The Best America Has To Offer

Army Navy Pregame

I had the distinct honor of attending the Army Navy football game last weekend. It was one of those bucket list type deals for me. The history of the game is one of things that make it such an unique event. The very first football game was played in 1890 at West Point.

The ceremony preceding the game is absolutely amazing. It really makes one proud to be an American, at least it should. With so much negative news and bad things going on around the planet, the game made things a little brighter for everyone in attendance.

If you didn’t see the game, there is one thing you should take a look at. It was the singing of the National Anthem by a combined group of West Point Cadets and Navy Midshipman. Click on the National Anthem link to watch it.

Those kneeling NFL players need to see it. The game served as a perfect representation of how our country should be. All walks of life coming together for a single purpose.

There were no protests, no fights (that I saw), and no disrespect to be found. I am not saying there wasn’t plenty of animated smack talking between services, but it was all in good fun.

Many like me have had far too many friends come home with our flag draped over their coffins. How does anyone in their right mind, especially those who make millions of dollars playing a sport, think it is a good idea to disrespect anyone who has served this country, the flag or the country in general?

I have a recommendation for all of them. You should use all of those millions you make and put into a positive cause. Have at least enough respect to stand during the National Anthem and honor all of those that have ever supported and defended this amazing country.

Ok, enough ranting. Even if you don’t like football, I highly recommend every American to watch it at least once. If you don’t watch the entire game, then watch all of the ceremony leading up to kick off. It will make you proud, stand up a little straighter, stick your chest out a little farther, and be very thankful you live in the greatest country on Earth.

 

Situational Awareness..Just How Aware Are We??

Stock Photo Situational Awareness
Situational Awareness-Stock Photo

Situational awareness, the buzz phrase that took 2017 by storm. But what does it really mean? Simply, it means be aware of your surroundings. We learned this fundamental rule when we were children.

Walking, riding a bike or rollerskating in the street, our parents told us to watch out for cars. Walking in the woods or by a body of water, we were always told to watch out for snakes. Check under your bed for scary clowns like Pennywise from IT. 

Later on, they told us to park in well lit parking lots, carry the  keys a certain way, and stay out of certain areas. One of the biggest rules, know your exits out of a building in case of an emergency. The biggest threat back then was probably fire, but now it is likely an active shooter.

An active shooter situation is likely the most terrifying thing most of us may encounter in our life time. Nothing can stop us in our tracks faster and make our blood run colder, than hearing of an active shooter.

https://www.cnn.com/2017/06/14/us/san-francisco-shooting/index.html?no-st=1512586290
CNN File San Francisco UPS

How would you react? Even more so, how do you survive? Well it all comes back to situational awareness. You HAVE to be aware of your surroundings and always prepare for the worst. Having a “This won’t happen to me” mentality may just make you a statistic unless you have your *hit together. Just like walking through the woods and encountering that Cottonmouth, you have to know what to do, how to get away or how to treat a bite if bitten.

How do you do that? Do your homework. The Department of Homeland Security has a whole webpage dedicated to Active Shooter Preparedness.  Although it has been critiqued, the Run.Hide.Fight video has some very enlightening ideas.

Take a seminar. Many police agencies are offering half day seminars on what to do in an active shooter situation. I’ve taken one and it was not only informative but entertaining enough to keep everyone’s attention.

The most important thing you can do is to put that cell phone down, look around and use common sense. As you walk into a building, search out the exits. For example, when you walk into a restaurant, look for the kitchen.  When was the last time you were eating and saw someone take the trash out through the front door.

Be prepared and aware. It empowers you. Learn what you can learn, use common sense and constantly practice situational awareness.

 

Last of the Inc. 5000 Observations

This is the third installment of the Inc. 5000 conference takeaways. To catch up, go to Kopis Mobile’s website (just click our name) for the previous blog posts.  Here is Henry’s final recap:

Beyond our interactions with Norm Brodsky and Brene Brown, Josh and I were able to have front-row seats for talks by Brian Smith, the founder of Ugg brand, Alan Mulally of Boeing and Ford and Daymond John, Shark Tank investor and FUBU founder.

