Those of us who have served in the military tend to burn the candle at both ends. Sleep, rest, and recovery are often after thoughts to an intense schedule of exercise, work, and stress.
While we all want to excel at our jobs, look like Greek gods, and generally be able to kick ass, missing out on rest and recovery can stop your growth where it is.
This episode takes you through some basics of what you need to know to get awesome sleep and recover like an all star.
Joshua Prado is a US Navy Veteran and Founder of the Vetd Talent Network. Joshua is a professional talent agent, consultant, and recruiter who consistently guides others onto the path to success.
Joshua has developed his business by going above and beyond for his clients. He's constantly going the extra mile to make sure they're satisfied and advancing in their careers.
We brought Joshua onto the show to discuss his work and how he uses his networking skills to help his clients. You'll learn why networking is important, how you can begin building your network, and how you can take advantage of the benefits afforded you as a veteran.
People are constantly told to find their purpose. In particular, veterans who are getting out of the military are told that they have to "find their next missions."
While having a purpose is important, being told to "find your purpose" really puts things on hold. If you want to find a purpose, start by looking at where you're at now, and figure out a way to find your purpose there.
This week Mike Ergo and Chris Albert speak about tools and practices for overcoming and beating depression.
Both Mike and Chris have had their struggles with depression in the past. In this episode they cover the strategies they've used to ease it's presence.
These include physical exercise, meditation, and other tools and tactics for overcoming the dark thoughts.
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Work is part of life. In order to live the lives we want to live, we need money. That means that sometimes we need to take jobs we never wanted.
You might not have ever seen yourself as a restaurant worker, as stock boy, or a day laborer, and it's easy to get down on yourself.
But you need to understand one thing: there is no such thing as a bad job. A job is simply a starting point or a launching pad to something bigger.
Put your effort into doing the best job you can and people will notice. Trap yourself into thinking that you're better than the work and people will notice that as well.
Joey Martinez is an FMF Corpsman Veteran and host of the Devil Doc Talk Show.
Joey's been through a lot of struggles with post traumatic stress and with pain. He's been a good friend of our show since we started. In spite of his own struggles, Joey has always tried to help others and he uses his skills as a broadcaster to reach those most in need of a kind and helping voice.
We brought Joey onto the show to talk about some of those struggles, and to discuss some of the issues surrounding pain, PTS, and life. We also discussed his show and the new direction he's taking it in 2019.
The Warrior Soul Podcast is teaming up with Mike Ergo from Transitions from War to bring you a new weekly segment. In this episode, we'll be discussing Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins.
If you don't remember who Mike is, make sure that you go back and check out the episode we did with him. Mike is a Marine Corps Veteran and former drug addict, who went on to become an Ironman Triathlete.
Both of us had recently listened to David Goggins' book and it had a huge impact on us. We discuss it's impact on our individual outlooks on life, and we get into how we've applied it since listening to it.
We also discuss a bit about our own fitness regimens and how they play into our own lives.
For many people around the country, the winter is like a purgatory period for pursuing fitness goals. The cold weather and less access to sunlight make training a lot harder for many people.
Because of this, many people put on weight during the winter months. This leads to a lack of energy and increased risk of depression.
But what if you could avoid the winter slump altogether? This episode discusses three things that you can do to ensure that your winter months remain productive while keeping your mind clear in the cold weather.
Ryan Matthews is a veteran, dog trainer, and cancer survivor. He got his start as a dog trainer in the US Army where he served as a dog handler during deployments to Iraq.
As a person, Ryan has seen his highs and very low lows. As a kid, he became a drug dealer. A situation where one of his friends tried to kill him put him on the path to the US Army.
Once in the Army, Ryan decided that he wanted to work with K9s. He perfected his skills as a dog handler during his service, and when he got out, he decided to become a full time professional dog trainer.
At the height of his career, Ryan was stricken with Cancer. Though treatment helped him to overcome his disease, his mental anguish was still there. After losing his temper, Ryan lost his dogs and his business.
Now Ryan is on the path to redemption and he's making his dog training available world wide with World of Dog Training. Ryan came onto the Warrior Soul Podcast to talk about his life, his battles, and how he's come back against the odds.
To visit World of Dog Training: https://www.worldofdogtraining.com/
In this episode, we discuss the importance of speaking your truth, for your business and your life. Never be afraid to say what you mean. Life is filled with situations where you have the opportunity to remain ambiguous and not speak your truth. This poses a problem.
When people avoid speaking their minds it pushes them along a path toward a kind of lifelong limbo. You have ideas, but you don't know if they're good ideas. That's because you've never fully stated them.
In business and life, it's important to speak your truth so that you can know, without a shadow of a doubt, where your ideas stand. Too many people are afraid of these honest assessments, but they are vital for any path toward success.
At the end of the day, life is hard. If you couple the everyday rigors for life with a desire for a deeper and meaningful life, things can become even more difficult.
This is why it's so important that you have a well defined "why" surrounding every goal. The world is simply not going to stop because you want to accomplish something.
In fact, when you're working on something that's truly important to you, the world seems to become even more difficult. Problems seem more likely to happen. Work that doesn't involve your goal seems to pile up more.
