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Dominic Teich: Fighter Pilot, Father, and Habit Expert for Fulfillment

From fighter pilot to author, Dominic Teich shares his five-minute rule to success while revealing the surprising irony of fighter pilots as storytellers, in this engaging episode of The Chosen Dom.

"I feel like I've been given so much goodness in my life. It's our way of giving back. We can give back through stories". - Dominic Teich

My special guest is Dominic Teich

Introducing Dominic Teich, an entrepreneur, family man, and full-time fighter pilot with the United States Air Force. Dominic has found success in his personal and professional life by focusing on the importance of daily habits, discipline, and personal growth. After experiencing a spiritual reawakening in 2020, he has been on a mission to help others achieve their own success through the power of habits. Dominic is also a passionate pilot, flying both fast single-seat airplanes and serving in the military. Tune in to the Fallible Man Podcast as he and Brent Dowlen explore the impact of habits on success and fulfillment.

This is Dominic Teich's story:

As he continued to explore the power of habits, Dominic found solace in the story of St. Peter, a man whose character flaws and perseverance resonated with him. Drawing inspiration from St. Peter's journey, Dominic realized that he could flip negative habits on their head and embrace a more fulfilling life.  Dominic's story serves as a reminder that our habits can either uplift us or hold us back. By being mindful of our daily routines and making small adjustments, we can unlock the potential for success and happiness that lies within each of us.


In this episode, you will be able to:

Foster personal growth by embracing discipline and sharpening self-awareness. Unravel the excitement and complexities of fighter jet aviation from an insider's perspective. Immerse yourself in powerful stories that ignite inspiration and encourage learning. Master the art of making effective decisions for everyday situations and challenges. Tap into the transformative power of habits to attain lifelong success and satisfaction.

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The key moments in this episode are:          

00:00:00 - The Five Minute Rule,                     

00:03:30 - Military Life,                     

00:08:04 - Conversation with St. Peter,                     

00:11:02 –Family Band,                     

00:13:13 -Flying Fighter Jets,                     

00:14:32 -Fighter Pilot Stories,                     

00:17:22 - Getting to Know Dominic Teich,                      

00:21:37 -Inspiration for Single Seat Wisdom,                     

00:26:19 -Relevance of Single Seat Wisdom,                     

00:28:04 -Challenges of Writing Single Seat Wisdom,                     

00:28:32 -The Painful Process of Writing Compilation Books,                     

00:30:08 -Writing Guide for Compilation Books,                     

00:33:14 - Short Stories for Easy Reading,                     

00:37:23 - The Story Behind the Call Sign,                     

00:42:43 - Tailoring the Learning Process,                     

00:47:00 - The Process of Flight Training,                     

00:49:37 -Decision Making Process,                     

00:53:54 -Plan Execute Debrief,                     

00:56:04 -Being Present,                     

00:57:04 –The Importance of Consolidation,                     

00:59:35 - More Does Not Mean More,                     

01:00:06 - Connect with Dominic,                     

01:00:36 -The Five Minute Rule,                     

01:02:23 - Be Better Tomorrow


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[00:00:00] What do you wanna say to our audience? I would say something simple. If you, if you want to get more out of life, is just, it's the five minute rule every morning is just discipline yourself and create a habit that in the morning you're gonna spend five minutes not looking at social media, just sitting there, whether that's in silence or like I talked about, prayer, meditation, whatever you wanna do.

[00:00:24] But five minutes and just think about your day. And that way as you're stepping into your day, you have a plan. And that way at the end of your day, you can look back and, and, and either that, that just gives you a lot of accelerated acceleration into your next day. Because that's how everything starts.

[00:00:41] It's just one step at a time. It's through those increments and, and your habits may be crushing you, but you can turn that around, flip it on its head, and have just a five minute, I don't know, five minute pep talk in the morning where you're just thinking about your day. And then you're putting that into action won't.

[00:00:59] Here's the million dollar question. How do men like us reach our full potential? Growing to the men we dream of being while taking care of our responsibilities, working, being good husbands, fathers, and still take care of ourselves? Well, that's the big question. In this podcast, we'll help you answer those questions and more.

[00:01:19] My name is Brent and welcome to the Fallible Man podcast,

[00:01:22] ambition. Welcome to the Flb Man Podcast, your home for all things, man, husband, and father. Big shout out to the fallible nation and a warm welcome to our first time listeners. My name is Brent, and today my guest is author and pilot, Dominic Tyke. Dominic, welcome to the Fallible Man Podcast. Hey Brent, thanks for having me on.

[00:01:40] Now, Dominic, we like to start things off a little lighter around here with just a silly question and Google's best place in the world for that. So I've got your silly question if you're ready. I'm ready. Let's send it. Okay. In South Dakota, it's illegal to fall down and sleep where? A, in a cheesecake Factory.

[00:01:58] B, a city park, c a rodeo ring. R d goldmine. I think I'm gonna go with the cheese one. They're, they're, they're fond of their cheese up north. So I'm gonna stick with my, the, the cheesecake factory. Don't fall asleep in there. Okay. The answer is we'll find out later. Don't, don't. Pause and go ahead guys. You know the rules.

[00:02:20] Just wait. Make your guesses when we'll get back to if you guys still care later. Google is is the greatest place in the world to find stupid, irrelevant questions to life, but, you know, it makes life fun and it's a lot more fun to Google that than some other things. So why not? No do, I don't do big fancy introductions because that's just not really relevant to who you are at this moment.

[00:02:41] I can red accolades all day. That doesn't tell my audience who we're talking to. So, in your own words, who is Dominic Tight? Well, I am a, a recovering I would say I've had a, a spiritual reversion back to Christianity in October of 2020. And I'm a father, a husband. I've got four wonderful children.

[00:03:05] I own a couple of businesses. I like to fly airplanes, specifically the, the fast single seat style airplanes. And I'm a full-time fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. That's kind of the, the rundown. All right. Now see that I, I had, that was a question in the back of my mind was I did not know from like our pre-interview if you were still active.

[00:03:27] Or if you were out officially at this point? Yeah, so I'm a, a little bit different than probably what most people are used to hearing, but I'm in the reserves, but I'm a full-time reservist, so I'm on full-time orders, just like, active duty members are. Okay. I do have the op, the, the glorious to that is I have the option to not be full-time if I don't want to be once my orders run out.

[00:03:52] But I've been just, I just keep re-upping my orders as I get to the end there. We moved six times in the first 10 years of being in the military and deployed twice, and we were gone. I mean, the assignment I was on before I even moved here to to Phoenix, Arizona, we lived there a little over three years, and I was gone I think 22 of the months.

[00:04:11] So it just was really, really tough on any relationships. Specifically my wife's, and then we started having kids and then my kids didn't know me and it, it became, you know, it became difficult coming home. And, and just who is this guy? You know? And just kind of reintegrating and, and doing that over and over and over.

[00:04:31] Yeah. It's, it is a life you have to consider for sure. As a military member, my, my brother was on fast attack subs and he was out nine months out of the year most of the time. Did not imagine. Yeah, they, he traded his, as he moved through his career, he kind of traded some of his assignments to try and get a normal, cuz it was the same thing.

