My next guest on The Richard Robbins Show has overcome incredible obstacles in her life to achieve some truly remarkable things. This guest boasts a 26-year military career, she served 4 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and 2 years as a U.S. Senator.
Colonel Martha McSally is a pioneering combat-proven leader, inspiring speaker, and celebrated author. Growing up in Rhode Island, Martha was the youngest of 5 children and grew up in a humble household. However, losing her father at the age of 12 altered her life dramatically. “It shifted the trajectory of my life in profound ways,” Martha tells me, “It can be a tough mantel to carry and can sometimes be taken too far.”
In Martha’s pursuit to make her father proud, she found herself at the doorstep of the U.S. military. While in basic training, the door to her future presented itself. “I thought I was going to be a doctor. I had zero desire to be a pilot but I got there and found out it was against the law for women to be fighter pilots.” Martha put it simply, “It just pissed me off”.
From there, Martha became the 1st woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat and command a fighter squadron in combat. She has flown 325 combat hours, earning the Bronze Star and six Air Medals for her service.
As we continued our conversation, Martha tells me plainly, “Every failure, every tragedy, every diagnosis, all of it is an opportunity for growth.”
In this episode of The Richard Robbins Show, Martha and I talk about her extraordinary life from boots on the ground to flying for the United States Air Force. She shares her lessons learned in combat and life, takes us inside the cockpit during some daring missions and tells us why keeping yourself uncomfortable is the secret to happiness, peace and maturation.
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What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode
- How proper communication can be the most important lifeline.
- The importance of putting yourself in uncomfortable situations.
- Why you need to have a structured morning and evening routine.
- Why you need to lead a life with gratitude.
- Why you need to look for opportunities to pay it forward.
- How to build excellent teams founded in camaraderie and trust.
- How to gain the ability to perform under pressure when the stakes are extremely high.
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Resources in Today’s Episode
- Martha McSally
- Dare to Fly: Simple Lessons of Never Giving Up by Martha McSally
- Joe Polish
- Awareness by Anthony de Mello
- Deep Work by Cal Newport
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg