Have you ever read a book that changed the way you think?
I did last week.
It was Living with a Seal (a Navy Seal) by Jesse Itzler. I was compelled to read this book after listing to Itzler in an interview on the Noah Kagan Present’s podcast.
I needed to read this book because Itzler invited a Navy Seal to live and train with him for a month.
Training with a navy seal on its own was impressive, but Jesse is a successful millionaire. Some of his accomplishments include:
- Co-founded Marquis Jet
- Partnership with ZICO Coconut Water
- Part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks
The reason I needed to read this book is I wanted to know why someone with so much money and so many accomplishments would want to subject himself to so much abuse from a Navy Seal?
The Back Story
Itzler had entered the San Diego One Day with some friends. This race is where each member of the team runs for 20 minutes, and then the next person runs for 20 minutes. This routine goes on for 24 hours.
While they were running, he noticed a person who entered the race by himself.
That’s right…no team…no switching off. This dude ran the 24-hour race himself!
All he had was a lawn chair, one bottle of water, ritz crackers, and Myoplex.
After the race, this guy was limping off the track and in severe pain (to learn more about that race check out Rich Roll’s podcast with the Navy Seal).
Itzler was mystified. He had to figure out who this superhuman guy was.
He did some research and reached out to the Navy Seal. He then invited him to live and train him for a month.
There was only one rule:
Jesse had to do everything the Navy Seal said. Everything.
I don’t want to give the book away, but I do want to share my takeaways.
4 Takeaways from Living with a Navy Seal
My Life is Too Comfortable
Before I read the book, I thought I pushed myself.
After all, I have a full-time job I’m pretty good at, I workout at least four days a week, run this blog, have a side business, and have a great family life.
However, I was lying to myself.
If it is too cold outside, I go downstairs and jump on the elliptical.
When I go on runs, I usually break half way through.
If I am “too tired” to work on my blog, I go to bed.
Sure, I run three miles here and maybe five miles there, but I can’t think of the last time I pushed myself past exhaustion.
Why would you want to do that?
So you know you can!
It’s a mental thing!
When you are exhausted, but push yourself more then you become stronger in all areas of your life.
Here is an example. I have been running more lately, but rarely break eight-minute miles, but just five years ago I would regularly run sub-seven-minute miles.
I give myself the excuse that I’m older. It’s too difficult to keep up that pace.
Two days after finishing the book, I wanted to see if I could run faster.
Here are the results:
Although I didn’t break seven minutes per mile, it was more uncomfortable than when your child throws a fit in the checkout line.
Here are a few things I am implementing to make myself uncomfortable:
- Cold showers (I used to take cold showers, but stopped because they were UNCOMFORTABLE)
- Do something uncomfortable every day for the next 30 days
- Push my workouts
- Quit giving excuses
I feel the more uncomfortable things I do, the stronger I will become mentally and physically.
I thought my workouts were challenging, but after reading the first few pages of the book, I realized my workouts weren’t sh*t.
The very first day the navy seal was living with Jesse he took him to the gym and told him to do as many chin-ups as he could.
He did 8.
Then he told him to do it again.
After that, he said again. Jesse did something like 24 total.
Then the Navy Seal said they weren’t leaving the gym until Itzler did 100 more!
I won’t tell you what happened, but I will share with you some of the exercises I am implementing into my workouts that I learned from the book:
Nickles & Dimes
You do five chin ups and ten push-ups every minute for 10 minutes.
That’s 50 chin up and 100 push ups in 10 minutes.
If you thought the Nickle & Dimes were tough, then you are in for a treat.
For this workout, you do 1 push up then a 15-second break. Then two pushups and a 15-second break. Then three pushups and a 15-second break.
You do this all the way up to 18 pushups.
That’s 171 total!
There is no time limit here.
15 x 7 sets (on the minute) = 105 total
12 x 9 sets (on 50 seconds) = 108 total
10x 10 sets (on 45 seconds) = 100 total
Do you hate burpees? Me too!
This exercise is a timed test to see how long it takes you to do 100 burpees!
Under 10 minutes = good
Under 11 minutes = acceptable
Over 13 minutes = Unacceptable
I’m going to tape my test this week, and you will be able to see those results on my YouTube channel.
You Have Enough Time
I can’t remember if I read this in the book or a podcast I listened to with Itzler, but he talks about how much time we have in a day.
We need about 7 hours of sleep.
Let’s assume 3 hours is just for you. This time could be for you to work out, write, watch T.V., read, or hustle.
Then you work for 8 hours, and we’ll include an extra hour of commuting, so 9 hours.
That is a total of 19 hours.
You still have 5 hours a day.
What are you going to do with that time? You can waste it or use it to accomplish your goals.
Think about what you can get done with 5 hours a day!
- Write a blog post
- Start your book
- Learn a new language
- Record a podcast
- Start a business
You Can Accomplish So Much More Than You Think
One of the biggest takeaways I had from this book is most of us put limitations on ourselves.
The Navy Seal teaches Jesse he can do much more than he thinks.
Here are some limitations I have placed on myself:
- There is no way I can run a 5k in under 20 minutes
- I don’t have the time to train for a triathlon
- Losing weight is difficult with kids
- It’s too hard to wake up early to get in a workout
- I can’t make X number of dollars
- There aren’t enough hours in the day
These are all excuses. The only thing limiting me from accomplishing any of the above are my thoughts.
We can all accomplish so much more than we think. The only thing stopping us is our mindset.
I highly recommend Itzler’s book: Living With a Seal. It is a great read and will change your life.
If you are a parent and looking to accomplish more, then consider joining my community: Healthy Wealthy Parents (coming soon). Get on the list now for a life-time discount. This is a community of like-minded parents seeking to push themselves.
P.S. The seal Itzler was living with was David Goggins. Just Google him!