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 His latest book Leadership is Language uncovers the linguistic traps that imprison leaders and teams into outdated thinking that can turn costly and even deadly in many situations.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
In his famous work, "On the Shortness of Life," the stoic philosopher Seneca wrote, "It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when it is squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it is devoted to no good end, forced at last by the ultimate necessity we perceive that it has passed away before we were aware that it was passing.So it is—the life we receive is not short, but we make it so, nor do we have any lack of it, but are wasteful of it."
Time is your most precious possession. It is more valuable than your money, your house, your car, or anything else you own. Yet we waste it so frivolously.
In this episode, I give you practical tips to get more out of your time and manage your day effectively.
Low testosterone is a problem that plagues many men as they get older. It is particularly a problem amongst the veteran community and especially amongst combat arms veterans.
The reasons for this range from poor lifestyle choices to the wear and tear that the profession has on the body and the brain. Low-level traumatic brain injuries, inflammation, and poor digestion all add up to become a detriment to testosterone production.
My guest today is Nick Koumalatsos, Marine Special Operations Veteran, author, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. Nick has been chronicling his battles with low testosterone and his use of hormone replacement therapy on his YouTube channel.
Nick has teamed up with Core Medical Group to bring some amazing resources to treat Low T to the veteran community. In this conversation, we break down the causes of low testosterone, how to fight it, and what to look for in a good HRT clinic.
To learn more about Core Medical Group, head over to https://www.coremedicalgrp.com/nickveteran
Learn about Nick's Testosterone Replacement Journey: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDu9J9feuOOqxREKm5g7ytl0v-zlgJTUQ
Today, we continue Marine Raider Week with the second part of my interview with Josh Honsberger.
In this episode, we cover:
Josh Honsberger is a Marine Special Operations Veteran, trainer, author, and entrepreneur. He is the coauthor of USMC Prep, Raider Prep, and Recon Prep along with Nick Koumalatsos.
Josh served for 13 years in the United States Marine Corps. He spent five years as an infantryman, 3 years as a weapons instructor at Quantico, and 5 years with Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC).
In this episode, Josh and I discuss how he got into MARSOC, the hurdles he had to overcome, and the training he did to prepare. We'll be following up this episode with a follow on tomorrow about Josh's career in MARSOC, a catastrophic injury that ended his career, and how he pieced himself back together.
Learn more about Josh and Nick's Marine Raider Prep programs at https://www.nickkoumalatsos.com/raider-prep/
Everyone talks about the "pursuit of happiness" as if happiness is the end-all, be-all of living. One question hardly anybody ever asks themselves is whether or not happiness should be the aim in the first place.
Here's the deal: chasing happiness hardly ever brings you true happiness. Doing something meaningful, on the other hand, leads to a happier life, or it allows you to deal with the trials and tribulations of life more effectively. According to Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, meaning comes from doing something meaningful, and people find meaning in one of two ways:
1) dedicating themselves to a cause higher than themselves
2) dedicating themselves to someone other than themselves
In this podcast, I talk to you about the mistakes many veterans and civilians make in pursuing happiness, and how you can lead a better life by chasing meaning instead.
Read the article attached to this episode at: https://wp.me/pabO9v-4By
Low testosterone is a massive problem amongst men in the modern age, and it's particularly prevalent amongst men in the veteran community.
In this episode, I discuss things you can do before you head off to an HRT clinic and try to get testosterone replacement therapy. This is not to say that you should never opt for HRT. There are many men who actually need this therapy.
Nevertheless, HRT comes with a price. You will become dependent on those exogenous hormones and your natural testosterone production may shut down permanently.
It's worth the try to try to fix it naturally before you opt for exogenous hormones.
Additionally, if you do opt for HRT. my recommendation is that you find a doctor who knows what he or she is doing. There are many doctors who are barely qualified providing HRT therapy.
Nick Koumalatsos is a friend of the show who served as a Marine Raider. Nick is currently working with a reputable HRT clinic to provide HRT at a discount for veterans. You can learn more about this by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYNGT13j4Bc
Schools teach us WHAT we need to learn without ever teaching us HOW. This is absolutely insane because learning is the one skill that could help you to improve your life in every single way.