Josh literally ran into Brian a few seconds before he was going on stage, and Brian was extremely polite – he clearly is a very laid-back person.  His personal story reflected that attitude.  Neither Josh nor I had a full picture of Daymond John before his talk, and we both came away impressed and fans.

A key impression from those talks was that companies have stages – you can’t skip them and probably don’t want to skip them (Norm had said this also). While we should all want to be the best in the world. The key is to understand that will mean you have to go through the process of becoming the best in the world; by learning from others and your own mistakes, by trying new things, and constantly evolving and getting better.

Brian’s four secrets to success were to 1) Feast Upon Uncertainty, 2) Fatten on Disappointment, 3) Invigorate in the Presence of Difficulties, and 4) Enthuse Over Apparent Defeat.  His reasoning behind those secrets became clear in the end – that these four attitudes take away the mindset of Victimization. We will all have uncertainty, disappointment, difficulties and defeat but, our success comes from our response to them.  Enjoy being where you are, do it well, and then over time look back over your shoulder and appreciate your successes.  And, like Brene Brown said, “you decide what defines that success”.

The second day was also pretty exciting. I was interviewed by Microsoft and MSNBC .

If that interview makes it on the air, we will definitely be posting about it.

The conference wrapped up with a black-tie gala, which my father Frank and brother John flew out to attend with us.  It was great to hear our company’s name called and see it up on the big screen.  We hope to make the list again, and attend next year in San Antonio!!

Kopis Mobile Named A Mississippi Export Champion

LTR: George Hillard, Henry Jones, Joe McDevitt and Michael Blossom of Kopis Mobile

Last Thursday, Kopis Mobile was named an Export Champion at the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting, held in Jackson, Mississippi. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) began the awards in 2009 to honor those companies who are enhancing Mississippi’s export profile.

Governor Phil Bryant and Erin Walsh were the presenters at the awards ceremony.

Erin Walsh and Henry Jones

All of us at Kopis Mobile are so proud of this achievement. We don’t look at it as a “feather in our hat” but more of a validation of the company moving in the right direction fueled by hard work and passion for excellence.

Insights From The Inc 5000 Conference – Brené Brown

Henry here again this week, with some more insights from the Inc 5000 Conference.  Feel free to read last week’s post to catch up if you haven’t already.

After talking with Norm Brodsky, the next best part of the conference was listening to two Brené Brown  talks.

Brené Brown
Photo credit Maile Wilson

She is a world-class researcher of relationships, and it turns out she is a great speaker as well.  (She’s also very pleasant off stage, as my business partner Josh and I found out when we found ourselves leaving one of the auditoriums alongside her.)

I HIGHLY recommend two of her TED talks as a way to learn more about her and about Vulnerability and Shame.  She has written numerous books, and she spoke for about two hours.  I’ll just note some highlights here so you quickly read though to get a sense of what she’s about.

 

She found out that once she started her own growth business that it is much easier to study leadership, which she has been doing for a while, than to lead people.

The #1 reason for business failure is a lack of courage and leadership, which is most often manifested in an unwillingness to have difficult conversations. Our society believes that we shouldn’t be uncomfortable, and further that money or status or privilege would mean we would be comfortable.  

This keeps us from tackling the hard things in life, which are inevitably uncomfortable. From my own observation, this means that we miss most opportunities to grow and mature.  

Discomfort leads to being open to learning lessons, which leads to change and growth, which leads to maturity. This means that discomfort is a good thing, and trying to be comfortable all the time is not.

Four Pillars of Courage: Vulnerability, Clarity of Values, Trust, and Ability to Recover.

