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Team Never Quit

English, Education, 1 season, 377 episodes, 6 days, 13 hours, 16 minutes
Each week join Retired Navy SEAL and Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell who takes you into the "briefing room" to chat with incredible guests who share their greatest never quit stories. This humorous, heartfelt and entertaining podcast is changing lives and has become a beacon of hope and resilience to those who are facing the impossible. One of the best ways we can support our community is to share their stories so that we might inspire others to Never Quit.
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Josh Smith: Founder of Montana Knife Company, Master Blade-Smith, Stylish & Effective Knives Made in the USA

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus & Melanie connect with Josh Smith, Master Bladesmith. His journey into the world of bladesmithing began at the young age of 11, under the mentorship of his baseball coach, Rick Dunkerley. Rick introduced Josh to the art of knife-making, guiding him through the process of removing stock blades. Josh set up his own shop at home, thanks to his father, who provided him space in his equipment shop. By the age of 12, Josh had joined the American Bladesmith Society, marking the start of his formal journey into bladesmithing. At 14, Josh attended the Eugene Oregon knife show, where he met other talented knife makers who generously shared their knowledge with him. This experience further fueled his passion and skill in the craft. At just 15 years old, Josh passed the rigorous Journeyman bladesmith test at the Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia, becoming the youngest bladesmith to achieve this feat. The Journeyman test involves a performance test, where a forged and heat-treated blade must chop a 1” rope and two 2x4s in half and still be able to shave hair. The blade must also withstand a 90-degree bend in a vise without breaking. Following the performance test, the candidate presents five knives to a panel of Mastersmith Judges for evaluation of craftsmanship. Josh didn't stop there. He continued to hone his craft and, at 19, became the youngest bladesmith to earn the prestigious Master Smith rating from the American Bladesmith Society. Tune in to hear more about Josh's incredible journey and the dedication it takes to become a master of bladesmithing! In This Episode You Will Hear: • I passed the Mastersmith test when I was young, so technically, I’m a master bladesmith.  • That [Mastersmith] test and getting there was a lot of work over a lot of years, but really what is meant is you’re really now ready to start learning. You can actually absorb what you’re being taught. • If you’re looking back at something you built 20 years ago, and you’re still thinking that’s the best thing you’ve ever done, you’ve really gotta be honest with yourself. You really haven’t come very far. • There’s a picture of me in Blade Magazine when I’m about 12, standing on a milk crate grinding knives. • I was pretty motivated. At 15 years old, I became the youngest journeyman knife-maker in the world, and then at 19 I became the youngest Mastersmith. • I started getting publicity in magazines when I was really young. When I was 16 years old, I probably had 150 knife orders from all over the world. • It’s amazing today, with what’s at your fingertips, you can learn how to do anything right from home. • Nothing even today replaces being in the presence of that master and having them teach you. • Style comes over time. • One thing I’m proud of – I didn’t fall into making one style of a knife. I can do almost anything across the board. That is what a master is. • I won the best Damascus knife award in the world at the Atlanta Blade Show when I was 20 years old. • I’ve sharpened thousands of knives for people. It doesn’t matter who made it. What matters is who carried it. • I don’t need 300million Americans to be my customer. I want the 20-30-40-50 million that are patriotic as hell and appreciate quality. They want that story behind the blade. We’re proving that American manufacturing is not just not dead, but it’s desired by Americans. • Ten years ago, my house burned to the ground. I was completely broke as hell, living in a camper. And today, I’m shaking hands with President Trump, Junior’s coming over and I pig hunted with Rogan. I get to be friends with heroes-our veterans. • People need to keep moving the ball forward and never give up. Socials: - montanaknifecompany - -  IG: team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13 - Sponsors:   -          -   -    - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -    -   -   -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -
7/10/202455 minutes, 12 seconds
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James Lawrence (THE IRON COWBOY): 100 Ironmans in 100 Days, Multiple World Record Holder, 50/50/50 Challenge, Redefining Endurance Limits

Defying Limits: The James Lawrence Story Join us in this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast for an awe-inspiring conversation with James Lawrence, a man who turned his failures into a catalyst for extraordinary achievements. Known as the “Iron Cowboy”, James has set multiple world records in the world of triathlons and endurance sports. From barely finishing his first 5k at 28 to completing 50 full-distance triathlons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days, James's journey is a testament to the power of mental fortitude and relentless determination. James didn’t grow up as an endurance athlete. At the age of 28, he struggled to finish his first 5k. However, this initial failure ignited a competitive spirit within him and a desire to achieve what seemed impossible. James Lawrence’s story is a powerful reminder that our limitations are often self-imposed and that with determination and focus, we can achieve incredible feats. Whether you’re an athlete, a professional, or someone looking to push past personal barriers, James’s journey offers valuable insights and inspiration. In This Episode You Will Hear: • My dad was a firefighter my entire life. He was out there serving and saving. (2:59) • My life changed at the Calgary Stampede. I entered a contest to see who could ride the giant Ferris wheel for the entire 10 days of the stampede. I won the contest. (3:43) • I’ve been a dreamer my entire life. (4:53) • I’m really good at forgiving myself for mistakes that I’ve made in the past. (4:57) • I don’t see things as good or bad in the ups and downs of life. I see them all as opportunities. (7:00) • I could become “woe is me” and become a victim of the economy and the circumstances that was happening. I tried to fine the positive from it. (8:45) • I think 1 door closes and 10 doors open. (10:22) • When you do something and reach that mountaintop, your perspective changes on what’s possible because you’ve changed. (11:43) • We broke the world record for the most Half Ironmans in a year. It was 22 Ironmans in 30 weeks. (12:44) • In 2012 we did official, full-length Ironman races. We did 30 Ironmans in 11 countries in that year. (12:58) • I’m just trying to find out what my limits are as a human. (14:12) • I love setting new standards. (14:26) • In 2015 after the second world record, we did 50 Ironmans in 50 days through all 50 states. (32:23) • In 2021, we did 100 consecutive Ironmans – An Ironman a day for a quarter of a year, 14,000+ miles to raise money to eradicate sex trafficking. (32:48) • What I’m most excited about is our new book: Iron Hope. (33:22) • Constantly show up and pursue greatness for yourself. (38:06) • Sometimes in life we’re gonna have to get up and do things when we don’t want to. (39:29) Socials: - ironcowboyjames - -  IG: team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13 - Sponsors:   -          -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -    -   -   -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - -  IG: team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13 - Sponsors:   -          -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -    -   -   -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -
7/3/202447 minutes, 23 seconds
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Kristofer Healey: DHS, ICE - Taking Down The Biggest Tele-Fraud Case In U.S. History

Unmasking Cyber Threats: Insights from Kristofer Healey In this week’s episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus and Melanie dive deep into the world of cyber security with our special guest, Kristofer Healey and his wife, Lacey. Kristofer is a seasoned expert in cyber security, fraud prevention, and risk management. With years of experience working at the intersection of technology and security, Kristofer brings a wealth of knowledge on how to protect yourself and your organization in the digital age. Kristofer is an expert on telefraud whose criminal investigative work has been featured in national media profiles, most notably his work investigating India-based call center networks targeting American citizens. Listen in for some great stories about Kristofer’s journey in entrepreneurship and how you can protect yourself and your business. Kristofer is also a sought-after speaker and consultant, providing strategic advice on preventing cyber-attacks and managing risk in an increasingly connected world. In This Episode You Will Hear: • I worked for ICE down there [South Texas] for about 3 years, and I got picked up by the internal affairs group – Office of the Inspector General – around the time that the gulf cartel was going through a civil war. Cardenas gets extradited to the U.S. He started diming out every dirty Border Patrol Agent, every dirty CDP officer that he had paid money to. I got thrown right in the fire of going after all these dirty and corrupt Border Patrol officers and CDP officers. (6:59) • I always tell my victims [of phone scams] is you’re gonna get a lot more justice than restitution. (17:07) • They [phone scammers] get hung up on all the time, but it only takes one to make their week. (21:15) • The 2 generations that fell victim the most were the 70+ (the boomers) and the younger folks that grew up on the internet. (27:32) • These [phone scams] are incredibly smart schemes. (33:18) • Once you do something insanely hard, everything else seems like something you can accomplish. (35:52) • We indicted 61 people in 5 call centers in the U.S. and India. (42:25) • She [One of the victims] lost 2 million dollars. She was 82 years old. A retired teacher. Lost every dollar she had. She lost everything. (58:45) • The IRS scam was very effective, but because we took it down they don’t do that anymore. (63:05) • For our seniors – people on Facebook in particular – stay off Marketplace. (70:50) • When you introduce voluntary adversity throughout your life, you’ll always have a well of experiences you can draw from that are going to make you stronger when the adversity is involuntary. (92:09) • We think we’re going the direction we need to be going in, and God reminds us you’re not in charge. (93:08) • It’s not what happens to you. It’s how you react. (96:29) • Life isn’t what happens. It’s what you do with what happens. (96:41)  Sponsors:   -          -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -    -   -   -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -
6/26/20241 hour, 42 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bill Wagasy: Retired Navy SEAL, Stories of War, Patriot Tour, Keeping A Strong Mindset

Welcome to this week’s episode of the Team Never Quit podcast. Today, we are honored to host Bill Wagasy, a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL veteran, former Notre Dame football player, and current VP of national sales for Commonwealth Land Title Company. Bill's journey from the gridiron to the battlefield and beyond is nothing short of extraordinary. In college, Bill played as a reserve outside linebacker under Coach Lou Holtz, and harnessed the lasting influence of Coach Holtz’s relentless pursuit of excellence. Post-college, Bill pursued a law degree and a master’s in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University. However, driven by a deep sense of duty, Bill joined the Navy and became a Navy SEAL, completing four combat tours between 2002 and 2012—three in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. His specialties included lead sniper, lead breacher, JTAC, and lead navigator. After his military career, Bill discusses the transition to civilian life and working with the Gary Sinise Foundation, and the importance of resilience, duty, and honor in his life and career. We are deeply grateful to Bill Wagasy for sharing his powerful story. His unwavering dedication to service and the indomitable spirit he embodies serve as an inspiration to us all. In This Episode You Will Hear: • The first time she [my sister] ever did Boston [marathon] was the year of the bombing. That was the first public event I ever went to when I got out of the SEAL teams. (16:08) • I feel like a wonderful, all-American upbringing. (22:28) • My coach [at Notre Dame] was coach [Lou] Holtz. (27:43) • One of the greatest things I can say about him [Coach Lou Holtz] – He brought an intensity and a passion every single day for five years I was there. He never had an off day. (27:57) • Do what’s right. It’s not right to find your teammate’s wallet before he loses it. (28:52) • The way you show people you care – is if your part of a team, you have to put forth incredible effort and mental focus. Do your best in every single facet, from execution and preparation. (29:17) • Every day, you’ve gotta bring it. (29:51) • There’s nothing that anybody could’ve ever said to me when I was going through SEAL training that would have the effect of what Coach Holtz said to me. (32:42) • There’s a huge jump between having a dream, and having the courage to follow it. (43:57) • While we were in sniper school, that’s when Operation Red Wings went down. (69:20) • When they found you [Marcus Luttrell] it was like a miracle, like no one could believe that you were alive. It was bittersweet because we lost everybody else. (81:46) • Our fastest sniper rifle shoots about 3,000 feet per second, and an explosive goes somewhere around 12,000 to 25,000 feet per second. (95:02) • I was in a vehicle rollover where I shattered my right wrist, and had a level 5 shoulder separation on my left side. I was in the hospital for ten days. (103:59) • He (Gary Sinise) truly lived the example of “We can never do enough for our veterans, but we can always do a little bit more.” (131:10) • If you were to ask me what 2 years I would never want to repeat again in my life, it’s the 2 years transitioning out of the military into the private sector and starting from scratch at 42 years old. • I had 1 superpower in BUDS and that was taking cold water and just splattering everybody. (156:24)
6/19/20242 hours, 40 minutes, 15 seconds
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Steve Kaplan: Rtd Navy SEAL, Owner of Trident Adventures - Helicopter Jumps, Scuba Diving, Hunting & More

Conquering Fear and Leading with Courage: Insights from Retired Navy SEAL Stephen Kaplan Welcome to this week’s episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast, where Marcus & Melanie Luttrell dive deep into the realms of leadership, courage, and strategic thinking with an extraordinary guest. Today, we are honored to have Stephen Kaplan, a retired Navy SEAL, keynote speaker, business consultant, and leadership expert. Stephen has dedicated over 20 years to mastering tactics, organizational leadership, strategic thinking, and professional team building. After his illustrious military career as a Navy SEAL, he has been transforming corporations, teams, and individuals through his insights and expertise. Stephen shares his perspective on what it truly means to be courageous, emphasizing that being "fearless" is an illusion. True courage is about facing and conquering fears. Steve's adventure business, Trident Adventures is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The company specializes in leadership and team-building experiences that offer an adventure of a lifetime. Learn how these adventures provide teams with a unique edge in leadership development. Whether you’re looking to enhance your leadership skills, build stronger teams, or simply get inspired by a story of transformation, this episode is packed with valuable takeaways. Resources and Links: LinkedIn: Stephen Kaplan In this episode you will hear: • After I Graduated High School, I went to Bible College to be a Pastor. I felt was that’s where I was supposed to be. That was calling on my life. (5:32) • [Marcus] Q: What was the one thing in BUDS that got you? A: I put a stick through my forearm on the obstacle course. (15:34) • [On the obstacle course] my heart’s pumping like crazy. I’m excited.  I’m in BUDS. There’s 300 guys and I’m thinking I’m gonna be the guy that doesn’t quit, and I throw myself over the wall, and when I hop off the other end of it, I hear a snap. (17:06) • The next obstacle was the high wall with the rope, so I go to grab it, and my hand doesn’t work. I look at my arm and there was a big stick sticking through. (17:28) • I didn’t know how to swim when I signed up. (21:21) • You’ll become a good swimmer at BUDS, for sure, but you won’t become a good runner at BUDS. You’ll get worse.  (22:34) • I blew out my ear drum really bad.  They had to cut my ear off, and replace the membrane in my ear with a skin graft. (26:54) • On the second day of hell week, I stepped in a hole in the sand and I hyperextended my knee and tore a bunch of stuff in my knee and ankle. Now I’ve got a bum leg, I’m in day 2 of hell week, and I had such a bad infection in my ear, that it actually rotted a hole in my   tympanic membrane. (28:20) • I do not look like the type of person that should be lifting the type of weights I can lift. (50:55) • [After having shortness of breath and chest pain for days, I was commanded to go to the ER] They do all the x-rays and all the blood tests, and the doctor says, “How long have you had these symptoms?” “5 days, I think.” “You’re supposed to be dead.” (55:47) • I had to have 2 nurses hold me up, because if laid down, I’d pass out and die. My friends came by to say goodbye. I ended up not dying. (56:26) • I was a SEAL tech advisor for Hawaii 5-O, Magnum PI and a couple of other shows. (58:44) • Everybody has fear, Team guys have fear. We’re not fearless. What we do is that we overcome our fear because we have courage. Courage is not the lack of fear, it’s what you do in the face of fear. (62:35) • We’re the only operation [Trident Adventures] – I think in the world – that’s allowed to have civilians jump out of a helicopter into the ocean or a body of water. (63:28) • I used to love free diving, but I lost most of my lungs when I had the pulmonary embolism, so my breath hold now is embarrassing – maybe 30 seconds. (64:32) • [Marcus] In SEAL teams, we will name something funny like Seal Transport Device (STD). 65:11) • I choose to take my previous chapter of my life, and thru my entrepreneurship and my company and how I conduct myself. Through my integrity and my character I want to be that guy that makes people look at the teams in a higher regard because of how I carry myself. (73:33) Socials: -  IG: team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13 - Sponsors:   -          -    -   -   -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -
6/12/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 48 seconds
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Evy Poumpouras: Former Secret Service Agent - 9/11 First Responder & Valor Award Recipient, Best Selling Author, Public Speaker

Mastering Fear and Building Resilience with Evy Poumpouras In this compelling episode, Marcus and Melanie sit down with the incredible Evy Poumpouras, former Secret Service Agent, author, and expert in resilience and personal empowerment. Evy shares her journey from protecting presidents to empowering individuals to face their fears and build unshakeable resilience. She provides practical strategies for managing fear, handling stress, and cultivating a mindset that can thrive in any situation. As a Secret Service Agent, Evy served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton. She is the author of "Becoming Bulletproof: Protect Yourself, Read People, Influence Situations, and Live Fearlessly." She is a renowned speaker and media commentator, frequently appearing on networks like CNN, MSNBC, and NBC. Her expertise in body language, lie detection, and personal protection makes her a sought-after expert in the fields of security and resilience. Evy’s actions as a first responder during the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City bestowed her the United States Secret Service Valor Award. Resources: Book: Becoming Bulletproof by Evy Poumpouras Evy’s Website: Follow Evy on Social Media: Instagram, Twitter    @evypoumpouras  In this episode you will hear: • I was born in Harlem, New York. My parents were immigrants – they’re Greek. (9:50) • My dad’s first job in America – he worked for free. (12:04) • [Growing up] Fun was when the fire department would open up the fire hydrants, and we’d run through them. That was “going to the pool.” (13:57) • I’ve always trusted my [inner] voice – whatever it is – intuition, instinct. I would listen to it. (18:22) • I’m brave if I’m in proximity of other brave people. (19:30) • When I applied to the Secret Service and before that, NYPD, I never asked what am I getting paid? (22:55) • Everything I was able to do, happened here, and there’s no question in my mind, had I been born in Greece – I say this with all humility, there’s no way I would’ve ever been a secret service agent, there’s no way I would’ve ever been a cop. (39:20) • After 9/11, the tone changed significantly. [People became] very much supportive of first responders. (42:10) • [In the 9-11 experience] there were no injuries that day. You either lived, or you died. (59:51) • That was the saddest part, I thought “I’m gonna die all by myself here – completely alone.” (69:33) • Those situations show you who people really are. Even training won’t reveal that, until you see who does what, and who’s capable of what. (80:25) • [Marcus] The best comes out in everybody when we all get hit at the same time. (81:11) • [Marcus} I think 9-11 recreated a different kind of America. (84:38) • I never dealt with the victims, I dealt with the suspects and the perpetrators. (99:52)  • I learned when I was an interviewer, certain countries torture certain ways. (110:04) • I think our next big attack is gonna be a cyber-attack. (120:23) Socials: -  IG: team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13 - Sponsors:   -          -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -    -   -   -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -
6/5/20242 hours, 15 minutes, 6 seconds
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Aaron Kendle: Navy SEAL To CEO, Overcoming A Freak Accident Amputation, Norseman Xtreme Triathlon

Building a Bridge Between Two Worlds with Aaron Kendle In this riveting episode, we dive deep into the extraordinary journey of Aaron Kendle, who dedicated 16 years to the Navy SEALs, completing six deployments. Kendle began his career as a medic, advanced to become a sniper, and eventually served as a sky-diving instructor for the West Coast SEALs in San Diego. Transitioning from military to civilian life, Kendle embraced a new mission as the CEO of the SEAL Future Fund (SFF), an organization devoted to helping fellow SEALs transition into civilian life and careers, with the creation of tailored resumes, professional coaching, and networking opportunities. Despite a devastating accident that required hand amputation and the discovery and treatment of his life-threatening aortic aneurysm, Aaron proves firsthand that perspective, attitude and determination go a long way in life. Tune in to hear Aaron Kendle’s full story and gain valuable insights on leadership, resilience, and the power of community in supporting life transitions. In this episode you will hear: • Q: So what was it that made you want to become a Navy SEAL? A: I started thinking about it before I graduated. 9-11 is what shifted my path. (7:37) • I still going to the VFW. I still love talking to those older guys. It’s a different mindset. (11:14) • I heard my name going to Gold Team. As the classes get smaller and smaller, the guys get tighter. (44:33) • We were living in Morgan’s house. Every Wednesday, if we were all together, we would go to Outback Steakhouse and get Chocolate Thunder. (50:48) • Aaron speaks about “Extortion,” when 30 servicemen were killed when a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. (57:25) • 2 days later when everything opened up, I remember calling my dad on a sat phone, saying “Hey, it’s me. I’m alive. I’d love to stay and chat, but there’s a bunch of stuff going on.” (61:59) • The older guys that did 20-30 years. Those are the guys trying to figure out what’s the next step? (81:13) • Aaron tells the most ridiculous and compelling story of an accident that resulted in having his hand amputated, and the subsequent hilarious events that followed. (82:12) • “You have an Aortic aneurism. Your Aorta is way oversized.” (98:09) During Covid I’m out there skateboarding. Made this turn, hit a wet patch, and landed directly on my nub. (103:35) • I had a seizure. Out of nowhere. (104:18) If I don’t have a goal for something, then I’m not doing anything. (109:16) • Starting running is the worst feeling of all time. To stand there and then begin to run is terrible. (110:13) • I think I owe it to people. 1 - I’m not dead. If I can go out there and suffer a little bit to help motivate people, and make ‘em better than I am, that’s our goal. (123:23)  Socials: -  IG: redmanda252 -  IG: team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13 - Sponsors:   -          -   -   - [TNQ]   -    -   -   - [TNQ]   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -
5/29/20242 hours, 12 minutes, 36 seconds
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Jann Mardenborough: How A Video Game Champ Became an F1 Driver, Star of Movie "Gran Turismo"

From Video Gamer to Professional Driver with Jann Mardenborough In this week's Team Never Quit episode, Marcus and Melanie bring you an incredible story that bridges the virtual and real worlds of racing. Join us as we dive into the fascinating journey of Jann Mardenborough, a British professional racing driver who went from playing sim racing video games to competing at the highest levels of motorsport. Jann’s passion for racing ignited at a young age. Despite his father's professional soccer career, Jann dreamed of holding a steering wheel. Growing up in Cardiff, Wales, his potential was clear even at age 8 when he impressed a local go-kart track owner. However, financial constraints forced him to give up real-world racing, pushing him towards sim racing games like Gran Turismo. The turning point came in 2011 when Jann entered the GT Academy, a hybrid gaming-driving competition by Nissan and Sony Computer Entertainment. Competing against 90,000 entrants, Jann’s exceptional skills in Gran Turismo 5 propelled him to the finals. His dedication saw him practicing up to five hours a day on a simulator rig complete with pedals and a steering wheel. Jann's journey through the GT Academy was nothing short of extraordinary. Starting from virtual races, he proved his mettle on real tracks at Brands Hatch and Silverstone. His performance culminated in a winner-take-all race at Silverstone, securing him a professional racing contract with Nissan. From winning the GT Academy, Jann quickly made a name for himself in the racing world. He has since finished on the podium in his class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, won races, and contended for titles in GT3 and junior formula cars. His career highlights also include competing in Super GT, Super Formula, and the FIA World Endurance Championship. We’ll also touch on the Gran Turismo movie, which dramatizes the story of how a video gamer like Jann transitioned into a professional racing driver. This film highlights the transformative impact of the GT Academy and showcases the merging of virtual and real-world racing. Jann’s story is a testament to how passion and dedication can turn dreams into reality, regardless of how unachievable they may seem. Tune in to hear more about his incredible journey from a bedroom gamer to a professional driver on some of the world's most prestigious tracks. In this episode you will hear: • My dad isn’t an academic person, but he really instilled in me and my younger brother – things about life. You have one life. He was paid to do something he loved. (6:07) • When you’re 8 or 9 years old, you don’t really understand, but as you get older – what do I want to do? And my thing was racing. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. It was always instilled in my head – the understanding what the job was. I thought to myself “I want to do that. I don’t know how I’m going to get there, but I want to do that.” (6:26) • It was through my friends – the love of cars, and the objects, and the pictures. I had them on my wall. (8:38) • I was a kid that could recognize a car on the street in the dark just by the headlights as a 6 year-old. (9:50) • With my dad, when I was younger, he never forced anything on me. (17:39) • [Melanie] Q: Using the video game simulation, did you ever think that that was actually going to propel you into real racing? A: No. Absolutely not. It wasn’t a conscious thought. My dream was always to be a racing driver, but I didn’t know how it would happen. (25:52) • I used to go to work with the keys of my BMW which I had maybe 6 months. I would always go to work with the key in my pocket. That little BMW emblem on the key ring – I’d be rubbing it in my pocket, just thinking, “This isn’t it, what I’m doing, but I have at least something which was bringing me joy.” (26:53) • Confidence and arrogance. People want to give you responsibility.  If you’re a bit soft with your answers – the first impressions are what really matter. (41:11) • Every day in the academy, there was somebody getting eliminated. (41:41) • I box things off in my head, once I learn about them, and I don’t revisit them. (50:49) • [His car went airborne] A horrible point in my life. I remember it vividly. (51:34) • [Melanie] As [Marcus’] wife, I see the parallel between the two of you. Both of you never quit. (52:46) • My favorite championship race is the one in Japan. It’s called GT500. (64:51) • In motorsports, even in Formula 1, you have 1 tire supplier. (65:25) • Yes, there’s things I want to do in the sport. I want my own race team. (67:42) • Be the best that you can be. (71:35) Photo creds:   - Ligier Automotive Socials:   -   - IG: @jannthaman  -  IG: team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13   - Sponsors:   -          -   -   - [TNQ]   -    -   -   - [TNQ]   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -
5/22/20241 hour, 12 minutes
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Brandon Kapelow: Director, Photographer on Mental Health Advocacy, Crafting Compassion Through Physcedelic Therapy

Exploring Mental Health Through Visual Storytelling with Brandon Kapelow This week on the Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus and Melanie speak with Brandon Kapelow, a versatile visual artist hailing from the picturesque landscapes of Wyoming. With a diverse portfolio encompassing directing, photography, and cinematography, Brandon's creative journey is as dynamic as the landscapes he captures. But there's more to Brandon's story than meets the eye. At an early age, he endured the tragic loss of his dad to suicide, an experience that profoundly shaped his artistic endeavors and personal mission. Now, as a survivor and advocate, Brandon channels his passion into exploring themes of mental health through his work. Brandon delves into the complexities of mental health with a keen eye and compassionate heart. Beyond academia, he extends his support to those affected by suicide loss as a peer-support group facilitator. Join us as we traverse the intersections of art, resilience, and healing with Brandon Kapelow. From the rugged landscapes of Wyoming to the bustling streets of LA and Vancouver, Brandon's nomadic lifestyle mirrors his insatiable curiosity for the human experience. In this episode you will hear: • I struggle with a succinct way to categorize what I do, because I really try my best to be a chameleon at times. (4:45) • So you’re having these dramatic swings between one extreme and the other. On one end of that spectrum you have like the depressive, down quality, and the opposite side you have mania – hyperactivity, lots of energy, feeling like you’re king of the world. (7:44) • I was a bit of a nerd in high school. I was in the speech and debate team. (9:18) • Words do matter. (19:32) • Even the word “triggering” is something that we try to avoid using now, because that evokes imagery of a specific thing that might be upsetting to certain people. (23:44) • If each of us can encourage one other person to model slightly better behavior, then we’re gonna live in a better world. (25:07) • People really don’t take unsolicited advice. (28:19) • If you’re concerned about somebody, really just be direct with them and let them know that you are concerned, particularly with suicide. (31:31) • The one thing that you can access anywhere in this country is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Call 9-8-8. (34:50) • If you know a person who has access to something that they can use to kill themselves, work with them to try to remove access to whatever that might be. (37:10) • [Marcus] When you into a situation, don’t let the situation affect you. You go in there to affect the situation. (42:02) • We have to separate people’s external circumstances from their feeling of worth, purpose, and meaning in life. (46:58) • I work with a lot of veterans, because they are a particularly at risk group for suicide and other mental health challenges. (48:33) • Vulnerability is a source of strength. (59:44) • [Melanie] When I was introduced to psychedelic medicine, and I saw how it was helping so many people, I couldn’t keep my blinders on. I started to do research and seeing how it was changing lives. (66:56) • It’s one thing to have a self-guided experience. It’s another thing to have a mental health professional there with you while you’re undergoing this experience to really maximize the benefits. (72:08) Socials:   -   -   - IG: bkapelow  -  IG: team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13   - Sponsors:   -          -   -    -   - [TNQ]   -   -   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -
5/15/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 49 seconds
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April Cheek-Messier: CEO of The National D-Day Memorial Foundation On The Upcoming 80th Anniversary

In this week's episode, Marcus and Melanie are honored to host April Cheek-Messier, a key figure in preserving the legacy and lessons of one of the most pivotal moments in history: D-Day. April is the President of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, an organization dedicated to upholding the memory of the Allied Forces' valor, fidelity, and sacrifice on June 6, 1944. As the President of the Foundation, she plays a critical role in ensuring the integrity and security of the National D-Day Memorial while advancing its educational mission. During our conversation, April sheds light on the Foundation's multifaceted approach to fulfilling its mission. We delve into how the Foundation maintains and operates the National D-Day Memorial, providing a solemn and educational space for visitors to honor and learn about the events of D-Day. Through various programs, projects, and exhibitions, the Foundation strives to cultivate an appreciation for the historical and residual significance of D-Day. Join Marcus and Melanie us as we gain insights into the tireless work of April Cheek-Messier and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation in preserving the legacy of D-Day and ensuring that future generations understand the profound impact of this historic event. In this episode you will hear: • I grew up in Bedford, Virginia, which was a community impacted heavily by World War II. (3:50) • Bedford sustained the highest per capita loss on D-Day.  (4:28) • 16 million served in World War II, and we have less than 1% living today. (7:32) • Like so many veterans, they didn’t talk about it. They tried to forget about it. (10:47) • It became [Bob Slaughter’s] goal to make sure there was something to commemorate those who gave their life on D-Day. (11:48) • In 1996, congress decided there should be a National D-Day Memorial. (12:45) • We are not federally funded. It was a grass roots efforts by veterans. (13:03) • What joy it brought Bob Slaughter and his veteran friends to know that they did it. (13:46) • Over 400,000 families during World War II lost a loved one. (17:16) • There were 3 sets of brothers who served on D-Day. (18:41) • It’s when you’re able to tell the individual stories that young people can understand the tragedy of war and what was accomplished that day was so very critical. (24:29) • Believe it or not, there was nowhere – not even in Normandy - a list of who died on June 6, 1944. (25:21) • The more we can work together to make sure these stories are told is incredibly important. (32:23) • D-Day was critical. It was going to be the turning point of the war in Western Europe. It was Operation Overlord, which was to invade German-occupied France. (33:25) • The consequences were dire. This had to happen. They had to succeed. (35:56) • 5,000 ships, 11,000 aircraft, just on D-Day alone. 160,000 troops and over 150,000 landing on June 6th alone. (36:50) Sponsors:   -          -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -
5/8/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 57 seconds
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Chris Caracci: Original SEAL Team 6, Undercover Narcotics, SWAT Operations, Stories Of MOH Heroes At War (pt2)

Chris Caracci – Part 2 – From SEAL Team Six to Law Enforcement: A Journey of Tactical Mastery This week, the Team Never Quit Podcast brings you Part 2 of Marcus and Melanie’s discussion with Chris Caracci, a distinguished figure with over two decades of combined military and law enforcement experience. Chris's journey from serving with SEAL Team One and Team Six to becoming a leading authority in practical and tactical techniques is both inspiring and enlightening. Chris’s illustrious career began with a six-year commitment in the U.S. Navy, where he served with unparalleled distinction in SEAL Team One and Team Six, specializing in anti-terrorism operations. Transitioning from his military service, Chris spent nine years as a sworn tactical officer, operating in diverse environments across New York, New Jersey, and South Florida. His expertise in SWAT operations and narcotics enforcement earned him recognition as a top-tier operative and trainer, sought after by both local and federal agencies. Chris shares compelling accounts of Medal of Honor recipients going back to the Vietnam War. Today, Chris's dedication to personal protection and private training keeps him at the forefront of the field, where maintaining peak physical and mental conditioning is paramount. With a profound understanding of real-life conflicts, Chris brings a unique perspective to his classes, teaching from both the heart and the mind. Gain insights into Chris's firsthand experiences with real-life conflicts and the strategies needed to navigate them successfully. Don't miss this week’s Part 2 episode as we delve into more details of Chris Caracci’s military and law enforcement service - a true master of tactical expertise.  In this episode you will hear: • [Marcus] I remember being in hell week, around the world, rowing that boat. I looked over at the guys in my boat and I said, “Hey guys, we’re in the books, we’re in the movies right now. • The things that I read about in the books is what we were doing. {16:36) • If I can’t see my target I’m not shooting. I don’t shoot to make noise. (34:20) • [Marcus] Imagine if a football play lasted until you actually scored a touchdown – without stopping. It’s kinda what it’s like for us. (47:48) • Sometimes, you have to face the truth that what we do and how we do it. We CAN do it and not everybody can do it. (58:30) • SEAL Teams have never left anyone behind – ever. (74:43) • We had three Medal of Honors that went out in Vietnam. (84:54) • For a SEAL to be awarded and it’s not about medal, we’re talking about a validation for something they did. It’s very hard for frogmen to get that because every day are those kinds of missions. (84:00) • Just training. SEAL Teams kill more people in peacetime than anyone has a clue about. (89:59) Sponsors:   -          -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -
5/1/20241 hour, 36 minutes, 4 seconds
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Chris Caracci: Original SEAL Team 6, Undercover Narcotics, SWAT Operations, Stories Of MOH Heroes At War

Chris Caracci - From SEAL Team Six to Law Enforcement: A Journey of Tactical Mastery In this week's Team Never Quit episode, Markus and Melanie are honored to host Chris Caracci, a distinguished figure with over two decades of combined military and law enforcement experience. Chris's journey from serving with SEAL Team One and Team Six to becoming a leading authority in practical and tactical techniques is both inspiring and enlightening. Chris’s illustrious career began with a six-year commitment in the U.S. Navy, where he served with unparalleled distinction in SEAL Team One and Team Six, specializing in anti-terrorism operations. Transitioning from his military service, Chris spent nine years as a sworn tactical officer, operating in diverse environments across New York, New Jersey, and South Florida. His expertise in SWAT operations and narcotics enforcement earned him recognition as a top-tier operative and trainer, sought after by both local and federal agencies. Chris shares compelling accounts of Medal of Honor recipients going back to the Vietnam War. Today, Chris's dedication to personal protection and private training keeps him at the forefront of the field, where maintaining peak physical and mental conditioning is paramount. With a profound understanding of real-life conflicts, Chris brings a unique perspective to his classes, teaching from both the heart and the mind. Gain insights into Chris's firsthand experiences with real-life conflicts and the strategies needed to navigate them successfully. Don't miss this compelling episode as we delve into the details of Chris Caracci’s military and law enforcement service - a true master of tactical expertise. In this episode you will hear: • Marines are unique people. (7:53) • I was only really good at climbing, and I was always climbing buildings. (12:52) • I just happened to close a door and looked behind it, and what do I see? I see these twin 72 cubic inch scuba tanks. I grabbed ‘em and they were [made of] Styrofoam! (28:34) • If I ever come up with something like Dementia, I hope I’m brave enough to identify it and go for a long swim. (35:21) • In battle you learn one thing. [You need] water, and ammunition. (36:45) • When you hit the water, you only got a matter of minutes, and if that parachute gets saturated, it’s an anchor. You’re going down. End of story. (38:26) • If you never quit, you’ll never know how to. (39:37) • [Marcus] The only reason I knew I could make it, it because I made it through hell week. (40:47) • The reason they don’t give us – in my day – more psychological techniques, and even some physiological tricks – they wanna see who’s gonna do it on their own. (45:48) • Free fall is difficult because there’s no gravity. (49:39) • You still did one thing together – you get up in line and you examine each other’s equipment to make sure the guys are squared away and nothing bad’s gonna happen. (57:42) • One of the reasons I was really driven to be a frog man was because they weren’t designed for any other purpose other than warfare. (60:59) • There were so many cold war frogmen that were ready. There was no war but we were ready. (70:40) • One of the first things I learned is that it wasn’t about muscle, it wasn’t about brawn – it was about the mind. (83:24) • You can’t change the world. You have to learn how to navigate accordingly. (93:41) • Where is there a war I can get in? Where can I stand up for somebody and fight but for a reason, for a purpose. (96:01) • Life may be boring to me, but what makes life is being able to share it with someone special. (99:23)
4/24/20241 hour, 41 minutes, 39 seconds
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Julie Werhnyak: An Officers Story Of A Lethal Enounter In The Line Of Duty

Surviving the Unthinkable: A Law Enforcement Officer's Story of Courage and Recovery In this week's Team Never Quit episode, Marcus and Melanie meet with Julie Werhnyak, a former Tempe, Arizona police officer whose life changed forever on March 3, 2015. Julie shares her harrowing experience, the split-second decisions she had to make, and how she drew upon her training and resilience to survive being stabbed in the neck. Julie had a routine before starting her shift. But on that fateful Tuesday morning, she sensed something was amiss. A premonition led her to alter her routine and mentally prepare for what lay ahead. Responding to a call for a welfare check, Julie and a colleague encountered a situation that quickly escalated. As they attempted to gain entry to the residence, Julie's worst fears were realized. A violent suspect emerged, armed and dangerous. In a split-second decision, Julie confronted the assailant, risking her life to protect others. Julie's bravery came at a cost. She sustained severe injuries during the confrontation, but her training and resolve kept her focused on survival. With the support of her colleagues and medical personnel, Julie began her journey towards recovery. Despite the physical and emotional toll of her ordeal, Julie returned to duty, driven by a sense of duty and resilience. However, the challenges didn't end there. Julie reflects on the importance of proper psychological support for law enforcement officers facing trauma. After two decades of service, Julie recently retired from the force. With her company, Artemis Self-Defense, Julie continues to empower others through tactical and self-defense education. Her story serves as a testament to the power of training, resilience, and community support. Julie Werhnyak's journey is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers and the strength it takes to overcome adversity. In this episode you will hear: • My best never quit story would’ve been during my martial arts training and because of those never quit moments, that’s how I was able to survive the stabbing that I incurred. (5:50) • Every day I put on my Tempe Police uniform I spoke some version of mantra which is “I accept and expect I will be involved in a lethal encounter today, and I will do everything I can to insure my survival.” (8:36) • As soon as the muzzle of my gun touches his body, and I fire my first round, the knife penetrates my neck, just above the left clavicle. (19:24) • I started on my tactical breathing to slow everything down, so that hopefully I would bleed out. (21:31) • My first thought was, “Oh shit”, not because I was scared but because I knew I couldn’t get out of the way and I was gonna be stabbed. (28:32) • The trauma doctor attributed not only my survival but her [the victim’s] survival to physical conditioning. (29:35) • It missed my carotid [artery] by less than an inch. (33:05) • [The perpetrator] was a 26 year old guy with his whole life ahead of him. He had a family who loved him. (35:07) • I survived because I was prepared. (39:16) • I wasn’t thinking I was gonna die, I was too focused on living. (39:47) • I knew that if I was in a knife fight I would probably be cut, but it would be what I did next that mattered. (44:18) Socials:   -   - team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13   - Sponsors:   -          -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   -
4/17/20241 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
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Mack Alexander: How A Veteran Turned $41 Into A Million Dollar Belt Business, American Made "Mack Belts"

From Service to Trauma to Triumph. In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus brings to the table Mack Alexander, who persevered through a traumatic brain injury while serving in Special Operations as a Navy SEAL. He was medically retired after an injury while deployed in Africa. Mack initially turned to leather crafting as a therapeutic activity following his injury. His creations started with repurposing old belts from the Salvation Army into dog collars. However, his trajectory changed when a former teammate requested a belt for an upcoming deployment. Drawing from his military experience, Mack designed a belt he knew could meet the demands of an operator's life. The quality and durability of his belts gained widespread popularity, setting the stage for the inception of Mack Belts. His commitment to quality and patriotism he sourced his materials exclusively from the United States and started Mack Belts.  At the core of every handmade Mack Belt are vintage American-made machines, some of which date back to 1940 like this Brown & Sharpe automatic screw machine below. These resilient machines, with their sturdy steel frames and timeless designs, are more than historic; they embody a time when meticulous craftsmanship was the norm, and these vintage marvels are the machines that guard the legacy of Mack Belts. Mack embarked on a mission to become the new leader of the American belt industry. In a world dominated by mass production and dwindling quality, Mack Belts emerges as a beacon of American craftsmanship, blending heritage with innovation under the visionary leadership of Mack Alexander. Join us this week as we delve into Mack's inspiring journey from Navy SEAL to founder of a burgeoning belt company, rooted in patriotism and dedication to quality. In this episode you will hear: • If I was gonna give my brother something, it had to be perfect, because with a charge, if it’s not built correctly, somebody gets hurt or it doesn’t work. (1:16) • The attraction of the SEAL Teams – Did you have what it takes to make it through that training. To be in a group of men like that doing what we do, was like a dream. (13:06) • No matter where you are in life, grab a mentor, and then when you get to that place where you think you can give back, be that mentor. (17:35) • In a [one] year time frame, I had 3 pretty bad TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injuries). (28:54) • [Due to] post concussive Syndrome, I kinda lost my mind. (29:25) • I got to a point where I didn’t want to live anymore because my purpose – I wasn’t ever gonna find it out there. (32:55) • The first time you see an American service member who’s give his life for freedom, with an American flag covering his body coming home – and you’re standing watch over him – that American flag means something completely different after you’ve experienced that. (33:18) • You gotta be grateful. I have a second chance at life, and I need to make the most of it. (34:31) • I went from hero to zero. I went from this dude with a title and status, and here I was living in the back of my truck. (37:44) • I try to love everybody and anybody that I can, and try to be that good example and be the change I wanna see. (38:31) • Leathercraft felt good to me. I’m a Breacher, and high RPM machinery gets me jacked up, there’s no peace there for me. (44:50) • I created a lot of my own problems because I was just a mess, on a bunch of pills and kinda off my rocker. (45:23) • With $41, and I’ve hit a million dollars in revenue. (58:11) • Everything bad I had to go through, led me to where I am right now, which is sitting in a chair in front of Markus Luttrell. (60:51) • When I buried my old self and put on this new way, and rebuilt on the word, everything fell into place. (61:25) • I put John 3:16 on every box. (62:37) • God has a plan for my life. He’s put this passion in my heart & given me this skill. (66:24) • I was redeemed by putting my faith in Christ. (66:54) Socials:   -   - macks_belts   -   - team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13   - Sponsors:   -          -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   -
4/10/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 31 seconds
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Chris Cassidy: NASA Chief Astronaut, Navy SEAL, National Medal of Honor Museum CEO on His Inspirational Career

Thriving Across Sea, Air, Land, and Space. In this week's Team Never Quit episode, we are honored to host a true hero of our time, Captain Chris Cassidy. With a decorated dual career as a U.S. Navy Captain (SEAL) and NASA Astronaut, Captain Cassidy's journey across the sea, air, land, and outer space is nothing short of inspirational. Captain Cassidy shares his remarkable journey from the U.S. Naval Academy to becoming NASA’s 15th Chief Astronaut. He delves into the transition from serving as a member of the U.S. Navy SEALs to embarking on spaceflight missions, emphasizing the importance of adaptability and perseverance in the face of challenges. As a proven leader of diverse teams, both in the military and at NASA, Captain Cassidy provides invaluable insights into effective leadership. Drawing from his experiences as a commander of the International Space Station and various military deployments, he highlights the significance of collaboration, communication, and developing trust in achieving common goals. Captain Cassidy empowers the never-quit mindset and supports others on their journey to success. He emphasizes the importance of giving back to the community and serving as a source of inspiration for future generations. As we look to the stars and beyond, his story serves as a reminder that with determination and leadership, anything is possible. Join us for an unforgettable conversation with Captain Chris Cassidy, as we explore the depths of the ocean, the heights of space, and the limitless potential of the human spirit. In this episode you will hear: • Looking for a way to pay for school is what led me to the Navy. (5:58) • In a small town in Maine, people play football and soccer, and Friday the season ends, on Monday basketball starts, and when that season ended, baseball started. (6:41) • I didn’t even know [the SEALS] were a thing. I just knew I could be in the Navy and they would help me pay for college. (7:18) • If it’s the head of human resources voice you hear [on the phone], you’re not gonna be an astronaut, but if it’s the chief astronaut, like the commanding officer, then it might be a good call. (23:01) • Come to work with a good attitude and grind, and you’ll be asked to do things, and doors will open. (26:47) • I wanted to go to space. It was really that simple. Once I got selected, I just wanted to do my first mission. (29:11) • If you don’t have a little pucker factor, you don’t understand the physics that are going on behind you. (34:15) • A rendezvous to the Space Station is kinda like that line drive throw. We have to launch at exactly the right moment when the Space Station is in the perfect spot in the sky, so that we rendezvous together. (38:43) • When you land on water, it might be softer, but the mission is not over until you’re on the ship. (45:21) • [After a space mission] you’re very uncoordinated, very wobbly, very unstable. We’re not allowed to drive a car for 2 weeks, or ride a bicycle for2weeks. It takes about a month to be normal again. (45:47) • If you have a fire, you gotta put it out. If you can’t put it out, you close hatches, and isolate compartments. If it overcomes the whole thing, you gotta leave. (50:04) • There’s no air molecules around you, so, if you kick, you’re not pushing against anything – there’s no force to react against. (53:38) Sponsors:   -          -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   -
4/3/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 17 seconds
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Chris Gothro: Navy SEAL Master Chief Recounts High Stakes Missions, Red Cell Bank Robbery, Fun Stories From The Teams

In this week's Team Never Quit episode, Marcus dives into a fascinating discussion with our special guest, Chris Gothro. With an impressive 40 years of combined service, including 26 years in active military duty, Chris brings a wealth of experience and fascinating stories to the table. Chris's journey began in the US Navy, where he served in various critical roles. With a focus on force continuity of operations and critical infrastructure protection, Chris operated under an active DOD Secret Clearance, highlighting the gravity of his responsibilities. As a Logistics Management Specialist for the Naval Special Warfare Command, Chris navigated the intricate logistics web of one of the most elite branches of the military. Rising through the ranks to become a Master Chief SEAL, Chris's expertise and leadership were instrumental in managing the undersea mobility program, a role that demanded precision and strategic planning. Throughout the episode, Chris regales us with captivating tales from his time in service. From seemingly ridiculous operations to high-stakes missions, each story offers a glimpse into the dedication and ingenuity required in the world of military service. As a Master Chief SEAL and logistics specialist, Chris delves into the intricacies of leadership and effective management, offering valuable lessons for leaders in any field. Join us as we uncover the world of government service with Chris Gothro, a true testament to dedication, service, and the pursuit of excellence. His stories inspire and enlighten, offering a glimpse into a world few have the privilege to experience firsthand. In this episode you will hear: • The guys [SEALS] are smarter, more well prepared, built harder and ready to go from day one. (28:01) • I did 40 years combined government service. I did 26 active duty.(30:28) • Frog Men – if they’re smart – when they get into trouble and get caught. If you’ll say these mortal words – and the officers will laugh at this – “Well, XO, it seemed the logical thing to do at the time, but in retrospect I see the folly of my decision-making and I will stand accountable for my actions. (36:03) • “Okay, you had your fuck up, prove it’s a hiccup and it’s not a habit, because if it’s a habit you’re gonna be very short lived in this community. (36:51) • “I love being a team guy.” (40:21) • [Melanie] Can you walk us through that bank robbery?” (54:24 – 56:40) • [Marcus] We’re on this race track, and there’s 3 cars – side by side. We’d be driving down this track at full speed, and then they’ll be like: “You got shot – you’re out. And he would lean on the steering wheel while we’re racing and we’d have to pull him into the back seat. Meanwhile, the other guys are shooting us with paintballs. (60:35) • Don’t be that guy that has the only information. Pass it on to everybody so everybody knows. (64:08) • The combat swimmer – no bubbles. You don’t want to be seen. You don’t want to have bubbles come up. (66:49) • His [Marcus’] Trident award was the last one awarded by the team. (70:28) • [Marcus] “You’re not allowed to touch a Trident or go near one. (74:40) • Chris’ involvement with Red Wing (84:44 – 99:00) • I’ve got some good news, and bad news. Bad news is we’ve gotta tough job and there’s no way around it. You’re the junior guy and it gonna fall on you. The good news is you’re a perfect fit for it. (101:53)    Socials:   - team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13   - Sponsors:   -          -   -   - {TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   -
3/27/20242 hours, 12 minutes, 8 seconds
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Surviving the Unthinkable: Mason Sawyer's Story of the Phone Call That Changed Everything, Persevering & Helping Others

The Power of Perspective. Join us for a deeply moving and inspirational Team Never Quit episode featuring Mason Sawyer, a resilient individual who has faced unimaginable tragedy with unwavering strength and purpose. Mason's personal and professional life blossomed as he married his high school sweetheart, Kortni Atkinson, and embarked on a journey of education and coaching. After earning his college degree, Mason returned to his Alma Mater, West Jordan High School, as the head coach of the Varsity Basketball team while Kortni pursued her Nursing degree. In the summer of 2021, Mason's life took a devastating turn when his family was involved in a fatal car accident in St. George, Utah. The accident claimed the lives of his brother, nephew, wife, and two of his children, leaving only his son Blue as a survivor. This unimaginable loss shattered Mason's world and altered the course of his life forever. Despite his grief, Mason has devoted himself to raising his son, and honoring the memory of his loved ones. Inspired by the 10/90 Principle—believing that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond—Mason has channeled his pain into a mission of helping others. He has launched a podcast, "The10ninety," and emerged as a compelling public speaker, sharing his message of resilience, hope, and the power of perspective. Join us as Marcus and Mason discuss the journey of tragedy, resilience, and profound transformation, and discover how Mason continues to inspire others through his unwavering courage and commitment to living the 10/90 Principle.   Socials:   - 10ninetyrule   - masonsawyer91   -   - team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13   - Sponsors:   -   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   -   In this episode you will hear: • I’m very much in the thick of my grief still… (7:04) • [My dad used to tell me] I have you, and your brothers and your sisters, and your mom. I have it all. That’s kinda what I had to shape my perspective. (10:54) • The number one thing. That’s what makes someone rich is good quality relationships. (11:09) • Being a good dad – That’s the number one, best, quickest way to make a difference in this world. (17:02) • A big dust storm got kicked up, and it just covered the highway. It caused a 22 car pileup and it killed 8 people. And 5 of those 8 people was my family. (21:54) • We were high school sweethearts. I never dated another girl. She was it. (31:15) • You wake up, and you get your ass kicked today. You’re not gonna get any of ‘em back. You’re gonna lose, but you still fight on. It the best you can do. (38:23) • That’s why I love the whole buffalo metaphor. The buffalos know they’re gonna get their ass kicked. But they get the good shit with the storm. The cows that run away from it get the snow or the rain or the shit part of the storm. But like if you embrace it, yeah you’re gonna get fucked up, I’m not saying you’re not gonna get hurt, but you’re also gonna get the benefits of it. (38:54) • You’re never gonna get to those good parts, if you run away from the bad parts, ‘cause the bad and the good are located in the same spot. (39:52) • If you’re running from the pain, you’re running from the growth. (40:02) • [Marcus] Oh, by the way, you and I also got the death penalty. That’s the only way we check outta here. (41:28) • [Marcus] You wake up, and you have a bad day or a hard day - -that’s gonna remind you how good your good ones are. (49:07) • Your life – it doesn’t mean anything. It’s up to you to make it something. (56:47) • That’s the point of life – handling shitty moments the best you can. (57:57) • I learned that opportunity can come from the absolute worst thing. (60:25)
3/20/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 53 seconds
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Toby Gutteridge: Royal Marines Soldier Survives After Being Shot Through The Neck, Life As A Quadriplegic & Motivational Speaker

Life's Precious Second Chance. In this week's powerful episode, we are honored to have former Royal Marine Toby Gutteridge, an extraordinary individual who defied the odds after being paralyzed by a shot through the neck during a night raid in Afghanistan. Paralyzed instantly with a shattered C2 vertebrae, Toby's survival was miraculous. He details the harrowing moments, the support of his colleagues, and the grueling journey of rebuilding his life. Toby battled mental health issues, but his determination led him back to education, earning a first-class business degree at Bournemouth University. Reflecting on the fragility of life, Toby expresses gratitude for his second chance and emphasizes the preciousness of every moment. Toby's resilience extends to entrepreneurship, as he founded an extreme sports clothing brand that echoes his optimistic outlook on life—finding light even in the darkest times. Tune in to this episode to witness Toby Gutteridge's remarkable journey from the battlefield to rebuilding a life filled with purpose, determination, and a profound appreciation for the precious gift of life. Socials:   - Bravery_UK   -   - team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13 Sponsors:   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   -   -  In this episode you will hear: • When I left South Africa, I was so determined, come hell or high water, I was gonna get into the British Marines no matter what. (13:11) • My determination was a lot higher than probably 80-85% of the recruits. (15:47) • As a Royal Marine, it was a reality check. All of the sudden, the movies and all that goes out the window, and reality kicks in. (16:58) • Where the Hilos landed, there was no cover, and they left us there. It was as flat as a pool table. We couldn’t go back; we couldn’t go left or right; so the only thing we could do was a full frontal assault on this compound.  [We] Just showed the enemy what we’re made of. (34:10) • [As we broke through a door] They just opened fire on the first team that went through the entryway, and I happened to take a round through the neck that hit me square in the spinal cord, and that was me – lights out. (44:45) • The next thing I remember was waking up probably about 3 months later. (46:36) • [My recovery was] hell on earth, man. (46:47) • You’re fighting for your survival, fighting for your life, using everything you’re got, just to not give in. (47:14) • They couldn’t do an MRI because of the metal that was still stuck in my neck. (49:06) • I spent 12 months on my back, staring at the roof. (57:28)  • I’m not be the man to let the team down let the legacy of who we are down. I’m not gonna be that soldier. (58:57) • I think my brothers in arms – the support I got from them – is what probably got me through it. (60:24) • I just crossed a point where I decided I’m gonna make the best of it.  (60:59) • It’s inspired the next generation of Special Forces Operators to go “Damn, look what these guys have done. Look at that legacy they left behind.“ (62:02) • I lost all my physical capabilities, but I still have my mind. (63:31) • I put all my energy, all my focus into education. (66:15) • [Marcus] That SF attitude they put inside of us when we get in there is a game changer. (67:38) • A big part of being in the SF world is being brave, and facing challenges. (70:45) • Living life to the max. That positivity, spinning that into people – is what the brand is all about.)  (71:55) • Live life to your fullest, because you never know when it’s gonna be taken away. (73:41)
3/13/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 23 seconds
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Morgan Luttrell: Rtd Navy SEAL Recaps His First Year In Congress, Behind The Scenes in DC

