Beware, the self-proclaimed expert (part 2)

Wes Doss Part II               We have developed into a society highly dependent on the immediacy of information provided by the internet and other outlets, causing us to lose our minds when we can’t get a cell signal or the internet goes down, this has given us not only greater access to the world, but it has also allowed the self-anointed experts out there to reach out and find greater audiences and influence many that they would not ordinarily have access to. The days of early printing, moveable type, and the pony express are pale in comparison to the modern...

Beware, the self-proclaimed expert

Wes Doss Megalomania A mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur, wealth, power, etc. 2. a tendency to exaggerate. Webster’s New World Dictionary, 3rd College Edition   Training is without a doubt the most important tool we have to prime ourselves for the realities of the world, preparing us to perform our jobs and to win in the most precarious of situations at least it’s supposed to. Training, by design, is intended to provide an authoritative foundation for both the individual and the team, as any organization, regardless of size or mission must be trained and ready at all times,...

Realities in Training and the Real World (Part 3)

“Reality…….What a concept!” Quote by Robin Williams Part III            Those who understand the realities of conflict, by either experience or through training, know that there are a lot of variables that reduce each and every situation to a full blown back alley crap shoot. Why? You may ask, because unlike the anti-reality world, a real world event provides for a vastly different perspective on reality and will vary greatly from situation to situation and will change significantly every second that it’s allowed to evolve, as true conflict is an ever-changing, fluid environment with no set solutions. Knowing this before...

Realities in Training and the Real World (Part 2)

Realities in Training and the Real World (Part 2) By Wes Doss The training world, even in light of countless lawsuits, court rulings and venomous media hype, is still heavily inundated with training concepts involving unrealistic principles like; square ranges, set distances, time limits, and the obligatory “down range” area, as well as an array of artificial drills that are more aesthetically pleasing and emotionally exciting to the student than they are practical.  The fact is the environment and the limitations of many popular training programs reflects little of what really exists in the real world, thus giving an altered impression...