Alden Mills, three-time Navy SEAL platoon commander and founder of Perfect Fitness, joins our show in this special episode of the Elite Man Podcast! In today’s episode Alden talks about his life as a Navy SEAL platoon commander and the many lessons he learned working with and leading some of the most elite men in the world. He covers his training as a SEAL, the mental and physical challenges of it, and the leadership lessons he picked up from being a three-time platoon commander. Alden also covers his experience as an entrepreneur and inventor (inventing the wildly popular Perfect Pushup) covering his personal belief in his business and himself when many doubted his success. If you’re wondering how to become a high performance leader of others and of yourself, check this episode out now!
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In our episode we go over:
- Alden’s upbringing and what drew him into becoming a Navy SEAL
- Why you only ever have to be as tough as the situation dictates and when to bring this toughness out
- The power of showing vulnerability
- Conveying your fears to those who are close to you and what this actually does for alleviating your fear
- What Alden learned from a badass commander upon becoming a SEAL
- How Alden became a commander and how he became a great leader for his team
- The hardest part about being a Navy SEAL for Alden
- The time he almost quit being a Navy SEAL
- Leading yourself vs. leading others and the major differences between the two
- Recognizing what your strengths are and your weaknesses and why this is so important for leadership and success
- The very real dangers of being a Navy SEAL even during training
- The 4 essential aspects of high performance leadership
- Why caring is the most important thing when it comes to leading others
- The CARE loop, connect, achieve, respect, and power, and what they mean
- The importance of building a baseline of trust with your team
- Getting everyone on the same page and getting them to believe in the mission
- Getting to know everyone on your team as intimately as possible and understanding their goals and aspirations for their next few years
- Earning respect from your team by carrying out actions that support the group
- Empowering others and instilling confidence in them to perform at their best and succeed
- How to encourage others who have almost zero confidence or who are scared to go after something
- Alden’s experience in entrepreneurship and being an inventor
- How he used his Navy SEAL training to develop the Perfect Pushup, which later evolved into Perfect Fitness
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