Last week, Property Academy members attended a live, private meeting with Colin Machlachlan, the former SAS soldier turned TV star of Channel 4’s ‘Who Dares Wins’ and Channel 5’s ‘Secrets of the SAS’. His story is extraordinary and he shared how he and his colleagues developed personal and team resilience to the most testing of conditions.

Some of situations Colin has experienced are a strain for the most developed imagination such as hunting down the ‘West Side Boys’, a guerilla gang holding 11 British soldiers hostage in the swamps of Sierra Leone; a four-day standoff at Stansted with terrorists who had hijacked a plane with 180 passengers and crew, and perhaps most frightening of all was when he was held captive in Basra and subjected to mock executions.

Each of these examples of the most extreme situations, all with successful outcomes, (albeit not without losses of colleagues which are factored into the SAS operational calculations), had different lessons – when to operate as a team and when it’s down to the individual, how everyone has to be prepared to lead, the requirement to separate the physical and mental stresses and much more, but the biggest lesson of all for me wasn’t from the successful missions Colin described in great detail, but from the many failures.

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