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Special Forces Operators On Mindset, Veteran Mental Health & Extreme Challenges

By January 2, 2023February 7th, 2023No Comments
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Episode #727



Today I’m joined by my friend, coach, and frequent podcast guest Chris Hauth, along with Former Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, and former US Army Special Forces Sergeant Major Alex Racey for a conversation about mindset, veteran mental health, and the importance of doing hard things.

The occasion for this conversation is Chris, Ryan, and Alex’s impending 7x Project—a challenge that entails completing 7 marathons, 7 swims and 7 skydiving (or base) jumps on 7 continents—all within 7 days.

“Our armed forces risk their lives for us, but are not given the tools to properly recover.”


More impressive than the ‘how’ behind the 7x mission is the ‘why’—which is to gather data on human performance and recovery metrics from high-stress situations for the purpose of aiding retired veterans to properly recover from traumas endured incident to deployment.

Today we talk about what it takes to plan, prepare, and execute impressive feats of human endurance and strength. We dive deep into the special forces mindset and the challenges faced by those transitioning from military to civilian life.

We also talk about an enduring silent epidemic in our country, which is that 5x more veterans have died by suicide since 9/11 than have died in combat or in active duty in any form—a huge problem in dire need to redress. A problem that the 7x Project aims to spotlight.

The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

My hope is that this episode kicks off your January right. Packed with big truths and bankable life advice that will help you arrest the habits that don’t serve you, my hope is that Chris, Alex, and Ryan’s words calibrate your mind for the challenges the new year will undoubtedly bring.


Peace + Plants,

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