Dear Don It was an honor to have you speak at AspenRidge Recovery Center (August 17th, 2015). Thank you for taking the time to do this. I have received many positive comments and reflections about your speech from clients and staff. Your life experiences and insight into personal growth are invaluable and inspiring. We would be honored to have you return to our center in the future. Thanks again for providing such a compelling and motivating speech. We will talk with you again soon.
Living at Race Pace I want to thank you for presenting at the Ag Summit earlier this month. You obviously had the crowd’s attention as your evaluations came back 4.6 out of 5, some of the very top ratings for our speakers over the last seven years. That’s a reflection of their admiration for what you and other SEALs have done to push themselves to the limit on behalf of our country. I don’t think anyone left the room without a new awareness of the extreme physical training and endurance required to be a SEAL. You are the kind of guys we want protecting us as air marshals or rescuing Middle East hostages! I’ll never think of America’s elite warriors the same after hearing Navy SEAL Team Six member Don Mann speak at this week’s DTN/The Progressive Farmer Ag Summit-and I will certainly never use analogies to war as lightly as I have in the past. I’ll warn you now, if you’re squeamish, you might want to quit reading. This wasn’t a PG-13 event. As both Mann and the best-selling book “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell describe it, SEAL Team members are the elite of the elite of the Navy’s special forces, the Spartan warriors of the modern world. They practice a physical and mental discipline so demanding, it may shock the uninitiated but it is also designed to strike fear in the terrorist world. It’s not for the faint of heart, or for those unwilling to run through life at race pace. They view themselves as the avengers of the innocent victims of September 11. That thought-along with an unbroken commitment to their comrades- gives them a motivation that a normal desk job could never match. SEAL Team Six was once cloaked in secrecy, but its members not only killed Osama Bin Laden, they rescued hostages like cargo ship Captain Richard Phillips from pirates and parachuted in to save U.S. aid workers held for months in Somalia.
He is the real deal, encourages everyone to look inside themselves and strive for their fullest potential. Don is a true leader that should be heard and anyone who is lucky enough to interact with him will walk away inspired.
Dear Don, What a pleasure to service as Chairman of the distinguished Citizen Award for 2016 for a 90 year old, WW2 soldier who served in the US Army 4th Armored Division under General George Patton, was an interrogator of German Prisoners and was an observer at the Nuremberg trials in 1946. Your participation in the program as our guest speaker was absolutely perfect for the evening. Over 100 people from the community thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and were amazed by your comments on Micro and Macro goal setting and planning and acting on our challenges. The audience, both young and old, were mesmerized with every word. I continue to receive emails and class on what a moving and enjoyable evening we had. would do it again – IN A HEARTBEAT!!!!!!!!
Don, Thank you for such a wonderful speech to my team. You are an amazing person, who has accomplished more than anyone could imagine. The micro-goal and macro-goal resonated very well with my team and something they plan on implementing in their day to day business. As a Veteran, I thank you again for your service to our country. I had many people come up to me after the event and say they will sleep well knowing that Navy SEALs like you are protecting our country. While I am sure none of us will “bonk” anytime in our future, we all need to focus more and realize the possibilities when you put your “mind” to the goal. Thank you again, and I hope our paths cross again in the future at another team building event.
Dear Don, Your recent speech to the CBV management team was inspiring. You are a role model for raising the bar and achieving personal excellence. Your stories about dramatic survivals, dangerous missions and extreme tests of human endurance showed us that anything is possible. Thank you for sharing your unique perspective with us.
Don knows how to set goals and then go after them. This his former Navy Seal also happens to be a best selling author, motivational speaker, mountaineer and world-class endurance athlete. In his popular and inspirational presentation “Reaching Beyond Boundaries” Mann shares the secret to his success and helps other to pursue their goals as well. If anyone know how to push beyond personal boundaries it’s Mann. His military career spanned over two decades where he witnessed first hand that when working together there was little his unit could not accomplish. Mann took part in countless SEAL operations around the globe, many of which remain classified to this day. Time and again, he and his teammates were assigned risky objectives that other units were not trained or equipped to handle, but by first identifying their “macro-goals” and then creating a series of more manageable “micro-goals,” the team could devise a plan that would ultimately lead to success. Mann would later take this same mindset and apply it to other aspects of his life including his personal athletic pursuits. Using the proven process of creating a macro-goal for himself and then identifying the micro-goals that would help him achieve it, he soon found himself learning to reach beyond even his own personal boundaries. Mann reveals stories and personal anecdotes from his many years working with the SEAL teams and competing as a world-class athlete. He also shares insights into his personal philosophy of setting micro-goals to achieve larger macro-goals, while instructing individuals, small groups and larger organization on how to employ that same philosophy to achieve both personal and professional success. “By breaking those larger goals down into smaller ones, they become much more manageable and easier to handle. By first accomplishing those micro-goals, you’ll soon be on the path to reaching the macro ones as well.”.
Don, Thank you so much for joining us yesterday. Your participation was beyond impactful for all 900 attendees. I was so amazed to hear each individual member speak with you at the book signing. The message clearly resonated with them…each in a unique and amazing way.
Don’s presentation was entertaining but, most importantly, it really instilled in our group the principle that we are all capable of achieving personal greatness if we dare be proactive and step beyond the invisible boundaries we’ve set up around ourselves. Our company will often pay a fee, exceeding what we paid to Don, to send just one of our employees for training. I felt that our company received more than our money’s worth when I saw almost every person walk away enthused and talking about what they were going to do to ‘push their own boundaries’.
Don Mann did a fantastic job of presenting to the Midwestern State University Tennis Programs the importance of setting micro-goals that lead to macro-goals. This process allows people to push past their own limitations. Even though he has done many remarkable things in his own life, Don was extremely personable and humble about his own accomplishments which really helped the young people realize they can accomplish great things in their own lives. His presentation allowed student-athletes to realize that it is normally not their bodies but their minds that stand in the way of their own personal greatness. His team-building event with the MSU Men’s Tennis Team was exceptional as well, The guys learned to work together, take leadership roles, work with each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and see who can use reasoning and/or memory skills ot help the group become successful. Again during team building, Don was great at helping the young men work through obstacles. I would recommend Don Mann to any organization searching out how to get the most out of each individual involved and the team as a whole.