[00:04:53] He'd, he'd go away and come back and his like, kids didn't hardly know him. And yeah, it, it is a life of sacrifice to serve in the military, so thank you for that. But yeah, it's definitely a, it, it's rough coming from a lot of military friends over the years. Yeah, I do. Not in the, my wife's little brother just got outta the military recently, so we've been helping him.

[00:05:21] Re acclimatize the world around him. Yep. It's a, I hear it's a big shock. It, it's, he's learning life is a little different even. Yep. He's not quite a year out at this point, but he's, he's still making some adjustments. It's like, oh, yeah, yeah. When it's not I think the rigidity and the structure, when that goes away, when you go from all of that to nothing, right, and there's then no, there's no scaffolding to your, to your day.

[00:05:53] You can find yourself a little bit lost of like, well, nobody, nobody told me to do anything today, and I don't have to wake up or do anything. And you can kind of lose yourself if you're not self-driven or you don't have a plan or a process to get going. Ok. So Dom, if you could have a conversation with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?

[00:06:15] Jesus, what's your second answer? Everybody says to. Everybody says Jesus. Okay. Valid answer, but yeah, valid answer. Okay. So I think, so here's, here's who I'd wanna talk to is St. Peter. And the reason being is so I've, we've been the family and I have been watching this show Cho, the Chosen. Okay. And it has really humanized the, the personalities and the people behind Jesus, right?

[00:06:43] And so, you know, Jonathan Rumi, the, the actor of, of Jesus, and, and all them, it just kind of, it really created this idea. So now you, when you read the Bible or you, you talk to somebody about Christianity or any of that kind of stuff, you can kind of humanize those people. So St. Peter, and, and this is, this is me.

[00:07:03] This is my, my pride getting in the way of, of my life. And so when I started watching the chosen, the actor in that series that really bugged me was Peter. And on about the third episode, I sat back on the couch and went, oh my gosh, that's me. I, I do that. I would do that. And that the reason I didn't like him is because he was bugging me because of these little irks.

[00:07:28] And he would, you know, he would just, he's out there, right? Mm-hmm. And he's a little bit of a disaster. Mm-hmm. And Jesus works with that. And I'm the same way. I am just, I'm a, I'm a go-getter. I'm gonna be the one that, and you know, if, if everybody's running off a cliff, I'll be the, the blue healer barking at all.

[00:07:46] The sheep running off the, the cliff going, dude, there's a cliff coming up. Right. And, and St. Peter's that way. And, and I think the, the good thing to know is, is when you, when you start to learn about yourself, and if you can admit it, at least for me, it's, it's usually kind of humbling and I don't like to do it, but St.

[00:08:04] Peter is that guy for me. And when I went to my men's group and I told him, I'm like, guys, I have a confession to make. I was. Hardcore judging this character in the movie. And then I found out that like, that's me. And what's funny is that a lot of 'em started laughing and they go, when I started watching The Chosen and I saw his, his character traits were like, that's Dom.

[00:08:24] I was like, so I think it would be Peter just that just wanna like, you know, pick his brain and, and you know, I think probably in his younger, younger age, not, not after Jesus died mm-hmm. But before, just because I think that there would be a lot to, to learn in that timeframe. That was funny. Peter's always the disciple I identified with just because he was so rash.

[00:08:49] Yeah. P Peter was the one, one who was going to do the stupid if it was possible. Yep. Most time. Yep. He's like, totally get that. Yes. Someone.

[00:08:58] So, yeah, no, that's a, that would be a good conversation for sure. Now, Don, what purchase of a hundred dollars or less have you made in the last year that's had the biggest impact on your life? Oh my goodness. Can we come back to that question in a minute? Sure. I just need to think about it. Okay. We, we'll push forward.

[00:09:16] What are you most proud of? So this, this question kind of trips me up. Cause are we supposed to be prideful? There's a difference between being, I think, proud of things you've done in your life and being prideful to the point of sinful. Yeah. Okay. So I'm, I'm, I'm I think, can I break it up into two kind of separate things?

[00:09:39] So I think from a personal standpoint, I am, I, I love having a family and kids. It was something that I had to grow into. And it was, it definitely put me outta my comfort zone and taught me a lot of things. So that I think from, from like a life perspective, I hope that my family can put up with me forever and be around because it gives me a lot of, of, lot of joy.

[00:10:01] It is a lot of work, as you probably know. But from a, a personal or from a professional standpoint I didn't take the normal path that most do to become a fighter pilot. And I worked really, really diligently for many years to even get accepted into those programs. And that's something that I still love to do.

[00:10:21] It's still is, it's not like the first time ever. But I still love to strap a single seat fighter jet to my back and, and, you know, light the rocket ship behind me and take off. And it's still really a lot of fun. So I, I think that I'm a rarity in, in the sense that a lot of men are probably locked into certain things in their lives that they maybe.

[00:10:42] Don't really want to do, but they're just kind of stuck. And like, praise God, I can, I can do that on a daily basis. And it, yes, it's a lot of work, but it's also a lot of, a lot of fun, a lot of exhilaration. Okay. What is one random fact that people don't know about you? Just it never comes up. Random fact.

[00:11:04] A lot of people don't know that. I grew up in a, a family band and we traveled around and I played bluegrass, violin, and I got paid quite a bit of money as a, as a young kid to go around and play and like old time fiddling competitions when I would win. But then we'd also, dad was a C-suite exec, so he knew people that would open up hotels and we'd go play for the grand opening for a hotel and we'd go up to Canada and we'd go here and there.

[00:11:30] And I dunno, a lot of people find that out about me. I'm like, yeah, I played quite a bit of music growing up. That's awesome. Okay. It's a very different upbringing. Yeah. Now, of course, I, I would be remiss if I didn't ask, is everybody's gonna wanna know at this point, what is it like screaming through the sky in a fighter jet?

[00:11:50] So a lot of people like to have like the, the known to unknown. So because that's such an unknown world, I'm trying to think of something that, you know, most people have done, and I would say roller coaster isn't quite, isn't quite, doesn't quite do it justice. Right. But it is, if you're sitting in a roller coaster and you're not all the way, you know, buckled in and you don't really have anything around you, that's kind of what it feels like in the F 16 is that there's a, there's a bubble canopy and you can actually just look and see right over the edge of the jet.

[00:12:21] And there's, you know, you put a control input in and the computer tells. The actuators and the servos and the jet what to do. So it's very smooth. So you move, you move the control, stick a 16th of an inch, and the jet will just roll right over for you. And it's very, very, very smooth. It's a very smooth airplane.

[00:12:41] I'm biased, obviously. I think the F 16 s one of the best fighter jets ever, ever made. However, it is, it, I mean, just being at, you know, 30,000 feet and then just rolling the jet on its back and descending down to 300 feet. It's the world's best elevator ride. You could have. All right. I, I know, I knew that would be a difficult question to put into relatable parameters.

