Lessons From a Badass Marine Corps Fighter Pilot Ed Rush

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When it comes to learning lessons in life, Ed Rush says it's better to be the hare and not the tortoise.

Welcome to the Way the Renaissance Man podcast. This is a show about ideas, personal empowerment, and celebrating the rational life. Our goal is to help each other discover the tools needed to better focus our minds, integrate our thoughts with actions, and live the lives we really want with your host Jim Woods.

Who's On:

Today's Guest from our FreedomFest interviews is Ed Rush, Five-time Best-selling Author and retired Marine Corps F/A-18 Fighter Pilot.

The rare few who have spent a significant amount of time in the cockpit of an F/A-18 fighter jet knows the value of strategy and the power of focus. Ed Rush is a professional speaker, a five-time #1 best selling author, and a successful business consultant who has effectively taken the principles that he learned flying faster than the speed of sound, and translated them into good business.

A decorated Marine Corps F/A-18 pilot. At the height of his career, he was the #1 instructor in the Marine Corps for 1-against-1 dogfighting and was instrumental in the training development for the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Ed has flown close to 2,000 tactical aircraft hours, with over 50 missions in combat for which he was awarded an Air Medal.

He has flown everything from small trainers to mach 2 fighters including T-34, T-2, A-4, H-1, F/A-18, F-5, and MiG-21. He also flew and beat a Russian made MiG-29 in a training mission.

The lessons Ed learned in the cockpit are instrumental and provide the content basis for much of his consulting and speaking.

A central theme in Ed's life is to do everything with speed. Listen in as Jim and Ed discuss lessons learned from their time in the military and how those translate into their everyday lives.

What's Discussed:

What habits did you take with you from the military?

What is the difference between external discipline and self-discipline?

What are some of the 21-day adventures you have taken?

What does Ed Rush do for fun?

What plan does Ed have to run for President in 2020?

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