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Firefighter Jeff Nolet on Mindset, Work Ethic, and “Filling All the Boxes” (Ep 53)

Episode Summary

Everyday heroes have a way of captivating us with the way they CHOOSE to live life. And as a firefighter, Jeff Nolet has more than his share of inspiring stories. But it’s his energy and perspective on “filling all the boxes” that will truly motivate you to Go Be More in whatever you face.

Episode Notes

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“You need to be able to look at me and understand that you can trust me when you need me most. I'm going to be there, and I'm going to be the strongest possible person I can be on any given day for any given call.”—Jeff Nolet

Overcoming obstacles with a strong work ethic and a fierce internal drive is what continues to propel Jeff Nolet forward. 

In this episode, he shares the difficult childhood experiences that made him the focused firefighter he is today. His intentional approach towards: goals, life-long learning, and overcoming the hurdles that life throws at you, will undoubtedly inspire you to Go Be More.

(3:21) Comparing the work of urban firefighters and wildland firefighters is similar to comparing sprinters to marathoners.

(7:15) The biggest concern with the California wildfires is evacuation… Jeff shares the differences between the two types of firefighting.

(12:15) Bryan grapples with the perspective of hundreds of miles of burning fires…

(14:22) “I was in fifth grade, and I remember I was in my bed, and my mom woke me up and she said, ‘Jeffrey, you got to get up and go outside. There's a fire in the building.’” Jeff shares what inspired him to be a firefighter.

(18:41) Playing baseball and basketball…

(20:10) The very competitive and rigorous path to becoming a firefighter…

(23:08) The seriousness of burnt cookies…

(27:06) Jeff talks about going through the Academy and what equipped him to be one of 17 that got through…

(29:55) Micro achievements or Next Step goals are the way to North Star goals…

(31:08) How a military Dad motivates…

(36:46) Most parents, nowadays…

(39:20) Reflecting on a mom’s powerful influence…

(49:21) “You are who you surround yourself with.” Jeff shares the value of being the dumbest person in the room.

(52:53) Leadership should be dynamic to be motivating.

(55:43) The Art of War by Sun Tzu and it’s invaluable analogies on motivating the masses…

(57:32) “Filling all the boxes…”

(1:01:52) Jon talks about the price of being obsessed with one thing…

(1:05:49) The poem Invictus…

(1:08:41) “So I think for me, it's focusing on who you are, what you want to do, and who you want to become as a person.” Jeff shares his thoughts on what it means to, Go Be More.

If you liked this episode, check out our interviews with coach/trainer Ben Auerbach and photojournalist Kirk Kellerhals.

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Recorded October 2, 2020.


Jeff Makes Lifesaving Rescue - HamletHub

Art of War by Sun Tzu - Amazon

Invictus - Poetry Foundation

Teddy Roosevelt's Man in the Arena Speech - World Future Fund


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