Episode 124

How to Succeed in Uncertainty with Rich Diviney | Win the Day® podcast
February 21, 2023
Rich Diviney is a bestselling author, leadership and human performance expert, and retired Navy SEAL commander.
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Rich Diviney is a bestselling author, leadership and human performance expert, and retired Navy SEAL commander. In a career spanning more than 20 years, he completed more than a dozen overseas deployments and was involved with selecting the best military operators for an all-star team of the most specialized performers.

Since retiring from the Navy, Rich has worked as a speaker, facilitator, and consultant with both Simon Sinek and the Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute. He’s also taught leadership and optimal performance to more than 5,000 business, athletic, and military leaders from organizations such as American Airlines, the San Francisco 49ers, Zoom, and Deloitte.

Rich is the founder and CEO of The Attributes Inc. and, in 2021, released his first book, The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance.

This man knows what it takes to win!

In this episode:

  • The keys to optimal performance in all areas of life
  • How Rich made it through one of the most grueling selection processes on the planet
  • Most important lessons from his 20-year Navy SEAL career, and
  • How you can harness the right attributes for massive success.

Let’s WIN THE DAY with Navy SEAL commander, Rich Diviney!


0:16 Who is Rich Diviney?

2:14 Interview starts

5:44 Inspiration for becoming a Navy SEAL

8:10 What do Navy SEALs do?

11:05 How to train for BUD/S

17:43 How good is Navy SEAL training?

19:18 Being trained to face gunfire

23:50 How to succeed in uncertainty (and manage your fear)

30:16 Ask yourself the right questions

35:32 Working to your strengths and weaknesses

38:22 How Navy SEALs solve problems

44:55 Where do the most specialized SEALs go?

48:55 How to turn good people into great leaders

53:41 How to predict how successful someone will be

56:56 Lessons from Simon Sinek and Andrew Huberman

1:01:06 How to recover from trauma

1:04:26 Rocket Round


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Inspiring quotes in this episode:
  • "We're all rockstars in certain domains and doofuses in others. You just need to pick your right domain so you can be a rockstar." - Rich Diviney
  • "SEALs make water their home base, which is really intriguing to me because the ocean is a hostile environment." - Rich Diviney
  • "SEALs aren’t good because of shooting or diving. We’re masters of uncertainty. We’re individuals and teams that can drop into deeply complex environments and start performing." - Rich Diviney
  • "Growth is uncomfortable. You can't grow without being uncomfortable." - Rich Diviney
  • "Once your skills reach a level of mastery, where you don't necessarily have to think about the action anymore, you've just freed up your mind and given it a lot of space to navigate the uncertainty of your environment." - Rich Diviney
  • "To master anything, you have to take it down to the fundamentals." - Rich Diviney
  • "To master uncertainty, you need to understand how your autonomic response is functioning. Then, manage it in a way that brings your frontal lobe back online and allows you to start making decisions about your environment." - Rich Diviney
  • "Leverage your fear. Don’t react to it." - Rich Diviney
  • "A lot of people are afraid of fear, but fear used effectively brings you into a heightened physical level. This is why you see people in really stressful situations do superhuman things." - Rich Diviney
  • "When we deliberately place a question into our conscious mind, our brain has no choice but to give us answers." - Rich Diviney
  • "If your day doesn’t feel like a win, remember that loss provides the best learning opportunities, so you can identify the lessons and turn it into a win." - Rich Diviney
  • "None of us are perfect. We all have our own unique things that make us who we are, so we should bask in our imperfection." - Rich Diviney
  • "We're all humans, but some of us are Ferraris, and some of us are Jeeps. Each can do things the other can’t. The trick is to lift your hood and figure out what you're running with so you can do the work you’re best suited to." - Rich Diviney
  • "The process of planning a mission epitomizes the way the Navy SEAL brain works. If we have a massive problem to solve, we chunk it into meaningful pieces, and then we solve each piece to the extent that we can." - Rich Diviney
  • "The Navy SEAL mind, and the master of uncertainty mind, takes these enormous things and says, "What's the thing I'm going to focus on? What's the most important thing in my life right now?"" - Rich Diviney
  • "Leadership is not a position, it’s a behavior. There's a difference between being in charge and being a leader." - Rich Diviney
  • "If you call yourself a ‘leader’ and you look back and there's no one following you, I've got some bad news for you." - Rich Diviney
  • "If your ‘why’ is the destination, or at least the ideal to which you strive toward, how can you adjust and monitor your performance so that you can constantly be living that and getting there?" - Rich Diviney
  • "You can have great ideas all day long, but no one's going to listen to you if you can't articulate it in a way that people understand and relate to." - Rich Diviney
  • "You have to recover from trauma before you can grow from it. And the answers you get to those questions in an objective state are going to be vastly different from the answers you get to those questions if you’re still emotional." - Rich Diviney
  • "The key to success, in all domains, is the ability to delay gratification. To say, "Hey, I am going to do the hard work now, and it's going to suck, so that I might enjoy a reward later."" - Rich Diviney
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