48. Why You Should Never Fly Solo – Waldo Waldman, New York Times Bestseller and Fighter Pilot


Waldo Waldman is a motivational speaker and the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He transitioned out of a career in the Air Force, with 65 combat mission and 2,660 flight hours under his belt.

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“You may not solve all problems on your own and that’s where your relationships will help you elevate your game plan.” – Waldo Waldman

Waldo is known for teaching techniques that build long-term and trusting relationships with people that help to produce revenue. For his work, Waldo has been inducted in the National Speaker’s Association Speaker Hall of Fame (the Council of Peers Award for Excellence).

“When it comes to mastery, you’ve got to put in the time and have the discipline to sweat.” – Waldo

In this interview, we chat about the importance of the people in your life and why it’s crucial you nurture important relationships. Waldo talks in depth about his past life in the Air Force and how he still uses the skills learned there in his personal and professional life daily. You’ll definitely get a lot from this interview as Waldo shoots straight and is passionate about helping others achieve the kinds of success he’s had. Waldo also does a really great job distilling lessons he’s learned from being in the air force you won’t want to miss this episode.


  • It is essential to find your “wingman,” – people who support you on your path to success
  • You need to relinquish control to your wingman
  • The fundamental difference between motivation and training to help you execute
  • What flying formations have to do with the ability to execute in business (The “lift and drag” metaphor for business)
  • How to get beyond anxiety and self-doubt in your business
  • What Waldo says relevancy has to do with committing to your actions

“We’re all standing on the backs of giants. We can’t win alone.” – Waldo

Waldo Waldman book cover Never Fly SoloGet a free copy of the audiobook version of “Never Fly Solo: Lead with Courage, Build Trusting Partnerships, and Reach New Heights in Business”. 
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Connect With Waldo:

Website: http://www.yourwingman.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/waldowaldman






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About Waldo Waldman:

Motivational keynote speaker Waldo Waldman – The Wingman – is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches tactics on how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a decorated fighter pilot and sales expert. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, he holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior and is a former top producing sales manager.  He successfully led national sales efforts for several cutting edge technology and consulting firms before becoming a motivational speaker and leadership expert.

Waldo Waldman has been inducted into the National Speaker’s Association Speaker Hall of Fame. Also known as the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE), the award honors those who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence.  It has been bestowed on less than 200 speakers worldwide since 1977, including Colin Powell, Zig Ziglar, and Ronald Reagan. Waldo is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), which is the highest earned designation recognized in the professional speaking industry. Only 7% of all professional speakers hold this exclusive designation.
Waldo believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen – those who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success. In business and life, you should never fly solo! The ability to win when the heat is on lies in the ability of every wingman in your organization, regardless of their role, to support the team and be 100% committed to the mission.



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