Why get training?
When I was 16 years old I was a little cocky (okay, I guess that does not make me special, I think most of us were like that at 16). I tried to convince my parents that I was a better driver than they were because it is proven that teenagers have faster reflexes. My parents tried to explain to me that experience and judgement were much more important, and that when you have these two items in your favor you will actually have fasterreflexes because they will be the RIGHT reflexes.
Fast forward from my teenage years of digging myself out of ditches, repairing cars that I damaged without knowing what I was doing, and all around just testing the laws of fate as to whether or not I was going to live a few years longer, I realized how right my parents were. The truth is that often we stifle our own progress because we just don\'t know what we don\'t know.
Look at what you currently do for income today, right now. I will bet that you are far better at it today than when you first started, and yes, that \"new guy\" is going to fall flat on his face the first time it gets rough. Why? Because you were trained to do what you do, college, on the job training, or just that age old school of hard knocks. The reality is this: you are likely at your current skill level because of the quality of that training. Excellent training, excelent at what you do, crappy training, well, you answer that one.
Experience has shown that when the junk hits that fan, you will only be half as good as your best level of training. That is okay for your job, you have dealt with that for a great part of your life, and will again tommorow, and the next day, and the next, and so on. Though it could cost you financially, or emotionally, or even cause you to have to change locations or even carreers, YOU ARE STILL HERE to do it.
Okay. think of it this way, you are out with your wife, and are confronted by a guy with a knife demanding you give him your money now,or he will kill you. Well, isn\'t it a good thing you looked through the manual that came with your gun, and payed attention to those old Rambo movies. You can handle this situation with full confidence right? After all, if you screw this up now you can just try it again tomorrrow right?
I know this may be an eggagerated event. I know it will likely never happen to you. But, just what if? I am not saying you need to become a fanatic, or a civilian Navy Seal kind of person, but what about some good ol\' common sense training?
Learn how to manipulate your weapon properly and skillfully. Learn how to become aware of your surroundings, and how to recognize and avoid danger hotspots. Learn how to NOT look like a victim, or target. That is why you need training. As a popular local business says:\"learn to return\"
Oh, did I forget to mention how much fun this training can be? It can be allot of fun, and I\'m not just comparing this to learning a new math principle (no offense to the math lovers). All kidding aside, this could be some of the funnest, and most rewarding training you can do. It might even save your life someday.