Robert O’Neill, a member of SEAL Team 6 and the man who shot Osama Bin Laden, delivered a series of creeds that helped guide his career.
Born in Butte, Mont. on April 10, 1976, O’Neill enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1998. O’Neill reported to Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD / S) training at the base Coronado’s amphibious naval ship and graduated from BUD / S Class 208.
O’Neill was part of Captain Richard Phillips’ rescue mission from the Maersk Alabama hijacking and Operation Neptune Spear, which shot down bin Laden in the early hours of May 2, 2011.
He is now a motivational speaker, a contributor to FOX News and a published author.
“Why have we been as successful as the Navy SEALs,” O’Neil asked. “We were good to each other. If we move forward together, success is self-sufficient.
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But, complacency kills and success leads to complacency.
A good leader is not in charge, just responsible for his team, he said.
We feel as much stress as we allow ourselves, O’Neil said.
“It’s okay to be afraid,” he said. “Without fear there is no courage.”
Fear can lead to panic and it is contagious. A good leader wants calm to be quite contagious.
Preparation is the key. O’Neil said preparation is made up of three things: training, communication (the less you talk, the better you work) and rehearsal.
As they returned to Afghanistan after Operation Neptune, it took them 90 minutes to reach security beyond the border. All SEALs have handled the situation differently.
O’Neil said he counted the minutes.
“Worry won’t stop a missile.”
The main thing is never to give up.
O’Neil described the intense BUD / S training that SEALs undergo. Only 20 percent graduated from her class.
It was very hard, every day for eight months. The only easy thing to do was to stop.
“If you keep quitting tomorrow, you can do anything for a living,” O’Neil said.
Sometimes, he said, however, the best way is to “get over it.”