Blogging from the perspective of an American Soldier

This post was guest blogged by Jose A. Colon, the cofounder of Today’s Realistic Solutions; a non profit organization based in Colorado that champions reforestation, and education.

I love challenges. To write a guest post for a prestigious site like johnchow.com is not only a great opportunity, but an honor. I might be a rookie blogger, but my experience in life do makes up for my blogger shortcoming.

I believe in success, perseverance, thoroughness, and passion.

In my line of work, I am a Soldier, if you do not have these attributes, you end up killed. This is not an exaggeration. As so, in my eyes, it translates into all aspects of life. From as long as I can recall, passion has being the common denominator in my existence. If I believe in something I will stick with it until the end, I will shamelessly promote it, and work hard to improve what can be improved, and facilitate that idea to fruition. Blogging should be no different. When I blog about what I am passionate, I am unstoppable, and my passion shows in my writing.

I am passionate about being a Soldier. I believe in what I do, and because my job is dangerous, I have learned to be thorough. Do you remember Murphy, of the famous Murphy’s Law? Every Soldier that has being around for a few years will tell you, you need to include Murphy in your planning. If it can go wrong, it usually will. As a master chess player, you need to plan at least three moves ahead. What will your enemy do next? As a blogger, who is your enemy? The competition? Time? Dyslexia? Procrastination? Lack of knowledge? Think my friend; all of these enemies can be easily defeated if you just thoroughly plan ahead.

Someone once said that “no plan survives first contact with the enemy intact”; and here is where the true professional makes his or her money. If you have planned accordingly, and attempted to anticipate your opponent’s next move, now you know where the punch is coming from, the amount of damage done, and you can either block, move out of the way, assimilate the damage, or counterattack, and continue toward your initial goal. If you are a coward, you will run at the first sight of blood. As a blogger, you will not answer the first critical comment on your blog, or you will not allow for comments. But if you are a warrior, you will welcome adversity, and continue blogging, because it is what you belief in. It is your passion, you are ready for the fight, and when you persevere, you have no other alternative but to succeed.

Success does not come easily for the warrior; and if it does, the warrior is eternally grateful, since he or she knows that the consequence of failure is death. In blogging, as in any other life endeavors, success does not come easy either, but when it does, do not forget to be grateful; because many wannabe warriors before you started in the race, but fell casualty of lack of passion, failure to plan, or lack of perseverance.


36 thoughts on “Blogging from the perspective of an American Soldier”

  1. Paul B says:

    Soldiering v Blogging, talk about 2 opposite sides of the scale when it comes to earning a living. At least when I upset another Blogger he’s not likely to shoot me.

    1. MR. NICE GUY says:

      Ver inspiring blogging motivations. While it is true that there is money in blogging but its not also easy to achieve success in this field. Many bloggers come and go with nothing but frustrations because of lack of perserverance and the will to succeed. 😀 😀 😀 😀

    2. Jose says:

      Yes, combat and blogging might seem different topics, but lets face it, you blog about what you are passionate about, or you are just talking to hear the sound of your own voice.

      Yes, unless you really make someone mad, nobody will shoot you for blogging, but, isn’t that most of the fun of being alive, to put yourself out there and see if you can hack it or not?

  2. Nice Post John. Very Inspiring. Remember 3Cs (Challenge, Courage and Commitment) are the base of successful life 😎

    1. It was a guest post 😛

      1. Ya Im sorry the post credit goes to Jose A. Colon . Very Inspiring..Thanks Again John for Sharing… 🙂

      2. Jose says:

        Thank you for your comment.

        Joe (www.todaysrealisticsolutions.com)

  3. Bob says:

    i love soldiers 😀 , i still remember the day i shaked hands with one i met on highway, their life is what we call Discipline…….

  4. being a soldier must be like being an entrepreneur. you really must believe in what you do and you won’t give up, no matter what happens.

    1. Jose says:

      You are right, the difference however, is that our lives are on the line on a regular basis.

  5. Mark says:

    Nice post John,

    and was reading your post about your march earning .. and I found it quite inspirational and motivational. I wish you all the luck in breaking all the future records too.. and I can’t see the reason why it couldn’t be done. The way you have written your posts the goody content and writing style is fantastic. I don’t see the traffic coming down.

