To security, law enforcement, health care, and education professionals who put the needs of others ahead of themselves every day … Thank you! To those of you who are not in those professions, but you provide important services that make other people’s lives easier (like truck drivers, and workers in grocery, restaurant, and sanitation services) … Thank you!

There are many of you, and what you do takes courage. For some of your careers, the pandemic has made your courage more obvious than ever before.

Good training supports your courage. It allows you to effectively do your job and return home to your loved ones. Some call this luck. Others consider it a blessing. Whatever you believe, safely ending each day usually boils down to the training that you receive. It gives you the drive and confidence to do what you do on a daily basis.

Several years ago, I walked over 30 miles during a March in Atlanta with my client. This was by far my most dangerous assignment. My training gave me the courage to effectively do the job well, which could have included giving my life for my client.

But training alone doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have what it takes to rush into a burning building, confront a criminal, or treat COVID-19 patients who may transmit the possibly deadly virus to you. Courage does that.

I have seen a lot of courage displayed by security officers who people might disrespectfully call a “flashlight cop,” or “rent-a-cop.” I mention one courageous story in the video above, and I call my book Rent-A-Cop Reboot to help people, including security professionals, rethink that disrespect. It is a more challenging job than most people might imagine, and with specialized training, guards may have the arrest authority and other powers usually associated with law enforcement.

Whatever you do, make sure you are trained in ways that allow you to always do your best. The courage is all you. Do you have enough?