[00:13:09] Yeah. It's, yeah, it's, I, I used to, I was in in the Air Force for a short time, got injured and ended up out, but I would go over to

[00:13:20] No, I just went blank on the name. The base I had to go over for physical therapy after I got hurt was the home of the fi first fighter wing. Okay. Over in Florida. And so I would sit there after physical therapy waiting for someone for my detachment to come get me and just watch the pilots Right.

[00:13:39] Doing, doing practice, you know, touch and goes and all kinds of things. And like it was the best show ever just to sit there and watch all these planes up in the air that close it. It was just so incredible to watch. So I, I see you guys up there flying. It's like, that's just, I, I've always just wanted to be able to like, just go for a ride.

[00:14:00] I just wanna ride with somebody to see. Cause I, I love roller coasters, I love motorcycles, so it's like, yes, I wanna go. So I was at I had just graduated from officer training in Alabama. And we went down to Eggland, I think Eggland Air Force Base is Yep. Probably what you're talking about. So we, there was a, there was an air show, but it was military only.

[00:14:24] So it was the day prior to the actual air show happening. Mm-hmm. And it was the first aerial demonstration ever of the F 22. And so we are standing there on the tarmac where newly minted Air Force officers. We have not, you know, we know we're going to pilot training, but we still had to compete to become fighter pilots.

[00:14:44] It was a whole competition process all the way up through the end. And we're standing there and all of us are just chomping at the bit. And, and, and, you know, a Vietnam era, F four flies up over the airfield and goes into a brake turn and we're like, oh, it's so cool. It's really loud. Mm-hmm. It's like a flying brick and then a, you know, a, an F 15 single seat C model flies up initial and they go into a brake turn.

[00:15:08] We're like, oh, that's even sweeter. And then an F 16 comes of initial and does that. And then the F 22. Comes ripping up, initial over the airfield and his turn radius in that jet was it like half of the tightest turn radius that we saw? And it was just, and then not only did he turn inside of all the other fighters, he then just put the jet on its tail and it climbed vertically.

[00:15:33] Just, it was, it was the mo I still remember it to this day. It's giving me chills cuz it was so loud. It was so incredible. And it was just, you could, you could almost hear like Metallica playing in the background and just like, American flags are flying and the jets just going straight vertical. And we're like, that is, that's gotta be one of the coolest things I've ever seen in my life.

[00:15:53] Oh yeah. I've seen the f fifteens bank low right after they've taken off. Yeah. Yeah. And the noise. Oh my god. Yeah. Guys, if you never heard this, like you literally, if at a close range you can't, the rest of the world just fades out. It is so loud. There's, there's just no town. Yeah. If you live close to any fighter base, you can actually go and there's a lot of roads that you can go to.

[00:16:17] The perimeter roads around, around the base. They do it here at out here in Phoenix, at Luke Air Force Base. There's cars just stacked on the approach and departure ends, and you can watch the jets take off, you know, 50 to a hundred feet above your head, you know, bring some, bring some hearing protection because it is, it's freaking loud.

[00:16:36] I've, I've been out there and I'm even like, wow. I forget how loud it is, you know, as, as a as a jet roars by you with about 40,000 pounds of thrust just ripping right over the top of your car. My, my dad and I used to go out and sit at the end of the runway at Wy Island Naval Base. Oh, nice. Because the, all the planes for the carriers would, when they weren't out, they were there.

[00:16:59] So we, we'd sit at the end of the runway and, and like, you know, eat popsicles and just watch the planes go. Yeah. Yeah. So, Tom. What is something everyone should know about you before we dig into the show today? Something everybody should know. So I need to go back to your other, your other question of what I bought for a hundred bucks.

[00:17:21] That, and I, I don't remember. Brent, can you remind me the, the phrasing of it? Was it the best, the best thing I bought in a year or best thing? A hundred dollars bought And it's the most impactful purchase on your life. A hundred dollars or less than last year in the last year. So I bought kind of geeky, I bought this little my friend works for Ping, the golf club company and he had given me this there were these little connectors or something that went on the ends of my golf clubs and it was for, I think it was 85 bucks or something.

[00:17:53] I bought this little clip that goes in my pocket while I'm golfing and instead of tracking anything myself because we have so much digital technology nowadays, I can just golf. And it kind of takes a lot of the work out of golf and it makes it more fun. And then at the end of, at the end of my round, I can see what I scored, you know, what, what clubs I hit.

[00:18:13] Well, and it just kind of keeps track of all that data. I'm not a huge data geek, but it was the, the app and the little, the little clip, I think it's called arcos Golf Clip or whatever. If, if any golfers are listening to your show today. I, I really liked it. Some people don't like it, but that was something that I really enjoyed this last year.

[00:18:32] Just kind of keeping track of all my stuff and I don't have to do it manually anymore. Other things that people, getting into your next question that people should know about me if I'm phrasing that correctly. I would say a lot of fighter pilots don't write stories. And they don't, or, or they do or they, they're really good storytellers or they don't write stories, but they fighter pilots just, I don't know if, if you ever met one, you're probably not like, oh, that guy's an author.

[00:18:57] And I think that's probably something that's a little bit different in my case is that I started getting my fighter pilot buddies to write short stories and we started publishing them in compilation books. So the single seat wisdom series books they're just short little stories written by fighter pilots to kind of give back, right.

[00:19:18] And then that company cuz I had started a couple of companies before this one, but that, that company's called Single Seat Mindset because we're single seat fighter pilots and that company we started and then we give all of the money to a children's cancer nonprofit. So it's a little bit, little bit of a different structure.

[00:19:35] I, I feel like I'm, I've been given just so much goodness in my life. It's our way of giving back. We can give back through stories. You know, a lot of fighter pilots wanna publish their story, but they don't have the time or they don't know how. So th this business kind of helps 'em along with that.

[00:19:51] And then we get the, the gratification of hearing people that read our stories, but also giving to a children's cancer nonprofit and, and helping families that have, that have kids going through cancer treatments that maybe don't have the means or the funds or the insurance to do so. That is awesome.

[00:20:08] I did not know that I missed that Somehow when I was researching, I didn't know the money was going there, so that is very cool. Now guys, we spend just a little bit of time getting to know who Dominic Tyke is. In the next part of the show, we're gonna start diving into the first volume of single seat wisdom and talk about that a little bit.

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[00:21:06] Sleep tomorrow. Now let's go on to the show. Welcome back guys. In the first part of the show we were just spending some time getting to know who Dominic Tyke is and letting you meet him and understand where he is coming from. And this part of the show, we're gonna dive into his book, single Seated Wisdom Volume Ones, the first of the series that he's got going on, and he was telling us a little bit about it.

[00:21:29] It's kind of a compilation of stories of multiple pilots. Now, Dominic, what, what actually inspired you to start putting this together? Because you told us a little bit that, you know, this is what you decided to do. What, what made you even think of doing this? So, during Covid when Covid kicked off and all the lockdowns were happening, there was a, a class of fighter pilot students going through that was really struggling.

