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Warrior Toughness for Real Life with Navy SEAL Stephen Drum

Warrior toughness is the ability to make the correct decision at the right time, no matter how stressful, painful, or frightening that moment may be. This is not only achieved by rigorous discipline and training, but also a fine balance of body, mind, and soul.

Today we are pumped to have Stephen Drum on The Dad Edge. He is a combat-tested retired Navy SEAL Master Chief with 27 years of experience leading teams and executing mission-critical performance strategies.

Stephen tells us a 4-part process for developing Warrior Toughness that we can apply to real life. He reveals the surprising mix of performance psychology, mindfulness, and problem-solving that makes up the warrior mindset. He also talks about how we can organize the caring of our families while keeping ourselves adaptable and ready to pivot in any situation.

Learn to operate under pressure—day in, day out—no matter what life throws at you!

What You’ll Learn

  • Although Stephen admits he was a rebellious and difficult kid, his parents’ guidance set a foundation for making good decisions in adulthood.
  • Stephen reveals his experience with BUDs training and SEAL life
  • Fight like a warrior, and act from character.
  • How to have frank conversations with yourself about where you made mistakes
  • The qualities of a warrior mindset
  • Problem solving skills
  • Using personal sources of strength like religion, values, and belief to power you through tough situations
  • The powerful combination of performance psychology, mindfulness and meditation
  • Exercises to reduce stress and anxiety: visualizations, progressive muscle relaxation, recalibration breathing.
  • The 4-Part Process of Warrior Toughness
    1. Commit – fully invested in yourself and process
    2. Preparation – acquiring the skillsets you need
    3. Execute – how to make clear, composed decisions under fire
    4. Reflection – step back and check if your actions were aligned with your values
  • On motivation versus discipline—discipline is more important because we won’t always be motivated.
  • You must conjure a visceral picture of what the finish line looks like so you can reconnect to it when you fall off track.
  • Detaching from emotions to make the right decisions. For example, you can feel angry instead of becoming angry.
  • Where Stephen admits he has failed as a husband and father
  • How Stephen incorporates warrior toughness into his parenting and marriage
  • Establishing consistency in household—Approach things from process. Be deliberate. Detach emotionally from experiences. Provide structure.
  • Led, fed, and educated—How Stephen organizes the leading and caring of his family
  • How to keep the family unit informed and prepared during crises like Covid-19, yet remain focused and engaged in life.
  • Don’t be mired down by negativity and political bias. Instead, see where you can pivot and adapt in a rational way.

RELATED EPISODES:

The 12 Traits of a Warrior Part 1: The Hard Traits with Chris Sajnog

12 Traits of a Warrior Part II: The Soft Traits

Raising Kids with the Dichotomy of Leadership with Jocko Willink


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Modern Survival for Dads

Modern Survival for Dads with Mike Glover

For many of us, it’s a challenge just to get through the day. We’re stuck on the hamster wheel, running as fast as we can to nowhere. Not only do we lack clarity around our paths in life, but we also lack situational awareness when it comes to the daily environment around us. The world is not always a safe place, and complacency is deadly.

Today we have Mike Glover on the show. He’s an ex-Special Forces soldier, the host of the Modern Mindset 365 Podcast, and the founder of Fieldcraft Survival, where he teaches everyday people how to be prepared for any catastrophic event, accident, or natural disaster.

Mike teaches us modern survival for dads, which includes being empathetic, resilient, and deliberate in our actions. He also talks about how to protect our families and teach our kids what to do when their lives are in danger.

“Small victories accumulate into success.”—Mike Glover

Mike Glover

Mike Glover spent most of his life in the Army serving as an infantryman and Special Forces soldier. He started his career as a Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where he learned Honor and Respect. After September 11th he tried out for US Special Forces where he served the remainder of his career in multiple positions including: Sniper, JTAC, Recon NCO, Team Sgt, Sgm, Breacher. He developed his mindset and the practice that he teaches today during his combat rotations in austere environments all over the world.

After being promoted to Sergeant Major in Special Forces, he began contracting with the US Government operating overseas, protecting government officials in dangerous environments. After his service and contracting days, he started a successful business called Fieldcraft Survival dedicated to training civilians, Law Enforcement, and Military personnel for the worst case scenario.

Mindset is Mike’s passion. He believes that it’s a tangible tactic that can be taught and made more resilient with training and an open mind.

