If there’s one thing I faced every time I strapped into an F-16 in combat – it’s fear. Fear of getting shot down…becoming a prisoner of war…letting down my team. They were all obstacles. But the biggest obstacles weren’t the missiles launched on my aircraft. They were the missiles in my mind. […]
Every day we have a chance to inspire and to be inspired – to find greater meaning in the grind of our daily lives. To find the courage and hope to press on and break through our fears and doubts that may be holding us back from taking our life to the next level. Even when we’re in the dungeon of despair.
Nobody likes being “in the dark.” The mind can play terrible games when you find yourself operating in a communication vacuum; indeed, the most carefully laid plans can be undermined by poor communication. The feeling of anxiety brought on by an emergency or a rapidly changing environment is what fighter pilots refer to as […]
I was recently working out in a hotel gym and had a great conversation with an attendee from a conference I spoke at. As he departed he said, “don’t work too hard.” I laughed and said, “Don’t worry, I won’t!” I then proceeded to suffer through a super set of lunges and wall squats […]
My days as a cadet at the Air Force Academy were truly remarkable. The intensity, military regimen, and intense discipline were quite new to me as young teenager. What stood out most were the meals.
In the world of the fighter pilot, we have a saying – you fight like you train. We don’t train to survive, we train to win! Do you?
As we experience this holiday season, I wanted to send you a little reminder to spend some time in the hangar these next few weeks. We all need maintenance on our airframe, especially with the pressures and challenges of life. Take some time to review the areas in your personal and professional life that perhaps you may […]
“Don’t’ worry, we’ll be back for you.” That’s what U.S. Navy pilot Thomas Hudner told his wingman Ensign Jesse Brown after he got shot down in North Korea. Hudner crash-landed his Corsair to save his friend, but wasn’t able to pull him from the burning wreckage. Now 65 years later, with a Medal […]
If you want to lead at work, keep your eyes (and ears) scanning for workplace “litter” (corrupt employees, gossip, wasted resources, unreliable partners, etc.) Show others where the litter is and get them on your cleaning crew. Come up with a viable plan. Share the litter and solution with your leadership (if able.)
Grab a garbage bag and get to work!
The two most important words that inspire action are thank you. During most of my time in the military, I rarely said thank you to the troops that mattered…especially the younger, enlisted folks. After all, I was the fighter pilot. I had the Air Force Academy ring. I was an officer. They worked for […]