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Quotes by Brandon Webb

Quotes by Brandon Webb

A good decision executed quickly is better than a great one never executed.
A lesson learned, both in the SEAL teams and as an entrepreneur, is that failure is sometimes a critical component of success.
After serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL, I started a business. In four years, it failed incredibly, but I learned a lot about business, raising equity, and choosing partners.
As a Navy SEAL, and sniper, one of the things I learned was that excellence matters.
Bad people will find a way to do harm, whether it’s homemade explosives, illegal weapons, or flying planes into buildings. Restricting law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms is not the answer.
Being a Navy SEAL and sniper taught me all about risk management. Take away all the risk variables under your control and reduce it to an acceptable level. The same fundamentals apply in business.
Benghazi is important because it demonstrates all that is wrong in Washington.
Chris Kyle was a human being, a Texan, Navy SEAL, father, husband, brother, friends to many, and a hero to many; this, at a time when we need all the heroes we can get. I knew him to be a good person, regardless of all the hype floating around in the media.
Elon Musk should be at the top of the list of people to emulate when it comes to leading large organizations that are highly maneuverable and use it as a competitive advantage.
Ever since wars have been fought, guys have been writing their stories.
Fighter pilots and special operations forces guys have the same DNA.
General David Petraeus is an American patriot and hero.
Going through SEAL training taught me that it’s OK to fall down three times, as long as you get up four. This is a good philosophy for most things in life.
Great leaders know that adversity produces the greatest opportunities in life.
Great performers – in sports, the arts, business, or whatever field – have undertaken massive amounts of training. And when that training is complete… they train some more, and harder than they expect to perform. Why? Training builds confidence and ensures peak performance.
I am not a tall man.
I am proud to be a SEAL and serve in the military.
I didn’t grow up hunting whitetail, but I would stalk tuna and white sea bass and yellowtail.
I like to measure people by their accomplishments in life and how they consistently act.
I make a habit of asking myself, ‘Is there purpose to this meeting or conversation? Do I want to build a relationship with this person or company? Is there purpose behind this meeting that aligns with my life and business strategy?’ If the answer is ‘No,’ then I pass every time.
I never shot much when I was a kid, but on the spotting scope, understanding the ballistics and the calculations, I’m a ten.
I sleep well at night.
I think Afghanistan has turned into the Vietnam of my generation, only with a better homecoming.
I was happy to be in Afghanistan, doing these real-world operations and taking the fight to the terrorists that attacked us.
I’m a big fan of economist Milton Freidman.
I’m real careful doing public appearances because look at what happened to my friend Chris Kyle.
If I had to identify the one skill set shared by most by the men who become part of the SEAL teams… it would be sheer brainpower.
If any country deserves American support, Ukraine does.
If you’re going to break the rules, you have to live with the consequences.
It ends all things: birds, trees, flowers, mountain tops, and business; it grinds stones to sand, and as terrible as it is, and it’s the most beautiful thing we have in our lives – time.
It takes guts to realize you screwed up and to then come clean without any excuses.
It’s a huge edge, sometime life-saving, to adopt a good idea early and put it into practice.
It’s every teacher’s job to be rigorous about constantly being open to new ideas and innovation.
It’s important for Americans to know what the guys fighting the wars have been experiencing, not just from the perspective of a talking-head politician or a four-star general.
Law in Ukraine is not black and white; it is shades of gray.
Like a lot of business owners out there, I don’t desire to face the continual flogging from government regulators who push burdensome and confusing state tax and employment laws on the business. It creates an unnecessary risk when, as an owner, I can just take it offshore.
Like it or not, Jesse Ventura is a Navy SEAL. He did the pushups and put up with the cold water, just like the rest of us.
Mainstream news covers war and gets everything wrong. I’d rather learn what’s happening from soldiers with combat experience. It’s like a former NFL player giving play-by-play. We bring the expert commentary.
My big problem with Hillary and the Department of State where Benghazi is concerned is there is just no accountability.
Small unit autonomy, breaking the right rules, cultural influence, and relationship building has always been the heart Special Operations. Something must be done to ensure these are not lost to the big machine of SOCOM.
Special-purpose dogs have been a critical component for police and military work in the current war on terror. These dogs are some of the bravest animals on the planet.
The ‘Patriot Act,’ ‘Enhancing domestic security,’ and ‘Protect America’ all sound great – until you realize that they’re catch phrases for programs that contain roving wire taps without a warrant and the collection and sale of your personal information to the U.S. government.
The September 11th, 2012, attacks on the State Department compound in Benghazi, Libya, is important and should be studied because in the big picture, it represents a failed foreign policy that spans across both Bush and Obama Presidencies.
The Special Operations community is rooted in unconventional warfare.
The Special Ops community has always been about mental toughness.
The collapse of the Soviet Union could not have been a source of national pride for many in Russia. The one person who has capitalized on this the most has been Vladimir Putin.
The consequences of leaking sensitive information is that Americans and coalition forces die, and we lose trust with foreign spies, and our national security is put at risk.
The game of political music chairs and finger-pointing by career politicians and agency bureaucrats needs to end.
The guys who don’t make it through SEAL training are the Rambo wannabes. If you cannot work in a team format but also function autonomously, you won’t last for very long.
The people with whom I’ve worked in the Special Operations community are more concerned with an individual’s contribution to the team, and their ability to do their job exceptionally well, than their race or sexual preferences.
The rules of engagement when I was in Afghanistan were very flexible. When you’re at war, you’re at war.
The sniper is like a highly skilled surgeon, practicing his craft on the battlefield.
The terrorists’ only rules? That there are no rules, and this gives them a major advantage.
There’s a lot of SEALs who hate me and claim I’ve broken our code of silence.
Three days doesn’t sound like a very long time, and under normal, everyday circumstances, it’s not – but under POW camp conditions, it doesn’t take long to wear down a man’s sanity.
Time bandits come at all hours, wanting conversations, wasting conversations, wanting meetings, wasting meetings, and all with no purpose.
Too often, it’s the Washington way to hide, point fingers, and try to place blame on someone else.
Training programs shouldn’t be designed to deliver competence; they must be dedicated to producing excellence. Serious organizations don’t aspire to be comfortably above average.
Transitioning out of the military after a decade or more of service can be exciting and scary. Even more so when you have a family to support and are not experienced with the challenges of transitioning from active duty to civilian life.
Unconventional warfare needs to remain the heart and soul of U.S. Special Operations Command and component commands.
Veteran causes are an extremely important issue, especially the transition from military to civilian life.
Violence of action, as we call it in the Spec Ops community, will often change the odds in your favor.
We need a clear plan to put radical Islamic terrorism out of vogue, and it should be eliminated at its roots. American SOF are part of the puzzle, but they do not, by themselves, complete the picture.
We saw the integration of the female pilots in the Navy, in combat roles, and the resistance there in the beginning.
What is SOCOM’s mission statement in two sentences? Most people I know in SOF cannot recite it. If it’s not clear from the bottom up, then it’s a problem.
Whether you have incredible products like at Apple or a great service business, it all comes down to fundamental trust and relationship-building with your customers.
While I tend to side with economist Milton Freidman when it comes to free-market economics, there is a place for ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ where national security is concerned.
With rare exceptions, Hollywood typically casts Spec Ops guys as macho, swaggering strongmen. As usual, Hollywood’s got it wrong.
World records aren’t broken in practice, and competitive environments and adversity are the birthplace of champions.

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