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240: Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL with Thom Shea


Brief Bio:

Thom Shea is the founder and CEO of Adamantine Alliance, a unique leadership and human performance coaching organization. He conducts training throughout the nation developing transformational performance results for various individuals, teams and organizations. Shea served 23 years with distinguished valor as a Navy SEAL. During his career he served in three wars, ultimately leading a Team of Navy SEALs into Afghanistan in 2009, where he earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and his second Combat Action medal. Shea was “hand selected” to serve as officer-in-charge of the famed SEAL sniper course from 2009-2011..

Shea is the author of “Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life” to be released summer of 2014. He currently serves as director of operations and sales with Barber Wind Turbines. Barber Wind Turbines represents an entirely new design for wind turbines that is efficient, economical and available to produce energy worldwide. In his down time, Shea has volunteered countless hours to charity, raising funds through his athletic events for Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Chris Kyle Memorial Trust. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and a Master Training Specialist certification from Naval Special Warfare Center. He now resides in Greenville with his wife and their three children.


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Thom’s rise from failure to becoming a Navy SEAL (03:41)
  • Be resilient – 6 ways to bounce back from adversity (13:12)
  • Life changing lessons from A Navy SEAL (14:58)
  • The importance of keeping and honoring your word (18:45)
  • 5 Tips to master your internal dialogue (20:37)
  • How to cope with grief and loss (37:33)
  • How to live a well-balanced life (53:43)
  • How to thrive in chaos and uncertainty (29:31)
  • The link between fitness & success (55:15)



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“Anything is possible any day of the week.”




Ted Takeaways

1. How well do you honor your word?

How often do you honor your word? Ask yourself those question and be brutally honest with your answer.

2. We often quit when we know we shouldn’t.

I don’t think all types of quitting are bad but the question is do you quit when it gets tough — even when you know it’s the right thing for you. I used to quit and whine a lot, but I’ve learned that to get things done you have to push through the difficult times. Remember, there is always a solution to your problem.

3. How well trained are you for the type of life that you want?

This point stuck out to me. You heard how in the Navy SEALs they train through hellish circumstances. Although we will never see combat, we will face situations that will test us. And here’s the question, how well trained are you for that?


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What an incredible story! After such a powerful interview I would love to know: What can you do to be better? Please, post you answer in the comment section or email me at .  I’d love to hear from you!



Book: Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life


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Thanks for Listening!

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Until next time!




Ted Ryce is a high-performance coach, celebrity trainer, and a longevity evangelist. A leading fitness professional for over 24 years in the Miami Beach area, who has worked with celebrities like Sir Richard Branson, Rick Martin, Robert Downey, Jr., and hundreads of CEOs of multimillion-dollar companies. In addition to his fitness career, Ryce is the host of the top-rated podcast called Legendary Life, which helps men and women reclaim their health, and create the body and life they deserve.

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