  • You can learn these skills, and thus learn to be courageous – but you will definitely get your butt kicked in the process. When you sign up to be brave, you sign up for the “certainty of failure”. So each day, we end up choosing: Courage or Comfort?
  • She mainly discussed the first topic, Vulnerability. Her definition that I noted was “a willingness to show up and be seen transparently without controlling the outcome”. Part of that is understanding and believing that other people don’t define success for you.
  • Joy is the most vulnerable emotion we can feel.
  • We also need to do a much better job with celebrating each of our personal and professional successes whatever their size. I could do a much better job with this, though attending the Inc 5000 Conference was a part of that. I also plan to take a long multi-day hike in the mountains to celebrate.
  • She quoted Teddy Roosevelt  from his “Citizenship In A Republic” speech and extended it further: If you are not getting your (butt) kicked, I am not interested in your feedback. Who is in the arena? Who is paddling the boat with me? Those people, I will listen to.
  • The opposite of accountability is blame. Blame is just discharging your stuff, not owning it.
  • Clarity of Values: have we (at Kopis Mobile, or as individuals) written down our values and operationalized them by discussing what they look like as behaviors?
  • Regarding Trust: once you say “trust”, people go into their primal limbic systems . Once you bring it up, they may sense that you are attacking their sense of self, so be prepared to be dealing with more than just the issue at hand.
  • Consider the power of empathy to restore relationships. What’s empathy? Watch this insightful 3-minute video: Brené Brown  on empathy .
  • The Ability to Recover: Everyone wants to see their story with a good guy and a bad guy to help understand it and how to make it feel better. Help people see that story, and learn how to cultivate that story for yourself.

Brené spoke more about the Ability to Recover in her second talk, which is the subject of her book Rising Strong . There is a process for that, what she calls “The Reckoning, The Rumble, and The Revolution”. She mostly discussed the first – The Reckoning. In general, this is the often difficult work of understanding what is really going on in your life and how you got to that point, and being honest about it!

Often, people have problems and that generates shame (a focus on the person) – which frequently causes addictive behaviors. Guilt (a focus on the behavior) is a healthier alternative, and it protects against addiction. Among the other takeaways from her talk were that most people can identify 3 to 5 emotions, yet there are 30 core emotions! Many of those emotions show up as anger or distance.

It’s tough to dig below that emotional shell, but  she does have some great suggestions about how to go about it.  Brené  gave some powerful examples that start with asking the question:  “What is the story you’re telling yourself in your head?” Once those get out on the table, clearer communication and a better relationship follows.

I know that I personally have a lot to learn about vulnerability, empathy, shame, trust, and many of the other topics that Brené writes and talks about. Hearing her in person was motivational for me to keep learning more.

I hope this diversion from the typical Kopis Mobile content was helpful! One more post about the Inc 5000 conference to come.

Kopis Mobile at the Inc 5000 Conference

Henry Jones and Josh Lunn of Kopis Mobile at the Inc 5000 Conference
Hugh normally handles the blog writing, but for the next couple of posts it’ll be me, Henry.  I’ll be sharing some of what we learned last week at the Inc 5000 Conference.  In case you missed it, Kopis Mobile’s revenue growth between 2013 and 2016, qualified us for the Inc 500.  That puts Kopis Mobile in the top 1000th of 1 percent (0.0001%!!) of companies in the United States – something to be very proud of!
Our team has worked long hours, sacrificing time and energy, and poured enormous amounts of creativity and thought into moving the company in the right direction.  We are the fastest-growing technology company in Mississippi!  Kopis Mobile co-founder Josh Lunn and I attended the two-day event as representatives of the company.  I wish the whole team could have been there.
Attending the Inc conference as an Inc 500 awardee was enormously fulfilling to me professionally.  I have been a subscriber to Inc magazine for about 20 years.  It has been the best source of insight and information for growth companies – those that keep pushing to be bigger, better, and making more of a difference to its customers and staff.
A longstanding goal for me was to be a part of an Inc 500 company.  You can imagine my elation as a co-founder, part of the leadership team, and then to see my name in the magazine – that was more than I ever thought was a realistic goal.
It’s really tough to make the list! Perhaps for that reason, the atmosphere at the Inc conference was very positive.  All the other attendees had a great attitude – no one was competing, and we all knew we shared the same experiences of finding and attracting great people to join your team, wooing customers, building a meaningful culture, trying to figure out smart processes without losing flexibility, and managing the inevitable cash flow stress.
The highlight for me was meeting and talking with Norm Brodsky , who is the Street Smarts columnist and a senior contributing editor to Inc.
Henry and Norman Brodsky
I’ve been a faithful follower of his columns and books for years.  More than just meet him – we were able to have a few conversations, and as I was hoping, he quickly had some useful insights into what I could do to help our business out the most.
The key takeaway from the conversations was that I needed to seriously increase the attention I have paid to making projections for our business – revenue and expenses and the cash flow relationship between them.  I need to share those projections as widely as possible, as one of the key communication tools for the entire company to use.
The more I’ve thought about it, the more I see many of the company’s current challenges (such as distributing responsibility and accountability as we grow, making investment decisions, and reducing my role as Chief Bottleneck) could be mitigated by distribution of a best-effort projection for at least the next 12 months.  If everyone doesn’t know where we are trying to go, how will we all work well together to get there?
There will be a few more posts on the Inc.5000 conference, other speakers and insights.  But, for now, I’ll end it here with this Dance time at the Inc 5000 gala.

