WARRIOR MINDSET

NEVER GIVE UP.   NEVER QUIT.   KAIZEN.

The Story of Astrodemus: Redemption and Personal Transformation

The Story of Astrodemus: Redemption and Personal Transformation

Have you ever worn a cloak of shame so heavy it seemed impossible to shed? Astrodemus of Sparta did, and his story of disgrace transformed into honor is a testament to the human spirit’s relentless pursuit of redemption. Journey with us through ancient battlefields as we unravel the gripping narrative of a warrior who rose from the ashes of humiliation at the Battle of Thermopylae to a valorous end at Plataea. We’ll dissect how Astrodemus’ tale, echoed in novels and films, speaks to the broader themes of overcoming stigma and redefining what it means to reclaim lost dignity. It’s a tale of how the echoes of the past still resonate with our struggles today.

But why does Astrodemus’ story matter to us? The episode pushes further, drawing parallels between the ancient Spartan’s journey and our own battles with adversity in today’s world. In a segment that contrasts the Spartan’s physical trials with modern-day challenges, we touch upon how voluntarily facing hardship, as taught in programs like Mark Divine’s Seal Fit and the practices of shugyo, can shape our character and fortify our resolve.

This podcast takes you through the concept of ‘voluntary hardship’ – a transformative tool for character building. It’s about pushing ourselves beyond comfort to grow stronger, both mentally and physically. As we draw from the wisdom of SealFit and shugyo, we realize the powerful impact such practices can have on our personal development.

(more…)
Charting New Territories in Career and Creativity

Charting New Territories in Career and Creativity

As the seasons of our careers change, so does our perspective on the work we do and the lives we lead. This heartfelt discussion with Greg Storey, a dear friend and former owner of Happy Cog, not only traces his professional voyage from bagging groceries in Alaska to the boutique agency world and through the corporate colossus of IBM Design, but it also unravels the beauty of midlife career introspection. Embracing change, Greg has moved from leading companies to imparting wisdom through coaching, a journey that mirrors my own pivot towards fitness and mental health coaching, where the reward lies in guiding others to their zenith.

Join us for a reflective and thought-provoking episode where we celebrate the rich tapestry of our past experiences, while keeping an eager eye on the horizon. We revel in discussions about the legends who’ve shaped our industry, touching on the privilege of choosing our own adventures and the vitality of continuous engagement with our creative endeavors.

This episode is also a candid exploration of the complexities of the workplace, from the integration of AI to the dynamics of leadership. We debate the current resistance to remote work models, advocate for leadership that empowers and supports, and tackle the tough emotional realities of decision-making, like firing employees. Whether you’re a seasoned vet or just starting out, there’s wisdom here for anyone navigating the undulating paths of their professional landscape. Join us and take away invaluable insights that will enrich your approach to work and life.

(more…)
Debrief 29: Unveiling the Secret Powers of Intuition and Awareness

Debrief 29: Unveiling the Secret Powers of Intuition and Awareness

Sometimes, the most seemingly mundane situations can spark the most profound insights. I was at a dentist appointment with my son when an unusual man triggered my ‘Spidey-Sense’, and this peculiar encounter spiraled into a deep exploration of intuition, fear, and personal safety. Trust me, the dots connect better than you might think!

Let’s chew on the concept of fear versus intuition, drawing inspiration from the OODA Loop – a strategic tool for decision-making that involves observing, orienting, deciding, and acting. This exploration involves some intense discussion on situational awareness, the power of observation, and the importance of preparation for unexpected situations. We’ll also delve into some riveting personal experiences, including my own brush with danger at the dentist. It’s a little scary, a little inspiring, and a whole lot informative – an episode that will challenge you to listen more closely to your instincts and harness your sixth sense for personal and professional growth. So, remember – when your Spidey-Sense start tingling, it might just be time to tune in!

(more…)
The Business of Being Prepared: From SWAT Teams to Entrepreneurship

The Business of Being Prepared: From SWAT Teams to Entrepreneurship

In this episode with guest Darren Norris we delve into the world of self-care, entrepreneurship, and dig into his vast experiences in law enforcement and SWAT teams. We underline the importance of rigorous training, the fulfillment acquired from imparting life-saving skills, and the significance of investing in oneself for success.

From sharing valuable insights on first aid and rescue training to recounting fascinating encounters in the film industry, this conversation is brimming with a mix of wit, wisdom, and warmth. Tune in and join us on this journey of survival, success, and celebrating the little moments that make life worthwhile.

(more…)
Mental Health Matters: Lessons from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Mental Health Matters: Lessons from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Discover the profound impact of social media on mental health and confidence, inspired by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger and his insightful email newsletter. As we navigate this digital world, find out how scrolling through endless feeds can lead to a crisis of confidence, and how the false bravado we witness online can make us feel like we need to despise ourselves. It’s time to break the cycle, step out of our comfort zones, and face life’s challenges head-on – and this episode is the perfect starting point!

Join us as we delve into the often-neglected topic of mental health, highlighting the reluctance many face in expressing emotions and seeking help. We discuss the role societal pressures, upbringing, and social media have on this hesitancy, and stress the importance of having someone to talk to about our feelings. From discussing seemingly trivial matters to tackling deeply-rooted issues, communication is the ultimate key in maintaining mental health.

Lastly, we examine the essential role of physical activity in managing mental health and building resilience. We can’t emphasize enough the importance of training both the mind and body, and how stepping out of our comfort zones and embracing discomfort can lead to personal growth. So don’t wait any longer – tune into this conversation as we explore the complex world of mental health, social media, and personal growth, all inspired by the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger.

(more…)