“After 30 years of building and forging some of the best teams in the world, here’s the most important thing I’ve learned… If you’re going through life right now as a “Lone Wolf,” trying to achieve your most important goals by yourself, you will never realize your full 20x potential. This is true because human beings are hardwired to achieve our best results when we are part of a winning team.”
It was somewhere around the 22-minute mark of this discussion with ex-NAVY SEAL Commander; Mark Divine, the architect of this quote, that the realisation struck me.
I am that Lone Wolf.
More to the point; if I keep doing what I’m doing; attempting to design and manage every aspect of my purpose-led, boot-strapped start-up; Doing Epic Stuff, a Lone Wolf I shall remain.
My big ideas will very likely never become the big executions and create the big impact which I am striving for.
“As a leader you may not have the best perspective. You may be fatigued. So, you’ve got to get everybody’s weigh in. Everybody has a voice. But of course, someone has to make the final call, but, you know, you make that call based upon the input of everybody.”
There seems to be an efficiency to the way Mark speaks.
As though he uses the same words you or I do but he is able to wield them more effectively - able to convey intent far quicker than the average mortal. This is a harrowing realisation to have when the man is a guest on YOUR podcast and you’re meant to be leading this dance...
This ability to quickly and concisely convey information is no doubt one, among others, earned through 11 years of active service as a SEAL. 11 years of having to make split decisions and convey next action to your team mates, in life-or-death circumstances with do-or-die ramifications.
This isn’t Fortnight war we’re talking about, it’s the real, visceral, people dying, kind of war.
In this instance; his message was crystal clear; without a team there are no SEALs.
Without a team I will stay an Indie Hacker.
I, and no doubt the majority of Renegade Mavericks on this platform, have become EXTREMELY good at being self-sufficient and self-reliant. That’s why we’re here. We’re that rare-bird mix of dreamer and doer. Digital Idealists. Stubborn AF.
It’s those same indelible qualities that threaten to constrain us AND our outcomes.
“…Psychological safety, you have that in the SEALs. People, from the lowest guy to the most senior guy feel completely entitled to tell you you’re screwed up. Your idea sucks, but don’t take it personally. You learn very early, as a leader; you don’t lead with your opinion. You don’t lead with the answer. You lead with the questions. How do you guys think we should do this? Where could we go from here? Give me your ideas? How can we do this better?”
At this point I’m not sure if I’m talking to the guy who finished top of SEAL BUD/S Course #170 or a business coach. How much time do I spend, every day, pressure testing next action with no perspective but my own?
How reliable is my mind as pilot, co-pilot and passenger given the hyper-monkey I know that lives there? Would you let the same dude who refuels the plane, fly it? Psychological safety?!
'That’s a negative, Ghost Rider.'
Human beings have proven their infinite capacity for fallibility.
Yes; also creativity, beauty, innovation and ingenuity, but predominately; fallibility. Knowing this, why would we trust ourselves to be both Master and Commander? Ash and Pikachu?
I realise I’m lost in thought, committing the cardinal sin of podcast hosting, when Mark SMACKS me back into reality:
“It’s the team that’s going to win the mission. It’s not about you.”
Check out the full episode of the Doing Epic Stuff podcast feat. Mark Divine, here: https://utm.guru/udESU