Scott Carney is an anthropologist and journalist who explores the limits of human physiology.
Scott's curiosity is driven by the following conundrum: as modern society has advanced, human beings have seemed to venture farther and farther away from their natural states. We have exchanged much of our natural past for comfort, and we've paid for it with a pandemic of obesity and chronic health problems.
Yet those evolutionary advantages that allowed us run down game and travel long distances in diverse climates are still accessible. Scott's work explores how the average human being can tap into this ability.
His New York Times Best-Selling book, What Doesn't Kill Us followed his adventures with Wim Hof, the Ice Man. Wim is known for being able to endure extreme cold. He holds records for being underwater in brutally cold temperatures, for running across the Arctic Circle in a pair of shorts, and for climbing Mount Everest in shorts.
Scott began that book trying to debunk him, but tried Wim's methods and found that they actually worked. This ignited a firestorm of curiosity, and in his new book, The Wedge, Scott explores how human beings can control their automatic reactions to fear and extreme environments.
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Gary John Bishop is a New York Times Best-Selling Author, speaker, and urban philosopher.
Gary's books, UnF*ck Yourself, Do the Work, and Stop Doing That Sh*t highlight the ways in which our subconscious limits us and leads to self-sabotage.
Those of us in the veteran community are no strangers to self-sabotage. We do it through self-criticism, limiting beliefs, and extreme negativity.
In this conversation, Gary and I talk about how you can free yourself from this never-ending cycle of mental self-harm to be the person you need to be to move forward in your life.
I picked up Gary's first book at a time when I was going through some really difficult things in my own life with the loss of a friend to drugs and a really bad business failure that happened last year.
His no-nonsense style really got me to quit feeling sorry for myself and to take action to remedy the situation.
Gary is a personal development expert who's worked with professional athletes and Fortune 500 CEOs. He jumped at the chance to speak to the veteran community because he knows how much potential we have.
Pick up Gary's books by clicking any of the links below:
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Do the Work: https://amzn.to/2wUGsr7
Stop Doing that Sh*t: https://amzn.to/2wTtHwP
The economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak is going to far outweigh the toll from the virus. Thousands are being laid off and furloughed from work, and it does not look like this is going to stop anytime soon.
Still, there are companies hiring right now and there are organizations looking to offer their assistance to veterans and their families.
I invited Lance Iunker, combat veteran and a LINC with CalVet to come on and talk about the jobs and resources available.
Here is a list, that I will keep running, of places that are hiring and resources you can take advantage of.
Lance Iunker is currently the San Diego County Local Interagency Network Coordinator for the California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet). Lance was wounded in Iraq in 2007 while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, NC. After being medically retired he became a contractor training soldiers across the country. After earning his degree in Political Science, Lance lead a research initiative looking at the efficacy of Neurofeedback therapy in Veterans with PTSD at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy. He worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly a decade helping veterans before joining CalVet in 2018. Lance is also a musician, owns a small business, and is a Senior Ambassador for Operation Surf. Feel free to reach out to him at email@example.com for additional information and resources.
EMERGENCY RELIEF: (Nationwide)
The PenFed Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Programwas created to provide financial assistance to all Veterans, active military service members, and
those currently serving in the Reserves and the National Guard who are experiencing a financial setback due to the negative economic effects of the
COVID-19 pandemic. The grant amount will support 1 month of payment up to $1500 in the following areas:
-Utilities (Electric, Water, Heat)
*All checks will be sent directly to the creditor or landlord after the grant is approved. The Foundation can only support one emergency financial request per household.
What You'll Need:
-DD214 or LES
-A bill or statement for the requested expense
-An explanation of how the financial setback is related to the COVID-19 pandemic (for example, loss of job due to quarantine and/or public health policies)
To be eligible for this program you must be in one of the following
-A Veteran that has been honorably discharged
-A current active-duty service member
-Currently active in the Reserves
-Currently active in the National Guard
E1-E6 Active Duty or Veteran Honorably discharged within the last 18 months
Currently live in San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, Kern or Imperial County, California
Have a documented imminent (pending) loss of a critical basic need
Moving forward, our security positions require a minimum of a California BSIS Guard card and some positions require California BSIS Weapons endorsement. The State of California has a great program that is available to all veterans called “Veterans Come First”. This program allows the application process to be quicker than the normal process, with support and contacts for our veterans so they may follow up on the status of their application.
