Courage can mean a number of things depending on the circumstance. Some circumstances call for taking bold action and other circumstances call for being bold and not taking action. How can you tell the difference?

In Iraq, Josh Laine, now a Marine combat Veteran, went through a series of courageous moments in his tour. Now in the wine business, Josh is an entrepreneur with a mission to bring “honor, courage, and bravery” into the civilian life with the work that he does post-war.

We bring some of these moments to the Stories of Courage series.

In this episode:

  • We have guest Josh Laine sharing his combat stories
  • When courage comes in the form of self-discipline
  • Combat related to civilian life


Josh Laine defends his troops

With enemy soldiers coming to take Josh’s life, he found himself laying down rounds of ammo, watching buildings collapse. Josh took bold action to protect his troops. He alluded a saying “Shoot first ask questions later.” This was a situation where shooting was probably the best option.

Self-discipline in the form of courage

Contrast that with the second story that Josh shares. He had what looked like enemy troops in a vulnerable position. He had every right according to protocol to shoot these men. A part of him said to do it and another part of him said, “Wait.” This was a moment when courage took another form.

Less forgiveness in the business world

This self-discipline form of courage comes up more often in business world. What that looks like is breathing, assessing the situation, recognizing that it may not be an emergency, then taking action on what has been thought over. This is for one simple reason, in the business world there is less forgiveness.

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Samuel Hatton

Samuel Hatton


Samuel Hatton is the full-time marketing guy at Endsight – San Francisco Bay Area’s premium locally sourced computer technology support. He’s a multi-talented creative, natural encourager, and is full of courageous ideas.

Weston Pokorny

Weston Pokorny


Weston Pokorny is a free-lance business technology consultant. People call him when they are faced with major projects they just can't get organized around. He's a master organizer, people connector, and is full of courageous compassion.

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