I saw an interview on TV recently with the extraordinary US Navy SEAL, Rhodes Scholar and humanitarian volunteer Eric Greitens. What made the greatest impression on me was when the interviewer asked him how he had managed to make it successfully through SEAL training, supposedly the most rigorous program in the U.S. military. Only 10 percent of his class finished the program. I thought that he might attribute his success to his physical conditioning or to his determination to win but instead, echoing Tom, he attributed his success to his fearlessness and concern for others. Here is the way he expressed it in his book, "The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL
": "Almost all the men who survived possessed one common quality. Even in great pain, faced with the test of their lives, they had the ability to step outside of their own pain, put aside their own fear and ask: How can I help the guy next to me?"
In other words, faced with the supreme test, the ones who passed embodied what Tom recommends that we do.
Greitens web page: http://www.ericgreitens.com/