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Former SBS Operator Ant Middleton explains how being the best can only get you so far in your career

Business Insider UK spoke with Anthony Middleton, former Special Forces Operator and co-author of “SAS: Who Dares Wins” about how being an individual and the best at everything can only get you so far in your career.

He said: ” I think you have to massively humble yourself when it comes to your weaknesses. Accept that you’ve got weaknesses, voice your weaknesses to other individuals, to other team members, 9 times out of 10, people will want to help you. For me, that changed my life. When I’ve learnt to be brutally honest with myself and actually acknowledge where my weaknesses were, I could develop them, but not only could I develop them, but I could ask for help.”

“My weakness was then I first joined the Army, I was an overachiever, but I was an individual. People were overtaking me and they were getting promoted, and something clicked, I looked around me and I wasn’t a team player. When I actually sat down and acknowledged that, and started helping other people and started asking for advice and working on my weaknesses, that’s when it actually changed my life, and my career went through the roof ”

Anthony Middleton was a point man/lead scout and also a primary fires operator and sniper. Prior to joining the SBS, Ant also served in the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers.

He is also a brand ambassador for Forces Cars Direct, the UK’s largest online company specialising in offering military discounts on new cars for all those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces.
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