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Guard the Guardians

Guard the Guardians with Sean Hansen is a show with the sole purpose of helping active military, veterans, first responders, and their families live better lives whether it's overcoming trauma, managing finances, improving relationships, getting in shape, or anything in between.
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Jul 18, 2017

Guard the Guardians with Sean Hansen is the show with one mission: help active military, veterans, first responders, and their families live better lives. You served us, now let us serve you. Please subscribe and share with your friends and family. You can reach out at:

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 This week we are joined by one of my best friends.  Nick served 20 years in the United States Navy, and started his career in the Special Boat Units (SBU) only to later join the Explosive Ordnance Disposal ranks.  In addition to his deployments in SBU, Nick served 4 combat deployments between Iraq and Afghanistan.  Join us as he shares the wisdom that he gained after so many years and challenging situations.  Specifically, we'll look at:

  • What it's like going into your first combat deployment.
  • Do combatants become superstitious because of the actions that occur in combat.
  • What Ramadi, Iraq was like during one of the worst periods of the IED war.
  • Brotherhood and why we fight.  Does support from back home really matter?
  • How we lose the brotherhood when we put the uniform down.
  • How combat brings combatants to tribal levels and why that's good.
  • The personal development that comes from combat.
  • What role do morals play in combat.
  • How combat depletes your emotional responsiveness.
  • How to keep pushing when you're best friend is killed in action, and you still have to continue combat operations.
  • Tips for the out-process when separating from the military.
  • The struggles of identity and purpose when you put the uniform down.

 

RESOURCES:

  • Click here to be taken to the best selling book that Nick references, Tribe by Sebastian Junger.
Jul 11, 2017

Guard the Guardians with Sean Hansen is the show with one mission: help active military, veterans, first responders, and their families live better lives. You served us, now let us serve you. Please subscribe and share with your friends and family. You can reach out at:

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This week we're speaking with Simon Rook, a former US Marine who has been devoting his time to creating a shared living space for those looking for cheaper housing options and a regained sense of camaraderie.  Specifically, we'll be looking at:

  • How enlisting can be a saving grace for many.
  • What the transition from civilian life to preparing for a combat deployment is like.
  • The nostalgia of being pulled over by base security while you're deployed.  Yeah, you can still get a traffic ticket even when you're in a combat zone. 
  • Whether shifting to reserve status makes it easier to transition to civilian life.
  • The stresses that we bring with ourselves when we transition to civilian life and how it can affect our future friendships and jobs.
  • What shared living spaces can offer those in need of camaraderie and to local communities.
  • Why making civilian friends can help transition your mindset and help you better integrate once you take off the uniform.
  • How co-living spaces can be constructed to develop friendships, inspire trust, and increase a person's access to jobs while saving money.
  • The issues that keep veterans from truly reintegrating in a post-service world.

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Jul 4, 2017

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This week Americans celebrate the 4th of July and the independence of the United States of America.  As I look back at the character that was required for the US to become a free-standing country, it forces me to look at my character and the character of those who put themselves in harm's way.

 

Over the last few weeks I've had conversations that have made me think about the unifying theme for this podcast and what the episodes seek to accomplish.  Ultimately, I want you to be able to incorporate what you learn to live a better life.  However, underlying that is the idea that I want you to be resilient.

 

There is no guest today, but I hope that you will join me as I discuss the insights that I've gained from reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson and Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl.  Both books have impacted me and shaped my thoughts on developing greater resilience so that I can be happier tomorrow than I am today.

 

As the US celebrates the 4th of July, I hope that no matter where you are that you get to laugh and be with friends and family.

 

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Jun 27, 2017

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In this episode I was given an eye-opening education from Dr. Justin Brink on how we can improve our movement patterns and behaviors to deal with, and hopefully avoid, injury.  The men and women in our community have jobs that routinely push them to the physical edge and beyond.  I hope that this episode gives you new insight on how your body works so that you can live healthier.  Specifically, we cover:

  • What is injury.
  • Why one person can be asymptomatic whereas another person is riddled with pain despite having similar injuries.
  • Why the movement therapist doesn't care about your pain and focuses on your dysfunction instead.
  • The flaws of rehabilitating injury based on pain.
  • The three most common injury areas and what causes dysfunction.
  • How lose connection with our own bodies as we age and why it doesn't have to be that way.
  • How good connectivity from our feet can impact stability that affects running and lifting.
  • The problems associated with modern breathing mechanics.
  • The inherent problems that come with military and first responder operational lifestyles and what could help.
  • Tips for finding a therapist.
  • Tips for maintaining healthy movement patterns.

