54 episodes

The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

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The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    53. Psychedelics Treating PTSD with Jesse Gould

    53. Psychedelics Treating PTSD with Jesse Gould

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    In this episode, Brock speaks with Jesse Gould. Jesse's background has it all. He worked in finance, specifically investment banking, and then went on to be an Army ranger, worked at a nonprofit, and now is the CEO of his own nonprofit. We talk through some heavier topics including struggling with alcohol and PTSD and how it brought him to the culminating decision of needing to do something about it or else accept a lifelong diagnosis. On a trip to Peru, Jesse experienced ayahuasca and is now bringing a tailored and scientific approach to bringing that to other veterans. We discuss the science behind psychedelics, the current state of the law around them, and how Heroic Hearts is looking participate in pushing forward the science behind it as a viable treatment alternative to PTSD. 

    Resources:

    Heroic Hearts Project Website

    Heroic Hearts Instagram

    Show notes:

    (00:00) - Giveaway details
    (08:15) - Something Jesse is proud of but doesn't get to talk about
    (11:14) - Being stuck in a hyperactive loop
    (20:11) - Going extremely wide on scope of life opportunities
    (25:58) - How to balance playing it safe and your passion work
    (31:37) - The birthplace of Heroic Hearts
    (38:48) - Military drinking culture
    (40:04) - Seeking help at the VA
    (45:48) - What ayahuasca is and the science behind the psychadelics
    (54:52) - Profound veteran experiences
    (01:00:11:) - Health considerations and taking too much?
    (01:11:36) - Research on psychedelics and state of the world today
    (01:15:26) - What are the biggest headwinds to the  descheduling of psychedelics?
    (01:24:22) - Decriminalization in Oregon.
    (01:29:44) - How to measure success as an organization
    (01:33:19) - Getting involved and how to support

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

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    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs        
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast      
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com
    • Episodes & transcripts: Scuttlebuttpodcast.co

    • 1 hr 37 min
    52. The Value of a Degree in the Hands of a Veteran with Ryan Pavel

    52. The Value of a Degree in the Hands of a Veteran with Ryan Pavel

    In this episode, Brock speaks with Ryan Pavel. In this conversation, we talk about why growing up playing video games as a differentiator. Ryan landed a job at a law firm from playing Destiny. We talk about understanding the quantitative and qualitative impacts of your military service and how higher education plays into the life of veteran. We talk about higher education because Ryan is the CEO of the Warrior-Scholar Project, a nonprofit focused on preparation for education after service. Warrior-Scholar Project helps vets prepare for that transition to education with a really rigorous program that sets the tone encourages and gets you plugged in with some great people at the university you're going to be attending. 

    Resources:

    Ryan on LinkedIn

    Warrior-Scholar Project

    Show notes:

    (02:45) - Landing a law firm job playing Destiny
    (08:36) - Changing perception of gaming
    (11:11) - Marine Corps as a backup option
    (16:23) - Conflicting outcomes leaving the Corps and moral injury
    (23:05) - Money as an incentive
    (32:11) - Why the military is 'safe'
    (40:18) - The feeling of inadequacy, particularly in Law school
    (47:11) - Finding your meaning in the military
    (51:52) - Ryan's personal measuring stick
    (55:35) - Finding the Warrior-Scholar Project and getting involved
    (59:19) - The program's changes over time
    (01:07:12) - Description of Warrior-Scholar Project, offering and why it's needed
    (01:14:35) - What is the value of a degree in the hands of a capable veteran
    (01:18:47) - The future of WSP and steps to get there
    (01:23:37) - What would cause WSP to fail?
    (01:27:26) - What we can learn and implement today?

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

    Follow along:    
    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs        
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast      
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com
    • Episodes & transcripts: Scuttlebuttpodcast.co

    • 1 hr 30 min
    51. What If My Passion Has Nothing To Do With What I'm Doing Now with Bill Kieffer

    51. What If My Passion Has Nothing To Do With What I'm Doing Now with Bill Kieffer

    In this episode, Brock speaks with Bill Kieffer. Bill served as a logistics officer in the army, followed by over 20 years in various senior HR and talent roles before setting out on his own. He is currently a professional executive coach and specializes in military transitions. We talked through some heavy hitters around our professional lives answering questions like, what if my passion has nothing to do with what I'm doing now and the four things that you must bring to an interview. Bill's unique perspective showcases what HR and hiring managers are really looking at in hires, and also flips the script on how you can hire more effectively if you're in that position. 

    Resources:

    Bill Kieffer on LinkedIn

    Get Bill's Book: Military Career Transition

    Show Notes:

    (01:21) - Who is Bill's hero?
    (04:15) - Such a thing as too much optimism?
    (06:48) - Fulfilling your life's purpose
    (15:36) - Understanding your passion and turning it into action
    (20:52) - Knowing when to go deep and when to move on
    (26:04) - Most decisions aren't fatal
    (30:07) - Importance of flexibility within a framework
    (37:12) - Understanding sensitivity to price as a consumer and a business owner
    (43:41) - Wearing a uniform in a civilian workplace
    (49:47) - The burden of proof during interviews
    (55:08) - Mindset in which to enter for interviews
    (01:02:42) - What to dig into when hiring
    (01:14:21) - Balancing opportunity and capacity within your own business
    (01:18:18) - Who is best suited for entrepreneurship
    (01:22:20) - What can we implement today?


