How do you get through the Dark Ages? What does Perseverance have to do with it? Is there a framework to get through the day? What is the “long look”? What do you do if the future reward is a long way away? RDML Alan T. “Blues”Baker, USN [ret.] served as the 16th Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps and was the first graduate of the Naval Academy and former Surface Warfare Officer selected as a Chaplain Corps Flag Officer. He currently serves as the Director of Influencer Development at the Stockdale Center.