Today, Laura welcomes John Doolittle, a retired Navy SEAL Captain and currently a certified KAATSU Master Specialist who serves as the Chief Revenue Officer of KAATSU Global. Laura and John open the conversation by talking about John’s swimming background and introduction to the Air Force Academy. Supported by his trusted mentor Mike, John decided to join the BUD/S training and become a Navy SEAL. Although the training was one of the most challenging and hardest periods of his life, it served as a great introduction to Navy life.
From becoming a team player to developing mental toughness, John says this program taught him some of the most valuable lessons in life. He dives deep into the power of trust and how it can be applied in sports, too, not just in the military. He goes on to explain the importance of adopting the ‘never quit’ mindset, highlighting its very powerful and contagious nature. Laura and John also address mental health in sports and the military, pointing out the importance of having strong team support and adequate resources. Finally, John shares an inspiring story about his solo swim across the English Channel to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation. He offers an inspiring conclusion to this extraordinary episode by stressing that you can accomplish anything in life if you do it for a reason greater than yourself.
- John’s swimming background and introduction to the Air Force Academy
- Going from the Air Force Academy to the Navy
- The challenging journey of getting into the BUD/S class
- The three phases of BUD/S training
- Mental toughness vs. physical toughness
- Learning to be a team player
- Adopt a ‘never give up’ mentality
- The importance of trust in teamwork and relationships
- The power of little things
- Protecting the homeland after 9/11
- Pushing yourself without hitting the breaking point
- John’s solo swim across the English Channel to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation
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