Waldo the Wingman

Do you remember the last time it happened to you?

You had your eye on the ball, you knew exactly what your Main Thing was, and you knew what you needed to do to make it happen. You were in your groove. Things were actually going pretty darned well.

Then it happened.

Something distracted you. You had an idea: maybe a different approach, a new deal…an EVEN BETTER OPPORTUNITY.

It called with the allure of a sea siren. You followed…then you realized…

It was just a distraction.

You are not alone, my friend. It happens all the time – in business, in life, in war.

The good news is that most of the time the distraction does not come with life-or-death consequences. Maybe it cost you some business. Maybe it cost you an entire business. But you are still here.

Let me point you to a guy for whom distraction was a matter of life or death, Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman – AKA “The Wingman.” Waldman piloted F-16’s on 65 combat missions, logging 2,650 flight hours. He received numerous commendations and medals and now brings his experience into the field of business and sales.

Here are a few gems from the interview with him:

  • Even if you have positive attitudes, high energy, enthusiasm, and vigor, if you don’t know how to execute, you are not going to make it.
  • The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in battle.
  • You are never alone if you develop relationships with people who will tell you the truth, do the work, be prepared, and cover your 6 o’clock (your blind side).
  • “Beware of distractions disguised as opportunities.” – Jim Ziegler

This one is just too rich for me to do justice here. Really, just go listen as The Wingman shares some of the best personal development that you’ll ever hear!

Michael Stammer is a Sales | Life | Performance coach available for individual and group coaching and speaking to organizations. For more visit www.coachmichael.com

Header photo by Joint Base San Antonio

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