“I think tackling my fear is important, because it makes me present and accountable to myself, and keeps me living a meaningful life by testing my limits and my potential. We have no idea what we’re capable of achieving unless we try things and stretch the limits in our minds.”
Here’s one leadership lessons from a Navy SEAL commander:
Survival is not about who’s the strongest or fastest, but who can best adapt to change. Navy SEAL’s are masters of adaptation, being able to operate in jungle, desert or arctic conditions. In comparison, CEOs must adapt to the ever-changing market conditions they face daily and should train their staff to do the same.
Elmore Leonard, the recently deceased author of 45 novels, including Get Shorty,Hombre,Swag,Raylan, and Glitz (he died at work on his 46th), was reluctant to write about his own writing. But back in 2001 the New York Timesconvinced him to make a list of his 10 writing rules:
1. Never use the words ”suddenly” or ”all hell broke loose.” Leonard writes that this rule doesn’t even require an explanation.
2. Use regional dialect, patois sparingly. “Once you start,” writes Leonard, “you won’t be able to stop.”
3. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters. Leonard cites a Hemingway short story in which the only physical description of a couple introduced as the ”American and the girl with him” is: ”She had taken off her hat and put it on the table.” Enough said.
“With an experiment, you run a test and see what the results are. If you don’t get good results, you can try another option, and run another test. Then you can see what the outcomes of the choices are (the info you didn’t have when first thinking about the decision), and you can make a better-informed decision now.”