What You’ll Learn

  • Mike Glover’s start in the military at the age of seventeen
  • Why Mike left his military career to create his business and start a family
  • Mike’s dream to start a brewery
  • How he got the idea to specialize in modern survival
  • How Mike’s parents’ divorce when he was five was beneficial to him
  • How his mom was the disciplinarian, and his dad was the emotional, compassionate parent
  • Mike’s fascination with the Hollywood depiction of men in the Special Forces
  • His issues in adolescence when he became rebellious, dropped out of school, and joined the service
  • Details on his grueling training for the Special Forces
  • How being stubborn got him through it
  • About his brand new baby twins, Ben and Penelope
  • How a child with unmet needs will turn into a needy person and set them up for failure
  • How he plans to balance his toughness with empathy when raising his kids
  • His commitment to being conscious and readily available with his kids in the present moment
  • His advice for distracted and stressed dads on how to be present with family
  • How to deliberately schedule the time you will spend with your children to set you up for success
  • How not having time to spend with your family is a task organization failure
  • How Mike holds himself accountable
  • How to overcome discomfort
  • Accepting the feeling that you’re failing as part of life
  • Using tactical patience—not to expect things to be resolved instantaneously, but learning to sit, think, and renegotiate
  • Situational awareness—what should the average guy be aware of when out with his family?
  • How routines make you complacent to dangers, crimes, accidents, disasters
  • To be prepared for the worst-case scenario, you need to deliberately plan like a soldier.
  • Staying focused and conscious of your actions (not operating on autopilot)
  • Why kids are the first ones to die in catastrophe
  • Protecting your kids by showing them how to cognitively process information and make decisions
  • How to develop scenarios for your kids and have them practice making fast, smart decisions in an emergency
  • When is it appropriate for a bullied kid to defend himself? When is it best for him to run away?

“Your thoughts and ideas are nothing without action.”—Mike Glover

MENTIONED EPISODES:

Fighting the Battle Within with Chad Robichaux

Raising Kids with the Dichotomy of Leadership with Jocko Willink

The Ranger Way with Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto


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your super powers

Seeking Your Super Powers with Dr. Richard Shuster


What’s holding you back from becoming your best self?

What about your environment is keeping you from growing?

How can you assess your life and your abilities to discover your super powers?

Today we have Dr. Richard Shuster on the show. He is a Clinical Psychologist, Information Technology Expert, founder of a non-profit called Every Kid Rocks, and the host of The Daily Helping Podcast.

Dr. Shuster shares the story of the near fatal crash that radically shifted his aim in life. He discusses the destructive “trophy case” effect of the internet and what parents should and should not share about their family life on social media.

He also talks about how to create an environment that forces you to grow and how to do a comprehensive assessment of your life so that you can use your super powers to be part of the change process for others.

If the people around you are not singing the message you need to hear, then you need to change your circle.—Dr. Richard Shuster

 

 

Dr. Richard Shuster

In his early twenties, Richard Shuster was the Executive Director for an Information Technology consulting firm where he provided solutions for such clients as the United States Army, state agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. He had no interest in a wife and kids. He was after the dollar and believed he was on his way to becoming the next Tony Stark. It was everything he wanted, or so he thought.

One ordinary Saturday, Richard was in a near-fatal crash that broke his spine. The recovery process was long and grueling. During this period, he had time to reflect. He imagined if he had died and how his parents would react when they got that call. When he thought about this scene, he was filled with shame. He hadn’t accomplished anything meaningful in his life.

This lead him on the path to helping people in a larger way by doing social work and pursuing degrees in psychology to help abused children. He also began The Daily Helping Podcast, which is helping people to become the best version of themselves. He’s now married with two boys and committed to a life of service.

On top of that, Dr. Richard Shuster runs Every Kid Rocks, a charity that gives kids an extra little push to reach their full potential. He also has launched MARS Industries, a firm that offers personal and corporate assessments that transform lives.

What You’ll Learn

  • How his accident wiped away the layers of nonsense in his life
  • His mission to be part of the change process for others
  • His insights as a dad from working with sexually and physically abused children
  • How his podcast will leave hundreds of hours of his legacy behind for his sons
  • The deceptive “trophy case” persona people curate for the internet
  • How those who post the most self-aggrandizing content on social media are the least happy
  • How technology hinders our personal growth
  • How we create an online world that reinforces our viewpoint, even when it’s wrong
  • How this restricts our cognitive flexibility, preventing us from learning and growing
  • How to use social media without getting into the comparison trap
  • What about your personal and family life is appropriate to post on social media
  • Why you and your spouse must agree on boundaries about posting family pictures on the internet
  • How mirror neurons attract us to certain people
  • The miracle story of Richard’s son and how they overcame his developmental challenges
  • Why we need to break free from the grind and pursue something greater so our kids won’t settle for unhappiness
  • His 21 dimensional psychological assessment that will give you a report on how successful you are in life overall

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Coaching Kids for Greatness with former NFL player Anthony Trucks

Coaching Kids for Greatness with former NFL player Anthony Trucks


If you are the coach or parent of a youth athlete, this episode is an absolute game changer. I invited former NFL player Anthony Trucks to my home in St. Louis to do a live Q & A session with dads, kids, and coaches to answer questions about adversity, perseverance, and practice.