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Jun 20, 2017

Guard the Guardians with Sean Hansen is the show with one mission: help active military, veterans, first responders, and their families live better lives. You served us, now let us serve you. Please subscribe and share with your friends and family. You can reach out at:

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This week we're talking with Peter Thoshinsky, a retired San Francisco Police Department Lieutenant who was the Executive Officer of San Francisco's Specialist Tactical (aka, SWAT) Team that was responsible for enforcing the peace in San Francisco's infamous "Tenderloin" district.  Join Pete and I as we discuss:

  • The firsthand perspective of a 31-yr veteran of the SFPD on the struggles that come with leaving one's unit.
  • What inspires people to serve.
  • What creates confidence in the men and women who serve with you.
  • What it's like to face life-and-death situations inside a major city in a country that's not at war.
  • How police officers seek to serve their communities, and why successful cops figure out creative solutions.
  • What causes someone to join a specialized unit.
  • Why tactical responses are sometimes required and how a police force can best serve its community.
  • The mindset and threat assessment needs of those who serve.
  • The social impact that being a cop has on individual police officers.
  • The problems adjusting to new identity.

 

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Jun 13, 2017

Guard the Guardians with Sean Hansen is the show with one mission: help active military, veterans, first responders, and their families live better lives. You served us, now let us serve you. Please subscribe and share with your friends and family. You can reach out at:

Website: http://www.guardtheguardians.com/
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In this episode I joined the boys from Mind Pump Media in their San Jose studio to dive into the flaws that they see in the fitness industry and what they see as the solution.  I'm personally interested in sharing their message because I'm one of their paying customers and have benefitted from their programs and free tutorials.  Additionally, their podcast Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth is hilarious (if you don't mind rough language) and challenging.

 

Listen in as we discuss:

  • How and why the fitness industry takes advantage of people's physical insecurities.
  • Why most effective physical transformations are a result of measured progress, day in, day out.
  • The best way to incorporate fitness supplements.
  • Why those of us who exist in "beast mode" should incorporate restorative activities (like meditation) to further improve performance.
  • Why there is still benefit to "beast mode" for those who put themselves in harm's way and how to do it better.
  • Why balancing physical and mental stimulation is critical to increased performance.
  • How mobility and full range of movement is so vital in preventing injury in the gym and on the job.
  • How components of cannabis can be useful for healing, reducing inflammation, and down-regulating stress.

 

RESOURCES:

Jun 6, 2017

Tim Kolczak is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran with the soul of an artist.  Having served his time outside the wire in Iraq, Tim came home with the desire to continue his previous life.  He started back up with college and took an interest in photography.  He now shoots pictures instead of bullets and captures the lives of veterans from around the world.  Listen in to hear about:

  • How Tim came to experience the military and combat despite never intending to join the military.
  • Tim's key observations about maintaining a positive mental perspective even during long combat deployments.
  • How we sometimes deploy units for up to 18 months and what impact that has on families.
  • How Tim avoided a lot of the common post-combat transition pitfalls.
  • What prompted Tim to start The Veterans Project.
  • The impact that The Veterans Project is having on the military/veteran community and civilians.
  • How reintegration into society can be better.
  • What is driving Tim to continue capturing veteran stories.
  • How the military changes lives and society.

 

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May 30, 2017

Our most popular guest to date is back on the show to go deep into the psychology of violence.  Desert Storm Marine Corps veteran turned mental health counselor, Chad Latta, is here to help us understand violence and how we relate to violence.  In this episode, he won't be trying to scare you away with his stories of "ass cancer" like he did in Episode 006.  So, if you want to learn about the lessons he learned in battling cancer, please go back to that episode.  Before today's episode kicked off, Chad and I were engaged in some pre-recording discussion that I think was in line with the overall topic, so I've left it in.

 

In this episode we'll be talking about:

  • Defining aggression and violence.
  • The process of preparing a person for aggression and violence.
  • Whether violence is a natural instinct and society's impact on violence.
  • Percentages of combat engagement and how that has been increased over time.
  • Factors that affect a person's willingness to engage in violence.
  • How your personality changes under prolonged exposure to violence.
  • Whether men are inherently more violent than women.
  • Whether women face greater burdens in coming back from violent experiences or professions.
  • Healthy expression of violence.
  • Ways to adapt yourself after periods of violence and the impact of guilt and shame.

