Book Review: Living with a Seal

Obviously one of the best tools for the mind we have are books.  I want to review a book I read recently that made a big impact on me.  It’s called “Living with a Seal” by Jesse Itzler.  Jesse is an entrepreneur with an incredible amount of success by any measure.  He wrote an account of  a fascinating story of his life that was self induced pain, suffering and incredible growth.

Jessie was living a dream life.  He started and sold several companies which made him a rich man.  Has a successful wife and a successful relationship.  Businesses and work that kept him busy.  But he felt like he was in a rut.  Almost too comfortable.

Jessie has always been a runner and kept himself in good shape.  The book tells the story of him and some five friends running a team race, an “ultra” maralthon of 100 miles.  At the race he had all the amenities you could think of; tents, food, drinks and even a masseuse!  This is where he first met “Seal”.  Before the race everyone was stretching, chatting and most were a bit nervous.  He couldn’t help but notice a man a few feet away.  The man stood out as quite different from all the other runners.  First he was the only African American in the race.  Second he weighed about 260 pounds.  Most runners were 140 -160 pounds.  This was a marathon for goodness sake.  Third, while everyone was pretty talkative, this guy just sat there looking pissed.  It was a 100 mile 24 hour race.  This mans supplies were a folding chair, water, and one box of crackers.  That’s it.  Jessie described him as a cross between G.I. Joe and Gladiator.  Dangerous, determined and indestructible.

As the race ensued, Jessie kept his eyes on him.  There was something about him.  He ran with a sense of honor and purpose that that was at a different level that he couldn’t quite put his finger on.  He ran for 100 miles straight.  When the race was over, Jessie just had to meet him.  So he called him.  Jessie asked tor Seal to come live with him and train him for 30 days.  He agreed under one condition.  “You do everything I say.  And that means EVERYTHING.  i can wake you up at any time; push you to any extreme.  By the time we’re done you’ll be able to do 1,000 pushups in a day”.  Whaaaaat?  Jessie agreed.  The story is of their 30 days together.  The physical training and the lessons learned.

It turns out that “Seal” is a former Navy Seal.  Decorated at that.  He is also the only man in history to complete Army Ranger training, Air Force Tactical Air Controller Training and Navy Seal training.  He also owns the world record for pull ups in 24 hours (4,025).  And if that wasn’t enough, he runs ultra marathons to raise money to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation which provides scholarships to the children of fallen special operations soldiers.


Review to be continued…