Oct 13, 2021
Lt. Col. (ret.) Waldo Waldman is a Hall of Fame leadership
speaker and New York Times bestselling author
of Never Fly Solo. After overcoming his massive
claustrophobia and fear of heights, Waldo became a highly
experienced and decorated combat veteran, with over 2,650 flight
hours and 65 real-world combat missions.
Today, Waldo shares tools and techniques to overcome obstacles,
break performance barriers, and take charge during times of
This episode will leave you ready to recommit yourself to
excellence, to diligently prepare for every mission and collaborate
with others through trust, mutual support, and courage.
- Courage-monger: champion for those who want to
take action in their lives when feeling debilitated by fear, doubt
- Even terrified of heights and small spaces, Waldo knew he
wanted to fly planes after visiting his dad at work as an airplane
- Passion has to be greater than fear.
- Make your friends your mentors and your mentors your
friends. Instead of being fearful of those that are better
than him, Waldo chooses to befriend them and model after them.
- In spite of his fear of heights and claustrophobia, Waldo
became Instructor Pilot of the Year out of 308 others.
- Responsibility trumps passion.
- When faced with adversity, distract yourself from yourself by
focusing on the win and those who are depending on you.
- Ask with honor. Take with honor.
- "You can't coach the uncommitted."
- "Your comfort zone is your danger zone."
- Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
A. How to Win Friends
and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
- Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed
as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
A. Sense of silliness.
- Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people
are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What
would it be?
A. My harddrive .
- Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous
beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with
anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
A. My twin brother
- Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever
A. Be careful with who you spend time with.
- Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old
A. You're on the right path. It's okay to take the road less
traveled and face your fears.
- Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their
lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
A. He gave people wings to fly.