Navigating the Legislative Landscape. Welcome to the Team Never Quit Podcast with your host, Marcus Luttrell. In this week's episode, we dive into the intricate world of the House of Representatives with our special guest, and Marcus’ twin brother, Morgan Luttrell, the dedicated representative from District 8. Join us as Morgan sheds light on the inner workings of the House, providing valuable insights into how laws and bills are crafted, the collaborative efforts involved, and the day-to-day functioning within the hallowed halls of Congress. Ever wondered how things actually get done in the House of Representatives? Morgan provides a behind-the-scenes look at the strategies and negotiations that take place, offering an insider's perspective on the art of getting things done in the complex world of politics. Learn about the various stages and committees involved in shaping legislation, and how representatives like Morgan play a crucial role in this intricate dance of democracy. Morgan opens up about the challenges faced by representatives and the triumphant moments that make the journey worthwhile. Discover the highs and lows of navigating the political landscape and advocating for the needs and concerns of District 8. Whether you're a political enthusiast or just curious about the inner workings of government, this episode is sure to leave you with a deeper appreciation for the democratic process.   Socials:   - mojoluttrell   -   - team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13 Sponsors:   -   -   - [TNQ]   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]   -    In this episode you will hear: • Everything I say is Morgan’s opinion. It’s Morgan’s perspective. (6:24) • Candidate Morgan is different now because I have such a depth of what actually happens in the halls of congress. (7:21) • You have to convince all the other members about what you think. (8:58) • I’ve had conversations where the individual on the other side of the table is like “I don’t want a border. I don’t care about laws on the border. Anybody that wants to come across and plant a flag has the right to do so.” Those conversations happen. (10:16) • It’s not Morgan representing the entire country. It’s Morgan representing District 8. (13:10) We create appropriations bills, and appropriations bills fund the government. (14:31) • I’m doing every single day – as hard as I can – to move laws in order to protect the people of Texas. (32:53) • We have a spending problem. The process itself works, if you realize you can’t spend more than you have. (33:58) • Learning to be a congressional member. You have to understand your role. (57:26)  • It can get interesting on the committees. (61:16) • I tried never to get hit in my blind spot. I tell my staff: “Don’t ever let me get caught off guard. I don’t want to embarrass the district.” (61:30) • I want House Resolution 2, the Border Bill to come across from the senate. And I want this to be signed by the President, so we can enforce it. That’s primary goal #1. (65:22) • [Melanie] Q: How long do you see yourself as a congressman? [Morgan] A: 3 terms. (66:17) • They chose me, and I’m doing my absolute best to widen the road that those went before me paved. (68:25) • After I leave - if somebody was to say anything about me, the response that I’d be honored to hear would be “I wish he was still here.” (70:12)
3/6/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 32 seconds
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Eric Blehm: NYT Best-Selling Author Unveils "The Darkest White," Heroic Stories of Veterans, Story of How "Lone Survivor" Went Public

Unveiling Stories of Courage and Adventure In this week’s Team Never Quit episode, Marcus and Melanie sit down with Eric Blehm, an acclaimed author whose storytelling prowess has carved a niche in the realms of adventure, courage, and the human spirit. With a track record that boasts New York Times bestsellers and accolades like the National Outdoor Book Award, Blehm's narrative skills have captivated readers across the globe. A groundbreaking moment in his journalistic career was in 1999 when he became the first journalist to accompany and keep pace with an elite Army Ranger platoon, setting a milestone in American war journalism. His immersion with the Special Operations community led to gripping accounts, including the story of eleven Green Berets who changed the course of history in Taliban-held southern Afghanistan just weeks after 9/11 (The Only Thing Worth Dying For). Fearless and Beyond delves into the inspiring story of Naval Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Adam Brown, showcasing resilience in the face of addiction and devastating injuries. Eric's storytelling prowess extends to Legend, an account of the U.S. Army’s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and Green Beret Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez. In his latest work, The Darkest White, Blehm returns to his mountain roots to recount the life of snowboarding’s original superstar, Craig Kelly. The book explores Kelly's journey from being the sport’s first true professional to his tragic end in the powdery backcountry that initially drew him to his calling. Both Fearless and Legend are currently in the process of being adapted for film by major Hollywood producers and studios, attesting to the cinematic appeal of Blehm's storytelling. Join us for an episode filled with riveting tales of courage, adventure, and the human spirit as Eric Blehm takes us behind the scenes of his extraordinary storytelling career. Socials:   - ericblehmofficial   -    - team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13 Sponsors:   -   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ] In this episode you will hear: • I want to not only hook a reader with something interesting, but I want to give them a reason to finish the book. (7:15) • I always try to get some sort of a cliffhanger, something early on that will keep someone reading. (7:20) • If someone comes back and asks me where this sentence came from, or where this quote from, • I want to have an answer. (9:18) • I would rather have a hole in my story than fill it with bullshit. (9:46) • Some stories that are very true cannot be told true, because certain people don’t want shit told. (11:01) • At some point in your life, you’re taken away by a story.  (12:24) • I wanted to be a pro snow boarder in the 80s. (13:26) • I do not even know the whole story of how Lone Survivor came together. (23:44) • [Marcus] When it was time to do the movie, I got to live with [Director] Peter Berg. (26:41) • I was chatting with one of [Ted Nugent’s] bandmates. [I asked] Is it true that he will only shoot something he eats? And he said “It is absolutely true. Sometimes I wish he’d shoot a salad.” (34:57) • To die a hero [Adam Brown] with all those skeletons buried. (37:29) • People often ask if there’s a common thread to all these special ops or operators, and it seems to me that everybody has overcome something already. Someone once said: “Children of Adversity.” (37:40) • A woman will change a man’s religion and his politics. (39:58) • There’s 2 heroes in Fearless: Kelly Brown and Adam Brown. (41:13) • [Melanie] Now you get the Trident when you graduate BUDS. (44:05) • There’s a certain personality that the SEALs have. They are people people. It’s very much a mental game. (48:26) • There’s always a choice between making something “Wacky Hollywood” vs “This is what really happened.” (52:04) • Roy Benavidez was a real badass. He’s the one person I’d want beside me if I was surrounded by the enemy and running out of ammo. (53:04) • You {Marcus] are a household name, and people look to you as someone who stands for America. (95:39)
2/28/20241 hour, 40 minutes, 1 second
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Jeff Gum: Fmr USN SEAL, Entrepreneur On Overcoming Challenges in BUD/s, Adaptive Training, Charity Challenges

From Navy SEAL to Entrepreneur: Jeff Gum's Journey of Perseverance, Purpose, and Sungas Welcome, friends to this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast with your host, Marcus Luttrell. In today's episode, Marcus has the honor of hosting a true hero and inspiring individual, Jeff Gum. Jeff is not only a former US Navy SEAL with two deployments to the Middle East but also the founder of Sunga Life, a swimwear and athleisure brand that goes beyond fashion to support causes close to his heart. Jeff takes us on a riveting journey from his ten years as a US Navy SEAL to his entrepreneurial venture with Sunga Life. Hear about the challenges, triumphs, and lessons learned along the way. Supporting Forgotten Heroes: Adaptive Training Foundation: As a board member of the Adaptive Training Foundation, Jeff sheds light on the incredible work being done to empower amputee and spinal cord injury veterans and civilians. Discover how these individuals undergo training and embark on transformative experiences through mountain and ocean therapy. The Power of Persistence: Overcoming Challenges in SEAL Training: Jeff shares a personal story of resilience during SEAL training, where he faced significant health challenges but persisted, ultimately graduating with a group of elite SEALs. Learn how the mindset of never quitting has shaped his approach to business and life. Sunga Life: More Than Swimwear - A Lifestyle Brand with Purpose: Explore the evolution of Sunga Life from its roots in the Brazilian Sunga to a comprehensive lifestyle brand. Jeff discusses the brand's expansion into 4-way stretch board shorts, silkies, and shirts, and how it has become a symbol of freedom and confidence. Championing Veteran Causes and Charity Challenges: Jeff's commitment to supporting veterans extends beyond his business. Dive into his involvement in epic charity challenges like the Hudson SEAL Swim and his role as a scientific master diver with the Force Blue Team, where former special operators work alongside scientists for ocean conservation. The Urgent Need for Veteran Support: Jeff passionately addresses the lack of support for veterans post-service, emphasizing the importance of community and a sense of purpose. He discusses the factors contributing to veteran suicides and advocates for governmental planning to keep skilled individuals engaged and active. Follow Your Bliss: Jeff's Inspirational Advice: Jeff leaves us with words of wisdom inspired by Joseph Campbell's philosophy: "Follow your bliss, and doors will open." Learn how being true to oneself and pursuing what makes your heart glow can lead to positive change, both personally and in the world. Thank you for joining us on this powerful episode with Jeff Gum. Be sure to check out Sunga Life and the incredible veteran foundations he supports. Remember, being your own person and creating positive change starts with embracing your uniqueness. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, and leave a review. Until next time, be the light in the darkness and inspire others on their journey. Socials:   - jeffgum , , pewuniversity   - team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13 Sponsors:   -   -   -   -  In this episode you will hear: • [In BUDS] I’d always make the decision: “I’m not coming up for air until the task is done. (3:25) • I can’t just go and have a normal job. I need the biggest challenge in order to be fulfilled. What’s the hardest thing I could do? And I became obsessed with hell week. I almost wanted to do hell week more than be a SEAL (16:55) • I told everyone I wanted to be a SEAL, and then, a year and a half later, 9-11 happened and it just reaffirmed it 100-fold. I don’t want to go be a Navy SEAL to do hell week, and learn how to skydive and scuba dive, and blow stuff up and shoot guns, all these really bad-ass things. I wanted to do it to hunt the most evil people in the word, and make sure 9-11 never happens again. (17:33) • I will never, ever quit. (34:43) • [Kyle Maynard –has no arms or legs - and I] start talking. We become friends. We start hanging out a lot. I start bringing him in to speak to my students and motivate them. We traveled around the world together. I took him diving at the Great Barrier Reef, climbed the highest mountain in Australia and went to 20-plus countries with him. (70:07) • I was having major [back] issues. Even trying to do basic workouts it would pop and go out on me. I went to Columbia to the bio accelerator, and they did stem cells in my spine. I’m like a new person after that. (74:40) • I swam Alcatraz, and swam it in one of my Sungas. That was the coldest swim I’ve done. (94:55) • I’m a board member for the Adaptive Training Foundation in Dallas, helping with athletes. After 9 weeks of training - spiritual, mental, physical. Literally, they perform miracles there.  They’ve been 20-30 years and haven’t walked, and at the end of 9 weeks they’re walking. (97:06) • I never felt so much love and gratitude for everyone who’s been in my life. Of all the people I could’ve been born to and I was born to my mom. All the siblings I could’ve had, and I had my sister and my brother. It was hard to think of my dad and brother without being sad because I miss them so much, but it made be so unbelievably grateful for the time I had with them. (102:10) 
2/21/20241 hour, 55 minutes, 58 seconds
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Sherri Reuland: Co-founder Of Boot Campaign & Behind The Scenes Of Its Creation, Inspiring Entrepreneur

Transforming Smiles and Lives: A Conversation with Sherri Reuland. Welcome back, faithful listeners, to another exciting episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast with your host, retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Today, we have a truly inspiring guest joining us - Sherri Reuland, a remarkable individual making a significant impact in various fields. From her work as an Orthodontist to her involvement in charitable efforts like the Boot Campaign, a non-profit organization supporting military veterans and their families. Learn more about the incredible initiatives of the Boot Campaign and how Sherri contributes to making a difference in the lives of those who served. Sherri is also the author of the JIC (Just in Case) book. Tune in as she discusses the inspiration behind the book, its purpose, and the valuable lessons it imparts. The book is not only a guide for emergency preparedness but also a testament to Sherri's commitment to helping others lead safer, more secure lives. Sherri's diverse interests also extend to the world of film, where she is involved in an exciting project promoting the benefits of Ibogaine. Learn about her investment in this promotional film and how she sees it as a platform to raise awareness about the potential therapeutic uses of Ibogaine. Don't miss this insightful conversation with Sherri Reuland, and be prepared to be motivated to make a difference in your own unique way! Subscribe, share, and join us next time for another engaging episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast. Socials:   - silverpickranch_   - team_neverquit , marcusluttrell , melanieluttrell , huntero13 Sponsors:   -   - [TNQ]   -   - [TNQ]  In this episode you will hear: • We wanted to use our collective skillsets to find a way NOT to start a charity or to raise money, but to start a movement - a campaign about putting yourself in their [veterans’] shoes. Empathy – how do we connect with this community we don’t know a lot about. (15:29) • Our goal was to exploit them [our veterans] in the benefit of the military. (24:24) • A lot of the executive functions of my family fall on my shoulders, and I thought “I’ve got to write so much down, [thus the JIC Book was created] because if something happens to me my family is gonna be very, very lost.” • My son has a lot of the entrepreneurial spirit. (57:05) • I bought the land and a car wash; invested a little bit in new equipment, and then turned my son and three of his friends loose on it. They had to understand customer service, and how to be polite, and they did it flawlessly. They learned how to grow up. (57:44) • I think that we are facing a mental health crisis. Then I see this Ibogaine - It has applications to treat a very large spectrum of symptomology. (62:57) • I’m investing in a film that’s gonna tell the story about the beginnings of Ibogaine. (64:04) • My role in this is to bring awareness to some of what the research is showing. And to get it known and seen by people who can make a big difference. (69:09) • [Marcus] It gets to the root of what’s bothering you - Not all those layers you’ve put in there, or that other people put in there, or that life’s put in there. (70:46) • [It’s] absolutely the best thing that ever happened to me. (71:27)
2/14/20241 hour, 25 minutes, 17 seconds
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Randy Beausoleil on What it Takes to Be A Navy SEAL, Operation Blue Spoon, The Invasion of Panama

Join us for this week’s exhilarating episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast as Marcus sits down with Randy Beausoleil, a true American hero and former Navy SEAL of 34 years. In this gripping conversation, Randy shares insights from his remarkable mission to Panama, where his mission was to take down dictator and drug lord, Manuel Noriega, by blowing up his boat. Listening to Randy’s compelling, firsthand story offers a glimpse into the mindset that defines a warrior. Discover the principles of teamwork, adaptability, unwavering determination, and the mental toughness required to navigate high-stakes situations. Listening to Randy reveals insights into the discipline, focus, and resilience that set Navy SEALs apart, and be inspired by how these principles can be applied to everyday challenges. Unleash Your Inner Warrior: Tap into your own inner warrior spirit. Whether you're facing personal challenges or striving for self-improvement, Randy's insights provide a roadmap for unlocking your full potential.   Sponsors:   -   -   -   - Follow us!   - In this episode you will hear: • You’re gonna make it no matter what happens. You just have to believe. And the Navy doesn’t train that into you. (12:45) • In order to make it through BUDS, you gotta believe you can do it. (13:32) • People quit when they don’t believe. (15:48) • The work is being miserable, cold, wet, tired. You still have to perform. (18:37) • Hell week is what separates us from the rest of them [other Special Forces]. It gives you a weird mental ability that no other training can give you. (19:50) • Everybody compares themselves to SEALS. SEALS don’t compare themselves to anybody else. (20:35) • We have to train so hard that no matter what we do, we’re way better at it than anyone else. (23:59) • When we do actually go into combat, combat is easier than the training. 24:09) • My desire was for their best interest [as an instructor]. We’re gonna train hard, but we’re gonna stick together. You need to know why you’re doing what you’re doing. (29:46) • You need to be training everybody that is below you to replace you. (34:59) • As the leader, I’ll help who needs help. (37:29) • I don’t want to talk specific tactics because there’s still guys on active duty deploying those tactics. I don’t want the enemy to hear it. (50:22) • [Marcus] If you close your eyes and drop underwater, you know how many kicks it takes to get 100 yards. (51:46) • Okay, this is why we’ve been doing what we’re doing. We’re getting on the C141, and that night, we’re getting in the water and we are diving on these boats. (67:05) • If something happens, it’s my fault. If we didn’t get there, it’s my fault. If we got compromised, it’s my fault. I’m not gonna sit there going “it’s his fault.” (77:00) • Once we go in the water, it over, that boat is blowing up. (79:46) • There has to be a level of finality to whatever you’re doing. If I don’t do this correctly, things aren’t gonna work out so well. (130:37)
2/7/20242 hours, 12 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Resilient Warrior: Joey Hahn's Journey From Foster Care To Frogman

Welcome back, loyal listeners to another episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast!  Join us as Marcus and Melanie sit down for a conversation with wounded warrior and U.S. Navy SEAL, Joey Hahn. Having lost his mother at 4 years of age to cervical cancer, his father was unable to care for him and his two siblings, and they were placed in foster care where they lived in dozens of homes across Texas until he graduated high school. Despite the turmoil in his life, Joe graduated third in his high school class, earning multiple scholarships to attend Texas A&M University to pursue a Biomedical Science Degree. Joe was attending college when the 9/11 attacks occurred. He enlisted and spent 13 years in the United States Navy as a Special Operator First Class (SEAL). He deployed multiple times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he then deployed three more times to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and to other undisclosed locations worldwide.  During two separate freefall workups for specific missions and deployments, Joey was catastrophically injured, shattering his left and right legs individually. Each injury required several surgeries and months of recovery time before he was able to return to his unit. After two more deployments, the extent of his injuries was discovered, requiring more surgeries. Unable to fully recover and having sustained several TBI’s from explosions and IED’s while overseas, Joseph Hahn was medically retired in 2017.  Joey currently subcontracts with various entities conducting training, personal security, and consulting while continuing to pursue his degree. Tune in and be inspired. Until next time, NEVER QUIT! Sponsors:   -   -   -   -   - Follow Us On Socials:    -   - Support Us On Patreon, and ask a question of the week!   - In this episode you will hear: • I can remember the day I got picked up [by CPS Foster Care]. I was in Kindergarten. (9:20) • The foster home that took me in was my baseball coach. (18:02) • I was constantly the new kid. My average stay at a home was 6 months. (20:38) • The whole image of 9-11 and the invasion of Iraq was all over the TV. Stuff like that ate at me, especially being young, able-bodied, male Texan. I kept thinking to myself I need to do something now if I’m gonna do it because I’m physically capable now. (26:36) • What attracted me to the whole community was combat diving. I loved water growing up. You couldn’t keep me out of a body of water: lake, pond, tank, trough. I was always trying to find a way to get wet. (32:02) • Growing up as a child, I didn’t have any connections to anybody. I rarely saw my actual brother. There was no consistency as far as people in my life until the very end of my foster kid career. (73:51) • I never really bonded with anybody until I went to BUDS. I can tell you everybody I went to BUDS with. They made a lifelong imprint on my life. (74:15) • The only way to survive this situation [in battle] is to be with your brothers, and be ready for it, but accept that death is a possibility. (76:15) • Instructors were telling us, “You’ve gotta be prepared to shoot somebody in the face. If you’re not mentally prepared for that, you’re in the wrong line of work. (78:28)
1/31/20242 hours, 7 minutes, 37 seconds
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Kailee Mills Foundation: Advocacy Rising from Tragedy, Seatbelt Awareness Sparks Scholarships & Countless Inspired

Buckle Up for Life: The Kailee Mills Foundation Story Welcome to another impactful episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast. In today's episode, we shine a spotlight on the crucial importance of seatbelt safety, exploring the heart-wrenching story of David Mills and his family. Their tragedy led to the creation of the Kailee Mills Foundation, a beacon of hope and advocacy for seatbelt awareness. The Mills family's tragic journey begins with the heartbreaking story of losing their beloved 16-year-old daughter in a car accident. This devastating event became the catalyst for change in their lives and ignited a passion for preventing similar tragedies, in memory of their daughter. Through educational programs, events, and collaborations, the foundation continues to make strides in promoting seatbelt safety and saving lives. We discuss tangible ways our listeners can contribute to the Kailee Mills Foundation's mission and promote seatbelt safety within their own communities. Join us as we honor the memory of Kailee Mills and support the Kailee Mills Foundation in their tireless efforts to make our roads safer. Every buckle can make a difference. Check out the foundation here: - Sponsors:  -  -  In this episode you will hear: • The whole Team Never Quit mindset started for me when we lost our daughter. Our 16 year old. It was at that point that I realized how short life is. (14:31) • A lot of my friends that were way less smart than me, weren’t as hard of workers as me, were doing way bigger things. I was like why can’t that be me?   That’s when I why decided to grow my company and things really took off.  At the same time, we were building a foundation in our daughter’s name. (14:48) • Even from a young age she [Kailee] could talk to anybody. She was like an adult, she would go into a room and make her presence felt. She was outgoing, bubbly, a light in a dark room. She had a large personality, a big smile, a loud laugh, and was larger than life. (19:26) • She also didn’t mind being the butt of a joke. (21:40) • It’s a parent’s worst fear – losing a child. (28:17) • Your odds [of survival in a crash] go up exponentially if you have your seatbelt on. (33:34) • I’ve never been comfortable with public speaking but I just felt like these kids [gathered at the crash site days later] needed to hear a message of how important it is to be safe in the car. (34:51) • I told ‘em you’ve gotta be selfish when it comes to your safety. (35:36) • Who do you buckle for at home that loves you that’s counting on you to make it home safe? (41:45) • I’ve done way worse, and got away with it. (63:14) • I’m shaving getting ready for the memorial service and I’m thinking to myself of all those stupid choices I’ve made and got away with, and I thought it’s not fair. I’m a Christian. What is the foundation of my faith? It’s the Lord’s Prayer - Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. (63:28) • I called him [the driver’s father] and said I want you to know that I forgive your son. I want him to know that If he wants to come pay his respects, say his goodbye’s We’re gonna welcome him with open arms. We’re gonna love on him. We’re gonna tell him it’s gonna be okay. We forgive him. (64:17) • If there’s somebody in your life that you’re holding hatred or a grudge on, just consider forgiving that person. (64:45) • Raising awareness is about creating conversations and reminding people what’s important. (72:12)
1/24/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 21 seconds
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Anthony Mortillaro: Creative Street Artist, Navy Veteran Shares Exclusive Giveaway w/ Custom Art

Welcome to this week's Team Never Quit Podcast episode! Marcus’ guest, Anthony Mortillaro, widely known as THASM, is a seasoned artist hailing from Queens, NY. With a colorful and creative journey, he has achieved international acclaim for his incredible work. Anthony has received commissions from notable figures: film-makers, actors, military heroes, and sports team CEOs. These collaborations not only showcase Anthony's artistic prowess but also highlight the diversity and impact of his craft. Anthony runs an online art gallery on ETSY, aptly named THASMgallery. Boasting over 30 five-star reviews, the gallery is a testament to Anthony's exceptional skills and the quality of service he provides. Beyond his artistic endeavors, Anthony has a fascinating background. After a successful career in the United States Navy, he retired and now calls Norfolk, VA, home, where he resides with his family. His journey from military service to a thriving artistic career is sure to inspire and captivate. Join us for an insightful conversation with Anthony Mortillaro as we delve into his artistic evolution, memorable commissions, and the unique intersection of military service and artistry. This episode is a blend of inspiration, creativity, and the triumph of following one's passion. Don't miss out! Socials:  - THASMgallery.     * Check Instagram for giveaway rules! Sponsors:   -   - In this episode you will hear: • Not having a male role model led me in a different path. (7:17) • [Marcus] “at the very least, when I’m trying to be a father – at least I’m sitting there.” (7:43) • I was in more than 11 elementary schools. We moved around a lot. It was constant changing. Now that I’m older looking back - that wasn’t normal. (8:55) • [Graffiti] was our social media. Graffiti was an outlet to express and to cope. To escape reality. (11:33) I just did it as more as an outlook to get away from what was happening in the home front. And then it fast forwarded and wound up opening the door to other avenues that I wasn’t anticipating. (13:24) • This is the first time I’m coming out publicly that I was in the Navy. I never told anybody. (16:20) • …when he {Morgan Luttrell] stared at me, he stared into my soul with the thousand yard stare. (22:32) • It went from Graffiti to making a piece that actually shared a story. (24:57) • I think the paintings that I do will describe identity, a story, and express someone’s life. (27:48) • Joining the military – hands down - was the best decision. (34:15) • Partying became my own worse version of me. (34:27) • Things started smoothing out when I had a friend of mine actually start witnessing to me. (34:34) • I joined the military to better to better myself. Most people do. (35:08) • I believe Morgan [Luttrell’s] heart is bigger than his body. (37:06) • Money – it matters, buts not everything. (39:28) • Everybody goes through something. Everybody has that “now what?’ - That uncertainty. (47:36) • My kids don’t have a trident together, but they have their bond. (49:44)
1/17/202458 minutes, 52 seconds
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Clint Bruce: Fmr US Navy SEAL & NFL Athlete on Veteran Advocacy, Leadership Strategies

Unleashing the Warrior Spirit with Clint Bruce In this week's episode, Marcus and Melanie are thrilled to host Clint Bruce, a former Navy SEAL and co-founder of Carry the Load. Clint brings a wealth of experience and insight into leadership, resilience, and the warrior spirit. Join us as we delve into his journey from the elite ranks of the U.S. Navy SEALs to his impactful work in professional football as well as the veteran community. Clint discussing the challenges, triumphs, and the mindset that sets these warriors apart.  As a successful entrepreneur and leader, Clint reflects on the leadership principles he learned in the SEALs and how they apply to various aspects of life. Discover his insights on leading with purpose, building high-performance teams, and navigating adversity. Clint co-founded Carry the Load, a non-profit dedicated to honoring and remembering the sacrifices made by military, law enforcement, and first responders. He explores how the warrior spirit isn't exclusive to the battlefield but can be applied in everyday challenges. Gain practical tips on fostering resilience, discipline, and mental toughness to overcome obstacles and achieve personal and professional success. Hear how he manages the demands of a high-stakes career while staying connected with his family. Join us for this powerful and inspiring conversation with Clint Bruce as we unlock the secrets of the warrior spirit and learn how to apply these principles to lead more fulfilling lives. Whether you're a leader, aspiring warrior, or someone navigating life's challenges, this episode offers valuable lessons for everyone. Tune in and unleash your own inner warrior! Sponsors:  - Socials: - IG: team_neverquit - Realclintbruce In this episode you will hear: • My gift is not being gifted. I’ve always had to figure it out. (13:15) • Being not good made me good. (15:12) • Leaders talk about what they don’t want to talk about, they say what they don’t want to say, they listen to what they don’t want to listen to, and they plan for what they don’t want to happen. And the willingness to do that is what makes them a leader. (16:44) • I’ve always wanted to a part of something bigger than me that scared me a little bit that I was gonna have to work hard to keep up with. (22:08) • [I went to the Naval Academy because] I wanted to take care of my family, and I wanted to see how good I was. (28:58) • I told my service academy coaches all the time: You got guys ready for war as much as you did football. You have no idea how many lives you saved on the battlefield, because of what you taught us on the ball field. (30:05) • I gotta go where it’s harder, because you’re gonna learn about yourself when you go where you don’t know. (33:23) • Ray [Lewis] stood up, and he grabbed me by both shoulders, and he said “Go be great! Go be great!” (33:38) • Think about what happens if you catch what you’re chasing. (35:04) • I love doing something where every day you don’t know how it’s gonna end, and if you don’t pick the right people along the way, you’re not gonna make it. (44:47) • One of the things I love about our community is that the mission’s bigger than any of us. (45:49) • When you lose people that you love sooner than you should, the worst thing you could ever do is waste the time you have that they don’t. (52:56) • My favorite weapon is a map. (53:32) • I define my life as having live on 4 maps: the ball field, the battle field, the boardroom, and the breakfast table. (54:23) • The business plan is real simple:             Psalm 1:27             1 Peter 5:6-7             Galatians 6:9             Proverbs 22:29             Proverbs 27:2 (60:56) • C4 stands for Career, Compete, Contribute, have a Catalyst. (66:54) • Who are you chasing? Who are you keeping pace with? Who are you pulling behind you? (87:40)
1/10/20241 hour, 33 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dr Gabrielle Lyon: NYT Best Selling Author & Health Expert Unveils The Keys For A Fit & Long Life

In this week’s Team Never Quit episode, Marcus and Melanie have the pleasure of hosting Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, a well-respected functional medicine practitioner and the founder of the Institute for Muscle-Centric Medicine®. Dr. Lyon is a leading expert in brain and thyroid health, lean body mass support, and longevity. Her insights into optimizing health and vitality are grounded in a wealth of knowledge and experience. She challenges the notion that becoming frail is a passive process, emphasizing the power of choice in shaping one's health and longevity. By identifying emotional, environmental, and psychological barriers to lasting health, Dr. Lyon guides individuals in designing personalized action plans and advanced nutrition interventions. Her philosophy revolves around the idea that vibrant health and longevity are achievable by unlocking one's potential for wellness through dedicated effort and personalized strategies. Join us in this enlightening conversation with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon as we explore the dynamic relationship between personalized health interventions and the foundation of an exceptional life. Learn how you too can unlock your potential for vibrant health and longevity. Sponsors: - -  In this episode you will hear: • I don’t make resolutions. I set standards. (1:34) • I never changed my direction. From 17 to where I am now, my direction never changed. I studied nutritional sciences. I was lucky enough to train under one of the world leading experts in protein metabolism. (10:46) • I was very unimpressed with the physical ability to be good at sports. (11:32) • I’ve always been interested in being of service. The worst thing someone could be is not be useful. (15:45) • I was always interested in being fit. (18:44) • I had this moment – “What the fuck are we doing?” You’re telling people to do these things, they’re following it, and we’re not telling them the right information. (22:12) • The biggest piece of advice as people are thinking about the new year: Don’t be surprised that you don’t want to go to the gym. Everybody is shocked. Plan for your weaknesses. (26:37) • There’s a lot of misinformation in the nutrition space. (27:33) • No, red meat is not killing the planet. (27:43) • Eat for strength. Everything else is a smokescreen. (27:45) • Policy, politics, money influences everything. (29:50) • There’s a lot of talk about eating for your blood type.  There isn’t evidence to support it. (35:46) • I take care of special operators, and early cancer detection. (49:54) • The other group of individuals are very entrepreneurial, motivated, mavericks, innovators, and moms. It’s an architect of a person. (50:23) • You wanna know our family motto? DBAP - Don’t be a pussy. (60:24) • This is about a mission that could change the narrative of medicine. (61:42) • Dr. Lyon’s Supplement recommendations: Mitopure (Urolithin A - a postbiotic), Vitamin D, Fish Oil, and a good multi-vitamin. 
1/3/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 34 seconds
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Dennis Price: USMC Force Recon & Private Military Contractor On Service, Family & Sacrifice

THIS VIDEO IS ESSENTIAL VIEWING: A Leader’s Testimony Unleashing the Power of Transformation in the Depths of Darkness! | Mighty Oaks Testimonials POLARIS GROUP WEBSITE: POLARIS GROUP INTERNATIONAL INC is a dedicated organization committed to community service, emphasizing integrity and compassion, particularly in the realm of disaster relief. Our team comprises highly skilled veterans, including JSOC tier 1 operators and special operators, with extensive real-world experience. Focused on preserving lives, our missions unfold in challenging environments. Presently, we're establishing a forward operating base along the Ukrainian Poland border, featuring a comprehensive command operations center and logistics base. Our active missions encompass triage, evacuations for vulnerable individuals, security measures, and targeted humanitarian aid for orphans and children. By fostering a culture of empathy and lifesaving efforts, we aspire to inspire collective assistance, contributing to the overall well-being of those in need. In this week's episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast, join Marcus in an exclusive one-on-one conversation with Dennis Price, a USMC Force Recon, Scout Sniper, Ranger veteran, and the International Program Manager for the Mighty Oaks Foundation. With six military deployments and three stints as a Private Military contractor specializing in sniper/mobile DDM roles, Dennis brings a wealth of experience to the table. Having attended various Special Operations schools and served as the Head instructor for Field craft and stalking for the Army's Special Forces Sniper Course, Dennis shares his personal journey, including the difficult decision to end his military career to be close to his daughter battling two rare diseases. A devoted Christian, loving husband, and father of four, Dennis is also a martial arts enthusiast—engaging in boxing, Muay Thai, and Jiu-Jitsu, and actively participating in various tournaments. Tune in to hear Dennis's inspiring story of resilience, faith, and commitment. Sponsors: - In this episode you will hear: • If another man comes to me and tries to steal what is mine in front of my children, do I have the self-confidence to stop him?  I’m a man of violence. I know what I can do to him. Now I don’t have to back up in fear. (10:07) • I try to encourage males to take up Jiu Jitsu – anything – because you shouldn’t have to live in fear. (12:43) • If the only tool in the toolbox that you have is a hammer, then everything’s a nail. (14:43) • How do I say my story and not be too bible thumping. However I tell it, it leads to one conclusion. (17:03) • God uses war-torn warriors and exposes us to certain things and then uses us through Christ. (18:23) • We’re coming back here, trying to fit in; we came back to what we thought we left. (21:24) • Taking Christ out of the household, and taking the man out of the household is why we’re seeing chaos. (22:38) • On a dark night, I almost took my own life and that’s when I came to God and gave it all to Him. (26:21) • Guys like us come back and we’re looking for something to fill this void. Only a relationship with Jesus Christ and God will quench that thirst. (47:08) • My co-partner is a Green Beret. We teach “dual survivor”. Marine special operations, Army Special Forces; we teach of both of our experiences in combat, and we give you formal instruction. (65:47) • Alphas, when they walk into a room, they assess the possible threats. (76:24) • Speech made in anger will be the best speech you ever spoke that you’ll regret. (89:05 • Years of love are forgotten, in minutes of anger. (89:18)
12/27/20231 hour, 43 minutes, 48 seconds
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2023 Unwrapped: Highlighting Our Favorite Stories

Welcome listeners, to a special edition of the Team Never Quit Podcast. As we approach the end of another incredible year, it's time to reflect on the most powerful, informative, and downright motivating episodes that have graced our airwaves. From enlightening conversations with thought leaders to heart-pounding success stories that redefine what's possible, this recap is a celebration of the wisdom, inspiration, and transformative moments that have defined our journey together. We revisit the remarkable insights shared by our guests, the game-changing lessons learned, and the unforgettable stories that have left an indelible mark on our minds and hearts. Whether you're a longtime listener or joining us for the first time, we welcome you to the Team Never Quit Podcast. This is more than a recap; it's a celebration of the extraordinary, the enlightening, and the empowering. Sponsors: - Socials: - Team_neverquit In this episode you will hear: • I think something happens when you get to that age – they love sitting around talking, and I think there’s a certain age when you’re supposed to sit around and listen. (4:22) • When military people get together and names start getting dropped – when the civilian world and the military world clash, you hear about these guys that somehow, someway manage to get into every kind of environment. (5:11) • Get along with people but be yourself while you’re trying to get along with ‘em. That’s an actual skill set you have to have. (49:19) • For us, we just conversate - we get to know people, and that’s what our listeners come on for – to get to know who these people are, and get to know their stories. (50:03)
12/20/202351 minutes, 15 seconds
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Dale Brisby: Netflix Star, Comedian & Host of 'Rodeo Time Podcast,' Joins Us Through An Exclusive Episode Swap

In this week’s incredible Team Never Quit episode, legendary bull rider and Netflix reality superstar Dale Brisby (How to Be a Cowboy) brings a brand of toughness, determination, fun, truth and faith to the table. From Facebook to Snapchat to TikTok, this guy has attracted thousands with his hilarious cowboy-lifestyle videos. Brisby is the self-proclaimed greatest rodeo cowboy on the planet, and shares an engaging conversation with Marcus Luttrell in the Team Never Quit studios. You’ll see pretty quickly that Dale Brisby is not your typical rancher. And you’ll hear - firsthand – how a future bull-riding rodeo comes to life at Dale’s Radiator Ranch. Dale Brisby: - - IG: dalebrisby Sponsors: - In this episode you will hear: • I didn’t come here to get hurt. I came here to hurt you. (1:43) • There’s 2 opposite ends of the spectrum in our community. What happened to me is the worst, and it lets you know how much we can take, and Robby’s [O’Neill] lets you know how great we can be.  (6:07) • I probably cost the taxpayers a lot of money. (6:35) • I remember walking onto a village and they’d never seen a white dude. You could tell by the look on their face. (9:09) • Short of ray guns, we got all kinds of toys. You can’t believe it. (9:45) • You look completely different when you climb on that bull. • I could give you the world, but if I don’t give you any discipline, you won’t own anything. (13:25) • When you step into the arena you’re supposed to be in, you light up. (14:00) • If you’re standing there and there’s someone taking pain with you, especially if there’s other dudes dying, and they don’t go anywhere, it changes everything. (20:02) • The greatest gift I ever got is when someone knows not only will I take pain with them – I’ll die with them. (20:10) • A little suffering goes a long way. (20:52) • Jumping on a grenade is the epitome of a servant’s heart, but he only had two seconds and that was his knee jerk reaction, because his brothers were in there. (21:40) • Most of our life is picking on each other. That’s how you know they love you. (24:26) • Once you get your ass kicked in the military - if you come back with a good attitude, that’s good. (31:28) • Jocko took his boys in there. He would go out in the daytime and run an American flag to start a fight. He was like “C’mon bitches. You wanna start a fight? I’m here.” (33:12) • The Navy owns us, but the Army and Marine Corps own the battle spaces, so when we get put in there it’s at the behalf of them. (34:35) • If God puts an elk within bow range of you that is God telling you that is your elk for this hunt. (39:38) • There is being humble, and then there’s being so humble you don’t use the gifts you’ve been given. (39:46) • We all appreciate each other’s world because we appreciate how hard something is. (40:22) • The perspective it (hell week) gives you in your life, is you can do anything. (43:54) • There’ll be some stuff you go through that’s simple for someone, but difficult for you. (44:34) • Everyone fails down here. That’s part of life. Get that out of your head. (45:55) • There’s a big difference between training to fight and actually being in one. (64:09) 
12/13/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 14 seconds
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Cole Lyle: Marine Vet & Founder of Kaya's K9's, on Service Animal Advocacy & The PAWS Act

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus and Melanie are honored to have Cole Lyle, a passionate advocate for veterans' well-being and the driving force behind Mission Roll Call and the PAWS Act. Cole speaks of the experiences that led him to become a tireless advocate for veterans, including the inception of Mission Roll Call, shedding light on its mission to connect veterans with resources, support, and a community that understands their unique challenges. He also has been actively championing the significance of the PAWS (Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers) Act, which aims to provide service dogs to veterans struggling with physical and mental health challenges. Marcus and Melanie extend their heartfelt gratitude to Cole for his unwavering dedication to supporting veterans through Mission Roll Call and the PAWS Act. If you'd like to learn more or get involved, visit: Sponsors:   -   -   -  In this episode you will hear: • I’m a 7th generation Texan (3:46) • I actually joined the military straight out of High School. (7:03) • I was an Eagle Scout.  (8:11) • When you enlist, they give you a rank for it [Being an Eagle Scout]. (8:27) • I didn’t have a positive male influence except for my scout masters and football coaches. (9:11) • There’s a tangible benefit of having a group of people that come from all walks of life. You come from such diverse backgrounds, you forget all your differences and your bullshit to accomplish a mission. (10:35) • 67% of Gen-Z does not know a veteran or someone on active duty. (11:56) • That [Marine] uniform has gotten so many guys and girls. (15:05) • The majority of casualties in GWOT came from fuel convoys. (17:15) • Men and women get out, and they have to learn how to be an adult again. (25:53) • One night I spiraled down about that far away from being a suicide statistic. Another marine came and banged on my door. I was actually surprised that him banging on the door didn’t jerk my finger. (28:42) • My mindset went from ”I have nothing” to “I have the opportunity to do anything.” (29:05) • 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (29:16) • She [Kaya) was specifically trained to recognize when I was having a nightmare and she’d jump on the bed and lick my face, wake me up, and stay with me until my heartrate went down. Or she would recognize when I was having an anxiety attack and would do animal assisted intervention, where she’d get up in my face and distract me to keep the snowball effect from getting worse. (31:38) • You may have kids, you may have a wife that love you very much, but there’s something not wired right and you’re going down this path, so having a dog there you look down at the dog and think “this dog loves me.” (34:42) • Our connection with dogs is a lot like our relationship with God. (36:14)
12/6/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 43 seconds
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Kirk "Doc" Parsley, Retired Navy SEAL: Mastering Elite Performance through Health, Wellness & Quality Sleep

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Dr. Kirk Parsley joins Marcus in the podcast studio to share his journey from living a seemingly hopeless childhood, to becoming a Navy SEAL, to becoming a leading authority on the importance of quality sleep for overall well-being. Learn about the pivotal moments that led him to focus on sleep as a critical factor in human performance. Dr. Parsley breaks down the alarming statistics and dives deep into the sleep crisis and discusses the societal and medication-related factors contributing to the widespread lack of quality sleep, and the profound impact it has on physical and mental health. As a former Navy SEAL, Dr. Parsley understands the significance of peak performance. Discover his insights into how optimizing sleep can enhance cognitive function, physical endurance, and overall resilience. Dr. Parsley has dedicated himself to developing effective sleep remedies to address the challenges many face in achieving restorative sleep. He brings to light the science behind his remedies and how they can be integrated into daily routines for improved sleep quality. Whether you're a high-performing individual seeking optimization or someone struggling with sleep issues, this episode offers valuable insights to help you unlock the full potential of a good night's sleep. Sleep Remedy Link: - Socials: - kirkparsley - team_neverquit Sponsors: - -  In this episode you will hear: • I was terrible student my whole life. (5:10) • I got told I was stupid all the time; felt I was stupid but I was fast, strong and athletic. I used to get in lots of fights. (5:33) • Our families values were if you can serve in the military, you should. (6:10) • I didn’t have any good male role models. (6:21) • [My mom and stepdad] were married 8 years. I was grounded for 7 years and 6 months of that. (8:19) • I literally had my 3rd grade teacher yell to the whole class that I was the dumbest kid she ever taught in her life. (8:57) • My stepdad told me I was dumb every day. (9:03) • {After excelling academically in military training] I thought “Well shit, maybe I’m not so dumb after all.” (11:46) • They walked us around to the different SEAL teams, and they said, “Here’s your dream list; put down what SEAL team you want to go to. It was at that moment I realized, “I don’t know what a SEAL does.” (12:35) • I didn’t know I was getting paid. I figured they’re gonna give me a place to live, a uniform, a place to eat. What do I need money for? That’s how naive I was. (15:01) • [When I learned that the] military had its own medical school, I figured I‘d give back to the SEAL teams - I’ll give back to the community that made me who I am. (21:12) • Because I had been a team guy, and guys trusted me, 1 guy comes in [with a problem], then 2, 4, 6. Within a month I gad 100 guys come in telling me the exact same issues. I thought they were rehearsed. (24:01) • I got to learn a lot pretty quick, and learned a lot of non-traditional stuff. [Because] I can’t put people on prescription medication either. (25:19) • It turns out that Ambien destroys 80% of REM sleep. (20:04) • [Melanie] Q: So you have a branded sleep supplement? [Dr. Parsley] A: Yes. Doc Parsley Sleep Remedy. • This is the most vindicating story of my life. SOCOM hired me, and they had all of the healthcare providers in one room and I did a six hour lecture, and they still use it to this day. (40:18) • We need a pipeline [for veterans dealing with mental issues]. Right now the only pipeline is once people have the barrel in their mouth. (59:11)
11/29/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 35 seconds
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Laura & Jeff Sandefer: Founders of "The Acton Academy," A Socratic School Turning Students Into Confident Leaders & Aspiring Entrepreneurs

This week on the Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus and Melanie delve into the dynamic world of education and entrepreneurship with special guests, Jeff and Laura Sandefer of Acton Academy. Jeff, a seasoned entrepreneur and esteemed Socratic Guide, has a remarkable dual life, having founded multiple successful businesses and earned accolades as an outstanding teacher at the University of Texas. Laura, co-founder of Acton Academy and an author, takes us on her Hero's Journey in education, chronicled in her book "Courage to Grow." Acton Academy's learner-driven model has spread across the globe with over 130 locations, emphasizing real-world projects, apprenticeships, and Socratic discussions. The school's foundation lies in the Hero's Journey, a narrative pattern guiding children through adventures, victories, and transformations. Laura passionately discusses Acton Academy's commitment to inspiring children to find their callings, employing adaptive game-based programs and online tools like Khan Academy to teach core skills. Laura and Jeff share their passion for giving children hands-on entrepreneurial experience through Acton Academy's Children's Business Fairs. These fairs provide children with opportunities to be entrepreneurs, fostering confidence, imparting valuable lessons, and preparing them for success in a rapidly changing world.  Join us on this insightful journey with Jeff and Laura Sandefer as they discuss Acton Academy's innovative approach to education, combining entrepreneurship, the Hero's Journey, and hands-on experiences to inspire and equip the next generation of independent thinkers and lifelong learners. Website – Sponsors: - - In this episode you will hear: • The best teacher in the best school in Austin TX just told us not to send our children to traditional school because they’d be chained to a desk and lectured to all day. (7:17) • I’m not homeschooling. That wasn’t in my blood at all. (7:33) • One of the narratives of the experience is The Heroes Journey. (9:25) • An ordinary person hears a call, sets out on an adventure, wrestles monsters, has mentors and guides, seeking a treasure all the way. And they may or may not get the treasure, but they return home a changed person, ready to share their new ideas and character with the world around them. Then, they set out on a new adventure again. (9:38) • Every time they get knocked down – they may not win, but they’ll get back up. (10:13) • What a hero’s journey does is distinguish hero vs victim. Any child at an Acton Academy starts claiming the identity of the hero. That’s not someone who wins all the time; its someone who gets back up after they fall down. (10:23) • The hero takes responsibility and starts problem-solving, whereas a victim outs the blame on somebody else. (10:59) • They learn ways to work through problems with gritty decision-making (11:28) • The 3 big monsters starting at age 6: We start wresting with Victim-hood, Resistance, and Distraction. (12:18) • Sometimes your big brother needs to pick you up and say “get back in the fight.” (16:11) • IQ is so overrated - because its perseverance, grit, and getting along with people. That’s what really matters. (19:30) • People who are there because they want to be there, they choose to be there, and they’re on a mission for their life (21:08) • No adult on campus is ever allowed to answer a question. (25:43) • Things get chaotic – Part of the model is letting things fall into chaos, and let order arise as the young people figure out how to solve the problem. (26:41) • What’s the best thing about Acton Academy? They’ll say freedom. (27:11) • We believe every single child is a genius, who deserves to find a calling and change the world. (42:15) • The cave you fear to enter is where your treasure lies. (44:37)
11/22/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 30 seconds
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Remi Adeleke Details His Incredible Journey From Africa to Navy SEAL To Hollywood & The Grueling Fight Against Human Trafficking

In this episode, Marcus has the privilege of hosting a remarkable individual who has traversed diverse worlds - from the military to Hollywood, and beyond. Remi Adeleke, born in Nigeria, is not only an accomplished writer and actor but also a fierce advocate against organ trafficking. Join us as we delve into his incredible journey, from the streets of the Bronx to the high-stakes world of Navy SEALs and the glimmering lights of the entertainment industry. Remi's life story is one of resilience and determination. His world took a drastic turn following the death of his father. At just five years old, Remi, alongside his mother and brother, embarked on a new chapter in the Bronx, New York. Little did he know, this move would set the stage for a life of extraordinary experiences. Driven by a profound sense of duty and an unyielding spirit, Remi enlisted in the Navy, but his journey didn't stop there - he went on to join the elite Navy SEALs, specializing in combat medicine and HUMINT (Human Intelligence/tradecraft). From the battlefield to the big screen, Remi's transition into the world of Hollywood is a tale of its own. His notable roles in films such as "Ambulance" (2022), "Special Forces: World's Toughest Test" (2023), and "Plane" (2023) highlight not only his acting prowess but also the breadth of his experiences. Beyond the glamour of Hollywood, Remi is actively engaged in a cause close to his heart - combating organ trafficking. Drawing from personal experiences and a commitment to justice, Remi works tirelessly to raise awareness and combat this illicit trade. We explore the motivations behind his involvement in this critical issue and discuss the impact he hopes to make in the fight against organ trafficking. Join us as we unravel the layers of this multifaceted individual, gaining insights into the extraordinary life of a man who continues to inspire others through his actions and advocacy. Socials: - - - In this episode you will hear: • [Marcus] I wanted to be a Navy SEAL so bad, but I just thought it was impossible. (6:41) • Every single day of my life I try to maintain a standard of excellence. (7:51) • I feel like I owe it to guys who gave their lives. (8:01) • I want to be excellent because I want to honor their legacy. (8:18) • I love America. I’m not ashamed to say it. (8:31) • It’s so interesting how so many people outside America see it, and love it, and want it. (9:03) • [Marcus] When you really appreciate being an American is when you freakin’ leave. (9:19) • A lot of people don’t know this, but Nigeria is a very rich country, because there’s so much oils, natural gas, gold, and minerals. (9:59) • 9-11 played a role in me getting into the military. It’s bittersweet. (18:08) • [Organ trafficking] is a multi-billion dollar industry. (23:27) • There are some corrupt doctors that on the American border playing a role – “providing intelligence” to organ harvesters. (24:25) • A woman in India traveled to New Delhi for a job. When she went to get a physical, she heard the nurse say to the doctor “this is the girl who’s giving these organs”. She ran out, alerted the police and uncovered a multimillion dollar organ harvesting ring, any of whom were doctors. (25:21) • We’re not dealing with idiots. We’re dealing with intelligent people. (26:41) • My feature film is called: “Unexpected Redemption.” (31:02) • I love storytelling. I love taking and idea from the beginning, writing a screenplay, rolling a camera and shooting it. (32:03) • It’s a very tough business to be in, but just that “no quit” attitude had stayed with me. (32:58) It’s all about the story to me. What message can impact people the most? (33:56) • Fear breeds fear; Calm breeds calm. (43:35)
11/15/202355 minutes, 2 seconds
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Michael Halterman: 1st Marine Raider Battalion & VP of "The Honor Foundation" Recounts His Time In The Military & Success After Service

Welcome friends, to this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast with your host, retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. In today's episode, Marcus has the honor of hosting Michael G Halterman, the Vice President of Operations at The Honor Foundation. With a career spanning over two decades, Michael has a wealth of experience, particularly in operations, leadership, and the military and veterans education sectors. His mission consists of a commitment to help fellow veterans navigate the transition process, ensuring they find their unique path and thrive in the process. Michael served as a Marine Infantryman for 10 years and is a Plank Owner of 1st Marine Raider Battalion. His profound respect for Special Operators is deeply rooted in his experiences and dedication to the military community. His story is a testament to the power of a clear personal why and the impact of laser focus in achieving remarkable goals. Join us as we explore the lessons learned and the wisdom gained through Michael's diverse and impactful career. Socials: Sponsors: - - -  In this episode you will hear: • I grew up waving the red, white, and blue. (4:58) • Growing up in the 80s, guns weren’t like pink and purple. (6:59) • I was a kid running around with tri-color camo on and realistic-looking guns. (7:05) • [In the military] I got to learn about life. People from other cultures, because you really don’t know nothing growing up in a small town. (8:28) • The first thing I remember pulling into Southern Nasiriya, [Iraq]. It was the first time I had seen American vehicles with bullet holes in them - on fire - American military uniforms with blood on them - Helmets tipped over. (12:48) • How do you go from spending as much time in the military as [the time] I’ve had on the planet? (45:35) • [The Honor Foundation] is fully designed for you to explore all opportunities in a safe space.  (48:22) • [The Honor Foundation] is an executive-style education, and it’s three months long. (50:15) • The big differentiator of who we are at the Honor Foundation is that the entire first phase has nothing to do with LinkedIn, resume’s or any of that. We make these dudes figure out who they are again. (51:44) • Who are you when no one cares about rank anymore; no one cares about sniper school; no one cares that you can free fall. They wanna know who you are, and before you can tell them that, you have to know who you are. And you have to articulate that well. (52:04) • The reality is… you’re gonna have to struggle with who you are, who your community is, how to make sense of the world, and the purpose and meaning of life for a while. (61:31) • We advocate the best time to get a job is when you have a job. (62:40) • At no time do we tell them what to do. We empower them to go do what they want to do. (70:29)
11/8/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 40 seconds
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Nick Allard: How Unusual Encounters Led Him To Uncovering War Stories In Ukraine & Create "Dima"

In this week's Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus engages in a gripping conversation with Nick Allard, whose life took an unexpected turn at the onset of the Ukrainian war. Nick's seemingly ordinary life in Austin, Texas, was disrupted by two extraordinary events that ignited a profound shift in his perspective. Motivated by a newfound sense of purpose, Nick made a spontaneous decision to travel to Ukraine just weeks later, driven by a desire to amplify the untold stories of those affected by the conflict. The podcast delves into the transformative experiences that shook Nick to his core and convinced him of a greater calling. While in Ukraine, Nick encountered a man whose life had been shattered by the ravages of war. This encounter inspired Nick to create a powerful film titled "Dima." The film vividly captures the horrors endured by its protagonist along the perilous journey, providing a poignant glimpse into the human cost of the conflict. Kickstarter:  - Socials: - IG: iamnickallard In this episode you will hear: • Athletics was always king for me when I was growing up. (7:00) • I was a kid obsessing on war movies, and as I got older, I transformed into an athlete type, and once that ended, I transitioned back to what I’m doing now. It’s come full circle. (7:16) • That communal feeling was more important than anything growing up as a kid. (8:11) • [One night] I was knocking out emails on my computer, and all of a sudden I hear a knock on my door. There’s a voice mumbling “Please open the door” and there’s a woman with zip ties firm behind her back and she said that three guys had tried to rape her. (14:34)  • When things like that happen, I have to find ways to put meaning to it. Otherwise it’s just a thing that happens. (20:22) • [Marcus] If one thing goes wrong, that’s a day. Days are hard. They’re supposed to be. But when you have two or three constantly pushing you in a certain direction, a lot of people can’t pick that up. That’s why their life get so difficult. That’s your purpose. (22:07) • [When my friend was drowning] to save my friend was my second thought. The first thought was “God what the hell do you wanna do? What is this?” Then I went into the mode of we gotta pick this guy up and move him. And that was a defining moment. (27:57) • Once the train’s on the tracks, there’s always the prospect of something happening. (28:46) • The next place that I went to was Auschwitz. To see and feel the energy that place has was something - unlike anything I’d ever felt. (31:12) • The have photos of where specific things happened, and then looking at the photo of a woman with her son walking down the path to the gas chamber, and you’re looking at the photo taken in that exact spot. (32:21) • When you’re backpacking Europe, you get all the kids on vacation. When you’re backpacking in Ukraine, you get like every person from every walk of life that’s involved in war. (36:50) • [I asked a man] “Were you there when the invasion all started? All of a sudden in his face he was trying to get it out, but there was this pause, his eyes kind of like wearing off into the distance. It was this gut instinct at that moment. It felt like “Oh my something happened.” Something in that pause… (49:14) • Every dime I had went into that film. (50:53) • I grew up Catholic but I was always a dude that tried to skip church, then after those 2 life events, I gave up thinking I was in control of all this. (54:26) • The Ukrainian people feel like they’re ten years behind everybody. (58:22) • The history that Ukraine and Russia has is brutal. (58:36) • Don’t forget about it. You don’t have to be posting Ukrainian flags – everybody’s got things to do. Just don’t lose sight of it. (71:31)
11/1/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 41 seconds
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Cesalina Gracie: Granddaughter of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Founder On The Art of Mental & Physical Training, Conquering Everest, & Empowering Other Women

