Why Excellence Matters Personally and Professionally: Have What it Takes?
In mid-2006, after having run the SEAL sniper course for two and a half years, I finally decided to leave the service and go into the private sector. The entrepreneurial impulse was as much in my blood as aviation, maybe even more. So I decided to follow a dream that had been bubbling up throughout […]
Great and Terrible Leadership Examples in the Navy SEAL Teams
Throughout my time in the Navy SEALs, I saw striking examples of good, mediocre, and terrible leadership. When the leadership was good, it was life-changing. Nobody exemplified that more than Bob Nielsen, our division officer. In the short time we worked together, Bob was a tremendous role model and mentor for me. We talked every […]
Atlas Shrugged in Real Time: American Government Incompetence on Full COVID Display
America is still one of the greatest countries on the planet with a strong foundation of democracy. But, there’s mold in the closets. The musty shag carpet reeks of stale Budweiser. And the popcorn ceilings have to go. Only that the popcorn ceiling is our electoral process. “There must be some conspiracy out there involving […]
So You Wanna Be a Frog Man? 3 Steps to Prepare for Navy SEAL Training
There are no tips or tricks to Navy SEAL training. Everyone has to do the push-ups that make your fingers bleed and the 100-foot rope climbs that tear callouses off hands. Everyone has to endure the brutality of a cold, dark, and unforgiving Pacific ocean. I started class 215 of BUD/S training (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) […]