Jeff Boss, a contributor for Entrepreneur, as someone who has been through Navy SEAL training, connects the mindset of a SEAL to everyday life in business.
“Training, learning, and improvement never end” You have to constantly strive to be better than you were the day before. We can always learn something from everyone, so do not be close minded to think you know everything.
“You don’t have to like it, you just have to do it” Whether or not you agree with the choices being made, you are going to have to do it anyway, so you should make the best of the situation and do the best you can. Lead by example, because your attitude can be the difference between others accepting it or creating more animosity.
“There is always a price to pay” Some things are bigger than the individual. Remember there are egos, lives, and livelihoods at stake when things go bad. The best thing you can do is always accept responsibility for your actions, learn from your mistakes and acknowledge them. There is a lot to be said about humility. This is what separates average people from exceptional leaders.
“Contrary to popular belief, there are stupid questions” Stupid people ask stupid questions. Boss makes it very clear by stating, “We live with the power of choice.” If you chose to do wrong, be willing to reap the rewards, or in this case the punishment. Again, accept responsibility for your actions,
“Two ways to do something, the right way, and again.” Take the time to do it right the first time. Train hard, and know your job, skill, and your limitations. If you are lacking in some area, take the time to practice. Do what it takes to be better than just average.
“Mind over matter, If I don’t mind, then it doesn’t matter” There are some things you can not change, so do not fight them. This is not to say you shouldn’t voice your concerns, because you definitely should. However, every situation dictates a different approach, and the team will either rejoice or suffer because of your actions.
“Change happens when you least expect it, and it lasts indefinitely” “Preparation won’t suffice, but adaptability will” We each have the ability to succeed as long as we are willing to accept change and adapt from it. The entire team has to be on the same page, and each member must be held accountable for their ability or inability to get the job done. When it is all said and done, “preparation is the byproduct of a willingness to try.”
“Quitters” Anyone can be a quitter, but it takes a unique person to dig deep and suck it up when it gets tough. A strong team will be there to support you no matter the circumstances. Quitters are weak minded, lack goals, vision, and the mental capacity to get things done, and they are willing to let their personal issues or pain get in the way of accomplishing their goals.
It is easy to be an individual, but it is harder to work as a team. Most people do not want to deal with other people’s deficiencies. They are not willing to take the time to speak frankly and lend a hand. Everyone takes criticism differently, so you learn as much as you can about the members on your team. Balance one another, and take the time to bring them up to speed in deficient areas.