In times of conflict, revolt, or even in their search for peace, nations have, time and time again, looked to their warriors to lead them through the darkness and back into the light.
Every warrior has a story. Over the past three years I’ve had the tremendous honor of speaking with many of our nation’s finest soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen – those brave and duty-bound men willing to share their stories and the lessons they’ve learned, almost as an extension of their life of service, so that the rest of us can live the lives we now lead.
These lessons, many earned in blood, have helped them survive some of the harshest situations life can throw at someone – so they will definitely help you through yours!
This is a collection of just a few of the amazing conversations I’ve had with these men.
Welcome to the first instalment of the Order of Man Warrior Series.
JOCKO WILLINK (NAVY SEAL, RETIRED), DISCIPLINE EQUALS FREEDOM (ep. 135)
There is no shortage of motivational events, courses, seminars, quotes, and memes. Don’t get me wrong, motivation has its purpose but discipline is a far greater asset on your path to accomplishing big things in your life. Where motivation falls short, discipline picks up the slack.
Today, I’m joined by a man that needs no introduction, Jocko Willink, to talk about connecting future ambitions with present actions, why every man must find his mission, how to overcome fear and procrastination, and his mantra, “Discipline Equals Freedom.”
ANDY STUMPF (NAVY SEAL, RETIRED), LIVING LIFE ON THE EDGE (ep. 131)
Everywhere you turn, you’ll find men living what I call the sedated life. Like robots on an assembly line, these men wake up at the same time, eat the same food for breakfast, drive to work the same way every day, do the same menial tasks for 8-9 hours, drive home, kiss the wife and kids, eat dinner, watch some TV, go to bed, and do it all over again.
My guest today, former Navy SEAL and wingsuit base-jumper Andy Stumpf is the exact opposite of that. And, while we can’t all be Navy SEALs, jump of really high mountains and structures, and travel the distance of 18 miles in a wingsuit, we can all take some calculated risks that make us feel alive.
Today we talk about finding something worth fighting for, eliminating emotions in the decision-making process, why people fail in the application of their goals, and how to live life on the edge.
BRAXTON MCCOY (ARMY, RETIRED), THE TRUE COST OF LIBERTY (ep. 163)
Guys, if you listen to just one of my podcast, please make it be this one. Today, I am joined by my friend and fellow soldier, Braxton McCoy. He and I served in Iraq together in 2005-2006. One day we were playing softball together and the next day, I hear he’s been hit by a suicide bomber with multiple fractures and life-threatening injuries to himself and others. I didn’t fully realize the extent of his injuries until this interview.
This one is raw, it’s truthful, and it’s extremely insightful when it comes to one soldier’s perspective of war, responsibility, obligation, and liberty. We talk about the truths and fallacies of PTSD, overcoming the demons of war, how a near-death experience changes your perspective, and the true cost of liberty.
TIM KENNEDY (ARMY GREEN BERET, RETIRED), BECOMING THE SHEEPDOG (ep. 94)
There are three types of people in this world: the wolf, the sheep, and the sheepdog. The wolf is violent, the sheep is passive, and the sheepdog is there to protect one from the other.
My guest today, Army Green Beret and UFC ranked middleweight fighter, Tim Kennedy, talk with us about how to overcome fear, how to get up and learn from losses, how to recognize strengths and weaknesses, and how to become the sheepdog.
PATRICK VAN HORNE (MARINE CORPS, RETIRED), LEFT OF BANG (ep. 132)
Gentlemen, we all know the world can be a dangerous place. Some would argue it’s becoming safer and others would argue it’s becoming more dangerous.
Either way, the potential for you encountering a threat in your day-to-day life is a real possibility – and one that we, as men, should be prepared for. My guest today, Patrick Van Horne and the author of Left of Bang teaches us how to use non-verbal communication to assess threats, the common physical language all humans use, how to use “combat profiling” to keep yourself and others safe, and how the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program could save your life.
KRIS “TANTO” PARANTO (ARMY RANGER, RETIRED), THE RANGER WAY (ep. 114)
When you hear the words, “Benghazi, Libya” you might think of the book, and subsequent movie, 13 hours. You might think of the terrorist attack, the death of a US Ambassador Stevens, and the cover-up that followed.
Today Kris “Tanto” Paranto, a member of the CIA Annex Security Team that responded to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, joins me to talk about what really happened that night, the importance of living your life to a code, how to incorporate “Battle Rhythms” into your life, why every man must choose the “hard right” over the “easy wrong”, and how we can all live The Ranger Way.
RORKE DENVER (NAVY, RETIRED), EMBRACE THE SUFFERING (ep. 159)
Suffering isn’t typically something people like to attract in their lives but the reality is you cannot fully escape it. It’s part of the human experience. So, rather than run from the unexpected suffering we’re all likely to face, my guest, Navy SEAL Commander Rorke Denver suggests we run towards it and embrace it instead.
Today, we talk about the power of identifying and living by a set of ethos, how to create an extremely powerful ecosystem for success, when you should follow the rules and when you should break them, and how you can embrace the suffering life is bound to present.
LT. COLONEL DAVE GROSSMAN (MARINE CORPS, RETIRED), CONFRONTED WITH VIOLENCE (ep. 82)
Men are needed today more than ever. We as a species are being confronted with more and more violence every day.
My guest, Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, a leading expert in the field of psychology and physiology of violence shares why homicides are skyrocketing, why the world needs more sheepdogs, what happens to our bodies when we’re in combat, and how to handle yourself when confronted with violence.
LEIF BABIN (NAVY SEAL, RETIRED), EXTREME OWNERSHIP (ep. 78)
Extreme Ownership is a concept that you’ve heard me talk a ton about on this podcast and in our conversations. Today, I wanted to invite my guest, co-author of the book, Extreme Ownership, Navy SEAL Leif Babin to talk about what extreme ownership means, the “default aggressive mentality,” humility’s role in all of this, and how to take ownership of every area of your life.
ERIC DAVIS (NAVY SEAL, RETIRED), RAISING MEN (ep. 68)
I don’t know about you but I have spent many nights staying up contemplating the job I’m doing as my children’s father. I’m constantly wondering if I’m doing the right thing- if I’m leading when I need to, allowing them to lead when it’s best, and teaching them the lessons they’ll need to be successful.
My guest today, retired Navy SEAL, Eric Davis, helps me answer those questions and many more as he talks about his new book, Raising Men.
DAKOTA MEYER (MARINE CORPS, RETIRED), OWN THE DASH (ep. 150)
There are two days you have no control over – the day you’re born and the day you die. Every other day in life represents an opportunity to choose how you decide to live it. My guest today, Dakota Meyer, calls this “Own the Dash.” The dash is all the days between your date of birth and your date of death.
Dakota Meyer is a retired Marine and the recipient of the highest military honor one could earn, the Medal of Honor. Today we talk about how he views the events that earned him that recognition, overcoming an attempted suicide, how he has redefined himself through living in service of others, and how he owns the dash.