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It's a Beautiful Ride!

Our journey spanned 2 years and 63 episodes in pursuit of a message from the voice to find your voice. Thank you to everyone that has stuck with The Humble Warrior Podcast. Chris Forte was able to self-publish his first book "The Humble Warrior: Spiritual tools for living a purposeful life". On this week's pod, we look back at Chris Forte's journey to write a blog, create at podcast and write a book then we talk about "What's Next?".


Unified Communications - Combining All Aspects of Yourself into One

What do you do when you’ve decided to follow your passions and reality hits and you find out that you can't make a living? Time to reflect, learn and readjust. This week, Chris Forte talks about his 2 year journey to write his book, the price he's paid and what he's learned. (1:40) Making adjustments during life transitions (6:28) Coming full circle - zero to millions to zero (10:30) Going back once you’ve changed (15:55) Practicing your spiritual beliefs into a non-spiritual...


Find the Spark to be Your Best Self - Interview with Kristen Noel

This week we talk to Kristen Noel, Editor in Chief of Best-Self Magainze. Kristen has a personal mission to empower people to take charge of their own destinies, to write their next chapters and to tap into their best selves — no matter what hardships they have experienced. She is currently working on an inspirational memoir and creating live events and online offerings to help others jumpstart shift in their own lives. Here are this week's show notes: (1:32) Interview with Kristen...


Having Your Best Time When it's Your Worst Time

When it seems like your in the worst of times is when your belief, faith and trust are tested the most. As Chris Forte continues his journey to publish his book he's struggling to keep going while so close the goal. This week we talk about the Rising Phoenix Awards, Kickstarters and Uber driving. Here are this week's show notes: (2:12) Chris is nominated for The Rising Phoenix Award (12:34) Everyday is a winding road (19:00) Uber here, uber there, uber everywhere (26:00) The reality...


Will the Landslide Bring You Down

The one certainty in life is things will change. How are you going to respond when change happens? This week, Chris catches us up on the personal growth, financial and family changes he's experienced over the past couple years that has been magnified by an unfortunate incident. Here are this week's show notes: (1:45) Working on a fresh start (6:00) Ignoring intuition leads to pain (10:00) Dealing with your negative emotions (15:35) When your family worries about you (25:30) Making...


Row Until You See Your Reflection

This week we talk about dealing with uncontrollable change and learning from what you see in the mirror. We discuss dealing with feelings about people moving on, what turns words into beliefs and the mirrors of life. Here are this week's show notes: (2:00) How do you respond when someone that’s important to you moves on (5:10) What’s turns words into a belief (8:10) Dealing with unexpected endings (11:40) Success breeds change (16:35) Wishing the best for people (20:40) Mirrors help...


21st Century Masculinity -- Men Helping Men

We kick off the New Year with a discussion about a recent blog post Chris wrote regarding masculinity. Dr. Cassius Drake joins us as we talk about where common "male" beliefs come from, why we have a strong attachment to them and what we can do to overcome them. Below are this week's show notes: (1:52) Chris shares his thoughts behind the 21st Century Male (9:19) Cassius, Jon & Chris discuss beliefs about masculinity (12:51) Have you been penalized for being nice? (18:25) When does...


I Wanna Know What You're Thinking

This week's show wraps up 2016 with a discussion among friends where we discover how hard it can be communicate because of internal dialogue in your head. We also discuss what it means to listen and true expressions of love. Dr. Cassius Drake joins us again for our discussion. Here are this week's show notes: (2:56) Chris & Jon uncover breakthroughs when confronted with needing money to go on a trip (14:10) Dr. Cassius Drake deals with the feelings of Christmas contraints (21:05) Chris...


You Wanna New Drug? Let Spirituality Do the Healing - Interview Dr. Cassius Drake

Modern medicine can work miracles to help you ease the pain, cure an illness and prevent disease, but what do you do if it isn't working for you? There's no doubting the connection between mind, body & spirit, but how does that translate to your health? This week we talk to ER Doctor and healer Dr. Cassius Drake about medicine, emotional and spiritual healing. Here are this week's show notes: (2:32) Dr. Cassius Drake interview (3:17) Medicine to emotional/spiritual healing (6:38)...


The Humble Warriors of College Football

We've been following Western Michigan Football Head Coach P.J. Fleck and his Row The Boat philosophy to an undefeated championship season. We uncover spiritual lessons of growth on this football journey. On this week's podcast, we talk about how PJ Fleck lives a Humble Warrior life as the head coach of a college football team by inspiring his team, the University and the Kalamazoo community. (4:01) It’s not about winning (6:58) Giving and serving (10:45) The power of people (13:37)...


