By Doc Rogers
Every year new bodyguards enter the industry wanting to make a difference. They have special plans that will allegedly aid the professional bodyguard industry as a whole and protect clients better. Although their approach do have their merits, there are three important factors that are often over looked: learn, lead, and pass-on.
If you ever questioned what can be achieved with professional bodyguard training, professional experience and hard work, just ask Harlan “Hucky” Austin, Bruce Alexander, Jerry Heying, Elijah Shaw, Mark “Six” James, Joe LaSorsa and Rick Colliver, as well as the other esteemed members of the Professional Bodyguard Industry.
Learn. When it comes to training, only the best professional bodyguard training will do. The training you receive could be responsible for breaking you out of bodyguard obscurity and make you a full-fledged professional. Throughout your career demonstrate continuous improvement with each professional bodyguard assignment. Don’t take the easy road, dramatically improve your performance with each consecutive detail. Be consistent, produce tangible results, become a proven bodyguard workhorse and gain hard-won experience.
Lead. Leadership is the influence you have on the bodyguard team. Harness the power of leadership early in your professional bodyguard career. Lead from the front; work you butt off on bodyguard assignments, this is what will separate you from the wanna-be bodyguards. If this job was easy we’d all be out of work. Undoubtedly through your hard-work and dedication you will become noticed and your fellow bodyguards on the team will respect your influence and they will step-up their respective duties on the detail. Remember, leadership takes total commitment, it is the unrelenting pursuit of client protection. Do this and your leadership will become clearly evident.
Pass-on. Welcome aboard. It’s time to pass-on what you have learned throughout your prestigious career. Pass-on your bodyguard strength and experience to those coming up in the industry. Teach them the mental edge and the laser-like focus needed to become an exceptional professional bodyguard. Show them how to work both harder and smarter on bodyguard assignments. Guide them in the ways of mind, body, and honor. Above all, teach them about teamwork, for that it is in teamwork the client will be best protected. Passing on what you have learned to the up-and-coming lions and lionesses in the bodyguard industry builds upon it’s legacy and professionalism. Always be safe and God speed.
Doc Rogers is the author of Corporate Executive Protection – A Manual for Inspiring Corporate Bodyguards and president and CEO of International Corporate Executive Protection Ltd. Doc has earned a Ph.D. in Security Administration from Southwest University and he is SE Asia’s leading expert on executive protection and corporate security. To learn how to make a full time living as a corporate bodyguard visit the websites below for more information.
Hi Alonzo: Thank you for your kind remarks. Also your comment about “confidence and humility” is right on-the-mark. Keep safe!
Very inspirational and motivational entry, Doc. I especially liked this passage: “Remember, leadership takes total commitment, it is the unrelenting pursuit of client protection.”
And I think that, to perform, we need to strike a difficult balance between confidence and humility. The latter because, as you suggest, there’s no point in reinventing the wheel (it’s actually counterproductive) when we can “stand on the shoulders of giants” instead and go forward from there.