Like many of us, we moved around a fair bit when I was young. No matter where we were, though, I can promise you this: hanging in a prominent location was this old framed sketch of MacDuff. Being a kid, I didn’t know why the sketch was so important to my Dad, but when I
This may surprise many of you, but Special Operators in the military gossip more than the ladies who host ABC’s “The View.” In fact, we have a team for it: “RUMINT” or "Rumor Intelligence." Where are we deploying to and when? For how long? Who got promoted? Did you hear what happened to Bob?
Listen up, Team: I know what you’re thinking. “It won’t happen to me.” “I don’t see what the big deal is.” “I’m not ‘normal. This tab doesn’t say “ordinary forces’” I’ve chatted with enough new business owners to know what you are thinking about starting your own company… I know it because I thought
A couple of points before I start this post. Yes, as an SF guy, I know the three rules of SF are 1: Always look cool. 2: Always know where you are. And 3: If you don’t know where you are, at least look cool. Also, normally I'm not too fond of writing lists,
What’s real wealth? The newest luxury toys? A brand-new car or the latest HDTV? Having enough stable income that you can order all the new Apple products the very day they come out? For many: yes! 100% Nailed it. For the record, I don’t disagree. I certainly enjoy those things. But I think I have
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I know the reason for most people's mediocrity. We don’t like to say the word out loud, but it’s alive and well, and, sadly, it controls a large portion of our thoughts. Especially within the last 6-7 months. The reason: fear. We fear everything today.
I’m sure you’ve heard some variation of the 7 Ps. They’re everywhere, and even Anthony ONeal from the Dave Ramsey show tries (but fails) to talk about them. No offense, Anthony, you try... The 7 P’s as I was taught in the Legion: Proper Planning and Practice Prevents Piss Poor Performance. The most common (and
Leaders lead. Simple, right? The problem is, few people actually know how to lead. I’m not saying they’re not proficient at their jobs; I’m just pointing out they don’t know how to lead. Leadership isn’t a numbers game. Having more direct reports in no way means you are a better leader. Nor is it a
You leave the military with plenty of awesome sayings and cliches: “Think outside the box” “High speed, low drag” “Every dog has its day” “Nothing good comes easy” “Spotlight ranger” “Tactical pause” “Blue Falcon” “Soup Sandwich” “The only easy day was yesterday.” (Had to put this one in so my Navy SEAL friends would keep
We all know the person at work who has all sorts of great ideas. Great ideas that never get past being just that: ideas. These people have no intentions of doing anything; they seem to have a compulsion to voice their thoughts aloud. In Special Forces, we call these people the "Good Idea Fairy”