Simon Ward, The High Performance Human Triathlon Podcast

IM Athlete Admiral Scott Jones on Life, Leadership, and Vulnerability * Simon Ward and Admiral Scott Jones

February 4, 2020

This week we mark another first for the podcast, with our guest being a 2 star Admiral (there are only 8 in the US Navy) as our guest.  Scott Jones has been a friend of mine for the last 10 years. We met in Kona 2009, introduced by a mutual friend and we hit it off straight away. Scott is the same age as me and while we have both had a long time interest in Ironman (he is a very good age grouper, having qualified for and raced in Kona several times) and triathlon coaching, Scott's career has been markedly different. He is a Navy pilot who has worked his way up through the ranks to a senior position. His flying experience also presented the opportunity to pilot commercial, long haul jets for United Airlines. Scott and I have shared many a bottle of red wine of an evening and chatted away the hours discussing many of the topics in today’s podcast. This guy has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a triathlon coach but also as a person who leads others by example.  As you will hear, he is more than generous in sharing that knowledge with us. I loved catching up with Scott and I know you’ll love this conversation as much as I did as we discuss:

  • Vulnerability and why it’s a strength, not a weakness
  • Why daily habits like making your bed are important to create order in a chaotic world
  • Advice from a long haul commercial pilot on how to combat jet lag
  • The ‘Joneser’ 6F’s which he shares with his fellow naval colleagues on a regular basis, and why work is only ranked at #5
  • Getting inspiration from survival, resilience and redemption
  • Daily journaling and why many of the world’s most successful people share this habit
  • Visualisation with the Blue Angels flying team and how Scott uses the same process when preparing for a race
  • Why triathlon coaching and a 2 star admiral are complementary
  • Why Scott has coaches for all aspects of his life

In our chat we discussed all of the links below which will give a little more context.

Some books we discussed

Going Long by Gordo Byrn & Joe Friel

Tools of Titans - Tim Ferriss

Turn the Ship Around

The 4 Agreements

Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand

Body For Life - Bill Phillips

Some videos we talked about

Admiral William McRaven - Make your bed

The Blue Angels visualisation

Turn the Ship Around

I also mentioned a client of mine, Gerard Gallagher, who posted his top 7 books of the decade in the LinkedIn post

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