Posts in Leadership
Unchained

Everyone wants to be on top of the mountain… The problem we see in our society today is that people want to get dropped off at the top of the mountain and look down. They want to alleviate the climb to the top and discard the struggle and commitment that it takes to get there. 

 However, any successful mountain climber will tell you, it is the journey to the top that matters the most. The challenge, the decisions, the hurdles, the intensity, the commitment.  These all contribute to making   the view from the top one filled with an exhilarating sense of accomplishment and freedom.

On the most recent episode of the JR overcome show, we had the incredible opportunity to talk with Erik Salzenstein and have him share his story of accomplishment, fulfillment and freedom with us. 

Erik Salzenstein's story is one that truly shows the power of change and what's possible. From greed and addiction to purpose and fulfillment. Erik finds himself facing life in prison, and with his back against the wall he finally has to face his worst enemy.....himself.

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Run, Hide or Fight Back?

FIGHT BACK

On 9/11, our entire culture in the United States was changed in a matter of under two hours. You had a plane hit a tower. Then, another plane hit the tower. Then, a plane hit the Pentagon. By the fourth plane, the word was out. And those civilians, regular everyday people, who were unarmed, fought back and defeated those terrorists and drove that plane into the ground.

And every attempt that's been made to get into a cockpit since that day has been defeated by unarmed civilians on these airplanes."

So, we’ve proven time and again that it can be done. Even if you don’t have a gun, you can still FIGHT BACK AND WIN.

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Know Thyself - 5% Moments

There are three different components here: There is the perception of yourself, the perception others have of you, and then there’s the way you really are. If those three aspects are out of alignment anywhere, you have a problem. Mine were all out of whack. I had lived with a false perception of myself for much of my career, and when it was tested, my house of cards collapsed. It had hindered me all the time.

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The Pressure Cooker - Emotional Leadership

As I got older I began to recognize that one of the key components of leading yourself is strong emotional leadership; the ability to project leadership and confidence and motivate and inspire people regardless of the doubts or frustrations you may feel on the insideGreat leaders lead at all times, regardless of how they feel.  As I grew up both mentally, physically and emotionally, I got much better at controlling my emotions and projecting what was needed in the situation

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F is for Failure

Embrace Failure.  Let your kids learn to fail.  Because out of failure they will learn to overcome.  For every failure I’ve had, I had to dig deep and overcome it.  I had to deal with the pain.  I had to deal with the mistakes I had made.  I had to reevaluate myself and figure out – what caused the failure? Was it me or external causes? Failure makes us come to grips with all of that.

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Touching the Dragon

He infuses his storytelling with wit, humor and great descriptions of life in a war zone riding along on the “Bullet Train”.   In the midst of all of this is his love of dogs as a SEAL dog handler and how years of combat and the loss of two key dogs, led to Jimmy almost losing his mind.  

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