In 2007, LT Redman’s Navy SEAL Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he was wounded in the firefight. Despite being shot twice in the arm and once in the face, Jason and his Team fought valiantly. While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Jason wrote and hung a sign on his door, which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere. “Attention to all who enter here. If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere.”
In difficult situations, having a selfless service mindset can help create positive change by adopting a positive attitude and focusing on helping others instead of just yourself. Transcript: "Hey, what's up guys? So the question is, how can an individual's selfless service mindset help to create positive change in difficult situations? So guys, this is a big one, and I think there's two components of this. Number one is just positive mental attitude. When it is hard, there's a natural tendency for all of us to turn inward. We focus on the pain. We focus on the misery. And if you can look outward and think about how choosing positivity in the face of negativity, it can make an absolute huge difference. And then the other tendency is when things are really hard, we have a tendency to focus on ourselves. We're focusing on our pain. We're focused on the things that we can or can't do. Frequently, we're focused on the things that are external to us. And so often, in really hard situations, when we're dealing with adversity, when we're dealing with problems, instead of thinking about yourself, you've got to fall into my three rules of leadership. Rule number three, you got to lead always. And this is where we push outward. We push past that pain, and we say, "Hey, man. How can I help you? Hey, man. I know you're hurting. I'm hurting, too. How can I help?" And sometimes this falls out the scope of our normal duties. It might not even be your job. But that is how selfless service can make a difference in super hard challenging times. Try it out. Make a difference with others around you. All right. I'm out."
The best way to protect yourself in a country that doesn't allow weapons is to be aware of your environment and get out of dangerous situations. You can also carry a knife and use a coffee cup as a weapon. It's important to train with these tools, so you can use them in an emergency situation. Transcript: "What's up guys? Great question. What's the best way to protect yourself in a country that doesn't allow weapons? So, obviously, frequently when I travel, whether it's domestically or internationally, I can't carry a firearm. I mean, that is my weapon of choice. You create standoff. Obviously, it's deadly if you're in deadly encounter. But so often I can't do that. I travel the country. Gun laws change. So I can't travel with a gun. But I will tell you this. I am never without a weapon. I always have a knife on me. You can use a combat pen. Research and look up what a combat pen is. And then the last thing, a coffee cup is a great weapon. Man, a good solid coffee cup can be a weapon. I fly with one. These are things that you can use to protect yourself. All of these things you got to train with, guys, though. That is the reality. You have to train because in an emergency situation, you are not going to think about that. The number one thing that you can do to protect yourself, though, is this. Situational awareness. Recognize where you're going. Recognize the threats. Watch the people around you. Recognize if it's a hairy situation and get out of for it. Your best defense to stay out of dangerous situations is avoid them altogether. Learn how to verbally de-escalate a situation. These are skills. These are actually skills we're teaching in my Overcome and Survive workshop. We're running to a year. If you're looking to learn more about that, you should check it out. It's at www.pattersonredman.com, Overcome and Survive workshop. Check it out. I'm out."