Consciously Choosing How You Want to Live - Conversation with Cal Loo

Have you ever found yourself wondering, how did I get here and why am I doing this? This week's conversation revolves around going through the process of self-discovery as it relates to your job and different phases of your life. Cal Loo talks to us about his experiences with leaving the corporate world and his new life as a social entrepreneur. Here are this week's show notes: (2:08) Cal Loo Interview (3:05) The person I became wasn't the person I chose, it’s the person I was expected...


Reconnecting Your Soul After the Election - A Conversation with Jonathan Ellerby

We were fortunate to have the perfect guest on to help us reengage our spirit after a very emotionally packed election. Jonathan Ellerby PhD is uniquely qualified in the world of spirituality, consciousness and integrative health. We had a great conversation that covered the spiritual layers of the election, tips on how to heal your post-election feelings and relationships and talked about the positive things the election can bring to your spiritual journey. Here are this week's show...


Interview with Detroit Juvenile Court Judge Frank Szymanski

On this week's episode, we talk to Detroit Juvenile Court Judge Frank Szymanski. Judge Frank is running for a seat in the Michigan Supreme Court and stops by to talk to us about his unique way of serving at-risk youth. We talk about the power of meditation as a form of intervention and talk about ways to serve yourself and others. Here are this week's show notes: (2:36) Judge Frank Interview (5:50) Rehabilitation vs Punishment (12:18) Transcendental Meditation a Postive Intervention for...


Our Wants are Many, Our Needs are Few

Jon's sister has her first child and inspires this week's talk about wants and needs. Chris and Jon discuss what they really need and how to balance their wants out of life. Chris uncovers how he loves himself. This week's show notes: (2:00) Our wants are many, our needs are few, (4:30) Somebody to care for you, (12:00) You’re never alone, (16:59) We all need somebody to love, especially ourselves, (24:10) Balancing your wants, (28:15) The wants that we need?, (32:30) Create the life you want


Row the Boat Interview with PJ Fleck

Sports can provide us with exercise and entertainment, but it also provides us with a way to learn about ourselves. This week, we get to talk to the head football coach of Western Michigan Football, P.J. Fleck about his Row the Boat mantra. We'll discuss how the culture he's building is more than wins or losses on a football field. Here are this week's show notes: (1:37) P.J. Fleck Interview, (2:39) Being able to be me, (3:59) Row the Boat Mantra, (6:25) Results are data, (8:16) Finding...


It's Business, Not Personal

In the movie "The Godfather", Michael Corleone famously said "It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business." Have you ever heard that statement at work? This week we talk about how we've experienced this quote in our careers and the meaning behind it. Here are this weeks show notes: (1:38) Chris trapped because of Hurricane Matthew, (6:03) Jon witnesses crazy trying to buy tires, (11:19) It’s business, not personal, (14:30) Not liking who you are at work, (21:22) It’s you, not your...


What is a Humble Warrior?

This week we celebrate our 1-year anniversary of the Humble Warrior Podcast. We reminisce about how the podcast started and how we've changed over the past year. We discuss what it means to be a Humble Warrior. This week's show notes: (0:53) One Year Anniversary, (4:25) What is a Humble Warrior?, (8:48) Making room for who you want to be, (15:14) Battle is within and the destruction of ego, (18:48) Don’t look back in anger, (24:15) Being a role model, (30:00) Heart centered connections


Finding connection through yoga practice - Interview with Dylan Werner

Dylan Werner has no home and travels the world teaching yoga. He's practiced martial arts, wrestling, extreme sports and was also in the military, but yoga was his calling when he discovered the spiritual benefits of the practice. Join us this week as we talk to Dylan about his practice and how he's transformed through the practice. Here are this week's show notes: (1:53) Dylan Werner Interview, (3:08) Finding yoga through martial arts, (10:30) Connection through intention, (21:35) Be here...


Leaving the OCD Circus - Interview with Kirsten Pagacz

On this week's episode, Jon's long-time friend Kirsten Pagacz talks about having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and her upcoming book "Leaving the OCD Circus". Kirsten shares her story about living with OCD and how it affected her work and personal life. Kirsten talks about how she fought this severe mental disorder and how she wants to help others understand and cope with OCD. Show Notes: (1:59) Kirsten Pagacz Interview, (4:28) What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), (8:16) Orders to...


Row, Row, Row the Boat

This week, Chris and Jon talk about the mantra "Row The Boat", created by P.J. Fleck, head football coach of Jon's alma mater Western Michigan University. We talk about never giving up, get an update on the book and talk about a new mantra for the show. Show Notes: (2:20) Spirituality in Sports, (5:15) Rowing the Boat, (9:10) Never Give Up, (17:00) No Such Thing as a Bad Day, (21:45) The Circle is Now Complete, Kinda, (24:30) Dealing with Critique, (27:46) Doing the Work and Checklists,...