A sniper in the military has an edge over his enemy; his edge is unwavering patience, mastery of his weapon, and the ability to remain consciously in control of his mind and body for long periods of time in high-stress situations. Older snipers and team leaders look for more ‘solitary and quiet’ individuals that have focus and a ‘quiet’ about them. Some individuals have a ‘comfortable knack’ and a natural feel for navigating any environment unseen – the training takes this “knack” to a whole new level. An additional skill that is sought-out, honed and refined is something we call “Bubble Compartmentalization” or the ability to block everything else out for long periods of time, except specific visual and observation skills – basically the ability to sit still, observe and calculate without losing your mind.
There is nothing glorious or sexy about the job. It is very hard on your body and it’s not something you would want to chat about at a cocktail party. There are so many different skill sets that need to be constantly refined – as Sniper tactics, equipment, weather, enemy and ballistic trajectories change dramatically in an Urban-Sniper role. A sniper will train for years to sharpen and perfect his or her shooting skills, and a sniper knows exactly what their target looks like and pulls the trigger without hesitation. It is one thing to be able to hide in a jungle with vast areas of cover and concealment – it is an entirely other thing to be an effective sniper in a City or Urban Warfare environment. The difficulty factor goes way up. The amount of practice, study and hours spent mastering every type of environment (shooting from buildings, helicopters, ships, shooting through glass, walls, and mathematical calculations for temperature, humidity, altitude, load, etc.). It is a non-stop learning game.
There are many complementary skill sets as a Sniper and a CEO of a company. A good CEO is there to “support” his team and help make them look good. Not the other way around. The ability to focus without being distracted, the ability to operate and maintain a company’s focus through constant changes, and adapting rather than causing panic, the ability to not have an ego in the game at hand and not make the mission, goal, or success “about me” but, rather, about everyone else. You need to be realistic about this, it will take time; it takes time to become a master at anything.
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