Nothing prepared me for how intimidated I felt at the start of SEAL training.

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Nothing prepared me for how intimidated I felt at the start of SEAL training.

My instructors were grizzled combat veterans who appeared to hate our class.

My class included Olympians and pro athletes who already looked like Navy SEALs.

And then there was me. An average athlete with no significant life accomplishments.

I expected to get left in the dust by the studs in my class, but that didn’t happen.

The first people to quit were the studs. They were used to being the best at everything they did and now were struggling just like everyone else. (SEAL training is designed to make you feel like a failure to see how you respond.)

The average guys expected to struggle, and so responded positively to the brutal training.

When we finally graduated, the only guys left were the average ones who were now hard as nails.

Takeaway: Don't let intimidation stop you from chasing your goals.