Sometimes it takes eight years to commission in the military. Other times it takes six years to admit you were wrong. And then it might take nine years to find your fit at the CIA…
These are the definitive stories of my life, and these are the types of stories found in this book. The accounts, which span the globe from Baghdad to Afghanistan and from the headquarters of the CIA to the cockpit of an F-16, tell seven inspiring and motivational stories to give you the drive to keep going in the toughest of times—what I call “getting after it.”
Each tale contains multiple, concrete, and applicable lessons, enabling you to put your newly found inspiration to practical and applicable use in your own life.
Judging from his accomplishments–all realized by age 34–you’d assume Parker Schaffel has something to say. And he does. But his sensory storytelling is the book’s real strength; we root for him because of his dedication to each task. The author is a man’s man, and it shows. But even those who know little about F-16s, football or heavy metal will appreciate his engaging stories and scrappy mentality.
– BlueInk Review, October 2018
Parker Schaffel’s heartfelt, captivating memoir Get After It recalls an unimaginable eight-year-long emotional roller coaster in pursuit of an officer’s position in the air force. It could have broken his spirit, but it ultimately led to victory and a life of meaning and purpose. Honest and forthright in sharing both triumphs and defeats, the book makes the best of each turn of events. It is enlivened by colorful and often humorous descriptions of people and places. Included photographs add to the imagery. Get After It is a memoir that eloquently conveys the notion that single-minded pursuit of a goal is worthwhile, even when sacrifices are necessary to achieve it.
– Foreward Reviews, October 2018