Life and leadership Lessons I Learned In the Military: “I learned to maximize my time and make every minute count.” with Roni Weissman and Marco Dehry
I’m sure my experience helped me! I’m more disciplined than a lot of people. In my career, some weeks are fully packed with work, and some are empty. I learned to maximize my time and make every minute count. On my “free” weeks, I unwind and work on other things, or learn new skills. I always do something.
As a part of my series about “Life and Leadership Lessons Learned In The Military”, I had the pleasure of interviewing rising star and lead actress in a new TV series Roni Weissman.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a bit about your childhood “backstory”?
Thank YOU for this opportunity!
My childhood backstory… Well, to try and sum it up, I was born in Haifa, Israel. I always loved making people laugh, and always struggled to achieve things. Nothing came easy.
I struggled in school because of an ADHD, I struggled in my military service, I struggled to get accepted into an acting class but eventually I always managed to achieve my goals.
And what are you doing today? Can you share a story that exemplifies the unique work that you are doing?
I am an actress and a writer in Los Angeles CA and currently working on a new TV show which I created with my dear friend, Matthaeus.
Can you tell us a bit about your military background?
I’m kidding. I was a Military Police lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces. I originally wanted to be the first woman in search and rescue, but ended up in the MP.
Can you share the most interesting story that you experienced during your military career? What “take away” did you learn from that story?
I served in some interesting areas and with interesting people. What was especially extraordinary for me was the sense of comradery. I had a Sergeant that never agreed with me on anything. We’ve had some difficulties working together, however, when we went on a dangerous mission; While waiting for the OK to head out; we just looked at each other in silence and understanding that we will both do anything in our power to get everyone back home, especially each other. We put our differences aside and trusted each other. Completely.
I’m interested in fleshing out what a hero is. Did you experience or hear about a story of heroism, during your military experience? Can you share that story with us? Feel free to be as elaborate as you’d like.
There are so many stories out there. It’s hard to point out just one. We are all capable on extraordinary things.
Does a person need to be facing a life and death situation to do something heroic or to be called a hero?
I don’t think that the stakes have to be so high in order to be a “hero”. You can do something as little as putting a bowl of water for stray cats, and be their hero.
Based on your military experience, can you share with our readers 5 Leadership or Life Lessons that you learned from your experience”? (Please share a story or example for each.)
· The number one for me is to respect and be kind to others. Don’t be quick to judge someone based on what they say or how they look.
· Trust and be trustworthy.
· Always be on time — and by that, I mean be 5 minutes early.
· Do at least one thing a day for yourself and one thing a day for your career. Feed your passion, it’ll be worth it!
· ENJOY LIFE! It is so important to not be caught up in your goals all the time. You have to let go sometimes and unwind.
Do you think your experience in the military helped prepare you for business? Can you explain?
I’m sure my experience helped me! I’m more discipline than a lot of people. In my career, some weeks are fully packed with work, and some are empty. I learned to maximize my time and make every minute count. On my “free” weeks, I unwind and work on other things, or learn new skills. I always do something.
Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?
I am developing a TV show a t the moment that I hope will help people to be more tolerant towards others. But the true purpose is to entertain. I’d love nothing more for a person to come back home after a long day of work, watch my show and have fun!
What advice would you give to other leaders to help their team to thrive?
Respect everyone who comes your way. No one is ”too small” or “too big” for you. Also — respect yourself. If you’ll think; “oh no I can’t talk to him\her, they’re too important” — you’ll put yourself down. For nothing.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I know it’s cheesy, but — my parents.
My dad left everything and went to study medicine in a foreign country because I didn’t make the cut in his own country. But you know what? With hard work and huge passion for what he does, he became a Doctor. And now days, he is a professor. A true inspiration.
He could have just given up. But he followed his heart and now days he is respected and loved. And not just by his daughters and wife.
My mom is so intelligent and strong. Every time I need advice, or just a hug — she’s there. She’s my logic and voice of reason.
My sister too! She’s such a beautiful soul! She’s always there to make me smile and brighten up my day.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
It’s not as much as a quote, but more of an inspiration. When Sylvester Stallone wrote “Rocky”, he was broke, down on his luck and even had to sell his dog for money. He was offered a lot of great offers to sell his script and let go of his term — being the lead actor in it. They offered him a lot of money. And even though he was in dire need, he wouldn’t give up on that term. And when he finally achieved his term, he jump stared his career and became the action star we know now days. By the way, he bought the dog back.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them :-)
Oh goodness. So many people. So many… I would love to chat with Quentin Tarantino. Why? Because he is Tarantino!
Thank you so much for these amazing insights. This was truly uplifting.