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October 4, 2021 23 min

“Find ways to contribute your time to something that gives you energy and makes a positive difference in the world.” - John Crowley

On this new episode of Got Your 6, Tony Nash talks to US Army veteran John Crowley about his time in the military, his leadership icons, his transition from service to working towards a dual degree at Harvard, resiliency amid failures, and the power of volunteering.

John Crowley is the president and COO of Steel Hearts, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring fallen graduates of service academies. While being a full-time joint degree graduate student at Harvard, serves as the head of military affairs with Legacy, a digital fertility clinic for men.


  • 01:15– Introduction
  • 02:24 – His transition from Army officer to full-time Harvard graduate student
  • 03:07– Things he did in the military that he continues to do today: drink coffee, treat people with dignity
  • 04:51 – How finding right role models can go a long way
  • 05:35 – Why he has so many mentors from different stages of his life
  • 06:45– The importance of authenticity in a leader
  • 08:16 – His failures that have shaped who he is today, including failing at the start of his military journey.
  • 10:26 – Resiliency amid failures: refocus, recalibrate, rebuild confidence
  • 13:27 – The ongoing partnership between Steel Hearts and Paintru to paint every US service academy graduate killed in action while serving during the global War on Terror.
  • 16:15 – Why he joined Steel Hearts: He could not afford to donate money, so he contributed his time.
  • 17:35 – His work with Legacy and why it is high time to talk about male fertility issues
  • 20:58– John says he is better than yesterday because of constant learning opportunities.
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