I didn't feel like I was not good enough from officers, but I did have some issues with senior enlisted who wanted me to be more of a follower than a leader. I had to learn how to be more tactful and diplomatic in my approach. To combat this, I followed 3 rules of leadership: lead yourself, lead others, and lead always. Following these rules will help you gain the respect of those around you. Transcript: "Hey what's up guys so good question it said going from enlisted officer did you get a sense of you're not good enough from officers if so how did you overcome it so no I don't ever really feel that way I got it from the officers and granted I had been enlisted for 11 years when I got commissioned where I actually had that issue sometimes it was with senior enlisted we would butt heads and it wasn't necessarily because they you know felt like you're not good enough I think it was more they wanted me to be a an ensign that did not question things and I didn't necessarily do that now granted I was a little arrogant so there were definitely ways that I could have been more tactful and diplomatic in my approach and that's definitely there's a tremendous amount of impact and your ability to be tactful and diplomatic and the things that you do especially as a leader and that was something that I kind of failed to do as a young officer which definitely probably ruffled some feathers with the senior enlisted that I worked with so that's what I went through you know if you feel like you're not good enough follow my three rules of leadership lead yourself lead others lead always and number one 70% of leadership is your ability to lead yourself just continue to set that example people will follow you if you give their reason to including up the chain of command and down the chain of command all right guys I'm out"
Veterans have a lot of intangible skills that can be applied to other fields, such as health care or nonprofit. These intangible skills include leading, building teams, dealing with adversity, setting goals, looking at metrics, and problem solving. H.R. should be hiring veterans and veterans should be focusing on their intangible skills when looking for jobs in the civilian world. Transcript: "Hey, what's up guys? Jason Redman. Question right here is how do you think the lessons you learn in the military can be applied to other fields such as healthcare or non-profit? You know, it's pretty interesting guys. I retired in 2013, so I'm coming up on 10 years in August. And what I've come to learn, and so many guys and businesses are very unilateral in their thinking. They think, oh, well this guy was an infantryman, or this guy was a radioman, or this guy fired mortars, or whatever it is. And they only think specifically about that job, so that doesn't translate in their mind to the civilian world. And even a lot of veterans think the same thing. Well, if I was a shooter, how could I work in business, or how can I work in this? And guys, it is the intangible skills in the military that make you incredibly successful and wanted in the civilian world. We learn how to lead. We learn how to build teams. We learn how to deal with adversity. We learn how to set goals and accomplish those goals. We learn to look at metrics, and the numbers, and find out are we on track with this. And then we know how to problem solve to figure out how to get back on course, guys. So many intangible skills. Those are the skills that you need to focus on when you're heading out into the civilian world. Those are the skills that businesses need to be focused on when we're looking at hiring. If you work in HR, you should be hiring veterans. If you're a veteran, you should be looking at your intangible skills. All right. Get out there and crush it. I'm out."
To break a bad habit, I recommend going cold turkey and replacing it with something positive. Reward yourself for the behaviors that replace the bad habit. Transcript: "What's up guys? What's your go-to, what's your best go-to way to break a bad habit and replace it with a good one in business or in life? Guys I'll tell you what, if you've got a bad habit, number one, I really recommend going cold turkey. Now, I will caveat that, if you are an alcoholic, if you're addicted to drugs, you can't just go cold turkey. But there are many things, if you're addicted to porn, if you're addicted to social media, if you're addicted to TikTok, I really recommend going cold turkey. I meet a lot of people who try and come up with the idea, well, if I bring it down to only 30 minutes a day, or if I only look at this once or twice, if I only do this, it's too easy for most people. If it is an addiction for you to say, instead of it being just 30 seconds or just going and looking at it once, that it suddenly returns into those bad habits. So if I have a bad habit, I got to totally cut it out. I'm a black and white person. And from there, then it becomes replace it with something else. You meet something else positive, replace it with working out, reading, meditation. I don't care what it is. You got to replace it with something and then reward yourself for those behaviors, man. Find something to reward yourself. But at the end of the day, it's got to be black and white. Otherwise you would just slip back into those old habits, man. So that is what I do. I'm a black and white guy. If I know I need to cut something out, like right now I'm cutting alcohol out, it's totally out. I'm not going to let it drop until I decide that moment comes again, if ever. All right. I'm going to go."
I am a retired veteran and now I am an advocate for veterans, focusing on getting them hired and taking care of their mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and CTE. Transcript: "What's up guys? What is your current role in the military community? So I am retired. You know there's a big distinction between retired and former and oftentimes the news and a lot of these outlets get it wrong. If you were former that means you served in the military with honor, you did a great job and you know obviously you decide to get out before the 20-year mark. Those who served over 20 years or you were injured to the point that they medically retired you, that means you retired. Meaning you served with honor for a long career. I have the distinction of doing both. A lot of us that did that you know I served 21 years and I was medically retired because of my injuries. What do I do now? I am a big veteran advocate. I want to support our veterans. I want to look to get veterans hired. I want to look to take care of our veterans with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, CTE. These are the things I'm focused on now in the military community."