22. Naval Academy “Fails” Blaze Successful Life Long Leadership Trails

The first cast of 2020 and we are coming in HOT! SO appreciate this cast as Tim shares a detailed journey thus far from being a high school water polo stud, scouts honor (he was a Boy Scout too:), to him chasing the drive to serve which eventually lands him at the Naval Academy. The Naval Academy is not only one of the toughest schools to get into, it’s one of the toughest to stay at… and he pushed his luck, just enough to learn some lifelong lessons that have helped him in his most successful pursuits today. If you have ever wondered what it takes for a young person to make such a commitment, this is a good cast to listen to. It might not provide all the direct answers, but it will provide insight to a young ambitious mind seeking something beyond themselves. Perhaps a great reminder for us all to get back in touch with our young selves, our thoughts, dreams, hopes, and early life lessons. Remember when you thought you could do anything? Back to that.

It is as if every challenge presented in your life was a planned step for the next larger play, one that you don’t even know yet- but subconsciously seek. Who knew? Well, anyone that has failed and thought that it didn’t work out, only to give it some time, look back and see that it did. Every fail leads to success if you can keep you vision clear and helmet on, we are here for long game folks. Larger order in motion, keep the faith. AKA, negatives can be positives if you so choose, it’s not what happens, it’s how we react. 


Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react. Voting for different parties, but having the same core values. PATRIOTISM. Your smart, authentic, 18-year-old self. Stereotypes. Influencers and early mentors. NASA as a neighbor and Beyoncé as a home town hero. Continuous life lessons of not being enough, only to make the choice to be more. Choosing your own destiny and rising to the challenge. 9/11. The call to serve. The balance or work and play. 

Tim Tacl (his words:):

If you want some pre-academy stuff I can talk about water polo & swimming varsity all 4 years of High School. Beach Lifeguard as a High School job (6+ rescues NBD) 😉 the attraction to serving our nation and 9/11 being a catalyst….


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Tim Tacl

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, I served as an Officer in the Navy for just over six years. When it came time to leave the service I sought out an industry, and more importantly a company, that aligned well with the traits and values I gained during that time. I joined The Spire Team at AmeriFirst Financial Inc. because it is truly a family environment centered on providing our clients with the best service in the industry. I’m proud to be a part of such a great team and in a career that I can still continue to be a resource to the community around me.

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