Voice Of A Veteran was founded by Heston Russell, a former Special Forces Commander, in order to provide a platform to discuss those conversations that we have been hiding from.
Vulnerability, Authenticity, Courage & Character - all will be tested as listeners are taken through experiences from Special Forces missions around the world, to contemplating suicide and deconstructing the physical, mental and emotional resilience that has enabled each guest to succeed and fail in their lives.
If you are struggling with purpose, identity, or understanding of how to unlock your true potential; you’ll hear from people who have achieved greatness or fall from such a height - then tune in to take away the lessons on offer.
Politics of Opportunity with Julia Gillard
There’s a difference between getting told “you can do it” and actually getting the mental image of yourself in that place. The mindset required to achieve elite levels of high performance, isn’t for the faint hearted. It was just 10 years ago that Heston took the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard over to Afghanistan and today in a slightly different circumstance - they sit down together again and bring a refreshing conversation of authenticity, nostalgia and opportunity.
This podcast was recorded on Friday August 13th 2021. Two days before the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan and the scenes we have since seen in Kabul.
- When Heston met Julia
- When your purpose isn’t for the faint hearted
- Growing in confidence
- The mindset of the elite
- Sense of self and creating boundaries
- Dealing with transition in self isolation
- Focusing on what really matters
- Mental Health
- Authentic Leadership, support networks and key lessons learnt.
Enjoy this episode.
Time & Space for High Performance: Heston Russell & Sam Asser
Join VOAV team Heston Russell & Sam Asser (on Mumma Russell’s back deck) for a new podcast episode and conversation on creating boundaries - time and space for High Performance.
This episode was inspired by a question sent in from Kimmsy - So thank you for sending in your questions and keep em coming.
In this episode we discuss;
- Ways to stay intrinsically grounded
- Importance of creating time & space in service, outside of service and in the corporate workplace
- Benefits of living in the now
- Setting boundaries and structure
- Pendulum swing of getting to know your authentic self
- Trauma boxes, especially navigating the Royal Commission
- Mission nesting & leadership
You can also watch along on VOAV YouTube Channel.
Send in your questions & suggestions and if you liked the podcast please leave us a review :)
See you next time #Cya
VOAV Highs & Lows with Heston Russell & Sam Asser
With everything going on in the Veteran community, our team moves fast. The inspiration came on Sunday night to stop, drop and record a podcast on the lounge room floor between event planning and posting pins.
Sam joins Heston on the episode to have your questions answered and to offer you the latest updates on VOAV.
Barriers, Blocks & The Definition of Community
Testing the Layers of Resilience for Selection Course
Exposing the weakness of VOAV
What’s been happening this week
Where to from here
Unlocking True Potential for generations to come
Bringing hard topics to the surface
The Royal Commission Focus in the Veteran Community
If you have any burning questions, please send us a message so we can bring them to the show.
Please let us know your thoughts and insights from this very real, raw, open conversation - reminding Heston he too is human ;)
Tag us: @voice_of_a_veteran
Send us your questions :)
Book Heston for workshops/speaking here.
ANZAC Day Reflections: Heston Russell & Sam Asser
In this episode Heston is joined by his wing woman and VOAV engine room Sam Asser. They are currently on the road (in a hotel room in Canberra) and decided to discuss the last couple of (chaotic) weeks in VOAV, reflect on ANZAC Day and Sam’s civilian perceptions — Whilst also accidentally diving into a mental fitness session with Heston on identity ruptures and receiving love.
- VOAV being on the road for the last couple of weeks
- The backlash of letting off some steam
- The struggle & helplessness when everything goes quiet
- Moral Injury & Resentment in our community
- Behind the scenes of Anzac Day
- Community, Identity & Purpose
- Expectation Vs Accountability
- Power of Reflection
We would love to hear your reflections from ANZAC Day & what it brought up for you - let us know & tag us @voice_of_a_veteran
Enjoy the Episode.
Life On The Line with Heston Russell
This week we are re-sharing an episode from the Life on the Line Podcast. Heston’s episode with Alex has had some incredible feedback that we wanted to share it with the VOAV community as well.
In this episode you get to know Heston, the man behind the media. From where his journey began — the trials, tribulations, achievements and transformations. The times that saw him hit his absolute greatest personally and professionally, and the times that saw him meet his greatest challenges.
They cover ground:
The goal to become a commander
Service, deployment and transition
Expectations and self doubt
Career timelines and the lessons in hindsight
Suicide ideation, solving problems & sexuality
In the media, purpose & responsibility
If you enjoy this episode, we would love to hear your feedback & insights, share it with a mate and don’t forget to subscribe to the show for more.
Thank you to the team at Life on the Line for allowing us to share this episode.
Battlefield Book-Club with Dan Keighran VC
In this episode Heston chats to Dan about his book Courage on Fire.
As a self confessed non-reader of books, Heston finished Courage to Fire within 3 days - butchering it with a highlighter and page folds in the process. Appreciating every ounce of honesty, authenticity and relatability that it offered.
Without giving away all the juicy parts (that you need to go and read for yourself). They dissect some key topics from the book like:
Death and facing the unknown
From the battlefield to a rooftop pool in vegas - decompression disasters
Navigating the loss of a teammate during battle
Drawing on the loss of friends as inspiration and purpose to keep going, in the darkest of days after service.
The healing powers of the Australian War Memorial
The purpose of writing Dan’s book.
Enjoy the episode & don't forget to -
1. Grab a copy of his book
2. Leave a 5 star review & comment if you enjoyed this episode
3. Share on social media and tag us @voice_of_a_veteran
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Mate, you and Sam are very good together!
I just can’t rate enough how much your podcast helps me ❤️
Full of golden & sometimes rarely touched in on perspectives & lessons learnt when it comes to authenticity, motivation & the power of will.
Really enjoy listening
I’ve listened to a few of your podcasts now. I’m female have no military experience. I enjoy the genuineness of the people interviewed, their stories are so interesting. Great for everyone to listen to.