In this episode, Eric Davis and I discuss his book, “Raising Men,” about repurposing the performance principles of the Navy SEAL team and applying it to being a great father, raising men of character, men of principle and men who make an impact.
Eric Davis served our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL and decorated veteran of the Global War on Terror. Eric has been recognized as one of the premier sniper instructors in the U.S. military and has served as a Master Training Specialist at the SEAL sniper school in Coronado, CA.
He is an expert of technical and physical surveillance and was part of an elite group hand-selected to perform intelligence collection in denied areas around the world.
Eric has spent years developing, writing and executing curriculum for the SEAL Teams. By leveraging his expertise in the development of systems, structures, processes and practices Eric was instrumental in significantly reducing the failure rate, of Naval Special Warfare’s internationally recognized Sniper course.
Since departing from the SEAL teams, Eric has worked in corporate performance, sales and leadership training bringing an unprecedented amount of innovation, efficiency and structure to the domain of business and personal performance.
Eric is the author of “Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons.”
Some Questions We Ask:
- His experience as a Navy SEAL, why he quit the first time then came back
- How can a new dad or current dad really balance the need for being the provider and wanting to be with your child at every moment?
The idea of balance typically does not work. We can harmonize things, but the idea of balancing things in life is pretty impossible.
We selfishly live a good life so that we can altruistically lead others to do the same.
- Books that most influenced him, and why?
- The Tree of Knowledge: The Biological Roots of Human Understanding by Humberto R. Maturana & Francisco J. Varela
- The Bible
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- If he could have dinner with one person he admires, past or present, who would it be and why?
- Winston Churchill
- Teddy Roosevelt
What You’ll Learn In This Episode:
- The lessons that Eric learned as a Navy SEAL
- On pushing people to work hard, but also being respectful and kind
- Activities he does with his kids to train them to become better people
- Why he thinks balance in life is impossible
- Why he believes movies about heroes are not realistic