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.
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:
Get Michael's book, I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse : https://amzn.to/2utvvvq
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.
In life, there are good times and bad. You will meet good people, and you will meet horrible people whom you wish you never met.
The danger is that you put yourself into a position where the bitterness from those negative encounters turns you into a bitter person.
That's the worst possible scenario, because being bitter will color everything else you do: your job, your relationships, and your life.
This episode will teach you what you need to do to transcend bitterness and advance your life.
At a turning point in his career as a US Naval Officer, Captain L. David Marquet was given command of the worst-performing submarine in the fleet, the USS Santa Fe.
During his command, Captain Marquet managed to turn the Santa Fe from the worst performer in the fleet to the best. Famous author Stephen Covey spent time on the Santa Fe and called it "the most empowering organization he'd ever seen.
Captain Marquet's "secret" was that he was able to transform his crew from a group of followers to a group of leaders. In 2009, Captain Marquet retired from the Navy and began bringing his intent-based leadership method to the corporate world. He's been able to help some of the largest companies in the world transform and grow.
His first book, Turn the Ship Around, was called the “best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training, and driving flawless execution” by Fortune Magazine. His latest book Leadership is Language uncovers the linguistic traps that imprison leaders and teams into outdated thinking that can turn costly and even deadly in many situations.
Captain Marquet came onto the Warrior Soul Podcast to impart his knowledge onto the small unit leaders and veterans who've now found themselves in the civilian corporate world.
In this conversation you will learn:
You can find Captain Marquet's book Leadership is Language here: https://amzn.to/2tfLQ6G
You can also find Turn the Ship Around, Captain Marquet's first book here: https://amzn.to/2S90WU2