How about a few more you don't usually hear: Supportive husband. Loving father.
To sum it all up: Utterly unbeatable.
For Richard "Mack" Machowicz, someone who I call my brother and friend, he is all the above and more.
On or off the air, whether on television or on radio, you can tell Mack is truly in love with his wife and two children. I suppose for someone who has the capacity to earn the SEAL trident insignia -- which some people affectionately call "the BUDweiser" (as in Basic Underwater Demolition) -- that someone would naturally do things in life right to the best of his extraordinary ability.
Mack's company is NDCQ, which stands for "Not Dead, Can't Quit." I bought so many NDCQ shirts, people I meet think I hate vowels.
Starting about four years ago, I can barely punch the heavy bag for more than five minutes. Thanks to Mack's motivational message on my shirt, I persevered and now can do more than one hour non-stop on the heavy punching bag. When people stop to ask me how I achieve my stamina, I simply point to NDCQ on my shirt. I've lost so much weight it's not even funny.
About nine months ago, NDCQ posted the following announcement:
December 23, 2015
As you know, our founder, Richard “Mack” Machowicz has been battling Stage 4 GBM brain cancer. We appreciate everyone’s concern and want to update you.
As of December 10, there are no new cancer cells. The MRI was stable which means we have knocked down one target. Mack is handling treatment like a champ and looking on to the next target, so we can beat this thing completely.
We can’t express enough our gratitude for your thoughts and prayers. Please keep them coming. We will continue to update you as we journey through this together. Happy holidays to everyone. NDCQ.
Here is one of Mack's gems: "I can only be beaten in two ways ... if I give up or if I die."
Fact is, Mack isn't going to give up so he's not going to be beaten that way. That's a given.
Another one of Mack's gems goes like this: "Being a warrior isn't about fighting. It is about not quitting until the job is done."
God has put Mack here on this earth to get a certain number of things done. I don't believe he's anywhere close to being done. That's also why Mack doesn't wear a watch -- he decides what time it is.
Sun Tzu said, "Get them to face danger, but do not reveal the advantages. Throw them into danger and they will survive; put them on deadly ground and they will live. Only if the troops are in situations of danger will they turn defeat into victory."
Since Mack is the ultimate soldier, he produces victories like he produces fear in his enemies.
When I contacted him today, his response was classic Mack: Positive. Proud of his family. Encouraging me to continue writing. As always he was thinking about people and things beyond himself.
So I will continue writing. Thank you, Mack. Let me know how I can be of assistance to you for a change. I have your back and you have my heart.
(If any of you would like to leave a message for Mack, please do so in the comments section below and I will pass it along to him.)