Please contact me directly so we may further discuss the opportunities for your veterans’ here in San Diego with Six Maritime.--
"The ever-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 has left many in our communities without work, and we hope to help. In a time riddled with uncertainty, CVS Health is accelerating a plan to fill more than 50,000 open full-time and part-time positions across the country
We are currently working to adapt our hiring practices in order to expedite the on-boarding and orientation process, and will be sure to keep you well-informed as we learn more.
Here is the link to our accelerated positions CVS Health Accelerated Hiring. Candidates should apply directly to the positions through the link provided.
Resources for Small Businesses:
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Businesses can apply here.More small business resources and loan guidance related to COVID-19 can be found on the SBS website here.
Tip: Before applying for any disaster capital (from local, state, or federal funds), make sure your 2019 and prior year financial statements are in order. Then using that information and what we know today, do the best to forecast the impact the COVID-19 public health emergency will have on your sales.
Be sure to check your Business Interruption Insurance policy. This is a common part of your general commercial insurance. In particular, for the food and beverage industry, a government-mandated closure most likely will trigger the insurance.
Additionally, the State Treasurer's Office has published this list of Federal, State, Local, Private, and Non-profit resources available to small businesses.
Last week we spoke about ways you can get ahead during the Covid-19 quarantine. This week, we'll talk about how you can come out of this "crisis" as a smarter, stronger, and more capable human being.
The situation might suck, but there is a lot of good that could come out of it. In this episode, I discuss measures you can take during the quarantine that could make this quarantine/"crisis" the best thing that ever happened to you.
Grant Cardone came onto the podcast in the fall to talk about how he got through the hard times and his advice for veterans as they make their transitions into the civilian world.
One thing we talked about was what he would do if he lost everything.
Given what's going on in the world right now, I thought it was an apt time to re-release this episode.
I will be continuing to release content to help you through these hard times as this crisis continues. Please let me know if have questions or requests.
Dr. Kirk Parsley is a former Navy Seal and medical doctor who specializes in sleep medicine and resiliency. He came on the show to discuss how to view the statistics on Covid 19 without spin and emotion in an effort to try to bring some sanity to the situation.
Doc Parsley's Bio:
Kirk Parsley served as an Undersea Medical Officer at Naval Special Warfare Group One from June 2009 to January 2013. While there, he led the development and supervised the group’s first Sports Medicine Rehabilitation center. He is a former SEAL, and received his Medical Degree from Bethesda, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in 2004. He interned in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Balboa Naval Hospital San Diego in 2005 and subsequently completed a Navy residency in Hyperbarics and Diving Medicine in 2006.
Doctor Parsley has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and served as Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine. In addition he is certified in hormonal modulation (Age-Management Medicine). After leaving the Navy he went into concierge medicine and consulting. He continues to consult for multiple corporations, and professional athletes/teams. Doctor Parsley lectures worldwide on sleep, wellness, and hormonal optimization and is currently completing a book on sleep and health optimization.
His philosophy for wellness is simple; in order to optimize our health and get the most out of our bodies and minds, we must live more closely to the way we evolved as a species. He believes that many diseases and disorders that we accept as “inevitable” in modern society are unnecessary complications of poor sleeping habits, living in a toxic environment, eating foods we were not designed to digest, and allowing stress to overwhelm us. His passion is to help his patients and clients achieve the highest quality of life possible, and realize their health, performance, and longevity goals.
Dr. Parsley spends as much of his spare time as possible with his three beautiful children (Hayden, Cole, and Harper). He has been a competitive athlete his entire life, and enjoys nearly all outdoor activities and sports.
Mike Ritland is a veteran of the US Navy Seals and one of the top area experts in the world on training and handling working dogs. Additionally, Mike is the host of the Mike Drop Podcast where he interviews some of the most interesting people in the world from both inside and outside the SOF community.