[00:21:54] Cuz as you can imagine, in. In any peak performing profession, sports, what have you, if you lose that social aspect, right? Which also, if you think about social distancing, even that phrase is confusing because either we're being social or I want to be distant, but I don't need 'em together. And it's even, even that was confusing to me.

[00:22:16] I'm like, don't, don't tell me to be socially distant either I wanna be at at a distance or I want to be social. And so all these, the students, the class was having a tough time. And so what I started doing, cause I was a one of the student flight commanders at the time, I started sending the students just a, a short little message once a week that they could read in less than two minutes.

[00:22:38] And it was usually about something that I messed up as a young fighter pilot or that I messed up just in general. Because I do make a lot of mistakes. So it was more of a, Hey, just learn. You know, you don't have to learn these lessons yourself. So, You know, I started kind of recycling those. I saved it.

[00:22:55] And just like anything that I've done in business or with books or, or anything in life, I, I built a process behind that. So I started saving those little weekly and it took on a bunch of different aims. Now it's called the Competent Wingman, and people can actually read this. If they go to our single seat mindset.com website, the Competent Wingman program's on there, it's completely free.

[00:23:17] But it was designed for fighter pilots and it was just short little stories that people could read. And, and in this case it was the fighter pilot students that could read these messages and, and hopefully be a bigger version of themselves, be better, be, be helpful, that kind of stuff. Well, during that process because I had built websites before I, I built a website and then I got really sick after the fifth or sixth class that came through of manually sending these emails out.

[00:23:44] And so that's where I automated it and put it into this, this program that people can, can use. And, and now pilot students from other bases are using it and from even, even from other professions. I think one of the most unique reviews or messages that I got was from a guy in Minnesota. He worked at an air conditioning company and he was the floor manager and he wanted to be a pilot.

[00:24:07] And I don't know, just it, it reached a lot of people. But during that time, I tell you all that because I had no intent of starting a website in another business and publishing books, I asked a couple of my fighter pilot buddies if they, if they had a story and they wanted to publish it in a compilation type series.

[00:24:27] And it was more of a hobby. When I, when I first started it, and it kind of became something a lot bigger. And so that's why we decided to automate a lot of the things and make it a business for the, the, the tax implications, but also to keep all of our lines of communication clear and to our, our keep our intent pure.

[00:24:51] Early on in the first couple of months as much as I like to make money, we decided to give all the money to a, a children's cancer nonprofit. And, you know, that's, that's its own story and, you know, just why, why we even give to that, that children's cancer nonprofit. But the book became kind of this thing that was much more than a hobby.

[00:25:10] And then of course, like anybody would do, you're like, well, I did it one time. Why don't we make this volume one, let me see if I can do it again. So then we wrote volume two, and we are currently in the process of writing volume three right now. So, I say all of that because it, it, you know, as you, as I go along my journey in life it usually just starts with that first step.

[00:25:30] Just, you know, committing to that one thing in, in my case, I feel like the world has been given to me, so I just kind of want to give back. Maybe it's, maybe it's a little bit of guilt. Like, I've taken so much that I wanna give back now whatever it happens to be. And that's kind of where we're at now is, is a lot of people are like, oh, I read your book.

[00:25:49] And I'm like, well, I wish I could say that that was my book. And I wrote that. However, I, I literally just put all of the pieces together, compiled it and, and, you know, edited it and, and paid for all of that stuff and got it to publishing. But it's really, it's all of our, it's all of our stories, all of our book together is what really made it happen.

[00:26:09] See, I, I will admit that I was actually a little confused when, when you and I first connected on this. I thought you written the, the whole book, right? I thought this was your book and then I started reading it. I'm like, Wait, it's not what I was expecting. Yep. But it's got a lot of, a lot of great stories.

[00:26:26] Now, one of the things I wanted to share with our audience today, guys, is this has a lot of relevant stories, and you don't have to be a pilot or in the military to garner knowledge from this. Okay? This is not just for a certain category of individual. There is useful information. These guys are just pouring their heart out, sharing knowledge they've gained, and so it's, it's applicable to anybody.

[00:26:58] I, I wanna be really clear about that. I was, I was, when I first talked to you about it, I was like, okay, this should be interesting. You know, how this is gonna apply. And then I started reading it and it was like, oh, wow. There's just a lot of great appli applicable knowledge for like all different facets of lives.

[00:27:18] And you have it from a lot of different pilots. Like you're, you're on book three now. I knew you worked on book two. Yep. So you're on book three now. We got book two published on Veterans Day last year. And this, this year is the big push is to get another one published on Veterans Day in November. And begrudgingly, I, I did not want to do a third book.

[00:27:40] It's a lot of work as you can imagine. Herding a bunch of, well, one, all of the fighter pilots, all the fighter pilots monetarily contribute to the children's cancer nonprofit. So they send money to that to be part of this project. So not only am I asking them to give money, I'm asking them to do work.

[00:28:01] And, and as you can imagine, everybody's busy nowadays. These, these guys are working professionals, whether they're, they're now retired, flying for the airlines or they're running their own business, or they are actually an active duty military pilot. They're, it's, it's a big ask, right? And so these, these guys are contributing in more, more ways than one.

[00:28:21] And it's a very difficult marketing message to say, Hey, would you would you mind doing some work? And like, I don't know, writing a story because I think it'd be cool, and fighter pilots don't do that. And then, oh, by the way, it's gonna cost you money. But now we're, you know, on our third book, and I got, it was actually through another connection that I got referred to.

[00:28:42] He's like, yeah, I wanna write a story. And so that kind of got book three going and it took a lot of energy for me to, to get that book moving and to try to get this third book published. But I think it'll be. It'll be a cool addition to the series. Again, like I said, we, we now have all the authors on board.

[00:29:01] Everybody's writing their chapters, so we're past the, the painful part which is the initial part of getting everybody on board. But I'm excited, excited to get it. The stories are coming in and I, I, even when I read these stories initially I am, usually I sit back in my chair. Some of 'em, you make me cry.

[00:29:18] You know, there's some that I didn't, I'm like, I've known you for a long time, I didn't know this about you, type of, type of stories. Mm-hmm. I, I honestly like compilation stuff. Everybody thinks compilation things will be easier, but if you've ever worked with a large group of people, it's like hurting cats, man.

[00:29:37] Yeah. It's, yep. It's just insane trying to get all these people who like, oh yeah, yeah, yeah. I'll do that. Yeah. The amount of follow up phone calls and emails it takes to pull these things together is insane. Yep. That was, that was, I experienced that. I, you know, I send a, a short little writing guide, right?

[00:29:57] Just Jen, just like anything in business and life at work with my family, it's, it's a process, right? So everything you do, just just plug it into your process so that next time you can just recycle that process, refine it. And so I send out this writing guide and it is, it's very clear what you're supposed to do, who are, who are, like, if you were gonna target a reader, this is the person.

[00:30:18] So I described the person the, the word count and everything in my, my good buddy. So you had mentioned you use your middle name, right? Mm-hmm. And my buddy in pilot training, he used his middle name. I didn't know for a year after him living with me and being in my roommate, I didn't even know what his real name was.

