We believe that “I will either find a way or I will make one” follows a warrior’s mindset. This is not to be mistaken for doing what you please out of selfishness. We endeavor to fight the good fight and we desire to help others to do so as well. We are also proud to be a Veteran owned small business.

  • A Reverence for God
  • A Commitment to Integrity
  • A Passion for Wisdom
  • A Pursuit of Excellence
  • A Desire for Humility
  • Accountability
  • Social Responsibility

Arete: Raising yourself up to the highest excellence.

 The Chessman Philosophy

The Whole Man Concept of Paideia (pahee-di’-ah) had to do with shaping the Greek character. This classic Greek system of education and training was a complete course of study that was necessary to follow in order to become a well-rounded, citizen. Some areas of study might include: natural history, gymnastics, grammar, rhetoric, wrestling, or poetry.

For the Greeks, there was an unending desire to develop and refine the physical, the intellectual and the moral self. They believed this could only come from disciplined training.

Spotter Up recognizes that in order to be tactically proficient in life, an individual cannot solely build his body up, or this would be fruitless. What kind of master would he be? In the end, a person who tasks himself to be proportioned, is going to be much more ‘sound’ when an obstacle comes his way no matter what that obstacle is.

A story is told about a student named Stilpo of the Socratic school at Mergara. Stilpo was offered compensation after his home was burglarized but he refused it. He replied:

“No one carried off my paideia, no one took what makes me a man.”

If a person tunes out the noise, and focuses on the material at hand, Paideia is already there. But what is in there needs to be refined. We provide information to those who are willing to put in the work to become sounder. Our contributors add their knowledge into the sections we call Heart (The Team Room), Fist/Body (Mission Critical), Circle (Networks), Mind (Psyche & Mastery), and Spirit (Life). We work to sharpen iron.

A Chessman is an expert strategist who can move around any obstacle in life. Our writers have achieved excellence in many facets of their life and also subscribe to the whole man concept. They very work hard to better themselves.

Some people already know their calling in life. Some are drawn to serving on the battlefield, others are drawn to the mission field. Whatever your calling in life, we want to make a difference by providing knowledge that you can turn into skill-sets to avoid threats.

Some of our contributor’s also don’t share the same faith as we do in a Christian God. But they are contributors on this site because they want to help others improve. They want to make a positive difference, and we appreciate that viewpoint. They are experts in some areas of their craft and are able to provide you great information. They work hard to become Chessmen.

The word tactic-comes from the Greek word taktika. This means ‘matters pertaining to placement’. For a Chessman, this means he trains himself rigorously and takes action(s) to gain an end, and thereby bypasses trouble.

How to build a Tactician-WatermarkedIt is our hope that you will find our website entertaining, and the articles informative and useful for application in your daily life. We want to add just a bit to all the stuff you already know. Maybe on our site you enriched your mind, by rediscovering quotes by Marcus Aurelius on enduring, or learned how to pack a ruck for the first time. It doesn’t matter. Not all of our contributors are Special Operations members. Neither do they have to constantly remind people of what they accomplished. The journey never ends and we never have to talk about our past conquests. The road is ahead. Walk it, learn and share with others who know less.

In the end, our attitude here is, “don’t make excuses”.

There are some very real problems in this world. In the end, knowing how to handle yourself before, during and after a crisis is the best remedy for dealing with our nation’s leadership failures. Learning about the latest survival gear, or Civil War poetry is interesting but obtaining usable skills and experience means finding opportunities to use what you’re learning.

If a true problem comes you’ll be able to find your way out of it, or make a way. Put yourself in a position of advantage, not just with your workload, but in all aspects of your life. Engage, neutralize, side-step and keep going.

Good Reading.

“Aut Invenium Viam Aut Facium”

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/438425/paideia

Paideia, (Greek: “education,” or “learning”), system of education and training in classical Greek and Hellenistic (Greco-Roman) cultures that included such subjects as gymnastics, grammar, rhetoric, music, mathematics, geography, natural history, and philosophy. In the early Christian era the Greek paideia, called humanitas in Latin, served as a model for Christian institutions of higher learning, such as the Christian school of Alexandria in Egypt, which offered theology as the culminating science of their curricula. The term was combined with enkyklios(“complete system,” or “circle”) to identify a large compendium of general education, hence “encyclopaedia.”

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Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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