The Warrior Soul Podcast

Reclaim your Warrior Spirit. Each week, we'll be discussing tools, tactics, ideas, and strategies to help you strengthen your body, enhance your mind, and dominate life. US Marine Corps Veteran Chris Albert delivers a powerful message: life is too precious to sit idly and watch it go by. The Warrior Soul Podcast was created to help all Veterans, and anyone willing to listen, to live their best lives. Past guests include: Ryan Michler, Ben Greenfield, Remi Adeleke, Chris Bell, and so many more.
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Mar 27, 2020

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. 

Get your copy of The Wedge: Evolution, Consciousness, Stress, and the Key to Human Resilience at


Mar 26, 2020

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. 

About Lance

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 for additional information and resources.


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:

-Auto Loan/Lease
-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.

Link to Apply:

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)

Eligibility Requirements:
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

Services for Active Duty and Recently Separated in SoCAL:
STEP (Support The Enlisted Project) 
  • 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
Six Maritime, Inc. San Diego CA:

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.  

Jeff Flannigan
Regional Operations
(619) 843-8612
Census is still hiring veterans HERE
Amazon job opportunities can be found here
Walmart If you want to apply click here.
CVS Health 50,000 new hires right now:

"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.



Teledyne Controls


Citizens Business Bank






Enterprise Holdings/Enterprise


Hawker Pacific Aerospace – Sun Valley, CA. USA


Office Depot Office Max




Signature Flight Support


Valero Energy Corporation



The Department of Justice (DOJ)


Jacobs Engineering


CBS Corporation


Kellstrom Defense


The Marvin Group


The Cheesecake Factory


The Solís Group


Ameriflight, LLC






Duncan Aviation






Lockheed Martin


Northrop Grumman -


Wells Fargo -  Nationwide USA

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. 

Mar 25, 2020

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. 


Mar 23, 2020

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. 

Mar 21, 2020

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.

Mar 20, 2020

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:

  • why it's important to find your purpose
  • why you need to surround yourself with good people
  • how Mike made the transition from the military to business
  • what working with dogs has taught him about people
  • his opinion on various matters including education and politics
  • what Mike considers his most informative interview

To learn more about Mike, his business, and his podcast, click on the following links:

Main Page:

Trikos International:

Team Dog Online Training:

Mike Drop Podcast: 

Mar 18, 2020

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. 

I discuss:

  • investing
  • books you should read
  • things you can do to get healthier
  • things you can do to get more out of life

Books mentioned: 

The Intelligent Investor:

A Random Walk Down Wall Street:

The Millionaire Teacher:

The Persian Expedition:




Resources Mentioned

Vanguard Funds:


Mar 16, 2020

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:

  • what it was like to be an interpreter serving alongside Marines
  • why achieving cooperation between Afghans and US forces is so difficult
  • how Baktash is dealing with the mental impact of his service
  • why he stayed in Afghanistan for three years
  • what the experience taught him about people and life
Mar 13, 2020

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: 

Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger

48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Enchridion by Epictetus

Mar 11, 2020

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:

Mar 4, 2020

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:

  • how to overcome anxiety and depression
  • what supplements you should be taking to optimize your mind and body
  • what practices you should implement in your daily routine
  • why training is important for your mind as well as your body
  • the effects of traumatic brain injury
  • specific advice for veterans experiencing anxiety and depression
  • Justin's process for creating his books

You can get Elite Mind at:

Learn more about Justin and Elite Man at

Mar 2, 2020

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:

  • how Noah overcame the tragic events of his past
  • how he came up with the idea for Oscar Mike
  • the difficulties of starting and maintaining a business
  • what he's doing to stay active
  • how his life has changed since beginning Oscar Mike
  • where he's taking Oscar Mike in the future

To learn more about Noah and Oscar Mike, head over to