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Ep 110: Former Navy SEAL Mike Hayes – The Keys to Success by Giving Back

Mike Hayes is the former Commanding Officer of SEAL Team TWO, leading a two thousand-person Special Operations Task Force in Southeastern Afghanistan. In addition to a twenty-year career as a SEAL, Mike was a White House Fellow, served two years as Director of Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security Council, and has worked directly with both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. 

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More About Mike Hayes:

Beyond his military and governmental service, Mike is currently the Chief Digital Transformation Officer at VMware. He joined VMware in October 2020, and leads the company’s worldwide business operations and the acceleration of the company’s SaaS transition. Previously, he was SVP and Head of Strategic Operations at Cognizant Technology. Mike also served in Chief of Staff and COO roles at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest and most successful hedge fund. 

Mike holds an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and received his B.A. from Holy Cross College. His military decorations include the Bronze Star for valor in combat in Iraq, a Bronze Star for Afghanistan, and the Defense Superior Service Medal from the White House. Hayes is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the board of directors of Immuta, a data governance company, and of the National Medal of Honor Museum, and a senior advisor to Inherent Group, an impact investment firm. He lives in Westport, Connecticut with his wife and daughter. 

Topics Discussed:

* What made Mike decide to become a Navy SEAL

* What lesson did he carry from being a Navy SEAL into civilian life

* Why he didn’t want to write Never Enough, but had to

* Why you need to be a good follower and a good leader 

* What does he mean by: achieving excellence in knowledge and capacity

* Why making yourself uncomfortable is the key to success

* How to find your meaning as an individual

* What is the 1162 Foundation and what does it do

Episode Resources:

* Buy Mike’s Book Never Enough Here: https://amzn.to/3zVeeIq

* The Simple Life Website: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com 

*Make sure to signup and be a member of The Simple Life Insider’s Circle at: https://www.thesimplelifenow.com/the-simple-life/

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