the path from laziness to success is through action
The above quote from John Wooden is true in most cases. However, in the US military failure has become fatal due to the amount of service members and veterans that take their own lives each day. This book is about a journey that one Airman took where he experienced high successes and abject failure simultaneously to the point where many Airmen can go no further resulting in suicide. This book is about overcoming this trend and fighting for the right thing to do even if it means personal loss, isolation, or epic failure of your career. The author, Ellis Franks, faced all these in his career and lived to tell you about it.
Ellis Franks served his country from December 1995 until December 2009. His journey allowed him to interact with the top tiers of organizations and people who served during this period. He entered the service as a lost teenager who chose the military as an escape from the poor role models he grew up around. He would go on to become an unlikely leader in the Air Force effectively mentoring thousands of Airmen in his career.
His methods were not popular as his peers consistently rejected the standards he upheld as being too hard. This was even though he was only identifying the minimum standards created by the leadership of the Air Force. He was an NCO that was charged with enforcing the military standards that many of his peers refused to follow. This journey is detailed as he grows from just a motivated Airman into an obsessed student of leadership.
This book will highlight his successes and mistakes he made on his journey. The book is the most honest look at a successful career that would eventually end in failure due to a culture of bullying that has become more common in today's military. The author's goal is to shed light on the trials of being an overachiever in a world that is dedicated to only meeting the status quo.
He also hopes to show the dark side of being an outcast Airman when the leadership that is charged with protecting you turns their back to leave you alone. His story is not unlike the many of Airmen that have been pushed passed their limits where many of them turn to suicide.
important events from the book