“Push yourself harder than you think you’re capable of. You’ll find new depth inside yourself.”
– Stanley McChrystal
Stanley McChrystal (@stanmcchrystal) retired from the U.S. Army as a four-star general after more than 34 years of service. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates described McChrystal as “perhaps the finest warrior and leader of men in combat I ever met.”
From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal served as Commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), where he was credited with the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
The follow-up questions are really fun. In this particular episode, he answers questions such as:
- If he could put a billboard anywhere and write anything on it, where would it be and what would it say?
- What are three tests/practices from the military that civilians could use to help develop mental toughness?
- What are his favorite documentaries or movies? Why?
- What $100 or less purchase has most positively impacted his life in the last twelve months and why?
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Want to hear my interview with Stanley McChrystal and his former aid du camp, Chris Fussell? — You can listen to our two-hour-long conversation and see the show notes here. In this episode, we discuss eating one meal per day, special ops, and mental toughness (stream below or right-click here to download):
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Selected Links from the Episode
- The Road to Character by David Brooks
- Watch The Battle of Algiers, Stanley McChrystal’s favorite documentary
- What are 3 tests or practices from the military that civilians can use to help develop mental toughness? [3:04]
- What is the greatest attribute of an excellent soldier that you wish all politicians had? [3:50]
- What was your biggest frustration with being in the military? What is your biggest frustration being out of the military? [4:22]
- What is the Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, and Analyze (F3EA) methodology? How did your approach change over time? [5:10]
- What can low to mid-level management do to encourage a more decentralized, agile, and flexible work environment? [8:45]
- What is one thing you want average Americans, particularly anti-war Americans, to understand regarding wars and conflicts you’ve been involved in or about the military in general? [8:35]
- What is something that you see in military movies, or movies involving the military that drives you crazy? [10:20]
- What filters can the public use to sift through the noise of news to a feel for the real truth being the stories? [10:45]
- What $100 or less purchase has most positively impacted your life in the last 6 months? [11:45]
- What is one of your favorite documentaries or movies and why? [12:25]
- If you could put a billboard anywhere and write anything on it, one billboard, where would it be and what would it say? [13:40]
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