From one of my 1978 enlistment mates - thanks Steve K.
Pause for thought and wonder....
Ten life lessons the Army taught me:
1. "No plan survives contact with the enemy" - You may have things mapped out but life will change so learn to adapt, overcome and keep moving forward.
2. "Soldier on" - Life is tough, it will hurt and you will suffer but you must not stop. Strength comes from never quitting.
3. "It's character building" - When you go through challenges and come out the other side you are stronger for it. Challenges are there to be overcome.
4. "Five minutes before" - You are part of something bigger... If you are not where you're meant to be, when you're meant to be there, then others will suffer. Plan ahead and be ready to go.
5. "Buddy, buddy" - Look after your friends and they will be there for you when you need them most.
6. "It is what it is" - Some things can't be changed so accept them and move on with your life.
7. "The thinking rifleman" - You are not just some cog in a machine, you have something to offer. Never be afraid to share your ideas, they may be the difference between failure and success.
8. "Train hard, fight easy" - Push yourself hard in all aspects of your life, prepare for the worst so that when the unexpected happens you are ready for it.
9. "Prior Preparation and Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance" - If you have no idea what you are trying to achieve, then there is little hope of achieving it. Making a plan enhances your odds of success. Think things through beforehand and you will be more prepared should the unexpected happen.
10. "Fire Support" - You cannot go it alone. NEVER be afraid to reach out and ask for help, you will be stronger for it.
Applies in all walks of life but never stronger than from the military side of it.