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Author: Justin "HASARD" Lee

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*Ranked a "2019 Top Podcast* This is a podcast that brings transparency to top performers, careers, and topics. My name is Justin "Hasard" Lee. I'm an active F-35 fighter pilot for the Air Force. One of the most important lessons I've learned is that you have to be selective with who you listen to--there's a lot of noise out there. The goal of this podcast is to find experts who are at the top of their field to share their insights based on credibility and experience. About the Host:"Major Lee has 9 years of experience flying both the F-16 and F-35. In 2016, he was selected as the 'Top Instructor Pilot of the Year' for the Air Force's largest F-16 Combat Wing. In 2017, he returned from Afghanistan where his squadron dropped the most ordnance since the opening days of the war. He's flown 82 combat missions and has 4 Air Medals."
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Nick and his brother Giles are the founders of Bremont, one of the top aviation watch brands. I own two of their watches and they are truly engineering masterpieces. They're one of the few things you can own that doesn't turn into junk after 5 years. On my second watch I inscribed my sons name and plan to give it to him when he grows up. In this far ranging conversation we talk about his background, how he started Bremont, leadership lessons, and more. If you enjoy storytelling, you'll enjoy this episode.Sign up for my newsletter for a few ideas and tools to help you grow--occasional patch giveaways as well. You can sign up here. LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊This episode was edited by Trevor Cabler
In this episode Hasard is interviewed for ae2 by the president of Hiller Measurements, Jeff Olsen. Make sure to check out the rest of their series here:"ae² explores the creative drive, personal motivations, and stories of perseverance of leaders and creators on the grow. Our aim is to find the business model in the engineering mind, the drive and technique a gifted artist is developing, and the impact for good that outweighs the personal risk taken on by bold business creators. Along the way, we hope to inspire viewers to step out, build, and create."https://www.hillermeas.com
My guest today is Dan Schilling who spent more than 30 years in the military, primarily as a Combat Controller and Special Tactics Officer. His numerous combat deployments have taken him around the world and include Operation Gothic Serpent, known as Black Hawk Down, where he is credited with saving the lives of a Ranger and SEAL Team Six member while under fire. He later founded and then served as the first commander of two special operations squadrons, one of which’s name and purpose remains classified. He also holds the  World Record for most BASE jumps in 24 hours (201), which he conducted to benefit children who’ve lost a parent in special operations Dan is now a full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His latest book, Alone at Dawn, which captures the  story of Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman, is a NY Times Bestseller.Sign up for my newsletter for a few ideas and tools to help you grow--occasional patch giveaways as well. You can sign up here. LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is nationally renowned child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp. He is the most read pediatrician in America, with over a million parents having used his techniques. His 3 bestselling books on the topic have been translated into over 20 languages. He is now the founder and CEO of Happiest Baby, a smart-tech and parenting company. In our conversation we talk about why there are so many contradictions in parental advice, the most critical time in child development, and how he developed the SNOO, a robotic bassinet that has helped my family get much better sleep.Sign up for my newsletter for a few ideas and tools to help you grow--occasional patch giveaways as well. You can sign up here. LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is James "Murph" Murphy who is the founder and Chairman of Afterburner, a leadership training firm comprised of more than 80 current and former elite military professionals. Afterburner was awarded Inc. Magazine's fastest growing company award five times and has worked with over 85% of the U.S. Fortune 50 companies. Before founding afterburner, Murph served as an F-15 pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He is also the author of six books that range in topic from leadership development to veteran career transition.In our conversation we talk about the biggest issue that businesses struggle with, what it was like to apply the fighter pilot mindset to the NY Giants Super Bowl run, and how to stay agle--both individually and as a company.  Sign up for my newsletter for a few ideas and tools to help you grow. You can sign up here.LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
F-35 T-shirts are now availableNew Youtube Channel is live!Live Q and A. We cover everything from my most memorable mission to my workout routine.Sign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
*T-shirts are now available here.My guest today is Richard Browning, the British inventor dubbed the “real life Iron Man.” He's the founder of Gravity, launched in 2017 with a dream to reimagine an entirely new form of human flight. Using 6 small jet engines, he's built a suit that has set multiple world records. In just 2 years he's given 5 TED talk and executed 96 public demonstrations of his technology across 30 countries.In our conversation we talk about the hurdles he had to overcome to build a jet suit, how to maintain resilience in the face of adversity, and how his next step is to build retractable wings into the suit.Sign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up here.LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