That means that your reason for pursuing your goal needs to be so important that you won't allow those problems to get in your way.
Adam Kokesh is a Libertarian activist, author, Veteran of the US Marine Corps, and candidate for President of the United States.
Adam has a long history of challenging the status quo of American Politics. This began with protesting the Iraq War with the group Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Some of his most notable protests have ended in his arrest. These include being arrested for dancing in the Jefferson Memorial and loading a shotgun with live shells in Washington, DC's Freedom Plaza.
Recently, Adam published his book Freedom, and sent a copy of it to every address in the city of New Orleans. He is also the host of a Youtube talk series titled Adam vs The Man.
Adam's presidential run is based on a platform for the peaceful and orderly dissolution of the United States government in favor of 50 independent states.
To learn more about Adam and his candidacy: www.thefreedomline.com
When you look at your goals in life, there's a tendency to gaze at the top of the mountain. It looks so far away and almost untouchable.
This is why so many people quit. They believe that there's "no time" to work for their goals because they need to focus on what they need now. Nothing gets done and the dream gets lost.
But the way to work toward goals isn't by trying to get to the top of the mountain on the first day. It begins by breaking you progress down into small chunks. Working an hour a day toward where you want to go.
If you do that, then you'll get closer and closer to your goal each day. We aren't owed anything but chances in life. This episode teaches you how to take advantage of those chances.
It's one week into the new year and many people have already given up their New Year's Resolutions. A lot of critics would call these people "lazy" or "quitters."
I don't think that's the case. Most people are extremely busy, and when it comes to inserting new goals into an already packed life, there is no step by step guide book.
What I do know is that, if you're trying to excel at something, you need to have a really good plan for winning the day. That means finding time where you can do all the things you need to do to be you.
In this short episode, I outline such a strategy. I hope that this helps you in your quest to become a stronger version of yourself
Markian Sich is a US Marine Corps Officer, entrepreneur, and real estate investor. At this point, if you know what an active duty Marine Corps Officer does, your next question should be "how?"
Markian has developed a methodology for active duty service members to successfully invest in real estate and build wealth while they're still in the military.
What that means is that those who successfully apply Markian's strategy could find themselves in a position where they do not need to scramble to find another job, or any job, when they get into the civilian world.
In this interview, Markian discusses how and why he started www.activedutypassiveincome.com and how you can learn how to apply this strategy to your transition to the civilian world
From my childhood, self confidence has always been a challenge for me, as it is with many other people. There were many reasons why, including the fact that I was raised without a dad, but blaming things like this simply lets us off the hook.
The truth is that self confidence can be built. It comes from doing things that are challenging and giving yourself a chance to grow. In this episode, I cover three different things you can do right now to grow your own self confidence.
These include undertaking difficult challenges, interacting with other people in organized groups and teams, and learning leadership. True self confidence comes from delivering value to other people and helping others to become better.
If you feel like you lack self confidence, use these tips to build your confidence muscle. It will not be easy at first, but with practice, it is doable.
For the last week, we've been talking about New Year's Resolutions on the show, and how many people fail at their resolutions. Today, we're going to talk about one thing that can help you to hold the line: developing good habits.
Forming positive habits, and a really good routine, is the cornerstone of success for anyone seeking to become better and stronger. With the power of habit, successful practices become less of a chore and more like a part of your day.
Building habits comes about from preparing yourself properly each day, adopting a routine, undertaking a task even when you don't feel like it, and setting challenges for yourself through small incremental goals.
As with any worthwhile venture, this takes time, but it is well worth it for what you will get in return.
When you think of salesmen, what do you think of? At one point in my life I thought of salesmen as being a bit slimy. I grew up in the tri-state area of New York City and we had this guy Crazy Eddie who would come on the TV and scream about what sales he was running on his appliance stores each week.
Many others think of a sleezy car dealer who's going to try to get you in a crumby old car at a ridiculous price and for a crazy interest rate.
But the best salesmen aren't slimy and they aren't looking to swindle anyone out of anything. The best sales people are actually working with the best of intentions.
Our guest today, Randall Grizzle, looks at sales as a generous act. He's literally helping people to get over their fears to get closer to their dreams. He operates under a strong ethical code, and that code has given him more success than any sleezy car dealer could ever hope for.
Even though you've probably never heard of him, Randall is the man responsible for helping to build companies like Dotcom Secrets into multimillion dollar empires. Now, he's recently launched a new venture where he's creating virtual sales floors for companies around the world.
Randall sat down with me to share some of the secrets that have made him successful. You'll definitely want to listen to this with a pen and paper, and be sure to also get his book Closer Secrets at http://www.closersecrets.com.
2018 is over, and it seems like it went by in a heartbeat. In fact, each year seems to be going by quicker and quicker.
I don't have much for you in this year end message except to sum up everything we've learned this year together into a simple message: don't let fear defeat you.
Don't let fear keep you in the same place you've always been in 2019. Keep growing, keep building, and keep getting stronger.
Happy New Year from the Warrior Soul Family to you.
