I’ve been watching the Channel 4 show, SAS: Who Dares Wins and was genuinely impressed by some of the civilians who went through the re-creation of the SAS selection process. In the second series, which finished the other night, it came down to just two men.
There was Charlie; (second from right in the photo) a public school educated entrepreneur, with lots of things going for him, and by his own admission, had led a fairly privileged life. He was competitive but nice with it. You know the kind of guy – good under pressure, able to hide his demons, and even confess to his comrades that he had never really dealt with the sudden death of his father.
Then there was Moses. (second from left) Upon first sight with the first test of jumping off a bridge into the river below, he appeared to be absolutely terrified, acknowledging his fear of water in full view of everyone else. He took so long to jump that a traffic jam began to form! (I’ve only just learned that he couldn’t swim at the time!)
The contrast between their background was striking. Moses arrived from Nigeria as a young boy and by the time he was twenty-one, he was in prison for robbery.
So what is my point?
My point is this. Charlie finished second but could or even should have won the show had he used his undoubted intelligence a little bit more wisely and given the interrogators some true facts about himself to go on, instead of angering them with obvious lies.
Moses was the last man standing because he took every single piece of experience he had gained and relentlessly turned it into a positive force for good. Before the show, he had already been running his own personal fitness business, specialising with ex-offenders, so no one is saying the SAS selection process has transformed him.
It simply confirmed what he already knew and demonstrated it to anyone else who needed to notice.
You can always take a troubled past and turn it into a purposeful future.
It is never easy but nothing is impossible for those who believe or as the SAS say…
Who Dares Wins