By John A. Heatherly, Author of The Survival Template
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“The survivor’s attitude is the most important element of the will to survive. With the proper attitude, almost anything is possible.”
-Air Force Regulation 64-4 Volume I, p. 53
“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
-Viktor E. Frankl, Holocaust Survivor, Author of Man’s Search for Meaning and Founder of Logotherapy
“Everyday is a choice – Heaven or Hell. This is the most important survival skill.”
-Tom Brown Jr, Author and Founder of The Trackerschool
The United States Air Force… Viktor Frankl… Tom Brown Jr… These three extremely different but credible sources all state in their own way that “attitude” is the most important survival skill. Given the success of these diverse sources, I am inclined to believe them.
It is also a skill that requires daily practice. Years ago I heard Tom Brown speak of the importance of attitude and later studied the Air Force view and the writings of Frankl. Even though the personal experiences of success and failure have taught me the value of attitude, it is something I need to work on every day.
Do you have any survival techniques that you employ to keep your attitude in check?
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