Taking a Cue from the SEALS

Thanks to social media sites like Facebook or my trusty tweetdeck I come across some real great “news you can use” as well sources of inspiration.

On my Facebook feed I came across 10 Life Lessons From A Navy Seal, and it was so profound I had to share.

Naval Admiral William H. McRaven delivered the 2014 Commencement Address at his alma mater, University of Texas at Austin last week. He listed 10 lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training.

But you don’t have to be a Navy SEAL in order to internalize these lessons. The values listed in this article is a blueprint for life.

I loved all of the tips, but #10 resonated with me the most: “Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up—if you do these things, then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and—what started here will indeed have changed the world—for the better.”

We know there will be highs and low’s in life. As I write in Opportunity Knocking, we need to also have a blueprint for being the best you can be. You have to fall back on our strengths and acknowledge and work on our weaknesses. We need to educate ourselves, preserve, take calculated risks and have no fear of failing.

Having the courage to fail is needed to be a leader.

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Author: loriannlarocco

I am the author of "Dynasties of the Sea: The Untold Stories of teh Postwar Shipping Pioneers", "Opportunity Knocking: Lessons from Business Leaders", "Thriving in the New Economy" and "Dynasties of the Sea: The Shipowners and Financiers Who Expanded the Era of Free Trade". I'm also the Senior Talent Producer at CNBC, and known as the producer with the trillion dollar Rolodex

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