So I learned many valuable lessons when I worked at the U.S. Secret Service — I loved it there!

But one of the lessons that sticks out it that sometimes you have to take a bullet for the President!

This lesson stayed with me and I believe it applies to a lot of other situations in life as well.

Sometimes you take one for the

- Team

- Cause

- Relationship

It’s easy to say you are going to preserve you self by “dodging a bullet,” but often it’s really just the opposite that is needed.

If you take the bullet, you are putting yourself subordinate to a larger cause and what is really important.

Taking one to safeguard the President of the United States is definitely a larger cause.

But also your team, the success of an important cause or project, precious relationships that have been built over time — these can all mean more than taking even a significant hit.

This doesn’t mean to be stupid, become anyone’s punching bag or just take people’s sh*t for nothing.

Rather what it does mean is that you can suck it up sometimes — when the ends justify the means — and jump in front of that bullet to preserve something bigger and more important than just yourself.

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Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader with 30 years of experience delivering results across the public and private sectors. Views are his alone.

Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader with 30 years of experience delivering results across the public and private sectors. Views are his alone.