[00:30:35] And I was like, your wait, your name is John? Well, so I emailed Jack. He writes his chapter and it is, we, we go for about 800 to 1500 word chapters. Even if you're not a reader, you can read these books very easily. You can digest these stories. You're not committed to anything because every chapter is so different.

[00:30:53] Well, he, he missed that little snippet in my writing guide about how many words he should write, and he wrote 9,000 words. He wrote a Wow, essentially the equivalent of a third, if not a half of the book in his chapter. And so what we ended up doing was just taking a snippet out of one of his life lessons and plugging that into volume two of, of the series.

[00:31:16] But we now have, we now have some unused stuff that I need to figure out where we can put that, whether that's in a different book series or another book. But that's for another, another time you, you can plug in story to three. Yeah. Add one per book you release. Yeah, exactly. 9,000 words is a lot, man.

[00:31:36] Yeah. People who don't write don't, don't understand the commitment of writing that many words in a coherent fashion, right? Mm-hmm. Yeah. I mean, anybody can scramble stuff. My daughters are eight and 11, and they'll come in and see me typing up an outline for something or one of the projects I'm working on.

[00:31:57] And, and Wow, you typed all that this afternoon. I was like, this is just the beginning of this document. You, you have, you know, they, they're still that age, but even as adults, a lot of people, we don't write very much anymore. Mm-hmm. And so they, they lose that. It's like, oh, well, people will try and I'm gonna write a book, and, and they write like a chapter, and that's, that's what they had to say.

[00:32:26] And they're like, how do people write these giant books? Yeah. You can say a lot in that amount of words, man. Yeah. The short stories. That's, that's kind of one of the things that we hone in on cuz that's been some of our best feedback is just the other day a young lieutenant who's new here at the base, she comes around the corner and she looks at me and she goes, wait your slice.

[00:32:51] And supposedly bef as she was going through, you know, she was becoming a, an officer, her grandfather bought single C Wisdom volume one gave it to her dad, and her dad gifted it to her. And so she had read the book and I had met her in some capacity. Cuz she's one of the intelligence officers. So I had met her back in one of the, the briefing areas.

[00:33:14] And then the second time she comes up and she walks up and she's like, holy smokes, you're, you're a slice. And I'm like, yeah. And she goes, oh my gosh, I've been reading your book. And I'm like, well, it's not my book. But what she said specifically, I, I told you that story because she said the reason I like the book, Is because I don't have to commit to a whole book and I can just read something and in 10 minutes, you know, I can pour myself my favorite drink, sit in my chair, and just in 10 minutes I can read a story.

[00:33:39] I can set the book down, come back to it next year. I didn't miss anything. You can just pick it back up and go to the next chapter because it's completely different fighter pilot writing the story. It's a completely different message. And like you said, I I, I appreciate the plug, but it's, it was written to, to help all different aspects of life.

[00:33:56] So whether or not you're in business, you want to be an entrepreneur, you want to be a better employee, a better, you know, there's, there's even one called Fighter Pilot Fatherhood, right? And you know, that chapter's all about a perspective that one of the fighter pilots got and how it helped him become a better dad and helped him level up there and, and kind of gave him, you know, his little snippet on that.

[00:34:20] It was, like I said, when I opened the book, it was not what I was expecting when we initially made contact, but you know what, I, I read chapters of this. During, like, halftime in my daughter's basketball game. Yeah. My, my kids were both in basketball this last year and, and I, I did, I, they, they cut to halftime.

[00:34:39] I'd be sitting there on the bleachers, pop out the book, read a chapter, put it down back to the game. It, it was great. Cuz I could just pick up anywhere and just, it's a few minutes here. A few minutes there. Yeah. So I, it was actually, it surprised me how much I enjoyed that part of it to just be able to, to have that, because most time, right.

[00:35:01] I, I've gotta get back into, I read a lot of books for this show, but I have to get back into, okay, I haven't picked this up for three days. What was that last chapter? I'm like skiing a couple pages before my bookmark to get my brain back to where I was and yeah. So, yeah. No, there's a lot of great advice in there that you just like, okay, you know what?

[00:35:21] I can take this one piece right now and that's what I can do right now. Yep. And, and also gotta take the break on some of 'em. You gotta take that break cuz a couple of the chapters, you're just like, you know what, I, I gotta digest that before I do anything else. Yeah. So I, I gotta ask cuz totally unrelated question since, since you mentioned your call Signs Slice.

[00:35:43] Yep. Who has assigns call signs? We, we've all seen Top Gun, but who assigns cops the call signs? It's not the pilot themselves. Well, that, that's what I, I guessed, but yeah. So Ima imagine, you know, as a kid, did you have, did your buddies call you a name? There was, there's some sort of naming among friends.

[00:36:04] You know, I played a lot of baseball up through junior college and everybody had their, their nickname essentially. The point being is, Fighter pilots will generally, you'll, you'll go through all your training, you'll, you'll get kind of a stunt call sign when you're going through like basic training.

[00:36:20] Like we teach in the schoolhouse here. So a lot of the young fighter pilots, we'll, we'll give them a spoof or call sign, but then when they go to their first combat unit, they'll go through mission qualification training. And during that time you know, they'll do something stupid. And in my case, I did something stupid.

[00:36:38] So, and, and that generally is how people get call signs, you know, whether or not that's, it's a play on your last name. It could be an acronym that's actually a word. You know, there's usually a story behind it. And mine was, I made a, a big mistake. I broke a training rule on a, on a, for lack of better term, we're essentially dog fighting.

[00:36:58] So we're doing visual maneuvering. Very dynamic 3D going up over the top. And I pointed at the other, my instructor's jet too long and we had a close pass and they said I tried to slice 'em in half. So that was kind of the there was, there was more to the story as there always is, right? I'm glad, I'm very grateful to have the call science slice because I've been called a lot worse.

[00:37:23] So it kind of, worked out in my favor and it's, it's not really a painful memory. It's something that I now can talk to with the young guys. And I think that's a lesson in life is that you're, you can take, you can take your failures and consider yourself a failure, or you can just go that I've failed at that event.

[00:37:39] I learned from it and this is what I learned from it. And that's kind of my call sign is when I, when I'm now briefing the young guys, I'm like, Hey, if you want a cool call sign, like Slice, you will do this. If you don't want to die, do this. And that's what those training rules are for. Okay. I, I had to, so we, we watch you know, I'm, I'm old enough that I'm a Top Gun fan anyway, but we watched the new one and I was, I was watching all my daughters, but you know, in, in the movies, they always have the really cool call sign Viper and Phoenix, like, oh yeah, really, really ba Right?

[00:38:13] But I was watching the credits and all the pilots that helped shoot the film, you know, all had their call signs in there, and you're reading some of the call signs. It's like, they didn't choose that. So how did that happen? Right? You're looking at a couple, I'm like, no one chooses that nickname. So I had to ask, I've never had a pilot just here where I could ask that question.

