor give those words of advice. But he was absolutely right, he was 100% right. Marine Corps basic training to way too difficult, it is way too hard, it requires too much sacrifice and effort just because you want to impress somebody, looking for free college and goodies, or you wanted a job or needed a job or something. What I’m going to say to you today is, where are you in your career goal? If you are a teenager or a college age person, and you’re looking for a career choice. Or maybe you made a career choice and it’s not exactly where you wanted to be.

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You’re thinking “Hmm, I’m here and I have a job and I’m making money, but this isn’t what I want to be doing.” Or maybe you’re considering another career choice, maybe you’re considering leaving the place you are now and moving on to another place. Why are you doing that? Are you doing it just for money? I mean money is money, everyone’s gotta have money. Everyone has to have cars and places to live and food to eat and all that good stuff, and I understand that. There’s lots and lots of ways in the world to make money. Are you happy where you’re at? If you’re happy being who you are, doing what you’re doing, you may be better off staying there instead of going off and doing something you don’t necessarily want to do, because they’re offering you more money. When I talk to kids, young people, teenagers, what have you, about joining the military.

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I tell them “Look, when you go to the recruiter’s office-” and this is the difference, let me tell you what, I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt. There are recruiters out there who have been trained, they are trained and have been taught to sell the military like they’re selling a used car, like they’re car salesmen. They sit down with these 17-18 year old kids, and they give them the benefits package. They say “Oh if you join, we’ll give you this” and they have the glossy brochures and the shiny pictures, and they tell them about all the wonders ya know. All the things that they can get, that I can give you. “I can give you all these things”.

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But they’re forgetting one very, very important thing. It doesn’t matter, all the free stuff, or the benefits package or the college or the this or the that. If that person doesn’t genuinely want to serve, whether it’s Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, whatever, if they don’t have a genuine desire to serve, then that person is not going to be a good soldier. That person is not going to be a good sailor or a good Marine or, okay Air Force I’ll cut you a break there. But that’s not the person that you want, when it comes to recruiting people, haha, how many of you people are in a position where you may have to recruit people to work for your company?

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Do you want people to come work for your company just because they think they can make X money? Because people work for money, only to a certain extent. They will only do so much for money. They will do way more for passion and love and desire, than they will do for money. You want to compensate your people, you want to compensate them for loyalty, you want to compensate them for a job well done, but if you have someone you’re recruiting someone who’s prime drive is “how much stuff are you going to give me”, that person’s not going to be an effective employee. That person’s not going to be someone that works For You.

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They’re going to be working for the money, and as soon as someone comes along that can offer them a little more, they’ll be gone. Poof. So why did you join the Marine Corps Paul Markel? I joined the Marine Corps for one reason and one reason only; because I wanted to become a United States Marine. Yes they gave me food, and they gave me shelter, and they gave me money while I did it, but I didn’t do it for the food, shelter and money, I did it because that’s what I wanted to do. When it comes to career choices, are you doing it just to get a paycheck, or are you doing it because that is what you are genuinely, 100% passionate about?

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Now sometimes you have to wait, sometimes you have to do a job just to pay the rent, until you can do what it is that you are passionate about. Sometimes you have to do a job to pay the rent, while you’re also exploring your passion part time, or after hours or what have you. That’s fine, that’s how a lot of people start, that’s how a lot of entrepreneurs started. They were doing A job but that was not their passion, then they decided to pursue their passion. I don’t know what your passion is, you have to decide for yourself. But that’s why I became a Marine and you have to ask yourself, “Why am I doing what I am doing?”

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I know there’s a lot of recruiters out there who will say “We’ll give you this, I’ll give you that, I’ll give you all this stuff.” But does that stuff fill that hole in your soul? Can you fill that hole with money, or do you fill that hole with the feeling of a job well done, with creating and applying that personal Discipline to do the absolute best. I don’t know, you tell me. But think about it, think about that as you go about your day. I’m Paul Markel, your host, I am the author of several books, and if you would like to explore any of those you can go to Amazon.com and, I’ve got one called Dad Rules, it’s kind of a fun book. I’ve written a lot of serious text over the years and I did the “Dad Rules: Wit and Wisdom from a Dad to Whom it may Concern”, and it’s available as a paperback & as a kindle version. Alright folks, I’ll talk to you again real soon.


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*Alex*

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