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Top 40 Under 40 Military: What Makes Them Successful?

by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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What do the Top 40 Under 40 Military do that makes them successful? Here are the habits of these highly effective people:

Jeremiah B. Carlson
“Making your bed each morning is the first accomplishment of a task for the day, and its completion encourages you to do another, and then another, until the day is filled with successful tasks completed. But if, by chance, you don’t achieve success that day, then at least you come home to a well-made bed and are encouraged for tomorrow. If you want to change the world, start by making your bed.”

Gia DeHart
“I started running long distances after suffering two open fractures to my dominant arm during training at the United States Naval Academy in 2008. Running regularly quickly became a positive habit that allowed me to de-stress and be alone with my own thoughts. I often go on runs when I need to think about an important decision alone, but running has also connected me with other runners in my professional organization.”

Kaisha S. Gurtner
“My habit that has helped me achieve success would be never letting my emotions overpower my intelligence. Negative situations or events happen, but being able to keep a cool head and triumph through any situation is key. I started doing this about six years ago and immediately noticed a big change.”

Ryan Henderson
“The two habits that have made me successful are, one, keeping God first in my life through prayer, quiet time, worshiping and giving Him the glory. The second is running and lifting weights every day. Since putting God first, my life has never been the same. I started running long distance and working out at 19. Rigorous and consistent exercise increased my confidence, stamina and strength.”

Matthew S. Juntz
“Both my foundational routines are ultimately intertwined: First, adopting the mentality of a no-excuse attitude, in which you never accept failure as final outcome but instead empower yourself to reach beyond inconceivable goals. Second, implementing the mindset of perseverance and understanding that worthy goals are meant to be difficult; thus, pushing yourself further than anyone thought you could, including yourself.”

James M. Landreth
“Since 2010, I have listened to podcasts and various lecture series during my commutes to work instead of music. I immediately noticed how this practice enhanced my education and perspective on a variety of issues, from current events to technical subjects. Podcasting is a habit anyone can adopt, because it is typically free, scalable based on education level and covers a wide variety of interests.”

Greg Lozeau
“One daily habit I have maintained since college that has consistently led to positive results in school, the military and civilian work has been to visualize my day. I spend a quick 10 to 15 minutes and mentally walk through my day - what does my schedule look like, what is required of me at each occasion, where will my time be crunched and when do I have time to finish tasks? Through this process, I map out my day prior to any unforeseen issues arising. This allows me to be more equipped to handle unforeseen situations. At the end of each day, I devote another 10 to 15 minutes to regard the day and what went well and what could have been improved upon. Also, always carry a book. You never know when you will be stuck somewhere with some time to kill.”

Karthik Venkatraj
“From Day 1 - regardless of officer, NCO or enlisted - we are instructed to get to know your Soldiers. The importance of this habit cannot be overstated. Knowing people, their skills and attributes, as well as their passions, and connecting them to meaningful opportunities/missions that match them, has been crucial to success. Building others’ capabilities and assets is both incredibly rewarding and has led to success.”

Laymond “Lay” Wilburn
“My method for success is the Triangle Theory of Life, at the top acknowledging God in everything, followed by a base leg of family and the other being mental/ psychical wellness. When one is lacking, this approach allows for the triangle to still be balanced by the other sides.”

Heidi Lynn Russell writes about employment and business issues.

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