[00:38:34] So. Well, the, the back seater. The back seater. So in the, in the second Top Gun movie one of my favorite scenes is when they're in the bar and. The back seat or the weapon system operator? Not a pilot. A lot of people don't know that, but the guy in the backseat is not a pilot and he's in the bar.

[00:38:52] He's got his glasses. Were like, well, what's your call sign? He just says, Bob. And I just, I just busted out laughing cuz they're like, no, no, no. What's, what's your actual call sign? He is like, I'm Bob. It's like just a, I dunno, for me a very, a funny moment just knowing everything that goes into call signs and that guy got a call sign of Bob.

[00:39:11] Like, couldn't we have been a little bit more creative with that, but I guess that's part of the, part of the cinema cinematography and part of being in Hollywood. Right. Well, you know, they, they had just cuz with everybody else's call signing that movie, that was incredibly funny cuz you're just like, yeah.

[00:39:27] It makes you think Yeah, every, everybody scratched their head at that moment. It's like, yeah, talking to all these Phoenix and this guy and you're like, Maverick and Bob. So I, I, I wanted to ask since, since you were right here. Now guys, we've been discussing single seat wisdom a little bit with Dom. In this next part of the show, we're gonna dive into decision making paradigm as fighters are trained, because as you can imagine, right, life is moving pretty quick when you're flying that kind of playing.

[00:40:01] And so we're gonna dig into that and how you can possibly apply that to your life for those moments where you just pinned in and you're trying to make the best decisions and possible. We'll be right back from our sponsor with more from Dom. Now, before we go any further, I wanted to share with you guys, I don't always tell you how much I love doing my podcast.

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[00:41:02] Guys, welcome back. In the last part of the show we were discussing I, I won't say Dominic's book. I will say the book Dominic put together. Is that that work? Correct? That's fair. Okay. Single Seat of Wisdom. Volume one. He's actually working on volume three. Volume two is out. Now in this part of the show, Roy going to dive into his experience as a fighter pilot because they have to be able to make critical decisions in extreme situations.

[00:41:31] That most of us can't fathom, but I think so part of that decision making paradigm can be really practical to our lives as men, as we're faced with regular struggles. So, Dominic, I know, I don't know if there's a streamlined way in which they teach you guys to do this, but I know at the speed in which you move in that plane, there are the, the dec decision window is very small.

[00:42:00] So how do you guys go about making the best choice possible in these scenarios? So, I mean, that, that could go any, any number of different directions. However, the, the thing that I think a lot of people can, can learn from that is is specifically that word. It's, it's a learned process. And those two words are important.

[00:42:20] One, you have to be willing to learn, which means that you're probably gonna fail quite a bit along the way. And then there's a process, meaning there's a syllabus, there's rules, and then there's the, essentially the blocking and tackling drills that you do on a daily basis as a pilot. And there's just some things that you need to do every time and you need to be good at.

[00:42:43] And so those are taught at a, you know, dur early on in the programs. Those are taught so that those, those, the, the base is set well. So I think there isn't really a, there's no perfect syllabus, right? Cuz every syllabus needs to be tailored to every student cuz everybody learns a little bit differently.

[00:43:01] However, there are some learning modalities that are the same. I would say men by and large probably are very visual. So if we can make things visual and bring that to light, but really as an instructor, it's, it's important to just. Relay that and figure out kind of where somebody's coming from and, and learn how they learn.

[00:43:18] And that way you can tailor their syllabus and what they're doing that day. So I think for me, like anybody can understand that, you know, if you're in a, a major league baseball player, you didn't, you didn't start out there, you started out probably in T-ball. But really you started out with basic drills and you learned that stuff throughout time.

[00:43:36] You've, your brain is plastic and it got, you kind of essentially taught your brain over time how to hit a ball that was being thrown at 30 miles an hour at 50 60, 80 90, and then over a hundred miles an hour. So all those things were learned, but that didn't just happen accidentally, there was a process behind it.

[00:43:54] And I would say that, you know, I, having been a civilian flight instructor and that's where I started out was in civilian flight instructing before I, I joined the military and then now being a military instructor. So I'm in a. A pilot instructor for over 20 years. This, this process that happens is usually driven by a syllabus.

[00:44:17] And I think that the way that that's applicable to business owners, entrepreneurs, employees, anybody else, is that when you start something new, if there isn't a process in place, you need to start building that, write everything down, and then as you go, you can start recycling that process. So, for example, single seat Wisdom, I did, I, I had to build the process while we were writing that first book.

[00:44:38] However, the second book was a little bit easier, and the third one's even easier just because the process is already in place. So it's a learned behavior. And then you need to have a process about what you're doing. If you're, if you wake up and if your alarm goes off in the morning and you just roll outta bed and you sprint to work and everything is, is an emergency, and you wanna live your life that way, you're not gonna get very far because that's not a very process.

[00:45:00] There isn't something specific you're doing every day to grow and to get better. Okay. So it really comes down to a practice, how you play. Yeah. Play how you, what does that say in play? How you practice. I, I'm, I'm saying that wrong somehow. But have a plan. Okay. So build a plan, build a process, and then practice that process over and over.

[00:45:33] Can I ask how many hours do you have to rack up before you can get, like actually be combat certified? How many hours do you rack up that seat? So, I mean, you can, you can be a civilian private pilot, and this is latent knowledge. I don't know what the minimum hours are, but I did not ever have a student become a civilian private pilot with the minimum hours.

[00:45:55] And if you did, I would be a little bit skeptical, right? I think it was 55 hours. Don't quote me on that. So you could have 55 hours of flight time of getting instruction, soloing the airplane, going cross country, you know, going to other airfields and you could be a certified private pilot. It was usually more like 65 to 90 hours, so less than a hundred hours.

[00:46:18] You could be a civilian pilot here in America. And that's a pretty cool thing to know. Granted, flying is expensive because the airplanes and, and everything else is expensive. But if you get yourself to that, that phase I had, I mean there were guys that when I was a civilian flight instructor, that I'm just a grandpa and I just wanna fly to see my grandkids and I don't wanna have to drive.

[00:46:38] So they would go get their private pilot license and you know, they would retire and buy themselves a little airplane and they'd go fly to see their grandkids. And I'm like, that's a really cool way to get around the country. Right. But at your level, right, you are. A combat pilot. You are a instructor in the United States military.

[00:46:59] Yeah. What kind of flight time are we talking about logging? Because you have practiced over and over and over and over to get to that point. I mean, I ha I personally have several thousand hours, but somebody that has, you know, 2, 3, 400 hours, you know, typically in the 500 to a thousand hour phase is, is is where I really found that I was comfortable in the jet and I really wrapped my mind around the bigger parts of the mission.

[00:47:29] And I had seen enough, but there was like, you know, no pun intended enough time in the seat to, to have seen all of that. Right? Because even if you have, you know, you can be a combat wingman and have a hundred and something hours but you just, you haven't been around long enough to, to know what you don't know cuz you haven't seen it.

