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Skill Level Beginner
- This is an audio course. No need to watch, just listen. Welcome to the latest edition to LinkedIn Learning, podcasts. We've curated some of the best business podcasts and made them even easier to listen to. Each episode is split into sections, use the links in the contents area to skip to whichever section you like. We're always looking for new ways to help you learn and we appreciate your feedback. Thanks for listening. - Well, and can we get started perhaps with a thrilling tale of your adventures in the Navy SEALs? - It's a funny story, but I showed up to a morning meeting one time, we're training for this mission and everything's pretty locked tight as far as the schedule. And I show up a couple minutes late. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but, you know when you're a new guy in the teams, you're 15 minutes early, or you're late, that's kind of a rule. And I had broken that, so my platoon chief at the time, now a platoon chief is somebody who has the most experience in the group, you know, he's the person everybody listens to. Well, he told me, "I'm not mad, but just make sure" "that you make up for it by grabbing a rucksack," which is, you know, military speak for backpack, right? "And fill it full of 50 pounds," "and run up the paraloft tower," which is a five story building. And he says, "Do that one time" "for every guy in the platoon because you made them late." "So, you know, I think it's just a good way to pay it back." Now, I'm thinking about this. I'm like, there's no way this guy's being real with me. That's a tremendous amount of work. Punishment doesn't really fit the crime. You know, I was angry, but kept my mouth shut, and I went downstairs, and grabbed a rucksack, and put 50 pounds in it. And he knew what I was doing. He followed me down and he was like, "Nick you can't do that right now, man." "Like, in place of your workout." "You got to do it after work," "or else it's not even a punishment." So, you know, the day goes on. I'm piloting the SDV, cold, wet, miserable, all that stuff, thinking about this punishment that I have in front of me the entire time. So we recover. It's probably midnight. Insult to injury, it's raining, you know, I'm just miserable. Now I have to get all my gear ready to go. I have to fresh-water rinse the dive rigs, we're talking about another hour of work. Finally, I go and I grab my rucksack and I'm walking over to the paraloft tower, steaming mad. I could not have been more angry than I was in that moment. And I saw something that I didn't know what to take. I saw my chief, Jim, sitting over there by the door of the tower. So now I'm thinking, "Okay, does he not trust me?" And I was livid, man. But as I got closer, I saw that he actually had a rucksack sitting next to him. When I walked up to him, he throws the rucksack on his back, and he was like, "Alright man, you ready to hit this thing?" And I said, "Jim, what are you doing man?" And he said, "Oh dude, we're in this together." "I'm your leader." "Your successes are my successes." "Your failures are my failures." "So let's get this done." And he takes off up the tower. Now I'm like sprinting to catch up to him, mind completely blown about what had just happened. And he ran every single flight of stairs with me that night. It took a very long time. When we were done with it, I gave him a hug, and I just told him how much he meant to me. And for me, that was the course correction that I needed. And what he did in that moment, was he grabbed a hold of me, and he said, "Nick, you're mine." "I'm going to mentor you." For the rest of that platoon, I emulated everything about him, 'cause I figured, "Hey, this guy has like seven deployments." "Maybe I can save some time if I just listen to him," you know? And I had the value of a mentor moving forward. To me, that was the difference between being a good SEAL or a bad SEAL. - That's amazing. Because, well one, just sort of like, the self-sacrifice, and like, on top of all the stuff to do that, you know? And two, just sort of the intuition. Like he clearly figured out that's what you needed, and delivered in a powerful way. - A hundred percent. Yeah. A hundred percent. And we're still close friends to this day. I still run stuff past him.