Coming Soon. Smart Device For Every Soldier

Smart device for every soldier

The following Army Times article reveals how far and how quickly the ideology of technology and soldier usage has come. When we started Kopis Mobile four and half years ago, there were very few early advocates let alone adopters of a smart device in the hands of every soldier.

In fact, if you were to ask someone in the Department of Defense  at that time if smart devices would ever become prevalent;  80% said “No”,  10%  said “they are in use to a certain degree” and the final 10% said, “The use of mobile devices and mobile apps within DoD is happening and will only grow.” We gambled and started the company on that final 10%.

Fast-forward four and a half years and our gamble is no longer a “gamble” per say, but more a confirmation of what we knew to be true back then.  Below is an excerpt from an article in the Army Times.

Meghann Myers is a senior reporter at Army Times

Between the hours soldiers have to spend online for professional military education and the possibilities a handheld, touchscreen device could hold downrange, the Army is taking a step toward developing a standard-issue device for every soldier.

The team at PEO Soldier has come up with a prototype that they recently presented to the Army’s top enlisted soldier, Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey said Tuesday.

“I’m an advocate of, every soldier has a device,” Dailey said.

 The prototype is a large tablet-like device, he added.
 

“Operationally, they can use it while they’re on the battlefield,” Dailey said. “It could have a number of apps that would assist them in their capabilities with land navigation, communication, [and] … I asked for the capability to extend that resource to be able to use it for institutional reasons as well.”

That would include being able to do professional military education courses and tests on the device with a Common Access Card reader.

“That’s how civilian education works,” Command Sgt. Maj. Dave Davenport, the senior enlisted soldier at Training and Doctrine Command, added. “These young people are all on smart phones and tablets.”

Details on if and when to issue a device will have to be hammered out, but Davenport said that some pilots have already taken place, with soldiers bringing in their own hardware.

Keeping a small business running is always tough. Coupled with the government space we are in and dealing with those who had the 80% mind set, it is even tougher. All of that aside, we are super proud to be ranked 384 on this year’s Inc. 5000 list.

We achieved this honor by listening to soldier and first responder problems. We then quickly acknowledged and devised solutions to those problems with simple to use, mobile solutions. So here’s to many more years of Kopis Mobile’s listening, forward thinking and more than a touch of tenacity.

 

 

Battle Of Mogadishu: 03 October 1993

Memorial for those lost
Memorial for those lost

Long before we started Kopis Mobile, on 03 October 1993, I was out in the California desert participating in land warfare training. Back in the those days, training cell still consisted of Vietnam vets. I remember being on a lunch break when we turned on the news and saw what was going on in a little country called Somalia.

I frankly had never really heard of the place. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Crashed helicopters, dead American bodies, locals dragging bodies through the streets, and word of an American pilot being held hostage.

So many lessons learned came out of the battle and the acts of heroism were numerous. Never let the Battle of Mogadishu be forgotten nor the men who lost their lives there.

Below is credited to a National Geographic article.

In October 1993, a contingent of 160 U.S. Army Rangers and Delta Force operators—some of America’s most elite, highly-trained and skilled military forces—ventured in helicopters and armed vehicles into the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia, on a mission to capture warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid and other leaders of his militia. But the raid went disastrously wrong.

