Monday Morning Boost: Tom Hanks, Captain Miller & Others

Monday Morning Boost: Tom Hanks, Captain Miller & Others

When I think of Tom Hanks, I think of someone who consistently delivers exceptional performances on the big screen. He’s one of my favorite actors of all time, and he’s undoubtedly one of the greatest of all time. But what is it that really makes him great? It’s not just his talent – it’s his work ethic, his commitment to his craft, and his ability to inspire others.

My favorite role of Tom Hanks is when he portrays Captain John Miller in “Saving Private Ryan”. In the movie, Captain Miller leads his men through the dangers of World War II, facing unimaginable obstacles and making incredible sacrifices along the way. It’s a performance that showcases not just Tom Hanks’ acting ability, but also his leadership and dedication to his craft.

When you reflect on your life, do you aspire to be this type of leader in your own way? While you may not be a world-renowned actor like Tom Hanks, or leading troops through a warzone like Captain Miller, there are people in your life who you want to influence and inspire – your family, your friends, your coworkers, etc. We each want to be the best version of ourselves for those who matter most in our lives. And we want to help them be the best versions of themselves.

I have watched Saving Private Ryan countless times over the years. I have reflected often on the personal leadership attributes portrayed by Captain Miller, in my military roles as well as my professional and personal roles. Here are some insights for pondering.


  1. Set high standards for yourself – Just like Captain Miller set high standards for his men, we need to set high standards if we want to be a GOAT in our own lives. Whether it’s in our work, relationships, or personal development, we need to constantly challenge ourselves to improve.
  2. Practice consistency and discipline – Captain Miller didn’t just show up when he felt like it – he showed up every day, ready to lead his men through the dangers of war. We must also practice consistency and discipline if we want to be a GOAT in those areas of life. Whether it’s in our exercise routines, daily habits, or relationships, we need to make a commitment to showing up and putting in the work, day after day.
  3. Lead by example – Finally, just like Captain Miller inspired his men to be their best selves by leading by example, we can do the same for those who we influence the most. Whether it’s our children, coworkers, neighbors, or friends, we can lead by example and inspire them to be the best versions of themselves.

Tom Hanks’ role as Captain John Miller in Saving Private Ryan reminds us that being a great leader is more than just talent. By setting high standards for ourselves, practicing consistency and discipline, and leading by example, we can all strive to be great in our own lives and inspire those around us to be their best selves, just like Captain Miller did for his men.

Stepping away from Hollywood and into real life, these attributes are summed up in the Army Leadership Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.

I was blessed to be led by many military leaders through the years who manifested these attributes. While there are many who have had an impact, I specifically am grateful today for the key leaders I served with while in Iraq. Darcy Burt, Erick Wiedmeier, Lee Crosby, Kevin Martinez, and Rick Harley.

And, of course, Ron Wood.

Ron truly exemplified all that it meant to be an intentional and confident leader of greatness.

Thanks for letting me share.

Have a beautiful Monday! I love you, friends!


p.s. Take 13 minutes today to focus on being a more intentional leader.

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