Mindset Matters. In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, we are honored to host a remarkable individual who has not only mastered the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but has also conquered the world's highest peak – Mount Everest. Join us as Marcus and Melanie delve into the incredible journey of Cesalina Gracie. Hailing from a family that pioneered and revolutionized this martial art, Cesalina has carried the torch forward, dedicating her life to mastering the intricacies of Jiu-Jitsu. Cesalina shares insights into the mental and physical preparation required for both the Jiu-Jitsu arena and the formidable slopes of Everest. How do the principles of discipline, resilience, and focus intertwine between the mats and the mountains? Listen in and be inspired by this incredible woman of purpose and power. Whether you're a Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast, an aspiring mountaineer, or someone navigating life's challenges, Cesalina's journey offers invaluable insights that transcend boundaries. Socials: - IG: cesagracie -   - IG: team_neverquit   In this episode you will hear: • Back in the day, there were eighteen martial arts, different clans that had different practices in Japan, and they all ended with “Jitsu.” (7:08) • There are no bad kids. There’s bad environments for kids. (10:41) • [Jiu Jitsu] is an equalizer of emotions for kids. Jiu Jitsu is gonna honor your personality. (11:04) • Nobody needs to tell us where you’re gonna find the environment, because when you walk in, the systems that are in place teach you before you hear a word from your coach. (12:54) • [My grandfather] saw immediately what the power of that art was and the incredible responsibility that came with it. (13:45) • This [Jiu Jitsu] is a tool for self-development. I’m not here to learn how to fight. I’m here to feel powerful and feel capable without having to look powerful and look capable. (14:00) • That’s the beautiful thing about Jiu Jitsu, is that it lives on the inside. (14:21) • [My family] proved the efficiency of Jiu Jitsu to the rest of the world. (20:43) • If the whole world learns these tools, we’re gonna live in a society that is more peaceful, that is more respectful, because when you have human beings that are self-confident and compassionate, you start changing the way we interact with each other, and we start changing the way we live our lives. (21:19) • As a grown up, I understand the difference between winners and champions. (30:06) • The most important thing about Jiu Jitsu that it builds and internal constitution that is so strong that you can deal with anything in life. (36:32) • The greatest value of Jiu Jitsu is applied outside of the mat. (40:36) • Ultimately, the greatest skill you can have is awareness. (44:01) • We have to be brutally honest with ourselves as to where we’re standing in life. (55:32) • What’s actually gonna take you to the top are the mindsets that you’ve created in your journey in Jiu Jitsu. (1:01:58) • [While climbing Mount Everest] the one question that I did not ask myself was “should I go back to Everest Base Camp?” (1:03:16) • Another part that was really hard [while climbing Mount Everest] was when I saw dead bodies in the mountain for the first time. (1:03:28) • I hope everyone gets to experience something in their lives that they have a hard time describing. (1:10:30) • When I got back to base camp, I immediately called my family, because I didn’t tell anybody I was climbing Mount Everest. (1:20:29) • Champions are still champions even when they lose. (1:25:35) • When you have confidence in yourself, you solve so many problems. (1:54:35)
10/25/20232 hours, 7 minutes, 48 seconds
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Marsha Petrie Sue: Author, Speaker & Arizona Game & Fish Commissioner Discusses "She Never Quit," Gun Safety & The Great Outdoors

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus welcomes Martha Petrie Sue, a prominent figure in the world of outdoor media and an inspiring leader as the Chair of the Women's Outdoor Media Association (WOMA) – a 501c3 raising money for Foundation for Women Warriors and other groups. As the Chair of WOMA, Martha plays a pivotal role in fostering a community where women in outdoor media can connect, collaborate, and thrive. She champions the voices of women, breaking barriers in an industry traditionally dominated by men. Martha was also appointed Arizona Game & Fish Commissioner. Martha is not just an advocate for outdoor activities; she's a trailblazer, carving a path for women in the outdoor media landscape. With a passion for adventure and a deep appreciation for the outdoors, Martha has seamlessly merged her love for nature with her career, creating a powerful impact along the way. She shares insights into her personal journey and the milestones that led her to become a prominent figure in the outdoor media landscape. Martha Petrie Sue's journey is a testament to the transformative power of passion and perseverance. As the Chair of WOMA, she continues to inspire and empower women to embrace their love for the outdoors and make their mark in the world of media. Join us for a riveting conversation that explores the intersection of adventure, advocacy, and media with the remarkable Martha Petrie Sue. Tune in and be inspired!  In this episode you will hear: • I had a practice husband for 11 years. (4:50) • 31 years later [in my marriage] here I am Commissioner for Arizona Game & Fish; sitting on the executive committee of NRA Women’s Leadership Forum; I sit on the Arizona Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Board, I’m involved with the Women’s Outdoor Media Association, supporting foundation for women warriors. I do a lot of hunting with wounded warriors and females from that group and do a lot of outdoor experiences for all associations here in Arizona. (7:44). • 50% of gun sales have been new gun sales to women. I think it’s fantastic, but you gotta get training, and once you get training, you can’t get stale, you have to keep training. (9:28) • When you [Melanie] and Deb and I started the She Never Quit down at your beautiful ranch in Texas, we had women who had never seen a gun. To teach them not only how to shoot, but the safety behind it is critically important. (9:43) • A woman came up and she says “We just have to get rid of all these guns in the world.” I said so what you’re saying is I don’t have the right to keep myself safe, is that what I’m hearing you say? “Well no, that’s not what I mean.” Well that’s what you’re saying when you say that. (12:03) • Some people will never have an open mind. (16:12) • There’s some people that just will not, and won’t know, and don’t know how to listen. (16:23) • {Marcus] “You know how bad I wanna fly the space Shuttle?” (17:01) • You teach the woman, you teach the family (18:40) • Kids don’t understand the consequence of doing something anymore. And there’s no core of morality it seems to me. (22:08) • [Melanie] Our leaders act like divorced husband and wife; they argue in front of us, whether that’s our President or Congress. (23:14) • How do you teach the parents and the teachers how they’re basically ruining these kids’ lives? Where do we start? (24:34) • We make contracts through Arizona Game & Fish with the ranchers, and we will go out and take out the barbed wire on the fence and put in smooth wire 18” high because the Pronghorn actually go under a fence. They rarely will go over a fence. (27:35) • [Marcus] Humans, by nature, like to see things get destroyed & beat up. (37:44)
10/18/202350 minutes, 24 seconds
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Vince "Rocco" Vargas: Retired US Army Ranger, Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur & Author of 'BORDERLINE'

Father, Veteran, Mentor, and U.S Border Patrol Advocate. In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus is honored to host Vince "Rocco" Vargas, a multi-talented individual with a rich background in military service that spans three combat deployments with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, a decade of service with the U.S. Border Patrol, and his current roles as an entrepreneur, author, actor, writer, and producer. His unique perspective as a military veteran and federal agent sets the stage for a deeper understanding of the issues at the U.S./Mexico border. Vince is also an author, and his book, "Borderline: Defending the Home Front," serves as both a memoir and a critical examination of the U.S. Border Patrol. The narrative combines personal experiences with the extensive history of the organization, shedding light on a frequently misunderstood government agency. Vince paints a comprehensive picture of the challenges faced by those tasked with securing the U.S. borders. Sponsors:   -   - "BORDERLINE" By Vince Vargas out Nov. 14th Photo Cred:   - IMDb In this episode you will hear: • To apply for the Border Patrol is a 2-year process. Once you get in, it still takes two years to become a journeyman. After testing and field training, you’re eligible for the programs that the Border Patrol has. (9:52) • Bortac is the tactical unit of the border Patrol. They are the swat team of the Border Patrol. (10:47) Borstar are the para rescue jumpers of the Border Patrol - search trauma rescue medics. (10:58) • It’s incredible to see how overwhelmed they [Border Patrol] are at the moment. The morale of the Border Patrol is pretty low. (16:04) • Too many people want to blame the Border Patrol for everything. In our immigration system, the Border Patrol’s only job is to apprehend any individuals crossing the border illegally. (16:50) • In this book, "Borderline: Defending the Home Front,” I tell my story as a Border Patrol agent in detail to humanize the badge. These are Americans who have chosen to defend our nation on our own soil. (18:04) • So you have 20,000 people coming across saying “Political Asylum.” Then we take them in and investigate that. There’s no system in place that can house that many individuals. There’s no system to hold them for the time being till they determine who’s actually a political asylum case and who’s not. (21:19) • So we have to host all these individuals, find a way to feed the, give them medical attention, and hold them as if they’re seeking asylum until we can determine if it’s real or not. (22:56) • I’m not against immigration, but the part of what’s in place now is immigration policy and we have to protect our nation, but we also have to be a nation that is gracious towards immigration. (22:24) • To see the number of murderers, rapists, and pedophiles that we actually catch – it’s pretty intimidating to think to think of how many we actually miss. Seeking asylum means that they have critical fear for their life. It’s a blanket statement to help people come across illegally, and right now it’s working. It shouldn’t be.  (30:17) • [Melanie] Kids under the age of 13, by our policy, are not allowed to be fingerprinted or DNA, which to me is legalizing human trafficking. (31:37) • There’s been a massive influx in the Del Rio Sector. Close to 11, 000 have come across in the past ten days (37:01) • If I can be here to do the righteous thing for our country, for my God and for my family, I hope to teach them [my children] in the same sense. (41:45)
10/11/202347 minutes, 27 seconds
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Dr. Terry Fossum: World-Renowned Veterinarian Surgeon, Entrepreneur & Author Discusses Her Ground-Breaking Medicine's For Dogs

A Passion for Animal Wellness. Welcome to this week’s episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast, where we explore the fascinating world of veterinary medicine and animal wellness. In today's episode, we are honored to have a distinguished guest, Dr. Terry Fossum, a world-renowned and board-certified veterinary surgeon. Dr. Fossum is a leading figure in the field of veterinary surgery, having earned international acclaim for her expertise. She is the author of a best-selling textbook on small animal surgery, a testament to her deep knowledge and commitment to advancing veterinary practices. With over 18,000 surgeries under her belt, Dr. Fossum has dedicated her career to the well-being of animals, striving to ensure that pets lead healthy and happy lives. As a respected authority in the veterinary world, Dr. Fossum has been invited to deliver over 1,000 lectures to veterinarians worldwide. Her insights have shaped the knowledge and skills of professionals across the globe. Her contributions extend beyond the operating room. Dr. Fossum's commitment to education and sharing her expertise has left an indelible mark on the veterinary community. - Purchase Dr. Fossums Pet Care products at & use code TEAMNEVERQUIT for 30% off! Products include:  CBD (Great for Anxiety & Mobility) Topical product for scratching (w/ Oleander) Product for cognitive dysfunction in dogs COMING SOON: Really amazing, oral anti-itch product & a cardiac support product! In this episode you will hear: • In my world, I do soft tissue surgery. I don’t even do orthopedic anymore. (9:54) • When I was at A&M, with the help of then governor Perry, we built a large laboratory practice facility. (11:06) • [Oleander] could be one of the most amazing natural compounds we have ever identified. (12:30) • Senescent cells are the reason that we age.  I think we can slow it down. (13:50) • We do want to live longer and healthier. (13:47) • As the number of divisions that a cell has continues, eventually they start making mistakes.  (14:07) • Some cells become senescent, which means they no longer divide. They sit in our body and secrete really inflammatory substances. (14:53) • If you give a chemotherapeutic to a person, you drive some cells into senescence. And those cells are no longer going to respond to the chemotherapeutic. (16:06) • Q: How much do you think it costs to get a drug approved through the FDA? A: 2 Billion Dollars [$2,000,000,000)  (17:30) • When I hear that saying: “Dogs are man’s best friend”, what I think of is that dogs really are man’s best friend. (36:16) • [Marcus] A dog’s love – Dog and God – that love that they show – unconditional – I wish I could love like that. (37:02) • Oleander and a couple of synolytics and I think we have a great product that we will all take. (60:07) • You can tell what kind of people people are by the way they treat their animals. (61:34) •  [Marcus: My dog, Mr. Rigby, a service canine] Boy, he was my best friend, I loved him and he never said one word to me. (63:32) • Marcus: When I was a young man going to the SEAL teams, people weren’t SEALS would make up all these grand stories about what it took to get through the program: They give you a puppy, and you have to raise him, and then you gotta kill him. I had to go through [my service dog] Mr. Rigby. And I was the one who had to put him down. I’ve never felt any kind of pain like that. (64:54)
10/4/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 45 seconds
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Korie Robertson: Star of 'Duck Dynasty' Talks Early Life w/ Willie & Producing New Movie 'The Blind'

Welcome to the Team Never Quit Podcast with your host, Marcus Luttrell, the show where we dive deep into the lives and experiences of remarkable individuals from various walks of life. In today's episode, Marcus has the pleasure of speaking with Korie Robertson, best known for her role on the hit reality TV show "Duck Dynasty." Korie is not only a beloved television personality but also an author, philanthropist, and advocate for family values. Join us as we explore her journey from the duck blind to the spotlight and beyond. Korie tells her 4th grade story of unknowingly meeting her husband-to be, Willie. She shares early memories of hunting and the importance of faith and family in her upbringing. Korie reflects on the unexpected success of "Duck Dynasty" and the impact of the show on their family dynamics and values. She has a deep-rooted faith which guided her through the highs and lows of fame. Korie's journey goes beyond Duck Dynasty into the world of writing and her books that focus on family and faith. She is also a producer of a new film, "The Blind," executive produced by Willie Robertson, shedding light on the journey of the family’s patriarch, Phil Robertson, and his early struggles with alcohol before he turned his life around with the help of his faith and his family. Socials: - - bosshogswife Sponsors: - In this episode you will hear: • Willie is one of those people that can make you laugh. I think he’s gonna keep me young. (6:33) • I actually met Willie in fourth grade at summer camp. (15:15) • [Growing up] Willie’s family had one double bed for the four boys. You just slept wherever you could find a spot. (16:25) • I’ll never forget meeting Phil. He had this big, black beard and it was intimidating. [He said of his boys] they’re gonna be good husbands someday. They’re good hunters, good fishermen. They’re gonna be great providers. He was right. (16:50) • When Willie was about 30, he decided to go back to work for Duck Commander. (17:59) • [While on a train in Europe] we were asleep in the [train] car and robbers grabbed one of our friends backpack. Willie chased them down. They dropped the backpack and got it back. (20:16) • I feel like Willie and I brought in some fresh life and excitement for the family company and started running the website out of our house, and taking orders at 2am. (23:03) • Be who you are. Don’t try to fit into the mold that someone else says you should be. (26:59) • There’s a loneliness that comes that comes [with stardom] which you wouldn’t expect cause everybody loves you, but actually you’re in isolation. (28:28) • The blessings were way bigger than whatever the negatives were. (29:51) • You grow from hardships. (29:57) • God doesn’t use people that are perfect. He rarely uses someone that’s perfect. He chooses someone who’s weak. Then His glory is made known. (38:40) • If you’ve been rescued from the pit, the more you understand grace. (39:27) • [The movie brings] a message of redemption, and the message that nobody is too far gone. (48:22) • Things can change and there’s always hope. (48:48) 
9/27/202358 minutes, 20 seconds
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Aaron Murphy: Influencer Leveraging Social Media To Fight Poverty & Help Strangers Worldwide

Making a difference. Welcome back to another episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast with your host, Marcus Luttrell. Today, Marcus speaks with a truly inspiring guest, Aaron Murphy, who has taken the social media world by storm with his videos, and, as a result, is using his platform to fight poverty in South America. Aaron once struggled with severe anxiety that led him to reliance on drinking and smoking, but he eventually decided he wanted to save himself, so on his self-discovery journey, he set off to backpack in South America. During his time there, he befriended several people and through them not only began learning Spanish, but also learned more about the political and economic state of several South American countries. When the COVID pandemic surfaced, Aaron found himself in lockdown in South America with the financial resources he had budgeted for his journey running low. Despite his personal financial insecurity, he was so deeply struck by the impoverished conditions of those around him that he gave the last of his resources to a family that was desperately in need of food and recorded the act on TikTok. Many people were so touched by Murphy’s act of kindness that they began donating money, not only so he could provide for himself, but also so he could continue helping families in need. As a result, Murphy lived in South America throughout the pandemic, documenting the process of aiding their poor. His ultimate goal is to enable families to become self-sufficient, not just to relieve them of extreme poverty for a short period of time. Aaron Murphy’s foundation: ”Murph’s Life,” to donate money for Murphy’s cases. - Socials: - Tiktok/ IG/ Patreon/Youtube: Murphslife Sponsors - - - -  In this episode you will hear: • Everything I do, I just go hard core. (4:52) • It got to the point that my health, and my soul and my mental health were at rock bottom. (5:06) • I’m learning now that whenever you go into the unknown, you’re literally going into the darkness, and you don’t try to say this is how it’s going to be. New experiences could come out of that. (9:29) • We build a home a week. We’re building a big school for the entire coffee community, and it’s gonna be the quality of a private school. (19:03) • We’ve paid for a lot of surgeries that have saved kids’ lives. (19:20) • I’ve seen the tingles and the boobies of charity every single day. (20:02) • [Marcus] The minute you started focusing on what’s really important, you can feel it on the inside. It’s like a natural drug. (21:19) • When I truly went through my life and developed a strong relationship with God – it was joy because no matter what, I have God. (29:35) • I slept on a mattress from the trash in some shit hole where I had to share one toilet with four families and no toilet seat, and I was still able to feel joy. (30:13) • I don’t think life is about getting quick highs. (31:00) • I think it’s really good to have a personal – like a personal relationship [with God]. (36:06) • My passion is finding one family and building them a forever home and a business. (37:12) • Let’s say we have one farm that can bring in $50-$60,000 a month; now I can take a community of people who are tending to these food crops. Were gonna donate all this food to the orphanage and with 100% of their profit, it can pay for their education and their books. (42:05) • What if I could pay people a U.S. wage in a poor country? That shit’s never been done before. (47:18) • I want to feel a great joy and knowledge that I built this society, I created a portal for God like a beacon of light to know that we can create things in this life where people can be paid honestly and decently. (56:04) • If we go through some catastrophic event, how cool would it be to have places that have food? (58:22) 
9/20/202359 minutes, 49 seconds
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Border Visit Recap: Stories From Border Patrol Agents, Life On The Border & The Issues We Face

Understanding the Border Crisis: The Challenges and Hypocrisy Welcome back to another episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast, where Marcus, Melanie, and Hunter discuss a weighty subject birthed from their first-hand experience at the US/Mexico border. We're diving deep into the border crisis, exploring the challenges faced by Border Patrol agents, the exploitation of a legal loophole, and the hypocrisy surrounding the issue. Sponsors: - - - - In this episode you will hear: • There is a loophole that congress put in place that says if you have a child under the age of 13 accompanying you, you have the right to be released into the American population. (9:06) • Cartels are basically selling off kids to accompany any adult, and the kids are not identified. Border Patrol is not allowed to do any biometrics on them. (9:28) • The Border Patrol Mission Statement: Protect the American people, safeguard our borders, and enhance our nation’s economic prosperity. (13:59) • As much as you all are complaining about the border in the last two administrations and y’all ain’t down here doing anything about it - you all are hypocrites, I’m calling you out on it right now, plain and simple. (14:40) • I don’t want hear anybody talking down to the border guard cause there down there busting their ass. If you got anything bad to say, you don’t even know what the hell is going on. (14:56) • If an American citizen had what they [Illegals] have - if you were sick, if you had to go to a hospital, 2 agents will drive you in a van to the hospital, all your medication and things like that are paid for. I know soldiers that don’t have that. (15:54) • In one concentrated area, they had about 46,000 people come in less than a week. (19:34) • The suicide rate [amongst border patrol] is affecting them. I feel like that’s all stemming from the orders that they’re given. (22:17) • The fact that we have people that would identify themselves with a uniform and a badge, learn protocol and procedures, and then there might be a slim chance they could get in trouble for enforcing laws that we put on ourselves. (24:52) • Military veterans have a lot of resource, like foundations, to help them take care of things. Law enforcement has resources as well, but there’s no resources for the Border Patrol. (28:42) • Their war [Border Patrol] is a shift every day. (30:57) • Every single place we’ve gone to [around the world],  we have had to stand in line, show our passports, fill out something that states where we’re staying, how long we’re staying, who we’re staying with, and who’s traveling with us. Our 3 week old son had to have a passport. Why can’t we have the same treatment in our country? (42:43)
9/13/202346 minutes, 24 seconds
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LTC Scott Mann: Ret. Green Beret & Warrior Storyteller On Adapting To Civilian Life & Founding 'Rooftop Leadership'

Adapting Military Wisdom to Everyday Life. Welcome back to the Team Never Quit Podcast with your host, Marcus Luttrell. This week, Marcus takes a deep dive into the mind of an exceptional individual - Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann, a Green Beret, warrior storyteller, and playwright who has a remarkable journey to share. Scott shares his background as a Green Beret, highlighting the rigorous training and the mindset it instills, as well as the importance of adaptability and resilience in high-stakes environments, drawing parallels to civilian life. He explains how military units connect with local communities and the lessons it offers for corporate and personal relationships. In his distinguished 23-year military career, Mann operated at the highest levels of the Special Operations Community and has been widely recognized for his successful leadership of teams in complex situations. He led “Operation Pineapple Express” — a grassroots leadership campaign using Rooftop Human Connection Skills to honor a promise and save more than 1,000 Afghans from a life-threatening situation amid the chaos of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Scott Mann's journey went from the battlefield to the stage, becoming a playwright and actor in "Last Out," a powerful play that explores the impact of war on veterans and their families. He has learned that storytelling can heal emotional wounds and bridge the gap between veterans and civilians. Scott also shares key takeaways from his experiences creating and performing in "Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret" including the power of vulnerability and the importance of understanding the human cost of war. His vision for the future, both for himself and the broader community, includes his work with veterans and storytelling. Resources: Connect with Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann on: - Facebook: - YouTube: - Learn more about "Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret" and how to support its mission at: - Rooftop Leadership: Sponsors: - -   In this episode you will hear: • [Military branches] Who’s the best? You can’t even have that conversation because every single operations unit has a charter that they do better than anybody else. (12:01) • Green Beret – their specialty – has been to work by, with, and through indigenous people and help them stand up on their own. (12:13) • What you lead with are old school interpersonal skills to build relationships and social capital. And go in with 12 and come out with 12,000. (12:53) • I loved the regiment, I loved the missions, and I loved the men. (19:05) • I teach the interpersonal skills that Green Berets specialize in. I teach it in corporate America and I teach it as a leadership trait. (20:39) • You build trust when risk is low, and you leverage it when risk is high. (24:43) • [Melanie] The government will spend all the money, but the veterans are the ones who are actually serving the people. (32:19) • Our families of the fallen – not just gold star, but white star families that have lost members to suicide – they are so active in taking care of everybody else. (32:39) • I can’t say enough about the Vietnam generation. Those guys are amazing. (44:14) • [Scott to Marcus] Your story and the story of your teammates has changed lives, it’s saved lives, it has created a macro-level understanding of service, sacrifice, and brotherhood. (48:24) • The country, more than ever, needs the stories of our veterans and military families, because that shows what right looks like. (48:47) • [Scott to Marcus] You opened the door, and you showed the rest of the veteran community what right looked like in terms of leadership at home, the courage to tell your story, even when it’s hard – to repurpose your struggle in the service of others. (55:43)
9/6/202358 minutes, 2 seconds
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Cooper Collins: "The Mad Scientist" On Inventing Groundbreaking Medicines & His Success In Serial Entrepreneurship

Join us in this week’s fascinating episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast, with your host, retired Navy SEAL, Marcus Luttrell. Today we have a truly exceptional guest joining us – Cooper Collins. Cooper is a visionary leader in the field of biopharmaceuticals, making groundbreaking strides in medical treatments that are changing lives. He explains the science behind truly remarkable products, and witnessing patients regain their quality of life – their team’s ultimate reward. Cooper’s work is a testament to the incredible impact that dedication and innovation can have on people's lives. Sponsors: - - -  In this episode you will hear: • I want to leave this world having created a company or a product or that really helps people, long after I’m gone, that my kids can see and my grandkids can see. (2:43) • I’m always trying to find something that nobody else can figure out, then we try to figure it out. (11:55) • I don’t care who you are, what kind of grades you made, how smart you think you are – if you focus 100% of your effort on one thing, you’re gonna do great things in that area. (20:33) • I was one of the few guys that never quit. (33:37) • I was a 29 year old public company CEO, the youngest one on the street by probably 30 years at that time. (38:17) • The fun was born to focus on early stage bio-tech, early stage drug development, and medical devices. (38:58) • It’s the small companies that invent these great things that the big companies buy. They need the money so bad that they’re not all willing to sign a development agreement. (44:02) • 90% of the most promising projects don’t make it to market. (47:52) • Great things [we try to develop], if they fail, we move on and try to do another great thing. (59:31) • Product in development:  EON Laser, a robotic body contouring device – AI guided. (60:53) • The dermatology space may be the first specialty to be replaced by AI. (62:59) • They do have mini X-Rays now that are really safe for small body parts, you could actually have it at home. (65:01) • Other products discussed include incredible improvements for stroke recovery & mobility. (65:48) • Product in development: A laser that, in 20 minutes, can remove 6mmof fat. It eliminates liposuction. (70:36) • Anti-aging Treatment: Your brain is wired to think that it should repair everything to your peak reproductive year. For men, it’s 22 years of age and for women, it’s 32 years of age. In the last hundred years, we’ve gone from an average life expectancy of 35 or 40 to 80, because health care has advanced. The magic is to trick your brain into thinking that you have not hit your peak reproductive mode. (74:03)
8/30/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 4 seconds
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Crafting 'Warhorse One': Johnny Strong Shares his Filmmaking Journey w/ Navy SEAL Mikey Sauers & Marine Samantha Bonilla

Join us in this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, as Marcus takes a deep dive into the extraordinary career of Johnny Strong – actor, director, martial artist, and filmmaker. His journey is a testament to the power of dedication, creativity, and the relentless pursuit of one's passions. Don't miss out on this inspiring conversation a behind-the-scenes look into the multifaceted world of entertainment and creativity. Johnny discusses the inspirations behind his projects and how his diverse skill set shapes his storytelling. Johnny's Film credits include; Get Carter, The Fast and Furious, Black Hawk Down, to Sinners and Saints, Daylight's End, and now in his directorial debut in Warhorse One. He also shares some very interesting on-location adventures you’ll find very interesting. Johnny is joined by Marine Samantha Bonilla, and Mikey Sauers, U.S. Navy SEAL, co-founder of Forged, as well as the Mike Murphy challenge.    Watch 'Warhorse One' Here: - Socials: - operator_films_warhorse_one - samantha_r_bonilla - forgedmike Sponsors: - -  - - In this episode you will hear: • For anybody that wants to be good at anything, you always want to maintain a humble state of “I’m a learner.” (16:40) • The goal is to find the truth. The goal is to remove all the affectation and barriers we create to protect the self. (20:05) • At 40, you almost begin a second life. (36:49) • A man has 2 lives – the one he lives, and then the one he lives when he realizes he only has one. (37:03) • As an actor, you are waiting for other people to give you an opportunity to do what you want to do. (37:22) • [When my daughter was] two and a half years old, I had this moment and we made a conscious connection. It’s eternal. My thought was: How do I share that with the world? (44:33) • The story of Warhorse One is kind of a metaphor for becoming a father. (45:45) • The man you are before that, and the life you live, and the things that are important to you, after that moment when you have that profound connection [with your child] – your child is all that matters. (45:52) • Everybody can be good at something. (68:39) • In as much as we think we’re in control, there’s only a small amount that we can actually control. (73:15) • If you could be that beacon for somebody out there, even if somebody watches a movie and says, “That’s awesome I’m moved to be a Navy SEAL.” How many people have said to me, “I watched Blackhawk Down, and I joined the Army.” (97:14) • My Type A personality is that I’m not gonna quit. (105:17) •  I’m not doing it for money –this is just my offering to God, the Creator. (111:17)
8/23/20231 hour, 56 minutes, 48 seconds
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Mathew Lehnig: Former US Navy SEAL & Combat Veteran Shares His Story Of Resilience, Overcoming Bizarre Obstacles & Achieving Success

Mathew Lehnig is the VP of Programs at TakingPoint Leadership, a former Navy SEAL Officer, Combat Proven Veteran, and an expert in leadership development. He draws from 30 years of experience in Naval Special Warfare, and he understands the value of building strong, resilient leaders and teams to help drive organizational success and achieve extraordinary results. -- Have you ever wondered about the mysterious and challenging world of the Navy SEALs? This week, prepare to embark on a captivating journey as we discuss the demanding realities of military life. In our conversations Mathew Lehnig, former US Navy SEAL, we navigate through the intricacies of life decisions, military training, and the unique challenges faced during deployments. Hear first-hand accounts of the importance of camaraderie, mentorship, and maintaining a positive attitude in overcoming obstacles. Mathew shares his inspiring journey of resilience and tenacity, from defying bizarre medical emergencies to remain in service, to successfully transitioning to the civilian world. Listen in as he generously shares insightful advice for veterans and provides a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by our military heroes. Prepare to be inspired, enlightened, and deeply moved by these stories of human courage, unwavering determination, and profound resilience. Socials: - Mathew_lehnig - Team_Neverquit Sponsors: - - - - - Timestamps: (0:11:39) - Influences and Decisions (0:19:50) - Experiences and Challenges in Training (0:22:06) - Discussion on Training and Deployments (0:34:41) - SEAL Team Experiences and Personal Growth (0:39:11) - Challenges and Changes in Military Service (0:50:35) - Medical emergencies and Perseverance (1:00:50) - Transitioning From Military to Civilian Life (1:13:25) - Advice for Transitioning From the Military
8/16/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 34 seconds
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Matt Light: 3x Super Bowl Champ & New England Patriots HOF On His Journey To The NFL, Elaborate Team Pranks & Founding The Light Foundation

Perseverance, passion, and purpose. That’s the inspiring life journey we have the privilege of listening to from three-time Superbowl champion, Matt Light. In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Matt and Marcus delve into the remarkable story of a man who not only dominated the gridiron but is currently leaving an indelible mark off the field. His experience of growing up in a rural farming community taught him the values of hard work, responsibility, and accountability. Matt says had never seen a football game in his life until he played in his first college game, and eventually won a scholarship to Purdue University, where he served as left tackle behind his friend and future Super Bowl MVP, quarterback Drew Brees. He took up the same position in 2001 for Tom Brady, after being drafted by the New England Patriots, launching what would be a storied NFL career. Matt Light's impact still extends far beyond the football field. He founded the Light Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on empowering young people through outdoor activities, leadership programs, and character development. Matt Light is a true pro football legend. From his humble beginnings to his enduring influence, Matt’s story is a testament to the power of dedication and the potential for greatness both on and off the field. Socials: - IG: The Light Foundation - - (Online Sweepstakes) Sponsors: - - -  In this episode you will hear: • I was blessed at an early age to be surrounded by doers – people that were creative, innovative, and crafty. They thought outside the box. (6:15) • I truly had never seen a [football] game in my life until I played in my first college game. (7:58) • Ending up in football? That was the farthest thing from my imagination, but it became a reality. (11:21) • I never went to jail when I hit somebody with pads on. (19:33) • [Football] should be violent sport, but the caveat is – It’s controlled violence. (19:48) • My mom was adamant: whatever you start, you will finish – whether you like it or not. (21:24) • The thing that makes a great coach is their ability to switch gears, depending on who it is they’re coaching. (26:56) • [After a Superbowl win] it was overwhelming, surreal, and wild. You can’t write something like that, but you’re blessed to be a part of it. (55:34) • I like the fight, and I take things personal, and I want to get better every day. (57:09) • [Bill Belichick would ask a question] and if you didn’t have the answer, he was going to destroy you in front of the entire team. So everybody’s on pins and needles. (61:53) • I practiced the little things every single day in practice. (72:25) • I loved the opportunity to go out and prove that I deserved to be on that team. (75:19) • [Our company goal – the Light Foundation - is to develop] responsible, ethical, accountable leaders. (81:53) • Being around guys that were money every time we needed them in the highest pressure situations, was one of the coolest aspects of playing that game. (98:03) • If you can consistently win with one move as a defensive lineman, you’re an all-pro player. (98:58)
8/9/20231 hour, 52 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bennie Wylie: USC's Director of Football Sports Performance & TV Game Show Winner Shares Insights on Fitness, Family & Coaching Top Ranked Programs

He’s a beast… In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus dives into the world of football strength and conditioning with none other than Bennie Wylie, a renowned coach, known for his impressive work with athletes. Bennie has helped the likes of Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman and a multitude of elite athletes achieve their peak performance and reach their fitness goals. Bennie got his start in strength and conditioning as a graduate assistant at Sam Houston State, then went to the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Tennessee, The University of Texas, became Oklahoma’s director of sports performance for football, and currently is the director of football sports performance at USC. Socials: - Bwyliestrong Sponsors: - - In this episode you will hear: • You think you know what the NFL is, and then you get there and realize its not that at all. (9:55) • [The NFL] is a profession. It’s not a glamour deal. It’s a job. (10:39) • Most people could not handle it. Even if they have the talent, they couldn’t handle all the other stuff. (11:02) • I started [working out] when I was 14, and I haven’t stopped, and I’m 47. (12:54) • The older guys, you have to earn their trust, and earn their respect. (17:13) • I can’t give my team the best and give my family the rest. (20:40) • I’m supposed to love my wife the best of anything first. She’s my first. (21:02) • [Your kids] are gonna be what you put in ‘em. (22:03) • Learn from every life experience that you have in life. (30:14) • People think I’m so extroverted and outgoing, and I am so not – I like being by myself. (33:13) • Anything below the line – below the standard – is unacceptable. (38:00) • Communication runs the world. (40:34)
8/2/202357 minutes, 30 seconds
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Bringing Texas To San Diego w/ Former Gov. Rick Perry, Introducing Texas Tidbits & The Funny Story of How Marcus First Met Rick

Today, we bring an unconventional podcast to the Team Never Quit table. We are in San Diego and joining Marcus, Melanie, and Hunter is our favorite Texan, former Governor Rick Perry. Governor Perry brings an incredible knowledge of Texas history, which ties right in to Marcus’ idea of adding a few minutes in each week’s podcast to Texas Tidbits, where we talk about historical info, fun facts, Texas recommendations, food suggestions, Texas etiquette, etc. And who better to kick off Texas Tidbits than the longest serving governor in Texas history. We talk Texas Tidbits, and take a deep dive of the first time Marcus and the Governor met, exactly 17 years ago in San Diego. Sponsors: - - - Studio Location: - Loft 100 Studios in Carlsbad, California In this episode you will hear: • [Marcus] Longest serving governor in Texas history, then Secretary of Energy. (4:30) • Agriculture has an inordinate impact on me, as it does on the state of Texas. (12:08) • The greatest governor in Texas history. Nobody even comes in a close second, in my opinion – Sam Houston. (14:02) • [Sam Houston] could probably have been elected President of the United States, had he stayed in the race in 1860. And had he won, I don’t think we would’ve had a civil war. (14:24) • [Sam Houston] brought Texas into the nation. (15:33)  • When he left his house, [Sam Houston’s mother said to him: “And remember, my son, the door of the cottage will be forever open to a courageous man of honor, but it will be closed forever to a coward.” (16:22) • The second greatest governor, in my opinion – Dolph Briscoe. (18:41) • He [Dolph Briscoe] helped put into play the Farm to Market Road system, and helped put into place the Screwworm Eradication Program. (19:19) • Eisenhower put into place the Interstate Highway System. For every 5 miles, you have to have a straight 1mile piece of road. (22:42) • Governing’s not hard: Don’t overtax, don’t over regulate, don’t over litigate, and have a skilled workforce. (24:52) 
7/26/202353 minutes, 33 seconds
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Aaron Kendle: Retired Navy SEAL & Harvard Business Graduate Reveals His Shocking 'Never Quit' Story (2021)

What do you do when you witness a Chinook helicopter with 31 guys you know get shot out of the sky by an RPG, enter into spiraling depression, fail your team, as well as yourself, and then experience a horrible accident that causes you to lose your hand and forearm? In Aaron Kendle's case, who refuses to be defined by failures, you pick yourself up, and lean on a never quit mindset to live life to its fullest, and achieve an incredible life. Aaron is a retired Navy SEAL where he served as a specialized medic, sniper, airborne leader, and jump school instructor. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, a father, a husband and a Scottsdale Charro. Mr. Kendle is a decorated member of the United States Navy, served as a member of SEAL Team 7, NSWG-1 Training Detachment, and Naval Special Warfare Development over a 15-year career and has dedicated his post-military professional career to helping his fellow brothers in arms transition back into civilian life. Aaron comments: “My resume may read great — but what they don’t see is all of those fails between the lines. For me, those failures stay between the lines.” Sponsors: - - - Photo Credit: Methodist Hospital Aortic Center In this episode you will hear: • Obstacles and failures aren't your defining moments. It's everything that comes after that you grow from. • Major physical injury doesn't define you. • When major things change your life in the physical, figure out ways to do things the best you can. • Make every day better that the day before. • You can dwell on how great Plan A would've been. But when Plan A fails, you gotta come up with a plan B. • Never leave a human hand in the freezer of your hotel room, where the cleaning staff can find it. • After a devastating accident, the prevailing thought should be “I'm alive”. • Terrible occurrences in your life can actually be used to give others, who are in despair, hope and encouragement. • Perspective, attitude and determination go a long way in life. • There's a lot more to life. You just gotta figure out what it is. • You don't get any better that the SEALS mentorship program. • Everything we accomplish in life is based on failures. • Pain and suffering unites us all. • If there's one thing I think we're good at is stuffing emotions. • Watching a Chinook helicopter with 31 guys you know get shot out of the sky with an RPG, is like watching a horrible movie.
7/19/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 58 seconds
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Mike Glover: Retired Green Beret & CEO of Fieldcraft Survival Discusses How To Be Prepared In The Worst Case Scenarios

From pretending to be a soldier at a young age to becoming a Special Forces soldier to becoming an entrepreneur. That’s this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guest, former US Army Special Forces Green Beret, Mike Glover. With deployments to fourteen combat theaters, Mike worked in the US Army for over 18 years, serving as a weapons specialist, assaulter, sniper, recon specialist, team sergeant, joint terminal air controller (JTAC), and operations SGM. Mike is the founder and CEO of Fieldcraft Survival, and host of the Fieldcraft Survival Podcast on iTunes, and Soundcloud. He is an avid outdoorsman, traveler, and hunter. He teaches survival and disaster preparedness and provides equipment solutions based on his experience in special operations. As an expert at counter-terrorism, Mike says that survival isn’t just technical ability; it is the encompassing of everything he has learned throughout his career: mindset, technical skills, and equipment. Links/Socials: - - Instagram: Mike.a.glover Sponsors: - - 55% off ( - 20% off (   -  Up to 80% off ( In this episode you will hear: • Common sense is not so common anymore. If more people paid attention to having a little more common sense, most of the things you see go wrong is because of the lack of it. (2:03) • I joined the Army at the age of 17 and started my journey. (6:05) • I was never the disciplinary unless it came to standards. If you wanted flexibility, you had to meet the baseline. (28:37) • My military certainly taught me how to have and develop hard skills – technical skills. The overwhelming majority of me surviving had nothing to do with hard skills, but had everything to do with planning, preparation, attention to detail, culture, physical fitness, health and wellness, as a collective. (32:38) • You have to understand how to operate and be resilient every single day. (33:29) • Resilience, by far, is the hardest thing to teach. (34:36) • Resilience is the act of getting up after you’ve been beat down. (37:39) • “You’re going to rise to the occasion” is a misnomer. You’re going to fall to your level of training. (40:58) • My company is called Fieldcraft Survival. (43:00) • VSO – Village Stabilization Operations. You wanna have access to placement? Well, get into the environment where people live, train and educate them, empower them, and that place will be better. (50:03) • One of the reasons me and Marcus were successful in our military careers is because we had an institution – a culture that was willing to listen to subject matter experts, and we took that information and applied it to our lives. (54:20)
7/12/20231 hour, 1 minute, 44 seconds
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Jonathan Harmon: U.S. Air Force PJ Opens Up On Operation Redwing & What It Took To Save Marcus Luttrell (Part 2)

This week, Marcus Luttrell and former U.S. Air Force PJ and combat rescue officer, Jonathan Harmon, pick up where they left off in their last episode, bringing to the table a deep dive discussion regarding the details of how Jonathan was able to reasonably calculate Marcus’ direction and future location during the Operation Red Wings series of events in Afghanistan in June, 2005. Many details of that op are included in today’s discussion. It has now been 18 years since Operation Red Wings occurred. NOTE: “PJ” (Air Force Pararescuemen) are the only DOD elite combat forces specifically organized, trained, equipped, and postured to conduct full spectrum Personnel Recovery (PR) to include both conventional and unconventional combat rescue operations. Listen in as Jonathan & Marcus discuss the details of the efforts it took to bring Marcus home as the lone survivor of that operation.  In this episode you will hear: • He [Matt Axelson] had made it close to a village and ended up being shot and killed. And then a villager took his body even further away and buried it. (4:27) • The best record we have [of Operation Red Wings] is from Marcus’ memory. (5:24) • I think the American public would find it completely fascinating to learn what efforts our government will go to, to bring their people home. (10:24) • What if you had the ability - and we knew there was a television close by - and you’re being held in a foreign country. It [a discrete message] could be so much as just a message on the television as simple as a small American flag on the screen. (11:55) • If you can think of the worst day of your entire life, and how despondent you can be - that’s every day in captivity. (13:17) • He [Marcus’ primary target] - disappeared through an air strike. (18:31) • So I hand my map off, [and proceeds to list his specific findings] and predict where they would end up, and I’m told: “We’re going to Afghanistan.” (23:36) • The two [sources of information - the Army’s findings and Jonathan’s findings] validated one another. So we had a location and we had confirmation. (28:07) • For those that don’t know, we stripped that aircraft down. We took nothing that wasn’t necessary. (30:00) • I like to call it a recovery – not of remains – but of a person because rescue would imply that we are rescuing you from our friendly forces. That’s not necessarily the case. (30:58)  • I think the first thing [that should happen to Marcus after his recovery] is that and he needed to get a full blown medical evaluation. (33:27) • Doc Dickens will convince you that you are superman. You’re the fullest expression of yourself. (38:32) • If there was a father figure for all of us – it was him [Doc Dickens]. (40:29)   • One has to consider the gravity of the circumstances [of Operation Red Wings]. The single most loss of life in the history of the United States Navy SEALS just happened. (42:27) • To be given the clothing of the village elder is a personification of being him himself. (51:10) • [Jonathan telling Marcus] Your adherence to your faith in captivity was unique among all stories I’ve ever heard. (51:48) • If you pull the John Wayne act [while in enemy captivity], you’re gonna get tortured and killed. (53:52) • He [Marcus] rewrote singlehandedly a lot of our resistance posture training because we were fighting a different kind of enemy that we didn’t write manuals for. (56:10) • [Marcus] They would laugh at me because I would fall down, and I just kept trying. I would fail all the time. I can’t believe they kept me. (60:19) • [Jonathan to Marcus] I have a question to ask you and I want you to think about this. Do you want to continue to operate? Or do you want to be a hero? And he thinks about it and says, “Fuck, man. I wanna operate.” (71:58) • We learned early on that asking permission wasn’t gonna work. The very first thing I learned from the SEALS – beg for forgiveness. (87:55)
7/5/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 8 seconds
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Behind the Uniform: Remembering Operation Redwing

June 28, 2005 is remembered as one of the biggest losses the SF/SO community has endured. We have seen the portrayal of that battle and the rescue missions in the movie Lone Survivor and in documentaries from the Smithsonian Institute. Hundreds of thousands of people have since found inspiration and displayed high levels of patriotism in honor of the bravery and valor these men displayed. Today, we ask you to get to know the men behind the uniform and join us in keeping their memories alive along with those who knew them best. Say their names to a friend or family member and share their stories with those who may not know. It has been said that when a loved one dies, the family experiences two deaths – once when they leave this earth and again when people forget who they were. Please join us and never forget those who gave all during Operation Red Wings.   In this episode, you will hear from: • Laura McGreevy, Surviving Spouse of Lt Michael M. McGreevy, Jr. • Char Westfall, Surviving Spouse of SOC Jacques J. Fontan • Erin Taylor, Surviving Spouse of SO1 Jeffrey S. Taylor • Patsy Dietz, Surviving Spouse of SO2 Danny Dietz • Cindy Axelson, Surviving Spouse of SO2 Matthew Axelson • Rhonda Lucas, Surviving Spouse of SO1 Jeffery A. Lucas • Norminda Healy, Surviving Spouse of SOCS Daniel R. Healy • Chase Patton, Brother to SO2 Shane E. Patton • Judy Goare, Mother of SSG Shamus O. Goare • Maureen Murphy, Mother of Lt Michael P. Murphy • Claudia Suh, Sister to SO2 James E. Suh Note: Not all families were able to participate in the video calls from which this audio was derived. We will always remember them and thank them for their service. Other Soldiers Who Gave All During Operation Red Wings: • CWO3 Corey J. Goodnature • SGT Kip A. Jacoby • LCDR Erik S. Kristensen • SFC Marcus V. Muralles • MSG James W. Ponder, III • MAJ Stephen C. Reich • SFC Michael L. Russell • CWO4 Chris J. Scherkenbach Marcus continues to honor the fallen and asks that you join him never forgetting their bravery and sacrifice. June 28, 2005 – Never Forget.
6/28/202339 minutes, 43 seconds
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Jonathan Harmon: U.S. Air Force PJ & Combat Rescue Officer Opens Up On Operation Red Wings & What It Took To Save Marcus Luttrell (Part 1)

In this week’s Team Never Quit episode, Marcus has a deep dive conversation with U.S. Air Force PJ, and combat rescue officer, Jonathan Harmon. NOTE: “PJ” (Air Force Pararescuemen) are the only DOD elite combat forces specifically organized, trained, equipped, and postured to conduct full spectrum Personnel Recovery (PR) to include both conventional and unconventional combat rescue operations. Jonathan was instrumental in successfully locating Marcus in Afghanistan with the most miniscule of data which facilitated his subsequent rescue. Listen in to Jonathan’s fascinating details of all that it takes to bring our soldiers home.   In this episode you will hear: • My Aunt was a WASP (Women’s Auxiliary Service Pilot). She flew aircraft across the Atlantic, and trained other pilots. They would test and assure that an aircraft was safe to fly. (10:06) • I had absolutely no intention of joining the military. I was into skating & surfboarding. (16:28) • I loved skydiving. I was with my peeps for the first time in my life. (23:23) • [Red ants] get real pissed off when you do 8 counts on top of them. (29:57) • [In Afghanistan rescue missions] you’re out there rescuing kids and village elders. You want to let them know that you stand shoulder to shoulder with them. You’re not gonna leave ‘em high and dry. (51:09) • It wasn’t that I traded a life for a degree, but that how it felt. I promised myself that I would never allow my education get in the way of my job. (65:33) • One of the best things we learned was that one of the best medicines, sometimes, is lead. (70:12) • Most people don’t know that 1003 Victor became known as Iraqi Freedom. (75:42) • I had the chance to coordinate about 1,000 rescue missions. Recovery missions as well as rescue missions. (76:05) • Reintegration is the process that returns people with homer, helping them transition back from captivity or isolation, back to their units and families so they can become “value added.” (78:18) • We’re seeing Post traumatic stress in epic proportions. (79:26) • As a PJ, we focus on medical – combat medicine. (80:41) • I can’t declare a personnel recovery event, because they’re not my forces. (91:38) • It’s important to know that a report has to come through a channel that is bonafide. (91:47) • [Operation Red Wings - After a series of signals and analysis, I thought] what I feel like is that I’ve got somebody on the run. And I’m really certain it’s an American, because of where they’re running and how they’re running. And it gave me a confidence factor that I had at least one survivor. [97:34) 
6/21/20231 hour, 41 minutes, 2 seconds
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Kelsie Sheren: Canadian Combat Vet To Entrepreneur, CEO of Brass & Unity, Author & Podcaster

From Combat to Creativity. In this week’s Team Never Quit episode, Marcus dives into the inspiring story of his guest, Kelsi Sheren, a combat veteran and artillery gunner in the Canadian military. She was a competitive Tae Kwon Do champion from the ages of four to nineteen and holds a second-degree black belt. Join us as we explore her experiences serving in Afghanistan, her battle with PTSD, and her remarkable transformation through art therapy, at the recommendation of her therapist, which lead to the creation of a successful jewelry and eyewear brand, Brass & Unity. Kelsi's endeavor was to make jewelry from spent shell casings. Twenty percent of net profits go toward helping veterans who are suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, and suicide. Listen in as the discussion details Kelsi's journey to find healing and purpose. Links - Socials - Kelsi_sheren - Brassandunity Sponsors - Navy Federal Credit Union  - - In this episode you will hear: • When we start something, we finish it. (7:28) • I became a high level competitive fighter and a national-level fighter by the time I was 12-13. (7:43) • I learned a long time ago that Taekwondo was not super applicable in real life if I was being grabbed from behind. (12:24) • That’s how you know you’re living a fulfilled live – if you’re laughing to the point that you hurt. (15:19) • Comedy is levity. (16:19) • [Marcus] PTSD is Pharmaceutical Training Stand By for Dosage. (36:12) • My mom saw the side of me that she didn’t recognize.  She saw what war looks like. I was 19. (40:10) • Nobody knew how to deal with mental health at the time. Nobody understood that the reactions I was getting were disproportionate for a reason. (40:48) • Yes, I guess I’m technically an author. My friends are all dying by suicide. And they’re dying at a pace I find unacceptable. How do I help? I don’t know, so why don’t I start helping myself and give myself the tools to then go and help others. (43:52) • [Melanie] Your survival turned into a business. (44:20) • In Canada, we offer medical assistance in dying, instead of treatment. (45:09) • I’ve been screaming about suicide prevention since 2016. (47:53) • Why aren’t we trying fitness? Why aren’t we trying nutrition? Why aren’t we looking at religion? That’s when I found psychedelics. (48:32) • When I left the Canadian Army, I was left. No one called, no one knew where I was, no one cared. (51:37) • Then I did brain treatment. I mean like I’m on some new shit. And when I say it got dangerous, it’s a scary level to feel this good. (53:59) • I don’t care what you need – you just need to ask. (54:20)  • I got to go help some people, and close a chapter in my life that I didn’t get to close because of how I left Afghanistan. (59:05) • It takes someone from within the community to heal the community. No one else is gonna do it for us. (69:25) 
6/14/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 2 seconds
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Randy Beausoleil: Navy SEAL Officer On His Risky Combat Missions, Becoming a BUD/S Instructor & Putting Marcus Luttrell Through Training

What an amazing guest Marcus brings to the table in this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast. Randy Beausoleil served for 34 years as a Navy SEAL, the world’s most elite fighting force. He earned two Bronze Star medals with the Combat "V", and fought in every major conflict since 1984. In this episode, Randy speaks in detail about a mission he participated in an attempt to take down Panama’s dictator and drug lord, Manuel Noriega. The successful underwater strategies of the SEALS was beyond risky, and the specifics of how it was executed is compelling, to say the least. These days, Randy’s relentless pursuit is to teach mental toughness to those who are willing to do what it takes. He has counseled SEAL platoon commanders and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is a skilled teacher, leader, tactical advisor, and President of Old 18 Information Services. Randy’s Book co-written with Brian “lucky” Riley: Unwavered: The Self-Belief of a Navy SEAL and TOPGUN Pilot In this episode you will hear: • I liked it. Jumping out of a Hilo - all that stuff - I’m kinda like “Okay, this it kinda it.” (9:08) • I tell people that BUD/S was the most adult experience of my life. (12:39) • It just a miserable program being in fleet. (12:47) • I hated every second of the fleet part of the Navy. (13:00) • [Manuel] Noriega was the king of drugs and all the other things bad. If you can remove God from society, he did everything that would happen once you do that. (22:34) • President Bush, Sr. made him [Noriega] a target for – let’s just say “extraction.” (22:51) • This was a completely soft-oriented mission- to go down and get Noriega. Everybody went down there to get one guy. To get him out of the country and turn that country over to the next democratic leader. He was just pumping drugs into the US. (23:50) • I loved the whole BUD/S experience. (59:04) • There is no comparison, in my opinion, for any other training on the planet. (59:47) • Once you make it through Hell Week, I don’t want to say you’re a Team guy, but you have really done something. 80% of the other people are already gone. (61:0) • I am full, 100% against body armor. Period. Dot. (75:35) • I don’t think you take a special warfare SEAL, and put him in body armor to do anything. I’d rather move fast and quick with a group of guys. (75:41) • We took all the basic stuff we were teaching and put it in that book, Unwavered. If you have unwavering self-belief, then you can accomplish anything. (90:30) • You’re talking about an all-consuming mindset. That’s the only thing you’re thinking about. And if you allow all external influences (cancers) to weigh you down, you’re never gonna make it. (91:25) • Your ability to survive is based on your ability to fight on their terms, to be sneaky, to know their tactics. It was super challenging. (98:34)
6/7/20231 hour, 43 minutes, 44 seconds
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Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris On Surviving an IED Explosion & His Incredible Road To Recovery

