Two for Seven – Naval Academy Stories of Inspiration

Two for Seven – Naval Academy Stories of Inspiration

The student body at the Naval Academy is called The Brigade, and it’s neatly organized into thirty-six “teams,” which are referred to as companies (when I was there – today, there are thirty companies). Within each company, there are equal numbers of plebes,...

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The Methacholine Challenge

The Methacholine Challenge

I thought I knew what drowning felt like. I had squirmed my way through drown-proofing, acting more like a worm than a dolphin in the water and inhaling more than my share of water over the three-week training session. I had nearly passed out completing the 50-meter...

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Like Steve Martin in “The Jerk”

Like Steve Martin in “The Jerk”

One of Steve Martin’s great films is “The Jerk” – I grew up loving this movie. He stars as a budding entrepreneur who stumbles into success with an invention for eye glasses – The Opti-Grab – a dubious accessory designed with a handle that stops glasses from sliding...

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Team Up to Achieve Incredible Results

Team Up to Achieve Incredible Results

In the movie Rambo, Sylvester Stallone plays a soldier named John Rambo who conducts a series of missions all by himself. The lone soldier acts so independently that today’s SEAL instructors often use the phrase “No Rambos” to define what a SEAL team is not about....

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Improvising to Overcome Obstacles and Find Success

Improvising to Overcome Obstacles and Find Success

Improvising is a habit like exercising and planning, and it takes time and practice to make it a habit. The ability to improvise is not a talent that you’re born with; it’s a mindset that you create for yourself. WARNING: This mindset is not a natural attitude; the...

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Survey Your Habits to Take Control and Achieve Your Goal

Survey Your Habits to Take Control and Achieve Your Goal

There’s a simple three-step process for building habits to help you achieve your goal. It’s called ACT, and you must survey your habits to find and modify those habits getting in your way and build new habits to help you achieve your goal. Here are the three steps:...

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Plan in 3-D: Resources for Planning to Succeed

Plan in 3-D: Resources for Planning to Succeed

There’s nothing complicated about planning. The only challenge is deciding what you want and what you’re willing to sacrifice to get it. The trick is to link passion and purpose to your goal with mental tenacity and persistence. It doesn’t matter whether passion or...

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Climbing Denali: (Part lII) – Struggle Builds Strength

Climbing Denali: (Part lII) – Struggle Builds Strength

May this series of posts inspire you to willingly move from your comfort zone into your struggle zone to push you past your current limits. Climbing Denali (Part II) covered: The Conversation – Summiting your First Mountain – the One in Your Head The “Why Am I Doing...

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