Lead, Follow, or…

I had a deep thought on the way into work yesterday…

it is amazing to me that some drivers still haven’t ascertained that the left lane is the fast lane, and you should be in the right lane if you want to go slow.


Well, maybe that’s not so deep a thought, but it led to another.

it made me think about the lesson I learned as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division all those years ago.

Lead, follow or get out of the way.


Ok, that’s not all that deep either, but it brought me a chuckle- and it is some good advice.


After I got around the slow guy, along with everyone else who wanted to do the speed limit or better, feeling guilty for passing on the right, I realized that the idea is the same in either case (driving slow or fast and deciding to be a leader or a follower) …

it’s OK whatever you decide to do, just don’t try to make other people do what you do.


If you want to drive slowly, be my guest; just do it in the right lane!

(don’t worry, the irony isn’t lost on me that I am telling the slow driver to do what I do and/or believe he or she should also do; it’s part of the generally satiric nature of this email).


On the other hand, there is some wisdom to the satire, as oft there is.

  1. do what you do and let other people do what they do.


  1. don’t let their decision influence you.


The second premise is especially when it comes to leadership.

There are those that would try to have you slow down: don’t work so hard, try so hard, read so much, listen to personal and professional development, or otherwise try to improve yourself.

They’re comfortable and complacent and are more comfortable if you stay there with them too…

so they, metaphorically speaking, stay in the left lane and try to block you…


Don’t let them hold you back.

Join my fast-moving tribe at Krav Maga Martial Arts. 

We’re going somewhere. 😉

Stephen Del Castillo






About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commissioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.

The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., 33549. Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas.

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