Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Yesterday I posted a quote from Clint Eastwood’s movie Heartbreak Ridge where he uses the phrase “You improvise! You overcome! You adapt! ”

You can see the clip at:

Here is another:

I mentioned that the phrase is an unofficial term of the US Marines.

It should be adopted by all of us to respond and deal with Life’s myriad situations.


Many commentators on military strategy, from Sun Tzu to Colin Powell, have said that the best laid plans last only until initial contact with the enemy.

Have a plan (or a series of contingency plans) but leave room for flexibility.

Shift plans to take advantage of situations as they arise!

Items can be repurposed or put to dual use.


Things are often going to be different from what you have planned or have planned for.

Expect this, be alert to it, be creative.

There may be new ways of doing old things and oif seeing things differently.


Don’t give up, keep pushing on.

Know what other options may be available.

If you encounter an obstacle, go through it, around it, over it, under it or remove the obstacle. Or do something different where the presence of the obstacle doesn’t matter. Come up with solutions.

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