Tool Deals Direct Fri, 05 May 2017 19:20:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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