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#325 Leadership with Ret Admiral William H. McRaven

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We started the show with Adam in Pennsylvania who had some questions about withdrawal strategies in retirement.  With such a question you'd think Adam was in his 60s but he's not.  He's only 40 and wants to retire right now!  Needless to say the call became very complicated. While I'm not sure Adam liked what I had to say, it's my job to provide you the unvarnished advice that you deserve.

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Since it's Memorial Day weekend we thought we'd do something special.  A few weeks back on the Better Off podcast, I had the privilege of interviewing Retired Admiral William “Bill” McRaven. 

If Bill’s name sounds familiar, it is likely because he was the leader that presided over the 2011 Navy SEAL raid, which resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Bill was the man who identified the body when it was flown back to Afghanistan and told President Obama that the U.S. finally had their guy.

A few years later in 2014, the four-star admiral and 37-year Navy SEAL veteran delivered the commencement speech at his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘em Horns!). Little did McRaven know that his address, which spoke to how students could overcome challenges and change themselves, would become a viral hit with nearly 25 million views online.

In January, 2015 Bill became the Chancellor of the entire University of Texas system and was encouraged to expand his commencement speech into a book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World.

We touch on other subjects during the interview...and for the upteenth time over the past eight years, I sometimes have to pinch myself -- I am so lucky to do what I do…#Gratitude.

One other note related to the holiday weekend...

A few weeks back I was part of a Department of Labor webcast that focused on employment, benefits and financial planning for transitioning service members.  If you, or someone you know may benefit from it, you can find it here.

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Ep. 015 - Leadership Skills with Retired Admiral William H. McRaven

By now you know that on the Better Off podcast we talk about more than just the nuts and bolts of investments and economics. Our mission is to help you take control of your financial life, and that includes helping you better yourself, invest in yourself, and ultimately, become an all around better off individual.

One of the amazing byproducts of leaving a full time career in investment management and entering the news business is that I now meet (and have the privilege to interview) a wide range of incredibly smart people. While at times I can take that for granted, every once in awhile, I host a guest who helps me realize just how lucky I have it.

That’s what happened when Retired Admiral William “Bill” McRaven walked into the studio last week and talked to me for about 45 minutes. It happened to be the day after the U.S. had launched airstrikes against Syria, which made the visit timely.

If Bill’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he presided over the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Bill was the man who identified the body when it was flown back to Afghanistan and told President Obama that the U.S. finally had their guy.

A few years later in 2014, the four-star admiral and 37-year Navy SEAL veteran delivered the commencement speech at his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘em Horns!). Little did McRaven know that his address, which spoke to how students could overcome challenges and change themselves, would become a viral hit with nearly 25 million views online.

In January, 2015 Bill became the Chancellor of the entire University of Texas system and was encouraged to expand his commencement speech into a book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World. The ten fundamental life lessons McRaven learned in Navy Seal training resonate with all of us, but these are three of my favorite:

  • If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed
  • If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle
  • If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment

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