This week’s Team Never Quit guest, Shilo Harris, has an amazing story to tell.  He speaks with Marcus about the details of his second deployment with the U.S Army’s 10th Mountain Division near Baghdad. Shilo’s armored vehicle was struck by an IED, which killed three of his fellow soldiers, injured the driver, and burned a third of his body, causing the loss of his ears, the tip of his nose and three fingers. The explosion also fractured his left collarbone and C-7 vertebrae. As a result, he spent nearly three years recovering and undergoing intensive physical therapy at the burn unit of Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. While there, he was the first soldier to participate in regenerative stem-cell research to regrow his fingers, and later received prosthetic ears, and he has a hilarious story to share about them. Today, Shilo is a motivational speaker, raising awareness for PTSD and serving as an inspiration to fellow soldiers. “Everything in life is a gift. Sometimes it may not be the gift you want, but you realize that your challenges are a new beginning.” In this episode you will hear: • I’ve been extremely blessed. (17:53) • Me being a burn guy, I have a hard time regulating my body temperature, because the scar tissue acts like wearing a jacket all the time. It just doesn’t breathe. (18:50) • [While shopping for a hat, the girl] like a good salesperson, figured she could just size me up. She set that hat on me and popped it down. When she did, both my ears popped off, and hit the floor, bouncing around. (20:06) • I was in a van one day, and there were several wounded warriors, and everybody was missing something. One of the guys looked around and said “Damn, all of us together make like one whole man, maybe two.” (24:47) • My dad, being a veteran, we spent a lot of time at the American Legion. The American Legion out there was kind of like a bar. (25:52) • I knew what I wanted. I wanted combat arms. (33:01) • [In Bagdad] every day, there was an IED that went off in our area somewhere. (39:30) • I could see that my face was charred black, my hair was gone, my ears were gone, my nose was gone, I had blood running out of everything, and I started panicking. (50:29) • I was thinking: “I better get a day off for this.” (51:02) • I spent 48 days in a medically induced coma. (52:51) • [I had given up] and my dad said, “Are you done, soldier?” And it just washed over me, thinking holy crap, I’m a quitter before I even tried to start the fight. Where did my pride go? (55:24) • When he walked out of the room, he [my dad] literally just looked at me and said “Then get your ass up and start doing the work.” And I did. (59:59) • I was actually one of the first individuals to attempt regenerative growth. (66:00) • Faith, regardless of what it is, can get you through your worst days, your darkest moments. (75:17)
5/31/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Legacy of Billy Shelton: Training The Luttrell Brothers & Friends, Untold Stories From High School & The Importance of Having Supportive Friends

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus gathers up with the legendary Billy "Soupbone" Shelton, of Willis, Texas, an Army Special Forces veteran who, for over 3 decades, has been providing intense physical and mental training for young men, producing Navy SEALS, Army Rangers and other military Special Forces soldiers. Soupbone’s approach is brutal, physically challenging and very successful.  He prepares fighting men for the harsh realities of combat. One of Soupbone’s gems is this podcasts host, Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL awarded the Navy Cross and author of the bestselling book, "Lone Survivor". Billy Shelton does it because He wants to see his “sons” come home alive. (Also joining Marcus and Billy are Morgan Luttrell, Tommy & David Thornberry, who trained with Billy Shelton.)   In this episode you will hear: • Melanie: In the 13 years that we’ve been together we get asked more about you than anybody else. (5:21) • Billy: When I’d pull up and go in the front door [of the gym] they’d run out the back door. (13:07) • Tommy: The new guy’s rite of passage was that they had a harder workout because he [Billy] wanted to put the screws to ‘em to make sure they got it. (25:54) • Tommy: It’s not that we were born that way, it’s that we were made that way. (29:31) • Tommy: Billy looked out his window and this kid [after his workout] was hunched over in his car. Billy asked, “Are you ok?” The kid answered: I feel great. I just can’t lift my arms to drive. (31:02) • Morgan: No matter what shape you were in when you showed up, you’d eventually get us there. • Marcus: You didn’t wanna bring anybody, but if you did, you knew they were gonna get it. (32:55) • Morgan: If one of your buddies came down and they were struggling, it always put you in a position that you had to help them. (33:08) • Morgan: Like in the military, if there’s a weak link, you were forced to get down there and get ‘em. (33:18) • Marcus: To anyone who’s never seen a human being catapult over a wheelbarrow [full of rocks] while running… (40:58] • Billy: I don’t look at em like a Marine or Navy SEAL or a hunter, they’re my kids. I love ‘em. (44:50) • Melanie: No matter what you put Marcus or anyone through, they just wouldn’t quit. (53:09) • Billy: You CANNOT quit. (53:14) • Tommy: If there’s something wrong, you know it. There’s help out there for you. (65:27) • Tommy: I walked in there and there was 8 people. I said “what’s the party for?” They said “sir, we’d like you to have a seat.” I’m like “why? Did you guys find a tumor or something? And they’re like “Oooh” (66:14) • Tommy: Iron therapy is the way I get through stuff. (67:30) • Tommy: One of the docs that was part of the surgical team had Covid, with my skull open. (68:55) • Tommy: We don’t stop – ever. (70:32) • Tommy: Time to get back in the fight. (72:57)
5/24/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 56 seconds
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Bryan Ray Recalls His Experience On The Battlefield, Overcoming Trauma & Embracing Health w/ HVMN

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus brings to the table Special Forces Officer Bryan Ray, who has both a lengthy, positive military career as well as a “dark side” military experience that shook him to his core. Bryan & Marcus take a deep dive into Bryan’s experiences which include serving in the war in Afghanistan and running the Mountain Warfare School in Colorado. It took a friend’s similar mental struggles and professional help to finally get past the emotional impact of his horrific experience. His healing journey includes working with a health and wellness company – Health Via Modern Nutrition (HVMN) – who developed a ketone supplement, Keytone IQ, which is proven to improve cognitive and physical performance to soldiers. Bryan brings hope to veterans who have kept their mental struggles to themselves, and reveals the benefits of getting help without embarrassment or shame.   In this episode you will hear: • One of the most rewarding parts of war is seeing the culture of the people who live there. • People have it a lot harder than we do in this country. • Even in places torn by war, you can still be happy with what minimal things you have. • I’m finding myself driving around in a Toyota Corolla - man jammies on, with a freaking gun and a backpack, hoping I don’t get killed by a U.S. Army guy. • [War] is like taking an Oxford grad, and taking him to the deepest swamp in Louisiana and having a conversation. That was what my formal Arabic training was like. • I’ve now been to two combat zones where our President is on TV saying we have now stopped and all combat troops are going home - right before we go out to do a hit. • Have I seen an MRack Turbo turned into a jet for a hot tub? Yes, I have. • Mountain shit is stressful. • [With Keytone IQ] You can dual fuel now. You can take the most efficient fuel which is ketones and you can also have carbs on board for when you need it. So you get the mental clarity - all the stuff you need from the keytones, and you don’t have to have a restrictive diet. • [It’s a] Super application for the ground guys. • I want people to try it [Keytone IQ]. I want people to say it’s the real deal. • You only buy Oakley’s for so long before they show up in the supply room. • The man behind the weapons systems is always gonna be more important, and the more effective he is, the better. • Stop wasting money on shit that works a little bit and phases out immediately and invest a tenth of that into the man – make a better soldier. • There’s a lot more guys that have [mental] issues than are willing to say they have issues. • I had an event in Afghanistan that challenged me morally. I was directly responsible for the deaths of young children. Of all the things I’ve done overseas – that was really rough. • It wasn’t until somebody I trusted that told me they were feeling what I was feeling that I was willing to go get help. Links:
5/17/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 30 seconds
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Treating Mental Health w/ Psychedelics: Trevor Millar & Marcus Luttrell Discuss The Benefits of This Powerful Medicine

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus welcomes his guest, Trevor Millar, who has a unique, proven addiction-treating specialty. Trevor details the anti-additive properties of Ibogaine, a powerful African psychedelic with a high success rate for treating heroin and opiate addiction, Parkinson’s disease, and other psychological processes and neurological disorders. Trevor discusses significant acceptance of Ibogaine in Canada, which could result in the legitimization of this medicine, and other psychedelic medicines globally. In this episode you will hear: • [I had an] un-traumatic childhood. Kudos to my parents. (13:48) • I never have to worry about what I’m going to do in life because I could always fall back to waiting tables and love it. (21:50) • The first time I ever consumed LSD I was 14 years old. (39:26) • This is what adults have forgotten that has made the world so screwed up. (42:26) • The first person I ever gave Ibogaine to was a 72 year old man who wanted to quit smoking. (47:00) • Getting addicted to opiates is not like getting addicted to other substances. A lot of other substances, it’s a psychological addiction. With opiates, it’s actually a physical addiction. (50:26) • The only true cause of death is birth. (53:53) • [Ibogaine] has this amazing quality of “reset”. (63:47) • As we live life, were seeing life through a plane of glass. Like a filter. As our hearts get broken, as we suffer traumas, that glass gets dirty. And it gets so dirty, we don’t even recognize that it’s dirty anymore. And what these psychedelic substances seem to be able to do is clean that glass from the inside out. (65:23) • Ibogaine has the potential to keep working on you and with you. (70:26) • There will be a prescription within 2-4 years within the states. (85:32) • It’s something that it does that enables you to say “Life is awesome. My purpose is everywhere. I can just be happy for no reason again.” (92:58) • It brings out the best in people. (98:32)
5/10/20231 hour, 54 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Power of Advocacy: The Inspiring Story of Sarah Verardo, CEO of The Independence Fund

From enduring her husband’s life-changing, horrific war injuries to becoming a National Advocate for wounded Veterans and their Caregivers, Sarah Verardo’s relentless never quit attitude has driven her to the forefront of two separate organizations who see the needs of Veterans and Allies, which have given her the opportunity to steward resources and support where and when they are most crucially needed. Sarah’s husband, Sgt. Michael Verardo was catastrophically wounded in Afghanistan in two separate IED attacks that took his left leg, much of his left arm, and left him with polytraumatic conditions that have required over one hundred surgeries and years of speech, visual, physical, and occupational therapies. Nevertheless, Sarah speaks with Marcus about the everyday challenges she and her daughters face in the care of her husband, her involvement as the CEO of The Independence Fund, and being at the forefront of Afghan Ally inclusion within the Veteran community. In August 2021, the collapse of Afghanistan led her and three others to co-found the direct-response rescue and aid organization - Save Our Allies, who evacuated more than 17,000 US citizens, SIV holders, and wartime Allies from the country and assisted in medical and humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.  In this episode you will hear: • [Michael Verardo] was injured the first time.  He was riding as a gunner and hit a roadside IED. He was ejected out. (12:54) • On his very first foot patrol back in - It was 14 days to the day of the first IED, there was an old Russian land mine that had been hooked up to 2 – 15gallon drums of homemade explosives, and it was game over. His left leg was immediately blown off. Most of his left arm was blown off. They actually ended up sewing it to his back on his medical flight. He burned over 30% of his body. He had damage to his airway, his eardrums were blown out. It was significant poly trauma. (13:29) • Marcus: “He got banged up and then you all got married?” (17:02) • Marcus: You know the odds of that happening? That’s when you know you’re not behind the wheel. (17:46) • That sense of patriotism calling – That’s all he wanted to do. (18:02) • It’s been horrific. More than my worst nightmare. (18:26) • He actually handed me a Bible before he handed me an engagement ring. (20:18) • He said holiness needs to be more important than happiness. (20:37) • His only prosthetic leg broke, and I duct taped it for 57 days while I waited for someone at the VA to sign a piece of paper. (33:18) • The Navy and the Navy hospital took care of him as if he was one of their own while we waited for VA to kick in. (24:23) • I think there needs to be permanent designations for certain conditions. (26:24) • It seems that some people – not all - at VA would rather fail by following the process, than succeed by deviating from it. (27:21) • Independence Fund started out in the halls of Water Reed, wanting to give independence back to those who sacrificed theirs for us. (34:39) • If someone did not care about Afghanistan at that time, it told me everything I needed to know about them. (41:47) • I think the White House wants us to move on from Afghanistan. They’re not only not helping – I think they’re actively in the way of groups that want to do good. (52:36) • Reach out to the wounded veterans in your community and help these families. (59:15)
5/3/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 46 seconds
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Jeremy Mahugh On His Journey From Special Operations To Fighting Human Trafficking, Launching Caim Technology

From Navy SEAL sniper with Special Operations and Intelligence Community experience to Co-Founder of Caim Technology, a counter human trafficking organization. That’s this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Jeremy Mahugh. Marcus and Jeremy get in the weeds regarding Jeremy’s involvement in the development of cell phone app technology capable of identifying potential human trafficking risks as a preventive measure against being victimized.   Caim Technology In this episode you will hear: • [While in a float tank] I thought, “I wonder what it’d feel like if I just rolled over?”. I got the salt in my nose, and eyes, and ears, and the rest of the hour was shot. (8:41) • Everybody has the ability to travel now, but some people still don’t. (15:24) • [My grandfather] was in the Army Air Corps and was shot down over Yugoslavia in World War II. He was a POW. (22:44) • I’m still not sure if they know what soccer is in Texas. (24:03) • I just wanted to be part of a team – I wanted to part of something that was gonna push me to be better. (27:26) • [Caim Technology] is focused on collecting any kind of data on human trafficking or exploitation. (57:39) • One of the things that’s been missing is having a tool to put in the hands of the consumer. So we have a mobile app that will tell you if you’re interacting with someone in the [human trafficking] database. (58:02) • You can connect a consumer with a product via smart phone. That’s also happening in the human trafficking world. (59:51) • Q: Is the app available? A: We’re probably a month or two away from being launched. We’re collecting data from a multitude of websites. (66:11) • It will go to the app store soon, and has to go through beta testing. (66:30) • Technology has gotten to the point that it is everything to us. (70:22) • It’s the Wild West. There’s never been good parameters on how [AI] can be used. (75:16) • Everybody has a need to deal with this [Caim App] and has a need for good information. (78:04) • What I love about what we’re doing now is we’re here to support all of you. Our for-profit is there to make money, but provide tools and prevention and have a huge hammer in the fight against human trafficking. (82:15) 
4/26/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 4 seconds
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Robert "Cujo" Teschner: Award Winning U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot, Senior Joint Staff Officer, 2x Bestselling Author

What a privilege it is to have the top graduate of the Air Force Top Gun School and retired U.S. Air Force F-22 and F-15 fighter pilot and squadron commander, Rob “Cujo” Teschner in the studio with Marcus for this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast. Listen in for an inspiring conversation with Cujo, whose life is an amazing success story, and whose life mission is to teach and inspire others, bridging the gap between the principles of high performance combat veterans and high performance business. His fight with Colorectal Cancer is what prompted Cujo to retire from the Air Force early. Yet his ambition led to his path of entrepreneurship, leadership and team development. Cujo is the founder and CEO of VMax Group, an international leadership training company and he has authored several books, two of which went to #1 on the Amazon bestseller list. In this episode you will hear: • I loved being part of the Air Force family. We lived all over the place. (7:57) • 1977 when Luke Skywalker wants to join some academy and then join the rebellion. That resonated with me. (9:49) • As a kid, I felt like the military was my family. It’s what I knew. (10:50) • I thought it was always cool to hop on an airplane to go someplace new. To meet new people along the way. (13:00) • My letter – the one that says “thanks for applying” never said “try again”. (18:26) • The more people told me it wasn’t gonna happen the more committed I was to proving them wrong. (20:47) • I had never flown an airplane before I went to the Air Force Academy. (23:32) • Isn’t that stunning how fast we accelerate leadership – how fast we accelerate somebody to realize their potential?  (27:07) • If there was a time period I could freeze it would be First Lieutenant to Captain, because that’s when I was out there doing the mission. (28:28) • What we need is a constant stream of warriors who are ready to go forth and do. (35:18) • The biggest honor of my military career was being called to be an instructor at our Fighter Weapons School, basically it’s the Air Force Top Gun Program. (36:49) • You can beat people up and tell them how much they suck and they can learn from that, but another alternative might be Hey Cujo, we were 2 decisions from victory today. (43:55) • I try to apply that to my kids. (44:46) • One of the huge blessings of my life was being a part of teams that mattered. (48:09) • Our family team got a whole heck of a lot better as a result of my failure with cancer. That caused us to focus where we needed to. I’m eternally grateful for it. (52:32) • One of the best 4-star bosses I ever worked for would come in every month and ask us “Hey what are you doing for the home team?” (55:33)
4/19/20231 hour, 1 minute, 25 seconds
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Drago Dzieran: US Navy SEAL, Author of 'Pledge To America' (Part 2)

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, we bring you Part 2 of this episode featuring Drago Dzieran. A real American – born in Poland. Drago Dzieran is a former political prisoner for his activism against Communism. After arriving in the United States unable to speak English, Drago eventually became a US citizen, enlisted in the U.S. Navy and trained to serve as a Navy SEAL for 20 years. In Iraq, he fought in over 100 combat missions as the Naval Special Warfare Lead Breacher. Drago was awarded Bronze Star with “V” for valor, Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for valor, in addition to other various awards and decorations. Following his honorable retirement after twenty years in the Navy, Dzieran began a successful career as a software engineer. Drago founded the Navy SEALs Fund, a nonprofit with the mission of providing support for all generations of current, retired, and former UDT/SEAL teammates, their immediate dependents as well as Gold Star Families. Listen in as Drago shares his amazing life journey from Poland to living life as a real American in service to others.  In this episode you will hear: • Once they take away your freedom of speech, they censor you, they put out fake news… you have no defenses. (4:08) • The law was created in the socialist state to penalize free thinking. To criminalize opposition. (4:29) • America was built on the idea of personal freedom. (7:10) • [In the Ukraine] freedom is being taken away from them slowly. (8:37) • These people [Ukranians] are fighting for their lives now - freedom. (10:16) • We have former Generals saying that the Russians – “these poor souls don’t know they’re at war. They think they are on exercises.” You have to be an imbecile to repeat something like this. You have to be an idiot. (11:32) • [Ukranians] They want to be free, and our media is lying about it. (12:53) • Ukranians were always very patriotic. (13:10) • [Navy SEALS Fund] The way we operate is different than most charities. We don’t have paid positions. The fund is run by SEALS only. (35:57) • We help the Gold Start families: the spouse, the children, parents and siblings. (43:19) • We need to do something right then. We don’t need to send it through this board of “Lets talk about it when we meet next month. (44:27) There would be no Drago if not for people like Marcus, Morgan, Rob, Tage, Taco, & Jocco. (48:09) • For the Navy SEAL fund we don’t have forms and check the box. (61:08) • [Drago’s Book} The Pledge to America. (64:44) • I’m a better American today than I was yesterday, and I want to be a better American tomorrow than I am today. (64:50) • My biggest accomplishment is becoming a U.S. citizen. (65:05)
4/12/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 33 seconds
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Surviving The Unimaginable: Drago Dzieran's Journey From Political Prisoner To Navy SEAL (Part 1)

A real American – born in Poland. In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus meets with Drago Dzieran, a former political prisoner for his activism against Communism. After arriving in the United States unable to speak English, Drago eventually became a US citizen, enlisted in the U.S. Navy and trained to serve as a Navy SEAL. In Iraq, he fought in over 100 combat missions as the Naval Special Warfare Lead Breacher. Drago was awarded Bronze Star with “V” for valor, Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for valor, in addition to other various awards and decorations. Following his honorable retirement after twenty years in the Navy, Dzieran began a successful career as a software engineer. Drago founded the Navy SEALs Fund, a nonprofit with the mission of providing support for all generations of current, retired, and former UDT/SEAL teammates, their immediate dependents as well as Gold Star Families. Listen in as Drago shares his amazing life journey from Poland to living life as a real American in service to others. In this episode you will hear: • I was born in communist Poland. It was actually a socialist state run by communists. My father was part of the evil system. (7:13) • When the first Persian Gulf war broke out, I thought it was my moral obligation to support my country (8:35) • I’m not Polish-American; I am not “Something”-American. There is no hyphen. I’m just American. (8:50) • I could not build a job for my fellow citizens, but I could defend them. (8:56) • I spent 20 years as a Navy SEAL. (9:22) • For my father, it was first to obey the government. (10:28) • [My grandmother] taught me how to pray, and what to pray for. (11:25) • [My grandmother told me] “[The communists] kill people and imprison people for their beliefs. (11:52) • I still remember her [grandmother’s] words: “Poland is not free. It will not be free until we get rid of these people. (12:01) • [When my father found out] I was not allowed to pray with my grandmother alone. (12:45). • Pre-war Poland had one of the strongest Navy’s in the Baltic Sea. (16:55) • Prison time for me was education. A huge education about Polish history. (27:36) • [My father] believed that we need to convince people to socialism, because it offers such great things, but if we can’t, we have the power to eliminate these people. We call them enemies of the state. (30:47) • Even today, while Poland is free, some of them are being prosecuted. (38:17) • I’ll be the best US citizen America can have. (42:11) • American is built on goodness. (47:32) • You can live in the United States without being a citizen, but I wanted to be American. (56:02) 
4/5/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 35 seconds
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In Honor Of Mike Day: Decorated Navy SEAL & American Hero (2020)

NOTE: Today’s TNQP episode is a rebroadcast of our episode featuring Navy SEAL Mike Day. We bring it you in his honor and memory. Navy SEALS Mike Day and Marcus Luttrell engage in the graphic details of an unbelievable event that Mike, against all odds, survived. He took 27 rounds of an AK-47 pounding while on a mission in Fallujah, and lived to tell about it. When Mike shares his unparalleled true story, you won’t stop listening till the end. It’s a totally captivating series of events, told by the man who lived it. In this episode you will hear: • Fear’s either gonna lock you up, or it’s gonna tighten you up. I’m not saying go  out and do ridiculous shit every day, but its good to do stuff that scares you,  because if its good, it’s a tiny bit past what your comfort level is, and that’s how  you build resilience, you just get out of your comfort level. • I humbly submit myself as an example. (17:00)  • The only reason anybody knows me is because I got shot too many times. (17:20) • I would make sure people were asleep before I went out; it was a lot safer. (21:54) • The worst part about being over there is not actually doing the op, it’s getting to  and from. That’s where you get all messed up. (25:50) • A door in a room means something. (26:50) • When you blow stuff up, people wake up and they want to start shooting at  you. (27:09) • It’s really hard to kill a dog with one shot. (27:40) • I’ve walked through suburban areas in Iraq, with forty dogs barking at me, and  nobody wakes up. (27:49) • It’s amazing that twenty people can see the same thing, and see something  totally different. (30:41) • Literally from the time I dropped my right foot in that room, to the time I hit the  ground, to the first guy that I killed, might have been five seconds – it seemed   like minutes to me. (31:41) • A round went through the of the foot of the magazine – blew the hand grips off  the magazine. I could feel the springs in the palms of my hands, and I cleared the malfunction and I killed those two dudes. (37:25) • I was a way better social worker than I was a SEAL. (44:25) 
3/29/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 17 seconds
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Mike Gabler On Winning "Survivor" & Donating $1M Prize To Charity

While there have been veterans who have competed in the reality show: Survivor: Season 43, never has there been a non-veteran winner who gave away the entirety of the $1,000,000 prize to veteran organizations. Until now. In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, meet Mike Gabler who did just that. What an engaging conversation Mike and Marcus have, as Mike shares some of the behind the scenes stories related to the program. Mike, a Texas native, comes from a family of veterans, but he serves his country in a significantly different way. He is a heart valve specialist, working with top surgeons and cardiologists - a multicultural group of people with a common focus - to take care of the patient. At age 43, Mike was the oldest contestant of the season, and the second oldest competitor in the history of Survivor. The lack of food and nourishment was really getting to him, yet he excelled in individual competition. He explained that he gained strength by thinking about the military members who are currently fighting, as well as those who’ve passed, and who’ve sacrificed so much for our nation. “I’m gonna donate the entire prize – the entire million dollars – in my father’s name, Robert Gabler, who’s a Green Beret, to Veterans in need who are struggling from psychiatric problems, PTSD, and to curb the suicide epidemic.” “Lot of heroes served in our military. We do this for fun; they do this for real.” Thumbnail Image: - CBS via Getty Images In this episode you will hear: • Everybody on Survivor likes Type 2 fun, because that’s what it was. (6:33) • We all became really close. We’re friends to this day. (6:38) • I went into the game at 200 pounds, and came out at 176. (8:41) • One day Ryan came back with a 2 foot clam. There were 2 pieces as big as 12oz filet mignons, and tasted just like scallops. (10:29) • [At first] it’s a punch in the face, but after about a week you start assimilating. (19:43) • [Growing up] whatever your dad yells at the TV or cheers for is what you cheer for, so we became Steelers fans. (24:23) • In Arab culture, when you like something, they’re inclined to give it to you. (26:40) • It was really an amazing experience as a child to traverse the world. (30:40) • I stood on the great wall [of China] when I was in middle school. (30:50) • When you travel around the world, you realize what a small place it is, and how similar people are at their core. (32:01) • Crocodiles can strike half the length of their body. (41:23) • The harder you work, the luckier you get. (49:56) • In 2011, this brand new technology called TAVR (Trans Aortic Valve Replacement) came out. (51:01) • I would look to the next bend in the road and I’d tell myself to get there. (54:12) • I was on an endurance challenge where I had to hold on tight. The record for it in 22 seasons was 25 minutes. My spirit exploded, and we broke the all-time record for that at over 45 minutes. (56:15) • Man can survive (and woman) if you can find meaning in your suffering. (58:41) • “Doing something bigger than yourself” drove me to persevere. (65:32) • When you go deep into yourself, big things can happen. (81:33)
3/22/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 49 seconds
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Jordan Harbinger: From Wall Street Lawyer To Successful Podcaster, Junior Hacker To FBI Ally & Escaping A Kidnapping

What an engaging and compelling guest Marcus brings to the table in this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast. Jordan Harbinger, one of the most successful podcasters in the world, reveals his crafty (and illegal) but brilliant, stealthy methods for tapping into land line telephone conversations, and circumventing credit card machines in his early teenage years. While working out of the country, he details the experience of being kidnapped twice. His inquisitive mind was fascinated by the internet at an early age, and later became a Wall Street lawyer, followed by launching The Jordan Harbinger Show, where he deconstructs the playbooks of the most successful people on earth and shares their strategies. These days, Jordan’s biggest motivation is to help people succeed by teaching them to think better. In this episode you will hear: • When I was a kid, I wasn’t exactly inspirational to anyone. (4:13) • I didn’t have any money and listening to phone conversations and wiretapping got really interesting. I did that with cell phones, line pairs, and the green boxes on the side of the road. (7:13) • Listening to adults talk when they don’t know kids are around is completely different experience. (7:33) • [As a kid] you learn that adults have feelings, and problems just like you do. (10:25) • Are all adults just children that are winging it? Kind of – in a lot of ways. (12:25) • I learned to convince people to do things that I probably shouldn’t have convinced them to do. (15:55) • One of the things that I did that I got caught for was to go into a cell phone store’s dumpster at night and take the duplicate receipts from a carbon printer and use that information to program phones. (21:04) • I figured out how the credit card payment system worked at a pizza chain and you could use a number that would work in their machine and the machine didn’t reconcile the transactions until Friday’s. (22:12) • If there was a girl that I liked I would figure out what she liked by hacking into her computer. (27:46) • The coolest thing that I ever did was to help the FBI catch sexual predators. (36:09) • [In Mexico City] “Am I getting kidnapped right now?” “No, that can’t be it.” “Then I thought why can’t that be it?” I couldn’t open the door. (44:55) • Later when I lived in Panama, the same thing would happen, and dudes would get in the cab and say you’re going to the bank to take out as much money as you can, or we’re gonna stab you, or shoot you. (54:10)  • Two of the most addicting and destructive things in the world are heroin and a steady paycheck. (57:43) • Now I’ve got kids and the nightmares are outsourced. (62:27) • I try to teach people how to think better. (63:17)
3/15/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 44 seconds
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Life On Capitol Hill: Morgan Luttrell Breaks Down Misinformation, Lays Out Learning Curves, Behind The Scenes Look From A Freshman Congressman

A man’s man. A Patriot’s Patriot. A distinguished veteran as a U.S. Navy SEAL. And now a newly elected U.S. congressman. What a resume this week’s Team Never Quit Guest brings to the table as he brings an eye-opening discussion related to the role of a Congressman. Once a co-host of this very podcast, Morgan’s conversation with his twin brother Marcus Luttrell makes for an episode you don’t want to miss. Morgan’s life has perennially been one of service to others. A 5th generation Texan raised on a horse ranch. At an early age Morgan learned the importance of hard work, discipline, and personal responsibility. He turned his strong values, deep love for his country, and his passion for helping others into a career of distinguished service.  Morgan Luttrell brings bold leadership, and a “Put America First” mentality to his role as a U.S. Congressman. In this episode you will hear: • There’s an energy that lives [in a mob situation] and if you become a part of it, you may find yourself in a situation like “I didn’t intend to be here.” (3:59) • The DC Police did an amazing job of showing restraint [at the January 6th situation]. There were situations where they were getting close to death. (4:41) • The criminal justice system [in DC] is, you could say, “broken.” (5:38) • DC is a dumpster fire. They wanted everybody that lives in DC to have the right to vote, even if you’re a Chinese citizen working for the Chinese government; if you’re a Russian citizen working for the Russian embassy. (6:27) • Another role and responsibility of the lower chamber of congress is we control the purse strings. (9:19) • Passing legislation and controlling government money is what congress men and women do. (11:18) • We’re not at the cliff edge; we’re over it. We spend more than we take in. (13:14) • I don’t care about red or blue anymore. We’re here – 31 Trillion dollars in debt. I don’t care which administration did it.  (13:49) • We, in the past decades, have been increasing our debt limit, all the way up to 31 Trillion. (14:32)  • It needs to be said that if we don’t increase the debt ceiling and we default – that’s a problem. (21:52) • There’s a point in time we’ll be paying more on the interest of our debt, than we pay on our defense budget. (23:19) • When the cameras are on, people will turn the switch on and they become actors. (24:59) • Abraham Lincoln coined the word “lobbyist” because people would hang out in the lobby of his hotel and when he’d come down, they would just bum rush him and say we this, this, and this, and this is what we’ll do for you. (30:14) • I would never complain about this job, because I fought so hard to get it. (39:03) • The border’s a dumpster fire. (42:23) • It’s very humbling to walk through the hall of the Capitol. There’s so much history. (43:33) • The best part of my job is I get to meet so many people. (63:51) • The hardest part about campaigning is that it’s 24/7. (64:37)
3/8/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 41 seconds
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Sidney Blair: SWAT Team, Secret Service, Detective, Gang Unit & Air Marshall For Homeland Security

A life of service. That’s the best description for this week’s guest and friend of the Team Never Quit Podcast. Marcus brings to the table Sidney Blair, who has served on a SWAT Team, Gang Unit, Detective, Air Marshal for Homeland Security, then retired, and has once again returned to police work for the Walker County Texas Sheriff’s Department. If ever there was a man with a relentless heart of service to people, coupled with character and integrity, it’s Sidney Blair. In this episode you will hear: • My first paying job was as the [Piggly Wiggly] Pig in the 4th of July Parade in Huntsville, Texas. (12:53) • Troopers have great uniforms. They’re like a recruiting poster. (14:38) • In Texas, a Peace Officer, is a Peace Officer, is a Peace Officer - whether you’re a Game Warden, a State Trooper, or City Cop or County Cop. (21:42) • Your job is to protect and serve. You go out to the good citizens of your county, or city, or state, or your federal jurisdiction, and you protect from any evils that exist, including themselves. (25:52) • Al lot of police officers will become calorically challenged. (26:58) • Fear is forced. Respect is earned. (29:32) • The government is paying my salary. My job is to get out there and change your tire. (33:27) • I still have some fight left in me. I still want to serve my community. I still want to help the people that need help. (37:34) • I spent 19 of my 20 years at the Air Marshals. (44:06) • I had a retirement party from the Air Marshals that I didn’t know about. (57:18) • You should serve something larger than yourself if you have the ability to do it. (64:11) • If you have never stood before a man with a badge in handcuffs, and he held your freedom and life in his hands, and he gave you a break, and you knew what a break you got – you ain’t qualified to be a cop. (66:49) • You see someone get out of hand - I don’t care if they’re in uniform; you pull them off. You physically remove them from the scene. You save them from themselves. (68:10) • People feed off of bad news. (76:25) • The worst thing in the world that we have is the breakdown of the nucleus of the family that people don’t have upbringing where they learn to respect other people. (80:05) • Soft times build soft people. (81:37) • When you defund the police, I can tell you the very first place it comes from – training. (88:45)
3/1/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 50 seconds
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Chad Robichaux On Leading Rescue Mission's In Afghanistan & Ukraine, Mighty Oaks Foundation

What an incredible guest we have on this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast. Marcus engages in a compelling discussion with former Force Recon Marine, Chad Robichaux. With eight deployments to Afghanistan as part of a Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Task Force, Chad overcame his personal battles with PTSD after nearly becoming a veteran suicide statistic. Chad is the founder of the Mighty Oaks Foundation, serving the active duty, military veteran and first responder communities around the world with highly successful faith-based combat trauma and resiliency programs. He has spoken to over 450,000 active-duty troops and led life-saving programs for over 4,600 active military and veterans at four Mighty Oaks Ranches around the U.S. He has served as an advisor to former President Trump, Congress, the VA, and the Department of Defense. Another one of Chad’s personal endeavors, Save Our Allies, is focused on the evacuation and recovery of Americans, our allies and vulnerable people still trapped in Afghanistan. His original mission was to rescue his long-time friend and Afghanistan interpreter, but the mission quickly evolved because of Chad’s compassion for people and his servant heart. Since its inception, Save Our Allies has safely evacuated over 17,000 people that were trapped in Afghanistan and he is now helping in Ukraine. As if that weren’t enough, Chad is a lifelong martial artist. He holds a 4th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and is a former Professional Mixed Martial Arts Champion having competed at the highest levels of the sport. In this episode you will hear: • My family has 84 years of military service. (11:38) • I was raised in a very dysfunctional home because my father never recovered from Vietnam. (13:26) • Our operation was compromised and I ended up being abducted. (28:52) • On the surface, everything seemed fine. Then I crashed, had an affair, filed for divorce, and attempted to take my life. The some amazing people came around me and helped us to restore my family and my faith. (32:39) • I tried to build the courage to take my life and I had my Glock 40 caliber pistol, but I was interrupted, and it was enough to pump the brakes. (33:20) • My wife asked me: “How can you do all you did in the military, but when it comes to your family, you’ll quit?” (34:19) • You’re gonna deal with anxiety, depression, and anger, but you could respond to it in a better way that could lead you to a better place. 37:36) • God’s like a centerpiece solution, because a lot of what we deal with are spiritual wounds. (38:31) • President Bush signed the Opportunity for Faith Mission in 2001, then in 2009, President Obama signed a policy to override that, and take funding away from faith-based programs. (53:14) • In Afghanistan, people couldn’t go in to help, but in Ukraine you could drive a bus across the border to do mass evacs. (55:37) • I’ve been getting a lot of heat like: Why are you going over there to help – the governments is corrupt. None of that matters. These people didn’t ask for any of this. They’re being invaded by a super power. (58:15) • Glenn Beck (Radio Show Host) raised 21 million dollars to support our mission. (77:49) • The White House said there were 100 Americans left [in Afghanistan] but without debate there were thousands of Americans still there. (80:38) • You don’t leave Americans behind. The White even promised that they wouldn’t but they did. (81:43)
2/22/20231 hour, 41 minutes, 54 seconds
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Christopher C. Miller: Former Secretary of Defense, Retired U.S. Special Forces & Director of National Counter-Terrorism

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus spends some time speaking with retired U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel Chris Miller, who served as the Acting Secretary of Defense under President Donald Trump. Chris also served as Director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center as well as numerous command and staff positions within the 5th Special Forces group (Airborne). He also participated in combat operations in Afghanistan & Iraq. In his role as the Secretary of Defense, Chris was overseeing military departments, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the unified commands, as well as planning and coordinating military deployments and operations. With his vast military knowledge and experience of over 3 decades, Mr. Miller brings to the table an interesting and informative perspective to the role of the U.S military, and it’s function at every level. In this episode you will hear: • This is the book launch, officially. (9:01) • They have all this exclusive intelligence. You know how much got to the ground force? Zero.(15:44) • There were lessons learned, and we’re all about passing it on. That’s what we’re all about now. (18:07) • [Speaking to Marcus] This is the path the Lord put you on. You accept that. You are the face of the war. (21:58) • The [the military] has a structure that will take people in and form them differently and change how they view life in a good way. (25 :00) • The army makes a good man better and a bad man worse. (27:26) • It’s all about selfless service and it’s not about you (32:44) • When my heart and my mind became aligned with being a selfless servant, it was like rocket fuel. (33:28) • When you realize this is how it is might as well just embrace it. It’s a game changer. (33:42) • I was the Secretary of Defense under President Trump for the last 73 days. Not a lot went on. (37:19) • I spent like 35-36 years as a government employee or as a military person. (38:03) • If you are asked to interview for a job, always interview because you’re gonna learn something and you might get the job. (42:28) • Al Qaeda had been seriously weakened from all of our attacks. We call it mowing the grass. Just keep killing them off. Eventually there’s not going to be anybody left – and it worked. (44:32) • I know we can’t defeat terrorism - that’s a verb. We can defeat Al Quada (a noun).  (45:26) • [Marcus] If we’re fighting terrorists, we’re trained terrorists, trained to cause terror to them, so much so that there won’t be another group coming up after them. (45:57) • Special Operator: Figure out the network, figure out the incentive system, communicate, execute. (46:50) • The only person who could keep us attacking was President Trump. (47 :04) • We killed off the head of ISIS. This guy was the definition of evil. (47:38) • The President asked me if I wanted to become a political appointee. (48:36) • The purpose of the military is not only to protect and serve, but to defend the constitution and to ultimately protect the people of the United States. (51:43) • I only learn when I screw something up. (64:05) • I was really pissed about the way Afghanistan ended. (65:55) • We will fire a kid who messes up a piece of paperwork, and our generals aren’t held accountable for losing a war. (66:16) • Chris’ Book: Soldier Secretary (85:57) 
2/15/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 40 seconds
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TNQP Guest Recap 2022 (Internal Podcast)

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus, Melanie, Hunter & John recap the 2022 episodes. It serves as a capsule-form reminder of episodes you may be interested in listening to that you might have missed. “The Crew” is moving onward to a fabulous line-up of guests for the 2023 season. In this episode you will hear: • A big “Shout Out” and “Thank You!” to all our TNQP guests in 2022. Our 2022 guest profiles included the likes of Gold Star widows, Former Navy Seals, bull riders, a Governor, a paralytic experiencing an unbelievable recovery, Marine Corps veterans, authors, a kidnap survivor, an MMA world champion, abduction survivors, a retired Navy Captain, a Retired Green Beret, a VA claims assistance expert, former CIA agents, a Muscular Dystrophy patient, a bilateral arm amputee w bionic arms, a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, a war correspondent, a man who trekked across Antarctica on his own power, a retired Army Ranger, a Green Beret, extreme athletes, an athlete with a disabilities, the first Arab woman to summit K2, a collegiate world record holder in wrestling, an Olympian, a man who’s goal in life is to interviewer every surviving WWII veteran, a celebrity chef and mental health advocate, a retired veteran with so many accomplishments, we had to vet him to confirm that his experiences were true – and they were, and proponents of soldiers killed while saving their comrades in battle. What an amazing line up of guests there were in 2022, and we’re working hard to make our 2023 line up even better.  THANKS TO EVERY SINGLE TNQP LISTENER!!! Gambling Problem? Call 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (CO/IL/IN/LA/MD/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY)
2/8/202358 minutes, 6 seconds
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Interpreting War: A Talk with Yousef Sediq

America owes a great debt of gratitude to this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Yousef Sediq. Side by side with elite U.S. Special Forces, and as a commander in Task Force-241, Yousef was involved in countless raids, assisted in the capture of thousands of Taliban terrorists, and helped save the lives of innocent Afghan civilians. When Afghanistan fell once again to the Taliban, Yousef helped secure the Kabul Airport in an effort to evacuate Americans from the country. After a suicide bomber killed hundreds, including thirteen U.S. service members at the airport’s entrance, Yousef and his family were airlifted to the United States, where he was forced to start a new life.  In this episode you will hear: I lost 2 of my younger sisters when they were little to starvation. We didn’t have enough food. Every part of [Afghanistan] has their own leader, because of the different cultures and languages. There were Afghans killing other Afghans. They would shoot at you for fun. It was their mentality to fight like pirates, sometimes shooting random people walking down the street. They don’t want their people to be educated. Schools are locked down.  There is much religious manipulation (i.e. Holy wars; If you fight, you will go to heaven with 42 (or 72) virgins awaiting you. I have studied it and nowhere in Islam does it say that if women have bare feet they should die. But people are uneducated, and nobody’s fighting them, and starvation is rampant.   There are people with no brains running the country. I found work at 16 years old when I got a military job using a fake ID saying I was 18. Intel is always taken seriously, even if it’s information from nowhere. One of the main issues between Coalition forces and local Turks is a lack of trust. I was blown up while working with the Canadians. We hit a roadside IED and I suffered a brain injury, resulting in lifelong brain seizures. When that happened, I see the Angel of Death for a second, then I came back. I wanted to stay in the fight. Assign me wherever you want to assign me, send me to whatever base you want to send me, just give me good food and it doesn’t matter where you want to send me. The media gives you what they want you to hear.  Yousef’s Book: 5,000 Days of War  Support Yousuf Pre-Order 5,000 Days of War  Support TNQ
2/1/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 31 seconds
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David Kniess and Trent Gibson: The Gift, The Story of Medal of Honor recipient, Corporal Jason Lee Dunham

In this week's episode, we learn the vivid details of the events leading up to the courage, love, and self-sacrifice made by Medal of Honor recipient, Corporal Jason L. Dunham of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines in Karabilah, Iraq. What a leader by example Jason was - to the point of throwing himself onto a grenade in an effort to save his comrades. Marcus' guests, David Kniess (Veteran & Producer) and Lieutenant Colonel Trent Gibson (Dunham’s Company Commander), not only bring Jason's story to life, but discuss the compelling and engaging upcoming documentary - The Gift. The Gift documentary is a personal project for David, who had a chance to meet with Corporal Dunham. That chance meeting led to lifelong friendships with the Dunham family and a core group of Marines from Kilo Company. David is actively involved in the Veteran community and has volunteered his time, producing content for Veteran Organizations such as Beteran, Stop Soldier Suicide, John Preston Music, and The Boot Campaign. David also served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Normandy (CG-60), a guided missile cruiser.   In this episode you will hear: Having the Dunham’s in my life has enriched my life. It’s not just about Jason; it’s about everything that has affected all of you all those years. Our generation and the younger generation is standing up and saying, “I’m not gonna wait for anyone. I’m gonna jump out there and teach guys how to surf, how to sing with dogs, start a podcast, and we’re talking about our shit. [With regard to this film], all I care about is what Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Soldiers think. For veterans who are still struggling, I want them to watch it and say “if these kid can do it, maybe I can do it too.” I want civilians to know what it’s like for young men & women to go to war. [Marcus] If somebody threw one of those “Thank you for service” lines at you – even if you haven’t done something – it’s coming…” I believe in 3 things as a Marine. I believe in leadership by example; I believe in self-sacrifice for the greater good; and one man can make a difference. Jason had the leadership qualities to lead a rifle squad of American sons. Dunham was a big boy. He’s not someone I would choose to grapple with. Any leader who inspires his subordinates through personal example, to then return the favor and take care of him – that’s a true leader. Jason took off his Kevlar helmet, placed in on the grenade, and then laid down on it. Knowing what I know of him now, he loved his marines so much. He didn’t just take care of them, he practiced taking care of them. Who f*cking practices covering a live grenade with their helmet? Support The Gift Support TNQ
1/25/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 59 seconds
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Keith Nightingale: Retired Army Colonel who Served Two Tours in Vietnam with Airborne and Ranger Units, Author of Phoenix Rising

If ever there was a man with more military experience than almost anybody, Keith Nightingale is the one. What an incredible military resume he shares with Marcus in this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast. From serving in the U.S. Army for almost 3 decades to serving in 2 tours in Vietnam, to serving as the Director of the Department of Defense (DOD) Counter-drug Task Force in Latin America, which was able to apprehend Pablo Escobar. He developed the present Army Ranger Training Program and initiated the Snowcap Model Training Program for DEA personnel assigned to operational missions in Latin America. His experiences included the liberation of Grenada and Panama and a variety of special operations missions.  All of the above doesn’t even touch the surface of Mr. Nightingale’s military experience, not to mention a myriad of awards and honors. Listen in as he and Marcus engage in a lively discussion about all of his military experiences. In this episode you will hear: My family has had some association with the military since the pilgrims, literally. I’m an only child. My parents were old and had arguments. We would give the enemy the maximum opportunity to give his life for his country. [In Vietnam] in the course of less than 24 hours, we went from 450 people to 32 people. [In battle] you don’t fear, you focus. Life is luck and timing. There’s nothing that I did that was planned for before it occurred. Normandy is kinda the Arkansas of France – there hasn’t been a lot of development going on there. We created a task force specifically focused to bring U.S. assets to support the Columbian government in getting [Pablo] Escobar. You don’t think about what might happen you just do what you have to do. It’s later that you get into reflection. In life, if something is gonna happen, it’s gonna happen. There’s nothing you can do to control it. Do your best when you have a chance to do something. You can put 4 people on the same battle sight fighting the same fight, less than 20 meters apart, and they’ve got 4 different views of what actually happened - and every one of them is true. My legacy is the bridge between what the vet said and what the active duty sees and appreciates. Be good to people. Do the best you can when you get a chance to do it, because you may not have another chance. 
1/18/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 41 seconds
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Brother Luck: Celebrity Chef, Mental Health Advocate, Author of No Lucks Given

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus brings Chef Brother Luck (his real name) to the table. Working in professional kitchens since the age of 14, and learning the rewards of hard work, passion, and determination, Brother Luck has earned celebrity status. However, his focus isn’t on fame as much as it is on mentoring the next generation. He sees it as his responsibility – his give back. In this episode you will hear: Perseverance is everything. I was a student of the streets. I had no parental supervision to tell me no. I surrounded myself with drug dealers, gang bangers, and pimps because I idolized what they had: Money, Power, and Respect. Great leaders are good with people, they’re good with their product, and they’re good with money The word Chef means “Chief” and I’ve taken that to heart as a leader. I’m still a corner kid, I just have a corner office. Don’t lead through fear. I discovered the world through food. My success is based on the success of other people. No one can validate you but you. I broke mentally which led to a suicide attempt because I didn’t believe in myself. We create a perception wall. Here’s the image I want you to see of me. I’m grateful to be an American.  Your story isn’t meant for you. It’s meant to be heard by somebody else. What are you doing on a daily basis to take care of your mental state? Pressure is either gonna make a diamond or burst your pipe. We're blessed to live in this country and have the rights and freedoms that we have. I’m always gonna be genuine and I’m always gonna be present. Don’t give up. You get one shot at this life. You can persevere beyond your situation. Support Brother Luck Brother Luck’s Book: No Luck Given – Life is Hard but There is Hope. Support TNQ Disclaimer Gambling Problem? Call 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MD/MI/NJ/PA/TN/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/KS/NH), 888-789-7777/visit (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), visit (OR), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/KS/LA(select parishes)/MD/MI /NJ/ NY/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. VOID IN OH/ONT. Eligibility restrictions apply. Free bets: Valid 1 per new customer. Min. $5 deposit. Min $5 bet. $200 issued as free bets that expire 7 days (168 hours) after being awarded.  See terms at No Sweat: Valid 1 offer per customer per day of NFL 2023 Wild Card Round. Opt in req each day. First bet must lose after opting in. NFL bets only. Paid as one (1) free bet based on amount of initial losing bet. Max $10 free bet awarded. Free bets expire 7 days (168 hours) after being awarded. See terms at
1/11/202342 minutes, 26 seconds
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Rishi Sharma: 25 Year Old on a Mission to Meet and Interview all WWII Veterans of the Allied Countries

Does anyone honor our World War II heroes anymore? In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus has a very fascinating guest – Rishi Sharma – who has been on a mission to interview at least one WWII combat veteran every single day until the last one passes away, since the age of 19. To date, he has interviewed over 1,700 WWII combat veterans, bringing their personal and military lives to the forefront, so future generations can learn to appreciate the lives they had and the sacrifices they made, allowing us to know them and be grateful for the life we have because of it. Those men went in as ordinary boys in extraordinary circumstances and came out as men. In this episode you will hear: I have always been interested in WWII. These men are my heroes. I would go to India as a child and I would observe the contrast between life there and in Southern California. It’s because of bloodshed and sacrifice that the U.S. has become what it is. Seldom have I met veterans who come home from the war and do nothing. They travel, help people, and do things out of the ordinary because they feel like they’ve got a second chance and they’re not gonna waste it. Veterans have such a sense of humor. I meet real Americans, telling real stories. This is everything to me. Veterans do things for no other reason than that it’s the right thing to do.  They have every reason to be angry at the world and they’re not. One of the first Iwo Jima veterans I interviewed turned 19 on the ship to Iwo Jima, and everyone in his platoon called him “old man.” That’s how young our WWII soldiers were. During the Warsaw Uprising girls and boys were on the same level. A woman I interviewed saw as much combat as some hardened combat veterans at the age of 15. One D-Day Veteran said he could clearly remember the color of his underwear that day. He said they were brown. I told my parents I’d be gone for a couple of months, and I haven’t been back in 5 years. I’m really scared for a world without World War II veterans because that would leave us without a moral compass. I have conducted over 1,700 interviews, gleaning that kind of wisdom. Support Rishi Support TNQ
1/4/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 4 seconds
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Mark Lauren: Best-Selling Author, Veteran, and Former Physical Trainer of Nearly a Thousand Elite Special Operations Warriors

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus has an engaging conversation with Mark Lauren, who revolutionized the U.S. army's training systems, and trained hundreds of U.S. Special Forces operatives. Mark possesses astonishing physical prowess as a Military Physical Training Specialist, Special Operations Combat Controller, triathlete and mixed martial artist. He broke, and still holds, the Department of Defense s long-standing underwater record by swimming 133 meters, on one breath, subsurface, for 2 minutes and 23 seconds. He is also a bestselling fitness author. Mark trained and competed all across Thailand in Muay Thai. His physical and mental development has inspired a new approach to fitness that has allowed millions of people to move better without the confines of a gym. Mark’s book, You Are Your Own Gym was published by Random House. His audience identifies with his minimalist approach to fitness, as well as his stories of overcoming failures. In this episode you will hear: I started working out when I was 12 with pushups and sit-ups next to my bed. I got to the point that I could do indefinite sit-ups. Physical fitness is about fundamentals – it’s about basics. Characteristics like respect and discipline are what parents need to teach. Real character does not reveal itself when everything is great. You only fail when you quit. When you fail, brush yourself off and do it again. Whatever success I’ve had is built on repetitive failures. When I got out of the military, I really missed the comradery and sense of purpose. Exercise doesn’t necessarily relate to improved performance. If your fundamentals are strong, it’s much easier to specialize. You really need to be good at getting from point A to point B – Locomotion. The first 3 things people need to do is to reestablish basic joint functions for the hips, spine, and shoulders. There’s a difference between performance and exercise. An important part of good exercise habits is to engrain good habits. What you put your attention on, and controlling your breathing do a lot to influence your feelings. General health and well-being depends on doing basic things really well. One of the main things that keep people from really getting fit – is doing too much. Start small and progress gradually. Support Mark Mark's Book: Strong and Lean Support TNQ
12/28/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ben Askren: US Olympian, Former Bellator and ONE Welterweight Champion, UFC Fighter, Author of Funky

Collegiate wrestling record holder, Team USA Olympian, professional mixed martial artist, and UFC championship fighter. That’s Marcus’ guest – Ben Askren - on this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast. Marcus and Ben discuss how his unorthodox style earned him the nickname “Funky”, as he puts his opponents in scramble situations. Ben credits his dad for introducing him to the sport, and he really got serious when he joined a wrestling club in 6th grade. The combination of natural talent and a relentless workout regimen made him one of the most successful athletes in collegiate history, setting several records, as well as experiencing great success as an MMA fighter as well. In this episode you will hear: I get to work with kids who want to work really hard. They come in the gym and bust their ass. I hated team sports because I really wanted to win and others on my team didn’t share that sentiment. In wrestling, it was just me and the other person. I could always determine my destiny. We don’t want to force kids. We want them to love the sport and know what it’s gonna take to be special. We want to put great coaches in front of kids to give them a good opportunity to succeed in wrestling. There are kids that don’t have a strong role model, so I have such an important role to play. Great things take a long time. The Olympics suck because once you lose, you don’t get another shot for 4 years. Having a high-level background in something is important. You need to find a compliment. Who can impose their will more significantly, is important when skill levels are equivalent. Innovation – learning how to scramble. What I was doing was not working. I had to think outside myself for other options. I wasn’t having the success I wanted, so it was like “Shit, how can I do this?”
12/21/202258 minutes, 44 seconds
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Nelly Attar: First Arab Woman to Summit K2, Founder of Saudi Arabia's First Dance Studio MOVE

Marcus has a great conversation with Nelly Attar, a Lebanese national born in Saudi Arabia, who became the first Arab woman to summit K2, the world's second-highest mountain. As if that weren't enough, Nelly also successfully reached the top of Mount Everest and has scaled 14 other peaks across the world, completed 2 Ironman 70.3 races, ran 6 global marathons/ultramarathons, and has completed about 100 scuba dives in a span of four years. Nelly is also a psychologist, life-coach, and held dance-fitness classes for females in her studio - Move - Saudi Arabia’s first dance studio, and one of the first studios of its kind across the Middle East. Even with such an impressive resume, Nelly states "I still don't know what I want to do in life. I’m still figuring it out." In this episode you will hear:  Sports changed my life, and I strive to change the lives of many through movement and sports. In Saudi Arabia, women can drive now. 5 to 7 years ago, everything was still segregated between males and females – even in weddings. Now everything is mixed. Not long ago, women couldn’t even own a gym, and it was taboo for women to train on the streets. Saudi was listed as the least active country in the world. My mindset is: if it works out – amazing. If it doesn’t – come back home. I’m grateful for the kingdom and the king for all the opportunities I have today. In climbing, there’s a fitness component, altitude, and weather. If it’s not a challenge, then why am I there? Why would I train so hard if I knew I could do it? While climbing K2, I got a panic attack on the blue ice just a few hundred meters away from the summit. It took five weeks to climb. If there’s one thing I do consistently right is that I take risks. If you’re curious about something, just do it. You don’t stop training because you age, you age because you stop training. Just move. You’ll be helping yourself. Support Nelly Support TNQ
12/14/202247 minutes, 53 seconds
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Mike Shoreman: First Athlete with Disabilities to cross all five Great Lakes