Mike's show is currently one of my favorite podcasts for many reasons. He isn't afraid to speak his mind on any issue, and he's an excellent interviewer that doesn't just duplicate interviews he hears from other podcasts. Two of my favorite episodes of his are his interview with Johnnie Walker, the famous Iraqi interpreter, and Eddie Gallagher, the controversial Navy Seal who got railroaded by the media.
In this interview, Mike did not disappoint. He delivered some solid business and transition advice, and we talked a bit about politics in our day and age. You'll learn:
To learn more about Mike, his business, and his podcast, click on the following links:
Main Page: https://mikeritland.com/
Trikos International: https://trikos.com/
Team Dog Online Training: https://teamdog.pet/join-trikos-team-dog/
Mike Drop Podcast: https://mikeritland.com/mike-drop-podcast/
Covid-19 aka "coronavirus" has instilled fear throughout society. Schools are closing, public gatherings are canceled, and the stock market just plummeted.
Part of human nature is its irrationality. People don't always do things that make sense, and that's something we all need to live with.
Yet, chaos brings with it opportunity. In this episode, I give you ways that you can get ahead in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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A Random Walk Down Wall Street: https://amzn.to/2xxf8PL
The Millionaire Teacher: https://amzn.to/2w8U8P9
The Persian Expedition: https://amzn.to/2IHSo23
Vanguard Funds: https://investor.vanguard.com/home
At a young age, Baktash Ahadi moved, along with his family from Afghanistan to a town in rural Pennsylvania.
At the time, not many Americans knew much about Baktash's homeland of Afghanistan at all. That changed dramatically after the events of September 11, 2001, when Al Qaeda militants attacked New York City and Washington, DC.
Al Qaeda had set up a stronghold in Afghanistan with the aid of its Taliban government. With the US invasion of Afghanistan, Baktash's identity as an Afghan-American was now front and center.
After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, Baktash decided to contribute to the US effort in Afghanistan as an interpreter and cultural liaison. Serving alongside Marines, Baktash remained in Afghanistan for three years.
Since his service, Baktash has dedicated himself to telling inspiring stories of those who've sought to make the world a better place with his podcast Stories of Transformation.
In this episode you will learn:
Showing anger might feel good in the moment. The raw release of emotion often helps us to feel like we're being heard.
You might feel like anger helps you to display your power, but the truth is that showing anger is actually showing weakness.
Epictetus, the stoic philosopher, wrote that "anyone who makes you angry becomes your master." Anger causes you to throw all your cards on the table, and then your opponents know how to pull your strings.
In this episode, I explain why you need to control your anger and avoid showing your cards. I talk about strategies you can use to begin recognizing how to control your anger, and I take you through several books you can read about how to form better strategies.
At the end of the day the goal is to win as individuals, as a veteran community, and as a country. Controlling anger and thinking more strategically will help us on all of these fronts.
Books I discuss in this podcast:
Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson is known as the greatest single volume ever written about the Civil War, and I agree with that sentiment. It's actually one of the best history books I've ever read.
In 2020, I've decided to make a concerted effort to learn more about the history of the United States. I'm doing this because many people these days are approaching our current political climate without any historical context, ignorant of our history.
McPherson's chronicle of the Civil War is a window into the challenges our country faced at one of it's most vulnerable moments. Understanding the leadership of the generals and political leaders, along with the sacrifices of the rank and file soldiers gives us insight as to how their decisions shaped the fate of our nation. It also helps us to understand many of the challenges we're facing today.
You can get your copy of Battle Cry of Freedom at: https://amzn.to/2vmdBvs.
Austen Alexander is an active duty sailor in the United States Navy who is serving with Naval Security Forces.
A few years ago, Austen began chronicling his life as a sailor on YouTube. Since then, his channel has grown massively to over 186,000 subscribers.
Though Austen made it look easy, it's definitely not easy. He keeps up with his YouTube channel and his business while maintaining his full-time job as an active duty sailor.
