Adamantine: “Adamantine means a thing that is not tangible but when it is consumed makes anything unbreakable.” — from Thom Shea in Unbreakable: A Navy Seal’s Way of Life
Adamantine Lesson 1: Keeping your word
Adamantine Lesson 2: Facing your fear
Adamantine Lesson 3: Pushing beyond comfort zones
Adamantine Lesson 4: Creating love
Although Senior Chief and former Navy Seal Thom Shea writes about these principles (and a great deal more) as they pertain to training and performance in the Seal community, they pertain to any challenge — including the challenge to rise to the occasion and perform capably in a university setting that seems daunting as the first day of class approaches.
If your local Rotary Club, banker, Uncle Fred, and/or your parents provided money for your education, and you promised to do well, keep your word.
If you have a fear of being exposed as less well-prepared than your classmates, or if you have a fear of public speaking or talking to professors, face your fears. They will not go away unless you do something about them.
If you tend to spend time with students similar to you in background and interests, and if you avoid courses that are similar to courses at which you excelled in high school, push beyond your comfort zone and become bigger.
If you become aware that a classmate is struggling in some way and needs a boost, get focused on helping this fellow student in some way. Maintaining some degree of focus on things outside of yourself is a pretty good rule anyway. Work on finding some balance between personal improvement and making the world a better place is a pretty good rule anyway (i.e., creating love).
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— Andrew J. Billups, PsyD