Daily Reading Notes

November 06, 2018

Shadow Divers

The unreal story of two divers that discover a mysterious German submarine and become consumed by a deeper mission to honor the soldiers that lost their lives.

Sailors hold their most secret spots in a book of numbers. Some use these numbers as their lively hood by taking others there for fishing. Others do it for the thrill of exploring the unknown. They love the exploration and aren't concerned if it's a great wreck or a literal pile of garbage.

This passion echoes across disciplines. No matter the vocation, there are those that enjoy every minute of what they do. They live for the challenges and thrive on what other find mundane.

You should find at least one such activity to spice up your life.

Shipwreck divers face countless dangers. When going down they could lose the line, get caught up in a current, or become intoxicated by nitrogen. Inside the wreck, they can easily get lost or snagged on debris. And on the way up they can suffer permanent injury or death from the bends.

They only have one prevention for all these troubles. Staying calm and solving their problems one at time.

Take a note from divers in these dire situations. Next time you are in trouble, don't panic. Take it one step at a time and resolve your problems one by one. You will find a daunting task shrinking and becoming resolved.

The divers were ecstatic to find a mysterious u-boat where no u-boat should have been. They dove in ready to take full advantage of they 25 minutes they had to look at the submarine. Everyone explored a different part and grew more excited with each new discovery.

Once the expedition was over, everyone handled the secret of the u-boat differently. Some dove into research, some couldn't resist telling a friend, and others visited submarines at a museum.

Remember, everyone reacts differently to the same circumstance. Don't expect another person to handles a situation how you would. Prepare yourself the worst, because others may even break a promise they proposed.

A man on an endless quest of self exploration. John Chatterton didn't follow other advice. Instead, he followed his own path. He chose to get answers through experience in the army, volunteering for Vietnam, and becoming a commercial diver.

In all his endeavors, he gave everything and learned every detail. An attitude like this lead to him becomes great at his vocation.

Taking on the tasks no one likes, giving everything to every job, and learning the smallest detail are the values of a great professional.

The divers forgot their limit on a deep dive. They became caught up in the excitement and push further than they ever have.

It can be healthy to push yourself, but you need to know your limits. You don't want to be too uncomfortable in a situation. Neither do you want to repeatedly push yourself further than you have gone before.

Feldman learned this lesson the hard way by going on the deepest dive he's ever attempted two times in a row.

about shipwreck diving and the artifacts he can find.
We all enjoy an activity because we find pleasure in the little things about
that activity. Often people enjoy different aspects. Chatterton enjoys the story of the submarines while Kohler enjoys the artifacts he can find. This difference made Chatterton misjudged Kohler for a bad guy.

However, when Chatterton saw Kohler's genuine excitement for the wreck, he couldn't help but change his mind. Despite the differences in why the dive, they were more alike than either man realized.

Don't shun away someone's viewpoint just because they see things differently. Instead try to find common ground and let the common ground bring you closer together. After all, we are not that different from each other.

Nagel and Chatterton tried to keep the u-boat a secret and do research on their own. But they could only get so far on the on their own.

When they caved and put out a press release about their discovery, they got more information in a week than in months of research. Others got excited about the discovery, they had a passion for u-boats, or lived during the period. All these minds opened up treasure troves of information hidden before.

Never underestimate the power of asking questions or asking other for help. Keeping an idea a secret is not the way to gain the most from it. Instead, share your idea as early as possible. You will get help and advice.

Even if someone copies you or steal it, they will only gain the idea at that stage. Something special about you made you have that idea. It's that same something that will drive you to make the idea better and push it further than anyone else could.

first. Scanning at the highest and safest level. Building a game plan and gathering valuable information.

Once he finds something promising, he dives in as deep as possible. Gleaning everything he can from the best opportunity the situation presents to him.

This is a great way to approach your problem. Spend some time upfront making sure you are tackling the right problem. Then dig into it no matter how difficult it seems.

Chatterton and Kohler were becoming frustrated. They performed numerous dives but couldn't find a scrap of identification. The one place they didn't check were the well preserved human remains.

Despite the allure of easy information, they quickly decided against it. Not because someone would find out. They were at 230 feet with no one else round. They would touch the remains out of pure respect for the soldiers.

Sticking to your morals in difficult situation is one of the hardest and most admirable things you can do. Especially if no one is watching.

This attitude is also exactly what makes a good person. Do the right thing for the simple reason that you know it's the right thing to do. You might not have it mentioned in a book like Kohler and Chatterton, but you will be able to go through life knowing that you didn't compromise on your morals.

Chatterton and Kohler finally found the identity of the sub. To achieve this, they had to go against historical books. They read the actual communications and proved even the experts wrong.

As said by Mark Twain: "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." Question the common wisdom if things don't line up. History books have been rewritten. Scientists actively work to prove each other wrong. Why wouldn't you question everything.

The worst thing that could happen is you will gain a deeper understanding of why things are the way they are.

Chatterton tried a new strategy for exploring the u-boat. Instead of rummaging through the debris, he stopped and calmly absorbed his surrounding. Allowing himself to notice more than he had before.

Taking it slow , especially with tough problem, can be seem counter productive. You want to start resolving the problem right away. However, there is a better strategy. If you take a step back and allow yourself room to process, you gain insight you previously wouldn't have.

This is a good approach to all sorts of problems. Abraham Lincoln even summed it up in saying "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

The commander treated every situation with the utmost professionalism. He won
the man's trust through his discipline.
The first officer was the complete opposite. He was friendly and open with the
men. The whole crew became his friends. They laughed and joked around every time they were off duty.

Despite these differences, they both respected each other. Each one was meticulous when it came to their work and held themselves to a high standard. They even refused the potential to abandon their post because of a shared sense of duty.

Much like Kohler and Chatterton; they were polar opposites on the surface but shared a passion and moral code that tied them together.

u-boat. It might have worked out for Kohler, but Chatterton is getting dangerously close to sacrificing everything for this wreck.

Many people that accomplished great things let themselves become consumed by an idea. But it's not the only way. You can approach problems with moderation and longevity. If you can't find a solution to the problem after giving it your all, move on. Tackle other tasks. You might get a flash of insight. You might even solve a bigger problem than the original.

Chatterton was able to discover 4 new wrecks and become famous, but he could not give up on the sub. Clinging on a to anything that much turns toxic. It drains you and makes you lose sight of what else you could do.

The greatest reward the divers received was letting the families know that someone still cared about their dead husbands, brothers, and friends. There was no amount of money or publicity that could be greater than that.

After all, we are made for each other. What greater purpose could you have than helping fellow man? Marcus Aurelius put it best. "What's good for the bee is good for the whole."

If you have trouble finding a purpose, look no further than in making someone life better. You can't go wrong if you set out with a mission greater than yourself.

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