Memory and speed reading expert Jonathan Levi joins us today to discuss the secrets he's learned about learning faster and more efficiently. Levi is an entrepreneur and angel investor who founded the Super Human Academy. He's also one of the top performing instructors on Udemy.
In 2015, Jonathan gave an inspiring Tedx talk on this subject which you can view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtQzuwnyW6E
You can access all of the resources discussed in this episode on the show notes at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/jonathan-levi
I've been appearing as a guest on a number of podcasts lately, and one of the questions I get often is "what would you tell your 20-year-old self."
Being 40, and running a podcast where most of the audience is in their 20s, I think about this a lot because I don't want you all to make some of the same mistakes I made:
So I decided to put together a list. This episode gives you five things you can start doing in your 20s so that you can dominate your 30s and beyond.
Every couple of weeks, I take questions from the Warrior Soul audience and I give you my take on everything from fitness to relationships and self improvement.
This week we cover:
Check out the show notes for this week's episode to get the resources at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/ama-january-2020
In 2014, Matt Litrell decided that he needed to make a change. Since he'd gotten out of the Marine Corps, he hadn't been doing much except for drinking and sitting on his couch. Staring at his 9mm pistol, his demons started putting ideas in his head.
Then he got an idea. Matt decided that he was going to ride his horse across the country from Camp Lejeune, NC to Camp Pendelton, CA. In addition to that, he was going to use the ride to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund.
Matt Litrell started a Facebook page called The Long Trail Home to raise awareness about what he was doing, and to his surprise, thousands joined.
He began his journey, along with his riding partner Ray by wetting his black mustang's feet in the Atlantic coast of North Carolina. Then he and Ray headed south toward Georgia and then turned west. Seven months later, he wet his horse's feet on the beach near Camp Pendelton.
Along the way, Matt met many amazing people, including his future wife and many fellow veterans. This episode details his story and the work he's currently doing with veterans at the Valhalla Ranch in Colorado.
Corporal Jason Dunham sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow Marines by throwing himself onto a live grenade. That act of heroism led to him posthumously receiving the Medal of Honor, the first Marine to be given the nation's highest military award since the Vietnam War.
Jason Dunham's story of sacrifice and bravery is a story that will go down as legend in Marine Corps history. Generations of Marine recruits will learn Dunham's name as an example of physical and moral courage.
Jason Dunham will also be remembered through the men he saved. PFC Kelly Miller and Lance Corporal Bill Hampton were with him that day and would have likely been killed by the blast that Dunham's body absorbed.
Both of them, wracked with survivor's guilt, still go through their own battles, but have come to see Jason Dunham's sacrifice as a gift.
Today, filmmaker David Kneiss is working to bring Corporal Jason Dunham's story to film in a documentary called The Gift. This project originally started shortly after Corporal Dunham's death, but the pain was too much to bear so close to the tragedy.
Kneiss, who had a chance meeting with Dunham on a flight prior to his death, kept in touch with the Marines from Jason Dunham's unit. He decided that 2020 was the year to bring the project to life.
Now Kneiss is raising money to continue filming and hopes to bring the documentary to the screen within the next two years.
I brought David onto the show to talk about Corporal Jason Dunham's life, the Marines he saved, and this amazing project.
Finding the time to exercise is one of the biggest problems plaguing Americans today. Work, family, and other obligations often keep people from finding the time to work out and eat right.
Here's the thing, there are only two assets that truly matter in life, your mind and your body. Money, possessions, and property are important, but you cannot survive or thrive without being in good mental and physical shape. If you aren't finding the time to exercise, you are selling yourself short in other areas of your life.
In this episode, I give you 5 easy things you can do to find the time to exercise in 2020. These are practical things that you can begin implementing immediately after the show that will cost you little to no money to do.
Small actions can change your life and the more you find the time to exercise, the more you'll be able to find confidence, capability, and determination in other areas of your life.