Austen is currently planning on what he's going to do once he leaves the Navy, and we sat down to discuss his life and his plans for the future. We cover:
Check out Austen's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm_KYd9ls02FktHoE_R_1Qg
Follow Austen on Instagram at HTTP://instagram.com/austen_alex
Thinking about the past is a trap. It's a trap because, though you are the same physical person as you were then, you are also a completely different person.
You have no control over who you were or what actions you took in the past. The only thing you truly have control over is what you do in the present.
In this episode, I discuss the dangers of living in the past, and three strategies to put more of your focus in the now.
Justin Stenstrom is the host of the highly subscribed Elite Man Podcast. He's also a speaker, coach, and author. His latest book Elite Mind delves into the tools, tactics, and strategies he's used to overcome anxiety and depression.
Beyond that, it teaches you how to thrive and get to a state that he calls having an "elite mind." Justin lays things out step by step in the book and it's one of the best and most organized self-help books I've come across, and I've read a lot of them.
This is Justin's second appearance on the show and we always have great conversations. In this interview we cover:
You can get Elite Mind at: https://amzn.to/2vRB7QK
Learn more about Justin and Elite Man at http://elitemanmagazine.com/
Noah Currier is a Marine Corps Veteran and the founder and creator of Oscar Mike, a charity and clothing brand that stands for "On the Move." Noah's story of tragedy and triumph is one of the most heart wrenching yet inspirational stories I've covered on this podcast.
Three days after coming back from a deployment, Noah was in a car accident that left him paralyzed. Three months after that tragic event, his fiance was killed in another car accident.
Noah was left broken in body and spirit, and he almost ended it, but chose not to because of his mother. As he recovered, he created the idea for Oscar Mike, a charity that helps wounded veterans to stay active. To reduce the overhead costs of the charity, Noah created Oscar Mike the clothing brand.
Today, Oscar Mike is a massive success as both a charity and as a business.
In this interview Noah and I discuss:
To learn more about Noah and Oscar Mike, head over to www.oscarmike.org.
At some point, anyone who does anything meaningful or difficult in their lives is going to experience self-doubt. Most people allow that doubt to overcome them and keep them from doing what they truly want in life.
Nevertheless, if you actually examine your self-doubt, and where it's coming from, you'll realize that it has nothing to do with your actual capabilities or talents.
Self-doubt is really just your mind trying to keep you where you are. That's because the human mind was never built for achievement. It was built to keep you alive and safe.
In this episode, I will show you:
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On this month's ask me anything:
1) What do I think of psychedelics? Have I used them?
2) What supplements should everyone be on?
3) What do I think of over the counter testosterone boosters?
Jon Macaskill is a retiring Navy Seal Commander and Acting Deputy Executive Director of the Veterans Path, an organization that teaches veterans how to use the tools of meditation and mindfulness.
Many veterans, and others, shy away from meditation because it carries connotations of some hippy guy sitting in the lotus position and chanting. In reality, meditation can have little to do with spirituality and you don't need to be a monk to do it.
Jon has used mindfulness meditation to sort his mind out from the stresses of being a Navy Seal officer.
As he came to the sunset of his career in the Seal Teams, Jon had a choice. He could go the traditional business route and get into commercial real estate or finance, or he could do something that was truly meaningful to him. Since meditation had helped him so much, he wanted to help other veterans to take advantage of this amazing tool.
In this conversation, we talk about Jon's career in the Navy, his introduction to meditation, and his plans for helping veterans in retirement.
Josh Guerrero's resume sounds like something out of Indiana Jones...literally.
He is a United States Marine Corps Veteran, a former Peace Corps Volunteer, and he's an archeologist. He's lived in Africa and Europe, and he's traveled to countries on multiple continents.
But Josh wasn't always an athletic international man of mystery. After entering the Marine Corps, Josh actually lost track of his discipline and became so overweight that his command put him on remedial PT and ration control. Josh worked hard to redeem himself and eventually began running marathons while in the Marine Corps. Since then he's fought in MMA, completed Spartan Races, and other endurance events.