Two U.S. helicopters were shot down, and a lengthy urban battle ensued in which in which 18 Americans were killed and 73 wounded, and helicopter pilot Michael Durant was seized by an angry mob. Hundreds of Somalis lost their lives as well.

It’s not easy to make sense of the Battle of Mogadishu, and not just because of the fog of war. Here’s some historical background that will help you to understand the complex combination of factors that made Somalia into such a violent, dangerous place on that fateful day.

Somalia, a Texas-sized nation of 10.6 million along the eastern horn of Africa, for a long time has been one of the world’s most impoverished, chaotic, and violent places.

It is a hot, dry place with few natural resources except for pastureland, and for much of Somalia’s history, its people were mostly nomadic clans who raised cattle. But Somalia’s strategic location along the shipping lanes of the Indian Ocean was coveted by bigger, stronger countries such as France, Britain and Italy, and it was under foreign domination from the mid-1880s until finally gaining independence in 1960.

But nine years after that, a strongman named Muhammad Siad Barre took power in a coup, and his military regime nationalized much of Somalia’s meager economy in an effort to establish what he called “scientific socialism.” But that failed experiment—coupled with starvation caused by punishing droughts and an ill-conceived war with neighboring Ethiopia in the 1970s and 1980s—only made Somalia weaker and poorer.

In 1991, Barre finally was ousted. As clans led by warlords began to fight among themselves for control, Somalia collapsed into chaos. As journalist Mark Bowden described Mogadishu in his 1999 nonfiction bestseller “Black Hawk Down,” the Somali capital of Mogadishu was “the world capital of things-gone-completely-to-hell,” a place where streets were filled with mountains of trash and the rusted hulks of burned out vehicles, and starving refugees huddled in shanties built from rags and scavenged wood, and lit campfires inside abandoned government buildings.

U.S. troops were sent to Somalia in 1992 by then-President George H.W. Bush, as part of a United Nations humanitarian operation that also included 13,000 soldiers from other nations. The original purpose was restore enough order so that starving Somalis could be fed.

According to a 1995 Congressional investigation, however, the U.S. forces increasingly bore the brunt of taking on the violent warlords and their militias, who threatened the UN’s efforts. After Aidid’s militia ambushed Pakistani peacekeeping forces in June 1993, the UN representative in Somalia, Jonathan Howe, ordered Aidid’s arrest. The job of capturing Aidid and his key lieutenants fell to U.S. forces, and led to the ill-fated assault in October 1993.

When the U.S. forces arrived at their target, two of Aidid’s top lieutenants were captured. Just when the team thought the raid was wrapping up, a militiaman armed with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher managed to shoot down one of the U.S. force’s Black Hawk helicopters, a Black Hawk known as Super 6-1.

The pilot and co-pilot were killed, and five soldiers were injured, including a Delta sniper who later died from his wounds. A rescue force managed to help the survivors escape, but shortly afterward, a second Black Hawk was shot down as well. Three crew members were killed, but pilot Michael Durant, who suffered a broken back and leg, survived and was taken prisoner.

Two Delta Force operators, Sgt. Gary Gordon and Sgt. First Class Randall Shughart, who rushed into the fray in an effort to rescue Durant and were killed, were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1994.

Durant endured mistreatment from his captors, who eventually released him 11 days later, after negotiations led by U.S. diplomat Robert Oakley.

The disaster quickly had repercussions. Several days later, President Bill Clinton announced that all U.S. troops would leave Somalia within six months. In 1995, the UN mission in Somalia ended in failure.

As for the Somali warlord Aidid, any satisfaction that he got from vanquishing the Americans was short-lived. Less than three years later, he reportedly died of a heart attack after surgery for gunshot wounds.

Today, 24 years after the operation in Mogadishu, Somalia still is a troubled place. Though a new, internationally-backed government was installed in 2012, the impoverished nation faces a new threat from Al-Shabab, a terror group linked to Al-Qaeda.

America Will Persevere. We Always Do

George Patton

I have refrained, which hasn’t been easy, to keep current media events out of this blog. I won’t belabor on any of the junk we have blasted in our face on a 24/7 basis. America and the values it was built on are not going anywhere anytime soon regardless of what some try to do or say. You can try to erase this great country’s history. Hide your identity and throw rocks through a business window. Take a knee during our National Anthem. Use your status as a celebrity (by the way, the only person that thinks your famous is yourself) to push your views on others.

