About John

My name is John Doolittle.  I’m a retired Navy SEAL captain, and I travel the country speaking to organizations about overcoming adversity in life.  
My primary message is that Anything is Possible with Resilience and Perseverance..
During my presentations, I share what I’ve learned during my military career in the SEAL Teams.  I retired from the Navy, and started speaking about lessons on organizational leadership, conflict management, culture, resilience, and trust.  My favorite topic is Preventing Stress and Burnout… it’s real, and it affects every single employee and student in America. 
During my talks, I discuss the mindset and actions required to overcome about anything in life.  Other topics I can cover for Teams:
  • Doing the Little Things Right
  • Creating a Resilient Mindset & Attitude
  • Building Trust in Your Organization
  • Developing Professional Relationships
  • Navigating Challenge, Change, and Adversity
John's Family
My Early years​

I grew up in Walnut Creek, California. While in school, I was a swimmer, surfer and skier. I was blessed with a family who valued getting out of our collective comfort zones. We were constantly on the move; a highlight was living in Tehran as the Iranian revolution began in late 1978… a story for another time.


In 1992, I graduatd from the U.S. Air Force Academy and was commissioned as an Ensign in the world’s finest Navy, not the Air Force… again, another story for another time. I earned a Master’s of Science in Defense Analysis, Special Operations Low-Intensity Conflict (SOLIC) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2005.

My Years in the Navy:

After an inter-service transfer and cross-commissioning from the Air Force to the Navy in 1992, I transferred into the Navy and worked as a hard-hat salvage diver for three years, and eventually completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training as the Class Leader of Class 213. 

From 1996 to 2017, I was assigned to various SEAL Teams and conducted multiple deployments throughout the European, African, Pacific, and Middle East theaters of operations.  Most of my Navy career was focused on our military’s reaction to 9/11; a busy time for myself and my family. 

My last duty station was at U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), where I led the Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) program, directly supporting the physical and psychological needs of the 73,000 personnel making up the USSOCOM enterprise. 

Swimming the English Channel

While getting my Master’s degree, I completed a solo swim across the English Channel in memory of a fallen teammate & friend, Neil Roberts, the first SEAL to fall in combat after 9/11. I did this in order to raise awareness and money for the Navy SEAL Foundation

My retirement from the Navy (2017)

My Post-Military Career:

After retiring from the Navy in 2017, I’ve continued to serve by helping wounded Veterans while working at https://kaatsu.com. As I travel around the country, I’ve been speaking to teams, schools, and corporations about the importance of resilience, leadership, and trust. I now live in St. Petersburg, Florida with my wife, Katie, and our daughter Meg (16). Our sons, Sean (20) and Ryan (18) are both excelling in college. The Navy has taken our family around the world; and I am now bringing proven leadership skills to organizations and “Teams” around the country.

Tampa Bay Frogman Swim

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