What Motivates You?

Recently, I have been selected to attend Stanford’s Ignite program.  During the application process, applicants are expected to answer (in less than 400 words) five reflective based questions.  Today, I will share with you one of my favorite responses which provides some perspective and insight into my upbringing and my most revered traits – resilience. […]

Leadership & Character

While undertaking the Navy Ethics and Leadership Center’s re-designed Intermediate Leadership Course (formerly the Department Head Leadership Course), we are asked to examine and reflect on a question pertaining to the day’s material. Today, Day 2, focused on the correlation (if any) between leadership and character.  Ironically, the required reading for the day’s lecture came […]

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Plebe boxing, I remember it like yesterday. The boxing instructor was also my football coach.  A Spartan-like Marine Corps Major whose only rule (and grading criteria) was if you backed-up, you failed.  The only profound statement former unified heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson ever made was, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in […]

Vulnerability – An Antidote to Addiction

“I’m truly proud of you Matt – you have a captivating personality and charisma that inspires and touches many, a natural gift and ability, which dependent upon how you choose, you have a nature to lead and inspire others.  Keep it up amigo and continue inspiring others – including myself” Naval Academy Grad, Naval Officer […]