All of this is meaningless to those of us who have given everything to this country. The following is General George Patton’s speech to the Third Army. I figure we all could use some genuine American bad’assery about now. Turn off the news. Get off Facebook. Stop Tweeting. Go chug a beer. Spend time with your family and friends. Shoot a bunch of guns. Salute our flag. Say thanks to a veteran and first responder.

General Patton had a very “colorful” way of talking at times. This speech is one of those times. If you are easily offended and read out loud, cover your ears.

Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit.

Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle.

You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else.

Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight.

When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards.

Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.

You are not all going to die. Only two percent of you right here today would die in a major battle. Death must not be feared. Death, in time, comes to all men. Yes, every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he’s not, he’s a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are.

The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared.

Some men get over their fright in a minute under fire. For some, it takes an hour. For some, it takes days. But a real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood. Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base. Americans pride themselves on being He Men and they ARE He Men.

Remember that the enemy is just as frightened as you are, and probably more so. They are not supermen.

All through your Army careers, you men have bitched about what you call ‘chicken shit drilling’. That, like everything else in this Army, has a definite purpose. That purpose is alertness. Alertness must be bred into every soldier. I don’t give a fuck for a man who’s not always on his toes. You men are veterans or you wouldn’t be here. You are ready for what’s to come. A man must be alert at all times if he expects to stay alive. If you’re not alert, sometime, a German son-of-an-asshole-bitch is going to sneak up behind you and beat you to death with a sockful of shit!

There are four hundred neatly marked graves somewhere in Sicily, all because one man went to sleep on the job. But they are German graves, because we caught the bastard asleep before they did.

An Army is a team. It lives, sleeps, eats, and fights as a team. This individual heroic stuff is pure horse shit. The bilious bastards who write that kind of stuff for the Saturday Evening Post don’t know any more about real fighting under fire than they know about fucking! We have the finest food, the finest equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world. Why, by God, I actually pity those poor sons-of-bitches we’re going up against. By God, I do.

My men don’t surrender, and I don’t want to hear of any soldier under my command being captured unless he has been hit. Even if you are hit, you can still fight back That’s not just bull shit either. The kind of man that I want in my command is just like the lieutenant in Libya, who, with a Luger against his chest, jerked off his helmet, swept the gun aside with one hand, and busted the hell out of the Kraut with his helmet. Then he jumped on the gun and went out and killed another German before they knew what the hell was coming off. And, all of that time, this man had a bullet through a lung. There was a real man!

All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters, either. Every single man in this Army plays a vital role. Don’t ever let up. Don’t ever think that your job is unimportant. Every man has a job to do and he must do it. Every man is a vital link in the great chain.

What if every truck driver suddenly decided that he didn’t like the whine of those shells overhead, turned yellow, and jumped headlong into a ditch? The cowardly bastard could say, ‘Hell, they won’t miss me, just one man in thousands.’ But, what if every man thought that way? Where in the hell would we be now? What would our country, our loved ones, our homes, even the world, be like?

No, Goddamnit, Americans don’t think like that. Every man does his job. Every man serves the whole. Every department, every unit, is important in the vast scheme of this war.

The ordnance men are needed to supply the guns and machinery of war to keep us rolling. The Quartermaster is needed to bring up food and clothes because where we are going there isn’t a hell of a lot to steal. Every last man on K.P. has a job to do, even the one who heats our water to keep us from getting the ‘G.I. Shits’.

Each man must not think only of himself, but also of his buddy fighting beside him. We don’t want yellow cowards in this Army. They should be killed off like rats. If not, they will go home after this war and breed more cowards. The brave men will breed more brave men. Kill off the Goddamned cowards and we will have a nation of brave men.

