What the Navy’s TOPGUN program really teaches you | Guy Snodgrass

– Anybody who’s seen the movie, Now two movies about Top Gun, You kind of think of
being a fighter pilot as, ’Hey, it’s a lot of fun, There’s a lot of beach volleyball, And then every once in a while, You’ll go out and do this
furiously paced mission, And then you head over to
the bar to grab a beer.’ The reality is it takes a lot of skills To be a very proficient And a very successful fighter pilot. You’re going to be working
at least six days a week, For 12, 14, sometimes 16 hours in a day To get you to your maximum potential. And whether it’s being a
fighter pilot or anything else, I strongly believe that
success can be generated. It’s not a passive endeavor. It’s a very active endeavor. My name is Guy Snodgrass. I’ve written a few books. My most recent is called, ”TOPGUN’s Top 10: Leadership
Lessons From the Cockpit.” The real TOPGUN, the real schoolhouse- It’s a leadership laboratory. It’s a laboratory for personal performance And human dynamics, and some
of the big lessons you learn, Those apply to a wide
variety of individuals. Whether you’re an entertainer
on TikTok or YouTube All the way to someone
in the medical profession Or teaching in school- What does it take to succeed? Well, Hollywood might take liberties With some of the more cocky nature Of being a fighter pilot,
or taking competitiveness

To a level that does not
really exist in real life. There really is no TOPGUN trophy. We don’t collect points to
determine who is the best student Or the best TOPGUN instructor. You want to be the best that you can be, But it’s not at the expense
of the person to your left Or to your right. You wanna work together collaboratively, Especially as a highly trained Or as an elite individual,
regardless of your profession, You always wanna stay humble, You wanna remain very competent. You wanna be confident, But you wanna stay away from the arrogance Side of that line. One of the best lessons I’ve learned From my time in uniform
service was the importance Of staying calm under pressure. There’s a U.S. Navy SEAL saying: ’Calm is smooth, Smooth is steady, And steady is fast. Sometimes your first inclination Is to do a lot of things
as fast as possible, Try to overcome that
challenge and move on. Usually it’s best just
to take a quick pause, Assess the situation,
and then make a good plan Of attack to overcome it. Einstein, if asked to save
the world in 60 minutes, He said well, ”I’m going to study
the problem for 55 minutes And then take the last 5
minutes to actually act.” That is how successful leaders, People who are successful
in their careers, behave. Emotion is the enemy of good judgment.

The concept of a wingman’s
critically important Because when you go into combat or you go Into any kind of dangerous
situation, if you go alone, The chance of success is very low. But if you go in with
those wingmen with you, Now your chance of success Goes immeasurably through the roof. A big part of success in life, A big part of success in your career Is being able to build these
really diverse networks Of people around you who are supportive, Who can help propel
you to greater heights. And I’ve always thought
throughout my career that a lot Of times when I witnessed others
doing so-called networking, That it felt a little negative to me. It always felt very
transactional in nature, And so you wanna start early, You wanna foster genuine friendships And not just that
transactional-type of relationship. One of the things I always
focused on was to reach out To people who, frankly,
I needed nothing from, But I had a genuine interest
in what they were doing. You can learn something From every single person
that you cross paths with. At TOPGUN, a lot of what we did Was based on life and death circumstances. You had to meet that
standard of performance And if you didn’t, Not only would you lose your
own life, but more importantly, The men and women around
you might lose their life Because of your shortcoming. While a lot of us not wearing
a uniform are not faced With that daily life and death decision, I think that that same principle

Can still equally apply
regardless of your endeavor. It’s that willingness to say, ”I’m not going to compromise. I’m going to ensure that
when I do something, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability. I’m going to stretch, I’m going to grow, I’m going to learn how I
can do it even better And more effectively as I move
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