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John Ramstead - What You Can Learn About Business from a Navy Fighter Pilot

John Ramstead is a former Navy fighter pilot. He’s also been a Fortune 500 manager and a passionate serial entrepreneur. He is currently a leadership coach, author, and host of the Eternal Leadership Podcast. He also has a new book called On Purpose With Purpose: Discovering How to Live Your Best Life. He shares his unique perspective and experience to help leaders unlock who they are at their core. Some of the best books are life books, and this is one of them.

John has an amazing life story. Being a fighter pilot required a massive amount of learning. Each mission had hours of preparation and planning and then a review and feedback afterward. He had to learn as if everyone’s life depended on it. This experience changed his perspective on business. He would create a game plan before every sales meeting. In 2011, he had a nearly fatal horseback riding accident, leading to traumatic brain injury, 25 surgeries, and two years of hospital care.

He puts these life lessons in his book and shares many of them with us today. We get to learn about OODA or observe, orient, decide, and act. We discuss the fighter pilot’s perspective on vision. John shares his long-term vision to help and inspire people. He also shares his story from fighter pilot to entrepreneur and how he suffered his near-fatal accident. He shares his quest to find the best version of himself and discover who he really is. We talk about creating in collaboration and more in this inspirational episode.

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John Ramstead thank you so much for being here!

Remember, you might be in business FOR yourself but you are not in business BY yourself.

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Host Jeffrey Shaw is a Small Business Consultant, Brand Management Consultant, Business Coach for Entrepreneurs, Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker and author of LINGO and The Self Employed Life (May 2021). Supporting self-employed business owners with business and personal development strategies they need to create sustainable success.


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