 

RESOURCES (click links below):

Chad Latta:

Recommended Reading:

Jacqueline Carrizosa:

  • Jacqueline Carrizosa, guest from Episode 016, referenced in this episode
  • Instagram @brojaq

 

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May 23, 2017

We are diving deep into diagnostics and force production measurement with Justin Andrews, co-founder of Axon.  Justin is a member of the Mind Pump Media team but has a second project underway creating Axon, a tool designed to measure force production so that users can better understand where they're strong and where they're weak.

 

Listen in as we discuss:

  • The benefit of meditation.
  • The challenges of creating a fitness diagnostic tool.
  • How Axon will allow you to identify gaps in your strength and biomechanics.
  • The various uses of Axon whether you're a fitness enthusiast/athlete, trainer, or physical therapist.
  • How strength can drop off in different segments of a movement.
  • How our posture and central nervous system (CNS) inputs affect our mobility and power output.
  • How incorporating Axon into your workouts can prime the CNS for greater force production.
  • The upcoming Axon Kickstarter campaign.

 

RESOURCES:

 

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May 16, 2017

In this week's episode we have the privilege of learning about the massively powerful and ever-growing fitness regimen of KETTLEBELL from Mike Salemi, a Kettlebell Master of Sport.  Kettlebell strength and conditioning has long been a staple of the Russian military and is taking off around the world because of the versatility and portability.

 

Join us as we talk about:

  • The power, strength, conditioning, and mental tenacity benefits of using kettlebells.
  • The competition sport of kettlebell.
  • The "hard" style of kettlebell and how it differs from sport kettlebell.
  • What it takes to be a Kettlebell Master of Sport.
  • The history of kettlebell's two major styles.
  • Common movements in the "hard" style of kettlebell.
  • How kettlebell has been incorporated into the school system in Russia.
  • How 2-3 kettlebells can be sufficient to offer a full body workout achieving solid gains in strength, power, and conditioning.
  • Tips for the best ways to develop grip strength, power, and stamina.
  • The different types of kettlebells.
  • How to get started with training in kettlebell.

 

RESOURCES:

Mike Salemi's Contact Info:

 

Recommended Groups:

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May 9, 2017

Today we are speaking with two US Army veterans who were teammates in-country, and who have now teamed up to found the Objective Zero Foundation.  The Foundation seeks to get military and veteran suicide rates to "functional zero," the Objective Zero team is working hard to produce a tool that our brothers and sisters can use to help them in their hour of need.

You can help Objective Zero with your time, expertise, and funds by clicking on the Objective Zero website link below.

Join us as we discuss:

  • How the Objective Zero Foundation was born of the struggles that co-founder Justin Miller faced during and after his deployments to Iraq, including a night where he almost killed himself.
  • How isolation from comrades in the military and the purpose provided by the military create conditions that exacerbate combat trauma.
  • The scope of the military/veteran suicide problem and how it far exceeds suicide rates in the general US population.
  • That female veterans have a rate of suicide that is 2.4x that of adult females in US non-military population.
  • The gaps that exist in current response organizations.
  • How the Objective Zero app is designed to function and the additional features that will allow those in need to reach out for support and camaraderie.
  • The successes that Objective Zero has had in raising funds for the app's development, and the remaining funding requirement to finish the app's development.
  • How Objective Zero "ambassadors" will be trained to provide outreach and support for those in crisis.
  • The vision for how Objective Zero can better connect veterans and service members in the future.

RESOURCES:

Objective Zero:

For those in crisis now, Objective Zero recommends:

US Veteran Administration Documents and Resources:

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May 2, 2017

How can only a few people truly help their community when that community has been hit by the visible and invisible wounds of war?

This week we have the privilege of speaking with Nicole Motsek, the Executive Director of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Warrior Foundation.  Nicole takes us behind the curtain of a non-profit organization that has successfully assisted EOD warriors in getting their lives back on track after multiple amputations, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and many more challenges.

