Episode 12

Published on:

6th Oct 2020

#12 Solo Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker and Combat Veteran, Trey Free on: "Making decisions and suppressing demons."

This is my conversation with combat veteran and Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker, Trey Free. Among many other things, Trey reminds us in this conversation that "Quitting is a mindset, not a decision!"

*A reminder that anything Trey says here are his thoughts, and his thoughts alone. He is not representing his former or current organization.*

Trey is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, then Air Force special operations Combat Controller, a guy I consider an expert in selection, assessment, and training. Trey's a huge part of the MCTI community. He's a dad, a husband, an Appalachian Trail through-hiker, and great American.

In this conversation, we discuss selecting and training chess players rather than those who play checkers.

- building the race car we need today, rather than fighting the last fight

- when Trey realized he needed to change his thinking around professional development, and how to select and train Tier 1 operators effectively

- we discuss how challenging it is when as instructors and trainers we try to push/progress training when the only experience we have (the only experience anyone has) is our own.

- we talk about moving away from selecting only on tactics and skills, but selecting and training to "Characteristics" such as:

- Problem Solving

- Interpersonal Effectiveness

- Communication

- Drive

- Stress Tolerance (cognitive overload)

We also discuss why training is for certainty and education is for uncertainty

- we discuss mental toughness and Trey tells us his 15 categories of what he believes you can control, and need to keep front-sight-focused upon

- we talk about peak performance and getting over perceived failures

- as it pertains to quitting hard things, Trey talks about "quitting" as a mindset, not a decision.

- we talk about residue and transition from the military

You can find Trey on YouTube at EarlyRiser71, and see his book release promo at It's Time to Choose.

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About the Podcast

Mission Critical Team Institute Teamcast
Preston Cline, Coleman Ruiz, and the Mission Critical Team Institute share research and explore the questions vexing the most elite teams in the world, from Special Operations soldiers to Firefighters, from Trauma Medics to Professional Athletes, and from Astronauts to Tactical Law Enforcement.

About your hosts

Coleman Ruiz

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Co-Founder and Director of Performance, Mission Critical Team Institute

Preston Cline

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Co-founder and Director of Research and Education at the Mission Critical Team Institute
Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania