BLOG: Stay alive. Don't be too absorbed in your gadget.

Robert Labayen

Posted at Sep 14 2016 11:25 PM

I am only beginning to read "Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life" by Jason Hanson and I already want to write this article. This may actually help save somebody today!

The author said that the most important thing he learned in the CIA is situational awareness. It is about paying attention to things around us wherever we may be. It gives us the ability “to act before a crisis occurs."

We lose awareness when we are too immersed in our phone or any gadget. Oblivious to our surroundings, we will not be prepared if somebody tries to snatch our phone, punch and rob us or throw acid in our face.

We may be slapped by a woman we have wronged, gunned down by two men in a bike, or crushed by a piano falling from above. We may fall into a manhole, be sideswiped by a car or pushed into the railway track.

I think it’s only okay to use your phone in the street if you have a companion. But you cannot be using a phone at the same time.

We must also stay alert while working with our laptop or when reading the newspaper in a coffee shop.

Do you know that when we’re surprised by an attacker or an emergency, it takes a few precious seconds before we can recover from the shock? If we have situational awareness, such temporary paralysis may not happen.

Hanson wrote that while “CIA officers receive the best possible self-defense training…ultimately it’s situational awareness that’s going to keep an officer alive.“

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About the Author:

Robert Labayen spent 22 years in advertising prior to joining ABS-CBN in 2004. He was VP-Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi and Executive Creative Director at J. Walter Thompson, two of the country's leading ad agencies. He is currently the Head of Creative Communications Management at ABS-CBN. His job involves inspiring people to be their best. He is a writer, painter and songwriter.

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