From a paddle boarding coaching career to becoming physically and mentally unbalanced. That’s the life-changing call for this week’s Team Never Quit guest, Mike Shoreman. Marcus and Mike discuss the affliction of the Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, and Mike’s relentless never quit the pursuit of a “normal” life. His mission to prove everyone wrong not only resulted in walking again, but getting back on the paddle board despite his vertigo, and becoming the first person with a disability to cross from one country to another by paddle board while raising funds and awareness for youth mental health programs and services. He crossed all 5 Great Lakes. Mike encourages all people to change their personal struggles into their greatest weapons and develop confident versions of themselves. In this episode you will hear: My Chicken Pox from when I was a kid re-activated as Shingles. My symptoms developed over five days, and all the nerves in my face shattered and it looks like I had a stroke. I lost my independence, my business, and my identity. I had a significant mental crisis and breakdown. It was so easy to say “I’m fine.” I did that for months but I wasn’t fine. As my physical recovery improved, so did my mental state. I was forced into mental health treatment. I wasn’t eager to go and get it. Mental health is the most underfunded of all healthcare systems. That first crossing set everything in place that we needed to know. Lake Huron and Lake Michigan gave me the most fight. It took me 28 hours to cross. My feet “pruned” and I couldn’t stand. The Canadian Coast Guard and paramedics came to be sure I was okay. The thing that set in was - Who this is for? I was going 2 1/2mph to 3mph for 28 hours. I was literally going to the bathroom on myself every 10 minutes. I had to say to myself “You’ve been through tougher than this and this isn’t going to last forever. Men & women of service are deeply inspirational. Nothing in life is permanent. Life is a series of peaks and valleys. Resilience is built. Support Mike Mike's Book Support TNQ
12/7/202249 minutes, 38 seconds
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Benjamin Sledge: Award Winning Author of Where Cowards Go to Die and Combat Wounded Veteran

In this week's Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus has 11-year combat veteran and Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, Benjamin Sledge in the studio. Benjamin served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning 2 Army Commendation Medals. He lost his best friend in combat. These days, Benjamin is a viral writer, graphic designer, and author of Where Cowards Go to Die where he reveals a brutal portrait of war and the cost of returning to a country that no longer feels like home. He travels around the country educating businesses, non-profits, and churches about veterans’ mental health issues. In this episode you will hear: I got to see the best and worst parts of war. Often times we were the first ones in the door, so we either made friends or got shot. I was 21 when I first got to the battle, thinking “I literally have no idea what I’m doing.” There’s a very distinct smell to death. It’s like rotting meat dabbed with knockoff CK1 cologne. Many combat veterans don’t necessarily come home with PTSD; it’s moral injury. It’s the physiological damage that occurs when you violate your sense of right and wrong. Seeing death from that close does something to the mind. It became a real struggle point for me. When I first got home, they didn’t know how to handle me, because I didn’t know how to handle myself. I was drinking myself silly, so I could get the images out of my head. The strangest thing happened to me – I found myself missing war.  My wife left me while I was in Iraq. War really is a spiritual experience. What does it look like to live a courageous life and carry that into career and family relationships – Never give up, never accept defeat, and never leave a fallen comrade behind. Inside every man, there’s both a warrior and a poet. Support Benjamin Website: Book (Where Cowards Go to Die): Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Support TNQ
11/30/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 15 seconds
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Mike McCastle: Extreme Athlete, Performance Coach, World Record Holder, 12 Labors Project

The ultimate tour de force of human strength, endurance, mental toughness, and unyielding perseverance. That's what this week's Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Mike McCastle is. Listen in as Mike and Marcus engage in a discussion about Mike's seemingly unbelievable feats he refers to as "labors". Endurance athlete - yes; Multiple world record holder - you know it; In-demand performance coach - for sure; Motivational speaker - of course. After serving 11 years in the U. S. Navy, he founded Twelve Labors Project, a charitable initiative driven by a mission to redefine the limits of human potential while inspiring others to elevate beyond their perceived capacity for greatness. Mike is perennially challenging his own physical and mental limits, and he's not anywhere near done yet. In this podcast, he reveals his upcoming 9th labor, and it will blow you away when you hear it. Mike's 8 charitable labors he has accomplished so far include: A 50k run while wearing a 40lb vest for Cancer Research. A 13-mile, 250-pound tire flip for wounded veterans. A Rope Climb that equaled the height of Mount Everest - 29,029 feet in 27 hours for Parkinson's Disease Research. Breaking the Guinness World Record for 'Most Pull-ups in 24 hours after completing 5,804 pull-ups, while wearing a 30-pound pack to represent the heavy burden of the wounded warrior. Pulled a Ford F-150 pickup truck for 22 miles in 19 hours across Death Valley to raise awareness for Veteran Suicide. Ran 20 miles per day for 100 consecutive days to heighten awareness of the Veteran Suicide epidemic. Pulled a full-size pickup truck for 10 miles through the Arctic Circle. Broke the world record for the longest full-body submersion in ice (2 hours and 40 minutes). In this episode you will hear: I basically grew up in a cornfield. I went to BUDS (Navy SEAL Training) and blew my knees out. Then I needed to re-find my purpose because my one-man pity party wasn’t working for me. My dad’s Parkinson’s started to progress, and one day I came home and he was on the floor. He had had a stroke.  I decided to take care of my dad and stop the pursuit of sports. But in my mind, I quit. You can fool other people, but you can never fool yourself. Things that pull you away from your purpose are those are things behind the doors in your hallway of life. You’re tested, dragged through the fire, and you feel like you're cursed but you still have a choice.  If you put all your eggs in one basket and when it gets taken away from you, you’re left with nothing. Then who the hell am I? I needed to find my purpose again. That’s how The Twelve Labors Project got started. I wanted to create a physical manifestation of the message I wanted to deliver. It’s not a weakness to be vulnerable. Finding your purpose in life requires risk. I don’t give a shit about records. What I care about is “Is this going to deliver my message?” “Are people gonna remember WHY I did it?” Reality isn’t what happens to us, it’s our interpretation of what happens to us. We're all writing our own stories. You cannot only come back after failure, but you can come back stronger after failure. My father always said, "You suffer more in imagination than you do in reality." Finish what you started. If you're gonna do it, go all the way. We're all the heroes of our own story. You go through the crucible you come back, and you share the lessons learned. The reward for finishing a labor is the next labor. The internet is undefeated. Our time on this planet is very limited. The things we do echoes through eternity from the lens of your loved one. The only goal for my son is to leave this world a better place than he found it, like I hope I am doing and I hope that everyone who hears my message does. Follow Mike Follow TNQ:
11/23/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 6 seconds
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Travis Osborn: Airborne Ranger and Green Beret Medic who treated Marcus Luttrell in ORW Rescue Mission

This week, the Team Never Quit Podcast presents an extraordinary man with an extraordinary military resume. Travis Osborn served as both an Airborne Ranger and a Green Beret in 17 tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic and meritorious service 15 times. Travis played an integral part in the rescue of Navy SEAL "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell. As an 18Delta Special Forces Medic, he treated Marcus while awaiting extraction from an Afghan village. Listen in as Travis chronicles Marcus’ rescue, and the horrific conditions they had to endure to achieve it.  In this episode you will hear: • When we got the call, we knew it was abnormal, and something was up – out of the norm. • In the briefing, we were told that we had four SEALs on the run, a helicopter down, and we’re going in. • We decided to put boots on the ground – whatever it takes. So our guys came up with a plan, and we stole some trucks from the marines.  • By the time we left, we had 120 people and 50 donkeys headed up the side of the mountain. • None of us had ever worked together before. • [Marcus]: “That’s what showed up to get me out of there.” • We walked almost straight up a mountain for the next 3 days. • We climbed 5,000 feet the first day and only walked a distance of 2 kilometers. • It’s the most ass kick I’ve had in a long time. • It was walking straight up shale, and every type of boots were cut. • There’s a lot of ridiculousness in these situations. • About halfway thru the village and from within a crowd of people, I looked and saw a really tall Afghani and saw that he he had tattoos. • “You must be Marcus.” “Fuck yes, I am…” • “We’re here to get you home.” And he said “Yeah, I’m just ready to go home.” • [Marcus] “When they showed up, the literally looked like death.” • We just recued a fuckin’ American. We walked in with a bunch of donkeys on foot, & found this guy in the middle of nowhere. • To treat him, I threw him into the first thing I could find – it turned out to be a donkey pen with 10,000 years of donkey shit in it. • The next time I see you is gonna be on Oprah. • When you’re in mission mode, you don’t mentally unpack. You put all that shit in the deep freeze, then it takes a while to unpack it because it’s all at the bottom of the freezer.
11/16/20221 hour, 48 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Story of Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor w/ Mike Sarraille & Rey Baviera

This week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guests, Mike Sarraille and Rey Baviera bring a gut-wrenching, firsthand account of their collective 35 years of military service as Navy SEALs - most notably witnessing the valor and heroism of fellow SEAL Michael A Monsoor, who willingly jumped on a grenade to save those around him. While the story is heart-wrenching, it is equally heart-warming to know the source of “Mikey's" character and moral fabric. Michael A. Monsoor When US Navy SEAL Michael Monsoor sacrificed his life by throwing his body on a live grenade to save his comrades during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he inspired thousands around the world and reminded us that freedom is never free. On September 29, 2006, Michael Monsoor and three SEAL snipers watched vigilantly for enemy activity from their rooftop post in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. When a grenade thrown from insurgents bounced off Michael's chest, he could have escaped. Instead, he threw himself onto the live grenade, shielding his fellow soldiers from the immediate explosion. Michael died thirty minutes later, having made the ultimate sacrifice. Defend Us in Battle is cowritten by Michael’s father George Monsoor, who is himself a Marine veteran, and Rose Rea. It also includes a foreword by Dr. Donald C. Winter, former Secretary of the Navy. Through interviews, military documents, and eyewitness accounts, the authors detail Michael’s remarkable military career and devotion to God and others. The book highlights how Michael prepared for this selfless act all his life—a life that will inspire readers to have a similar generosity of heart. Michael grew up a quiet boy in California, but his childhood of asthma and being bullied made him a staunch defender of justice and passionate about never quitting. It was because of that passion that he achieved his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL and saved numerous lives throughout his deployment. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Michael received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart for his years serving his country. But his greatest legacy is in the hearts of those he inspired to live, and even die, for the sake of brotherly love. “Michael Monsoor was an exemplary SEAL—a man of great integrity, a skilled warrior, and a loyal teammate. That loyalty led to his willingness to sacrifice his life for his teammates.” —Dr. Donald C. Winter (Secretary of the Navy, 2006–2009) Mike Sarraille  During his 20-year military career, Mike Sarraille served as a Recon Marine, Scout-Sniper, and U.S. Navy SEAL Officer. Much of his career was in the Special Operations community, including the elite Joint Special Operations Command. He now works with small businesses and Fortune 500 companies on the principles of leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and living a life of balance and purpose. Rey Baviera  Rey Baviera served almost 15 years in the SEAL Teams, with multiple deployments and operations in violent urban environments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also worked as an intelligence and targeting officer at the Special Operations Command Pacific. He co-founded VTH Consulting, with the intent of bridging the gap between medical providers and veterans, helping veterans fight for the VA disability claims they morally, ethically, and legally deserve. May the memory of Michael Monsoor never die. Purchase the book honoring “Mike” - Defend Us in Battle, wherever books are sold: In this episode you will hear: Not all Marines are equal, just like not all SEALS are equal. Performance comes into play. Rey: I had no direction, and I joined the military because I had made a promise to my brother. Mike: I’m standing in for Rose Ray who wrote the book Defend Us in Battle alongside George Monsoor, Mikey’s father. My second time in Ramadi, I fired my weapon for the first time. You don’t really know what you’re walking into until guys start getting wounded,. Shark base [one of the places we slept] was once of Saddam’s vacation palaces. We had tents in there. We had to take bottled water showers. Mikey spoke thru actions, not words. It’s highly competitive in the SEAL teams in a good way. With each mission, we learned more lessons. When you step into combat, there’s an inter-service rivalry. But eventually you get past the butt-sniffing phase. But when we mesh together, it’s amazing what we can do as a team. The longer you sit in a position, you lose relative superiority, and the momentum shifts, because you’re static. It’s different than training when you know it’s a live grenade in front of you. Mike did not hesitate. He went right down on it. What came next was brutal. While the SEAL teams may have trained Mike, his character and moral fabric who he was was given to him by his family. His family is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
11/9/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 8 seconds
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Jariko Denman: Retired Army Ranger, Senior Content Production Manager at Black Rifle Coffee Company

From 15+ years as an Army Ranger to deploying in Iraq and Afghanistan 15 times, to becoming a film military advisor, and now Senior Content Production Manager at Black Rifle Coffee Company, this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Jariko Denman, has lived a very interesting life. After 54 months of combat experience as part of a Joint Special Operations Task Force, Jariko speaks with Marcus about what it was like to be on the ground at HKIA during the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. While he has retired from active duty, Jariko still leads quite an adventure, such as joining with a team of guys who will be skydiving in each of the seven continents over seven days. In this episode you will hear: Wherever something’s happening, I just don’t want to miss out. As a retired guy, I have a lot of freedom. My dad talked to me like a drill sergeant would talk to you, so I had a certain amount of bandwidth. Ranger school sucks, but it’s kind of a speed bump – you just gotta do this to move to the next level. In a 90-day rotation, we’d do 120 raids. We’re locusts. We just come in and destroy. When I got out, I never really decided to do anything. I just rode the wave. As a technical advisor for film, I have the freedom to say, “Screw your movie. I’m not gonna be a part of it.” If there were 2 job offers and 1 was a rad action movie and 1 was a true story, I’d do the rad action movie because it’s more fun. A true story takes the creativity out of it. I didn’t plan on going to Afghanistan for the shit show withdrawal. My function turned into me getting to the gate and plucking as many people out as I could. I had to ask myself: What am I doing here?” Being there in a whole different context was so weird. Coming up soon, me and a team of guys are skydiving in each of the seven continents in seven days.
11/2/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 7 seconds
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Colin O'Brady: American Professional Endurance Athlete, Motivational Speaker, and Adventurer

This week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Colin O’Brady, could be classified as an over-achiever by most standards. As a passionate outdoorsman, his adventurous life took a turn for a worse when he suffered a tragic incident in Thailand. While he was fire jump roping (yes, a rope on fire), the rope got caught around his legs, causing severe burns on over 25% of his body. The burn wounds were so critical that doctors told Colin that he would probably never walk normally again. But Colin was too full of ambition to let his trauma slow him down. His mother challenged him to set a goal for himself and he decided that he would compete in a triathlon. After a year and a half of intense rehabilitation and training, Colin competed in the Chicago Triathlon. He not only competed, but he won. Since then, O’Brady has raced in 25 countries on six continents over six years. As if that weren’t enough, Colin’s biggest claim to fame is that he became the first human being to walk across Antarctica solo entirely on human power. No sled dogs, kites, or powered machines. He consumed 8,000 calories a day while burning off 10,000 calories a day. Colin gained 20 pounds of muscle to prepare for the trip. Colin O’Brady became The Impossible First, which was the name of his amazing attempt to achieve the unachievable. In this episode you will hear: While I like being around people, there’s something beautiful about solitude. I had parents who always gave me positive reinforcement. When we don’t know exactly how we’re going to get where we’re going, you’ve got to create your own reality over time. We’re the net product of the 5 or 10 people we spend the most time with. I started out with a curiosity for nature and adventure in my own back yard. Fun Scale: Type 1 Fun:  Laughing, watching a great movie, dancing, drinking a cocktail on a beach while watching the sunset. Type 2 Fun: Is not fun when it’s happening, but a week later you’re telling your friends that it was epic. Type 3 Fun: Is not fun when it’s happening and it’s not fun afterwards. For me, Type 2 Fun is most gratifying. In Thailand, I saw these guys jumping a flaming jump rope, and because I’m 22 years old, I had to try it. I tripped, the rope wrapped around my leg, and I caught on fire. I jumped in the ocean to extinguish the flames, but not before 25% of my body was severely burned. My Doctor said “You’ll probably never walk again.” The emotional trauma was intense, but my mom would come into my room with positivity, and have me set life goals & accomplishments. I call it “a possible mindset.” My mom was a positive influence on me throughout my entire life. All of us as humans have reservoirs of untapped potential to achieve extraordinary things. My body can always handle more. My mind is stronger because of my previous traumas. I’m lit up. I have this aliveness inside of me. Sometimes, you make decisions when you’re 22 years old – Then you wake up and you’re 65 years old and still on that same path. My childhood dream was to climb Mount Everest. What is your Everest? If you’re not on the path that YOU’RE meant to be on, then you’re not living with integrity with yourself. What I was really fascinated about crossing Antarctica is that it had never been done; it was a world first. I couldn’t call up anyone to ask how did you make it? Most people are stuck in what I call the zone of comfortable complacency.
10/26/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ben Kesling: The Wall Street Journal Correspondent, Former Marine Corps Infantry Officer & Author of Bravo Company

Understanding war and the never-ending effects it has on veterans coming home from it is what this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Ben Kesling, lives to convey. After having joined and served in the Marine Corps as an officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ben went back to school to become a journalist and put his war experience to use reporting for the Wall Street Journal as a foreign and combat correspondent. Because of his experiences, Ben has a unique perspective on the effects of war and spends his time focusing on veteran n affairs and domestic security issues. Ben also authored the book, Bravo Company, telling the inside story of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of the men of one particular unit, whose war didn't end for those soldiers when they came home. Bravo Company follows the men from their initial enlistment and training, through their deployment, and on to what has happened to them in the decade since. An interesting side note: Ben Kesling is a two-day Jeopardy! champion. In this episode you will hear: To know that you’re talking to someone who’s been there and understands what you’re dealing with opens up a whole world. Being in Iraq and Afghanistan helped me immensely because I was able to see those things and understand what soldiers were dealing with. In my book, Bravo Company, I wanted to tell their story. I didn’t want to tell my story. When you go to the VA, you’re treated as an individual, and we almost forget that we were part of a unit. The reunion that Bravo Company did brought them all together to remind them that they are members of a team. Strength to the group brings strength to the individuals. One thing we can do for each other is to have graciousness and empathy. We all carry the same weight, though some are more publicly known. There’s the trauma we go through just by living our lives. [Melanie]: That’s why we started Team Never Quit. It’s persevering through hard times. No man is an island. We’re not doing this on our own. You need people around you who love and care for you and to call you out on your bullshit. A burden is not a curse. It’s what life gives you. It can be a curse and a blessing. Anytime we try to do something by ourselves, we must remember we’re members of a team. [Marcus]: The irony of life: Some people will have a skillset that you won’t possess. Thru my book, I hope that people who have never served can understand what it’s like to be in combat.
10/19/20221 hour, 39 seconds
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Jason Koger: First Bilateral Arm Amputee in the World to Receive 2 Bionic Hands & Author of Handed a Greater Purpose

ATV riding on the family farm sounds like a lot of fun - until you strike a live, fallen power line. This week's Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Jason Koger, shares his unbelievable account of the near-fatal injuries he suffered as a result of such an accident. Waking up after 3 days in a coma, Jason's life was forever different, as both of his arms had been amputated below the elbow to save his life, and the first thing he wanted to do was to hold his two daughters in his arms again. In short order, Jason taught himself how to drive again, and went on a turkey hunt and deep-sea fishing. Within a year, he was fitted with prosthetic arms and relearned the essentials of life, including how to feed, dress and bathe himself.  These days, life is back to “normal” for Jason and his family. He has a new son and has taken on the mission of encouraging other amputees. Jason’s goal in life to use his story to help others. In this episode you will hear: My arms are body-powered. They basically work off of a cable. When you move your opposite shoulder from your amputation, you’re basically pulling a cable to the opposite hand.  My cousin said it looked like the Fourth of July was coming off of me. He thought I was dead. It basically blew my left thumb off. In the helicopter, they cathed me, and my urine looked like Dr. Pepper. By the time I made it to the hospital, they had to immediately amputate to save my life because my kidneys were shutting down. The surgeon said it looked like a shotgun had gone off inside of my arm. The electricity pulled all my tendons off. We’ve always had faith. When I woke up from a three-day coma, I had no idea they had amputated. When my dad says it’s gonna be possible to get through it, it’s gonna be possible. I told the doctor, “I gotta be able to hold my kids. That’s all I care about.” He said he’d make that happen. I’ve always been a strong-willed person. I want to do things myself. I don’t want someone doing things for me. Eventually, my insurance company said yes to two bionic hands. My goal was to be the best prosthetic user in the world. I got a call from CNN, asking if they could run my story. Then amputees all over the world started reaching out to me.  I told my wife I think this is my calling - to help others. I want veterans and non-veterans to know there’s a way to live. 95% of being a successful amputee is mental attitude. The hands have an Apple app. My hands know where they are in space at all times. The hardest day I ever had was the first day I was home, because one of my girls laid on my lap. My brother-in-law bought me a shirt that read: “Look Ma, No Hands.” I wrote my first book: Handed a Greater Purpose. You can live life to the fullest, no matter what you go through. 
10/12/202258 minutes, 23 seconds
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Stephanie Herzog: Board Member for Cure Rare Disease, Working on Finding Cures for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for Her Son Max

When a rare genetic disorder hits home, it takes someone like this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Stephanie Herzog, to help find strategies to cure it. The Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) diagnosis of her son, Max, was the driving force to connect her with Cure Rare Disease, who is currently developing life-saving therapeutics in collaboration with the world’s leading academics, clinicians, regulatory experts, translational experts, and manufacturing experts. Stephanie serves as a board member. The organization’s ground-breaking research is bringing to fruition the potential for permanent muscular regeneration, which was, at one time, science fiction. In this episode you will hear: When we learned about our son’s condition, we put together a golf tournament to raise funds because it was A: Our only option, and B: Our best option to cure our kid.  80% of boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy have a gene deletion in the dystrophin gene. Max has a duplication of the dystrophin gene. In what should be the best time ever with your child, that’s when we find out he has this horrible disease. We had like a funeral in our house for like a month.  The weight of his future was heavy. Our team, through Crispr technology, hope to edit Max’s gene mutation. 6 years ago, this was science fiction. Boys usually get diagnosed between the ages of 4-6. They lose their ability to walk between the ages of 10 and 12. They usually lose their battle in their early 20s. They’re literally knocking out the gene duplication along a string in his DNA on the cellular level. Using the Crispr technology, the muscle cells are auto-correcting, producing dystrophin on their own. You wonder: “How am I going to live with this? And you do.” Faith is everything. You need somebody to pray to. When the going gets tough they have prayer.
10/5/202248 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tracy Walder: Former CIA Staff Operations Officer and FBI Special Agent, Turned Educator, Author of The Unexpected Spy

What’s the difference between a professor of Criminal Justice and an undercover CIA, and FBI counterintelligence agent? In the case of this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Tracy Walder, the answer is Nothing. They‘re the same person. Listen in as Marcus & Melanie Luttrell discuss Tracy’s first-hand accounts as a CIA officer and FBI field operative – fascinating stories. She successfully hunted down terrorists around the world using aliases and had face-to-face discussions with President Bush and General Colin Powell. Yet, she shares her experiences in a genuine, unexaggerated, and engaging manner. Tracy is the author of The Unexpected Spy, and has appeared on numerous national programs, and has written several national security pieces. In this episode you will hear: I was born with a developmental disability called Hypotonia. (Low muscle tone). It has no cure. I didn’t roll over until I was 1. I didn’t walk until I was 3. I attended USC for free since my dad was a professor there. The CIA polygraph process was annoying. All the questions were very frustrating. One session was 8 hours long and another was 3 hours. My job was to try to get as much information as possible on terrorist training camps. I served in 13 countries. I once had a meeting in the trunk of a car. Having Bin Laden in our sights at one time and not being able to do anything about it was really upsetting. My boss at the CIA was the best boss I have ever had in my life. My target was a guy named Zarqawi who founded ISIS. Zarqawi became enemy number one. That meant going overseas. My job was to manipulate people to give me information. It worked well for me. I worked with SEAL Team 6 a lot. I left the CIA because I didn’t want to live overseas anymore. I was totally burned out. As part of the CIA, you are not entitled to the same benefits as veterans, like mental health care.I love the counter-terrorism mission.
9/28/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 51 seconds
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Jeff "Spanky" Peterson: Retired Lt Col Air Force Pilot Responsible for the Extraction of Marcus During Operation Red Wings

"Navy SEAL Down!" Those are words no soldier in battle ever wants to hear. In the case of this week's Team Never Quit guest, Jeff "Spanky" Peterson, the mission he had trained for as an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter pilot finally came into play in the mountains of Afghanistan. His mission: to rescue this podcast's host - Navy SEAL 10's Marcus Luttrell (code name: "Spider-Man") - after a dramatic & horrific ending to Operation Red Wings. Listen in to Jeff's detailed description of the events leading up to that harrowing rescue, and learn firsthand the degree of risk taken by U.S. soldiers on a day-in-day-out basis. The average American has no idea of the degree of "badassery" occurring in the theater of war by the U.S military around the world. In this episode you will hear: People call us heroes, but I don't think of it that way. “Pack a three-day bag. You’re going up north.” A rocket-propelled grenade brought a Chinook chopper down, killing 16 men. Command picks up a clicking sound on a rescue radio frequency. My crew included a 57-year-old flight engineer, a gunner - a nervous University of Arizona student. My co-pilot was “Skinny”, 40-year-old seasoned by thousands of hours flying a Blackhawk. Are we looking for Americans, survivors, or is this a trap by the Taliban to draw in another chopper and blow it out of the sky? An elderly Afghani man arrives at a small Marine camp, with a note written by Luttrell. We have to fly into hostile Taliban territory to get him out. “It was dark and the weather was bad. It was a black abyss.” Except for the green glow of the rooftop position lights, we were flying black. "It was the Fourth of July out there." “We didn’t even know where we were going and which strobe light was the right one. It was just like a flashlight from God.” Within 10 feet from the ground, the rotors kicked up a storm of dust, sending us into a total brownout. I couldn’t see the wall, the ground, or the cliff. Both of ‘em were wearing Afghani man jammies. Before taking him aboard, we had to authenticate Marcus by asking him to say his dog's name and his favorite superhero. For the record, the answers are Emma and Spider-Man. When we got back, the only thing I wanted to do was talk to my wife, but we couldn't talk openly. All I could say was "Everything is good, "Everything is really, really good." "We stick our butts on the line to save people." "That's our combat mission.”
9/21/20221 hour, 42 minutes, 38 seconds
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Aaron Walker: Founder of Iron Sharpens Iron Mastermind & Author of View From the Top

Excellence, Leadership, and Mentorship. Those words exemplify the life of this week's Team Never Quit guest, Aaron Walker. Aaron and Marcus kick around the adventures of entrepreneurship, a spectacular marriage, and how he applies that which he learns from his experiences – good and bad - to propel him to new heights. After learning tough lessons from a horrific life event, and then being guided by the finest financial and spiritual leaders, Aaron now plays it forward by mentoring others. In this episode you will hear: I didn’t have anything at 18, and I was able to retire at 27. I played golf every day, I fished every day, and you can’t do that but so much, because you gotta have a purpose. While driving, I watched an older man walk across two lanes, he got to the median, and stopped. As soon as I got to him, he took off running to catch a bus, and I ran over him. It was literally like my life came to a standstill. One day I made the decision: I’ve been chasing money since I was 8 years old. I’m 40 now and I’m retiring – I’m through. Through a series of events, I spent 21 years sponsoring Dave Ramsey’s show, and we became best of friends. The Mastermind radically changed my life. We can’t quit. People need you. You can’t sit on the sidelines. We have to get up because nobody can live your life but you. I had great success financially, but I had no significance. I want my legacy to be that those I come in contact with are different as a result of having interacted with me. I want to leave a legacy of helping, giving, supporting, encouraging, lifting people up and helping them accomplish their dreams and goals. God is always working in the background. The thing that I thought was taking me out was the catalyst for transforming the lives of other people. We all need trusted advisors. Don’t do what I did and have a pocketful of money only to come home to a house full of strangers. You can go faster alone, but you can go much further together. Failure is in not trying, not in not succeeding. Go out there today. Go for it. Never quit. 
9/14/202245 minutes, 51 seconds
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Sarah Wilkinson: Gold Star Wife & Veteran Mental Health Advocate

It's hard to imagine how life could possibly go on when someone who has everything to live for commits suicide. How do you respond to such a tragedy? In this week's Team Never Quit Podcast, our guest, Sara Wilkinson, Gold Star wife of Navy SEAL Chad Wilkinson, speaks candidly about her military family life, her love for Chad, and raising their children on her own. Sara is determined to reduce the stigma surrounding the silent epidemic of Veteran suicide and bring awareness to its warning signs and triggers. She brings honor to Chad's legacy, and discusses the importance of fitness, and living large, despite what life brings. In this episode you will hear: My whole life I moved around. I attended 15 schools before I graduated. [For the military guys] it’s really hard to hop off the hamster wheel unless someone tells you to hop off. And no one tells you to hop off. I was a Crossfit trainer and I opened a Crossfit gym in Virginia Beach. Men and women can all suffer from Blast Waves, PTS, PTSD, etc. It’s really important to educate spouses and first responders on the ways that little things may be signs of something way bigger happening. In a partnership, it’s our job to care for one another. If someone is exhibiting symptoms of PTS, PTSD, etc. the only thing you can do is manage the symptoms. It comes down to focusing on sleep. Everybody’s mind is affected by the life they’ve lived. Ask yourself - What are the things you need to function optimally? How do we transition veterans from an operative status to living life independently, regardless of their history? I want my kids to know that this is a chapter in their story, and they have their whole life ahead of them. It’s a backpack they carry that they’ll never put down. But they’ll do some amazing things in their life. Your kids are always watching you. The way they watch you and observe you is the biggest responsibility you have. My motto: Live big. Support Sara: CHAD 1000X website: Sara Wilkinson Instagram: The Step Up Foundation: Follow Us: DraftKings Disclaimers If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/LA/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA(select parishes)/MI/NH/NJ/ NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. New customer offer void in NH/OR/ONT-CA. $200 in Free bets: New customers only. 
9/7/20221 hour, 27 seconds
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Shaye Lynne Haver: US Army Major & One of the First Two Female US Army Ranger School Graduates

Can you say “One of the first of two female graduates of the US Army Ranger School and Apache attack helicopter pilot?” Meet this week’s Team Never Quit guest, Shaye Haver. From being a cross country runner and soccer player in high school, to Army brat, to following in her dad’s footsteps as an Apache helicopter pilot, Shaye and Marcus share an engaging conversation about her influences and accomplishments. In 2016, Shaye and Kristen Griest, who also graduated from the US Army Ranger School were ranked 34th on Fortune magazine's list of the World's Greatest Leaders. In this episode you will hear: I grew up as an Army brat which put me in an environment of serving and sacrifice. My dad always said, “Go do something better than me.” ROTC was the beginning of my understanding that the military was about opportunity. You can make it what you want it to be. Good, better, best – Never let it rest, until your good is better, and your better best. I absolutely don’t take no for an answer – especially for myself. I did not go to West Point because of my intellectual prowess. I went on my leadership and physical fitness abilities. Ranger School reminded me that the mission is about the people to the left and right of you. Crisis provides opportunity. The tactic for success I use is to visualize success. The first day one, there was 19 of us; the second day 1, there were 8 of us; the third day one, there were 3 of us. I have had my tab ripped off my shoulder two times. Once by another Ranger. I choose to walk in the responsibility of bearing this thing that I have earned for the duration of my life. You can let it weigh you down, or you can let it inspire you. There’s not a quitting bone in my body. The warrior culture is not just for men. Heroes come in the most unlikely boxes. They’re all around us and everybody has a story.
8/31/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 28 seconds
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Tim Kennedy: Entrepreneur, NYT Best-Selling Author, BJJ Black Belt, UFC Fighter, Green Beret, Sniper, TV Host, Speaker, Unapologetically American

Unapologetically American, and an all-around badass - That’s who and what Tim Kennedy is – a true patriot. In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus and Tim have a fascinating conversation about Tim’s military service as an active Special Forces master sergeant and sniper and his role in the most elite counter-terrorism and hostage rescue unit within the U.S. Army Green Berets. Tim holds a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu and is a former professional mixed martial arts fighter and two-time title challenger. He authored the book, Scars and Stripes, an inspirational memoir offering lessons on how to embrace failure and weather storms to unlock the strongest version of yourself. These days, he lives a remarkable life as a serial entrepreneur owning multiple companies. However, Tim’s most personal accomplishments are that of a husband, father, and lover of this country. In this episode you will hear: When I grew up, all I did was fix the barbed wire and throw Bahia bales. You have to be an involved parent and mentor to your child. Now, every high school graduate has had every decision made for them. And when they arrive at college, they have been force-fed everything to this point, and now they get fed something much more dangerous – ideas. They’re given the freedom to make their own decisions with those dangerous ideas, and what you have is a petri dish for disaster. I want little kids to make all their decisions and learn the consequence of bad decisions, so when they hear someone say something stupid, they’re like, “that doesn’t work.”In Afghanistan they’d “beach ball” babies to the gate with the hopes that some marine would pick them up. It’s not rocket science that you don’t move tactical elements before you get your people out. You don’t give up strategic and tactical positions until you’re ready for a proper withdrawal. There’s nothing more dangerous than a broken man. Jesus didn’t go into the holiest of places. He went to where the prostitutes and tax collectors were. I stepped away from God for almost two decades. I became a narcissist. It wasn’t until my marriage was on the rocks that I was convinced to talk to God about all the horrific things I saw & experienced. They were throwing money at me to get people out of Afghanistan. That was so wrong in my heart to go back there for the money. In ten days we evacuated 12,000 people with our own planes. Follow Us:
8/24/20221 hour, 51 minutes, 55 seconds
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Kevin Hines: Mental Health Advocate, Best Selling Author, Survivor

“Life is a gift, that is why they call it the present. Cherish it always.” That’s the mantra of this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Kevin Hines. Kevin attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Miraculously, a sea lion kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. He is one of only thirty-six (less than 1%) to survive that fall. He shares his compelling story of hope, healing, and his will to live with Marcus. His story was featured in the 2006 film The Bridge by film director and producer, Eric Steel. Kevin has inspired millions worldwide in the art of wellness and the ability to survive pain with true resilience. “Be here tomorrow...” In this episode you will hear: My biological parents had me on a diet of Kool-Aid, Coca-Cola, and sour milk. My parents would leave me and my brother unattended to go score and sell drugs. Then Child Protective Services picked us up and put us in foster care. The only time I ever lost faith was when I stood atop the Golden Gate Bridge looking down. I found it on my way down. There’s a high number of suicidal teens who went through foster care. Many were abused and neglected by the ones in place to protect them. [Marcus] “I think the kids that go through it, are the ones who can fix it.” I finally ended up with foster parents who saved my life. They gave me a beautiful childhood. At 17 my brain broke. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and then things got completely out of control. I had auditory hallucinations telling me I had to die. If somebody would have just asked me, I would’ve just told them the truth of my situation. I left a suicide note in my backpack because I wanted my family knows I loved them. When I was still underwater, I thought, “I’m gonna die here and no one's gonna know I don’t want to. No one's gonna know I made a mistake.” On that [Coast Guard] boat, I made a cognitive decision: I would never again attempt to take my life as long as I should live, no matter the pain I’m in. When you encounter a suicidal person, it’s about being with them in the moment. “What do you need from me to say here? How can I help keep you on this planet?” My new motto is: I’m gonna be here tomorrow, and every day after that, no matter the pain I’m in. Every moment of every day is a good moment. It’s a privilege to exist. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988 Support Kevin: Follow Us:
8/17/202255 minutes, 31 seconds
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Cesar Perez: Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor, Aspiring Hollywood Actor, Best-Selling Author of Chase the Light

In one devastating blow, dreams are shattered. Although this week’s Team Never Quit guest, Cesar Perez, went from rising Hollywood star to miraculously surviving a head-on collision with a drunk driver, he shines brightly with the resilience of the human spirit. Cesar starred alongside Daniel Ratcliff (Harry Potter) in the action thriller Beast of Burden for which he also did graphic design work. He was also cast as a major lead character Javier in the action thriller Blind Trust. Despite his severe brain injury, having his face shattered, and learning how to breathe, walk, and talk again, Cesar lives a life of courage and shows us firsthand that even in the darkest of moments, life has meaning. In this episode you will hear: I did a video tape audition that got me a role with Daniel Ratcliff {Harry Potter}. My life was really on the rise. I was driving to see my girlfriend when a drunk driver hit me head-on going over 70mph. He spun me around and then a big rig hit me – also going 70mph, and then I don’t remember anything for the next 2 weeks. If life had a reset button, I must have pressed it. I was making a statement with my life and then it got cut abruptly. I thought if I can get out of this, there’s nothing I can’t do. The first thing I said to the guy that hit me was “the last thing I ever wanted to see is someone from my country behind bars.” I wanted my life back and no one could give me that back. Talking and facing that demon helped me put the period at the end. My family never left me – they showed me what true love actually is. That was the love that got me through it. My family’s sacrifice gave my life meaning when my life felt meaningless. Once I could finally run, I thought “I’m gonna do more”, and that’s what got me back to where I am. The drive I had as a kid is more intense now. It was running hot, but now it’s running with a different fire. Putting my experience down in words helped me heal. As long as there’s breath in me, it’s still possible to live a beautiful life. If, in the end, I helped save a life, it was worth it. 
8/10/202258 minutes, 14 seconds
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Keri Mills: Juris Doctor, Gold Star Wife, Public Speaker

Using the grief of a husband killed in action to fill a void in estate planning for fellow widows. That’s the mantra of this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Keri Mills. Her transparent story of being a lackluster student to attending law school is inspiring, as she strives to educate other Gold Star families and service members in planning ahead in the event tragedy should strike. Keri’s husband, Special Operations Chief Stephen “Matt” Mills was killed in action along with 29 other Americans and a working dog when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. With one knock on the door and one sentence, Keri went from being a married woman to a widow. Unprepared as she was for that life-changing event, it sparked her decision to help others be better prepared than she was. In this episode you will hear: Standardized tests are not my forte. What I realized about who I am is that I’m a person that does what I say I’m gonna do. I have worked for 8 ½ years to solve this problem. If I can keep someone from having to figure things out – the way I did – it’s worth it to me. The stigma that comes with estate planning is that people think you have to have a pot full of money in the bank. That’s not what it’s about at all. It’s about setting up your legacy. I don’t have any stories to tell about Matt because they’re not my stories to tell. I’m trying to carry on Matt’s legacy. There are 300,000 veterans in Houston. The part that I see myself playing is education for the special operators and our community. [Marcus] “There needs to be a way to teach you how to get out.” 
8/3/202256 minutes, 12 seconds
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Jay Dobyns, Federal Agent of 27 Years, Veteran Undercover Operative, New York Times Best-Selling Author, High School Football Coach

“A government-trained predator.” That’s one description of this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Jay Dobyns. While he participated in hundreds of undercover operations as a federal agent, he is best known for getting past multiple layers of security and becoming a member of the Hells Angels. Jay's book about that investigation - No Angel, My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels - is a New York Times and international bestseller. Dobyns served as a federal agent for twenty-seven years and was driven to succeed at any cost without regard for himself. These days, Jay has gone from a life of daring, undercover operations to becoming a High School football coach in Tucson, Arizona. Listen in as Jay and Marcus share an engaging conversation about Jay’s encounters and adventures. In this episode you will hear: The entertainment industry gets second takes.  If they miss a line, they can try again. In real life, there are no second chances. I feel very blessed to have entered undercover work. Nothing really prepares you until you get out there and get your feet wet. I’ve bought pea shooters, rocket launchers, bombs, homemade PVC pipe bombs, and servo-activated C4. I infiltrated home invasion crews. That’s where I got my training to take on the Hells Angels. I didn’t always succeed at things, but I always tried. My undercover persona eventually became who I was. I made a million mistakes in my life, and my wife and family have given me one million and one second chances. We fabricated the murder of a Hells Angels rival, and that is when I was welcomed into the organization. I ruined everything for the mission. It was heartbreaking to see what I had done to get there. God does not build us to intentionally betray people. My agency failed to react to threats against me. I was told “You’re on your own.” When no one cares who gets credit for success, we’re on to something. Want someone to remember your name? You’re gonna have to do something they will never forget. If you want something you’ve never had before, you’re gonna have to do things you’ve never done before. Life is about making mistakes, but don’t remake mine - I can tell you how they turn out. It’s not good. 
7/27/20221 hour, 1 minute, 38 seconds
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Lone Survivor Foundation with Retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant John “Spike” Garcia and Marine Clayton "Clay" Cook

A path to healing from invisible wounds. That’s the mantra for today’s Team Never Quit guests, Retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant John “Spike” Garcia and Marine Clayton "Clay" Cook from The Lone Survivor Foundation. Their sole purpose is to support veterans after their service to this great country. They’re teaching strategies to manage Post-traumatic Stress, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and chronic pain – taking back your life. The Lone Survivor Foundation offers both Face-to-Face & Virtual Programs, at no cost. All it takes is for you to be ready to take the next step on your journey. Once the Service Member has attended an Individual Program, couples and their families can qualify for the program as well. Service Members (both active duty and Veterans) from all military branches and service eras, experiencing symptoms as a result of service are eligible. In this episode you will hear: How the Lone Survivor Foundation and Team Never Quit go hand-in-hand The Lone Survivor Foundation provides a holistic approach to treatment and addresses the entire family. It’s the only program that does Accelerated Resolution Therapy. "I got more out of it in three hours than I had in 18 years." The spouse is the first one that is affected by what the veteran is going through, followed by family members and friends, and the ripple effect can affect businesses and coworkers as well. Once the vet goes through the treatment, the spouse & family can assist in their recovery.  Q: How do you know if you’re a good fit for the program? A: Go to and take a self-assessment. You don’t have to be diagnosed, you only need to be suffering from symptoms.  Support Lone Survivor Foundation: Donate to the LSF Follow LSF on Instagram Take the Self Assessment Follow Us on Social:
7/20/20221 hour, 34 seconds
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Chris Cathers: Special Forces Green Beret, Currently Battling Stage 4 Bone Cancer (Chondrosarcoma)

Still in the fight of his life – for his life. That’s the real-life story of this week’s Team Never Quit guest, Chris Cathers, a former US Army Green Beret and CIA paramilitary Global Response Staff (GRS) contractor with 12 deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and North Africa. And if Chris’ PTS struggles weren’t enough, Chris speaks openly about the stage 4 bone cancer he has had for over a year. Struggling to find adequate medical care opened his eyes to the difficulty of finding the right team for any aspect of medicine, and he has dedicated himself to encouraging his military brothers and sisters to seek help immediately and not downplay the signs. Chris and his business partner Daniel also aim to raise awareness of the veteran suicide epidemic via a documentary, “Brother’s Keeper”, currently in production. Chris has established a nonprofit organization to help raise funds for a small number of other nonprofit and for-profit businesses, committed to giving our veterans a hand in their fight. In this episode you will hear: At one time, I was feeling really good. I was doing protection for celebrities for 5 years, as well as Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and lifting a lot. My femur was compromised to the point that I was close to snapping it. I always prepare myself for the worst and hope for the best. You have to advocate for yourself, or you won’t have a good success rate. Unfortunately with what I’ve got, radiation & chemo doesn’t work. It’s more of a Hail Mary. My wife calls me a cockroach. “Man, this guy’s stubborn.” Sports is what kept me on the right path. I feel like a sheepdog – I like to keep the wolves at bay. I really enjoy protecting people. If I would redline my body, all the “noise” would settle down. Doing something bigger than you has always been a calling for me. Initially, my outlook wasn’t great - 29% and the 5-year survival rate wasn’t good. I’m a patriot and I love our country, I think we’re the best country on the planet, but we’re doing our damnedest to fuck it up. That’s not acceptable to me. We didn’t think we could have children, 1 - I’m old as dirt and I’m stage 4. So we were not planning on having a child, but… Comparison is the thief of joy.  Support the Mission: Follow Chris on Instagram: Follow Us on Social:
7/13/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 11 seconds
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E. Matthew “Whiz” Buckley: F/A-18 Hornet Fighter Pilot, TOPGUN Graduate, Producer of No Fallen Heroes

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus brings in a real “Top Gun” – A badass Navy fighter pilot and an incredible investment powerhouse – both the same guy – Matthew “Whiz” Buckley. You’ll have to hang on to your seat when you hear him share his real, firsthand experiences and record-setting flights in Navy fighter jets. Buckley has harnessed the principles of military strategies and applied them to investments and trading success. “Buckle up, buttercup…” In this episode you will hear: I was raised with the belief that the American Dream was real and I could achieve anything I wanted to be as long as I applied myself, worked hard, and cared for others. I loved my country, the ocean and flying so I set out to become a navy fighter pilot. Every landing aboard the ship is graded. The mission is secondary to coming back because you’ve got 5,000 people watching you. I flew an acceptance flight in a new Hornet, and I did some unbelievable things with it, although I didn’t have too much time to enjoy it because all of a sudden the engines were gasping for air. When you’re moving that fast, all your wrinkles go away. At Mach 1.7 I thought, “I should be pulling out of this dive.” At that speed, I can’t eject. I’d be vaporized. When you make a decision, the computers go “If he does that, we’re gonna disintegrate, and we don’t want to do that.” We put our dog tags in our boots because in aviation accidents, that’s usually all that’s left. The jet’s a tattletale. It’s all electronic. Your superiors know how hard you pushed it. You can teach people a lot of stuff, but you can’t teach ‘em leadership. In a debrief, there ain’t no ”we” or ”us”. There’s only “I”. If you sat in a fighter pilot debrief, you’d think we hated each other. It not who’s right, it’s what’s right. Save the apple polishing for the bar – we’re in a debrief. A big leadership moment is when I was told “I could be friendly with you, but we’re not friends.” The Navy does a great job of teaching us to compartmentalize. If Marcus gets smoked, I’ll mourn him later, and guess what? I don’t get to mourn him later, ‘cause it’s on to the next thing. On the medicine, my dad & my sister, who was killed by a drunk driver, were both there. They looked incredible. In that moment, I healed. Forgiveness doesn’t exist in heaven, because there’s no need for it. Support Whiz: Follow Us:
7/6/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 18 seconds
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Dr Martín Polanco and Marine Ryan Roberts: A Discussion on the Clinical Psychedelic Retreat Being Used to Treat Veterans and their Family Members

In this week's episode, we're joined by Dr. Martín Polanco and Marine Ryan Roberts to discuss the clinical psychedelic program specializing in the use of Ibogaine, 5-MeO-DMT, and Psilocybin that is being used to treat veterans and their family members. Dr. Martín Polanco has been successfully treating people with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addiction using psychedelic medicines for over a decade. He is the founder of The Mission Within, a clinical program in Mexico and Costa Rica helping veterans with issues resulting from military service experiences. His mission is to conduct research to prove its effectiveness – with the end goal of its legalization. Marcus speaks from his first-hand experience with Dr. Polanco’s treatment, in an effort to educate and make psychedelic therapy available to every veteran that needs it.  In this episode you will hear: We do psychic surgery. [Melanie] “It’s like a car wash for your brain.” So many people come out of the medicine and we wanna get on the biggest mountain and yell: “C’mon, we can help.” My dad was a hippie and involved with some peyote circles. At 21, I had an experience with mushrooms, and everything I saw was infused with source energy. There is a delusional mindset where people can justify their drug use. [Marcus] “The best joy you’ll ever have is in gratitude.” [Melanie] “The medicine took a lot of walls down.” [Melanie] “We were unbreakable before, but now we’re an unstoppable force.” If we can heal the veteran, we can heal the home. Support their Mission:  TMW Website: Sponsor a veteran's treatment: Donate to Research: Follow Us:
6/29/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 15 seconds
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Caleb Francis: TikTok and YouTube Content Creator, Comedian

In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus has an entertaining conversation with Caleb Francis, a hilariously funny content creator on TikTok who has over 1.5 million fans and over 36 million likes. Caleb has built a brand reaching the globe via Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Cameo. He has a blast doing what he does – speaking his mind with a humorous perspective. Caleb also shares valuable information on getting started in that arena and tells the listener how anyone can get their voice out there, regardless of who they are or where they live. In this episode you will hear: I got my first computer at 9 or 10, although I was never much of a computer person. Watching your favorite personality is like someone watching Netflix, but it’s someone you can interact with. [Marcus] “There’s only a few people that can get away with talking smack: Comedians and the Military.” My favorite parts of childhood were technology, treehouses, and camping, but we were still nerds, too. We did both. My videos are usually brought on by something I’m doing in life. If you want to get started, make the TikTok and post whatever you’re doing. It will be recycled onto every other platform there is. We would do stupid stuff like getting hurt and film it. Then we’d do skits. I just kept doing it after everyone moved away. I’d get inspiration from delivering parts for Advance Auto Parts. I’d get ideas just by talking to myself. I would observe everyday stuff and imagine what was being said and thought, and develop that. Videos are endless. They just keep coming, like recommendation videos. When my friends and I watched Talladega Nights, we were losing our minds laughing so hard.
6/22/20221 hour, 41 minutes
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Eric O'Neill: Former FBI Agent, Author of Gray Day and the Subject of Universal Studios’ feature film, Breach

In this week’s riveting episode, Marcus has a fascinating discussion with Eric O’Neill, former FBI counter-terrorism and counterintelligence operative. Eric played a major role in the arrest, conviction, and imprisonment of one of the most notorious spies in U.S. history - FBI agent Robert Hanssen - who was spying on behalf of the Soviet Union and Russia. Eric’s first-hand accounts of some of his day-to-day activities are events that movies are made of. He has written about his experiences in Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America's First Cyber Spy. Eric is also a public speaker and security expert who lectures internationally about espionage and national security, cybersecurity, fraud, corporate diligence and defense, hacking, and other topics.   In this episode you will hear: My job at the FBI was to go undercover. I never came out of cover. There were foreign intelligence officers (spies) who sometimes were some of our own who were spying for other countries. My father told me “You have to chase your dreams, whatever they might be.” I’m going to stop spies & terrorists before they kill our citizens. I was at Quantico [Marine Corps Training Base]. You earn it and you feel like you earned it. When my wife and I were dating and people would ask me what I do, I would say “I work for the Justice Department as a Geo-Political Analyst.” That would immediately end the inquiry. There was an instance where a high-level spy was about to be arrested, and disappear, which told us there was a mole in our intelligence community. The FBI went on a 22-year manhunt for a guy code-named Gray Suit, the biggest spy in U.S. history. Each time you go after somebody who might be the target you’re after, you give them a derivative code name. What made Robert Hanssen such a successful spy, is that he was a hacker. He learned how to break into computer systems. When the FBI had not given him the role he wanted, he volunteered his services to the Russians and gave up 2 of our top spies in Russia for no money to prove he had access. One of them was executed, and the other was sentenced to hard labor. Analysts are the cream of the crop in figuring out how to catch spies. Hanssen was the best, most notorious spy in US history. He was the Michael Jordan of the spy world. Nobody did the damage he did. I was always a bit of a hacker – fascinated by computer systems. Breaking security, not to steal, but so I could understand how to make them stronger. My mother holds the record for the most time watching the movie “Breach.”
6/15/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 41 seconds
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Nick Bare: Founder & CEO Bare Performance Nutrition and Host of the The Bare Performance Podcast

“Go One More.” That’s the Nick Bare mantra. That’s his way of life. Nick Bare is this week’s Team Never Quit guest, and he’s encouraging us all to:  work one more hour on your business… make one more sales call… run one more mile… one more set at the gym… one more chapter you read… The magic starts to happen when you “Go One More.” From meager beginnings, founding Bare Performance Nutrition in 2012 out of his college apartment while studying nutrition to being commissioned into the US Army as an Infantry Officer, Nick learned the values of leadership, integrity and team building. His biggest passion in life is helping people reach their greatest potential, because most of us severely underestimate our capabilities. Listen in as Nick Bare shares his life’s journey with Marcus and Morgan. Success requires uncompromising consistency. In this episode you will hear: When I first started my business, it was Christmas every morning. There was so much passion in it. There’ve been so many highs and lows, it’s been amazingly rewarding I told my dad, I’m gonna take out this loan, and I’m gonna make a million dollars my first year. His response was, “If it was that easy, everyone would be doing it.” I didn’t take a paycheck from my business for five years. My original plan was to be a chicken farmer. When you get your first win, it builds your level of confidence. [Marcus] The minute you get the idea to do something, the good Lord gives you what you need to be it. Running in the mornings and evenings, I have complete solitude – no distractions. My best business ideas have come during my morning runs. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to turn your passion into a career. Success is a result of compounded consistency. When you want to quit, just show up and keep going. You’ll finally push past your goal with the “one more” mentality.
6/8/202255 minutes, 35 seconds
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Pete Roberts: Founder of Origin & Jocko Fuel, 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt, On a Mission to Reclaim American Manufacturing 🇺🇸

How does one go from Martial Arts to owning a manufacturing business? Just ask this week’s TNQ Podcast guest, Pete Roberts. He realized that in Martial Arts, the same uniform had been used for over 200 years, so Pete created his own opportunity to build a fresh brand of Jiu Jitsu wearables. He wanted to have control over research and development, textiles, and the design process, and because he knew that Franklin County in Maine had a rich manufacturing heritage, he took action. But his endeavor was seemingly derailed as Pete could not find a U.S. manufacturer who could create his unique line of products. What to do? Pete decided to take matters into his own hands – literally. He built a manufacturing warehouse - spinning yarn, weaving fabrics, textiles, and designs, and began sewing his own line of uniforms and began his marketing efforts with simple, low budget ads. Pete’s company, Origin USA, now has multiple manufacturing facilities, incorporating the ancestry of manufacturing, hiring the older generation and millennials alike. This is the true American entrepreneur spirit at its finest. In this episode you will hear: • My wife and I have been together since we were 16. You do that by buying into each other’s personal goals and ambitions. • I use my ADHD as a superpower. • I’ve used the tools of Jiu Jitsu - timing, leverage, opportunity and applied it to reinventing gear for it. • I started with old, cast iron sewing machines, and no bathroom. • If you embrace the power of the American spirit, you can truly do anything. • Corporate greed chose profit over people. • If we can own the supply chain, we can protect it. • [Morgan] You brought something that was lost and brought it back to life. • Some folks will invest $75,000 in a vehicle. Why not invest that money in yourself? If you have an idea or a dream, don’t be scared of the unknown. • The single most valuable thing is keeping a singleness of purpose. Stay focused on one thing and be great at it. • I know that what we are doing hasn’t been done in 100 years. It’s not unique – it’s hard. • People are born every day that will be more talented than you, but what they don’t have is the ambition to go all in and invest in themselves. • Be a savage of the body, a pioneer of the heart, and an operator of the mind.
6/1/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 2 seconds
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Brooke Clark Keating: Vice President of The C4 Foundation, Co-Host Gold Stars & Stripes Podcast, Gold Star Wife

