The value of the team-first mind

by Jason Kuhnnavy seal teamworkBrotherhood does not mean we agree on every last thing. It doesn’t mean we have to like each other all that much. It means we choose to set aside our differences to serve a cause greater than ourselves. This happens naturally in war. In its most raw form, the cause becomes to stay alive. Our differences become very silly when we’re driving into a gunfight. We commit ourselves to proper teamwork in service to our cause, because the cause is worth it. 

Whether combat or competition, we have all experienced the power in proper teamwork and do our best to communicate the concept to our team. Reflecting on my time on the baseball field and the battlefield, I now teach teamwork as the following: Continue reading

Commitment

navy seal bellBy Jason Kuhn

We’ve heard the word since Little League. We put the word on the backs of T-shirts and locker room signs, but how much have we really considered what the concept means? How many players can explain how to apply commitment?

In my Navy SEAL training class known as BUD/s, we started with 135 students. If someone had asked each student if they were committed to completing the training, every single one of them would have replied with yes. However, at the end of “hell week” only 20 of us remained. Why? Were the guys who quit not committed? They certainly believed they were.

I believe everyone is committed at some level. Everybody wants to graduate the training. When adversity hits, we find out the level of an individual’s commitment and their ability to apply discipline. The question becomes, “is what we want worth it?” Continue reading