*My editor sent me this after listening to the episode: "I wanted to let you know that this was by far one of my favorite episodes to edit. It provided great insight into leadership skills."*"The Professionals Playbook" t-shirts are now available here.My guest today is Scott Mann who spent 23 years as an Officer in the United States Army, 18 of those as a Green Beret in Army Special Forces, where he specialized in unconventional missions in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan.He is the author of two international best-selling books: Game Changers and Straight Talk About Military Transition.He's also give 3 TED talks. In our conversation we talk about how Green Berets build rapport with local tribes, how he almost took his life after leaving the military, and how leaders can connect with their people.Order of Topics:Using SOF training for COVID-19How Green Berets compare to other SOF unitsHow to go into a village and establish trustInterpersonal techniques Architect of the Afghan SOF programAlmost committing suicideHow to transition from the militaryGreen Beret principalsHow to build relationshipsLeadership training Sign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up here.LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is Daniel "Bond" Robinson who is Founder and CEO of Red 6--a company revolutionizing augmented reality (AR) for military training by allowing pilots to see synthetic threats in dynamic and high speed environments.In 2005 the RAF selected him as the youngest fighter pilot of his generation to attend the Weapons Instructor Course and a year later, he was selected as the first non-American fighter pilot to fly the the F-22 Raptor; a huge deal at the time.In our conversation Daniel talks to his incredible aviation journey including flying the Raptor, why he left the RAF, and the cutting edge technology his company is working with now. Order of Topics:His backgroundFlying Tornados Culture of the debriefBeing assigned to the F-22Post Air Force career Building his own airplaneAugmented reality in aviationSign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up here.LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is Safi Bahcall who is the author of Loonshots, The most recommended book of the year. It came out in 2019 and has already been translated into 18 languages. It's recommended by Bill Gates, Daniel Kahneman, Daniel Pink, Malcolm Gladwell, and Tim Ferriss and was selected as the best business book of the year by Amazon, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., Medium, and the Washington Post. Safi is a physicist, a biotech entrepreneur, and a former public-company CEO. In 2008, he was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors on the future of national research.Safi regularly speaks with leadership teams about applying the ideas in Loonshots and has presented at leading institutions around the world.In our conversation we talk about his thoughts on the coronavirus, separating artists from soldiers in organizations, the role of incentives, and then at the end, he interviews me for a few minutes. I highly recommend his book Loonshots--The subchapter "The Invisible Axe" has, in my opinion, the single greatest page and a half of non-fiction writing, where he talks about the incentive structure of middle managers and why they are predisposed to reject innovative ideas. Topics we talk about:Corona Virus--optimism Why he got into physicsArtists and soldiers--love bothBalancing risk and opportunity Loonshot tactics for small groupsStake vs. statusThink through incentives Loonshots--the bookSign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up here.LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is George Nolly, who flew 315 combat missions over Vietnam in both the O-2 as a forward air controller and the F-4 as strike pilot; earning 24 Air Medals and 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was the last pilot to complete 100 missions over North Vietnam. While in the Air Force, George received the Tactical Air Command Instructor Pilot of the Year Award.After his service, George went into commercial aviation, flying for United Airlines as a Captain and Flight Instructor for 26 years. He is also the host of the Ready for Takeoff Podcast. In our conversation we talk about his lead up to Vietnam, flying an F-4 into the most heavily defended airspace in the world, and what makes a good pilot. Here are the show notes with associated time stamps. Passion for flight (min. 04:00)Pilot training (09:00)Forward air control (15:20)Vietnam as a FAC(20:00)TKTKTK check around 21:00Working the system (33:00)F-4 Fighter training (38:30)Vietnam in the F-4 (40:00)Post-Vietnam (59:00)Sign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up here.LinkedIn-- Justin Hasard LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is Joe De Sena, the Founder and CEO of Spartan, the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand. They have more than 250 events across 40 countries with over 1 million annual global participants.He is also the host of the Spartan Up podcast and is a New York Times Best Selling Author of three books: Spartan Up, Spartan Fit, and The Spartan Way.During our conversation we talk about how to build grit, his principals for high performance, and how he started the Spartan race.Spartan Race (minute 02:00)We're zoo animals (08:20)Dark places during a race (12:00)Leadership (14:30)Firework business growing up (18:30)Branding (22:00)Death Race (23:00)We quit too soon (28:00)Money doesn't buy happiness (33:45)His routine (35:00)Risk (39:30)Project he's working on (40:30)Sign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here.LinkedIn-- Justin 'Hasard' LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
