Training With A SEAL for 31 days
You want to talk about living a bold and risky life? Jesse Itzler’s life has been nothing but bold and full of taking chances on himself. As a young entrepreneur, he essentially conned his way into the hip hop scene and pretended to be a hip-hop artist to get a record deal. He is also the co-founder of Marquis Jet, a partner in Zico Coconut Water, and one of the owners of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Oh, and he married Sara Blakely, who is the founder of Spanx.
Yeah, if you ask me, it sounds like Itzler has life pretty much figured out. I mean, if you can accomplish that much, everything else in life must be relatively easy, right?
But not even Itzler was prepared for his next adventure. After deciding that he wanted to become both physically and mentally stronger, he decided that he was going to hire a Navy SEAL to train him for 31 straight days. Not just any Navy SEAL. He chose to hire arguably the toughest person on the planet… David Goggins.
Goggins has completed Hell Week three times, placed fifth in the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon while running on broken metatarsals, and holds the world record for pullups in a 24-hour span having completed 4,030.
For the next 31 days, Itzler was going to be waking up during all hours of the night, would be going on numerous runs around Central Park on a daily basis, would be doing hundreds of pullups every single day, and would sometimes have to do situps in between meetings. Goggins had one rule before accepting Itzler’s request to train him… there were no rules.
What We Can Learn From Itzler
There were many times throughout the course of the book where Itzler wanted to give up. He questioned if he had the strength and the willpower to follow through on a goal that he had set for himself. All of those 6 am runs, the two-a-day workouts, and the training sessions in the blizzards were starting to get to Itzler, but no matter how much he wanted to give up, he never did. Itzler used every ounce of strength that he had to keep moving forward, and by the end of those 31 days, he had achieved his goal of becoming mentally stronger. Like Goggins, he too started to believe that there was very little that he couldn’t achieve.
Do Something Hard
If you want to continue to excel in your life, then you need to be constantly breaking out of your comfort zone. When you settle, you are never going to achieve anything more than what you already have. Put yourself in challenging situations, create that environment within your mind to constantly keep going no matter how difficult something is, and train yourself to never quit. By constantly doing things that are difficult, you are going to improve your ability to overcome any amount of adversity that life throws your way.
Have A Plan
For everything that you do, always have a plan. Know exactly what it is that you want to achieve, when you want to achieve it by, and how you are going to execute on what it is that you want to achieve. Without a plan, not only are you less likely to stay motivated when obstacles present themselves, but the odds of completing a goal will severely decrease.
There are going to be situations and opportunities that present themselves along the way, but you need to prioritize what’s important to you. Learn to say “NO” if you have to because every time that you say “Yes” to something, you are saying “No” to a hundred other things.
Overall, this book helped me to realize how badly you have to want to achieve your goals in order to actually achieve them. We all say that we want to, but are we truly willing to work for them?
Are we willing to wake up at 5 am to get in a few hours of work before going to our day job? Are we willing to sacrifice the time we waste watching TV, and instead, use that time to start pursuing our dreams and ambitions? Are we willing to overcome our own doubts to achieve our goals?
It’s amazing how strong the mind truly is. There are going to be times where we feel like giving up on our goals, times where we question our abilities, and times where the pain seems too unbearable. But if Itzler, somebody who has the stress of running multiple multi-million dollar businesses can find the time to achieve a goal of his, then there are zero excuses for why we can’t achieve our goals either.
If you are interested in the book, feel free to click here: Living With A SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet
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