Celebrate Memorial Day By Serving Others

A selfless mindset is the best way to honor others’ service and sacrifice. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 22, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Memorial Day is about honoring the men and women who died while serving in our armed forces. This three-day weekend is also the de facto celebratory kickoff to spring and summertime fun, and every veteran I know likes the idea of having a party to celebrate the fallen. Honoring and celebrating are what soldiers call Battle Buddies. They go hand-in-hand; they are teammates, and you need both to do it right. So how do we honor and celebrate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms? The answer: Honor their service by serving others. Let me explain. When I served, there was no SEAL in any of my […]

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A Navy SEAL’s Guide to Thriving in Close Quarters, Part 3: Manage

The third action in my R.E.M.O.T.E. strategy will help you deal with distractions and create structure. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 21, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article represents the third action in the R.E.M.O.T.E. acronym I created to help you thrive while working remotely. I created these actions from my years leading Navy SEALs in submarines, where we would be “quarantined” for as long as 50 days. The key behind not just surviving but thriving for long periods of time in isolation is creating structure so you can keep your focus. If you boil it all down, your focus determines your direction, and if you allow your focus to wander, so will your work.  The third action, which represents the “M” of R.E.M.O.T.E., is Manage. Before I go into the specifics […]

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6 Essential Actions for Thriving in Close Quarters

Lessons from my time on board Navy SEALs submarines. April 22, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Navy SEALs often rely upon a remarkable set of underwater vehicles to get their jobs done. What I’m referring to are specially converted nuclear submarines with advanced diving chambers, plus classified combat-ready mini submersibles also known as SDVs (or SEAL Delivery Vehicles).  I know a lot about these vehicles because two of three platoons I commanded were SDV-based. We SEALs spent an inordinate amount of time onboard Navy submarines all over the world. But as “guests” of these submarines, we were confined to just a few small areas of these amazing crafts.  Like all of us our current state of quarantine, we SEALs chose to submit to limited conditions for the greater good. Our shelter-in-place space was limited to a few cramped quarters. Yet the lessons I […]

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Leadership Techniques That Build Unstoppable Teams

Former Navy SEAL and Perfect Fitness founder Alden Mills offers leadership insights into building teams that achieve success. June 12, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Let’s get something straight before we go any further: teams always beat groups of individuals. Want to accomplish the impossible? Build a team. Looking to turn around a hopeless situation? Fire up a team. Trying to launch a new-to-the-world idea? Yep, you guessed it, a team is what you need. Turning a startup into a success only happens with hard work, determination and a team. Yet, somewhere along the journey between sketching out the world-beater idea on a napkin and turning that idea into reality, many entrepreneurs lose sight of the fundamentals that will bring them to the promised land of viability and profitability. I call these principles the Unstoppable Team Fundamentals because if you’re truly in it […]

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The Rules for Leading a Navy SEAL Team Are the Same as Leading a Startup. I Know, I’ve Done Both.

Alden Mills, creator of Perfect Pushup and former military commander, outlines the mindset and tactics for success. March 25, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether you’re leading a Navy SEAL team or a startup, the leadership principles are exactly the same. You might balk at that statement and say, “Hey wait a minute, startups don’t risk their lives like SEALs do!” True, but figuratively speaking, the startup’s “life” — this fragile little idea of a company — lives on the actions of its leaders. Though you might not be getting shot at in an entrepreneurial enterprise, make no mistake, there are competitors out there actively attempting to squash your dream. Many entrepreneurs get lulled into a mindset of leadership complacency because they convince themselves that all they need is their “first to market world’s best idea” to win on the business battlefield. Related: Sun […]

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