Ep: 142 David Sears

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David SearsCommander Dave Sears, USN (ret.) served 20 years of active military duty within the United States Special Operations Command as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer. Commander Sears served on multiple east coast SEAL Teams, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Joint Commands, and Headquarters USSOCOM. Dave has participated in a number of conflicts and contingency operations in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He is a graduate of Boston University and the Naval Post Graduate School with an MS in Defense Analysis. He currently works as Keynote Speaker, Managing Partner at Xundis Global, Senior Consultant and Advisor to multiple clients in the Defense and Technology space, an Adjunct to the Joint Special Operations University, and is a regular guest commentator on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, and CBSN.

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Show Notes:

  • David’s two biggest habits:
    • You need to read and think every day.
      • What did you learn today?
    • Exercise is a big part of his life.
  • You can only control yourself.
    • You have to be able to navigate everything else.
  • David teaches how to think about complex problems.
    • There’s a difference between complicated and complex problems.
      • They need different approaches.
  • Create mantras that you can repeat and that are memorable.
  • David says that he learned about needing speed, surprise, and violence of action when he was a Navy SEAL.
    • He took these concepts and transformed them for business.
    • Speed in business translates to velocity. You need a vector.
    • Surprise in business is creativity.
    • Violence of action in business is commitment to action.
    • These concepts work together like a Venn diagram.
  • Build habits little by little.
  • CRISP Thinking guides the way we teach and how pieces work together.
    • Critical creativity
    • Reflective reframing
    • Iterative ideation
    • Systemic synthesis
    • Possible futures
  • CRISP represents a thought and how we can think about complex problems.
  • Complicated problems have a solution, a cause, and an effect, and these are apparent to an expert.
  • We can only see cause and effect retroactively in a complex problem.
    • This is the more natural state of problems we face.
  • Complex problems don’t have solutions.
    • They only have approaches.
  • CRISP thinking is about looking at problems differently.

David Spears’ Recharge Round

  1. Share with us how you believe your mindset affects your life? Mindset is everything. It’s all mental.
  2. What do you do daily to bring Energy into your life? He exercises and does acts for others.
  3. Share the number one connection that has made the biggest impact on your life? His connection with his SEAL teams.
  4. What advice has Influenced you the most in your life? “Taking a position you’re 100% comfortable with isn’t work the position.” If you’re 100% comfortable with anything, you’re stagnating.
  5. Recommend a book and share why you love it? Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  6. Define in one sentence or less, what legacy you want to leave on the world? He wants to have touched people and added value to them.


Check out David’s website at dcsears.com!



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2 Responses
  1. Jim Pass

    Dave Sears was a great guest. Someone who has “walked his talk” when it literally meant life-or-death is someone worth listening to. His depth of experience, knowledge and apparent instincts is a rare combination. Please have him back to discuss his book in more depth after it is published.

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