Tool Deals Direct Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:18:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 30 Days Training with the Toughest man on the Planet Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:18:20 +0000 On day one, Seal shows up at Jessie’s Manhattan apartment on the upper west side at 7 a.m. sharp.  It’s December in New york and it’s 14 degrees.  Lesson one is “The temperature is what you think it is.  Learn to control your mind Jessie”.  They head outside for a six mile run.  The pace suits Jessie, he thinks “I can do this”.

After a shower, returning some emails and a quick tour of the apartment, Jessie tells one of my favorite and impactful stories in the book.  The head down to the gym.  Seal says to Jessie “Let’s see where your pull up game is at”.  Jessie does eight and drops.  He is made to wait 45 seconds and goes again, he does six.  Forty five seconds later he goes again and does three.  Seventeen pullups, pretty good Jessie thinks.  I don’t think I’ve ever done 17.  That’s my baseline.  Let’s head back upstairs.  Seal gives him a blank stare and says “We’re going to stay here until you do a hundred”.

“I can’t do a hundred.  That’s impossible”.

“You better find a way, you have a shitty attitude”

Ninety minutes later…Jessie gets to 100.  Literally, one by one.

This story to me was so powerful giving us a glimpse of what the month will be like.  But more importantly, it’s an example of what I think is the most important message in the book.  And that is, your mind wants to stop before you actually have to.  Your subconscious mind wants to protect you from pain.  And if you’re tired it tells you to stop.  But here’s the thing…So much data has been collected now since the industrial revolution about people who created remarkable achievements and success.  And so often, these people had to endure.  Endure pain.  Endure suffering.  Endure self doubt.  But they had to find a way to push through it.  They had to find a way to believe that they could accomplish things they didn’t think possible.  That they could push past their limits.  That obstacles in your mind in the form of limiting beliefs are just like obstacles in the road while driving.  You don’t turn around and go home.  You take another route and go around.  But you continue driving toward your destination.

Human beings grow when they push past their limits.  When they challenge themselves and do things they haven’t done.  By continuing on a task or mission filled with obstacles strengthens your resolve.  It strengthens your mind.  It builds self esteem and confidence.  If you can push a little further today, it gives you the belief that you can push a little further the next day, and the next, and the next.  Pretty soon you’re miles away from where you started.  You’ve raised your baseline of when to be tired or when to stop.  That the limits of what you can do, what you are capable of is totally in your mind.

At the end of each chapter, Jessie recounts the workout totals from each day.  I’ve altered my workouts with the knowledge I’ve learned from this book.  Both in knowing I can push myself harder and further than I thought, and also the types of workouts I do.  One of the exercises he explains is “On the minute”.  You can use this technique on just about any exercise.  Pushups, situps pullups.  It goes like this.  Pick a number of pushups you want to do, say 200.  You start a stopwatch and go.  Lets say your first set you do 30.  Then you rest until the stopwatch hits the next minute, then you start again, decreasing the number you do, say 20 and then rest.  Until the stopwatch hits the next minute.  Then go again.  It’s amazing how you can actually increase the number you can do using this technique.  By the end of 30 days Jessie did 1000 pushups in one day!  This to me was amazing!

Recently I was at the gym and saw someone using this technique and struck up a conversation.  Turns out this guy owned a carpet cleaning company.  He needed to stay in shape for all the physical work he did for his business.  He said he learned the technique from a personal trainer.  I told him about this book and I can’t wait to see him again and see what he thinks about the book.

My biggest takeaway from the book is this:  Our mind wants to protect us from suffering.  To protect us from pain so it tells us to stop.  But we know that human beings, just like muscles grow when we push past out limits.  It makes us stronger.  Enduring pain is a skill Seal swears by and it has made a difference in me growing as a human being and increased my fitness level by quite a lot.  I loved this book and recommend it for anyone who wants to get out of a rut and push their own limits.



Book Review: Living with a Seal Fri, 05 May 2017 19:20:48 +0000 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…

Tools for the Mind Sun, 02 Apr 2017 15:59:24 +0000 I wanted to start this site to share the books, idea’s and concepts that I am reading, thinking about and talking about with my curious and inquisitive friends.  I am reading and learning constantly.  I was not someone who grew up with great mentors in my life but always thought I was capable of living a fun, meaningful life.  But since I was not a “natural”, the behaviors that I needed to live this life had to be learned.  I learn from books and conversations with interesting people.  What I’ve learned will be shared here, to solidify the concepts in my own mind and share the tools that are working for me.  Keep one thing in mind.  And I have learned this the long way.  Knowledge is not power like so many say.  The APPLICATION of knowledge is power.  Knowing something is is only the first step.  If you don’t put the knowledge to use, to find it’s utility in your own life, the knowledge has very minimal power.


In today’s world we are bombarded with “shiny objects” that intrigue us.  We see posts, articles and interesting facts.  We are so easily distracted, moving from one post to the next without ever really thinking of the meaning behind a quote or saying or how we can apply the real meaning of it to our life.  We see something that makes sense or intrigues us and then we move right on to the next thing.  We think we’re getting more knowledge or power from knowing this new thing.  We see something that resonates with us but if you don’t apply it to our life, the concept disappears into the ether never to be thought about again.  Often times we  might FEEL smarter, or more evolved and we think we are growing as human beings but we revert right back into acting the same way we did before.  In order to make real change we must APPLY what we’ve learned.  And that takes some real discipline, work and effort.  It takes consistency.  Most people aren’t willing to put in the work.

In this first post, I want to challenge you to pick one area of your life you’d like to change.  In my next post, I will start to discuss a hands on approach to making these changes happen.  To put new knowledge into action to start to live the life you think you deserve.  To be the best version of yourself and achieve your goals and dreams.

Until next time, learn grow and put your knowledge into action.  Here’s to the journey to our best selves.  Cheers.

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