Breakfast cereal. It’s as American as reality TV, AR accessories, and overpaid athletes. In other countries, they don’t generally partake in it. In Europe, you are more likely to get a scone or croissant than a bowl of Frosted Flakes. Here’s my take on real-world applications of Cereal Theory.
I love a big bowl of presweetened goodness with multiple tablespoons of sugar on it. But as I finish it up and pick up the bowl to chug the remaining milk/sugar combo like the “money shot” at the end of a porn scene, I wonder what applications this has to the rest of my life.
Cereal—“Part of a nutritious breakfast”
In other words, you get out of it what you put into it. Every commercial shows its cereal product along with a large glass of orange juice (fruits), toast (grains) and other items. The cereal by itself isn’t enough to sustain you but it is part of the healthy package.
We all bring something to the table but it takes a combination of different types of people to make a good team. Think of any squad, platoon, or working group you’ve been in. The successful ones contained a mix of folks with different strengths and weaknesses. The guy who can troubleshoot every problem with an M240 machinegun may not be particularly adept at fire and maneuver tactics. The tactical expert might not be able to read a map. A good team complements each other’s strengths, compensates for individual weaknesses, and is collectively successful.
The ‘Lucky Charms” Cereal Theory
Pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars and green clovers (did you hear it in a leprechaun voice when you read it?). This was my “go-to” cereal as a kid. I devoured it. Like most kids though, I plowed through the marshmallow treats while skipping the “brown stuff” (oats, in case you’re wondering).
When training, whether it be firearms, martial arts, or Crossfit, you need to do the stuff you don’t want to do as well as the stuff you like to do. I know that on a B27 target I can repeatedly hit the 10X ring at 10 yards during unholstered slow fire. I can’t do the same thing from the holster in low light while operating a weapons light. But which is the more likely scenario? It’s easy to practice the things we’re good at. You have to force yourself to do the things you suck at and don’t enjoy. Think of the guy at the gym with the 48-inch chest and 24-inch biceps but whose legs resemble two toothpicks. Don’t forget leg day, bro.
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – President John F Kennedy at Rice University, September 12, 1962.
JFK knew that, as Americans, we were going to have to eat the “brown stuff” too.
The Wonder of the Cereal Variety Pack
When we’d go on summer vacation my mom would buy the variety pack. It contained small boxes of all types of cereals. Like the Lucky Charms concept, the sugary cereal boxes would go first, followed by everything else.
Force yourself to experience things you wouldn’t normally do. Go to a steak restaurant and order pork chops, read a book someone else recommended that isn’t in your normal reading category, go to a symphony. If you try five new things I guarantee you’ll find something you never knew you liked.
Know Where to Look for the Best Stuff
Marketing 101. Place the product in a location where consumers can see it and readily access it. Next time you’re at the market, check out the cereal aisle. The “fun” cereals are at about eye level for a child. The boring, healthy stuff is up high, out of their view. Despite not having any money, the kid is the actual consumer. They want the stuff with the prize inside, not the one that comes in a bag that’s high in fiber.
Seek knowledge from a variety of sources. Wikipedia is great but it provides condensed internet descriptions of a person, place or thing written for internet users by internet users. If you want to learn about the Vietnam War, don’t just Google or it or watch on-demand shows from the History Channel. Get a book like About Face, Nam or We were soldiers Once and Young. Go to a VFW meeting and chat it up with someone who has actually been there.
Go talk to your “hippy” neighbor with the “Obama 2008”, “Obama 2012” and “Bernie Sanders 2016” stickers on the bumper of his Subaru Outback rather than the guy who lives across the street who has an “almost as good” gun collection as you. The fellow gun connoisseur is the low hanging fruit. You probably won’t learn anything from him. By seeking out the balding dude with a pony tail and Birkenstocks you might find out he actually has something interesting to say.
The George Soros follower/CNN Fan might even have some valid points. You might be able to glean a few useful facts to confront “Libtards” on Facebook and during family functions. At a minimum, you can ruin his day by telling him Whole Foods imports its “locally grown” frozen vegetables from China, or show him videos of Clinton and Obama talking tough about immigration in campaign speeches.
So remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Just be mindful of what you’re eating.
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