Combat veteran Andrew Wittman was an infantry Marine for 6 years. He reveals a few things he learned in the Marine Corps that he still does today. Wittman is the author of “Ground Zero Leadership: CEO of You,” and coaches Fortune 500 CEO’s and top executives. Following is a transcript fo the video.
One of the routines that I learned in the Marines Corps that is still used today, and I’ll carry it through the rest of my life, is that I always have water and always know where to get the next sip of water. You never want to find yourself in a place where you’re dehydrated and no way to refuel the tank.
The drill instructors, you actually have two canteens on your duty belt you carry around at boot camp, and when you run — you’re carrying the canteen of water and they will tell you, “Stop — face upward, drink water, drink water.” “Aye aye, sir.” And they instill in you to always stay hydrated.
One of the things that I still do — when I was a grunt in the Marine Corps, in infantry, we would not only PT in the morning with the company, and the regiment, and the platoon early in the morning, but every day between 11 in the morning and 1300, or 1 p.m., it’s a long lunch, we would go to the gym and work out. And it’s funny because even now I’ve been out of the Marine Corps since I got off active duty in 1991, and still to this day the time I work out is during that 11 to 1 o’clock hour.
This is what elite warriors, what champions do. When they find something that works they just keep doing that over and over again because they get great results at it.