For some people, hardships inspire them to do great things. Such is the case with this week’s Team Never Quit guest, Brooke Keaton. She is a Gold Star wife, as the result of her Navy SEAL husband, Charlie being killed in action in Afghanistan. Brooke is the Vice President of The C4 Foundation, which provides neuroscience programs for Navy SEAL families at their San Diego-based ranch. She and her friend Tara Crenshaw have also launched The Gold Star and Stripes Podcast, bringing awareness to the spouse’s military life and now life as civilians. Listen in as Brooke speaks from the heart about her challenging life journey and her relentless pursuit of helping others. In this episode you will hear: If I were in a movie, my animal sidekick would be an elephant. As pets go, dogs are the best. Charlie always had to go wherever the fun was, so it was exhausting but so fun. He lived a mile a minute. We lived on a boat, and every morning, Charlie would jump in the water and go surf. Charlie was very passionate about his family. Charlie was a sniper on a roof fighting against ISIS and was shot near his heart, and continued shooting and holding his ground until he died. The Gold Star community in Virginia Beach is very tight-knit and immediately pulled me in. I thought: “How can we support other Navy SEAL families?” We ended up with a 560-acre ranch, where families can “decompress” after deployment. Fly fish, hike, ride horses, etc. I’m able to talk about Charlie every day. It’s helpful and therapeutic for me to talk about him. We came up with a fun idea of the podcast to help other spouses as a sisterhood - to network with families where you can find any help with anything you may need. I want to bring everyone together and build relationships.
5/25/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 28 seconds
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Brian Tally: Former Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, National Veteran Advocate, Creator of The Tally Bill

A man on a mission. That is this week’s Team Never Quit guest, Marine veteran Brian Tally. What started out as sudden, severe back pain quickly became an incredible life-threatening ordeal he endured for years after a bad diagnosis at a VA hospital emergency room. His spine was being eaten alive by what turned out to be a tissue-eating staph infection. Because of a law enacted in 1946, Brian was unable to sue for malpractice as the law did not allow independent contractors at the VA facility to be sued. But by the time the VA suggested he pursue legal action in a state court, the state’s statute of limitations had just expired. What to do? If you’re Brian Tally - with no legal background - you draft your own legislative bill and go door-to-door on Capitol Hill until the procedural loophole is closed, ensuring that VA is transparent and fully accountable.  In this episode you will hear: It was a cold, gloomy morning when I couldn’t get out of bed, in severe pain – pain I can’t describe - after feeling normal when I went to bed. I’m not anti-VA but I was one of those veterans that slipped through the cracks. The only time I ever saw a doctor was when I was laying open on an operating table four months later, and they found a surprise – my spine was oozing with inflammation. I was so doped up and in so much pain, I didn’t even know what was going on. I spent four months in my chair. I became an absolute broken man. The doctor told my wife. “Your husband’s spine looks like it’s been moth-eaten.” I was being eaten alive for four straight months, before finally having life-saving surgery. By then my physical, mental, and emotional health was gone. I have never slandered anyone. I have only operated in an honorable way. I would never dishonorably yell someone’s name. Because we all make mistakes. I had to operate in a different way than I was being treated. Just when I thought they would do the right thing, the VA did an about face, and they left me and my family holding the bag. My wife is the glue that holds everything together. There are tens of thousands of veterans, who have been destroyed by this egregious practice from a 1946 law. The VA is using more and more independent contractors to see their way out of malpractice cases. I went to my bathtub and I knelt down and said “God I’m about to expose made men, and I’m gonna need You for the strength and endurance to draft my own bill – my own solution. I was in a place I knew nothing about. The never quit mentality is what kept me going. I was representing 20.2 million American veterans with my bill. That’s what God has led me to be and to do.  You can engage congress and make a difference. I know I’m where God wants me to be.
5/18/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dustin Diefenderfer: Founder of MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab, Ultra Runner, Backcountry Hunter

Backcountry hunting, anyone? If ever a man wanted to discover what it takes to become an elite man – mentally, physically, and spiritually tough, training for such a high-end hunt may just be the ticket. This week’s Team Never Quit Guest, Dustin Diefenderfer, explains in detail the grueling athletic training and grit it takes to hunt Deer, Elk, Moose, or Caribou In the backcountry. If you’re looking for an easy way to get there, stay home. When the hunt experience is over, you’re left with the mental and physical ability to reach your personal and professional goals by applying the principles learned in this endeavor – a better life by learning to be comfortable in being uncomfortable. In this episode you will hear: Getting comfortable being uncomfortable is teaching men to handle adversity. If you can handle adversity in the gym, you can handle it better in the field. If you can handle it in the field, you can handle it a lot better at home. When you’re more used to adversity and spend more time outdoors, it makes for a better man. If you’re fortunate enough to harvest an animal on a backcountry hunt, you’re coming out with 80-100 pounds per trip for 3 or 4 trips. Adversity building is one baby step after another. It makes you way tougher than you used to be. It’s cool looking back on God’s footsteps that have brought us to creating Mountain Tough. You don’t need to chase the corporate America stuff; You don‘t need to do what everyone else is doing. Living in Africa taught us not to worry so much about money & finances. The people living there with nothing are pretty happy. They’re not distracted like Americans are, with cell phones and the like. I knew I was gonna do something I was passionate about, and I knew I would do something outside, away from the computer, and engage with building a community. When we’re going thru something stressful, God looks at us like “Do you realize that what you’re looking at right now is ‘this big’ in the grand scheme of life.” We went to Ethiopia on a short mission trip and worked for two weeks where kids lived, slept, and ate in a landfill all day long. It was complete re-entry depression after watching those kids live in the dump. They would rescue the child soldiers and teach them some life skills. We’re creating elite men. Dustin's Website use promo code TNQ for 20% off you first year!  Follow Us:
5/11/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 44 seconds
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Brian Reese: Founder & CEO of VA Claims Insider, Former Air Force Officer, and Author of You Deserve It

A CEO with PTSD. That encapsulates the world of this week’s Team Never Quit guest, Brian Reese. Here’s a military veteran entrepreneur serving other military veterans – over 15,000 vets needing a vast array of help – mental, disability ratings, compensation, and more. Brian, Marcus, and Morgan get “in the weeds’ as it relates to maximizing many forms of help for the veteran through his program, VA Claims Insider. Listen in to Brian’s vulnerable revelations of his personal challenges, and his ability to overcome and create a company whose prime directive is to teach and serve others. It’s okay not to be okay… In this episode you will hear: I’m sort of an amateur singer/songwriter. A lot of vets have never filed a claim because they think “I’m not that disabled. Others have it worse, so I don’t deserve these benefits.” That’s complete bullsh*t. There’s a mental barrier we have about getting help. One of the core values of the Air Force is “service before self”. That doesn’t mean service at the expense of self. If you can’ take care of anybody else, then you’re no good to the mission. It takes less than 5 minutes to get yourself enrolled in VA health care. Get a medical diagnosis of your condition ASAP. First and foremost: Get yourself in VA health care, get a primary care provider, and get your stuff medically diagnosed in a medical record. We’re trying to meet the military veteran before they even take off the uniform, then serve them at every point of life. If I were king for a day, I would completely gut and overhaul the VA disability system. I’d take the word disability out of it. I would call Elon Musk, and ask him to come help me solve our problems. Government organizations are not built for radical innovation. It’s never too late to take advantage of everything veterans have worked for. The VA disability process & the VA benefits process is never over unless you quit.
5/4/202252 minutes, 29 seconds
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Travis Wilson: Retired Green Beret and Founder & CEO of Alpha Elite Performance

How does a near-fatal parachute accident equate to becoming an entrepreneur? Ask this week’s Team Never Quit guest, Travis Wilson. He served 21 years in the U.S. Army as a Green Beret and in the Special Forces. When his chute’s canopy collapsed and he “burned in,” Travis spent his recovery time developing his own line of supplement products. Listen in as Travis tells of his life transitions; his successes and failures. From a broken back, knee replacements and over a dozen surgeries to launching Alpha Elite Performance and serving as an Ambassador for the Green Beret Foundation, Travis is a picture of motivation and perseverance. Check it out. In this episode you will hear: • I was on a free-fall team the majority of my military career. • On a night jump, the right side of my canopy collapsed. I was a right below 500’, so there’s no pulling reserve – just pray. • I thought I had landed on a fence post. I broke my back, so I felt like I was impaled. • I went to school for Exercise Science. But did I graduate? No, because “I’m not gonna miss this war.” • I was an Army Medic. • I stated a non-profit – Alpha Elite Performance. It’s a way for me to give back to veterans. • My dad didn’t care if I failed or I succeeded, as long as I tried. • My dad’s attitude was: “You’re not gonna grow up and quit.” • When I got hurt, I thought I was gonna get kicked out, so that’s when I started my nutrition company. • It’s a super challenge owning your own business. • I was a security manager for Five Finger Death Punch, because I had a medical background.  • I lost 2 wives and 2 Harleys.
4/27/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 30 seconds
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Todd DeGhetto: Retired Navy Captain who spent 30 years in Naval Special Warfare (NSW) as a SEAL Officer

Need a clear decision-maker in high-stress military operations critical to the defense of the United States? Then this week's Team Never Quit guest, Todd Deghetto, is your man. After 30 years as a Navy SEAL officer in Naval Special Warfare, Todd's current mission is to develop future leaders in mental toughness, discipline, & building collaborative teams. Todd, Marcus, and Morgan share an engaging conversation including actual mission details, its personal & mental ramifications, and the steps to recovery. Everyone on Todd’s team has a purpose. In this episode you will hear: It doesn’t matter what people think about you. Do what’s right, regardless of the consequences. If you lose friends over it, they weren’t true friends. Having a dad as a New Jersey State Trooper, I learned about the evil in this world, and I learned about honor – doing what’s right. That’s the nice thing about diving without O2. If you gotta die, that’s the way to go, because you just fall asleep. [In combat] You get real good at completely cutting your head off from the rest of your body - No feelings, no emotion, and no pain. I truly didn’t start processing stuff until after I was done. When things are going sideways is when people show their true colors. When I returned, God put it on my heart to mentor the next generation. I’m a leadership coach & mentor for the University of Tennessee’s MBA program. I may not have the business expertise, but I’ve got a lot of leadership experience. The only way you’re gonna get better is to be able to say “this is mine.” This I made that decision, and this is why I made that decision. We learn more from our mistakes than we ever do when things go right. I took me several weeks after I returned - and all of a sudden I woke up one day feeling like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. All the explosives, the blasts, the mortars, the rockets, the charges, the AC4’s – the damage done to the brain is devastating. The healing journey has been the hardest thing for me. Part of that journey is not quitting om my family. [In military leadership] We’re very good at controlling everything we can control. There’s psychedelics treatment out there to really help us guys. My initial thought was “no way”, but it truly helped me.
4/20/20221 hour, 43 minutes, 24 seconds
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Kara Chamberlain: Kidnapped by a Serial Killer at 15 and Escaped, Now a Survivor Advocate

The human will to survive can't be underestimated. That's the mantra of this week's Team Never Quit guest, Kara Chamberlain. While watering plants in the front yard of a friend's house, Kara was kidnapped at gunpoint by a serial killer. She was only 15. Making mental notes of every detail along the way in her abductor's car - from memorizing the serial number of the large storage bin he forced her into to counting the turns he made, the music he played, his Marlboro Red cigarettes, details from within his apartment while handcuffed and gagged, Kara used every bit of it to her benefit. She not only escaped after 18 hours, but the details she recalled helped catch him. Kara's case also helped police link the killer to three unsolved murders in other states. These days, Kara's life is dedicated to spreading hope and strength to other survivors. In this episode you will hear: We all have the ability to turn negatives into positives Volunteering to go outside and water the plants made me a victim of opportunity. When that red flag hit me, I felt a gun pressed to the side of my neck. He was fact-gathering about me, and I was doing the same about him. We can decide if we pick up the offense to something or pick up strength. You’re either going to be defined by something that happens to you, or you’re going to be refined by it. I was praying non-stop: “Help me to find an opportunity to escape.” When it was over, I just wanted to go back to normal life – The life of a 15-year old girl. The biggest threat to kids these days is online predators. Have an open communication & dialog with your children. Teach them how to set boundaries and how to respect other people’s boundaries. The best thing we can do for our children is to give them tools to deal with anything bad that happens. “I will never get mad at you.” “Stranger Danger” is not the biggest threat to kids right now. [Melanie] “The inspirational thing is not that you just survived and moved on – it’s that you helped others. That’s the difference between being a survivor and being a hero.” I’ve always felt that what happened to me was so I could help other people. 
4/13/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 42 seconds
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Rich “ACE” Franklin: 3x MMA World Champion, VP of ONE Championship, Host of ONE Warrior Series and Quite Franklin Podcast

From mild-mannered High School math teacher to UFC Hall of Famer. That’s this week’s Team Never Quit special guest, Rich Franklin. Rich and Marcus kick it around in an entertaining discussion about the transition from teaching high school math to UFC fighting on a world-class level. His childhood days of taking Karate lessons brought about an interest in Thai Boxing and Jiu-Jitsu, which further developed into a full-time MMA fighting career. Rich has also coached in The Ultimate Fighter, launched a clothing brand, a juice café, and is a prime example of one classy dude. Nice guys can finish first. In this episode you will hear: I didn’t grow up being an amazing athlete. I’m not super explosive, but I can grind. Mathematics, like being a sniper, is a skill. You have to work at it. If you take the grind away from me, then what am I? This grind, this work ethic I have, is not just the way I work out; it’s the way I approach everything in life. When you start worrying about things outside of your circle of control, it’ll take you away from your goals. When you’re fighting somebody on the street that’s not trained, I feel like Neo in the Matrix. When they throw a punch, it’s so slow to me. Q: What’s your favorite cheat meal?  A: What’s a cheat meal? I don’t deal well with disrespect, inefficiency, or stupidity. I like being challenged. I’ve never used drugs in my life. I’ve never even had a sip of alcohol. Had my college professor not actually cared, I could’ve folded. He saved me. You never know when a small gesture helps somebody. I don’t think I would be in this place in my life without God. He’s really directed my path. Connect with Rich: Instagram: Listen to his podcast:  Visit his website: Follow Us:
4/6/20221 hour, 32 minutes, 30 seconds
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Angela Rose: Abduction Survivor, Author, Speaker, Founder of PAVE

She never made it to the party. Every parent’s nightmare happened to this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast guest, Angela Rose. At 17, she was walking to her car after leaving work at a mall and was headed to a graduation party. Angela was abducted at knifepoint by a man with a long criminal history, including murder. In this week’s episode, she recounts the details of her horrific experience, fearing death, hands bound, and eyes covered. Angela survived her kidnapping, sexual assault and currently uses her t to usher in legislation, education, and action to shatter the silence of sexual violence. Triumph over tragedy. In this episode you will hear: I’m letting people know that there is joy after trauma, and a happy joyful life is absolutely possible. It was broad daylight when I was kidnapped at knifepoint. He stalked me and was watching me at the mall. Follow your gut instinct. The detectives didn’t believe me, and so the trauma was replaced by anger. This is not a women’s issue. This impacts all genders. I keep hearing “I never told anybody.” We train parents and teachers on what to do or say if someone discloses. Be careful not to use language that blames the victim. Many people don’t know how to deal with traumatic situations. I would never wish what happened to me on anybody, but I would never change it. Because of what happened to me, I learned an inner strength I didn’t know existed. We need to support each other to rise above adversity.
3/30/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 46 seconds
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Mike Ettore: Retired Marine Corps Infantry Officer & Decorated Combat Leader and Founder of Fidelis Leadership Group

This week’s incredible guest – Mike Ettore – knows the way, and shows the way. Being the exceptional leader that he is, Mike became the youngest Drill Instructor in the Marine Corps at the age of 20. There’s not a personal or professional challenge he can’t overcome. Mike’s effective combat leadership style resulted in numerous awards and decorations during his career, including the Bronze Star Medal for Valor (with Gold Star denoting 2nd award) and the Combat Action Ribbon (with two Gold Stars denoting 2nd and 3rd awards). These days, his purpose is to teach, coach, and help leaders develop - while he’s alive and after he’s gone. In this episode you will hear: I graduated from my first recruit platoon when I was 20. The Marine Corps trusted me and I tried very hard to live up to that trust. I spent my whole career trying to live up to the legacy of the Marines in World War I. If there’s something the Marine Corps does well is it teaches and honors its history and traditions. We were considered by the battalion commander, to be the strongest lieutenant/staff sergeant team in the battalion. It’s all about trust I was more excited about being an equally good leader in business as I was in the Marine Corps. Pre 9-11, I was dragging an AR-15 in a case through the airport. I was a C-level officer in charge of most of the back office of the non-sales function for a billion-dollar company, with no expertise in any of it. I wasn’t really sure how to save a file. I teach and coach senior executives in the art & science of leadership. I’m 65 years old and have unlimited energy. I just love it. At 65 years old, with over 45 years of teaching leadership, I still learn something every week. I ask myself: ”How in the hell have I gone this long and never heard that?” I am vain enough that to think that 25, 50, 80 years from now - if somebody picks my book up,  the Iwo Jima lessons, the Grenada lessons, and the business lesson I’ve learned, just might help out my great, great-grandson or daughter, who never met me. [In life] I was mostly right, somewhat wrong, or completely full of shit [Conversation with son] just because it comes out of my mouth doesn’t automatically mean that it’s bullshit. As you get older, you’re gonna find yourself becoming me. Dale Carnegie: “A man who dies rich dies disgraced.” I’m never gonna have Andrew Carnegie money, but I’ve got a laptop and a thumb drive. Everything that’s up here [in my head] is gonna be out.
3/23/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 44 seconds
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Robert Paylor: UC Berkeley Graduate & Rugby Star, Quadriplegic On A Journey to Walk Again

A true champion. That describes this week’s guest, Robert Paylor, perfectly. Having broken his neck in the 2017 Collegiate Rugby National Championship, Robert has not accepted defeat in his physical or mental capacities. From living the life of a quadriplegic - unable to even move his hands – much less walk - to rising from his wheelchair and walking to receive his diploma, this guy is as inspirational as they come. Listen in as Robert tells his epic comeback story, which has brought hope and a never-quit mentality to thousands. In this episode you will hear: I was put on this earth to move people. My chin was pushed into my chest; a second player grabbed my legs; I fell forward; my nose slammed against my chest, and when I hit the ground with the top of my head – poof - I couldn’t feel anything. My whole life, I’ve tried to make my parent’s proud. The doctors said: “If, one day, you could take a piece of pizza and bring it to your face, then you made it.” Going under the knife in the area of my spinal cord - they said there was a chance I would not wake up, so I started calling my buddies. I’m a man of faith. I needed prayers. I needed God. The one thing you do have control over is your mindset. Great opportunities comes from great challenges. If I didn’t have humor through all of this, I would be crushed, depressed. This is such a gift. Just to be able to struggle to walk around my house. I had to go through something tough to gain perspective, but it a gift I use in my life, and I can help give it to others. It’s my purpose. When I saw my hamstring twitch I said “Okay. Game on.” It was like smelling blood in the water. No person has stood by my side like my mom. I’m gonna be a damn good man, and I’m gonna live a damn good life, because I have angels around me.  I love my life. I’m proud of who I am. We can’t wait to start enjoying our lives until something happens. You don’t have to get out of your wheelchair to live a good life. God gives His toughest challenges to His toughest soldiers.
3/16/20221 hour, 40 minutes, 56 seconds
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Tommy O'Hare: 22 Year Veteran of the NYPD, Former U.S. Army Master Sergeant

There are interesting similarities between the streets of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria and the streets of the South Bronx. This week’s Team Never Quit guest is former U.S. Army Master Sergeant., 2-tour veteran, National Guard Paratrooper, and 22 year veteran of the NYPD – Tommy O’Hare. Listen to Tommy’s personal experiences and life lessons from his 2 tours of duty in Iraq (Desert Storm), Mogadishu, Somalia, and his cop career on the streets of the South Bronx of New York. This patriot has a myriad of common sense and positivity he shares with Marcus and you. In this episode you will hear:  I am the American success story. A child of Irish Immigrants who came to this country on a boat. The [social] environment’s always changing, always evolving. You never know what the future holds. You’d better catch up with it, adapt to it, or you’ll be left behind. I can be as nice as a British butler, or I can be your worst nightmare. Those same skills I learned in the streets of Brooklyn & the Bronx paid dividends in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. [After 9-11] Who you were, who you voted for – none of that crap mattered. We knew there were people in that building and we had to get them out because that’s our job.  I was more stressed working the midnight shift in the South Bronx than I was overseas working recognizance 10 miles from the Al Qaeda camp. I know the dangers, but we’ve got a job to do. We signed up for it. I worked with heroes every day - In the streets of New York and in the streets of Afghanistan. You have moral courage, spiritual courage, and physical courage. The interactions I had with the Iraqis is the same interactions I had with people in the South Bronx. If there is a fight, I’m gonna win. I am undefeated. My mother’s advice to me on my first day as a cop was: “Remember to be just.” What right do I have to complain? I have both my legs. I am alive. I’ve been blessed throughout my career. Don’t quit on yourself. I’m not gonna quit on you, Marcus isn’t gonna quit on you, God’s not gonna quit on you.
3/9/20221 hour, 41 minutes, 23 seconds
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Rick Perry: Former Texas Governor Interviews Marcus and Morgan Luttrell

This week’s TNQP guest needs no introduction. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry joins Marcus and Morgan, bringing to the table surprising stories of events and experiences with “The Luttrell Boys” – some previously known, and some unknown. Character and heroism are on full display in this episode, and Governor Perry makes no bones about how he feels about both of these patriots. In this episode you will hear: A call comes in from the command post. “Governor, there’s a young man down who said that you told him if he was ever through Austin to come by. Just to let you know, he’s here.” And I said, “Okay, what’s his name?” “Marcus Luttrell.” And I was like, “Hmmm…. Send him in.” [Morgan] We’ve always started at the bottom and worked our way up. It was a fluid transition from the enlisted ranks.  If you want to effect change, then it’s time for you to man up and fill the seat. Quit yelling at the TV. I get frustrated with the government from time to time. Dr. Stanley Jones, I will always hold him in a special place because of his agreeing to do that initial work for Marcus. When you [Morgan] crashed and ended up at the same place as Marcus, that was God’s way of tapping Marcus on the shoulder and saying “Hey dude, you gotta take care of your brother.” The thing that amazes me about you guys is your fortitude after catastrophic injuries. You guys have the most amazing discipline and character. You reflect everything as a Texan. Texans and all Americans appreciate what you guys are all about. They need people like you in the United States Congress, to show them what the military should be about. You are fiercely loyal to your family, to your God, and to your state. Team Never Quit is a really interesting concept, and no two people give a better reflection of that than Marcus and Morgan Luttrell. I think America will be better off with another one of the Luttrell boys staying in the fight.
3/2/202248 minutes, 42 seconds
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Dale Brisby: Netflix Star & Producer of How to Be a Cowboy, Greatest Bull Rider Ever to Walk the Earth, Comedian

In this week’s incredible Team Never Quit episode, legendary bull rider and Netflix reality superstar Dale Brisby (How to Be a Cowboy) brings a brand of toughness, determination, fun, truth, and faith to the table. From Facebook to Snapchat to TikTok, this guy has attracted thousands with his hilarious cowboy-lifestyle videos. Brisby is the self-proclaimed greatest rodeo cowboy on the planet and shares an engaging conversation with Marcus Luttrell in the Team Never Quit Podcast Studios. You’ll see pretty quickly that Dale Brisby is not your typical rancher. And you’ll hear - firsthand – how a future bull-riding rodeo comes to life at Dale’s Radiator Ranch. In this episode you will hear: I’m the Navy SEAL of Bull Riders. My bucket list is – I don’t want to kick the bucket anytime soon. Marcus Luttrell can call me whatever he wants. I was raised around rodeo & started pro rodeo in college. If you’ll just not quit, that’s what you’re supposed to do. The rule of wearing felt hats is: Use them in months that end in “R”. Texas is a bit more lenient. The most peaceful thing that ever crossed my mind was if my old man was in heaven. It was as sure to me as gravity. [As it relates to Marcus Luttrell’s experience in Afghanistan] A lot of Americans think about what we would do in that situation. There’d be an intense amount of prayer I’d have to be doing. Salvation is like – alight you’ve graduated, but you still need to go to the classes. My dad died, both of my granddads died, and I had this real moment of “Snap, I’m the patriarch now. My family’s gonna be looking to me…” [Telling Marcus Luttrell] If anything devastating were to happen, and I’m sitting here older than you, but I’ve been an accountant, I’m letting you be the boss. Always give 100% unless you’re donating blood. There’s never a time when you can just lay down & wait for something to happen. Offense is the best defense. In business, don’t ask yourself “Is this right or wrong?” Instead ask yourself “Is this wise?” When you have faith, live your life in response to that.
2/23/20221 hour, 56 minutes, 55 seconds
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Zachary Bell AKA Veteran With A Sign: Husband, Father, and Marine Corps Veteran

Sharpie + Cardboard = Pearls of Wisdom. This week’s Team Never Quit guest, Zachary Bell, is known as the “Veteran With A Sign”. A former Marine Infantryman, Zachary uses common language related to his experiences in the military on his signs in an effort to bring people together via communication. He has a “Let’s talk about it” mentality. He has become known as a meme philosopher – from light to pointed – with many layers in-between. His signs are photographed and disseminated globally via Instagram, the internet and his analog tools consist of a sharpie and cardboard. In this episode you will hear: I always had this fear of living a life of regret, and it’s driven me to do everything I’ve done, right, wrong, or indifferent. Comments on the internet are first draft thoughts – people just throw them out there. I think that true love is finding the one person who always makes you wanna be the best version of yourself. I asked my girl to marry me. She said yes, and five seconds later we found out she was pregnant with our first child. I was invincible until the moment my daughter was born. They told us we going to Iraq for 90 days. “We’re gonna be in the green zone, you’ll have wifi, you’ll have fast food, you’ll live like a Navy SEAL. When my 2nd daughter was born, I knew my military career was over. My daughters changed my capacity for love. They’ve made me a better person. It’s a really bad pitch to say “Hey, we’re gonna get married, I’ll be around sometimes, and then you’ll be pregnant, and then I’ll be gone, hopefully, I’ll be back.” I’ve always found the best version of myself in service to others. Everything I’ve done in my life has been trying to help people. Community is one of the most important things we have. Marcus Luttrell is a cultural icon. Everyone outside of the military thinks the military is like a high school and like we all meet up in the cafeteria. It would be cool if it was like that. Wearing gators doesn’t make you a SEAL, but writing a book does. If you’ve been kissed by violence, you can see it on other people. I want to be the bridge between the military and the civilian world.
2/16/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dr Patrick Bisher: Former Navy SEAL, Author of Warrior of God, Founder of GRIT Academy

Are you experiencing adversities? When you tell this week’s guest, Dr. Patrick Bisher, that something is physically impossible – like walking – he’ll rise to the highest challenge and become a Navy SEAL. From his lowest of the lowest to the highest of the highest, Patrick shares with Marcus Luttrell how he overcame “impossible adversities” in his life. Patrick authored the book: Warrior of God. If you’re needing some inspiration in your life, this is the podcast to bring it to you. Never say never. In this episode you will hear: My hip bone inside the socket deteriorated. I found out at a young age that kids are mean, they tell the truth, they don’t sugar coat anything. I went from being amazing at physical activities to not being able to do anything at all. At 16 years old that I’d never play sports, but I proved them wrong. In my recovery, my first goal was to get to the mailbox. I don’t care what anybody says… I can do it. I take that mentality to everything I do. It took an assistant coach to see that I was suffering. I opened up to him and my burden was lifted. Be conscious of what you say - You never get your words back. I loved every part of BUD/S because what I had been experiencing my entire life – other people were experiencing for the first time. What comes out is the best version of you if you’re willing to be refined in the fire. I proved the world wrong about what’s possible. My own Kryptonite was my pride. No matter what happens to me, there’s no way you’re going to hurt me to the point I’m gonna give up & quit. I’m never out of the fight. Instead of being selfish, I’m gonna be selfless. It doesn’t matter your rank, what matters is the impact you make for the team. If you are going through terrible scenarios, understand that bricks and stones will eventually build a bridge to cross over to where you want to be. If you never quit & never give up, you can accomplish anything. Connect with Dr.Bisher: Instagram: Grab the Book: Visit his website: Follow Us:
2/9/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 50 seconds
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Michelle Black: Gold Star Widow & Author of Sacrifice: A Gold Star Widow’s Fight for the Truth

“Speak the complete truth.” That is all our guest Michelle Black is asking from U.S. Army officials and AFRICOM (United States Africa Command), as it relates to the death of her Green Beret husband, Staff Sergeant Bryan Black. Our guest Michelle Black, a Gold Star widow, lost her Green Beret husband in the 2017 Niger Ambush.   In her inspiring and revelatory memoir—Sacrifice: A Gold Star Widow’s Fight for the Truth—she used exclusive interviews with the surviving members of ODA 3212 to write what has been hailed as “the best after-action report to come out of the ambush and subsequent events." In this episode you will hear: I reached a point where I realized that my husband and all the men who fought and died alongside him were being completely dishonored. I had to make a decision. If they come after me and take everything, what are they going to do to me? I was doing exactly what I was supposed to do. God was with me. He was giving me the strength. I was the right person at the right time to do the right thing. What a shame if I hadn’t. Once I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to do and God’s behind me, there’s a different boldness that doesn’t exist in any other area of my life. I don’t want to waste what Bryan fought for. We hold those accountable who should be held accountable. I’m pushing for changes in the way military investigations are done, so we have better oversight. How can you lead people if you’re doing a poor job? It’s a good ol’ boy system no matter how good or bad a leader you are. You don’t have to accept what you’re being told if you know it’s not true. The men on the ground want you to know the truth. You can do anything you set your mind to.
2/2/202246 minutes, 54 seconds
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GySgt L. Christian Bussler: Retired Mortuary Affairs Marine & Author of 'No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor'

Is it possible to grow accustomed to the sight of charred bodies in the battlefield, and worse yet – be responsible for bagging them up and processing their return to loved ones with honor? This week’s Team Never Quit guest, Marine Reservist Chris Bussler, filled that role for the U.S. Marines as part of a Mortuary Affairs Unit in Iraq. Listen to Chris’ account of the reality and consequences of war from a different perspective than most. It’s almost unbelievable that a man could go from being an everyday postal carrier to an active participant in the front lines of battle with a single phone call. 3 tours of duty later, Chris’ book, No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor, came to fruition and provides an autobiographical account of his experiences, and their unforgettable impact on his life. In this episode you will hear: I grew up traveling and never having a place to call home. So I really didn’t want to see the world, but I wanted to serve. I was told the reserve unit near my house accepted grunts, but what they didn’t tell me is that they didn’t do grunt things, so I was assigned to go out on the front lines in a mortuary affairs unit, find the guys that got killed, recover their remains, and bring them back. A 22mm mortar picked me up and threw me off the road and destroyed the radio I was carrying. As a result, I got an ice cream scoop taken – “a shark bite” - out of my calf. I still have a piece of shrapnel near my femoral artery. Family was always big, but now, family is everything. I want to be there as a good father. Even the mightiest of mountains will eventually tumble into the sea. If you let the waves hit you every day, eventually it will knock you down. It takes a village to welcome back the warriors. My book reminds people that the guys that are killed on the battlefield are just the beginning of the sacrifice. The guys that go to war are real people with real aspirations. Soldiers put their families on hold, everything on hold - to do a job that the American people asked them to do. That’s sacrifice. When we heard there were SEALS operating in our area, we thought “Holy cow, we must be high on the totem pole.” I still remember the razor burns to keep a good seal on our gas masks. We were training with World War II manuals and making things up on the fly. Connect with Chris: Facebook: No Tougher Duty, No Greater Honor Instagram: Grab the Book Follow Us:
1/26/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 28 seconds
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Joseph Balogh: 100-Year-Old Retired U.S. Army Air Corps Major, WWII Veteran

What a distinctive guest we have in the studio for this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast. It is our honor and privilege to have 100-year-old Retired U.S. Army Air Corps Major Joe Balogh with us. This American hero has innumerable stories of his World War II service with an uncanny recollection of detail. In addition to being recognized by President Harry Truman for his bravery during his service, Joe also worked for Henry Ford himself in one of his factories. This is a fantastic, entertaining interview you’re certain to love. In this episode you will hear: • I was the only farm boy that went to high school. •I struggled in school because I couldn’t speak English very well as my parents were both Hungarian. • I had to walk 7 miles to high school. • Luck has been with me all my life. • Henry Ford paid my way to the University of Michigan.    • I’ve been shot down twice. • You have 28 seconds to exit a burning airplane if you can’t put the flames out. • You could never get me to jump out of an airplane unless I’m scared. • [Marcus] All my jumps were at night, even during the day because I always had my eyes closed. • In Europe during World War II, 72% of all pilots and crews were killed. • I never thought I’d live this long. • I’ve never had a headache, or a stomach ache, or a broken bone. • My secret to a long life is – I eat bologna sandwiches for lunch every day. • If somebody’s nasty to you, walk off. It’s not worth a fight - walk away. • I don’t like to see guys fight in war & get killed over what’s not worth it. • No matter your field, you’re as great a professional as anyone if you strive for excellence.
1/19/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 17 seconds
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Elijah Stacy: Author of A Small If, Public Speaker, and Founder of Destroy Duchenne

Sometimes all you need is “A Small If” – That’s all Elijah Stacy would need to do something that had never been done before –change the shape of his own spine. This week’s Team Never Quit guest brings to the table his incredible story of the phenomenal pursuit of life itself. Elijah suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a fatal disease - which took the life of his younger brother. Yet he maintains a positive outlook on his future, despite the odds. Does Elijah Stacy stay at home in his wheelchair feeling sorry for himself? Not hardly. He launched a non-profit organization – Destroy Duchenne at age 15 in an endeavor to find a cure via gene-editing technology. He is a public speaker and has a passion for business.  Listen in as Elijah encourages all of us to be the change that we seek. In this episode you will hear: • When I was 6 years old, I was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. • I have an athlete’s mindset as my dad was a football coach. • My wheelchair symbolizes suffering. Everyone will suffer at some point in their life. • But I sit on top of my wheelchair. I symbolize that you can overcome adversity. • My mind is set on being great. • Be a better version of yourself. • Let me be the difference. • Adversity is an opportunity to improve your character. • One of my priorities is to bring awareness to this disease. • I’m trying to be the Magic Johnson of Duchenne. • If we can learn to edit our DNA, we can cure any disease. • Every day is a never-quit day. • I love when people doubt me. I’m like “Oh, let’s bet on it.” • I hung a picture of my curved spine on my wall, so I could visualize it being straighter. • All I needed was a small ”if”. I just needed to know it’s possible. • Everything I do is in service for other people. Connect with Elijah: Follow Us:
1/12/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 24 seconds
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Mat Fraser: 5-Time CrossFit Games Champion & Author of HWPO: Hard Work Pays Off

The CrossFit lifestyle – that’s the ultimate description of this week’s incredible guest - Mat Fraser. Mat is the first athlete in history to have won five consecutive CrossFit Games titles. He is an amazing specimen of an ultra-fit man. What a never-quit story he has to tell – suffering two breaks in his L5 vertebra and still competing in the Junior World Weightlifting Championship in Bucharest, Romania. That injury required him to wear a plastic brace on his torso for four months, but it failed to heal properly. Instead of spinal fusion surgery which would have certainly ended his athletic career, Mat elected instead for experimental surgery to have his back re-broken, inserting a protein sponge to help heal the bone with two plates and six screws attached to his lower spine. The silver lining in this seemingly insurmountable circumstance was finding CrossFit, which helped him achieve different, yet impressive athletic goals. In this episode you will hear: • I’m gonna learn what I don’t know, I’ll fuckin’ hammer it till I’m great at it. • There’s no road trip too long if you have a fun person in the car. • I wasn’t the most naturally gifted athlete. I always had incredible body coordination. I was always the strong one in the group. • Anytime there was something I wasn’t proficient in, I would seek out a professional, seek advice – show me how to do this. • If your outcome is determined by one person that isn’t as dedicated as much as you, it fucks up everyone’s effort. • Absolute max effort today allows me to train tomorrow & the next day. • My mom is 66, and she goes to CrossFit every morning. • [Markus] “Every morning you get down to do 1 pushup – eventually, you’ll do 2.” • Not every time I drank I got in trouble, but every time I got in trouble, I had been drinking. • When I told my coach I hurt my back, he said “there’s a difference between pain and injury.” He assumed I was just young and being a pussy. • Thank God I hurt my back because I would’ve never found CrossFit. • When I was broken & hopeless, I remember thinking, “What good is gonna come of this?” • If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t know it well enough. • I’m a good coach because I didn’t pick up on things naturally. • How you do anything is how you do everything. • The most valuable thing is learning how to learn. 
1/5/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 59 seconds
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Anthony Milton, CEO of Tilted Concepts & Michael-David Reilly, Director of Marketing of Tilted Concepts

In this week’s episode, we’ll hear from 2 bad-ass entrepreneurs who are driven, creative, and successful. Anthony Milton (CEO of Tilted Concepts) & Michael-David Reilly (Director of Marketing) are a powerhouse team of business concepts plus superior marketing techniques. Together, they have made their business ventures - Tune-Up (The Manly Salon), Balanced Foods, and Martinis & Manicures “take off like a rocket ship.” Listen in to hear these guys bring their stories and personal thoughts on successful thinking, and a pursuit of excellence. In this episode you will hear: • I don’t have a never-quit story – it’s been my entire life. [13:31] • Every time I’d hit something, it would just go to shit. [13:36] • How fast, how far was up to me. [14:56] • How do you ride 100 miles on your bike? I just decide to. It’s one pedal stroke after another. [17:13] • Everything is a choice. [17:34] • I used to be completely paralyzed by fear. [18:54] • You’re in this position because you either made a series of bad decisions that led you here, or you just didn’t react correctly. Fix your shit. [23:09] • The idea of merging a bar and a barbershop all in one. It took off like a rocket ship. [39:25] • We now have 56 stores in 5 states. [40:48] • Where people get bogged down in their ability to pursue their dreams - is the unknown. [51:45] • Our franchisees have a support system to help them be successful. [70:09] • Most people let their day dictate how they feel and what they do. [86:55] • Our greatest commodity is our focus. [87:06] • Before I go to bed, I write down 5 non-negotiables that I will complete the next day. [88:22] • Pressure is a privilege. [89:39] • If my attention is on gaming 24/7, I’m gonna go nowhere. [89:05] Connect with Anthony & Michael-David: Follow Us: Episode Resources:
12/29/20211 hour, 42 minutes, 56 seconds
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Phil Klay: Marine Veteran, Award-Winning Author of Redeployment, Host of American Veteran: Unforgettable Stories Podcast

Everyone has a story to tell, but in the case of this week’s guest, Phil Klay has the inherent gift of conveying his collection of insights and perspectives in short story form. His writings bring deeper meaning to life as they engage a broad audience. Phil is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and his short story collection Redeployment has won multiple national book awards. Listen in as he joins Marcus & Morgan to tell of his military and personal life experiences. In this episode you will hear: • I’ve always believed in public service. • National service is a standard that everybody should serve in some way. • When I feel like I’ve almost died, it inspires me to convey that intensity in a novel. • Throwing in people together, who are different from each other, but all trying to achieve something in the service of the country, would be almost spiritually healthy. • It’s stupid to climb off trail when there’s no one around. • When you try to figure out how you feel about something, put it in a story. • There are some things that need to be communicated. It’s important to communicate that to people. • The Marine Corps is a very complicated thing. • I started writing about my experiences, outside of the mold of typical conversation. • It’s not that our life experiences themselves are very interesting, it’s that you should reflect on them. It forces you to think more deeply about life. • When you think of your limits, know that there’s a mental component to that. • If you think you can’t, you can always take another step. 
12/22/202152 minutes, 39 seconds
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Paul Harris "The Warrior Walker": Former Royal Marine, Walking the Outer Perimeter of the UK

If you’re looking for an inspiring story of purpose and overcoming, you’ve come to the right place. This week’s guest, Paul Harris, aka “The Warrior Walker” is a former Royal Marine currently walking around the entire outer perimeter of the UK, and has already walked over 1,000 miles. He is raising awareness to help those struggling with mental health issues. Paul shares many heart-warming and inspiring experiences as he is overwhelmed daily with coffee, meals and accommodations. Because he has no support staff or sponsors, he relies solely on the generosity of the people he meets to help him pursue his mammoth task! This journey has completely changed Paul’s life. He has gone from an average, uninspiring, mentally challenging life, and feeling like a failure, to finding out what he could create with his own momentum, passion, and power. While this endeavor started off as a walk, it has become so much more than that with the amazing community of radiators he has come across on his journey. “Human kindness is real. They want you to win.”    In this episode you will hear: • I feel like I’ve gone back in time. I’m breaking bread and having dinner with people all along the way. • My parent’s issues in my childhood is why I’m passionate and positive. • When I was ready to quit the Marines, my grandfather asked me if I wanted to be known as Paul Harris, or Marine Harris. That was all I needed  to keep moving forward. • I like to push the boundaries. • We tend to think of the me, me, me, but we should be thinking of others. • Every day is an adventure. • Becoming a Kindergarten teacher was therapy for me. • I’ve had moments in my life when I should’ve done something but I didn’t. I overthought it. • Be careful what you say to yourself, because the warrior within you is lessened by it. • To be in control of what you do is the most freeing thing you can do. • I’m always alone, but I never feel loneliness. • A bad week doesn’t make a bad life. • If you have passion - and you action that passion – you can live the life you want to live. • Don’t ask yourself: What’s the worst that can happen? Instead ask yourself: What’s the best that can happen! • There’s only one time in your life when you’re done, that’s when you’re done. Connect with Paul: Follow Us: Episode Resources: (Enter Code TNQ for 20% OFF) (Use Code TNQ for 15% OFF)
12/15/20211 hour, 42 minutes, 49 seconds
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Commander David Sears: Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Commander, Co-Founder of Xundis Global

How do you excel in life? How do you navigate complexity? If you ask U.S. Navy SEAL Commander (ret.) David Sears, he’ll tell you – and show you - how to reframe your thinking. Dave has over 20 years of tactical and strategic experience. He planned, led, and executed hundreds of special ops missions in more than 40 countries on 5 continents, from the mountains of Afghanistan and the deserts of Iraq to the jungles of Colombia and the oceans of the world. Dave Sears has received numerous awards and decorations for his service in the military. He is also the author of Smarter Not Harder, derived from seventeen tried and true Navy SEAL maxims, outlining the principles of excelling in all facets of life. Join us in this week’s podcast, as we “get in the weeds” with the inspirational Dave Sears. In this episode you will hear: • I was always fascinated with Special Forces. • I knew I didn’t want to be part of the conventional military - marching with thousands, because I have always been an independent thinker. • Being a SEAL is a physical and mental challenge. • How do you make it through BUDS? It’s easy – don’t quit. • The deciding factor is your mental attitude. Are you gonna quit or not? • Where you want to go? Just take the next step to get there. • Quitting will result in regret. • The never quit attitude: Keep moving toward your goal. • You don’t drive your car looking in the rear view mirror. You glance at it as a reference, but it’s the road ahead that matters. • You gotta have a future mindset as opposed to a past mindset. • Where you’re at now is not where you’re gonna be forever. • One of the brilliances of UDS is not knowing when what that future is. Not knowing when you’ll be out of the water. So you learn to deal with adversity till whenever. • The way we learn is through storytelling. • Control what you can control. Influence what you can influence. Then navigate the rest – but keep moving forward.
12/8/202159 minutes, 41 seconds
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Shay Eskew: Burn Survivor with scars over 65% of his body, Best Selling Author, Ironman, Team USA Member

Do you believe that anything is possible? This week’s amazing guest, Shay Eskew, has proven that it is. As an 8-year old, Shay was severely burned on over 65% of his body and was told he could never be a competitive athlete. Now, several decades later, he lives life to the fullest and has a relentless “never quit” attitude. Shay is a team builder, coach, mentor, RCM authority, market disruptor, motivational speaker, best-selling author and proven sales leader. He’s a high-energy innovator, entrepreneur, and has successfully built and sold multiple companies.  He has achieved multiple world championships, and after enduring nearly 40 surgeries, Shay is a 4-time IRONMAN, 4-time member of Team USA, 25-time IRONMAN 70.3 athlete, is ranked in the top 1% of IRONMAN worldwide, and has competed in 11 triathlon World Championships in 7 countries on all 6 continents. Equally impressive, Shay is the proud father of 5 children under 13. Shay’s life is overflowing with blessings. In this episode you will hear: • I felt close to God before the race, but He was not there during the swim. • My wife will stand at the exit of the swim and tell me how many women beat me out of the water. • I was accidentally set afire by a neighbor’s kid at age 8, and burned over 65% of my body. • At the University of Tennessee, I never lost a wrestling match. • I was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. • Thank God that doctors told me I’d never play sports. That was the best thing because it pissed me off enough to prove them wrong. • Many times, pain is just a state of mind. • When I started walking in the hallway of my school – there was complete silence. • If people are gonna make fun of me, I’m gonna beat ‘em to the punch. • There’s no reason to blame society. You just gotta make the most of it. You just gotta ask yourself what else can I do that I never thought possible? • The hardest thing is watching your kid suffer knowing you can’t do anything to fix it. • The more chances I’ve taken, the more time I put myself out there, the more opportunities have presented themselves. • Everything I went through prepared me for who I am in life. • On a campus of 30,000 people, nobody looked like me. They remember who you are. • We all struggle, we all face adversity, we’ve all been tempted to quit. We’ve all said God, why me? How am I gonna get through this? • Once you know that somebody else has not only been what you’ve been through, and not only survived but thrived… That’s Impactful. • The things that we cherish are the things we bust our butt to get. • Everybody’s out there racing. It’s not to win, but to finish. To finish is to win.
12/1/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 59 seconds
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Chris Cruise: 82nd Airborne Paratrooper, Founder of Cruise Customs

 “For the greater good.” That’s the mantra of this week’s guest, Chris Cruise. It’s amazing how being delivered a setback can cause someone to step up to the plate and take on what turns out to be a patriotic endeavor. After being told that he wasn’t good enough to pursue a football career, Chris enlisted in the U.S. Army and subsequently deployed to Iraq, and learned that there truly is a brotherhood in the military. Chris sees it as the best thing he ever did as it was the path that led him to meet his wife. While re-acclimating to civilian life after his service, he didn’t know what to do with himself or how to adapt his heightened sense of awareness and constant wariness into his new life as a husband and a father. His wife Amber gave him a new mission that grew into what has become Cruise Custom Flags. He figured out that woodwork was therapeutic for him. He’d found his happy place – a place where his mind could both rest and work at the same time, in balanced concentration and clarity of purpose. Amber wanted him to make something tied to Kentucky for his next project. They both also wanted the project to honor military service, as her father is also a veteran.  There are not many things that scream “Kentucky” more than bourbon, and not many greater symbols of military service than the flag. So, the first custom flag he made from a repurposed bourbon barrel hung in their home. The next two were Christmas gifts for both of their fathers. The flags were so well received, he made more for some friends and family. Word spread, and requests began pouring in. Chris says, what’s more American than a veteran handcrafted flag made out of a bourbon barrel? Bourbon, after all, is “America Spirit by law.” In this episode you will hear: • It really started when my wife wanted something in our home that represented her Kentucky roots and my service. • I had a vision of having a shop full of veterans making American flags from bourbon barrels. • Bourbon barrels once served a good purpose aging bourbon, and veterans served a good purpose and we help them both find a new purpose. • “Never quit” is not what you do, it’s who you are. • Generosity breeds success. • With a never quit attitude, you’re unstoppable. • I wish someone would have told me that I could have done my passion right out of high school without society telling me I had to climb the corporate ladder. • I’ve got a business degree, but I could have done this right out of high school. • I only did one deployment. That was enough for me. • It’s hard to build a resume after you get out of the military. • I get tunnel vision – nothing else matters – once I get focused on something – it’s on. Instagram: Special thanks to Speakeasy Podcast Network for giving Chris a place to record his interview! 
11/24/202148 minutes, 28 seconds
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Erik Korem: Sleep and Stress Resilience Expert, Founder & CEO of AIM7, Former NFL Sports Science Director

Are uncertainty and hardship inevitable in this life? Could you use a jump start for pursuing your goals, while living a healthy, fulfilled life? This week’s guest, Erik Korem, is the guy that can equip you to that end. His unquenchable curiosity and eagerness for knowledge made him an expert in high performance. Erik started as a walk-on football player at Texas A&M, and that's where he found two things – a never-quit attitude and curiosity for high performance. After spending over 15 years working as a sports scientist, Erik’s passion for solving the data-to-action gap in the wearable tech and mHealth space came to life. He is the founder & CEO of AIM7, teaching people how to turn data into healthy habits. In this episode you will hear: I dealt with bullying, and I just wanted to change myself. Kids can be cruel. In physical fitness events, I was always last. After watching John Jacobs and The Power Team, I was so inspired and told my dad, “I’ll never be last again.” I learned there was a science to the physical gap I was in. Playing football at Texas A&M, I learned how to suffer well. You can’t fight what you don’t see coming. I could’ve paid attention to how much it sucked, or paid attention to what I could do about it. The Olympic Games are more than winning medals; it’s more like political warfare. I learned about the synchronization of the physical, psychological, technical, & tactical. Wearable devices provide much data, but what do you do with it?  Stress is the gateway to improvement, but chronic long-term stress can be a really bad thing if you can’t get it under control. If you don’t get enough sleep, your brain is literally full of crap. In REM sleep, your body is in a state of paralysis. I don’t praise grades; I praise their effort. If you synchronize with the sun, you’ll start sleeping like a baby. There are research studies that show that if you want to reset yourself, go camping. Sports got me into the game, but curiosity launched my career.
11/17/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 24 seconds
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Sgt. Aaron Quinonez (Sgt Q): Marine 1st Anglico Veteran, Speaker, Father, PTSD Ambassador, and Author of Healing Thru Service

This week, the TNQ Podcast brings you the inspiring never-quit journey of Aaron Quinonez – aka “Sgt. Q” – a Marine Corps Veteran, speaker, author, father, and PTSD ambassador. Having been raised in a rough, homeless environment surrounded by people in the drug trade, Aaron became a marine right out of high school. What he didn’t know is that his real battle would be fought in his mind. Sgt. Q suffered from depression, anger, and panic attacks and was diagnosed with PTSD. He nearly ended his own life in the parking lot of a church, where later he was redeemed by Jesus Christ, who gave him a new life. When he volunteered to build housing for a family in Mexico, Quinonez was so inspired by the experience that he founded the organization, Q Missions, to bring Veterans together to construct buildings around the world and bring mental healing through mission service. Quinonez authored the book: Healing Thru Service, The Warrior’s Guidebook to Overcoming Trauma. In this episode you will hear: I grew up with rednecks, hippies, and pot farmers. Everybody I knew growing up was involved in the drug trade. To be homeless as a kid is a trip. My work ethic came from my mom, struggling to raise four kids as a single mother. I was once on the school bus driving thru the pouring rain and saw a lady carrying two garbage bags, and as we passed I realized - it’s my mom. You gotta reposition your mindset from negative experiences to find something positive and focus on that, because what you focus on - your brain will find more of. If you have one trauma, another trauma will stick to it and eventually become PTSD. Your brain is like a weapon – if it’s malfunctioning you do a function check, and you get back in the fight. I went from the battlefield to my front door in less than 48 hours, so there wasn’t any out-processing. It wasn’t until I could overcome the victim mentality that I was able to get my life together. You may have left the battlefield in Iraq, but every day that you wake up and put your boots on the ground, you’re on another battlefield – the battlefield of the mind. You can repurpose military tactics to overcome trauma. When anxiety hits, the first thing to do is return fire – speak truth: There’s no real threat; There’s no real danger: I’m totally in a safe environment. Bring yourself out of that emotional state. 67% of men in America have admitted they’ve struggled with a mental health crisis. You didn’t fight the war alone, so don’t fight PTSD alone. Communicate with people and tell them you’re struggling.
11/10/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 50 seconds
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Brian Kilmeade: Host of Fox and Friends and The Brian Kilmeade Show, 5X New York Times Best Selling Author, Father

We have an inspiring guest in this week’s Team Never Quit podcast. Brian Kilmeade shares his motivating views about reaching your personal potential, despite apparent failures along the way. Brian is a television and radio presenter and political commentator for Fox News. On weekdays, he co-hosts Fox's morning show, Fox & Friends, and he also hosts the Fox News Radio program The Brian Kilmeade Show. He has authored or co-authored non-fiction and fiction books, and is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Brian is also a father of three. His attitude related to pursuing a dream, making things happen for a better life, and his love for this country is refreshing. In this episode you will hear: • Coming out of college, I just wanted to talk sports and news. • I played soccer through college. I wanted to be great, but I wasn’t. • If you fire me or don’t hire me, that’s your choice, but I’m not gonna quit. • It’s our job to reach our potential – whatever it is. • If things don’t work out, you can’t blame people. • Newscasters pretend they didn’t put an oar in the water or tell you who to vote for, but by a look - by the way they give one side more power that the other. When you think you’ve heard a straight newscast – no you didn’t. • If you are for an open border, you don’t care about the country. If you destroyed the oil and gas business, you don’t care about the country. If you’re gonna stand down the Army to talk about white supremacy, you don’t care about the country. • If you want to see an example of overcoming obstacles, pick up Andrew Jackson’s book. He was orphaned and he was raised by his town, his county & his country, yet he became a 2 term President. • Don’t get caught up in results. If you fail, your success is just delayed. • The only time you fail is when you quit. • The most rewarding thing to me is helping other people.
11/3/202155 minutes, 8 seconds
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Dre Baldwin: Mental Toughness & Business Coach, Former Professional Basketball Player, Author

Now here’s a guy with an unbelievable vision, drive, and a relentless pursuit of success. Dre Baldwin not only helps athletes get recognized for their talents; he’s a former basketball player, speaker, influencer, YouTuber, and author of The Third Day: The Decision That Separates the Pros from the Amateurs. Tre is a master at teaching discipline, mental toughness, and personal initiative. Listen in as this well-spoken motivator tells of his personal path from his high school team's bench, to the first contract of a 9-year professional basketball career, then pioneering new genres of personal branding and entrepreneurship via an ever-growing content publishing empire, publishing literally thousands of YouTube videos, viewed over 73 million times. If you could use a spark to get your life moving, this is the podcast for you. In this episode you will hear: When I realized I had no talent for baseball, I stopped that, then stumbled across basketball. I did not go pro immediately after college. After college, I attended “Exposure Camp”, a job fair for athletes. After that event and dozens of cold calls and videos to agents, I was finally signed to a contract to play basketball in Lithuania. I gained popularity, not from basketball videos on YouTube, but from the motivational things I said on them. I launched The weekly Motivation on YouTube. I had to find a way to do something I love to do, plus be a computer geek, and make money from it. I’m a very competitive person. At home, I was taught discipline, respect, honoring authority, and respecting elders. I would make up challenging stories in my mind so I’d have a target to shoot at. If I don’t have anything to aim for, I’m not gonna give my best effort. But when I do, it brings out the best in me. Our generation, ages 30-50 – we are the best generation. People are following me, not for basketball videos, but just to watch The Weekly Motivation. This is life stuff – it’s not athlete stuff. Using the challenges of your life to make yourself better for the future summarizes the entire self-help industry right there. When you have the right people around you, you can go further, faster. In life, you just have to show up.
10/27/202151 minutes, 33 seconds
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Joseph "Jody" Plauche: Sexual Abuse and Abduction Survivor and Author of Why, Gary, Why?