Dr. Joel Selanikio is a physician, TED speaker, inventor, emergency responder, and former CDC epidemiologist and outbreak investigator. He was also the lead physician at the IMC Ebola Treatment Center in Sierra Leone.He is one of the few people on the planet that is a professional in public health, clinical expertise, and technology.In our conversation we talk about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) including its origins, symptoms, testing, treatment and lessons to learn from it. There is a lot of noise out there right now--this episode was recorded to be as unbiased and useful as possible. Sign up for the newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here.LinkedIn-- Justin 'Hasard' LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is Pierre "ATÉ" Chuet a former French Fighter pilot who is now an author and speaker. He went through Pilot Training as an exchange officer with US Navy before flying for the French Navy. He's flown missions in Iraq and was the Rafale Airshow pilot. After a stroke took him out of the cockpit, he transitioned to speaking. In our conversation, we talk about human performance in combat, mental toughness, and the 11G pull-up that caused his stroke. Below are the show notes with time stamps: Youngest pilot in Europe (Minute 02:45)Exchange with US Navy (10:00)Carrier landing mistake (15:00)Anti-ship mission (18:00)Flying the Dassault Rafale (25:00)Physical preparation (36:00)Being at the tip of the spear (47:00)Mental health (1:05:00)Speaking (1:18:00)This interview is available in video format on YouTube here.Sign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here.LinkedIn-- Justin 'Hasard' LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is Drue Kataoka who has built the top art studio in Silicon Valley, and did it entirely outside the gallery system. Her studio serves top art collectors in 4 continents and over 30 countries. Her art was used for the first zero gravity art exhibit in space at the International Space Station. She was also selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader & Cultural Leader. In our conversation we talk about how art can be a catalyst for creativity in other professions, how creativity is like a muscle that you have to train, and the future of art in virtual and augmented reality. Below are the show notes and associated time stamps: How art fosters creativity (minute 03:20)Art vs. science (08:45)Art vs. technology (15:00)Building a business around art (21:45)The commission model (25:30)Her art (28:30)First art exhibit in space (32:00)Virtual reality art (40:00)Grit in art (47:30)Influence of Japan (55:30)Her principles (1:01:30)Sign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here.LinkedIn-- Justin 'Hasard' LeeInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerYou can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is George Whitesides, who is the CEO and President of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, the company has developed the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo vehicles, based on the X Prize-winning SpaceShipOne. In his role, he is responsible for guiding all aspects of the company to commercial operation at Spaceport America.Prior to Virgin Galactic, he served as Chief of Staff for NASA. Upon departure from the agency he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award the agency confers. He is also a fellow of the UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society.In our conversation we talk about the strengths and weaknesses of NASA, how space exploration is like aviation 100 years ago, and what the future of Virgin Galactic looks like. Below are the show notes and associated time stamps: Background (minute 02:40)Strengths and weaknesses of NASA (06:45)Working with Richard Branson (10:45)Leadership (15:00)How they're getting to space (19:00)Training (24:00)How space will change our culture (25:00)Lots of technical questions... (27:00)Next 5-10 years for VG (37:15)Aviation 100 years ago (39:15)SpaceX and Blue Origin (43:30)Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode I've also started a monthly newsletter where I send out a few useful or insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here.LinkedIn-- @justinfighterpilotInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerIf you'd like to help out, you can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is Jason Ramos, a firefighter currently in his 30th season. He spent over half that time as an air-delivered firefighter. Known as Smokejumpers, these professionals are highly trained and specialized firefighters who can parachute or rappel into a forest fire. They work independently in some of the most difficult terrain imaginable. Jason has over 270 jumps into fires and has also written the leading book on the profession titled "Smokejumper." In our conversation we talk about what it's like to be in one of these infernos, the traits required of a smokejumper, and dive into some of the tactics and equipment used to put out forest fires. Below are the show notes with the associated time stamps:Being in a forest fire (minute 03:00)History of smoke jumping (09:00)Selection process (12:30)First fire he jumped into (23:30)How to kill a fire (28:00)Mission planning (34:30)Gear (44:30)Biggest lessons to pass on (49:00)Projects working on now (54:00)Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode I've also started a monthly newsletter where I send out a few useful or insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here.LinkedIn-- @justinfighterpilotInstagram-- @justinfighterpilotFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerIf you'd like to help out, you can review the show by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
