Business is starting to realise that you can learn a lot from the military. It makes sense, the military in specific have been training leadership for centuries. Learned that from https://inn-spiratie.nl/. The implication of leadership failure is also a lot more serious. Here are a few books to read:
I think we should include master chefs in the mix. The ability to be creative, innovate and deliver food at consistent quality standards.
Living with a Navy SEAL
But at a personal level, you can learn a lot too. Hence picking up the book “Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet”. Jesse Itzler, a successful entrepreneur, invited David Goggins into his home and asked to be trained by David.
David Goggins is a story all by itself. A ranger and a Navy SEAL. He started running ultramarathon as a fundraiser. In 2005, Goggins entered the San Diego One Day, a 24-hour ultramarathon held at Hospitality Point in San Diego. He was able to run 100 miles in under 19 hours despite never having run a marathon before. He was granted entry into the 2006 Badwater-135. At the 2006 Badwater-135, he finished 5th overall, an unheard of result from an ultramarathon novice at a world-class event
Only three months after completing his first Badwater Ultramarathon in 2006, he competed in the Ultraman World Championships Triathlon in Hawaii. He placed second in the three-day, 320-mile race, cycling 261 miles in two days on a rented bicycle. Before training for that race, he’d never ridden a bike competitively. He has suffered from asthma and had a congenital heart defect. He hates running and cycling.
This man is a beast. In the best sense of the word. He is the toughest man on the planet. It is all in his mindset and the power of grit and intent. He is a shining example of what the power of the mind can do.
Highly recommend the book. Here are a few of his lessons:
- Every day do something that makes you uncomfortable.
- I like to sit back and enjoy the pain. I earned it.
- You need to feel the pace.
- I don’t do shit for applause. I don’t do shit for fanfare. I do shit for me.
- I don’t think about yesterday. I think about today and getting better.
- It doesn’t have to be fun. It has to be effective.
- When you think you’re done, you’re only at forty percent of what your body is capable of doing. That’s just the limit that we put on ourselves.
- If you want to be pushed to your limits, you have to train to your limits.
- If you can’t do the basics, you can’t do shit.
- You can get through any workout because everything ends.
- If you’re hungry, run faster. You’ll be home quicker.
- Know what’s important to you and protect it at all costs.
- I don’t celebrate victories, but I learn from failures.
- I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.
Extreme stoicism. The operating system of every entrepreneur. I should have included the book in “Resilience, what you can learn from Master Chefs, Stoics and Navy Seals and why innovation, art and storytelling are important“.