Specifically, we'll be talking about:

  • The origin and history of the EOD Warrior Foundation, including its two predecessor organizations.
  • The methods in which the Foundation supports the wounded coming back from combat theaters, despite the severe scope of the wounds.
  • How her own losses inspired her to get involved with the Foundation.
  • How the Foundation, with only 6 full time staff members, has structured strategic alliances and community development to serve as force multipliers to allow the Foundation to provide far more support than what 6 people alone could provide.
  • The activities that the Foundation hosts to create greater bonds inside the community that allow families to heal and move into full lives in spite of the wounds.
  • The challenges and solutions in raising awareness and funding for the Foundation, and how Nicole builds a connection with those organizations that can support the Foundation.
  • The steps that the Foundation has taken to prove that it is operating in a fully transparent, accountable, and effective manner.
  • How Nicole and her team are able to keep putting forth effort despite all the challenges and traumatic stories.

RESOURCES:

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Apr 25, 2017

This week we have Chance Taureau back on the show.  Chance helped us kick off this project in Episode 001 where he talked about overcoming adversity and the fundamentals of manhood.

Today Chance talks to us about recognizing that we have holes in our "armor," and that we need to seek and accept help in dealing with the stresses that come with being in uniform.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Chance's efforts to create a program for the EOD Warrior Foundation and its members.
  • What conditions cause someone to seek help.
  • The difficulty in finding a coach or counselor who can deal with the issues men and women in uniform face.
  • How violence affects our ability to function as a "normal" person.
  • Methods for adapting our mindsets to better interact with our friends, family, and inner selves.
  • Personality archetypes and how they affect our ability to interact with our friends and family.
  • The 5 love languages and how our ego can interfere with communicating effectively with our friends and family.

RESOURCES:

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Apr 18, 2017

Our guest today is Jacqueline Carrizosa, a Navy veteran and total badass. Her roots with the military and first responder communities run deep. Her dad is retired Air Force, her sister is an active duty Navy Officer, and she has numerous friends who are firefighters or police officers.

Jacqueline spends her time empowering young athletes; men, women, and children alike. A fierce competitor, she's played male dominated sports her entire life and was gearing up for an epic 650-mile off-road motocross race when she was hit by a truck during a training ride and almost killed.

Having dealt with a childhood that was dominated by mental and physical abuse, Jacqueline has been perpetually inspired to give back to the community by hosting veteran charity work and athletic events that challenge veterans to live more aspirational lives while conquering regular difficulties in transition. A firm believer in self-defense, Jacqueline is associated nationally with various gun companies and defending American rights, and she instructs national classes educating the public on safe weapons handling and tactics. She also writes blog articles for Guns & Tactics and the NRA.

Join us as we talk about:

  • How Jacqueline dealt with a mentally and physically abusive childhood.
  • How joining the military put Jacqueline on a good life path.
  • How Jacqueline chose her military occupational specialty.
  • The risks of being a Navy Search and Rescue Swimmer.
  • What it's like being a female team leader in a male-dominated unit.
  • The struggles and tips of transitioning out of uniform.
  • What we can do to make life worth living.
  • How Jacqueline has clawed her way back from being hit by a truck and almost dying.

RESOURCES:

Jacqueline’s Points of Contact:

Jacqueline-designed Pipe Hitters Union tees:

Jacqueline’s Story on the Veterans Project:

  • http://www.thevetsproject.com/the-blog/?offset=1490209372796 2. @TheVeteransProject - Tim K.

Places Jacqueline supports (yeah, she's got a lot of friends):

  • Icon Sports Alliance
  • Pipe Hitters Union
  • Spike’s Tactical
  • Team 5 Foundation
  • Taran Tactical Innovations
  • Motivators Lifestyle
  • Firearms for Life
  • Bell Powersports
  • LIV Cycling
  • Bike Shop LV
  • IMS Products
  • Rocktape
  • Oklahoma Machine Guns
  • Fox Racing & MTB
  • Karissa Russ & Co

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Apr 11, 2017

Today we learn about maximizing our physical performance by tapping into "energy system" training. OPEX Fitness founder, James Fitzgerald, started creating the OPEX system after winning the CrossFit Games and realizing that power, speed, and stamina could be developed together.  By training those three energy systems in coordination, OPEX clients and athletes have been able to optimize their performance.  OPEX is largely recognized as a dominant player in getting professional athletes ready for the intense competition required at the CrossFit Games, but OPEX also works with people from all walks of life to help them reach their fitness goals.