Thanks for the support. It's been 1 year since I started the podcast. Today I'm answering your questions. Below are the top questions along with the timestamps.What career would I have gone in if flying didn't work out (min 00:30)How to do well in pilot training (02:30)Failures in my life (09:30)How to prep before college (11:00)Bad habits in flight training (12:30)Advice for check rides (min 14:00) Why I started the podcast (15:30)How to debrief (18:00)F-35 vs F-16 aircraft (23:45) and (51:30)How to become a pilot (27:45)Getting selected for fighters (33:00)Fighter pilot culture (37:30) and (49:45)Enlisted (39:00)Top Gun (40:30)Medical DQ (41:45)Tips for general aviation pilots (43:45)My future career (48:00)Favorite military experience (52:00)Succeeding at USAFA (54:00)Physical and mental training (55:30)Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode I've also started a monthly newsletter where I send out a few useful or insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here or going to:https://www.professionalsplaybook.com/newsletter Instagram-- @justinfighterpilotLinkedIn-- Justin LeeFacebook--@justinfighterpilotIf you got value from this episode, please give the show a review by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is former US Naval Fighter Pilot, Charlie Plumb. After graduating from the Naval Academy, he completed flight training and reported to Miramar Air Station in San Diego where he flew the first adversarial flights in the development of “TOP GUN.” He then deployed to Vietnam and flew 74 successful combat missions and made over 100 carrier landings.On his 75th mission, just five days before the end of his tour, he was shot down over Hanoi, taken prisoner, tortured, and spent the next 2,103 days in an 8-by-8 foot cell as a Prisoner Of War. Following his repatriation, he continued his flying career, retiring from the Navy after 28 years of service.In our conversation, we talk about what it was like flying the top jet of the era, the missions he flew over Vietnam, and how he kept hope throughout his nearly 6 years as a POW. Below are the show notes with associated time stamps:His passion for flying  (min. 02:30)His first jet out of pilot training (03:30)Probability of Kill (PK) missiles (06:00)Showing up to Vietnam (07:30)First mission (09:30)Jumped by 3 enemy fighters (12:30)Surface to Air Missiles (19:45)Being shot down (26:00)Hanoi Hilton (32:30)Time in Captivity (34:00)Keeping hope (39:40)Torture (44:00)Keeping mentally and physically fit (45:30)Coming home (48:30)Inspiring others (54:30)Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode I've also started a monthly newsletter where I send out a few useful or insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here or going to:https://www.professionalsplaybook.com/newsletter Instagram-- @justinfighterpilotLinkedIn-- Justin LeeFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerIf you got value from this episode, please give the show a review by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
My guest today is Dr. Daniel Kraft, a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator. He has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. He is founder and chair of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. He has multiple scientific publications and medical patents and is often called to speak to the future of health, medicine, and technology and has given 5 TED and TEDMED Talks.Daniel recently founded IntelliMedicine, focused on personalized, data driven, precision medicine.He is an avid pilot and has served in the Air National Guard as a flight surgeon with squadrons flying the F-15 & F-16. His research on aerospace medicine has been published with NASA. He is also an Adviser to the XPRIZE Foundation. In our conversation, we talk about the challenges of turning an idea into reality, the similarities between medicine and aviation, and how to live a longer healthier life. Below are the show notes.Career evolution (min. 02:45)Aviation vs medicine (min. 06:00)Medical simulators (min. 08:30)Stanford pager story (min. 12:00)How flying is transformational (min. 14:00)Yelp for doctors (min. 17:00)Turning an idea into a reality (min. 17:45)How he learns (min. 24:00)How to perform at a high level (min. 24:45)How to increase longevity (min. 29:00)Things to help kids develop better (min. 35:45)Future of medicine (min. 40:00)Flying conversation (min. 50:00)Social media info (min. 53:00)Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode I've also started a monthly newsletter where I send out a few useful or insightful things that have helped me over the last month. You can sign up by clicking here or going to:https://www.professionalsplaybook.com/newsletter Instagram-- @justinfighterpilotLinkedIn-- Justin LeeFacebook--@justinfighterpilotThis episode was edited by Trevor CablerIf you got value from this episode, please give the show a review by tapping here and scrolling to the bottom where it says: "Write a Review." Thanks for the support 👊
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Anthony Johns

solid episode leaning towards published facts without opinions and pride getting in the way.

May 4th
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