Where you decide to live your life and the geography that surrounds you, will shape who you become in your future.
When you were growing up, did you ever ask your Mom or Dad, why are we living here?
Did you ever have the pure curiosity to look on a map to discover where in your country your hometown was actually located? How far was it to your Nations Capital?
Your story as a young human being and where you started your early years going to a local school and taking a geography class was just your beginning.
What about the neighborhood you lived in and the friends and places around you that shaped many of your thoughts on life forever. That single map you were curious examining, was just a small world view of our entire globe and your opportunity.
In 2022, you now have the satellite imagery resolution and cloud-based services such as ESRI, Maxar or even just Google Maps to quickly explore your next destination.
Explore your next city, state and geography to live or work.
Your parents probably did not have those high tech tools when you were growing up across from the big lake, in just a small Mid-West community in our United States.
Now, how might you utilize a myriad of new technologies and online tools to research your next destination in life?
What questions might you ask yourself to begin to zero-in on a particular Zip Code or a proximity to the ocean, the mountains or the city with tall skyscrapers?
Would you begin with the weather site? Would you begin with ZipRecruiter dot com? Would you begin with Rent dot com? Would you begin with CrimeMapping dot com?
Yes, and unfortunately these days, people must consider all kinds of “Operational Risks” in their own particular community. Why?
We have all heard or experienced first hand the news reports from city names of where significant “Loss Events” have occurred across our America.
The spectrum of risks are wide and so unpredictable. Here are just four such examples:
- Northridge Earthquake in Los Angeles, California in 1994.
- Hurricane Sandy in 2012 from the Bahamas to the Mid-Atlantic to North Eastern US/Canada.
- Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.
- The Marshall Fire in Boulder County, Colorado in 2021.
Where will you find your next place to work and/or raise a family, so that you may truly prosper and your family will be more safe and secure?
Where are the schools you will choose to associate with, that start the day with our “Pledge of Allegiance”? Where you will find “School Protective Resource Officers” are on premise and kindly greeting students as they arrive each day.
Why will you volunteer with your local Citizens Corps Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and/or join your metro area InfraGard Members Alliance (IMA)?
Why will you learn CPR and how to use a tourniquet, organize a search and rescue team, learn self-defense and how to more effectively Understand, Decide and Act, with real-time digital active streams of relevant threat information?
Because of the geography where you grew up and it all began. Because of where you went to College and earned your degree(s). Because you learned and worked more than most in our International world of asymmetric warfare with continuous and invisible Operational Risks.
Because of your growing Christian faith. Because you have been Married once for 35+ years. Because together you and your wife raised a daughter and a son who were only 19 months apart working full-time.
Because your kids both graduated with Bachelor degrees from State Universities. Because they are now building successful careers within a Dow Jones Industrial Fortune 500 and a US Federal Government Agency.
Because you have your first Grandson. :-)
Because your own Mother and Father made the right decisions, on where to live and raise your family, as just another young kid on the YMCA Swim Team in that little Mid-West town.
In our wonderful and only, United States of America…USA!