[00:47:47] However, that's not, I I would say the hours getting wrapped around the hours question is that there, there, there are guys that had 500 hours that were much better fi fighter pilots than I was at 500 hours. So it is a little bit individual, you know, every, every person's ability to learn and their own capability to fly the airplane.

[00:48:07] Cause think about this, if you had 500 hours in a fighter jet, and then you went and did a staff job for two years, then you came back, your, your skills as a fighter pilot are gonna atrophy quite a bit and you're gonna have to kinda get back on the horse and, and learn again and retrain your plastic brain.

[00:48:25] Now granted, it's, it's like riding a bucket. It'll come back. But it'll take a little bit of time. Right? But what I wanted to dig into with that question, guys, is this is the decisions they make when they're in the air, when they're flying. This is a process of going through their process. Right going a, as you said, going through that over and over again, right?

[00:48:48] You guys have processes for everything, right? You have, you know, pre-flight inspections and check rides and all that stuff that I don't understand, right? You have a process for everything. Y'all have repeated that and repeated that and repeated that, and trained that, and trained that and trained that and ingrain these things to come together.

[00:49:11] So when you're faced with a question, when you're faced with a judgment call, when you're faced with a situation, you're falling back on time and experience and training them and process over and over and over. And that, I think is, is a big core. Going back to what you were explaining right. As you're teaching somebody to do something, this is how you need to learn to do it.

[00:49:37] This is how you, you figure out how they learn and go with it. But it's a culmination of that decision making process of, I've practiced this over and over and over again. I've gone through this process over and over and over again. So you've removed a lot of the nonactive decisions. Can I say it that way?

[00:49:59] Yeah. Yeah. You've essentially moved from your prefrontal cortex where you have to think about it to your motor cortex in the, the back of your nugget that, like you're saying, is you're standing in the batter's box. I guarantee those major league baseball players, they're not thinking about how to swing the bat.

[00:50:16] They, it happens. Right. And it's more, it's more fluid and it's, it's. It's not mechanical, it just happens, right? It's, it's not robotic because you've learned the behavior. I think, I think what you're getting at, at least in my case, is what habits in your life are serving you and which ones are dragging you down?

[00:50:33] And I think if you actually looked at those, you would find that many of your habits are dragging you down and you're doing 'em subconsciously.

[00:50:40] Now, Dominic, what are three actionable steps? So if guys wanna get better at making good decisions. Yep. Right. One of the things I've referenced before is Mark. Mark Zuckerberg. I'm not a huge fan of the guy, but in an interview they asked him like just some oblivious question and they asked him like, you know, how do you pick your clothes during the day?

[00:51:03] And he said, I have one t-shirt, I have one set of jeans, I have like 60 of them, but I have one t-shirt, I have one set of jeans. He puts on the same exact clothes and I've heard other. Big CEOs say the same thing. Right? I took away the unnecessary Yep. Decisions. Yep. That detract, right? Because you only have so many cycles in the day.

[00:51:26] Sure. For your brain to make good decisions. So what are three steps our listeners can take right now in their life to start being better at making decisions in their lives? Sure. I would just, I would start out with the mantra that box Johnson in single seat wisdom, volume two, the author that wrote the chapter plan, execute, debrief.

[00:51:46] And this guy's a astronaut, fighter pilot, test pilot. I mean, he's big brains, but very simply, plan, execute, debrief. So what is, what is your plan? And that you need to, you need a plan enough to get going. And so, What I started doing many years ago was just waking up earlier. And if you're not a morning person, because most people aren't, just wake up five minutes earlier and in that five minutes in the morning, whether or not you just sit in silence and sit still or you pray or meditate or whatever you do, and that five minutes resist the urge to roll outta bed and then start sprinting through your day because there's no intentionality behind that.

[00:52:23] So the, the plan would be if you don't have any structure to your day and you're just starting out, plan on spending five minutes in the morning and then just pick one thing. So go, Hey, today will be successful if x, whatever that happens to be. So you, you, you set your plan in the morning and then during your day you put your subconscious to that and you put your, your active self to accomplishing that intentionality of your day.

[00:52:50] So as you're executing, you are paying attention to, Hey, the, the goal today is to do this, and then at the end of the day, you debrief yourself. So did I, did I do X, Y or Z? Did it go down a different path? Should I stop doing that? And I, I think many times we'll find, at least I found is that you need to fire yourself from doing things that don't, that aren't be maybe best suited for you or that maybe isn't best for your life.

[00:53:16] And cuz I was doing a lot of things, I was achieving a lot of things and, you know, starting businesses and being a fighter pilot and doing all this stuff. And I found that it just created more business, but it, I was, I wasn't in the correct business. And so I think part of that journey, part of that learning process is kind of knowing myself and figuring that out and making fail and, you know, failing and then picking yourself back up again.

[00:53:40] But put your plan together, either the night prior or the morning of and think about that and go, Hey, what is my intention today? And then during your day as you're executing that, Be cognizant of that, and then at the end of the day, debrief yourself. So those are some very simple things that you can do.

[00:53:57] And it really could be, you know, my intention today is to spend two quality hours with my family. It could be as simple as that, or it could be my intention today is to reach out to one friend, or I need to get this one project done at work, come hell or high water, I'm gonna get it done. And then you just debrief yourself and you're gonna make a lot of mistakes.

[00:54:17] And at the end of the day, as you're debriefing, go, Hey, what did I learn? Did it hap, was I, was it lucky? Did I, did that happen just happenstance? Or did I, you know, did I do something to do that or did I fail? And then in that, that case, your failures as painful as they are, they're gonna be your, your lessons there.

[00:54:35] So, I think just being cognizant of that and being present and not looking at your cell phone in the morning and staying off social media. And just going, what am I gonna do today? Okay, today I'm not gonna, I'm not gonna look at any social media or, or whatever. Those little subconscious habits, those things that you can cut out those are really going to serve you a lot better.

[00:54:55] And, and it could be, I just need to stop eating this type of food. It's not that I need to eat healthier food, it just needs, I need to push this stuff out, or I need to stop doing this job at work because it's this person's person's job and I can give them feedback. So plan, acute debrief is a very simple construct and I would say, you can call it the five minutes of freedom or whatever you want to call it in the morning.

[00:55:19] If you don't set that in the morning and you have an emergency as you're jumping outta bed and then you walk into work, everything, your whole day's gonna be an emergency and you're not gonna get anything done cuz there's no intentionality behind that. There's no plan. And then at the end of the day, when you're debriefing yourself, you're just gonna throw your hands in the air and you're gonna watch junk TV because you don't have any more gas in the tank.

[00:55:39] All right. I think there's a lot of wisdom behind that. Now. Now, Dom, you have single seat wisdom, volume three in process. What's next for Dominic? So I am in the process this year, specifically 2023, of not adding fuel to the fire. So we are in, just maintain the businesses, be grateful for what we have.

[00:56:04] And I just, I need to be more, me personally, I need to be more present with everything that I'm doing. And so that takes a concerted effort on my part to not constantly be doing projects, to not be thinking about the next thing, and to actually just sit here and go, today, you know, I'm going to do, I'm just gonna play cards with my kids, or I'm going to, and and you probably are laughing because you've probably done the same thing, but I think that's part of the process, right?