What an incredible saga of a ten-year-old boy, from Baton Rouge, LA, who had been sexually abused by his Karate instructor, then abducted by him and taken to Los Angeles, CA, where he continued to be abused. Our guest this week, Joseph Plauche, tells of the events that led up those scenarios.  By way of a traced collect phone call, the FBI rescued “Jody” in LA and his abductor was arrested. To add to the craziness of those events, Joseph’s father waited at a bank of pay phones at the airport and then shot and killed the abductor as he walked by, all of which was captured on film by a local news crew. Plauche has worked in the field of violence prevention since 1995. He wants his story to help others in abusive situations, and he offers direction on protecting children.  In this episode you will hear: Plauche authored the book, 'Why, Jody, Why?' During the sexual abuse, there was a physical pleasure, but there was mental anguish. Despite being abused, your body still responds, like a human body responds. He took me to Disneyland. Even though I was kidnapped. It’s not like I was gagged and bound.  I can’t say I enjoyed it, but I kinda did. When I finally told the truth, I felt like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders.  I didn’t like him molesting me, but other than that, I thought he was a good guy. For him (my dad) to do what he did, he had to be in so much pain. If he could have seen who I was to become in the future, he probably wouldn’t have done what he did. My dad was the kindest, sweetest man I knew. It’s a parental instinct to eliminate someone that hurts your child. A boy saw me on Geraldo, and then told his mom about being abused by his pastor. The pastor was arrested. That’s the moment that I realized that I could use something negative and turn it into something positive. I wanna help as many as possible. I feel like I can be a role model for victims of sexual assault.
10/20/202150 minutes, 8 seconds
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D.A. Michaels: Navy Veteran, Retired Law Enforcement Officer, Author of Courageously Broken

This week’s episode brings you the incredible, first-hand account from Donna Michaels, a US Navy veteran turned police officer – all the while suffering horrifically from depression, nightmares, and PTSD, yet embracing every day of her life with passion and courage. Donna went from victim to solution – she’s now on a relentless mission to stop PTSD suicides. She also authored the book, Courageously Broken - her journey to hell and back.  Donna has quite a story to tell, including the candid memoirs of her military life, her association with Navy SEALS, becoming a cop, the dark years of her life, and her unbelievable recovery.    In this episode you will hear: My career didn’t pan out anything like I thought it would as a teenager. The last thing I ever thought I’d be is a cop. I didn’t even like cops. In the Navy, I wanted to go where the action was. It was tough, but I volunteered for this shit, and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna walk away from it as a quitter. Women are equally different. The teams (Navy SEALS} are elite for a reason. I love the idea of helping people. In law enforcement, I could be part of the greater good. I won’t be a bitch, unless someone really, really forces me to be one. I made up my mind that I was either gonna get my shit together or put myself out of my pain. The suicide rate among veterans and first responders is a lot higher than people realize. I want to let those who’ve been through hell understand that there are options for them. They just need to know where to look. Once you hit rock bottom, you’ve got nowhere to go but up. Everybody goes through some traumatic event in their life. I want to teach others that there’s hope. Otherwise, I went through all this shit for nothing. I want to be known for inspiring someone to get the help they needed. Never quit.
10/13/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 30 seconds
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Dr. Billy Alsbrooks: Motivational Artist, Award-Winning Poet, Author of Blessed And Unstoppable

To say that Dr. Billy Alsbrooks is a driven motivator with a ton of positivity is a gross understatement. Billy gets real about his life’s path from martial arts at the age of 5, achieving his Black Belt at the age of 9, becoming a songwriter and Billboard recording artist, producer, and dealing with the struggles of his dad’s alcoholism, and yet becoming an influencer, author of the book Blessed and Unstoppable, and motivational speaker, with a goal of improving the lives of 1 billion people. If you’re searching for direction, inspiration, hope, and something to believe in, this episode is for you. In this episode you will hear: Alcoholism is not going to happen to me. People go one of two ways and I want nothing to do with it. When I was doing music, I was a huge promoter of that lifestyle, even though I couldn’t stand it. My goal is to reach and positively Impact 1 Billion People in my lifetime. At school, I’d wear a smile, but I was broken inside because we had been up all night, trying to sober daddy up. To make progress, you gotta deal with the hard stuff. I witnessed his father’s death when a blood clot hit his lungs. My motivational career started at the funeral home. When seeing my family’s cemetery plots, I was told “Here’s where you’re gonna lay”. Those words hit me like a ball bat inside my head. How do you sum up a man’s whole life in 2 or 3 sentences for a tombstone? If I was to die right now, what would they put on my tombstone? I had to ask myself that question. Our only purpose for being here is to leave this place better than we found it. God’s not against us having nice things, but He is against those things owning us. The moment my dad died, the mic got ripped away from me. When I say God, I don’t mean religion, I mean relationship. There’s a difference. God is all-powerful, but He needs our invitation to come in. To get to the next level, you gotta get in the ring with those things that scare you the most. I was born a champion. Raised a champion. I have champion in my bloodline. All I’ll ever be is a champion.
10/6/20211 hour, 49 minutes, 34 seconds
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Niels Jorgensen: Leukemia Survivor, Retired FDNY Firefighter, Host of the 20 for 20 Podcast

What do you get when you serve as a firefighter for 21 years, and get exposed to the toxins during the 9/11 World Trade Center rescue and recovery operations? If you’re retired FDNY firefighter Niels Jorgensen, you come away with an advanced form of Leukemia ten years later, due to those exposures. Even so, Niels is thankful and blessed to be staying ahead of cancer and enjoying full remission. He is the host of the 20 for 20 Podcast, sharing the stories of 20 heroes, keeping their stories alive for future generations. Niels tells about his horrific experiences from that scenario and his fight with cancer that led to his forced medical retirement. In this episode you will hear: When you have a bunch of significant emotional events, you get saturated, and being in a quiet place is best for the mind and soul. I miss the good of New York, but it’s not the city I was born in, unfortunately. Tennessee is family, country, and I know it still exists in Texas. I was in the firehouse at five years old. Those giants with mustaches are laughing and loving life. I want to be like that. I want to go to work and be happy. I loved being a cop, but I realized quickly that people don’t like cops. In 1994 the fire department had a manual with a target on the World Trade Center that said It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when – Be Ready. We were en route to the World Trade Center when the second tower went down. We were overcome with guilt because we were late for the battle. I felt like I failed my men – my best buddies. 20 years after that horrific attack, two families finally have DNA evidence of their loved ones. They finally have closure. In firefighting, we were used to finding whole bodies, but we weren’t gonna find any in the aftermath of the World Trade Center collapse. I’m American, you’re American. And we need to support each other. Politicians are like dirty diapers. They’re full of shit and they stink. I want to bring back the unity of 9/12. The 20 for 20 Podcast is one of the highest honors of my life - to speak about my brave friends because they were the best that this country has to offer. We’re not hearing the stories of the good guys. We’re worshipping the knuckleheads. I say to my kids, look up from your phone. Look at people’s eyes.  Look up to your creator above, and be thankful. Come back to faith. Come back to family. Most of all, be grateful for every day. Just be a good person.
9/29/202157 minutes, 45 seconds
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Hernán Luis y Prado: Founder and CEO of Workshops for Warriors, Former Hospital Navy Corpsman and Surface Warfare Officer

Have you ever heard of anyone who was not a United States citizen become one and enlist in the U.S. Military the same day they received their citizenship? In this week’s episode, you will meet and hear from Hernán Luis y Prado – born in Argentina, grew up in France, and became a U.S. citizen, only to join the U.S. Navy on the same day. Hernan is a 15 year Navy veteran, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and CEO of Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit for transitioning and struggling service members, offering them advanced manufacturing training certification and job placements. His attraction to America is that it is the only nation governed by an idea, which is expressed in the Constitution and not a person or bloodline. That’s what this patriot chooses to support. Listen to this incredible man’s story of aspiration and success in the country he loves so dearly.  In this episode you will hear: I sold everything we had to start Workshops for Warriors. We train America's veterans to rebuild America's advanced manufacturing and economic backbone. We harness discipline, an ethical mindset, tenacity, and focus on our skills. You're a badass, you can do anything, improvise, adapt, overcome. It never rains, it only liquid sunshine. When you get out of the military, you go from a suit of armor to the civilian world & are cast adrift in free fall. America needs welders, machinists, and fabricators. You need a skillset. Our school is a velvet funnel. You come from a really tight straw & now you gotta give more liberty until you get to the civilian world. There are 2.3 million unfilled jobs due to unskilled labor in America. Our goal is to rebuild America one veteran at a time. We do the hard things every day. It's the easy things that kick our butts. People come in - shoulders hunched down. By the end of the first week you see them coming back. The most important thing that Americans like and right now is vision. [Marcus Luttrell] “One team, one fight.” Together we can do this, alone we can't.
9/22/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 13 seconds
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Kushal Choksi: 9/11 Survivor, Author of On a Wing and a Prayer, Breathwork and Meditation Instructor

A second chance at life. That’s the true story of this week’s guest, Kushal Choksi, Investment Analyst for Goldman Sachs turned entrepreneur, 9/11 survivor and author of On a Wing and a Prayer, which chronicles Kushal’s narrow escape from the World Trade Center’s North Tower on that fateful day. It was truly a life-changing event, revealing that there was more to life than pursuing his career. Life became much more spiritual for Kushal as he learned the Sky Bridge meditation techniques, freeing him from impressions and emotional impacts in his sub-conscience. Listen in on Kushal’s compelling recollections from one of the most horrific days in American history, and his path to interpersonal freedom. In this episode you will hear: In my mind, America was that land of freedom where I could become whatever I wanted. 9/11 started out as just another workday for me. There was a huge bang that shook me up. Within a few seconds, the pandemonium started. I’m not programmed to see things like this. It was raining cement, like something out of a movie. When I came out of the building, I looked up and saw a huge, gaping hole in the side of the building. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw another aircraft crashing into the other tower, spewing out a huge ball of fire on the other side. I couldn’t conceive that someone could fly a plane into the building. I saw it go into the building like a slab of butter. The smoke cloud was engulfing everything in its way. As I ran as fast as I could, there was a commuter boat leaving the slip, and I leaped onto it as it pulled away. I was perhaps the last person to leave on the last boat. I had become a statistic – A survivor. It was a dream I could not wake up from. On one hand, I was feeling lucky, while on the other I felt I had to go after whatever I was chasing with more gusto. I had a second chance at life. Whenever you go through a life event, it leaves an impression on our sub-conscience. It creates a lesion on our nervous system. This Sky Breath meditation technique that I learned cleanses the nervous system of these impressions. I am more in control of my thoughts, my emotions, and how I respond to situations. 3 rules for meditation:  1) I do nothing for 10 minutes. Let the world around me collapse. 2) I want nothing. 3) I am nothing – no labels on ourselves.
9/15/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 25 seconds
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Gerald "Jerry" Sanford: Retired FDNY Firefighter, Author of It Started With a Helmet, 9/11 Press Secretary

A black leather helmet. Not just any helmet. A circa 1914 FDNY helmet found in Naples, Florida, originating from Ladder 42 in The Bronx, New York. In this week’s episode, Jerry Stanford, FDNY veteran, details his adventure in returning that incredible helmet – and presenting it back to Ladder 42 in The Bronx on September 10, 2001 - the day before the attacks of 9/11. Jerry returned to service as a volunteer after the attacks on the World Trade center and authored the book: It Started with a Helmet. You’ll appreciate Jerry’s compelling story, and his straightforward personality as he details the path of the helmet from Naples to The Bronx. In this episode you will hear: • We flew out from La Guardia Airport 2 hours before the attacks. I could’ve been on one of those hijacked planes. • Everyone’s running out of the buildings while we were running into the building. • We lost 343 Firefighters from all ranks. With all those years of experience gone, it was difficult to fill those voids. • After 10-12 days, it changed from a rescue mission to a recovery mission. • The jet fuel kept the fires burning. • On September 12, 2001, we were all New Yorkers. • You couldn’t buy a flag. • The government officials told us that it was fine to be in the area with no masks or breathing gear. 6 years later, I was diagnosed with lung cancer, as were many others. • Back then, I could go to the World Trade Center site, and any hour of the day or night. People were cheering us on. • Now they want to cut back funding for police, while they have private security. That’s crazy. • Life is so different now. We have to adapt to it. • We were taken aback at the difference in two or three years in New York City. • In Afghanistan, the Taliban has taken over in three short weeks. What the hell is going on there? • We let the fox back into the hen house. • What happened to our leadership? • If you need to talk to somebody, please do it. Don’t do anything drastic. A lot of departments have mental health people that are there to help you. • It doesn’t cost anything to be nice to people. Support Jerry
9/8/202150 minutes, 57 seconds
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John Chambliss: Firefighter, Personal Trainer, Owner of 48 Str8

Are you looking to accomplish some goals in your life? Take a listen to John Chambliss, our guest in this week’s episode. John is a career firefighter, personal trainer, owner of 48 Str8 Fitness and 48 Str8 Supplements, nutritionally designed for First Responders, Veterans, and health-conscious gym-goers. This is what hard work and a “get-it-done” attitude look like. John conveys the seemingly impossible obstacles he has overcome to become a successful entrepreneur and servant to the community, without anyone’s help. Truly a self-made man with a positive outlook on everything he pursues. In this episode you will hear: • You gotta figure out which way you wanna go – find your own path.  • Quit worrying about money & bills. Chase your dream. • Success in the gym is having a connection/relationship with your trainer. • If I’m gonna put you on a program, I’m gonna do it with you. • Mediocracy is what kills us. • If you ever find yourself on a crotch rocket, a tank top, and shorts - that’s a set up. • The doctor told me I’d never walk again and never work out again. I have 6 plates and 32 screws in my left hip. • I need to do something better for my community as a first responder, fire, police, military and the general public. • The name48 Str8 comes from my work shifts. • When is my shit gonna come pick me up to take me to the success lane? You gotta build that shit. • When you make a mistake, learn from it, and move on. • When you hit rock bottom – good – now you know what it feels like, and you don’t wanna be back there again. • Why do something that not gonna propel you in the direction you wanna be going? • There is no option to give up.
9/1/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 46 seconds
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Dr. Donnelly Wilkes Part 2: Author of Code Red Fallujah, Navy Commendation Medal of Valor Recipient, and Founder of Summit Health Group

In this week’s episode, we bring you Part 2 of Dr. Donnely Wilkes’ personal and amazing story of his experiences on the battlefield of Fallujah. With 2 combat tours in Iraq under his belt, Dr. Donnely Wilkes shares his first-hand experiences with refreshing transparency. While one would think someone with that kind of experience would be tough as nails, Wilkes describes his true feelings and fears of being in a real-life battle with people wanting to kill him, all the while serving as a medic in battlefield conditions. Wilkes is the founder, president, and medical director of Summit Health Group in Thousand Oaks, CA, and authored Code Red Fallujah, his first-hand narrative of his role in the Battle of Fallujah. He served seven years on active duty and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor for his actions in the battle of Fallujah in April of 2004. Upon completion of his naval service, Dr. Wilkes was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant. He is a devoted husband, father, and Christian. In this episode you will hear: I hadn’t fully accepted my fate, and I wasn’t quite all the way in. And I said to myself, “you gotta be all the way in right now, or you’re gonna do something stupid or emotionally not make it.” I finally came to terms with “If this is my fate, so be it.” As a regular occurrence, I would take cover in the corner of the building when rockets were landing around us, but that was life in Iraq. One night when I pushed the button on my laptop to end a movie, it was like the hiss of a thousand snakes descending upon me and rockets shook our entire building. When rockets would blow through our buildings and tents, I would get pissed since I couldn’t fight back in the dark of night. I tried to do what I could to be a good human. Everybody, in some capacity, should serve. It will help everyone understand and appreciate the benefits of providing service. Writing the book was really therapeutic for me. In the time of your greatest fears, God will meet you there, and you will persevere. Beware of what you pray for – you may get it. 
8/25/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dr. Donnelly Wilkes Part 1: Navy Commendation Medal of Valor Recipient, Author of Code Red Fallujah, and Founder of Summit Health Group

With 2 combat tours in Iraq under his belt, Dr. Donnely Wilkes shares his first-hand experiences with refreshing transparency. While one would think someone with that kind of experience would be tough as nails, Wilkes describes his true feelings and fears of being in a real-life battle with people wanting to kill him while serving as a medic in battlefield conditions. Wilkes is the founder, president, and medical director of Summit Health Group in Thousand Oaks, CA, and authored Code Red Fallujah, his first-hand narrative of his role in the Battle of Fallujah. He served seven years on active duty and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor for his actions in the battle of Fallujah in April of 2004. Upon completion of his naval service, Dr. Wilkes was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant. He is a devoted husband, father, and Christian. Part 1 of 2.  In this episode you will hear: I never thought I would join the military, much less do two tours in Iraq. My grandfather was a P-38 pilot in WWII and was shot down over North Africa, and survived. My dad always pushed me to seek higher levels. I wasn’t the smartest kid in the class. I would just outwork. A key question for a battlefield medic: Can you operate under pressure, be sleep-deprived, and yet do procedures well? Going on simulated night raids was like being in a movie- but I didn’t know I wasn’t quite ready for this movie. As much as I trained, I thought I was prepared, but I wasn’t. When the “S” hits the fan, you have a file drawer of skills, and you have to access it. Fallujah was like the Wild West. It was unbelievable what the United States military could mobilize and put on wheels. The Marine Corps motto is to do more with less. I came to the point where I realized I just needed to finish the mission so I could go home. When mortar attacks began, that’s when I knew there was somebody out there wanting to kill me. I couldn’t accept being there and being in harm’s way. I really struggled to keep it together.  When I experienced my first surgical casualty, it was a horrible moment, but after the team gathered around and prayed, it was a beautiful moment. 
8/18/202153 minutes, 12 seconds
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Best of TNQ - Mandy Harvey: America's Got Talent 'Golden Buzzer' Winner, Singer, Songwriter, and Inspirational Speaker

It’s hard to imagine living life without hearing, especially if you lost your hearing forever at the age of 18. But in the case of this week’s guest, Mandy Harvey drove her stake into the ground and pursued her endeavor to sing, write music, and “hear” with her feet – to the point that Simon Cowell was moved to press the Golden Buzzer after Mandy’s original song performance on America’s Got Talent. Since that time, Mandy has earned a degree in Vocal Music Education and has become an ambassador to No Barriers USA with a mission to encourage, inspire and assist others to break through their personal barriers. In this episode you will hear: The mindset of abilities vs disabilities is just a lack of education, because everyone has barriers they have to deal with. I didn’t overcome anything, it just took me a little bit of time to figure it out. The mother of all invention is being innovative. I write a lot of music based on how it feels, instead of what I think it sounds like. I’ll write specific notes that tickle behind my eye or bother my face, so that I know that I’m right. I’m feeling the floor, and then just opening my mouth and letting go. The most precious gift you can have is communication. I can’t seem to explain how joyful I am now vs how broken I was before. I’m living my life and this part of my story – part of who I am. I’m thrilled to be who I am. The phrase “some people struggle and some people don’t” - Everybody struggles. It just looks different. Not every single person gets the opportunity to understand joy, or feel love. Be compassionate to people – we have no idea what’s going on in their life. With every struggle you have, you have two choices – you can either let it beat you, or you can learn from it. I really don’t believe that there was one eureka moment that made me feel not depressed anymore. It was collection of moments – a collection of people being there. I got up once. I’ll get up again. Let’s go… The getting up and starting over is the hardest part. This is a messy broken world, full of messy broken people. That’s just life.
8/11/20211 hour, 26 minutes, 44 seconds
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Richie McPeak: Cancer Amputee Warrior, Dad, Co-Founder of McPeak

After a seven-year battle with a rare form of cancer, Richie McPeak, Cancer amputee warrior, is living life to the fullest while inspiring others towards their goals and dreams. In this week’s episode, this incredible man shares details about his Cancer fight, with over 400 hours of chemo that resulted in an above-the-knee amputation. Despite that, he co-founded McPeak – maker of the world’s first non-GMO vegan gummy supplements and ready-to-drink plant-based powders for adults and children. Listen in and be inspired by Richie’s never-quit mentality.  In this episode you will hear: From our darkest moments can rise our brightest hours. I’ve been through some fires, but I’ve truly come to believe that every step is a finish line. When you make it to the next moment, you have finish line, after finish line, after finish line. Then you can stay in the game. We have too many options in life. Make success and making it to the end your only goal. You can be exhausted physically and mentally, but you’re never out. There are people that stepped up like brothers and uplifted me. When you lose someone, there’s only one question to ask yourself – did you love them? It took 4 guys 15-20 minutes to take my brother out, as he fought with every breath he had. They’re gonna have to cut my heart out before I quit. Never quit, no matter what you’re up against. I feel I have a duty to inspire others as best I can. No matter how dark it gets, you’re never out of the fight. Every step is a finish line. You don’t have to make it to the end of the day – just make it to your next moment with everything you’ve got.
8/4/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 29 seconds
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Best of TNQ - Staff Sergeant David Bellavia: First Living Medal of Honor Recipient from the Iraq War, Author of House to House

What does an Army squad leader do in a battlefield situation when his platoon encounters three floors of insurgents and is pinned with rooftop snipers firing away? If you're Davis Bellavia, you lead your team into action. David single-handedly saved his entire squad, risking his own life to allow his fellow soldiers to break contact and reorganize when trapped by overwhelming insurgent fire. He then voluntarily entered and cleared an insurgent strong point, killing four and seriously wounding another. His actions stand as a testament to those who put everything on the line as they do the grim work required to keep each other safe and alive on the battlefield. David Bellavia is the only living recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Second Battle of Fallujah, Iraq. Bellavia has also received the Bronze Star Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.   In this episode you will hear: We not only have to live for ourselves and our families, but we have to remind people who our lost soldiers are, because they didn't drop dead of a heart attack, or were killed by some misfortune or bad luck; they voluntarily chose to stand up when the bullets were coming and they voluntarily said “I'll do this for you”. You're not a man until you acknowledge that you don't have a father. Peer pressure makes you smoke cigarettes when you're 11. Peer pressure ca also make you charge a machine gun nest at Normandy beach. It all depends who your peers are. When the voices in your head say quit, don't. You really can't appreciate life until you've gone through combat. There's no education like the United States military. Never bring a hairdryer to basic training. You can't mourn on the battlefield. In the case of fallen soldiers, we should exchange the word “memorialize” for the word “celebrate”. America is still the shining city on the hill.
7/28/20211 hour, 1 minute, 43 seconds
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Sebastian Junger: Award-Winning Journalist, New York Times Bestselling Author of Tribe, War, A Death in Belmont, Fire, and The Perfect Storm, and Co-Director of Restrepo

There are people in this world who experience and endure almost unbelievable events in their lifetime. This week’s amazing guest, Sebastian Junger, is one of them. Sebastian shares graphic details of his undiagnosed, life-threatening aneurism that burst, causing a 90% blood loss – all internally. He is an award-winning journalist covering major international news stories as well as a documentary film-maker. He has been nominated for an Academy Award. He also has an amazing grasp of human and military-related psychology. In addition, Sebastian is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, Fire, A Death in Belmont, War, Tribe, and Freedom.     Sebastian Junger is the founder and director of Vets Town Hall, with the purpose of increasing communication and understanding between veterans and civilians in their communities.  In this episode you will hear: If you can’t out run ‘em and you can’t out fight ‘em, you’re gonna have to out think ‘em. When things get physically hard, you gotta figure out how to turn off your mind – don’t let your mind negotiate with you. I was a lackluster student in college, but writing a thesis is the most exciting thing I’d ever done. I made a mistake and hit my leg with a chainsaw. There are really dangerous jobs out there with a mortality rate of combat soldiers. The majority of veteran suicides are primarily Vietnam-era veterans. It may not be caused by a combat issue as much as it could be life issues. While working as a journalist In Liberia, I was accused of being a spy. They came to get me and I hid on the roof of my hotel, with the embassy 300 yards away. In combat, you’re proactive. You have urgency. You can affect the outcome. There is a moral burden in killing the enemy. I had an undiagnosed aneurism – a deformity - in my Pancreatic Artery. It ballooned out & it burst, causing me to bleed out into my own abdomen. I lost 90% of my blood, and as I was dying, and my dead father showed up above me – trying to comfort me. If you can’t defend yourself and your community, you’re not going to be free for very long. The trick for human freedom is to be militaristic enough and organized enough to defend yourself against an enemy, but also create an equitable society at home. Humans don’t survive in nature by themselves – they need other people. How do you return a warrior to society? You can leave the front lines, but eventually, it’s gonna find you. We walked almost 400 miles and most nights we were the only people in the world who knew where we were. There are many definitions of freedom but surely that is one of them. If you can separate your body & your mind, you can do almost anything. My daughter once said: “Daddy, I’m small, but I’m huge when I stand in the light.” Public accounting of what it felt like to serve your country overseas can be very cathartic. 
7/21/20211 hour, 49 seconds
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Best of TNQ - Will Chesney: Retired Navy SEAL K9 Handler who helped take down Bin Laden, Author of Best Selling Book “No Ordinary Dog”

In this week’s podcast, you will hear the incredible story of the mission to locate and kill Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade center by one of two dozen Navy SEALs, Will Chesney, who was a K9 handler in that operation. Will’s dog, “Cairo”, was instrumental in helping to successfully accomplish the mission. After that mission, only one name was made public: Cairo’s.   Will’s story is one of an irrevocable tie to his dog, as well as straightforward talk about his personal struggles with depression, migraines, chronic pain, and memory loss.   In this episode you will hear:   On SEAL Team 4, I got the trifecta: Com, Sniper, and Gen Tech. I loved it. Being part of that mission was like being part of a movie. When you’re going through a tough time, don’t quit. Reach out to somebody. There’s so many good people out there. There’s so many modalities for help. Try something – give it a good shot – if that doesn’t work, try something else. Get on your knees and pray to God every day. Try to do good things. Help people out. How many times do you get to go home? How many minutes do you get to spend with family? Don’t live to regret not reaching out to your family more. You can go away at any time. If you don’t keep up – if you don’t perform. If you’re not an asset, but a liability – you’re fired. When I got to the point that I was a liability, after so many great guys and years of my life - to walk away from that - that was amazing. This is my family. The biggest thing I got from all my experiences is my connection with God. I love dogs, and I’ll take on that [dog handling] responsibility to save a friend. Everybody that had something to do with that mission: from the intel to almost dying in a helicopter crash, was incredible. Even with all that, the way things flowed was incredible.
7/14/202155 minutes, 35 seconds
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Best of TNQ: Lanny & Tracy Barnes - Twins, Olympic Biathletes, and Motivational Speakers

Have you ever tried shooting not one, not two, but three rifles? Then add in the seemingly impossible task of hitting multiple targets… While cross-country skiing!!! If you’re 3-time Olympian “twin biathletes” Lanny & Tracy Barnes, it’s just another day at the office. In this week’s episode, you can get a glimpse into their world of hunting, shooting, and skiing, and their pursuit of excellence as they represent the Red, White, and Blue on a global awareness scale.   In this episode you will hear:   We did see early success, but it wasn’t because we were any good; we just stuck our head down and gutted it out through the race. If one of us is doing well, the other can do just as good, because we’re exactly the same. No matter what, don’t give up. If you’re gonna dot it, then go all the way. With your biggest competition and your best friend competing with you every day – pushing you every day - you can get to a higher level. The Olympics is the most intense thing ever. When Lanny fell ill and didn’t make the Olympic team, Tracy, after being announced as having made the team said to their coach, “I decline my spot on the Olympic team.” It was the easiest decision I’ve ever made. When we combine our forces, it’s that much better. I can put in my best effort, but together, we can make amazing things happen. We live in the best country in the world. Even in losing, the thing we learned most, is that we didn’t quit… even if we came in dead last. The “Never Quit” mentality is “Train the Brain.” We can sum up our entire career in these words – “We pursue hard.”
7/7/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 49 seconds
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Aaron & Darielle Singerman: Founder & First Lady of REDCON1

Now here’s a guy who’s not hesitant to speak speaking openly about his dark years – his addiction to heroin, then make a dramatic switch from heroin addict to successful businessman. In this week’s TNQ episode, Aaron Singerman shares the unlikely story of his life, his troubles, and eventually his accomplishments, and the importance of empathy for others going through difficult situations.     Aaron and his wife, Darielle are the founders of Redcon1, the fastest growing sports supplement brand in history, positively changing people’s lives, and took their company from 5 to over 150 employees.   They also founded the Redcon1 Foundation, making a positive impact on families of the Unites States Military heroes.   In this episode you will hear:   My life has not been easy, but it shaped me. The mistakes I made are all my own. If I had joined the military, I probably would’ve been kicked out because I wouldn’t have been able to take orders.  Darielle: Boarding school was a great thing for me.  I was a Heroin and cocaine intravenous addict. 98% of intravenous heroin users never come out of it. It was easy to get OxyCon because doctors were getting incentives to prescribe it, and I became addicted to it.  Sometimes the best thing in business is to simply walk away. I had parents that told me they loved me. Redcon1 has always been purpose-driven – especially serving the military. I spent every ounce of effort and time I had into writing articles for fitness magazines for free. The drive to believe in yourself is very unique. It’s not about the goal as much as it is enjoying the journey & getting to the next level. People focus too often on the negative. They look at the door that was closed and feel sad about that, versus looking for the next open door.  Embrace humility.  
6/30/20211 hour, 41 minutes, 49 seconds
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Best of Team Never Quit Podcast: Gold Star Wives, Remembering Operation Redwing

In this week’s podcast, you will hear from inspiring Gold Star Wives, all whom have lost their husbands in battle. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will learn what these amazing ladies are doing with their lives – serving other military families and humanity, while bringing hope and strength to everyone around them. Don’t miss this one. It’s well worth the listen.   In this episode you will hear:   • When tragedy hits and men give everything, you see what it means to be an American.   • If you wake up every day & say “I can’t” – you won’t. And if you wake up and say “I can”, you will.   • If you want your life to change, what are you gonna do today to make that change?   • Turn sadness into something positive.   • Now it’s my role to not quit for him, because he didn’t quit for us.   • Heroes are keeping us safe in this country.   • In a weird way, the loss of our husbands bonded us women.   • When powerful people go through such a loss, they can improve the world.   • Our main focus is: We love our country.   • Some of the funniest stories are born during our lowest moments.   • We can either to give up, or get up and live for him.   • When what you thought your life was gonna be like is no longer, you’ve gotta figure out who you are, and what you’re gonna do.   • With time, pain will slowly find a purpose.   • There is hope. You will be happy again. You will smile again.   • Find purpose in your pain.   • You get so much by giving.   • Life doesn’t prepare you for some things.   • We’re making sure to honor these men and women who gave up their tomorrow so we could have our today.   • We stand tall in the memory of our husbands.   • Find gratitude in every day – find one thing positive in each day.   • 60 seconds of unhappiness is a minute of happiness taken out of your life.   • Breathe in positivity and exhale negativity.   • It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself when you write down that which you’re grateful for.   • How we deal with tragedy will either define us as humans or redefine us as humans.   • We are the authors of our story. No one else can do that for us.
6/23/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 48 seconds
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Matt Long: Bus Crash Victim, Retired FDNY, 9/11 Survivor, Founder of the I Will Foundation, Author of The Long Run

If you’re looking for an overcomer’s story, look no further than this week’s episode with Matthew Long, a life-long competitive athlete with the strength and endurance few have achieved, including qualifying for the Boston Marathon, and competing in Ironman competitions. As he was cycling to work one day as a New York City firefighter, he was run over by a 20-ton bus, literally spilling his intestines on the street, and requiring 68 units of blood in the first hours after the accident. It took a miracle, and Matthew’s never quit mindset to walk again, and eventually compete in the New York City Marathon. He has authored the book: The Long Run, and founded the I WILL Foundation to help people overcome by adversity and challenges caused by traumatic injury.   In this episode you will hear:   • This [accident] was supposed to happen to me.   • The bike cut me right in half.   • My mom was the one who was my pillar of strength.   • I had 43 surgeries in a 5-month period.   • I can’t image what he [the bus driver] felt like when he thought he hit a garbage can, and saw 2 legs laying out of the bus.   • Even the homeless, knew who I was.    • For 5 months, every night – dinner was served from a different firehouse in the city.   • I went through 1 ½ years of dark thinking.   • Within 3 years of the accident I ran a marathon.   • I get after it every day.   • Every tattoo should tell a story.   • I always have to have something going on in my life physically – and a goal.   • I can’t’ run anymore. If I run 3 miles, I’m in bed for 3 days because of my gate. My upper body ticks to the left.   • You have to let go of the anger.   • We don’t overcome shit. Adversity is something you have to learn to live with.   • When you learn to live with adversity, you’re gonna be stronger and more powerful, and impactful than you could ever believe.
6/16/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 44 seconds
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Best of Team Never Quit - Char Westfall: Wife, Mom, Surviving Spouse of Navy SEAL Jacques Fontan, Author of A Beautiful Tragedy

In this week's episode, we highlight one of our most popular episodes as June marks the anniversary of Operation Redwing. Char's husband, Jacques Fontan, was one of nineteen servicemen killed when the helicopter he was in was shot down during Operation Redwing in Afghanistan (from which the film Lone Survivor is based.) As a result, she has written a book, A Beautiful Tragedy, in which she speaks openly about the anger and bitterness that experience birthed, and her battle to regain her life, to heal within, and to serve others in the process.   In this episode you will hear:   Jacques was killed when Char was only 29 years old. We heard car doors shut. And they came to the door in uniform.  I remember asking them, “So there’s still a chance?” and he couldn’t answer me. I’ve accepted that Jacques is gone, and he’s not coming back, but he’s not going away. I wanted to find somebody that would allow me to still respect and honor Jacques, and not just put him away on a shelf and act like that never happened. With my faith and my love for him, I saw how he was there hearing me through the darkest and hardest times. With faith in God, you can be mad and you can have your moments. God wants to hear that. If, on social media, you see the name of a fallen, look them up and get to know them personally. That helps them to never die. Losing Jacques wasn’t beautiful but what I’ve been able to make of the situation and make my life from it is the beauty in it. There’s a lot to think about when you start to date after the tragedy of losing your husband. We all want to honor the men who paid the ultimate price, but we also need to lift up the women they leave behind. I was lucky enough to find amazing love twice.
6/9/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 58 seconds
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Travis Howze: Comedian, Marine, Firefighter, Motivational Speaker, Author of Create Your Own Light

Q: What does a Marine Corps veteran, former police officer, former firefighter, motivational speaker, and international touring comedian all have in common? A: They all live inside this week’s most entertaining guest, Travis Howze.   Travis has come from a horrific experience as a firefighter when nine of his “brothers” were killed in a building collapse. He volunteered for the recovery team that pulled the bodies from the smoking building, causing him to sink deeply into post-traumatic stress and alcoholism.   After Travis’ incredible defeat of his PTS, he has had a successful career in comedy and authored Create Your Own Light, an encouragement to stay in the fight and to never quit.   In this episode you will hear:   • If you’re gonna laugh at other people, you’d better be able to laugh at your damn self.   • I don’t think about all the things I went through in my past. It’s a huge form of therapy for me not to.   • Every day is a grind.   • There are “character-building” days – you gotta recognize it, you gotta work on it, and you gotta build on it.   • I have an older sister, so I did a lot of Barbie doll shit when I was young.   • We’re more comfortable around our type of people because we have experienced some of the same things.   • Non-stop fuckery – I had to have that.   • If you knew what your tax dollars really went to, you wouldn’t pay fuckin’ taxes.   • I was a cop, when you could still be an effective police officer, and you didn’t have cell phone cameras ruining your life. You could actually go out and do your job.   • There’s consequences to our actions, whether in law-enforcement or a civilian.   • When the military deploys and they go over, they leave that shit over there. They bring some of that back, but they don’t have to live in the environment that fucked them up.   • You can’t un-see, or un-taste, or un-smell a lot of things you go through in life.
6/2/20211 hour, 7 seconds
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Jeff Tiegs: US Army Ranger & Delta Force, Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Expert, COO of All Things Possible Ministries

Jeff Tiegs is an amazing difference-maker. He uses his extensive experience in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency to counter sex trafficking in the United States. With over 25 years in U.S. Army Special Operations and combat experience and multiple tours in Afghanistan & Iraq, Jeff is applying that expertise in his endeavors. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Guardian Group, whose mission is to prevent and disrupt the sex trafficking of women and children while enabling partners to identify victims and predators in the United States. Jeff is also The Chief Operating Officer at All Things Possible Ministries, whose mission is to identify, interrupt, and restore those affected by trauma.   In this episode you will hear:   In the U.S., we are unbelievable consumers of prostitution, and what comes with that is minors. You’re on deployment every time you walk out of the house. One in four women is sexually assaulted or sexually abused. The sex trafficking crime is so open. It’s openly advertised. There are people that think we should defund the police. I think more reasonable people think we should reallocate funds and figure out ways to do this better. There are people out there who can augment what law enforcement is lacking. The [funding] money is gonna go where the people demand it. [Our organization], All Things Possible does everything from simple counseling to freeing sex slaves. Find strength in simply being alive.  What comes off of your tongue – what you speak – is what you become. The term “Yahweh” is the sound of breathing. The mere fact that we, as humans, are breathing, we’re saying the name of our Creator every time we breathe. What is God’s name? The thing that gives breath to everything that lives. The first thing a baby says is that breath of life.  One family, who lost their son on the battlefield, found relief in the fact that the last breath their son took was the name of our creator. Find strength, find solace, and find peace, in that simple act of breathing. If you’re alive, you’re saying God’s name, and He’s there to help to you. 
5/26/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ryan Michler: Founder of Order of Man, Iraqi Combat Vet

This week’s episode features Ryan Michler, Founder of Order of Man and all-around exceptional guy, whose goal in life is to restore masculinity and fight for the hearts and minds of men. Ryan’s podcasts reach millions of listeners each week.   In this episode you will hear:   Ryan Michler Quotes “If you’ve identified the hill you’re gonna die on; the battle you’re engaged in, don’t quit, because when you see how important it is, it would be impossible to throw in the towel.” “Men on the right path aren’t yapping about it. People that aren’t doing anything are the loudest, and if we don’t counter those conversations, it becomes a trend.” “We're never at a shortage of people telling us the bad we're doing.” “Plant your flag towards something.” “Think about why you’re doing what you’re doing.” “You can’t keep blaming your boss, the economy, your wife, or everyone else for your problems. Fix yourself.” “Sports, coaches, mentors, and the military, can help teach you what it is to be a man, especially when there are no male influences at home.” “I found solutions to my own problems, and then made a rewarding, fulfilling, and lucrative career out of it.” “We all screw our kids up in some ways.” “Introduce your kids to hardships. Teach them to bend, not break.”  “Be a father, not a buddy to your kids.”  “A lot of people experience hardships and it doesn’t make them; instead it  breaks them.”  “There’s nothing you can do about another person's attitude.” “People you influence will change because they see you changing, positively or negatively.”  “When people listen to you, you better show up and pay your words and actions the respect they deserve.” “Tell the truth.”  “Help kids in your community. Help reshape misguided notions of what it is to be a man.”  “Question everything.”  “You need some sort of qualifier for people who are invited in your circle.”  “Be the solution. Not the problem.”  “No one wants to hang out with someone with a “Nice Guy Syndrome.”  “Redefine yourself. Try something new.”   John Maxwell quote:  “Every man, deep in his heart, longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.”   Marcus Luttrell quotes:  “When the big boat goes down, make sure you’re sitting in the life raft.”   “If you shut your engines down and you’re in the front, there’s gonna be train coming up behind you that’s gonna smack you right off the track.”   Morgan Luttrell quote:  “The ones who think they have enough forward momentum and do not widen their gaze, fail.”
5/19/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 42 seconds
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Andrew Marr: Special Forces Green Beret, Warrior Angels Foundation Co-Founder, Author of Tales from the Blast Factory

While the deep-rooted effects of traumatic brain injury are not yet fully understood, Andrew Marr, retired Special Forces, Green Beret, Warrior Angels Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder, as well as co-author of Tales from the Blast Factory, brings to life his actual experiences and transparency as it relates to bringing resolve to his brain injury issues, and coming back to a fulfilled life serving others with similar conditions. Listen in as Andrew gets real with our listening audience. He has an epic testimony to tell.    In this episode you will hear:   Andrew’s story is that of the principles of resiliency after traumatic brain injuries. You don’t have an emotional problem. You have a brain health problem. There are real solutions available. I lost complete control of all emotions. Depression, anxiety, alcoholism, and the inability to make good decisions were daily occurrences. Define what it is you want to be and start being that. I realized at that moment that I was of no value to him [my son] or my family in the condition that I was in. My mental state was going to ruin the things I said I loved in my life. 3 promises I made to myself: 1. I was going to return to be the man of my pre-injury status. 2. I was going to find a way to come off all the medication I was told I would have to be on for the rest of my life. 3. After accomplishing #1 & #2, I was going to spend the rest of my life helping other people just like myself to get thru it and get to the other side. Even though none of my problems were fixed yet, I now had a compass, direction, and destination. There are not words to describe what I experienced in that state of consciousness [with psychedelics). Any identification of self completely evaporated. I understood the interconnectedness of all things. I was engulfed in intelligent love. What the microscope is to biology and what the telescope is to astronomy, psychedelics is to human psychology. 
5/12/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 5 seconds
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Mike Sauers & Sam Bonilla: Navy SEAL & Marine Discuss Life & Entrepreneurship

What an incredible couple we have in the studio this week. Mike Sauers - Navy SEAL, combat veteran who fought alongside Marcus Luttrell in Ramadi, philanthropist, and owner of Forged Apparel. In selfless fashion, Forged has raised millions of dollars to assist the families of fallen heroes. Mike is an exceptional story-teller, and his stories about military life, extensive travel experiences, and his subsequent entrepreneur life, are authentic and entertaining.   Sam Bonilla is an amazing soul in her own right. As a marine with a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and a certificate in intelligence, marketing manager and concept producer for Forged, social media influencer, model, and Instagram celebrity, Sam is as down-to-earth as they come. She is a joy to listen to as she shares her experiences and perspectives, and a humble servant of people alongside Mike.   In this episode you will hear:   Ideas can be birthed in any setting; they’re limited to the imagination. You should always take pride in your country. Follow through. America was forged – Everything great was forged. It’s too bad that some establishments that have existed for over 100 years, are probably not going to make through this pandemic. Never question an order from a marine [in battle]. If you don’t have pride in your country, then what do you really have? Just like great team guys, we busted out some bungie cords and tied a karaoke machine to our golf cart. Every great nation, has to have pride. You have your real life, and then you have your social media life. Being a marine is not as sexy as it looks on TV. There are criteria for what is considered a dive bar: Mainly whiskey selections A picture of Burt Reynolds Christmas Lights Smokey & the Bandit memorabilia A Juke Box Spilled Beer Stains on the pool table Huge “mints” in the urinals No separation between the urinal & the toilet  Register for THE MURPH CHALLENGE at
5/5/20211 hour, 37 minutes, 42 seconds
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David Eckermann: Houston Firefighter & Owner of Lonestar Tactical Buildings

Though we might not have believed there could be another lone survivor story, we bring David Eckermann of the Houston Fire Department into the TNQ Podcast Studio. David survived one of the largest, most unpredictable fires in HFD history. The Southwest Inn fire in Houston, Texas on May 31, 2013, was a fire in a restaurant that spread to an adjoining hotel. The fire claimed the biggest casualty loss for the Houston Fire Department since its inception.  David speaks publicly about this harrowing day for the first time to discuss the stigmas around mental health in the first responder community and to honor the lives of his fellow firefighters.     His experience that day sparked the development of his company, Lone Star Tactical Buildings, providing fire and police training facilities nationwide.   In this episode you will hear:   I had no idea I wanted to be a firefighter, but thankfully it was supposed to happen. It was meant to be. If you’re gonna be a fireman, you’re never gonna be rich. Besides getting married, graduating from the fire academy was the best day of my life. I’ve always been a faithful guy, but after my friend’s suicide, I questioned it.  When we went into the building, the smoke didn’t match what I was expecting. The building collapse was totally unexpected. It catapulted us out the front. I was the only one alive from the first companies.   Those firefighters went out like heroes. This episode is in memory of Robert Bebee, Robert Garner, Matthew Renaud, Anne Sullivan, and Captain Bill Dowling. 
4/28/20211 hour, 44 minutes, 13 seconds
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Nick Shaw: CEO & Co-Founder of Renaissance Periodization™, Co-Host of the RP Strength Podcast, Author of 'Fit For Success'

Is it possible to develop an idea birthed in bodybuilding and powerlifting, and create a health, nutrition, and strength company as well as the highly popular RP app? If you’re Nick Shaw, the answer is a resounding yes. Nick is the founder and CEO of Renaissance Periodization and has sold hundreds of thousands of books on nutrition, training, recovery, and creating healthy habits.  Nick is a former competitive powerlifter and bodybuilder and has also personally coached numerous world-class athletes, including CrossFit Games Champions, international medalists, Olympians, UFC fighters, professional athletes, and Navy SEALs.  He is a co-host of the RP Strength podcast with wife - and RP colleague - Lori Shaw. Nick, Marcus, and Morgan bring a very interesting and informative discussion about the complexities and “I can use it now” strategies for strength and nutrition.   In this episode you will hear:   I’m an accidental entrepreneur. If you just bust your ass and get after it, you can get better. In fitness or sports, there's always a little bit more, you can do. You can get a little bit faster, you can get a little bit stronger, you can do a few more reps, whatever it is, you can grow a little more muscle. I thought: What if we take people with elite genetics, and then combine the scientific approach? You could probably have some pretty cool athletes. You have to nail the calorie balance first. Stop snacking, just start eating lean proteins with every meal - more fruits and veggies, your healthy fats, avocados, olive oil, things like that. Calorie balance is the number one overall thing. You can give somebody the perfect diet, but if they're never going to follow it, is it any good? It’s not a diet. It’s more of a lifestyle. You can't out-train a bad diet. Be prepared to work your tail off. My wife's a warrior. She’s way stronger than me. 2020 was such a crappy year for so many people, and I knew there was going to be a way to help people. Instead of trying to compete for little plastic trophies, it's better to prioritize family. You can learn so much from really successful people.
4/21/202149 minutes, 32 seconds
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Mandy Harvey: America's Got Talent 'Golden Buzzer' Winner, Singer, Songwriter, and Inspirational Speaker, Lost Her Residual Hearing at the Age of Nineteen

It’s hard to imagine living life without hearing, especially if you lost your hearing forever at the age of 18. But in the case of this week’s guest, Mandy Harvey drove her stake into the ground and pursued her endeavor to sing, write music, and “hear” with her feet – to the point that Simon Cowell was moved to press the Golden Buzzer after Mandy’s original song performance on America’s Got Talent. Since that time, Mandy has earned a degree in Vocal Music Education and has become an ambassador to No Barriers USA with a mission to encourage, inspire and assist others to break through their personal barriers.   In this episode you will hear:   The mindset of abilities vs disabilities is just a lack of education because everyone has barriers they have to deal with. I didn’t overcome anything, it just took me a little bit of time to figure it out. The mother of all inventions is being innovative. I write a lot of music based on how it feels, instead of what I think it sounds like. I’ll write specific notes that tickle behind my eye or bother my face so that I know that I’m right. I’m feeling the floor, and then just opening my mouth and letting go. The most precious gift you can have is communication. I can’t seem to explain how joyful I am now vs how broken I was before. I’m living my life and this part of my story – part of who I am. I’m thrilled to be who I am. The phrase “some people struggle and some people don’t” - Everybody struggles. It just looks different. Not every single person gets the opportunity to understand joy, or feel love. Be compassionate to people – we have no idea what’s going on in their life. With every struggle you have, you have two choices – you can either let it beat you, or you can learn from it. I really don’t believe that there was one eureka moment that made me feel not depressed anymore. It was a collection of moments – a collection of people being there. I got up once. I’ll get up again. Let’s go… The "getting up and starting over" is the hardest part. This is a messy broken world, full of messy broken people. That’s just life. 
4/14/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 45 seconds
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Marcus & Amber Capone: Part 2

In this week’s episode, Marcus and Amber Capone continue sharing their fascinating journey and offer much detail on finding a solution to Marcus’ struggles affecting their whole family. Finally – after Amber’s relentless research - a ray of hope arrives in the form of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy. Marcus and Amber transparently discuss the steps it took to get the help, and a detailed narrative of the treatment and its incredible effects and psychiatric benefits. It was this revelation that caused them to develop the VETS foundation – helping combat veterans get life-saving help. They have now assisted hundreds of vets providing the resources for the therapy and improving the quality of life for them and their families as well.   In this episode you will hear:   I almost craved going back to the dysfunction because I knew how to live in the dysfunction.  I never wanted to quit [our marriage]. The treatment saved his life, and saved our family. Micro doses of Ibogaine are physiologically changing the brain in a positive direction.  Several of the men that have been treated come out never wanting to touch alcohol again. It’s like having a backpack on loaded with hundreds of bricks. And as you go through the [treatment] journey, it’s like bricks are being thrown out. At the end of it, you have an empty backpack. You face the demons, then they go away. You’re cleansing yourself. Some of what you experience is dream-like, while other experiences are real. Everyone is reporting massive cognitive improvement. Amber: I was like “What just happened?” I was so grateful. If we don’t speak out; if we don’t find the courage and conviction to share something that could work; then we’re really doing a disservice to the community. I attained a level of awareness and grace over the course of years as I was working on myself. Psychedelics take you there almost overnight.
4/7/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 2 seconds
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Former Navy SEAL Marcus Capone and Wife Amber Capone: Founders of VETS, Advocates for U.S. Military Veterans Seeking Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies (Part 1)

Here’s a real couple with a real family – and real personal issues - that have overcome with the help of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy alternatives. Marcus and Amber Capone share their struggles and successes, bringing hope and restoration to others with seemingly impossible mental struggles. Their non-profit organization – VETS – provides the resources, research, and advocacy to improve the quality of life for U.S. Special Operations Combat Veterans seeking unconventional therapy alternatives.   In this episode you will hear:   Thank goodness we didn’t have internet in college. You can’t get away with anything. We really can’t take credit for the work we’re doing [helping other combat vets]; it seems like it’s just happening. It’s meant to be. We’re just vessels helping it [our non-profit] come to life. It’s been an honor & a privilege to pay this forward. Marcus [Capone] watched GI Jane and decided to become a Navy SEAL. Amber: My dad is a big part of how resilient I’ve been. Marcus Capone to Marcus Luttrell: I was the first person you saw [in Germany after your Operation Red Wing injuries].    A surprised Marcus Luttrell: “THAT WAS YOU???!!!”   We were deployed, and we couldn’t find out about anything going on. We were getting updates from our wives back in the states. What we’ve been doing [our non-profit organization] has organically grown. 2008 was a particularly tough year. At every deployment, somebody wasn’t coming home.
3/31/202159 minutes, 34 seconds
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Marc Little: Pastor, Lawyer, Political Commentator, Author of The Prodigal Republican

What an encouraging and powerful testimony Marc Little brings to the table in this week’s Team Never Quit episode. Having been shot in the right leg as part of a gang initiation, and dealing with resulting complications and infections, Marc’s leg had to be amputated. Since defeat is not part of Marc’s mentality, he said “yes” to life and lives life to the fullest. Now through his work as a lawyer, author, entrepreneur and community builder, he teaches others how to say “yes” to life as well.   In this episode you will hear:   Don’t give up, because the next try may be the try that leads to success. This is a life worth living. God gives us a story for a reason. He gives us a story so that we can help a neighbor.  We’re all going thru a tough season, but God is in it A peanut butter and jelly sandwich has to be done right. You have to have white Wonder Bread, and you gotta have creamy Jiff or Skippy peanut butter, with grape jelly. From the time I was shot and the time that the ambulance came, life was literally leaving me. It was clear that I had a choice, and I decided to stay. The difficulty of being a dad with a 6-year-old child, and not being able to run with him, has become part of who I am. I claim victory because I now know that tomorrow is not promised. Everybody has to lean on God because this journey is not easy. Life is not about us – it’s about what we can do for the kingdom. Many of us are struggling, because we’re not understanding who we are – whose we are. [God] connects our calling to who and what He is. So many people today are just sitting and watching. We have a role to play today. A role to shine the light of Christ. We are not lost – have faith. God has not left us. He will never forsake us. The church is anemic because they don’t understand their calling. All of our experiences are intended to bring us closer to the creator. After 4 years of never giving up – never quitting I decided I’m picking up the pieces of my life, and you’re not gonna tell me I can’t do it. It may not be right now, but the victory is coming. When the righteous are in power the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people moan. We are called to pray over our leaders and elect Godly leaders over us. When u are pushing back against darkness you are taking back ground of the enemy. When we are being mocked for praying, that is evidence that we are taking back ground that was lost.  The Lord has a special way of giving you what He wants you to have. God sees you – and He has something for you. Start your family and let the Lord bless you – Don’t wait. Never quit in trying to start a family. Watch the full interview on our YouTube channel!
3/24/202156 minutes, 13 seconds
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Aaron Kendle: Retired Navy SEAL, Harvard Business School Graduate

What do you do when you witness a Chinook helicopter with 31 guys you know get shot out of the sky by an RPG, enter into spiraling depression, fail your team, as well as yourself, and then experience a horrible accident that causes you to lose your hand and forearm?   In Aaron Kendle's case, who refuses to be defined by failures, you pick yourself up, and lean on a never quit mindset to live life to its fullest, and achieve an incredible life.   Mr. Kendle is a retired Navy SEAL where he served as a specialized medic, sniper, airborne leader, and jump school instructor. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, a father, a husband and a Scottsdale Charro. Mr. Kendle is a decorated member of the United States Navy, served as a member of SEAL Team 7, NSWG-1 Training Detachment, and Naval Special Warfare Development over a 15-year career and has dedicated his post-military professional career to helping his fellow brothers in arms transition back into civilian life. Aaron comments: “My resume may read great — but what they don’t see is all of those fails between the lines. For me, those failures stay between the lines.”   In this episode you will hear:   Obstacles and failures aren't your defining moments. It's everything that comes after that you grow from. A major physical injury doesn't define you. When major things change your life in the physical, figure out ways to do things the best you can. Make every day better than the day before. You can dwell on how great Plan A would've been. But when Plan A fails, you gotta come up with a plan B. Never leave a human hand in the freezer of your hotel room, where the cleaning staff can find it. After a devastating accident, the prevailing thought should be “I'm alive”. Terrible occurrences in your life can actually be used to give others, who are in despair, hope, and encouragement. Perspective, attitude and determination go a long way in life. There's a lot more to life. You just gotta figure out what it is. You don't get any better than the SEALS mentorship program. Everything we accomplish in life is based on failures. Pain and suffering unites us all. If there's one thing I think we're good at is stuffing emotions. Watching a Chinook helicopter with 31 guys you know get shot out of the sky with an RPG, is like watching a horror movie.
3/17/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 54 seconds
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Lanny & Tracy Barnes: Twins, Olympic Biathletes, and Motivational Speakers

