Jason Redman is a retired Navy SEAL, and the author of one of my favorite books, The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader.
The book is an incredible study in leadership and accountability, but also tells Jason’s gripping story of surviving a firefight in which he was shot 7 time by an enemy machine gun, including one that entered his face, shattered his jaw, and exited through his nose.
Fast forward a few dozen surgeries, the founding of his clothing company, Wounded Wear, the publishing of his book, and Jay is still leading – by writing, speaking, and helping other wounded veterans through his Overcome Academy.
I’ve had the great pleasure to connect with Jay recently and a few weeks ago we sat down in his home in Virginia Beach to record this conversation about Jay’s two favorite topics: overcoming and leading always.
This episode is laced with gems on self-deception, the ego, leadership, parenting, overcoming adversity and much more. I know you’ll enjoy this one. Let me know your biggest takeaways from Jay.
- Self deception is a dangerous road to go down. Fully owning your mistakes is the only path to moving forward.
- Others won’t follow you as a leader unless they see you can lead yourself.
- Effective leadership is built on experience and credibility.
- No leader ever feels satisfied with the knowledge they hold. This is the shadow/burden of leaders
- Jason’s advice to those who put success over the needs of their family: “from a guy who laid there dying, you don’t think about any of that other stuff. You think about your family.”
- Parenting and leadership advice: Know when to bite your tongue. Getting it right vs. being right
- Pace yourself through life. Keep some energy in the tank to be prepared for what Jay calls a “life ambush.” A moment that alters the trajectory of your life.
- Will you be ready?
- Write your mission statement. Use it to drive your actions. If you died today would people talk about you doing the things on your mission statement?
- The Pentagon of Performance:
- Physical Leadership
- Mental Leadership
- Emotional Leadership
- Social Leadership
- Spiritual Leadership
- Lead Always and Overcome all
- Lead yourself
- Lead others
- Lead always
- Overcome Mindset
- Don’t quit
- Don’t mentally quit
- Push yourself into discomfort. Without that experience, when you become uncomfortable, you’re less prepared to overcome obstacles.
- Don’t be a sore loser. Give your all, at all times, and there’s nothing to be sore about.
- Train for the unexpected/ the next worse is always worse than the last
- Be Better Do Better: Lead always and overcome all
- Jason Redman:
- Jay’s Book: The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader
- Eagle Rise Speakers Bureau
- Overcome Academy
- Jay’s famous hospital sign