The Centurion Commission
The Roman Republic (later, Empire) was a cultural engine so extraordinary that its influence is still felt in much of the world today, nearly two thousand years after its demise.
One of the most important systems in that machine was its military, renowned throughout history for not only its might, but it’s peerless efficiency. What made the Roman military so powerfully efficient was its system of leadership, and integral to that system was the Centurion.
Roman Centurions were battlefield commanders in charge of a unit of roughly a hundred men, but they were not pencil-pushing desk jockeys, they were older soldiers that lead from the front in a profession in which most men died young. They were highly skilled warriors, and the respect they commanded was earned through years of successful military service and an inability to die in combat. In short, they were badasses, and it’s an inarguable fact that neither the Roman military, nor the civilization it carried, would have gotten very far without them.
Hero’s Breath is a personal and financial development brand devoted to helping people become the heroes of their own lives by teaching the world the power of story. The message conveyed through all of the greatest tales in human history is the glorification of the highest ideals such as faith, courage, and the betterment of a person through struggle, all in service to their people. This ideology was at the heart of Roman civilization, and it was their love for their culture that enabled Roman Centurions to battle against impossible odds to spread Rome’s greatness to the far-flung corners of the globe, effecting humanity like no culture ever had before, or has since.
Within the next twelve months, Hero’s Breath will find twelve men that want to be the embodiment of those highest ideals mentioned above. We will work together, as a team, to make each other better, to help others, and in the process become Modern Centurions.
The Modern Centurion
Ancient Centurions set and kept high standards of performance for themselves and their men, both on and off the battlefield. They were do-it-first leaders who remained in peak physical condition, maintained top moral standards, were highly literate, well-versed in military tactics, maintained proficiency with every weapon, and enjoyed upbuilding relationships, both personal and professional.
To be a Modern Centurion, one must be the opposite of average and, in the famous words of David Goggins, “detest mediocrity”. He must keep himself in fine physical shape, avoid debasing pleasures of the flesh, engage with upbuilding and worthwhile material, continuously upgrade and expand his skill tree, and surround himself with people who inspire him to be the best he can be across multiple dimensions.
Crucially, a Modern Centurion must be a leader that is always be striving to get the most from his time on earth, and must endeavor to have a positive impact on the lives of others.
From ancient pantheons, to Jesus' apostles, to the knights of Camelot, a leadership team of twelve is a formula replete throughout stories both historical and metaphorical, and seems to work well for managerial purposes. In essence, by focusing on finding twelve key leaders, I aim to carry on a tradition that has functioned efficiently as far back as recorded time.
The goal is to establish twelve success-oriented relationships that are mutually beneficial to all involved, and to see those positive relationships spawn a series of others as well. The Commission is a professional fraternity designed to help empower leaders to tackle the toughest challenges and win the hardest fights, starting with the one we all fight every day...with ourselves.
You may already be a highly motivated, successful person, or you may be a reformed loser, fresh off the couch, still the objective within this association is the same: Get better. Do better. Lead better.
The basic criteria to qualify for the project are as follows:
Must be eighteen years of age or older.
Must be a man of good moral character and well-vouched for. (Three professional and/or personal references may be required.)
Must be a purpose-driven man with an aim at becoming a leader among his contemporaries.
Must have something beyond himself to fight for.
Because my time is valuable and I cannot afford to waste it with people who aren’t serious, the application process involves multiple filters, which includes three or more interviews that will be conducted across multiple platforms including direct/text messages, email, and video chat.
A philosophical note:
The Centurion Commission is for men only, because human males have a drive passed down from our forebears that is unique to our sex. It is one that engenders a desire to endure temporary suffering for the sake of higher achievements that extends beyond oneself and personal relations, to civilization as a whole. Of course, I must acknowledge that this desire for purposeful suffering has been bred out of most people in general, which is why the Centurion Commission, is not open to just anyone, either male or female.
This is an encouraging, but not a nurturing environment. The goal is to push each other to excel in life, and that requires members to not only get uncomfortable, but to enjoy their discomfort, and relish meaningful suffering - which is something that ancient Centurions believed in, whole-heartedly.
Additionally, while the Roman Centurion and the culture he hailed from is envisioned as the core ideal of this endeavor, the Centurion Commission does not align with ANY ethnocentric ideologies. This is a networking and mentorship group designed to help glorify and improve upon the best of what humanity has to offer, regardless of skin color, national origin, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation. Appreciation is not synonymous with elevation, and arguments to the contrary will not be entertained or tolerated.
The Call of Your Ancestors
Regardless of whether or not you hail from Roman stock, you are descended from strong men. The modern world might have allowed you to grow comfortable and complacent, but your ancestors still call on you to do more with your time on this planet.
Do you hear them? Do you hear your ancestors begging you to carry on their legacy? Do you feel them pushing you to reach for greater things and to leave your mark on the world; to embody the greatness of your culture and display it like a light in the darkness? Are you heartbroken seeing neighborhood after neighborhood fall into ruin? Are you frustrated with monotony? Do you detest mediocrity? Do you want to be remembered for generations to come, and do great things, not for yourself, but for others?
If you don't - if nothing I said stirs anything in you then fine, but I'm willing to bet that you know someone who has that fire in them. Perhaps a sibling, or a cousin, or a coworker; someone that is always talking about big dreams - is always working, is always making things happen, but most importantly, he has that leadership potential in him. In that case, do us all a favor and pass this page on to that person.
Of course, if what I said strikes a chord with you - if you detest mediocrity as much as I do, then we might be suited to work together.
It won't be easy, but nothing worth doing ever is. That is the point of the hero's journey, and I know you know that, and appreciate it.
Another fine example of a Modern Centurion, Ed Mylett said it best; you were indeed born to do amazing things, and I want to be a part of it. The real question is...What do you want?
If you want to know more, fill out the digital application card below to start your journey to bigger things.
Include: Full name, mobile number, email, and a brief explanation of your goals.