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Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet Paperback – November 1, 2016
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This is 100% Jesse. Do it differently and you get different results. That's the way he has operated his entire life and it has worked beautifully.―Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski, Duke Basketball head coach
Jesse is a risk taker and is always trying different things to get better. Plus, he's fun to go out with.―Tom Brady, New England Patriots, five-time NFL Champion, three-time NFL MVP
Most of us go through life on auto-pilot. New day...same routine. This guy beamed a "live action hero" into his living room for 31 days to shake up his life. Sometimes you have to have the guts to do something radical to get results.―Dolvett Quince, The Biggest Loser
Jesse knows what it takes to succeed in business and in life - a Don't Quit attitude! Our US Military embraces that attitude in training and survival, no one more so than the elite Navy SEALs. When my pal invites SEAL into his world, Jesse's life is never the same again! The relationship between these guys is outrageous - it's like the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air meets Rambo! But with all the insanity there are strong life messages, hysterical moments, and great lessons to be learned. Like Jesse, this book is a HIT!―Jake Steinfeld, chairman and founder of Body by Jake
George Foreman once gave me great advice. When I told him my husband ran 100 miles non-stop he said, 'Sara, don't try to understand a man like that. Just love him.'―Sara Blakely, Founder of SPANX, Jesse's wife
"Living With A Navy Seal is funny and compelling with practical wisdom that leaves the reader feeling elevated and empowered. It also deeply impacted my own personal journey to health, fitness and well being."―Senator Cory Booker
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I had a similar experience reading Jesse Itzler's informative, inspiring and hilarious fitness memoir, "Living with a SEAL."
Itzler is a compulsively motivated human being who has achieved crazy success in entertainment, business, and fitness (to say nothing of marriage) by doing things others haven't thought of, view as contrarian or consider bat-shit insane. (is "bat-shit" hyphenated?)
In LWaS, Jesse recounts the intense, month-long training hell he brought on himself by inviting a real-life Navy SEAL to live with him and his family. Early in the book I was thinking, "...maybe I should turn up the heat on my workouts and push the limits of my mind and body." Then I read about Jesse's torn muscles, hypothermia and bloody nuts (yes, those kind of nuts), and thought, "naaahhh."
Indeed, Jesse holds back none of the grueling details involved in training with one of the world's most elite warriors and the marital complexities that arise when you host him in your family's apartment.
Like SEAL, Jesse has one speed: 110% x 24 x 7. He's also a little bat-shit insane and a really funny writer. If you're into fitness and/or crazy people, you'll love Living with a SEAL.
I'm a pretty crappy long distance runner, and when I first heard of Goggins I found it impossible to process his list of achievements. This guy makes the runners I know and admire seem as inept as I am. Reading his list of accomplishments is more like reading about a super hero than about an athlete. After a while it all runs together, just one jaw dropper after another. Any mere mortal would probably spend the rest of his life crowing about it if he had done even one of the things Goggins has done. Instead of bragging, David Goggins just moves on to the next challenge and crushed it (usually as part of a fundraising benefit for good causes).
It is hard to conceive of anyone having this combination of strength, confidence, endurance, and patience.
The book does humanize Goggins. He does share some of the flaws of lesser men. He is profane, he can be moody and unfriendly, and he carries a darkness wirh him. This isn't Superman. This is a human being, like anyone else, who just happens to be capable of super feats.
On his Instagram page, David has made reference to a book he is writing. I'll buy it the day it is published. In the meantime, this book will do. Jesse Itzler is a David Goggins fan, like many of us. He just happens to be a fan who's life was transformed over a month he spent with the SEAL himself. The book is imperfect, but anyone who admires David Goggins should read it.
My take away from the book - "What you think you're capable of is actually only about 40% of what you are truly capable of" (paraphrasing).
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The essence of the story is that the author encounters the SEAL at a 24 hour ultra race and decides, based on the SEAL's performance at said race that he wants to be trained by him for a month. So the SEAL moves into his house and his life for 30 days on the condition that the author does whatever he says without question. Ultimately the author gets fitter but only after taking part in a load of pointless exercises (jumping into a freezing lake, sitting in a too-hot steam room until nearly passing out). The author's life is so far from that of a "normal" person that it's difficulty to find any sympathy for him (serial entrepreneur, married to an entrepreneur, wealthy, weird eating habits, tendency to call up random people and try to befriend them...) as there's no common ground to build a mental rapport. I like reading stories about people's efforts and exertions, but there has to be a starting point which brings them close to my own experiences for the story to grip me fully.
It did fine as light holiday reading but it won't be a re-read.
Anyway, for me as an outdoor enthusiast and constantly looking for motivation and new challenges person this book and Jesse's experience definitely showed me how much human being can be pushed to its limits.
Very easy reading and great book for summer holidays! (except the parts where Jesse is bragging about his achievements) .
Without a doubt I would recommend this book to anybody who is looking for some new perspective in its life and get a kick to move on :)
It’s inspiring to read, difficult to put down - whilst making you glad to not be in Jesse’s shoes at the time.