Yes, I know it’s still early in 2015, but every year I release a list of the top 10 firearms blogs and websites that I have found (or have continued to read) over the past year. These guys are starting out of the gate with both guns blazing!
These are sites that I find valuable in some way and think that if you’re at all like me, you’ll find them a valuable part of your arsenal.
So just how do I choose which sites make the cut? One way is other website and blog owners tweet and email me suggestions (and I’m always open to more input). But the truth is, even after I check them out, I only include sites I actually read — making this list an extension of myself and my training philosophy.
I look for sites that are well organized, unique in in their own way and provide value for my valuable time. Yes, many of these sites I have been following for well over a year and some of them I write for when I have time. But the only reason I would spend the time to read them or write one of my articles for another site is because I actually enjoy them myself.
This list does not cover every blog or website that I visit, but it does cover all the ones I check at least once a week. Check them out when you have time, and I hope they benefit you the way they have me.
Not that these are in order, but ITS Tactical (Imminent Threat Solutions) is at the top of my list because it’s the only industry blog that really includes something for everyone. I’ve been lucky enough to write several articles for Bryan Black, the Editor in Chief, and ITS kinda feels like a home away from home.
One of the best parts about the site is the community that Bryan and his team have built over the past five years. You don’t just feel like an outsider reading the posts but part of a community of like-minded patriots.
Fellow frogman and friend Joel Lambert started a great blog in 2014, and I was honored to be asked to be his resident firearms training expert for the site. Joel is the star of the Discovery channel’s Lone Target/Manhunt and he shares his expertise with others on his eclectic site.
I like the other articles on the site because many of them have nothing to do with firearms training. There are a variety of other related topics I normally wouldn’t even think about but are valuable and interesting.
In The Charge, Brendon argues that the only way to measurably improve the quality of your life is to learn how to activate the very ten drives that make you most human. These drives are your desires for more control, competence, congruence, caring, connection, change, challenge, creative expression, contribution, and consciousness.
The Happiness Advantage
Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology, neuroscience, and management studies around the globe and you can harness this using the Happiness Formula.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met. So how did he go from hapless office worker to the creator of Dilbert? In this funny yet serious book full of personal stories, Adams shares the strategies he has used to invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket.
Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. In his autobiography, the Long walk to Freedom Mandela teaches us to gain strength from others weaknesses.
Man’s Search for Meaning
Between 1942 and 1945 Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Man’s Search for Meaning is based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
The Meaning of Marriage
Modern culture would have you believe that love and romance, not dedication and hard work are the most important part of a successful marriage. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to love more deeply in this life.
Mind Over Medicine
Using cases of spontaneous healing, Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology. She lays out the scientific data proving that loneliness, pessimism, fear, and anxiety damage the body, while intimate relationships, gratitude, meditation, and authentic self-expression flip on the body’s self-healing processes.
The Motivation Manifesto
The Motivation Manifesto is a pulsing, articulate, ferocious call to claim our personal power. World-renowned high performance trainer Brendon Burchard reveals that the main motive of humankind is the pursuit of greater Personal Freedom. We desire the grand liberties of choice—time freedom, emotional freedom, social freedom, financial freedom, spiritual freedom.
OK, that’s it for 2016! I’ve already set a reminder for next year’s list, and once it’s finalized, I will let you know. Until then, check out some of these sites and see if they can help you Pave Your Path to Perfection.
If you could add one blog or podcast to this list, what would it be and why?