Matt Simpson is the author of Worth the Fight, a book that details how he overcame his battles with trauma and the resultant self-destructive behavior that comes with trauma.
Matt thrives on showing people what's possible when they finally come to grips with the traumatic events that have happened in their lives.
This is not easy. It involves searching deep within one's soul, a journey that often involves confronting uncomfortable truths along the way. Yet through that discomfort, you can find forgiveness, compassion, kindness, and fulfillment through service to others.
Matt found help on his journey through the healing power of psychedelic plant medicines and has spent much of his time advocating for the study, de-stigmatization, and introduction of these therapies to communities in need, like the veteran community.
Matt and I had an excellent conversation about life, healing, trauma, and psychedelics.
To learn more about Matt and to access his excellent book visit: https://www.nltrans.org/
A college degree has, throughout history, been seen as the key to upward mobility in the United States. In recent years, however, it's been the worst mistake many students have ever made. Crippled by student loans, and unable to get jobs, many students find themselves in dire straits.
In this episode, I discuss three things to help you make your college degree an asset and not a liability.
Albert Carrasco has been a partner in Warrior Soul since the very beginning. His new venture, the Warrior Soul Youth Academy, aims to give kids focus and purpose through academics and physical training.
Colonel Bruce Hurd is a retired US Air Force Pilot, author, and creator of the program Make Your Book a Reality.
Colonel Hurd's first book Aim Point: An Air Force Pilot's Lessons for Navigating Life guided readers through the lessons he learned in his 30-plus years as an Air Force pilot and how he applied them to overcoming trauma in his life.
He wrote this book with the help of a writing retreat that his wife purchased for him. The experience of the retreat made a profound impact on Colonel Hurd, and he decided to improve upon the concept to create his own.
Today, Colonel Hurd is guiding other writers through the process of writing their own books, and he came on to talk about his life and his program: Make Your Book a Reality.
In this episode, I discuss the three key elements to living a great life and maintaining your freedom.
Last week, we spoke about the importance of "going pro." This week, I talk about the importance of committing 100% to everything you do.
This week I got together with a couple of veterans to discuss current events and the impact on the veteran community.
I don't feel like this episode got the attention it deserved due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, I am republishing it for your listening pleasure.
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 https://amzn.to/3bq16y6
In life, you can't go halfway on the things you want to accomplish. Far too many people remain amateurs throughout their lives. If you truly want to move forward, you need to decide to go pro.
I hesitate to publish my opinion on this situation, not because I'm afraid of controversy or of expressing my opinion, but because there are already so many opinions out there and mine is not particularly special.
Nevertheless, as there are veterans of all races who listen to this podcast, I thought it particularly important to address it.
Revisiting one of my favorite interviews of all time with the world famous author of the 48 Laws of Power and The Laws of Human Nature, Robert Greene.
Far too many people are stuck in victim mode and the "to me" mindset.
In this mindset, you're thinking everything in the world happens "to me." This mindset is so damaging because it takes all of your own agency out of the situation, and it puts you into a state of being where you do not believe you have control over anything.
The key to getting out of victim mode is to start seeing that the world is happening "for you" rather than "to you." Everything, good, bad, and difficult, is there to help you to grow into the person you're supposed to become.
Kayla Arestivo is the founder of the Trails of Purpose podcast, an organization that provides equine therapy to veterans around Hampton Roads, Virgrinia.
Kayla's work is largely informed by the loss of her father, who tragically perished along with his co-workers in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
In this conversation, we discuss Kayla's work, the importance of mental health, and steps people should take during the Covid-19 crisis to keep their heads together.