Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early. He still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time. 2015 is 80th Anniversary of the Naval Security Group.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Navy SEAL appeals for megalopsychia - 'greatness of soul'
Former Navy SEAL Eric Grietens, PhD, (CEO, The Mission Continues) addressed the 3,360 graduates of Tufts University at their commencement ceremony on 22 May. To these graduating young people, Greitens issued a unique
challenge, one rarely heard at commencements today: to sacrifice, to serve
one's country and to live magnanimously.
Eric challenged the graduates to think above and
beyond their own dreams, their own desires, and to be strong. Aristotle called
this megalopsychia, greatness of soul, and considered it one of the greatest
Eric challenged them to ask themselves, 'What kind of service can I provide? What kind of
positive difference can I make in the lives of others?'
“You can endure the ‘how’ if you have the right ‘why’,” Greitens said. “The ‘why’ must always be larger than you.”
He told them that if they worked every day
to live an answer to that question, then they would be stronger.
“Life is about getting it right one day at a time. You
will have to deal with pain, suffering and fear — but with that you
will gain wisdom, strength and courage.”