    This is the first time I am here at this blog and you’ve certinally got me hoooked.

    Keep up the good work.

    Mark
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  6. Every soldier can run very informative blog, from all around the world 🙂

    1. Jose says:

      Thank you for your comment on my article “Blogging from the perspective of the American Soldier” at Johnchow.com.

      J. A. Colon (www.todaysrealisticsolutions.com)

  7. Flimjo says:

    I respect all soldiers and the principles they must live by. It’s an amazing career, and we’re thankful to have them.

    1. Jose says:

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Jose A. Colon (www.todaysrealisticsolutions.com)

  8. Great post Jose! A blogger you shall be.

    1. Jose says:

      Thank you Curtis, I checked out your work and consider it impresive.

      Jose (www.todaysrealisticsolutions.com)

  9. Nice post from a soldier 🙂

    1. Jose says:

      Thank you;

      Jose (www.todaysrealisticsolutions.com)

  10. Thiago Prado says:

    When you talked about Murphy’s law that reminded me 1 week ago I spent over one hour reading everything about the law, how it start, what is the probability to things go wrong and so on.
    That’s impressive a soldier with such a writing skills. congrats !

    1. Jose says:

      Thank you for your kind words. “Murphy” can beocme a friend if you take the time to understand that preparedness is one of the keys to success in life.

      Joe (www.todaysrealisticsolutions.com)

  11. Great post, I never really thought about challenges in those terms but it seems like it would be really helpful to anticipate your own mistakes in advance. Thanks for the advice, wouldn’t mind some more guest posts from this guy!

    1. Jose says:

      “When you know your enemy, you will win 50% of the times; when you know yourself, you will win 50% of the times; when you know your enemy and yourself, you will win 100% of the times.” paraphrased from Tsun Tsu’s “The art of war”

      Anticipating your mistakes is part of knowing yourself.
      Thank you for your kindness.
      Joe (www.todaysrealisticsolutions.com)

  12. Zak Show says:

    Great Post. Very impressed !

  13. Apoorv says:

    I would love to be a soldier 😀

  14. Noobpreneur says:

    Jose,

    Good post… planning moves ahead of your competition – that’s what a real tactical soldier should do.

    Cheers!

    1. Jose says:

      Thank you. A good entrprenour plans two, three and sometimes four moves ahead. That is one of the difference between the 99% who fail, and the 1% who succeed.

      Joe (www.todaysrealisticsolutions.com)

  15. VeRonda says:

    Wow… Thanks Jose (and John) for sharing. I wasn’t expecting this post and I’m glad I was pleasantly surprised. What inspiration and encouragement you gave. Obviously, blogging can in no way compare to what soldiers have to endure, but yet you took time to encourage us. Thank you just doesn’t encompass it all, but thank you still.

  16. Terry Tay says:

    Thank you Jose for that inspirational post. If that doesn’t light a fire under everyone who reads it nothing will.
    ~Terry

    1. Terry:

      That is the name of the game. Passion and motivation is what keeps us all going.

      Joe (www.todaysrealisticsolutions.com)

  17. Andy T says:

    It is too heavy, “life or death’. In a war time period, I understand that. I respect the soldier.
    We are just in blogging. Relax!

    1. I respect your point of view and appreciate your comment.

      It is my opinion that the things that make you succesfull in stressfull or dangerous situations, can make you succesfull in most avenues of life. That is why “The art of war” from Tsun Tsu is required reading for businesspeople in Japan.

      Again, thank you;

      Joe (www.todaysrealisticsolutions.com)

  18. Felex Tan says:

    You quote a very good example.Blogging is like a war but we can make it win win situation.

  19. Kunle says:

    Wow! Was my first reaction when I read your post. That’s the kind of post those new to blogging like me need to be reading. I really need that soldier mentality to continue, and continue blogging, I will! My blog is about trying to encourage Internet marketing beginners.

  20. Will says:

    Interesting. When I started blogging I put on my “business” hat (well, that’s what my blog is about, so why not?). It never occurred to me to draw on my years in the military for methods and motivation. Thanks for the great insight!

  21. LOL I could feel the passion! But that was it… 🙁

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