Everyday Espionage intends to challenge conventional thinking, cultivate elite achievers, and change the future of our world.
Our world is built on a series of acceptable behaviors and shared assumptions. This is conventional thinking. Those who act within the norm are accepted. Those who act outside the norm are rejected. But there is a third group…a group that rides the narrow road in between.
The space between ‘accepted’ and ‘rejected’ is full of fear, doubt and loneliness – but it is also the only road to greatness. Every hero of history and legend chose to leave behind the common in pursuit of the uncommon. And we can do the same.
I thought I was uncommon when I had my first vertical takeoff in an F-15. I thought I was uncommon when I took control of 200 nuclear missiles. I tought I was uncommon when I accepted my undercover identity and swore to serve in the US Central Intelligence Agency. I was wrong.
I was following a path shaped by my achievement but directed by others. And so it is with many of us, as we seek to satisfy in pursuit of promises; as we pledge loyalty and lose leverage. This is common convention – doing what is expected of us and seeking external rewards.
CIA taught me that conventional thinking can be predicted, directed… controlled. And even as I learned the secrets of negotiation and manipulation, I could see myself and my peers falling into the same cycle of conventional thinking. We all wanted to be accepted, to be rewarded, and we were willing to do anything to get there.
Our world will never change as long as our thinking stays the same. I am proud of my history of service, but now my mission is one of change. And whether I am accepted or rejected, mine is the path of doubt, fear, and greatness.