Whether it’s football, dance, baseball, soccer, martial arts or track and field, Trucks gives us amazing insights on how to coach the right way and help our kids optimize their mental game for greatness.

'You want something big? Find a solution before you find an excuse.'—@AnthonyTrucks #coaching #mindset #youthsports #kids #children #parenting Click To Tweet

Anthony Trucks

Anthony Trucks was the poster child for “disadvantaged youth.” His mom gave him away along with his siblings when he was three years old. They were separated when he was put into the foster care system where languished for eleven years until he was adopted at the age of fourteen.

Anthony knew he didn’t want to keep going down the path he was on. He didn’t know what greatness was, but he knew he wanted to achieve it. He discovered football and chose to be good at it. Anthony was determined not to become another statistic and practiced obsessively. His superhuman effort paid off when he received a college scholarship and went on to play for the NFL.

Anthony Trucks now owns a gym and appears on American Ninja Warrior. He says he’s had a blast on his roller coaster of a life. His mission is to try to improve peoples’ lives by sharing his experiences.

'Trust in your hustle.'—@AnthonyTrucks #hustle #perseverance #motivation #inspiration Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • Anthony Truck’s advice for men growing up in adversity (drugs, alcohol, abuse) who believe they can’t live a successful life
  • Why we feel comfortable with the “crazy we know”
  • How it was as a kid without a real mom to support him.
  • How he made childhood adversity into his teacher
  • Why the biggest thing we can do for our families is carve out a golden block of focused time
  • Which parent should do the disciplining
  • What motivates Anthony when he wants to give up
  • The two anchors that keep Anthony grounded, yet inspired to push harder
  • Advice he would give if he were eleven years old, “Find someone who cares about you and do what they tell you to do.”
  • How to push through moments of hopelessness and the urge to give up
  • What it felt like to walk into a crowded stadium as an NFL player
  • His advice for kids who want to be in the NFL
  • How to balance coaching skills to help kids stay motivated without pushing them too hard
  • How kids hear parents differently
  • How kids need to be loved by parents and coached by coaches
  • How to help kids get clear about their goals
  • How coaches can get kids to summon their aggression
  • How to coach kids when they are on social media comparing their athletic performances
  • Why parents are responsible for giving their kids a sense of self-worth
  • Why as a parent, you can’t let the outside world define who you are
  • What advice Anthony Trucks would give his 10-year-old self
  • Anthony’s advice for a long-term relationship
  • How pressure has helped him find greatness
  • How to handle pressure by thinking of the end result
  • His favorite thing to do with his family!
'The more work you put into something past the point of difficulty, that’s how you separate yourself from the pack.'—@AnthonyTrucks #youthathletes #dreams #goals #perseverance Click To Tweet

MENTIONED EPISODE: Defying All Odds with Anthony Trucks


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Pulling the Positive from Failures with UFC Champion Frankie Edgar

Pulling the Positive from Failures with UFC Champion Frankie Edgar

We know our kids are going to fail and that they’re going to be disappointed. Pulling the positive lessons from failures can help kids use losses as stepping stones to greatness. But what happens when we as fathers fail?

Today we have Frankie Edgar on the show for a return visit. He was the UFC Lightweight Champion of UFC 112 and is a husband and a dad.

Frankie risks crushing failure every time he steps into the ring. Naturally, it’s no fun losing a fight, but he knows that his kids are watching. Listen to how Frankie sets a champion’s example of pulling the positive from failures and how he draws the line between family and fighting.

'The best thing to show your kid is that everyone gets knocked down. But it’s not about getting knocked down. It’s about how you react to it.' – @FrankieEdgar #MMA #UFC #fatherhood #family #failure Click To Tweet

Frankie Edgar

Frankie Edgar was born and grew up in Toms River, New Jersey where he first started wrestling in high school. After college, he got into mixed martial arts and his career took off. Frankie Edgar is now known as “The Answer.” He has 9 year old and 8 year old sons and a 4 year old daughter.

'I feel like the training mode's easy. The family mode is tricky sometimes.' – @FrankieEdgar #family #dads #men #fathers #fatherhood #dadlife Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • What wrestling taught him about life
  • How he became mentally and physically tough
  • Balancing family life as a pro-athlete
  • How he becomes present in whatever he’s doing
  • How he cultivates his laser-like focus
  • How he faces his kids after he loses a fight
  • How he teaches his kids to own their own failures
  • What it’s like being a husband as a UFC fighter
  • The example Frankie’s father set for him
  • How it’s not always about being the rough guy, but being happy
  • How he still dates his wife
  • The difference in raising a daughter
  • The number one thing he wants to teach his kids
'You can’t think for your kids. You want to build them so they make the right decisions on their own.' – Frankie Edgar #parenting #dads #men #fathers Click To Tweet

MENTIONED EPISODE: Frankie Edgar on Life Lessons from the Octagon


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