To fully discuss the workings of energy system training we are rejoined by Coach Justin Biays who helped us understand the fundamentals of fitness in episode 007. Additionally, Justin's coach, Brian Foley, a long-time trainer and head coach at OPEX Fitness HQ, will be delivering his expertise on the OPEX method as we talk through the various applications of energy system training.

Join us as we discuss:

  • How the OPEX system is different from other fitness systems.
  • The nature of the three energy systems: creatine-phosphate, glycolytic/alactic, and aerobic.
  • Why traditional unit-level PT can be ineffective.
  • How energy system training applies to tactical athletes.
  • How a training cycle might be structured based on specific goals.
  • Why skills work specific to your intended activity is critical.
  • Why training across energy systems benefits all types of athletes/performers regardless of chosen sport or activity.

RESOURCES:

Brian Foley:

  • Website: opexfit.com
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brianfoleyopex/; @brianfoleyopex

Justin Biays

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Apr 4, 2017

Guard the Guardians with Sean Hansen is the show with one mission: help active military, veterans, first responders, and their families live better lives. You served us, now let us serve you.

Please subscribe and share with your friends and family. You can reach out at:

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In today's episode Dr. Scott Richardson walks us through the benefits of Chinese acupuncture and dry needling as they relate to healing physical and emotional trauma. Contrary to many people's beliefs, traditional Chinese acupuncture has been subject to the same scientific, empirical rigor that has been applied to many methods in western medicine and can be highly effective in treating a variety of injuries and conditions.

Specifically, we discuss:

  • The mechanisms for injury.
  • Why injury isn't necessarily a bad thing.
  • Why different body tissues heal at different rates.
  • How to avoid injury. How to choose a provider that's right for you.
  • What types of injuries can be treated by acupuncture/dry needling.
  • Getting acupuncture approved with mainstream medical systems and the Veterans Administration.

RESOURCES:

Dr. Richardson's Points of Contact:

Acupuncturist Locator Website: www.AcuFinder.com

Acupuncture for wounded warriors:

Mar 28, 2017

This week we dive into parenting again, and we look at how we can raise strong, independent, and well-rounded daughters. Jaidyn the "Iron Maiden" and her father David Mueller provide a candid look into how their family manages an incredibly busy life while still achieving their goals, having fun, and spending time as a family.

David shares his story of achieving a vastly healthier and more energetic lifestyle after he had a stroke that forced him to clean up his, and his family's, diet. He and Jaidyn discuss how the change in diet affected family dynamics and the benefits they've seen in their focus and performance, including being able to train together in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Jaidyn and David also delve into how they manage Jaidyn's training while David and his wife manage a full-time business. Part of their lifestyle includes Jaidyn having been on an unconventional education plan since middle school. Hearing how Jaidyn and her parents have managed to maintain education as a high priority while Jaidyn is also in a full fight training schedule shows the benefit of using education technology creatively to fit one's lifestyle.

Despite their busy and intensely goal-focused lives, they manage to create time for fun, hobbies, and each other by ensuring that they achieve the true priorities first and knowing what can be sacrificed from their day, including the various social media outlets.

POINTS OF CONTACT:

Dave's Restaurant and Catering - Pink Tank:

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Mar 21, 2017

Today we speak with Larry Hagner, founder of the Good Dad Project and author of the best-selling book The Dad's Edge. Larry grew up in an abusive environment and struggled through a series of traumas as a kid. As an adult he found himself repeating some of the same mistakes with his own children. It was recognizing this destructive pattern that prompted him to make a change. He started treating self development as his top objective so that he could be the best possible father to his kids.

Over the last several years, Larry has been working with fathers from around the world to help them become better dads for their own families. Larry also hosts a top-rated podcast, The Good Dad Project, that brings weekly advice to fathers on how to improve themselves and their performance.

In this episode, Larry shares his perspective on the characteristics and specific behaviors that help him and other fathers be truly present and supportive for their families. Over the past two years, I've found his humble and genuine manner and down-to-earth advice incredibly helpful. If you find yourself constantly having stress at home, whether it's because of your job, combat stress, or any other reason, then this episode will help you get your headspace right so that you can really be there for your family. Larry also delves into how he persevered through the tragedy of losing his son and the mindset that helped keep his family together.

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Mar 14, 2017

This week's guest hits us with wisdom and insights on entrepreneurship and what it takes to make a fight champion. Marc Montoya is the owner and head mixed martial arts (MMA) coach at Factory X in Englewood, Colorado. Factory X is a premiere MMA gym that has turned out top level fighters and champions across the UFC, Bellator, Invicta, Glory Kickboxing, and several other organizations. Marc's discussion dives into the character traits that are required to maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversity and years of struggle.