One of the bravest men that I ever saw was a fellow on top of a telegraph pole in the midst of a furious fire fight in Tunisia. I stopped and asked what the hell he was doing up there at a time like that. He answered, ‘Fixing the wire, Sir.’ I asked, ‘Isn’t that a little unhealthy right about now?’ He answered, ‘Yes Sir, but the Goddamned wire has to be fixed.’ I asked, ‘Don’t those planes strafing the road bother you?’ And he answered, ‘No, Sir, but you sure as hell do!’ Now, there was a real man. A real soldier. There was a man who devoted all he had to his duty, no matter how seemingly insignificant his duty might appear at the time, no matter how great the odds.

And you should have seen those trucks on the rode to Tunisia. Those drivers were magnificent. All day and all night they rolled over those son-of-a-bitching roads, never stopping, never faltering from their course, with shells bursting all around them all of the time. We got through on good old American guts. Many of those men drove for over forty consecutive hours. These men weren’t combat men, but they were soldiers with a job to do. They did it, and in one hell of a way they did it. They were part of a team. Without team effort, without them, the fight would have been lost. All of the links in the chain pulled together and the chain became unbreakable.

Don’t forget, you men don’t know that I’m here. No mention of that fact is to be made in any letters. The world is not supposed to know what the hell happened to me. I’m not supposed to be commanding this Army. I’m not even supposed to be here in England. Let the first bastards to find out be the Goddamned Germans. Some day I want to see them raise up on their piss-soaked hind legs and howl, ‘Jesus Christ, it’s the Goddamned Third Army again and that son-of-a-fucking-bitch Patton’. We want to get the hell over there.’ The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit.

Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I’d shoot a snake!

When a man is lying in a shell hole, if he just stays there all day, a German will get to him eventually. The hell with that idea. The hell with taking it. My men don’t dig foxholes. I don’t want them to. Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving. And don’t give the enemy time to dig one either. We’ll win this war, but we’ll win it only by fighting and by showing the Germans that we’ve got more guts than they have; or ever will have.

We’re not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we’re going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We’re going to murder those lousy Hun cock suckers by the bushel-fucking-basket. War is a bloody, killing business. You’ve got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot them in the guts. When shells are hitting all around you and you wipe the dirt off your face and realize that instead of dirt it’s the blood and guts of what once was your best friend beside you, you’ll know what to do!

I don’t want to get any messages saying, ‘I am holding my position.’ We are not holding a Goddamned thing. Let the Germans do that. We are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy’s balls. We are going to twist his balls and kick the living shit out of him all of the time. Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy. We are going to go through him like crap through a goose; like shit through a tin horn!

From time to time there will be some complaints that we are pushing our people too hard. I don’t give a good Goddamn about such complaints. I believe in the old and sound rule that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood. The harder WE push, the more Germans we will kill. The more Germans we kill, the fewer of our men will be killed. Pushing means fewer casualties. I want you all to remember that.

There is one great thing that you men will all be able to say after this war is over and you are home once again. You may be thankful that twenty years from now when you are sitting by the fireplace with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what you did in the great World War II, you WON’T have to cough, shift him to the other knee and say, ‘Well, your Granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana.’ No, Sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say, ‘Son, your Granddaddy rode with the Great Third Army and a Son-of-a-Goddamned-Bitch named Georgie Patton!'”

Life Is Tough. You Can’t Let It Get You Down

Life is tough

I am not in the habit of paying attention to too much I see on social media, but I thought the following was pretty poignant.  A lot of things in life are tough. Trying to make and keep Kopis Mobile successful is tough. Raising kids is tough. Making ends meet is tough. It goes on and on. Hopefully, this post helps put some things into perspective.

Life is tough, no doubt! It’s a twisting and winding roller coaster of ups and downs, and sometimes it seems like as soon as you get up, you’re knocked down again.

Life can be difficult sometimes and i’m sure that I am preaching to the choir when I say that. Everyone knows life is tough, but nobody ever realizes just how tough it can get. When things start to tumble down around you it can make you feel hopeless. While you shouldn’t ever try to control the things that happen around you – because you can’t – it doesn’t mean you just have to sit there and take a beating. Get back up on your feet and fight back. When things start to crumble we tend to just dig the hole deeper for ourselves.