    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

    Follow along:    
    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs        
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast      
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com
    • Episodes & transcripts: Scuttlebuttpodcast.co

    • 1 hr 24 min
    50. Humble Beginnings to White House Medical Officer with Bernard Toney

    50. Humble Beginnings to White House Medical Officer with Bernard Toney

    In this episode, Brock speaks with Bernard Toney. Bernard is a former Army physician's assistant, and now a professor at the University of Lynchburg while pursuing his Master's of Public Health. In this conversation, Bernard recounts some of his humble beginnings growing up in Atlanta, Georgia. Although a bright individual, he talks about his own self sabotage, both in school and even in the army as an enlisted man. He shares that one of the more radical changes that occurred for him during his time in the army as he found people who believed in him. After his time in the army, he went on to be a medical officer at the White House. He talks through his observations from caring for some of the most powerful people in the world amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. We go deep on some of the larger issues about why access to opportunity isn't always the answer. He talks about being presented with the opportunity at a young age to attend to a better funded school with more resources, but at the time, he wasn't ready to receive and take advantage of that. The question of access to opportunity comes up again, in his observations of how the world accesses medicine, and share some of his thoughts on ways our healthcare system can be improved.

    Resources:

    Bernard on LinkedIn

    Show Notes:

    (01:50) - What are you most proud of that you never get to talk about?
    (04:01) - Humble beginnings growing up in Atlanta, Georgia
    (13:17) - Enlisting in the Army and how it didn't change his course
    (22:00) - Long term career considerations and revisiting the past
    (31:51) - ROTC as the stepping stone and finding strong mentors
    (43:18) - Pursuing medicine and finding fulfillment
    (50:29) - Becoming a medical officer at the White House
    (58:32) - Observations on a global health crisis
    (01:04:15) - Changing long term goals and influencing the future of healthcare
    (01:10:47) - State of healthcare in the US and globally
    (01:18:53) - What can we learn and implement today?

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

    Follow along:    
    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs        
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast      
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com
    • Episodes & transcripts: Scuttlebuttpodcast.co

    • 1 hr 22 min
    49. What Amazon and the Marine Corps Have in Common with Beau Higgins

    49. What Amazon and the Marine Corps Have in Common with Beau Higgins

    In this episode, Brock speaks with Beau Higgins. Beau is a retired Marine Corps Intelligence Officer of 25 years and now works as a senior manager overseeing military talent acquisition at Amazon. We talk through how to inspire leadership from every single person in the unit, even down to the most junior personnel. Beau talks through his framework for managing risk and balancing the necessity for field training with the requirement of comprehensive instructions. We close the conversation talking about how the culture at Amazon has mirrored that of the Marine Corps, getting comfortable with failing quickly, and tactics for successful job hunting, coming from someone who looks at a lot of resumes. 

    Resources:

    Amazon Military Hiring

    Amazon Skillbridge Program

    (01:30) - What are you most proud of that you never get to talk about?
    (05:11) - What does it mean to be a “man for others” and where does that come from?
    (10:13) - Is it possible for every person to lead every day?
    (14:37) - Why the Marine Corps leads and act differently than other branches
    (21:04) - Drawbacks to giving too much power to junior personnel
    (30:32) - Intelligence driving decision making
    (44:37) - Beau’s mindset entering transition to civilian workforce after 25 years in the Marine Corps
    (55:48) - Senior Manager at Amazon
    (59:28) - Veterans diversity of thought
    (01:04:00) - What makes the perfect resume
    (01:09:45) - Misconceptions of veterans entering the workforce
    (01:19:00) - Closing thoughts

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

    Follow along:    
    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs        
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast      
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com
    • Episodes & transcripts: Scuttlebuttpodcast.co

    • 1 hr 20 min
    48. Landing a Data Science Career with Carlos Lopez

    48. Landing a Data Science Career with Carlos Lopez

    In this episode, Brock speaks with Carlos Lopez, a connection facilitated by Veterati. Veterati is a platform for connecting service members with common goals, career searching , and networking. Carlos is former SF with specialty in intelligence and after 20 years of service, is seeking a job in data science and analytics. Veterati allows mentees to reach out to and connect with people in specific fields visible through LinkedIn which is why Carlos reached out. We discuss the skills needed to enter the data science field, landscape of jobs available, how to decide what sector to go into, and how to tailor your resume to experiences to the job with experiences in the military.

    Show Notes:  
    (02:14) - Carlos introduction
    (05:05) - How to narrow your job search
    (09:19) - What are your current interests and what formed those conclusions
    (12:30) - Applying interests to sectors and specific job types
    (19:23) - Going deep into one programming language or casting a wide net
    (29:26) - Taking experiences from the military and leveraging those on your resume
    (37:29) - MBA experience and how the military makes everything easy
    (42:03) - Specific company search

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Get a weekly episode breakdown, a sneak peek of the next episode and other resources in your inbox for free at https://scuttlebutt.substack.com/.

    Follow along:    
    • Brock: @BrockHBriggs        
    • Instagram: Scuttlebutt_Podcast      
    • Send me an email: scuttlebuttpod1@gmail.com
    • Episodes & transcripts: Scuttlebuttpodcast.co

    • 51 min

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RyanjLaw ,

Can’t wait for more!

Not a typical duo of ex-military guys. It seems like everywhere you look now there is some kind of media about military life. However, most are centered around guys who did multiple tours as Navy Seals or Army Rangers, at a minimum some type of boots on ground job. Unfortunately, that leaves the rest of us only being able to relate on certain levels. Most of the military is made up of supporting type positions with our own sets of struggles and experiences. To have a podcast where both hosts are former service members from that side is very refreshing. We all love a good love war story, but some of us fought a very different war than others. For everyone who isn’t going to have a movie made about your time in the service, this podcast is for you.

kris10bran ,

Awesome!

I enjoyed everything about this! Such a great listen! I could relate to so much of this. I look forward to hearing more

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