Each year, people set New Years resolutions and each year most people fail to reach the standard they set for themselves at the beginning at the year.
It's after Christmas, 2018 now and trainers are out there all over the internet trying to convince you to take a step toward fitness in 2019. This is a good thing. If you want to be your best, fitness needs to take a front seat in your life.
But the problem that most people have with keeping to their resolutions is that they don't do anything to associate those goals with the rest of their lives.
As nice as it would be to be trim, fit, muscular, or ripped, it's all nice to have, but not essential for survival. If you want your goals to survive past that first period where work becomes overwhelming or that first period of stress, the goal needs to be about something more.
Fitness needs to become a key aspect, in your mind, that allows you to become everything you do.
Remi Adeleke is an actor and author who served as a US Navy Seal for 13 years. He is also one of the most inspiring people I've ever met.
Born in Nigeria to a well to do family, Remi's father died when he was only 5 years old. Upon his death, the Nigerian government froze his family's assets, and Remi's American mother was forced to move him back to the US.
Remi grew up in a rough neighborhood in the Bronx. By his teenage years, he was dealing drugs and running scams. After a drug deal gone bad, Remi decided that this life wasn't for him and decided to fulfill his dream to become a US Navy Seal.
This dream was instilled in him after watching Michael Bay's move The Rock. Remi went to the recruiter, but learned that there were two warrants out for his arrest.
Through a twist of fate, Remi was able to get those warrants expunged and he went on to join the Navy. After two attempts to get through BUD/s Remi made it through and became a Seal. He went on to serve for 13 years until leaving in 2016.
At the end of his Seal career, Remi was looking for his next mission. That's when another twist of fate got him onto one of Michael Bay's movie sets where he landed a role in Transformers: The Last Knight.
This is a story about transformation, determination, and sheer faith in God. Remi's upcoming book Transformed chronicles his life and everything that led to his current success.
To pre order Remi's Book: http://www.transformedstory.com
To subscribe to Remi's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd7m4t3XMEfSn2hgLvxKowQ
To follow Remi on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/remiadeleke/
Like any addiction, a grudge will wear a hole into you. Unlike many addictions, a grudge doesn't involve putting a substance into your body.
Instead it survives by getting you to focus only on the dark corners of your mind. Holding a grudge means that you are focused, not on those things that will make your life better, but on the person you're holding your grudge against.
The thing is that holding a grudge doesn't really affect the other person. Your hate and your focus on that other person's life really just affects you.
It puts you into a hole and into a life you never wanted to be in in the first place. All you're doing by holding a grudge is allowing the other person to grow faster than you.
How do you get over a grudge? It's not necessarily forgiveness, but rather just letting it go. The key is in taking your attention off of the other person and onto making your life better. Work on your fitness, your career, your business, and your positive relationships.
I've lost three people this year to opiate related deaths and I've lost 8 over the last five years. Each loss has been heartbreaking because, in each case, the deceased left behind families who were destroyed from the grief and loss.
Here's the thing: no one grows up wanting to become a drug addict. People do not go down this road willingly. In each case, it began with an injury and a prescription.
When the prescription ran out, the pain didn't stop and an addiction was already developed.
We tend to think of opiates as being an "evil" drug, but I don't think that's the case either. The problem isn't with the drug itself, but rather with the way we manage pain.
The truth is that pain and injury can be made less severe with better life practices. In this episode I discuss ways of managing pain without opiates.
As I mention in the podcast, I am not a doctor, and everything I discuss here should be done only with the approval of your physician. I also implore you to advocate for yourself in your interactions with your doctor in determining treatments that will work for you.
To learn more about other resources to manage pain, check out the following episodes:
As a podcast host, I get to hear a lot of peoples' stories. Within each story there's someone who faced adversity, overcame it, and came out the other end a better, stronger, and more capable person.
Craig Grossi's story is no different. As a US Marine serving in one of the most dangerous districts in Afghanistan, Craig faced both horror and loss.
But amidst the danger and the terror, Craig also found joy. Last year, we brought him on to discuss his book Craig and Fred. Fred is a little white dog that Craig found in that combat zone. His book is the story of how Craig saved Fred and brought him back to the US, and how Fred eventually saved Craig from the darkness he experienced after his service.
Since we first spoke to Craig, he and Fred have been all over the place, traveling across the country to spread their message of stubborn positivity. They've also been working to help veterans and other dogs by raising money for charities.
This is, in my opinion, one of the great stories of our time, and I wanted to revisit Craig and Fred so that they could spread their message of stubborn positivity to our audience for the holidays.
When you're young, having friendships is almost a right of passage in life. There's lots of opportunities to meet people through school, sports, and clubs.
When you serve in the military, you're constantly surrounded by friends and acquaintances. You have people you can confide in.
But as you get older, it gets harder and harder to maintain those relationships. So many people find themselves in a position where their wife, husband, or girlfriend is the only person they really communicate with regularly.
But what happens if you go through a divorce or a breakup? That's when you can find yourself socially stranded without anyone to toss you a lifeline.
In this episode, I take you through three easy techniques for re-establishing your social network.