Have you ever tried shooting not one, not two, but three rifles? Then add in the seemingly impossible task of hitting multiple targets… While cross-country skiing!!! If you’re 3-time Olympian “twin biathletes” Lanny & Tracy Barnes, it’s just another day at the office. In this week’s episode, you can get a glimpse into their world of hunting, shooting, and skiing, and their pursuit of excellence as they represent the Red, White, and Blue on a global awareness scale.   In this episode you will hear:   We did see early success, but it wasn’t because we were any good; we just stuck our head down and gutted it out through the race. If one of us is doing well, the other can do just as good, because we’re exactly the same. No matter what, don’t give up. If you’re gonna dot it, then go all the way. With your biggest competition and your best friend competing with you every day – pushing you every day - you can get to a higher level. The Olympics is the most intense thing ever. When Lanny fell ill and didn’t make the Olympic team, Tracy, after being announced as having made the team said to their coach, “I decline my spot on the Olympic team.” It was the easiest decision I’ve ever made. When we combine our forces, it’s that much better. I can put in my best effort, but together, we can make amazing things happen. We live in the best country in the world. Even is losing, the thing we learned most, is that we didn’t quit… even if we came in dead last. The “Never Quit” mentality is “Train the Brain.” We can sum up our entire career in these words – “We pursue hard.”
3/10/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 34 seconds
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Granger Smith

In a heart-wrenching testimony of tragedy and perseverance, country singer/songwriter Granger Smith recounts the horrific event that took his 3 year old son from this earthly life. He and his wife Amber used their life-changing experience to learn the hard way – the path to overcoming, endurance, and life-giving counsel and encouragement to others. Amber is the founder of Yee Yee, an American lifestyle brand of clothing.   In this episode you will hear:   • After being invited to appear on Granger’s first video, Amber didn’t know if they might take her out in the middle of nowhere and murder her.   • There’s more to the meaning of a tragedy than reason because reason doesn’t always make sense.   • What can we learn from [River’s] one thousand days?   • After facing death, it opens your eyes as to what truly matters.   • Another day forward is so valuable. What about today? Today is what we have. Even if you can deal with today, deal with this hour. If you can’t deal with this hour, deal with the next minute. If you can’t deal with this minute, deal with the next breath. Pretty soon, there comes a perspective, and your brain becomes more clear.   • I hate five year plans.   • When we came home, our kids had written on the driveway with chalk,     “Welcome Home River.”   • [Musically], I know there’ll be some River stuff comin’   • Rivers organ donations saved two adults.   • You gotta take care of yourself. Wake up at the same time every day, brush your teeth and comb your hair.   • You’re not gonna have these days forever.   • I try not to think about why because that mental slide show plays over and over.   • “One more kiss”   [Amber] • I can’t think of the future, I need to focus on the now.   [Melanie] • There is a purpose for disaster. It’s not ever going to be understandable. It’s never going to be logical. 
3/3/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 46 seconds
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Sam Bonilla: 24 Year Police Veteran, US Marine, Attorney, and Program Director for the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy

If ever there was a man who exemplified what a first-class police officer is, it’s this week’s guest, Sam Bonilla. It’s refreshing to hear Sam’s view of police work, and the measures he takes to teach new recruits the discipline and self-sacrifice it takes to be such an officer. In his 34 years’ experience as a police officer in the Chicago area, Sam has become the Program Director for the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, a Master Firearms Instructor, and uses his extensive experience to benefit the relationship between civilians and police officers in his area of influence. Sam Bonilla also served as a U.S. Marine during the Gulf War and has been an attorney for over 16 years. It’s people like Sam that raise the bar in police work, community relations and raising the standard for new officers.   In this episode you will hear:   In our police department, we invite the community in our “home” to see exactly what we do, so it’s not a mystery. We introduce our police officers and the citizens learn we’re pretty normal. Our mission is to help. You don’t realize how bad an environment is when you grow up in that environment. Where you land is not necessarily where you’re going to end up. The Marine Corps is the first thing in my life I ever succeeded at. Never stop pushing for what you want, even if it sucks at the time. There are things you have to do to get to where you want to be. Your mission’s not over yet. You have to keep moving forward in your journey. Your experiences will eventually help you gravitate to the top. The only regret I have is not spending time with the family. Police officers are second-guessing themselves these days because of the way things are.   If we, as a profession, don’t adapt to society, we will never advance as a profession, and things will not get better. Police work is a profession that is self-sacrificing. You have to be willing to accept that. You can’t forget why you got into this profession. You don’t know how you’re changing someone’s life with just a smile. My calling is to focus on our civilians that are trying to learn more about the police and the recruits that are trying to be the police. Never stop serving. It’s your mission in life to keep going. 
2/24/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 17 seconds
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Against the Odds

In July 2018, 12 youth soccer players and their coach found themselves trapped 6 miles deep in a cave with no food or water and depleting oxygen. The rock formed maze became almost completely submerged as the water rose to levels nearly impossible for survival. There was no light and no way to communicate with the outside world. The first season of Wondery’s new original series Against the Odds takes you into the incredible events of when an adventurous group of teens found themselves fighting to save their lives, and the brave heroes that gave them their only chance at survival. Though you may know these stories, you’ve never heard them quite like this. With step by step recounts, experience for yourself what it was like to be in their shoes, and how they survived against the odds. Listen to Against the Odds at 
2/23/20216 minutes, 54 seconds
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Taya Kyle: NY Times Best Selling Author, Widow of Chris Kyle, Executive Director of Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

What an emotional and incredible visit we have in store this week with special guest, Taya Kyle, widow of US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. She is an author, political commentator, mother, and military veteran's family activist.   Taya speaks openly about her life with Chris Kyle, her heart-wrenching experiences, powerful dreams, and a strong faith which has helped keep her moving forward in life with positivity since Chris’s death. She is nothing shy of an astonishing woman – an inspiration to all.   In this episode you will hear:   I’m really been surprised at how horrible some things have been along the way, yet I realize that I’m happy that I got to experience them and get them out of the way. Now I am who I am and I’ve learned a lot. The joy with [Chris] and the way he was able to love is extraordinary to me still. I don’t know of another man who loves the way [Chris] loved. [Chris] was a game-changer, and he was the person I changed for. There’s nobody else that is the right mix of things to make me see how it could be better. It’s different when you really love somebody and you’re ready to have your soul forged. [Chris] had an all-encompassing gentleness. It was like a spirit that wraps you up and says “you are cared for.” Even after [Chris] died I could feel that he was still lifting me up. Tragedy becomes part of your story. We have the opportunity to turn losing friends into an appreciation of every minute we do have. I feel good to have absorbed as much as I did, but when they go, it’s never enough. Some people have a need to put their feelings into anger because when you’re angry you don’t have to feel hurt. It says more about them than you. I’ll be a lifelong learner. I’ve changed in that [Chris’s] death doesn’t define me or take me out of the game. God will heal me in time.
2/10/20211 hour, 34 minutes, 42 seconds
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Mike Sauers & Sam Bonilla: Navy SEAL & Marine Discuss Life & Entrepreneurship

What an incredible couple we have in the studio this week. Mike Sauers - Navy SEAL, combat veteran who fought alongside Marcus Luttrell in Ramadi, philanthropist, and owner of Forged Apparel. In selfless fashion, Forged has raised millions of dollars to assist the families of fallen heroes. Mike is an exceptional story-teller, and his stories about military life, extensive travel experiences, and his subsequent entrepreneur life, are authentic and entertaining.   Sam Bonilla is an amazing soul in her own right. As a marine with a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and a certificate in intelligence, marketing manager and concept producer for Forged, social media influencer, model, and Instagram celebrity, Sam is as down-to-earth as they come. She is a joy to listen to as she shares her experiences and perspectives, and a humble servant of people alongside Mike.   In this episode you will hear:   Ideas can be birthed in any setting; they’re limited to the imagination. You should always take pride in your country. Follow through. America was forged – Everything great was forged. It’s too bad that some establishments that have existed for over 100 years, are probably not going to make through this pandemic. Never question an order from a marine [in battle]. If you don’t have pride in your country, then what do you really have? Just like great team guys, we busted out some bungie cords and tied a karaoke machine to our golf cart. Every great nation, has to have pride. You have your real life, and then you have your social media life. Being a marine is not as sexy as it looks on TV. There are criteria for what is considered a dive bar: Mainly whiskey selections A picture of Burt Reynolds Christmas Lights Smokey & the Bandit memorabilia A Juke Box Spilled Beer Stains on the pool table Huge “mints” in the urinals No separation between the urinal & the toilet 
2/3/20211 hour, 37 minutes, 30 seconds
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Cat Zingano: Bellator MMA Fighter, First Mom to Compete in the UFC, 2X National Champion, Shelter to Soldier Ambassador

What an amazing story of the relentless pursuit of a dream by this week’s guest, “Cat” Zingano. Beginning with a love of wrestling at age 12, she developed into a 4-time All-American and national wrestling champion. She is currently a mixed martial artist (MMA) and has won a world championship title and the Rio de Janeiro State Championships in Brazil. She also became the first mom to compete in a UFC fight and the first woman to win a UFC fight by technical knockout. Listen in and be inspired by Cat’s non-stop life adventures along her path to success.   In this episode you will hear:   Like the military, we all sign up for it. It’s a risk, but it’s a choice. As a kid, I often felt misguided and what always brought me back was sports – being part of a team. I didn’t look for people to pick on, but I’d put a target on people who were being mean to other people. When you have a goal and it doesn’t mean to you what it once meant to you - it’s so defeating. I want to finish in a way I can be proud of. Your kids are challenging sometimes, and while you love your kids, you still have to have your own outlet. I don’t ever want to ever forget how much it sucks to regret that I didn’t finish wrestling the way that I wanted. I want to walk away having checked all the boxes. I don’t want the hard times to dictate what I do with my goals. The 15-20 minute fight is nothing, compared to the training camps. I’d never had to pick a song to beat someone’s ass. If the beginning of the fight hadn’t gone the way it had, it wouldn’t have been so interesting. They got to see everything. They got to see a comeback. To still be struggling for money when you’re one of the top 5 in the world is tough. I’m supposed to take my losses and learn something from it.  I accept my losses, but I want to know and learn what I can change - what can I do to make myself a different version of that person that maybe wouldn’t have lost. How many times do you have to suck at something before you’re good at it?
1/27/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 31 seconds
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Eddie & Andrea Gallagher: The Story of The Man in the Arena

If ever you wanted to hear a true story of the relentless pursuit of truth, this is the one you need to listen to. This Navy SEAL and highly decorated combat veteran Eddie Gallagher, with 20 years of service to our country and 9 deployments in Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq was accused of war crimes while being innocent all the while. At the end of his 2017 deployment, accusations escalated to a point beyond ridiculous and was imprisoned for 9 months without ever being charged. His wife, Andrea, spearheaded the “Free Eddie” Campaign effort to prove his innocence and fought tooth and nail to do so. After an unbelievable series of events, including terrorism against his family and young children, Eddie’s innocence was proven. Eddie and Andrea have written the book The Man in the Arena to tell Eddie’s almost unbelievable story.    In this episode you will hear:   None of the accusations against Eddie were about war crimes. “They locked me up in solitary, and nothing was explained to me.” There’s no bail system in the military. The UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) makes it possible to put people in jail without charges. The level of terrorizing inflicted on our family shocked me to the core. I thought: “No one’s coming to help us.” The truth will prevail no matter what happens. “I truly feel that God called us to this. He let us go through this for a purpose, and that purpose is way bigger than us.” Eddie’s story can be paralleled with the story of Joseph in the bible. That story was a guiding light for us. If they can do this to us, they can do this to anyone – and these guys are heroes. Failure to protect one of their warfighters that served 20 years, is the biggest black eye, but we're gonna use it to make an impact on a larger scale to bring change to the UCMJ, and the way that we treat our military service members. “She’s [Andrea's] the true hero of the story.” They held machine guns and assault rifles to our children’s heads. [Eddie] was being restricted from legal counsel, contrary to what we, as Americans, constitutionally have. “Take failures and learn from them.” “We’re gonna stand up for what’s right.” “If we had quit, they would have taken him out for the remainder of his life.” Special New Year Deal! Every purchase of a 2-year plan will get you 1 additional month free. Go to ​ ​and use the coupon TNQ at checkout.
1/20/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 51 seconds
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Jason Van Camp: Green Beret, Chairman at Mission Six Zero, Executive Director at Warrior Rising, Author of Deliberate Discomfort

Living in a world of risk sums up the life of this week’s incredible guest, Jason Van Camp. As a West Point graduate, Jason is anything but faint-hearted in his experience as a decorated Green Beret in the U.S. Special Forces, in his business endeavors, and his dedication in helping other veterans unlock their potential and start their own business. He has authored the book: Deliberate Discomfort: How US Special Forces Overcome Fear and Dare to Win by Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable. Jason’s will to win and his heart of service to others makes him an epic model of a successful human being.   In this episode you will hear:   If you never quit, you never fail. That journey you’re on – it’s not about trophies – it’s about people, and the journeys you take with those people. The worse experience it is for you, the funnier story it is for everybody else. We put ourselves in deliberately uncomfortable situations so we can get out of our comfort zone and grow. My motivation is to collect as many stories as I possibly can. My mindset has shifted from being selfish to being selfless. It’s hard to find your purpose. I want to help people, I want to make money, I want to do epic shit. Our non-profit – Warrior Rising – helps veterans start their own business. I’m a life-long student – always wearing my white belt. Go do something. Everyone can be a collaborator. Cooperate and graduate. I turned the military decision-making process into a business model.  Choose hard things before hard things choose you.
1/13/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 6 seconds
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Monty Heath: Navy SEAL, Father, Veteran Ambassador, TNQ Speaker

In the studio this week, we have Monty Heath, a decorated veteran from Navy SEAL Team 2 and Red Squadron, a former supervisor for the U.S. Navy SEAL mentorship program and BUD/S preparatory program, helping veterans develop their entrepreneur goals, a father who has endured the harrowing, near-death experience of his eleven-year-old son, and who has successfully undergone supervised psychedelic treatments to facilitate psychological introspection. Monty brings a myriad of life lessons and incredible experiences to the table in this week’s TNQP episode. In this episode you will hear: If I want something, I have to put 100% into it. I can’t just half-ass what I want. I’ve learned a lot from failure. When I started working as a Special Olympics skiing instructor, that’s where humanity entered into my life. I wanted to be a corpsman, but I didn’t want to help people. I wanted to hurt people. That’s why I got out of it. All my friends were SEALS; all my friends were cool; all my friends were good-looking; we live these privileged, bad-ass lives, but what about someone who’s born with Down Syndrome? [Special Olympics] It chipped away at my arrogance, and it installed humility. As a self-punishment, I didn’t want to go work for the super cool guy organizations. I want to be with common people and common soldiers. We have to be uncomfortable to grow and evolve. Monty’s 11-year-old son, George, had what started as a bad headache. That quickly developed into his spine hurting, then continuing to degrade, until it was determined in the hospital that he had contracted Bacterial Meningitis He slipped into a coma and “coded” as he lay in Monty’s arms dying. He slowly began to recover, but spent 51 days in the hospital & was paralyzed. Yet, some of the first words he spelled out for his mom were: “you and dad complete each other.” The idea of waking up and writing down what you’re grateful for can be a life-changer. Gratitude & attitude and gratitude is like a see-saw. If your gratitude is high you can’t have a bad attitude. I started to understand the power of being vulnerable. It’s disarming. Ibogaine therapy will make you go through your trauma, and make you come out on the other side better. I suggest every human being on the planet experience it. Communication & relationships to me is like new. Empathy is an important thing in life. Special Christmas Deal! Every purchase of a 2-year plan will get you 4 additional months free. Go to ​ ​and use the coupon TNQ at checkout.
1/6/20211 hour, 1 minute, 24 seconds
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Lt Colonel Dan Rooney: F-16 Fighter Pilot, Founder of Folds of Honor, Author of Fly Into the Wind

In this week’s podcast, we bring you an amazing guest – Lt. Colonel Dan Rooney – an Air Force F-16 fighter pilot with 3 combat tours in Iraq under his belt, two Top Gun awards, and countless military decorations. Dan recounts his life dreams as a 12 year-old boy, which have now come to fruition – to be a fighter pilot and a PGA golf professional. He also founded “Folds of Honor”, whose mission is to provide educational scholarships to the spouses and children of wounded or killed military service members. Folds of Honor has provided 30,000 life changing scholarships totaling over $140 million dollars. Dan, a man of great faith, speaks of the importance of God in his life and the daily motivation it brings.   In this episode you will hear: I had an unlikely dream for a 12 year old kid, but ultimately God would put those two together for a much higher purpose. I felt the hand of god on my shoulder. He picks the least of us to do something significant. Just grow up and do what you love. Don’t be a prisoner of common assumption. The most successful people in the world, are the people that are the best in handling life when things aren’t going their way. We are defined on a daily basis when it doesn’t go our way. When you meet the families that you help and you see the impact that you have – that’s what keeps you leaning into the wind. Engineer a code of resilience in your life. Use your talents to make a difference – to be fulfilled. As a pilot, we need resistance to ascend – Our lives aren’t any different. Be the best version of yourself regardless of the chaos around you. If we have one skill, it’s being able to take in copious amounts of information at high speed, and prioritizing what matters. If you want more blessings, you’ve got to bring God with you every day. Every interaction I have - I will bring my faith to it. My 3 “never quit” motivations: I’ve never quit praying; I’ve never quit showing up at the gym and; I’ve never quit on my marriage.
12/30/202053 minutes, 44 seconds
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Darren McBurnett “McB”: Retired Navy SEAL, Photographer, Author of Uncommon Grit, Founder of Uncommon Grit Foundation

What a ride Darren McBurnett (“McB”) is having. After 24 years as a Navy SEAL combat veteran, he then pursued and succeeded as a professional photographer – with no prior experience. His work has appeared in major publications, film, and promotional advertisings. McB was in such superior physical condition, that he developed “Extreme Athletic Heart”, resulting in the need for a pacemaker (He’ll explain it in this episode). This ridiculous turn of events not only didn’t stop Darren from continuing his photography career, but has since authored a book, “Uncommon Grit”, and is a sought-after motivational speaker by major corporations – not to mention - a comic book collector & golfer.   In this episode you will hear:   Do what you can with what you have. Never make an excuse as to why you can’t do something. I would ride my bike 50 miles to go run a 10k, which established my work ethic. I would run to school – 3 miles away; then do indoor track; then run to the swim team; then run home 6 miles, and then put on my McDonald’s uniform and run to work. I didn’t look around for praise – that’s just who I am. The very first lesson I learned was to work smarter. I’m naturally good at free fall. When I get in the air, I’m a natural. We need Alpha males because our society is getter weaker as it goes along. I didn’t know anything about photography, so I decided I wanted to learn. To get photos at BUDS, there were a lot of people in the right place, at the right time to make that happen. Uncommon Grit came through requests from Instagram & Social Media. While on a run at 44 years old on SEAL Team 3, my heart began to fail, and ended up needed a pacemaker due to what was referred to as “Extreme Athletic Heart”, which forced me into retirement. A purple smoke photo taken at BUDS (Navy SEAL Training) is how my photography career was launched.  Never underestimate yourself and never think there’s something out there that you can’t do. You’re limited by how far you want to push it. It’s totally up to you. Special Christmas Deal! Every purchase of a 2-year plan will get you 4 additional months free. Go to ​ ​and use the coupon TNQ at checkout.
12/23/20201 hour, 48 minutes, 23 seconds
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JR Vezain: Professional Bareback Rider, Horse Trainer, Husband, Father

If ever there was a “never quit” story to tell, it’s this guy – JR Vezain. JR delivers the details of his harrowing, life-altering bareback bronco rodeo disaster. He is experiencing “a miracle in the works”, and has an uncanny peace with his injury, because he truly believes that his recovery is on the way. His aspiration is to be an inspiration to young up and comers that would fill his shoes. Although unable to walk, he carries on with life with his wife and young son – riding horses and 4-wheelers, roping cattle, and moving bales of hay. If you could use some encouragement and a positive story for a change, you’ve come to the right place.    In this episode you will hear:   After my first in-chute rodeo accident, I had a “come to Jesus”, and turned my life around. I will receive a miracle and walk again someday. I’ve accepted the challenge and accepted the situation. I have not grown complacent with where I’m at. I haven’t accepted that this is the rest of my life because I don’t believe that. All I need is a slight or slim chance. You gotta visualize and not quit. I don’t think that any of my past life or sins resulted in punishment from God. We’ve been blessed beyond measure. Life hasn’t changed, but my goals have changed. I no longer want to win a world tile – I want to walk again. My biggest struggle is accepting help. There hasn’t been one thing I haven’t been able to accomplish post-injury that I couldn’t get done before. I just had to find other ways to do it. My horses have melted to me because they know something’s up. Be careful what you’re complaining about. There’s somebody out there praying to have what you have. Excuses are like assholes – they all stink. Find ways to overcome. Never give up… dig in, dig deep, and don’t weaken. I’m gonna try to be the best husband I can be, the best father I can be, and make the best version of myself as I continue on this journey. 
12/16/202059 minutes, 59 seconds
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Johnny "Joey" Jones: Fox News Contributor, USMC Explosive Ordnance Disposal, TNQ Speaker

As a bomb technician in Afghanistan, Johnny “Joey” Jones experienced the worst possible scenario in an IED-related incident. It resulted in the loss of both of his legs above the knee and severe damage to his right forearm. In this week’s Team Never Quit episode, he describes in detail the sequence of events that led to that horrific event. But that event didn’t stop him from dedicating his life to the service of other veterans and their families as well as serving as a Fox News contributor. After two combat deployments and eight years of active service in the Marine Corps, Johnny “Joey” Jones live his life to the fullest.   In this episode you will hear:   “Get it right, or people die” – that’s a good way to train. When I leaned back [from the wall] I stepped on an IED that was there; it threw me through the air. It was truly an amazing experience. There was no noise. Everything just turned into a giant cloud. My right arm was fileted open and the bones were broken, so when I reached up, my hand stayed in my lap. I remember looking at it. It didn’t hurt for like an hour. My legs were completely gone, from the knee down. You gotta stop the bleeding if you want to live. I learned at that moment, I didn’t know the Lord’s Prayer. I lose my legs; other guys lose their life. TNT won’t cut you open; it’s gonna pick you up and throw you. C4 may not move you two feet, but it’s gonna cut right through you. I deployed this really good-shaped single Marine with no responsibilities, and I came home bandaged up on all four limbs with a son and a girlfriend. I just never accepted that life’s responsibilities were going to be any different for me because I got blown up. Anything worth doing is worth doing right and anything worthwhile is never easy. If I can find a way to be in control of my destiny, it's game on. I might not succeed at everything, but I’ll be there to find out. I’m trying to kill this deer in my yard, so I’ve got an AR at each level of my house, so if he pops up, I’m gonna take him out. Get up, get over it, get going.
12/9/202056 minutes, 48 seconds
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Taylor Canfield: Navy SEAL Turned NASCAR Driver, Founder of The Green Light Society

Taylor Canfield brings an exciting twist to the story of an average American patriot and retired Navy SEAL. His unique post-military career path was to be the only retired SEAL to become a NASCAR driver.  Taylor’s non-profit organization, The Green Light Society, helps wounded combat soldiers via adrenalin therapy - anything that got their blood pumping before their injury, they will do again after their injury, even when it seems impossible.   In this episode you will hear:   Taylor Canfield is NOT the sailor. I faked a few papers to start working at 14. Even if you can win [NASCAR] - if you don’t have sponsors, you’re not gonna race. Bad things happen, but you gotta go on living, so learn from it. Failure is actually a gateway to success.  If you can learn from your mistakes, you can be unstoppable. If you’re not learning from them, you’re making those mistakes in vain. Get past the mental barriers. If I can do the SEAL training physically, you can do it. You have to convince your mind. The Green Light Society will go to the world’s end to recoup and get you back into what you love to do. It’s my way to give back and help guys that were less fortunate than I was. No ones gonna do the work for you. A lot of people don’t start because they’re afraid of failure, but you gotta get over that and just go for it.
12/2/202056 minutes, 4 seconds
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Jeff Tiegs: US Army Ranger & Delta Force, Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Expert, COO of All Things Possible Ministries

Jeff Tiegs is an amazing difference-maker. He uses his extensive experience in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency to counter sex-trafficking in the United States. With over 25 years is in U.S. Army Special Operations, as well as combat experience and multiple tours in Afghanistan & Iraq, Jeff is applying that expertise in his endeavors. Jeff is The Chief Operating Officer at All Things Possible Ministries, whose mission is to identify, interrupt, and restore those affected by trauma.   In this episode you will hear:   In the U.S., we are unbelievable consumers of prostitution, and what comes with that is minors. You’re on deployment every time you walk out of the house. One in four women is sexually assaulted or sexually abused. The sex trafficking crime is so open. It’s openly advertised. There are people that think we should defund the police. I think more reasonable people think we should reallocate funds and figure out ways to do this better. There are people out there who can augment what law enforcement is lacking. The [funding] money is gonna go where the people demand it. [Our organization], All Things Possible does everything from simple counseling to freeing sex slaves. Find strength in simply being alive.  What comes off of your tongue – what you speak – is what you become. The term “Yahweh” is the sound of breathing. The mere fact that we, as humans, are breathing, we’re saying the name of our Creator every time we breathe. What is God’s name? The thing that gives breath to everything that lives. The first thing a baby says is that breath of life.  One family, who lost their son on the battlefield, found relief in the fact that the last breath their son took was the name of our creator. Find strength, find solace, and find peace, in that simple act of breathing. If you’re alive, you’re saying God’s name, and He’s there to help to you. 
11/25/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 42 seconds
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Meyers Leonard: Miami Heat Center, Co-Founder of Level Foods, Philanthropist

This week, we spend some time with Meyers Leonard, an American professional basketball player of the NBA’s Miami Heat, and Co-Founder of Level Foods with his wife, Elle. Meyers’ outlook on life, hard work, and the relentless pursuit of excellence will motivate you. His never quit attitude has brought him through many personal and professional difficulties. Listen as Meyers shares his inspiring stories.    In this episode you will hear:   I’m just a normal, blue-collar dude, who’s been thru the struggle, on and off the basketball floor. 2 things that help get me by - no matter what: My character and my work ethic. How can I help my team?  Selflessness. There’s no chance I’m giving up. I want shit to get tough, because that when the mental edge takes over. Patriotism runs deep in my family. I can support the military because of my connections to it, but I still understand that there are issues in America, and I can support my teammates and what they have felt in their lives. I could’ve quit – I gave it 7 years – Then I went from getting booed to crowds chanting my name. People think that because I’m 7 feet; I’ve got millions of dollars; I drive nice cars – everything is great, but I’m still a normal human being. Sometimes things are hard. You are gonna get your opportunity and you better be ready. I wanna be known as a man who did something for someone else.
11/18/202051 minutes, 36 seconds
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Chris Osman: Marine, Navy SEAL, Founder of Rhuged

Chris Osman has a myriad of incredible personal experiences to share in this week’s TNQ Podcast. He is a former Marine and a former Navy SEAL who participated in numerous classified operations, a husband and parent. He has experienced everything from incarceration in a Haitian jail to dealing with a rare, life-threatening disease affecting his wife. Chris currently owns and operates Rhuged, a direct-to-consumer ammunitions distributor. Listen as Chris shares some of his “Never Quit” stories.   In this episode you will hear: I learned as I failed. I couldn’t shake the desire to be specialized. I wanted to be tested to see if I could even do it. The most isolated and depressed I’ve ever felt was being in a Haitian jail. I had zero control – there’s nothing we could do. Bare-footed with a shirt & pants, and that’s it. My headspace was in survival mode. I had never been so terrified. When I finally got on that plane with my passport on a commercial airline to Miami, tears were streaming down my eyes. One day my wife started slurring her speech, and we learned she had contracted Myasthenia Gravis, an auto-immune disease that affects the immune system from the shoulders up. One night while in the hospital, she was looking at me, and her eyes rolled back into her head. I quickly assembled the bag mask and called for help. I’ve never been through anything like that. It was a never quit moment. You push forward by being the positive light in someone else’s miserable experience. You gotta be a rock for your people. You can’t bail on people when it gets to be the hardest part of their life. It doesn’t matter how much money you’ve got, you can’t be a Navy SEAL. You gotta put the work in. No matter how much someone would pay me, I’d never put myself back in a position to work for someone else. My goal in life is to never work for somebody else.
11/11/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 30 seconds
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Mike Rouse: Ultramarathoner, Triathlete, Endurance Athlete, Philanthropist

If you’re looking for the definition of perseverance, endurance, and a ridiculous “Never Quit” mentality, you will find it in today’s episode with Mike Rouse. Here’s a guy who went from having it all into falling into a cocaine habit that sent him to prison. But the prison life caused him to seek life again outside the prison walls, which, in turn, caused him to start running. Since his freedom from incarceration, Mike has devoted his life to helping others and has become one of the country’s elite runners. He has run hundreds of marathons, dozens of 50-kilometer races, 31-mile races, and 50-mile races. Twenty-four-hour runs and 100-mile races are like home to him, as are Ironmans and Ultramarathons. Mike has won 2 world championships. One of his closest friends, a Navy SEAL was one of 31 soldiers killed on a mission, and every year since then, he’s been running 3.1 miles, 31 times in a row, wearing a shirt with the names and faces of those 31 men. He changes shirts upon completion of every 3.1 miles. He never met most of those men, but Mike feels like he knows them because of the research he’s done on them, the families he’s met, and his own bond with his friend, JT. In this episode you will hear:   Use your failures as your advancement The first mile of my entire life was when I was 33 years old. When I was incarcerated, I thought “I’ve gotta do something to get my life together.” And running was a big part of that. The majority of ultra-runners I know have some degree of addictive behavior. It drives them to go above and beyond. We’re driven to the next level of competition. When I was doing [cocaine], it wasn’t enough to do a gram or two a day, it was a quarter ounce. I thrive on pain. If you think you are gonna run 26, 50, or 100 miles and have no pain, you have no idea what you’re doing. You’ve got to be ready for it and just embrace it. I choose to do this [running] and I accept that pain. [Marcus Luttrell] Pain is a matter of perspective of the person going through it. 31 men gave everything they had for this country – for this freedom. I know I can’t give up. If you’ve ever quit, the next time, it’s easier to quit. I had all the positives a person could have in life, and yet I had a criminal record. I run 31 miles a day for 31 days, for 31 heroes. [Your son] is gonna be riding on my shoulder tomorrow and I’m gonna be listening to every word he says. When I think I’m hurting a little bit, and he says let’s go, we’ve just got 5 miles left, or 20 miles left. It’s 2020 and those families are still hurting 9 years later. 
11/4/20201 hour, 3 seconds
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Marc Little: Christian, Conservative, Lawyer, Pastor, Author of The Prodigal Republican

What an encouraging and powerful testimony Marc Little brings to the table in this week’s Team Never Quit episode. Having been shot in the right leg as part of a gang initiation, and dealing with resulting complications and infections, Marc’s leg had to be amputated. Since defeat is not part of Marc’s mentality, he said “yes” to life and lives life to the fullest. Now through his work as a lawyer, author, entrepreneur and community builder, he teaches others how to say “yes” to life as well.   In this episode you will hear:   Don’t give up, because the next try may be the try that leads to success. This is a life worth living. God gives us a story for a reason. He gives us a story so that we can help a neighbor. We’re all going thru a tough season, but God is in it. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich has to be done right. You have to have white Wonder Bread, and you gotta have creamy Jiff or Skippy peanut butter, with grape jelly. From the time I was shot and the time that the ambulance came, life was literally leaving me. It was clear that I had a choice, and I decided to stay. The difficulty of being a dad with a 6-year-old child, and not being able to run with him, has become part of who I am. I claim victory because I now know that tomorrow is not promised. Everybody has to lean on God because this journey is not easy. Life is not about us – it’s about what we can do for the kingdom. Many of us are struggling, because we’re not understanding who we are – whose we are. [God] connects our calling to who and what He is. So many people today are just sitting and watching. We have a role to play today. A role to shine the light of Christ. We are not lost – have faith. God has not left us. He will never forsake us. The church is anemic because they don’t understand their calling. All of our experiences are intended to bring us closer to the creator. After 4 years of never giving up – never quitting I decided I’m picking up the pieces of my life, and you’re not gonna tell me I can’t do it. It may not be right now, but the victory is coming. When the righteous are in power the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people moan. We are called to pray over our leaders and elect Godly leaders over us. When u are pushing back against darkness you are taking the background of the enemy. When we are being mocked for praying, that is evidence that we are taking background that was lost.  The Lord has a special way of giving you what He wants you to have. God sees you – and He has something for you. Start your family and let the Lord bless you – Don’t wait. Never quit trying to start a family.
10/28/202056 minutes, 7 seconds
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Kevin Flike: Combat Wounded Green Beret, Author, and Union, Harvard and MIT Alum

Kevin is a former Special Forces Engineer (Green Beret) and holds dual master's degrees from MIT Sloan School of Management as well as Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  On his second deployment in Afghanistan, Kevin was shot in the abdomen and lost 20% of his colon as a result. He also fractured his hip & his left leg was paralyzed due to nerve damage.   Having overcome his life’s adversities with the relentless help of his wife, Kim,  Kevin’s life purpose is to encourage other wounded veterans and anyone else who needs physical, mental, or emotional help by showing them what hope and perseverance look like. In this episode you will hear:   There’s nothing in life that you can’t have if you’re willing to work hard for it. A lot of these things I went through I didn’t really understand at the time, but they were training me for the rest of my life. There is nothing in life that I need to be doing other than this right now. We’ve got to put differences aside. We gotta charge forward. We’ve got a mission to accomplish. I didn’t want to have regret in my life. I didn’t want to look back and say I didn’t try. I realized if I didn’t start to put my health as a priority again, I was gonna be nothing to nobody. Reach out to people for help. Start taking people’s advice. There is a point in your life where you have enough courage to put everything on the line and accomplish something. A lot of people don’t believe it when I tell them that getting shot was the best thing that ever happened in my life. It forced me to pass through a valley of humility. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress – if I hadn’t gone through that I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Because I went through those experiences, I have the ability to empathize with people. I understand a lot more about the trouble people have in their lives. This made me a better husband, father, citizen, and employee of this country. It gave me an incredible perspective on life, and a ton of lessons learned to be able to go out and share with people; to make them into the best version of themselves. I would really encourage people to never quit. When you’re going thru these hard times, you have to understand that hard times are not a bad thing. They’re a gift - to scrape off the rough edges, to learn a lot of lessons, to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, to refine your character. Lift your head up, see what’s happening, then you can push through that hard time. And when you get to the other side, you’re gonna be thankful you went through that.
10/21/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 40 seconds
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Zach Even-Esh: Author, Founder of the Underground Strength Gym, Creator of The Underground Strength Coach Certification

This week we catch up with Zach Even-Esh, a physical powerhouse of a human being. Zach has an amazing reputation in the world of fitness, strength, and conditioning. While Zach himself has been training non-stop since 1989, he has also trained thousands of athletes - from the youth level to the college level; from military personnel to the Olympic level, and has inspired countless athletes around the world to achieve greater success in both sports and life. In this episode you will hear: I get to help kids change their lives. You want to have the horsepower of a Ferrari, with the grinding strength of a tow truck. Strength and condition is just a vehicle for changing lives – especially of our youth. Kids sometimes need time to turn the corner. Not every kid has the attitude that can he run through a brick wall. You never know when a kid’s gonna change. He could be a train wreck for two or three years, then he turns it around and he’s your star. You never know – that’s why you can never give up on a kid. If there’s a never a challenge – or you wait too long to challenge a kid, then it’s completely foreign territory for them. The work is the gift. You should be chasing that work – not avoiding it. If you think you’re having a bad take day, take the focus of off of you. Make the person next to you better. For people to have a breakthrough, they must have a breakdown. It has to be hard – not stupid – it has to be tough. Training has to be hard. The “we”, not the “me” mentally is the game-changer. You need great team mates. To start a basic fitness effort, start by walking – we can all do it. If you make one change, you’re at 100% past zero. Don’t beat yourself up. Just get better. Accountability to somebody else changes everything. Perfection never happens. There’s beauty in the imperfection. You gotta fall in love with the process, vs the end result. With fitness & health, there’s never really an arriving point. When you achieve something, go and work at the next thing. One of the best thing you can do for yourself, is be healthy and strong. One of the most important tricks is – don’t follow the fads or gimmicks. I was taught that to be normal was to be strong. You don’t have to like it. You just have to do it. The biggest thing is to see the emotional/Internal change people experience through hard training.
10/14/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 22 seconds
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Granger & Amber Smith: Country Music Singer/Songwriter, Father, Husband

In a heart-wrenching testimony of tragedy and perseverance, country singer/songwriter Granger Smith recounts the horrific event that took his 3 year old son from this earthly life. He and his wife Amber used their life-changing experience to learn the hard way – the path to overcoming, endurance, and life-giving counsel and encouragement to others. In this episode you will hear: There’s more to the meaning of a tragedy than reason because reason doesn’t always make sense. What can we learn from [River’s] one thousand days? After facing death, it opens your eyes as to what truly matters. Another day forward is so valuable. What about today? Today is what we have. Even if you can deal with today, deal with this hour. If you can’t deal with this hour, deal with the next minute. If you can’t deal with this minute, deal with the next breath. Pretty soon, there comes a perspective, and your brain becomes more clear. Granger hates five year plans. When we came home, our kids had written on the driveway with chalk, “Welcome Home River.” [Musically], I know there’ll be some River stuff comin’ Rivers organ donations saved two adults. You gotta take care of yourself. Wake up at the same time every day, brush your teeth and comb your hair. You’re not gonna have these days forever. I try not to think about why because that mental slide show plays over and over. “One more kiss” [Amber] I can’t think of the future, I need to focus on the now. There is a purpose for disaster. It’s not ever going to be understandable. It’s never going to be logical.
10/7/20201 hour, 23 minutes, 25 seconds
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Best of TNQ Podcast: Jake Wood - Co-Founder of Team Rubicon, U.S. Marine Veteran, Pat Tillman Award for Service Winner

Ever wonder what happens when the fight is over and a soldier puts his rifle down for the last time?  In this episode, you'll hear the story of Jake Wood, a Marine who now doesn't just serve his country, but serves his fellow man throughout the world when disaster strikes. The co-founder of Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization made up of over 100,000 ex-military volunteers who travel to assist wherever disasters occur, shares his desire to make the world a better place by never quitting his service. Hear his viewpoint on how things aren't always hunky-dory and what to do when there is no playbook.  You'll soon find yourself wanting to restore your sense of purpose and be a part of something bigger than yourself.
9/30/202056 minutes
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Best of TNQ Podcast: Ryan Manion - President of Travis Manion Foundation and Sister of First Lieutenant Travis Manion, USMC

In today’s podcast, we are excited to bring you Ryan Manion - an incredible woman who has dedicated her life to supporting our nation’s military, veterans, and families of fallen heroes. She is inspired by the character, leadership, and sacrifice of her brother 1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Al Anbar province of Iraq while drawing fire away from his wounded comrades on April 29th, 2007. Drawing on her personal experiences, Ryan inspires us to become the best versions of ourselves, while also serving the greater good. She has created a culture of servant leadership in her company and community, and her approach to personal thriving demonstrates how strong relationships and service to one another promotes personal well-being and leads to collective success. Ryan has learned that personal thriving is a by-product of personal challenges. She inspires us to meet challenges head-on, and perform at our highest potential by harnessing our innate abilities and character strengths. Ryan’s book – The Knock at The Door – was co-written with two other Gold Star women, linked forever by their unimaginable losses. They share their inspiring, unlikely journey that began on the worst day of their lives. Support the show.
9/23/202055 minutes, 53 seconds
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Best of TNQ Podcast: Tiggs - Mother of Amelie “Lulu", Navy SEAL Wife

In this Best of TNQ Podcast episode we here the compelling, emotional series of events Tiggs has endured. From a four-year old daughter with a massive brain tumor and multiple surgeries; a husband battling PTSD and falling into the darkest mental places, to having one of her best friends of her lifetime pass away, Tiggs gives a riveting account of how her friends supported her and her family, and how her relationship with God brought healing in the worst of circumstances anyone could ever imagine.
9/16/20201 hour, 48 minutes, 46 seconds
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Best of TNQ Podcast: Joe Torrillo - 9/11 Survivor, Retired FDNY Lieutenant

Joe Torillo recounts his first-hand experience as a firefighter on September 11, 2001. Joe was directly below the North Tower looking up as the second commercial airliner slammed into it. What transpired in the next few seconds, minutes, hours, and days are nothing shy of unbelievable. He was propelled in the air by the concussion of the falling debris of the North Tower and was literally buried alive under the falling debris, with his skull open, arm snapped and suffocating in darkness. He was rescued and placed in a boat to cross over the Hudson River for medical treatment. That effort was disrupted by falling building debris that covered the boat, where he was buried alive again. Joe’s story is a gripping account of a series of miracles that kept him alive, while hundreds of others suffered a different fate. You won't want to miss this interview as we remember September 11th, 2001.
9/9/20201 hour, 35 minutes, 31 seconds
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Best of TNQ Podcast: Taya Kyle - NY Times Best Selling Author, Widow of Chris Kyle, Executive Director of Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

What an emotional and heartfelt visit we have in store this week with special guest, Taya Kyle, widow of US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. She is an author, political commentator, mother, and military veterans family activist. Taya speaks openly about her life with Chris Kyle, her heart-wrenching experiences, powerful dreams, and a strong faith which has helped keep her moving forward in life with positivity since Chris’ death. She is nothing shy of an amazing woman – an inspiration to all.
9/2/20201 hour, 34 minutes, 54 seconds
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Best of TNQ Podcast: Discussion on Artificial Intelligence & TBI

3 brilliant minds. 3 difference-makers. These 3 never-quit individuals have come together using unconventional ways to study and understand the human brain and how to apply supercomputers, data, and other innovative technologies to develop advancements in brain treatments. From the electrical properties of the brain, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, and polypharmacy, these individuals have teamed up to influence government decision-makers in developing multi-department data sharing to bring healing, treatments, and to improve the lives of their fellow man.
8/26/20201 hour, 1 minute, 26 seconds
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Best of Team Never Quit Podcast | JJ Watt - Houston Texans Defensive End, Philanthropist, Honorary Texan

There are events and circumstances in life that catch us by surprise, knock us down, and hand us seemingly overwhelming adversity. JJ Watt explains how, and more importantly why he was able to “get back on the horse” and move forward in life after a season-ending injury, remaking himself to an amazing degree by relentlessly working on being the best. His inspiring attitude towards life, and his never quit mentality, has paid handsome dividends. JJ describes his upbringing, his family, his college and professional football pinnacles and downfalls. His successes have prompted him to give back to the community in a myriad of areas, making him one of the most loved and recognizable names in Houston and throughout the country. Support the show.
8/19/20201 hour, 25 seconds
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Best of Team Never Quit Podcast | Victoria Arlen - Author of Locked In, ESPN Personality, and Paralympics Champion

Imagine being a normal kid for eleven years and then due to an unbelievable rare condition, spending the next four years of your life literally trapped inside your own body inside a hospital, unable to communicate with the outside world, suffering through non-stop seizures, while your condition worsens and the doctors offer no sliver of hope to your family...all the while you're still lucid in mind and spirit, desperately trying to get back to the life you once knew. At the age of eleven, Victoria Arlen developed two rare conditions known as Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, which rendered her “locked” within herself. She went from being a completely healthy, normal kid to a complete vegetable in three months. She lost the ability to walk, talk, move, and function. Everything began to shut down, including all of her cognitive abilities. Victoria Arlen not only suffered and survived through this unbelievable battle but has gone far beyond the norm to thrive and has mastered the “never quit” attitude to fuel her extraordinary accomplishments. She is a current television personality for ESPN, as well as an actress, speaker, model, and World-record setting Paralympian swimmer.
8/12/202056 minutes, 29 seconds
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Best of Team Never Quit Podcast | Chris Duffin: Guinness World Record Holder in Powerlifting, Author of The Eagle and The Dragon

In this week’s Best of Team Never Quit Podcast episode, you will hear the almost unbelievable life story of Chris Duffin, Guinness World Record holder of a three-rep, 1,000-pound deadlift, and rated #1 in the world for 8 consecutive years. Chris tells his crazy life story – from being raised “off the grid” surrounded by drug running, murderers, serial killers, and human trafficking, to over-achieving with a dual engineering degree, working in aerospace, automotive, and hi-tech industries, and then becoming a mega-successful entrepreneur with four companies in his portfolio. While there is not one major event in Chris’ life, it’s because his whole life is a never quit story – a lifestyle of pursuit, perseverance, and grit.
8/5/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 54 seconds
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Best of Team Never Quit Podcast: DJ Shipley, Navy SEAL and CEO of Tribe Sk8z

In todays Best of Team Never Quit episode we throw it back to when we had DJ & “Fatty” joined us on the show to give us some perspective related to “after military” life, and the pursuit of a dream. In their case it was going from “what the hell do I do now?” to actually turning a deep love for art into a successful business - Art therapy. Ahh, but not just any art therapy - custom skateboard designs: new school, old school, and longboards. And Tribe SK8Z was born. And in that, they have found a satisfying outlet, living an aggressive lifestyle, tattoos and supporting veteran charities, while creating unique skateboards for military and Gold Star families, and anyone else who desires a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. These guys inspire us to deal with life’s challenges head-on and perform at our highest potential by doing what we were born to do.
7/29/20201 hour, 38 minutes, 47 seconds
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Holly Luttrell: Matriarch of the Luttrell Family, Mother of Marcus and Morgan Luttrell, Recent Breast Cancer Survivor

In this week’s podcast, we bring you a compelling talk with Holly Luttrell, the matriarch of the Luttrell family and mother of Navy SEALS Marcus and Morgan Luttrell. Holly brings us a relaxed chat describing her life raising twin boys on a working horse ranch, and instilling in them the principles of living right, respecting others, and fearing nothing. She tells truly entertaining stories about her life experiences, and speaks encouragement and hope to those who are dealing with negative circumstances, children in the military, or major health issues. You will be captivated by Holly’s warm, sincere voice, and peaceful demeanor. Support the show.
7/22/202058 minutes, 14 seconds
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Jake Olson: Blind USC Football Longsnapper‎, First Completely Blind Football Player to Play in a Division I Game

Jake Olson was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma in both eyes at the age of eight months and forfeited his left eye to that cancer. Over the next twelve years, he battled cancer in his right eye eight times. Seven times he beat it. When it came back for the eighth time, there was nothing he could do. His right eye was surgically removed and Jake had to re-learn how to do basic things that were once so easy; putting toothpaste on his toothbrush, food on his fork, or walking around his house would all require significant relearning and much more effort. Although he first viewed going blind as his biggest setback, it ended up being his life’s biggest set up. Jake became the first Division 1 blind collegiate athlete to play in a game as a long snapper for USC, under head coach Pete Carroll. He also became the first blind golfer on the PGA Tour. He is an entrepreneur, has also authored 2 books, and is a motivational speaker. Support the show.
7/15/202054 minutes, 50 seconds
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Victor Marx: President of All Things Possible, High-Risk Humanitarian, The World’s Fastest Gun Disarmer

In this week’s episode, we bring you Victor Marx, a marine and a hero of victims of war and abuse around the world – a “high risk” humanitarian. What a remarkable life of service, help, encouragement, and literal rescue – restoring those affected by trauma. Even after experiencing a severely abusive and torturous childhood, and living a lifestyle filled with drugs, fights, and theft, the discipline of military life and faith in God helped him recover from his traumatic childhood and now empowers him to help others. Victor’s organization - All Things Possible - has helped thousands of unintended victims of physical violence and intense trauma. Women, children, and members of our military find hope, healing and the power of a relationship with Jesus Christ. Support the show.
7/8/20201 hour, 2 minutes
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Dan Luna: Retired Navy SEAL, Leadership Coach & Consultant, SEAL Future Foundation Ambassador

How is it humanly possible to endure multiple explosions in very close proximity in a short amount of time, lose some of your closest friends in battle, and deal with extreme stress, severe depression, and marital challenges simultaneously? While mental blow after mental blow can result in the repercussions of triggering serious mental challenges, Dan Luna eventually overcame all of it with help from others and a never quit attitude. Dan is also a former instructor for the Naval Academy as well as a recognized leadership speaker. In this powerful conversation we dive into topics such as the warrior mindset, leadership, confidence, outlook for tomorrow, courage and much more. Dan Luna is a true warrior in soul, mind and body. Support the show.
7/1/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 27 seconds
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Char Westfall: Wife, Mom, Surviving Spouse of Navy SEAL Jacques Fontan, Author of A Beautiful Tragedy

What an incredible story of resilience Char has to share today. Her husband, Jacques Fontan, was one of nineteen servicemen killed when the helicopter he was in was shot down during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan (from which the film Lone Survivor is based.) As a result, she has written a book, A Beautiful Tragedy, in which she speaks openly about the anger and bitterness that experience birthed, and her battle to regain her life, to heal within, and to serve others in the process. 
6/24/20201 hour, 32 seconds
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Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña: Legendary DEA Operatives Responsible for Taking Down One of the World’s Most Infamous Narco-Terrorists Pablo Escobar

Who do you call on to hunt down elusive, brutal, narcotics kingpin Pablo Escobar, a man with no regard for human life? You call on DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña to spearhead the investigation and manhunt. Join us as we welcome Legendary DEA operatives Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña and who tells the true story of how they helped put an end to one of the world’s most infamous narco-terrorists. Support the show.
6/17/202059 minutes, 50 seconds
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Aaron Kendle: Retired Navy SEAL, Harvard Business School Graduate

What do you do when you witness a Chinook helicopter with 31 guys you know get shot out of the sky by an RPG, enter into spiraling depression, fail your team, as well as yourself, and then experience a horrible accident that causes you to lose your hand and forearm? In Aaron Kendle's case, who refuses to be defined by failures, you pick yourself up, and lean on a never quit mindset to live life to its fullest and achieve an incredible story. Aaron comments: “My resume may read great — but what they don’t see is all of those fails between the lines. For me, those failures stay between the lines.” Mr. Kendle is a retired Navy SEAL where he served as a specialized medic, sniper, airborne leader, and jump school instructor. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business school, a father, a husband, and a Scottsdale Charro. Mr. Kendle is a decorated member of the United States Navy, served as a member of SEAL Team 7, NSWG-1 Training Detachment, and Naval Special Warfare Development over a 15-year career and has dedicated his post-military professional career to helping his fellow brothers in arms transition back into civilian life. Support the show.
6/10/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 58 seconds
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Inky Johnson: Former University of Tennessee Defensive Back, Motivational Speaker

Today we are joined by Inky Johnson who shares his compelling story of perseverance and conviction. From a promising NFL career to a complete repurposing of his life, Inky, through his faith, has been able to continue his calling of inspiring people and changing lives by sharing his incredible personal experience. His paralyzed right arm hasn’t hindered his resolve in the least. It’s as though his “disaster” was indeed a blessing. Support the show.
6/3/202055 minutes, 48 seconds
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Mike Day: Navy SEAL, Shot 27 Times and Never Quit

Join us as we welcome Navy SEAL Mike Day who shares the graphic details of an unbelievable event that against all odds, survived. He took 27 rounds of an AK-47 pounding while on a mission in Fallujah, and lived to tell about it. When Mike shares his unparalleled true story, you won't want to stop listening until the end. It’s a captivating series of events, told by the man who lived it. Support the show.
5/27/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ray Care: Navy SEAL Veteran, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker

How does one deal with growing up with divorced parents who don’t want you? Join us as we talk with Ray Care – a Navy SEAL and twelve-year veteran of the United States Navy – and hear his story of growing up with an abusive father that repeatedly told him he was worthless and how it left him mentally beaten down. It had an extremely negative effect on his life as well. One day, Ray looked in the mirror and saw a drug addict, a womanizer, and an alcoholic. He was weak-minded, had no drive and was filled with doubt, remorse and anxiety. Finally, Ray got tired of being the underdog and came to terms with making a change. After completing intense Navy SEAL training, he became intellectually sound, mentally hard and trainable. Today he is a sought-after communicator. Ray now doesn’t know what it’s like to quit something. Support the show.
5/20/20201 hour, 24 seconds
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Will Chesney: Retired Navy SEAL K9 Handler who helped take down Bin Laden, Author of Best Selling Book “No Ordinary Dog”, and Veteran Advocate.

In this week’s podcast, you will hear the incredible story of the mission to locate and kill Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade center by one of two dozen Navy SEALs, Will Chesney, who was a K9 handler in that operation. Will’s dog, “Cairo”, was instrumental in helping to successfully accomplish the mission. After that mission, only one name was made public: Cairo’s. Will’s story is one of an irrevocable tie to his dog, as well as straightforward talk about his personal struggles with depression, migraines, chronic pain, and memory loss. Support the show.
5/13/202056 minutes, 40 seconds
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Jason Redman: Retired Navy SEAL, NYT Best Selling Author, Purple Heart Recipient

Jason Redman, Retired Navy SEAL team member, has endured firefights, bullets, years of surgeries from his service in Afghanistan and Iraq. Everybody has different experiences throughout their life - some big, some little. But when life literally shoots you in the face, how will you react? How will you respond? Jason has conquered adversity with proven leadership techniques and shares his experiences as well as one of his never quit stories you've probably never heard. Support the show.
5/6/202050 minutes, 47 seconds
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Spencer Stone: Former Air Force Staff Sergeant, Hero of 2015 Thalys Train Attack, Subject of The 15:17 to Paris

Spencer Stone is a former United States Air Force staff sergeant, who has faced two near-death experiences in his life, both of which he survived against insurmountable odds. Life sometimes hands us difficulties, and, in rare occasions, it hands us unbelievable, “I’m gonna die” events that require us to go beyond anything we’ve ever had to do to survive. Spencer Stone has endured such events. From subduing a heavily armed terrorist on a Paris-bound high-speed train, to defending the honor of a young lady, resulting in being beaten and stabbed repeatedly by a gang – and living to tell about it. Spencer gives the harrowing details of both of those incidents in this weeks episode, the first of which was made into a motion picture by director Clint Eastwood. Support the show.