Now Josh is planning an epic trek across Paraguay and Uruguay on foot to raise money for American Veterans Archeological Recovery. This is an organization that trains veterans to become archeologists.
In this episode you'll learn:
To learn more about Josh's podcast, his trek across South America, and the AVAR, head over to: https://www.allaroundadventure.com/dualtrek/
There are few things that can change your life as much as changing the way that you eat. If you are putting junk into your body, you are going to get junk in return.
In this episode, I discuss 7 basic rules for eating for success. These rules focus on sustainability and consistency above all else. That means that you'll be able to follow them regardless of your life circumstances.
To get complete nutrition programs and courses that I've designed, check out the Warrior Soul Academy at : http://www.warriorsoul.academy.
Greg McIntyre is a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and a former professional MMA Fighter who fought in the WEC. He started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Fabio Santos and received his Black Belt from Dean Lister. He is an instructor at Victory MMA and Fitness in San Diego, CA where he's known as "Greg Train."
As Greg was beginning his MMA career he was afflicted with an autoimmune disease called ulcerative colitis. It began with abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Before long he was losing lots of blood, and after a colonoscopy, his doctor told him that they needed to remove his colon.
Greg lived for several months with a colostomy bag, and then had his colon transitioned to a "j-pouch." Greg was able to get back into training once his colon was removed and eventually returned to fighting.
Today, Greg has found a new life as an XRay technician while instructing at Victory MMA. He is also raising a family in San Diego.
Greg came on to talk about his life, fighting, Jiu-Jitsu, and his disease. You'll find that, despite his misfortunes, he has an excellent mindset. As someone who also suffers from ulcerative colitis, I know the extent of the pain and discomfort he's had to go through, but all of it has made him a stronger person.
This is an excellent conversation that anyone is sure to find inspiration in. I highly suggest that you also check out Greg's instagram @gregorymcintyre. He puts out some excellent instructional videos for Jiu Jitsu and fighting.
Get the FULL resources and show notes for this episode at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/general-physical-preparedness
If you get into a fight, or you get put into a situation where you need to protect yourself or your family, there's not going to be a rest period to catch your breath.
If you need to escape the city you live in, and the roads get blocked off, you're probably not going to be traveling over even ground. You'll probably need to carry weight.
Why then, do most of us limit ourselves to training in air conditioned gyms, and resting 2-3 minutes in between sets?
Look, I get that there's a lot of people competing in powerlifting meets these days. Powerlifting is one of my favorite sports and I competed for a long time.
But powerlifting alone will not prepare you for the known and unknowable obstacles that could put your life or your family's life in jeopardy.
To be properly physically prepared, you need to be training, not only strength, but also general physical preparedness (GPP), and skills.
As veterans, many of us have the tendency to want to save others. This is a noble attribute, but it's also a characteristic that can cause us to shoot ourselves in the foot from time to time.
It creates a doorway for toxic people to enter our lives. As they do, we find ourselves focusing on their problems while our lives fall apart.
In this episode, I give you a strategy for pushing yourself forward, while still taking care of those whom are most important to you. I also discuss the impact of toxic people and how you can take your focus off of them and put it on what's most important.
Michael Franzese is a former Capo Regime from the Colombo Crime Family. He is considered the most prolific mobster of all time next to Al Capone. At the height of his mob career, he was earning between eight and ten million dollars a week. In this episode we discuss:
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Mike Ergo is a US Marine Corps Veteran, an Ironman Triathlete, and the co-host of the Age Groupies Podcast. He is also a multi-time guest on the Warrior Soul Podcast.
In his post-military life, Mike became a drug addict. For ten years he turned to drugs to numb himself to the memories of the deaths of the Marines and Sailors of the 1st Batallion 8th Marines that he lost in combat.
After finally becoming sober, Mike turned to endurance sports. He found the sport of triathlon and he eventually made his way to Kona for the Ironman Triathlon.
When Mike competes, he's adopted the practice of carrying the name of a fallen service member with him. Additionally, he raises money for gold star families with every race he competes in.
Mike is heading back to Kona this year, and I brought him on to talk about the race and what he's been up to in recent months.