Recently I've become aware of a great organization through Soldier Systems that I'd like to pass the word on. They're called the Silent Heroes Foundation and in a nutshell, they are dedicated to protecting animals in Africa from poachers. If there's anything that pisses me off its poachers and the inability of the people that want to help to be able to help in a meaningful way. We've all seen these shows where "helping" consists of ripping out snares and knocking over the poachers' unattended camps...meanwhile the poachers get away scott free. What appears to be different about the Silent Heroes Foundation is that within them they have a Specialized Interdiction Unit comprised of former SOF members. I might not know all the ins and outs of this group, but from what I can tell it sounds like the SIU's purpose is to take the fight to these poachers who are decimating Africa's endangered species. Weapons, gillie suits, aerial surveillance, deployments...and the training to back it up...say no more. It looks like they're setting it up to be pretty visible with this mission of theirs...look for some sort of documentary or show. Can't wait to follow these guys. Click here to help. They're also accepting donations of all types of used kit, gear, and equipment, having already enlisted the help of a number of great companies.
Always have a pad and pencil next to your bed. I am one of those people who often will lay in bed for hours sometimes trying to fall asleep. My mind is busy and wandering. I start thinking about so much, especially as an entrepreneur who finds it difficult to shut off work from my mind. I'd dare to say that I do some of my greatest reflection and thinking during this time. Ideas, plans, reminders, philosophies, new products...the floodgates seem to just open up when I'm in bed. Think about it. Its dark, its quiet, its comfortable, and you spend a third of your life in it. You're bound to think of something worthy of remembering the next day, and if you've got no way to write it down, you're bound to forget something the next day that would have made your day, week, month, year, life better in some way. Last night I was laying in bed and realized that I had unknowingly developed this habit over the course of a couple years. It was a bit of an "Ah Ha" moment for me. I go to bed with my notepad and a pencil on my bedside table every night now...without really trying. In all honesty, sometimes I'll jot down a note on my iphone instead of turning the light on and waking up my girlfriend, but for the most part I like to get it down on paper. God forbid I keep myself awake another couple of hours worrying that I'm not going to remember what I promised myself the night before I would, which I really never do come morning.