[00:56:30] Is it's learning about yourself. And this year is, I'm actually in one of my businesses, I've, I'm selling some property. I'm, you know, using those funds to just simplify life and to kind of push and stop doing a lot of the stuff that creates kind of the thrash in life, knowing that there's going to be emergencies, fires that I have to put out.

[00:56:51] But this year specifically as I'm just refocusing and going, okay, if I was gonna push one thing just like I did at the beginning of the day, like in the next five years, what's the one thing that I'm gonna push forward? And I haven't figured that out yet. So that's what this year's for. I, I'm, I'm, I'm not laughing at you.

[00:57:10] I'm, I'm laughing because a couple year, a couple years ago, I wouldn't have gotten that at all. Right? As, as a full-time corporate employee, I, I, I got it some right? Because I was always pretty busy, but, Owning two businesses and in the last couple years, just the changes in my life because of that and the change in your mindset as you start to own your own businesses and do things some people don't understand.

[00:57:38] It's like the drive to add that next thing. It, it's just so, so present, right? I'm always thinking of that neck. Oh, we'll do this. Oh, we'll do this. Right. Yeah. And the amount of time I actually had to step back recently and, and remove some stuff from the cycles, like, you know what? I like this, but it's not serving his purpose.

[00:58:00] It's not, no matter how badly I want it to, it's not actually delivering value for the time I'm investing in it. Yeah. And so I, I actually scrubbed a thing I do re re fairly regularly recently and that was very painful for me cuz like I really wanted that to be good and to work really well and like, just time on the return on investment.

[00:58:22] So it's, it's a different mindset sometimes, but some people don't understand cuz they're just not at that same space. It's like, yeah, that's really hard for entrepreneurs and, and businessmen who are expanding to go, Nope, we're, we're not gonna push farther this year. We're just gonna consolidate and, and do better.

[00:58:42] Mm-hmm. Not try and expand more, not try to add more things. Yeah. So I, I was laughing cuz I'm, I'm on, on that cycle of Nope, nope, nope, we're not anymore. You could, or, or you could remove, you could remove everything and start something else. But I think, you know, the, the lesson here is. More does not mean more.

[00:59:07] It could just mean thrash and it could just rip you apart. Especially if you're not doing the right thing. And in my case, I actually, I turned off a business that was profitable, but it was about the profits and it, you know, if you are solely focused on money, I don't have, you know, you'll roll outta bed for the first six months, but then something will really get on your nerves.

[00:59:31] And if it's only about money, it's, that's not a very, that's not a long-term thing that's gonna work. Right. Because you're not gonna find that, you know, oh, these fires pop up throughout my day. I can actually roll out of bed and, and, and attack these things with the right mindset if it's only about money.

[00:59:49] Yeah. Yeah. There there's gotta be more to it. I, I was actually just speaking at a podcast. Venue about that. It's like your podcast has gotta be deeper than that, man. It can't just be about money. You gotta, you gotta have your heart behind it or you're just gonna burn out so quick. Yep. Now Dominic, where is the best place for people to connect with you?

[01:00:11] Single seat mindset.com. Now for you, those of you catching us on the video, I've got that up on the screen there. I'll scroll to us at the right point so you can see the page. Oh, that's not even the, about, that's the Helen Page. I'm sorry, I am all over the place today guys. Sorry about that. Just not gather.

[01:00:30] Oh no. Guys, it's a cool website just cuz he's got some really great footage that you're gonna enjoy anyways, to, to lead off. That's a really strong anchor for the website by the way. Well done mindset com. Dominic also has a lot of social media presence. And of course, as always we'll have all that for you guys.

[01:00:52] Down in the show notes are the YouTube description, whatever platform you're enjoying this on. Now, at the beginning of the show, Nam, we asked you in South Dakota, it's illegal to fall down in sleep where it's the a, a cheese ake factory, or sorry, a cheese factory. Gotta read that right? Be a city park. And then you see where my head's at.

[01:01:10] I want cheesecake. Now I don't see your rodeo ring or D in a gold mine. You said in a cheese factory you are in fact, correct. I had no idea that South Dakota was big into cheese. My brain went, it's not Wisconsin, it can't be that. So in case you guys still care that that's the answer is apparently in South Dakota, I love stupid laws in random states that they just haven't taken off the books.

[01:01:34] It's illegal to fall down and sleep in a cheese factory. So if you guys are visiting South Dakota, don't do that. They will apparently dislike that. Now Dom for us to wrap up today. I would like you to share what is the most important takeaway you want someone to hear today from this show? If they missed everything else, what do you wanna say to our audience?

[01:01:56] I would say something simple. If you, if you want to get more out of life, is just, it's the five minute rule every morning is just discipline yourself and create a habit that in the morning you're gonna spend five minutes not looking at social media, just sitting there, whether that's in silence or like I talked about, prayer, meditation, whatever you wanna do.

[01:02:17] But five minutes and just think about your day. And that way as you're stepping into your day, you have a plan. And that way at the end of your day, you can look back and, and, and either that, that just gives you a lot of accelerated acceleration into your next day. Because that's how everything starts.

[01:02:34] It's just one step at a time. It's through those increments and, and your habits may be crushing you, but you can turn that around, flip it on its head and have just a five minute. I don't know, five minute pep talk in the morning where you're just thinking about your day and then you're putting that into action.

[01:02:51] Guys, that is all for our interview with Dominic Tyke. I will have all of his connection info. As always, be better tomorrow because of what you do today, and we'll see you on the next one. This has been the Fallible Man Podcast. Your home for everything, man, husband, and father. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a show.

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Dominic Teich

Pilot / Author / Entrepreneur

"Slice" started Single Seat Mindset to guide goal oriented individuals towards success by using the techniques and strategies that fighter pilots use on a daily basis through planning, execution, and debrief.

His journey started with the love of flight. As a 20+ year civilian and military instructor pilot, he's assisted other pilots, business owners, entrepreneurs, and instructors with short, impactful, process oriented steps. Unlike other platforms, SingleSeatMindset.com leverages the backgrounds and life experiences from over 40 other fighter pilots.

Single Seat Wisdom (volume 1), and Amazon best seller, is our most impactful book that guides those looking to define or redefine their purpose in this life by compiling short, punchy, and impactful stories from America's warriors in the Air - The American Fighter Pilot. 100% of the proceeds are directed to a childhood cancer foundation.

Although not necessary, Dom's path involved many mistakes through the school of hard knocks. The stakes are high in our fast paced culture and many times driven people try to make difficult decisions on their own. After failing so many times, "Slice" Teich created this powerful insider community of fighter pilot guides to aid those individuals that want to side-step their competition and avoid the guilt and fear associated with making mistakes.

It has become tougher and tougher to make a name for yourself - our exclusive group compiles tough to learn concepts and distills them down into easy to digest information that anyone can apply to their situation.

We guide purpose driven individuals towards a refined goal to ensure success by using 700+ years of collective fighter pilot experience.