The more you beat yourself down the harder it gets to keep going, trust me. However, once you accept these brutal truths, it’ll help you get your shit together. We get so caught up in the worldly complications we create for ourselves that we forget some of the most concrete things! You can’t keep waiting for things to get better; you have to do it yourself. Accepting these things will really open your eyes to the importance of it.

1. You’re Dying

No matter how much time and money you spend on making your life good, and perfecting it, it will always end no matter what.

2. Everybody You Know Will Die

You can’t constantly obsess over losing people and death, but you also can’t take anyone for granted. Eventually, everyone you know will die, and you might not be the last one to go either.

3. Wealth Isn’t Happiness

No matter what amount of money you have it will never cause you to be happy. Happiness is within, no matter the riches.

4. Searching for Happiness Makes You Lose It

Happiness is right under your nose. If you are constantly searching for something to make you happy, you’ll never suffice your hunger. In order to be happy you have to be happy with what you already have.

5. Spend Time Not Money

Many people have the belief that you can’t enjoy yourself without spending money, but this is false. You don’t have to go out to dinner, to see a movie, or go to an amusement park to have fun.

6. You Can’t Please Everyone

Trying to please everyone around you is exhausting. You just can’t do it, so stop trying.

7. Accept Your Feelings

Stop trying to deny yourself of emotions. You have feelings and you can’t get past them without admitting you have them to begin with.

8. When You’re Gone, You’re Gone

Don’t even worry about trying to leave a legacy because you probably won’t be able to. There are 7 billion of us, there’s just not enough you can do to make people remember you.

9. Be Responsible

Nobody is responsible for your actions except for you. Regardless of what influences you, you are the ultimate decider in your fate. Take responsibility for yourself and your actions.

10. Stop Trying to Be Perfect

None of us are perfect, and although we all try to be, we never will be. Perfection is an imaginary tale of fairies. Stop trying to live up to some non-existent standard and love yourself.

11. Don’t Waste Talent

If you have a talent put it to use! Don’t let a god given ability go to waste!

12. Live in the Now

As much as we try to plan out and control our lives, we ultimately don’t control anything. You can try to predict the future and prepare for it, but it’ll never work out the way you think it will. Stop trying to perfect the future and stop dwelling on the past and you will achieve happiness.

13. Nobody Cares How Hard Your life Is

Life is hard for everyone. It throws us all twists and turns, so stop thinking you’re the only one it happens to. Stop going on and on trying to make everyone believe your life is harder than theirs. It’s a never ending piss contest.

14. Share Your Knowledge

Learning things is useless unless you share it with the people around you! Knowledge is only of help if we share it with each other. If you learn something the hard way, help your neighbor out by warning them.

15. Invest in Yourself

If you don’t spend time on yourself life is pointless! You don’t get to live as anyone else, so take the time to really make yourself the best version there is.

16. When Things Suck, Don’t react

Life might always throw us curveballs, but it ultimately comes down to the way you react to it. If you believe it is the end of the world it will really feel like it. However, keep your chin up and remain positive and you’ll see that things aren’t half bad.

17. Quit Dreaming and Do the Work

Dreams are for the birds, you have to make your biggest wishes come true. There are no wish granting genies even though we all still hope one will show up for us. It’s time to stop expecting things to change and change them for yourself. Want to be an actor? Go be an actor. Stop wishing and do it

18. Time is More Valuable than Money

We are so obsessed with money that we forget about the real terms of currency in life; time. We literally exchange 40 hours of our lives per week in exchange for cash. You have to realize that time is much more valuable than money. You can do a bunch more with it too.

19. Be Grateful

No matter how bad you think you might have it, there is always someone who has it worse. Be happy and be grateful for the things you do have instead of wishing for the things you don’t! It takes the joy and value out of everything if you don’t appreciate it!

20. Donate Time

You should donate time to making your community better, not just money. The only way to get the ball moving on improving our society is by actually doing something about it. Step up and donate some time to the community!

21. Don’t Lose Yourself

It’s important to never lose your true sense of self throughout the journey of life. Always remember what is important to you and keep a sense of your priorities!

22. You Can’t Take Money with you When You Die

You might be a millionaire in this world, but you certainly can’t take it with you when you move on. We all die eventually, so don’t get too caught up in your own finances. There are more important things in life.