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Retired Navy SEAL encourages others to be their own “Pointman for Life”

Navy Lt. Jason Redman (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

Retired Navy Lt. Jason Redman is on a mission.

The former SEAL wants to help others build leadership skills, create an “overcome” mindset and learn how to protect themselves from the aftereffects of “life ambushes.”

Those ambushes, defined as the life-shaping personal and professional challenges encountered daily, can lead to anguish or triumph.

“The reality is there’s always hope,” Redman said.

Those words are especially meaningful in the midst of the pandemic.

In March 2020, as COVID arrived, 90% of Redman’s scheduled U.S. and international speaking engagements via Eagle Rise, the speakers network he founded, came to a standstill.

Eager to take the life lessons he learned in 30 years of military and business experience to another level, Redman created Pointman for Life, a coaching and training program for personal and professional development.

The program, launched in January, aims to help people overcome adversity and set and achieve goals. It includes a daily, weekly and quarterly planner/tracker and a tactical workbook focused on four primary principles:

‣ Relentless belief in a clearly defined mission.

‣ Specific destination and a set course.

‣ Research, understand and maintain situational awareness of risks.

‣ Ability to react and rapidly “get off the X.”

“These are the four principles that make people successful in life or in business,” Redman said.

Redman, who survived an enemy ambush in 2007 on the battlefield of Iraq that left him with grievous injuries from eight bullet wounds, is living proof when it comes to overcoming.

The ambush almost took his life and abruptly ended his 21-year military career.

“I had hoped that someday I’d command a SEAL team,” Redman said. “Unfortunately, obviously, that brought everything to a grinding halt, but it changed my path and took me on a whole new path.”

Fourteen years and 40 surgeries later, the Chesapeake husband and father of three has two books to his name: “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader” (2013) and “Overcome: Crush Adversity With the Leadership Techniques of America’s Toughest Warriors” (2019).

All of Redman’s products, including signed copies of his books, merchandise, and online group and courses, can be purchased at jasonredman.com.

An inspirational coach and speaker, he has several initiatives including Overcome Army, a monthly subscription-based group coaching program.

His teachings focus on three main rules: lead yourself, lead others and lead always.

Redman said that applying these rules to his own life gave him the ability to earn back his credibility as a leader.

“It’s about perspective and choice,” Redman said. “It’s choosing positivity in the face of negativity. It’s choosing to get up and drive forward despite the overwhelming feelings we have when a life ambush occurs.”

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