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Team Never Quit

Author: Marcus Luttrell

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Each week join Retired Navy SEAL and Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell, Melanie Luttrell, and Producer Hunter Juneau as they’ll take 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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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)
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) 
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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. 
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)
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)
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) 
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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why don't you talk about current war in Israel? why do you pretend it is not happening?

Dec 13th

Travis Tripp

this is such an awesome interview

Oct 6th


God Bless

Sep 10th


Love the way you guys encourage her!

Mar 3rd


This was a beautiful episode. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful heart-warming stories. From the jokes that Taya likes to play on others, to the tears that you two shared during the talks. 💗

Sep 15th


sorry Marcus. Love your show but cant stand jj watts views and what he promotes. Your too great a dude to have a AntiAmerican lefty like him on your show. Trump 2020

Aug 19th

Clancy Ortmann

this is one off very few podcasts I've actively gone back and listened to again.

Jul 17th

sakib tanvir


Jul 3rd


Mike Day... cause even Chuck Norris needs someone to fear.

Jun 30th


Just listened to the mamma. Great great interview. She is the bad ass in that family but as sweet as apple pie. Get well Mamma. Loved the stories and look forward to hearing more from you.

Apr 26th

Adrianne Kuch

Thank you for this episode! She is definitely a badass and such a great message of "I Can and I Will!" I needed this today, thanks!

Apr 9th

Casey J

Ever wonder where the baddest men on the planet come from? The baddest women on the planet.✌

Feb 11th

Travis Tripp

What a moving story!!!!

Nov 25th
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Travis Tripp

One of the best shows

Nov 23rd
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Brian Fish

just lost some respect for this show after seeing a mike pence intvw. fuck that war mongering Israeli cuck

Nov 13th
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God bless

Nov 13th
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Love ya brother Gary

Oct 17th


amazing leadership and heroism

Oct 11th

Estevan Cavazos

One of the most motivating and amazing interviews! i couldn't stop listening!!

Oct 8th


Asian pussies

Sep 20th
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