Feb 26, 2019
Kevin Flike knows what is means
to be down and out. As a Green Beret, Kevin was shot in the lower
abdomen during his second deployment to Afghanistan in September of
2011. On the show, he talks with Jim and Jan about his journey to
heal himself, and then… inspire others. He went from multiple hours
of physical therapy a day to attaining dual master’s degrees from
MIT and Harvard.
[1:47] Kevin shares his story of
being shot while deployed in Afghanistan, and the severe damage it
did to his body. What sounds like a terrible thing ended up being a
gift to Kevin and opened up the possibility for him to deeply
inspire others through their physical and mental
[2:22] A few of the awards Kevin
has received include the Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Purple
Heart, and Army Commendation Medal w/ Valor.
[3:10] Kevin is an avid yogi,
and meditates daily. It serves as a great way to help his control
the physical and mental pain that come with his severe
[5:39] We have new versions of
ourselves many times in life. Great leaders rise to the occasion
when they are faced with new challenges.
[7:53] Have set milestones along
the way of achieving your goals. Celebrate the minor successes, and
don’t be afraid to pivot.
[9:39] Attending MIT helped
sharpen Kevin’s analytical skills, and Harvard showed him there are
many ways to serve. Attending class consistently was humbling and
helped lighten a lot of the bitterness Kevin had from his previous
[15:50] We may have to set aside our pride on the way to
achieving our goals.
[18:36] Great leaders push their
boundaries and put themselves in situations where they can develop
courage through expanding their comfort zone.
[24:45] The military is more of
a melting pot than public perception may lend to it. While some
think of it as mostly giving and taking of orders, there are many
times where one must think quickly and out of the box.
[26:59] Know your team. You have
to understand where they are coming from and establish a personal
connection for a loyal and connected relationship.
[28:00] Kevin and his wife
appreciated the help the Green Beret Foundation gave them so much
that they wanted to give back. Now Kevin helps share their mission
and raise awareness about what they do to help men and women get
back on their feet.
[30:35] All teams must be
motivated, but it is especially important for those working at a
[31:58] Resilience is
everything. Kevin wants us to understand there is a light at the
end of the tunnel and setbacks are opportunities to learn and
[34:09] Kevin’s challenge to us
is: The Death Bed exercise. Once a year, walk yourself through this
somewhat uncomfortable visualization to gain clarity on the people
and issues that really matter most in your life.
not just the service members that serve, it’s also their
gained audacity from the Special Forces training.”
realized that if I wasn’t failing, I wasn’t reaching high
you put pride aside, there is so much to learn.”
experience is worth nothing unless you share it.”
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