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.
We all go through seasons of life. When you're a kid, you get to explore and make mistakes. When you're a young person, you get to test yourself. But when you're a fully functioning adult, there's a temptation to stop growing and to remain stagnant. This episode explores the ways in which you can grow as an adult while maintaining your responsibilities.
Brandon Shelton is a US Air Force veteran who currently works as a business attorney. He recently started doing pro bono work to help veterans affected by PTS as a result of sexual trauma incurred while serving.
Brandon is a business and startup attorney, focusing on assisting new and emerging businesses in all of their transactional matters. He has represented clients from a wide array of industries, including tech and app developers, filmmakers, breweries, wineries and restaurants, real estate companies, and even chocolate makers. He has counseled clients on corporate formation, late stage preferred financing rounds, mergers & acquisitions, and everything in between. He also serves as outside-inside counsel, providing general counseling on all day-to-day matters, including licensing, brand management, and employee stock incentive plans. Brandon was formerly a computer programmer in the U.S. Air Force, and received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Dramatic Arts. Brandon received his J.D. at King Hall at the University of California, Davis.
So many veterans are afraid to ask for help when they're in trouble. Additionally, so many push themselves away from other people and further and further into self-isolation.
Here's something I learned a long time ago: you can't do anything great in this world without other people. You can't do it alone.
There are currently thousands of vet centers and veterans charities that can not only provide you with assistance, but also with a person to talk to. Take advantage of this, not just for yourself, but for those around you.
"I hate people." I've heard it over and over again in this community, and I'm someone who's said it.
But that's not helping us to move forward. You need people in your life who are going to help you stay honest with yourself and your mission.
Forrest Munden is a US Army Veteran who served with the 101st Airborne. He created the Salty Soldier as a comedy page on Instagram as a satire on Army life and has since built it into a hugely popular social media platform.
Since leaving the Army, Forrest has taken himself on a personal exploration of ideas surrounding masculinity, strength, and life. His podcast, BackBuilders, is designed for individuals interested in seeking personal development, discipline, and sovereignty.
Forrest's goal is to harden his listeners to better bear the burdens of life and he does an outstanding job of that with his commentary.
This was an outstanding conversation about the state of the veteran community, and potential solutions to the problems veterans face in this modern world.
We discuss several books that you'll want to check out including:
He: Understanding Masculine Psychology by Robert A. Johnson
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
On this week's Warrior Notes, I put you in touch with some of the resources I used to learn how to purchase my first investment property.
To be successful, you need to be able to trust yourself. Without that trust, you'll get no where. In this episode, we discuss ways of generating self confidence.
Your relationship can either be the greatest thing that ever happened to you, or it can ruin your life. Far too many veterans in our community have experienced the latter.
This week we work on learning how to make your relationship the greatest investment you've ever made with relationship coach Luis Congdon.
Luis Congdon originally taught the work of Drs. John and Julie Gottman while working for the nation’s largest research project studying marriage education. Serving low-income couples, Luis was able to support well over 200 married couples and their children. Learn more about his work by visiting his website.
In this episode, we're going back to basics, and discussing the three meta areas you need to focus on for a better life.
In the coming weeks, we'll go from meta to micro, and we'll dive into each of these areas to get a better understanding of the actions you can take to improve life in every way.
Henry Kaminski is widely known as the Brand Doctor and he is one of the most sought after branding experts in the world. His company Unique Designz is responsible for some of the most recognizable brands on the internet, working with people like Russell Brunson, creator of the Clickfunnels empire.
Nevertheless, Henry didn't start out on top. He began his career as a graphic designer, working brutal hours with client after client, to build his name and reputation. Completely self-taught, Anthony built his empire piece by piece.
It was also not a straight shot to the top. Henry faced many setbacks, and nearly lost everything several times. To get back on track, he had to realize that he had to grow along with his company.
Henry Kaminski is not only a great brand expert and marketer, but he's also a great person. We had an outstanding conversation about his road to the top and the work he's done on himself to get where he is.
Learn more about Henry, and check out his podcast at www.uniquedesignz.net.
I first learned about Nigel Guisinger after listening to his interview on the Bigger Pockets Business Podcast with Jay and Carol Scott.
Nigel paid for his college education by working construction for a local excavation company. This lead to him entering the equipment rental business where he worked with thousands of businesses to help with their project needs.
After the economic downturn and continually seeing businesses fail in his community, Nigel decided to do something about it. He bought an appliance store in 2013, and then grew it from $350,000 in annual sales to over $9 million in a four year period.
Nigel is passionate about American business, and he's on a quest to get other passionate people to save businesses in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. He began www.yoursmallbusinesshub.com in an effort to help others to buy, sell, and save businesses.
Nigel came onto the Warrior Soul Podcast to encourage the veteran community to take up this fight. He is a very inspiring individual and you will be sure to get a lot out of this conversation.
September 11, 2001 changed our lives forever. In some ways, it gave us all a purpose that we would have never had. Nevertheless, our time in uniform may be over, but our duty is not done.
Your past can be a ball and chain. Many of us carry emotional baggage into everything we do even if we do not openly realize it.
In this episode, I discuss some of the heavy emotional baggage I've been carrying around, how it's affected my life, and what I'm doing about it.
Jeff Tejcek is the founder of Virtual EMDR, an online therapy tool for those with PTSD.
VirtualEMDR.com is a therapy that treats PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction and trauma with a private, self-guided software.
EMDR is a 30+ year, therapeutic treatment recognized by therapists and medical health experts.
Virtual EMDR :
You can access Virtual EMDR free for 30 days by visiting http://www.virtualemdr.com/access and using the code "hero."
Confidence comes from doing difficult things
If you've served in the military, you are part of the less than 1% who've chosen to do so.
It's not the strongest who survive. It's those who know how to adapt to change who come out on top.
We all have things we regret about our past, but those regrets can keep us dwelling on the past rather than being focused on building our futures.
Dean Wegner is a US Army Veteran and graduate of West Point who founded the clothing company Authentically American.
Dean started his company with the intent of bringing clothing manufacturing back to the United States.
Our conversation centered around Dean's entrepreneurial journey. These journies are never easy, and Dean had to overcome an immense amount of obstacles to be where he is today.
You'll be sure to get a lot out of this conversation, and Dean offered a 25% discount code when you use the code FOUNDER at checkout at http://www.authenticallyamerican.us.
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.
Far too many people live their lives as if they're waiting for someone to give them permission to be great. They tell themselves that "life is going to be great after x happens."
That's a big mistake I made in my life. For most of my 20s, I was waiting for someone to come along and tell me that it was ok to start pursuing my goals.
The truth is that the work is always now. You can't wait for an exterior sign to start your life. In this episode, I explain how this slight twist in your mindset could completely change your life for the better.
Mike Keevil is a Marine and Captain of the shooting team with the Recon and Sniper Foundation. He also has one of the most interesting careers I've ever seen in the Marine Corps.
Mike enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in 2004 as a food service Marine. He deployed to Iraq in 2006 with Mortuary Affairs, and then transferred to 4th Recon Batallion and went to BRC.
From there he deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 with 3rd Recon Batallion, and most recently went on UDP with 3rd Recon in 2018.
Mike is a founding member of Team Recon and Sniper, and has found a release through shooting sports. Mike has also spent time as a firearms instructor for a DHS agency.
In this conversation, we discuss Mike's career, his transition into Recon, and his work with Team RSF.