Mindset and discipline are two keys to achieving your goals and attaining success. Whether you're starting a business, facing off an opponent in the ring, getting ready for an op, or just dealing with your daily grind, this episode will show you how to overcome your challenges with 3 key traits: consistency, commitment, and sacrifice. DON'T FEAR FAILURE - "Losing is learning." - Marc Montoya

RESOURCES:

http://factoryxmuaythai.com/ Twitter: @factoryxmt;

https://twitter.com/FactoryXmt Instagram: @factoryxmt;

https://www.instagram.com/factoryxmuaythai/ Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Factory-X-Muay-Thai-MMA-BJJ-117432781616671/

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Mar 7, 2017

Today's show dives into the lessons learned from Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.  In her late twenties, Angela left a demanding job as a management consultant to teach math to seventh graders in the New York City public schools. Several years in the classroom taught her that effort was tremendously important to success. To begin to solve the mystery of why some people work so much harder and longer than others, Angela entered the PhD program in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is now a professor. She is also a 2013 MacArthur fellow and founder and scientific director of the Character Lab.

Join me as we discuss why grit is vital for achievement, how we establish and maintain the habits that allow us to achieve our goals across a lifetime. We'll also talk about how to avoid sabotaging yourself with self-criticism and judgments. Lastly, we'll analyze how passion and other-centric purpose fuels the fire for long-term achievement.

RESOURCES:
https://www.amazon.com/Grit-Passion-Perseverance-Angela-Duckworth/dp/1501111108

https://angeladuckworth.com/

https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance
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Feb 28, 2017

Please welcome Brett Walters, a US Navy veteran turned Certified Financial Planner and founder of Trident Financial Planning. Brett talks about his journey into, and out of, the military and then walks us through the mindset of personal finance and how to set yourself up for financial success. Do you burn through your cash before the end of the month, have trouble budgeting, or don't understand the basics of how to make financial progress? This is the episode for you!

 

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Money Management Processes by Dave Ramsey: http://www.daveramsey.com/

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Feb 21, 2017

Today's guest, Ryan Michler, is the founder of the Order of Man and spends his life helping men across the planet step more fully into their roles as protectors, providers, and presiders over themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities. His experiences growing up without a permanent father figure, and then as an adult deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, taught him the importance of camaraderie and having a sense of belonging. He shares his guiding principles for leading a more fulfilling life. If you've been lost in the crowd, or you know someone who has lost their sense of belonging, this episode is for you.

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Feb 14, 2017

In today's episode we talk with Coaches Beau Dorning and Justin Biays, former enlisted military service members turned strength and conditioning coaches, as they discuss fundamentals of fitness and healthy movement. They also outline the benefits of different fitness paradigms, such as: power lifting, olympic lifting, crossfit, and endurance sports.

 

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  • http://www.v23barbell.com/
  • https://www.instagram.com/v23barbell/ ; @v23barbell
  • https://www.instagram.com/justinbiays/ ; @justinbiays

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Guard the Guardians is the show with one mission: help active military, veterans, first responders, and their families live better lives. You served us, now let us serve you. Reach out at:

Feb 7, 2017

Join us in this story of struggle and survival. Today's guest is Chad Latta, a former Marine who was deployed to Iraq for Desert Storm/Desert Shield and who has been a therapist for the past 15 years. In addition to his professional accomplishments, he's also a painter and jiu-jitsu black belt. Chad shares his story of transition from the military as well as insights on the problems with traditional therapists. He delves into how different activities can be therapeutic for those struggling with stress from time on the job or being in-country, and the psychology of violence. To top it all off, he examines the lessons in changing self identity as a result of his bout with cancer.

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Guard the Guardians is the show with one mission: help active military, veterans, first responders, and their families live better lives. You served us, now let us serve you. Reach out to us at:

Jan 31, 2017

In today's episode we are honored to be speaking with James Krause, a rising star in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). James is not only fighting at the top level of professional mixed martial arts, but he's also an accomplished businessman. Join us as he discusses his views on self improvement, battle readiness, how to value yourself, and how to manage multiple businesses. He also shares powerful insights on testing yourself, living a principled life, and taking care of those we leave at home.

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