They were not there to kill us!

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

My middle son, Jeremy, decided to become a Marine. He left for boot camp on Mothers Day.

He has written a book about his experiences called Kicking Ace Taking Names you can order the book by following the link and all profits go to support veterans.

One of the lessons I learnt from him was something he said about Boot Camp. As good parents we had tried to prepare him, on reading the book wrongly it seemed, by preparing him in case he did not make it through. 

Much later he said talking about the Drill Instructors and Boot Camp in general, "Dad, they weren't going to kill you whatever they said, they were there to prepare us, to get us ready for something which was unnatural. It was all mental. Knowing that, it was not hard."

Following Boot Camp he had Infantry School and from there went on to train for Recon, the marines version of Special Forces, the SEALS, Rangers etc. Again, he made it through although he was never the biggest guy,and saw many bigger guys drop out, because he knew it was all mental. You had to have your head right and then everything else worked.

Reading Grant Schneider's post this moving about Moving Forward Fearlessly made me think of these words of his. If we get our head right we can move forward fearlessly.

Sometimes in real estate buyers and sellers get held back by fear, not understanding the process, intimidation in negotiation,this is one of the reasons why you use an experienced agent who has been trained to overcome the fear and to move forward fearlessly. So, if you are buying or selling in Tredyffrin Easttown use a fearless Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor like Nick Vandekar to attain your real estate goals and dreams.

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Rainmaker
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® yes, Jeremy told us that one or something similar as well, it is in his book I believe. Thank your son for his service as well. We have more in common than we thought.

Lou Ludwig thank you.

Mar 15, 2017 05:32 AM #21
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Kathy Streib
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Nick and Trudy- please thank your son for us.  These are the men and women who we should be celebrating and NOT the people we see in the tabloids.  Mental toughness is as important as the physical strength we have.  Truth be known, I probably would have done the same thing in telling my child it was ok if they did not make it all the way through.  It's a thin line to walk between giving them support to succeed and support should they not. 

Mar 15, 2017 08:37 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Kathy Streib we did what we thought was right, in the book he understood that but rejected it, although it gave him more determination to not fail.

Mar 15, 2017 08:56 AM #23
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is very cool.  I can tell that you have raised a fine young man and I know you are very proud of him!

Mar 15, 2017 10:56 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Brian England absolutely. 

Mar 15, 2017 01:36 PM #25
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                            Thank you Nick & Trudy Vandekar 

Mar 18, 2017 08:08 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Thank you Kathy Streib

Mar 19, 2017 12:41 AM #27
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Good morning Nick and Trudy.  I will be sure to order and read this book.  And, my thanks to Jeremy for his service.

Mar 19, 2017 05:30 AM #28
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Nick and Trudy. He is far ahead of his years! He figured it out and more importantly learned to deal with it! That makes him special! Enjoy your day!

Mar 19, 2017 06:06 AM #29
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Nick & Trudy Vandekar I'm looking forward to ordering your book today .... and I thank your son for his stellar service to protect us...

Mar 19, 2017 06:08 AM #30
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Nick & Trudy Vandekar ,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured this in her "light-bulb" moments for the week..I'm surprised I missed this post. Thank you for telling us about your son and his book..I'm getting it for my son-in-law for his Birthday coming up.

Mar 19, 2017 06:12 AM #31
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Your son is an amazing young man and I thank him for his service! You must be so proud....so very very proud!

Mar 19, 2017 08:32 AM #32
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Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
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Wow.  I know you're proud of your son.  Love our guys and girls in the services. 

Mar 19, 2017 10:34 AM #33
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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

You and your sons are quite a family. I salute you all.

Mar 19, 2017 11:04 AM #34
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Nick & Trudy

You must be so proud, in many ways. Thank you son for his service to our country!

Jeff

Mar 19, 2017 04:10 PM #35
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Having the right frame of mind for the task at hand, or whatever challenge we face, is so important.

Mar 19, 2017 06:25 PM #36
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
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Hi Nick and Trudy, please thank your son for his service, I know you are proud of him.

Mar 19, 2017 07:42 PM #37
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Gabe Sanders thank you.

Wayne Martin absolutely.

Barbara Todaro you will enjoy it, it is an easy read.

Dorie Dillard I am sure he will enjoy it.

Mar 21, 2017 07:14 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Sharon Tara very, you couldn't tell.

Mick Michaud they deserve our support.

Wayne Johnson thank you

Jeff Dowler I am and very grateful as well.

 

Mar 21, 2017 07:16 AM #39
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Chris Ann Cleland I have learnt much from him and you are absolutely correct.

Sybil Campbell we sure are andgrateful he came home in one piece.

Mar 21, 2017 07:17 AM #40
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