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Be the Example I have wandered a bit. I Served in the military, flew some jets, jumped out of some, taught some fitness, and spent the last few years speaking to companies and leaders. It has been a journey, and it is nowhere near over.

Be the Example I have wandered a bit. I Served in the military, flew some jets, jumped out of some, taught some fitness, and spent the last few years speaking to companies and leaders. It has been a journey, and it is nowhere near over.
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Be the Example I have wandered a bit. I Served in the military, flew some jets, jumped out of some, taught some fitness, and spent the last few years speaking to companies and leaders. It has been a journey, and it is nowhere near over.






Cleared Hot Episode 64 - Ryan Michler

Ryan Michler is the founder/creator of Order of Man, a community and resource designed to help men improve every aspect of their lives from family, money, parenting, responsibility, etc. I hear the term "toxic masculinity" frequently, and if I am being completely honest, I stop paying attention shortly after I do. From my view in the cheap seats, it seems to be a blanket statement designed to shut down conversations, and it is extremely poorly defined. In this episode Ryan and I discuss...


Cleared Hot Episode 63 - Fear and Doubt

In this episode I answer your questions from a diverse set of questions... My thoughts on military personnel charged with war crimes, leadership styles and their positive and negative impact on small teams, finding inspiration, situational awareness (preparation vs. paranoia), handling fear and doubt, and of course an update on the BJJ journey. Thanks to everyone who reached out with questions, sorry if I didn't get the chance to answer yours, there will always be another Q and A.


Cleared Hot Episode 62 - Jamie Stumpf Part 1

Jamie and I have been married for nearly 18 years. We met in 1999, at the age of 22, married in 2001 at the age of 24, and then I began deploying to war zones in October of that year. My perception of what it meant to be a SEAL changed after 9/11 as our country and military shifted from "conceptual" war, to "practical" war. For 12 of the 17 years of my military career, our country was at war. The solider/service member does not bear this burden alone, and in hindsight, I believe that the...


Cleared Hot Episode 61 - Q and A clean up

I am never able to answer all of the questions received, but I do my best to get to most of them. This week was going to be an interview, but sometimes life gets in the way, so I called an audible and dove back in to some unanswered questions. Advice for your members of the military, or young men and women in general when it comes to "Paying your dues," Forgiveness vs. Revenge, How to find your purpose post military, struggling with how to deal with those who "thank you" for your military...


Cleared Hot Episode 60 - Aaron Cross

Aaron Cross is an Army veteran with tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He started his career as a "grunt," (his words, not mine) and then became an airborne soldier and served with multiple units, to include the famed 101st Airborne Division. On his last tour in Afghanistan his vehicle was targeted by an IED, an incident for which he received the Purple Heart, and ultimately lead to the end of his military career. Aaron has been very vocal and open about his struggles with PTS...


Cleared Hot Episode 59 - War and Parenting

I am consistently blown away by the questions that are submitted by listeners. I appreciate the time and effort taken to submit them, and I'll do my best to launch another episode to clean up those that I missed. In this episode I cover everything from fighting a sense of entitlement in your kids, what you should do if you encounter someone lying about their service (specifically SpecOps service), advice for those stuck in a job that they hate, raising teenage sons, and my thoughts on team...


Cleared Hot Episode 58 - Vaughn Stumpf

The vast minority of citizens will never serve in the military. My father served before me, and his father served before him. I hope that military service ends with me, and that my children find other ways to serve. This episode is with my father, and we discuss our own family lineage, how and why we set our roots in the beach town of Santa Cruz California, and the history of our families military service. I am often asked about my service, and I can only reply with my own experiences. In...


Cleared Hot Episode 57 - All Things Military

This is the second episode I have dedicated completely to Military Q and A. I have been incredibly surprised by the volume of questions, so the military themed episodes will continue from time to time. In this episode: What I would change from my time in service, the most important/valuable piece of equipment I was ever issued, healthy mindset for a career, killing, motivation, females in direct combat roles, and more. Enjoy


Cleared Hot Episode 56 - 2018 Alberta and Montana Elk season re-cap, internet Q and A

The 2018 bow hunting seasons has certainly had its ups and downs for me. I started my season on 25 August with Red Willow Outfitters in Northern Alberta, and just wrapped it up with a week of hard hunting in the mountains of Montana. There were many failures, many mistakes, and many missed opportunities. Those were the building blocks of my eventual success. The second half of this episode is devoted to Q and A from the internet. Kaepernick and Nike, managing adrenaline during, handling...


Cleared Hot Episode 55 - Travis Davison and John Frankl

Travis Davison is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the owner of Straight Blast Gyms in Kalispell, Whitefish, and Missoula Montana, as well as the Vice President of SBG International. John Frankl is a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a professor in Seoul, and the man responsible for bringing BJJ to the Korean peninsula. Both men are masters of their craft, and continue to both educate and expose people like myself to BJJ. I have less than two months under my belt, pun not...


Cleared Hot Episode 54 - JT Holmes

JT Holmes is a man who makes the Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man Alive" look as if he has lived a boring life. JT is a professional skydiver, BASE Jumper, Ski BASE Jumper, Skier, Speed wing and Speed flyer (the first does not use skis, the second does), truck and Razor racer, public speaker, stuntman, and occasional actor. He calls the Lake Tahoe area home, and travels the world extensively creating content for his sponsors, and in general, pushing the limits of what is considered...


Cleared Hot Episode 53 - Chris Spealler

Chris Spealler is a return guest on the podcast. He is a former college wrestler, and most often known for his competitive days as a CrossFit Athlete. He had top ten finishes at the CrossFit Games in 2007, 2008, and 2010, and winning the Master category for 35-39 year old athletes in 2017. He is the owner of CrossFit Park City in Utah, a husband and father, and a passionate archer (sort of). The training program referenced in the podcast can be found here, at: Grunt Works, and can be used...


Cleared Hot Episode 52 - Robb Wolf

Robb Wolf is a 2 x New York Times best selling author with his books Wired to Eat, and The Paleo Solution. He is considered one of the worlds foremost experts in Paleolithic nutrition, but also has a diverse background in strength and conditioning, as well as academia as a research biochemist. He is the host of The Paleo Solution podcast on Itunes, and his website is a vast resource for anyone with questions or interest in the Paleolithic approach to nutrition.


Cleared Hot Episode 51 - Josh Bridges and John Dudley

Episode 51 is a mid week treat, and a repost of the Nock On Podcast 188. Josh Bridges is a former Navy SEAL, and current CrossFit Games competitor. We caught up with him mid travel home from the 2018 Games, where he made a quick pit stop at Dudley's house to pick up his new bow, and receive some shooting instruction. I'm not sure what is the competitive future for Josh, but bow hunting certainly is! John Dudley is a skydiver who is passionate about archery. He is the host of the Nock On...


Cleared Hot Episode 50 - Jocko Willink and John Dudley

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, Author, Speaker, host of the Jocko Podcast, owner of Echelon Front and Victory MMA and Fitness, as well as being a black belt in BJJ. If you are serious about leadership, his book, Extreme Ownership needs to sit on your bookshelf and be referenced often. John Dudley is a world class archer, coach, founder of Nock On Archery, host of the Nock On Podcast, and as of last week, a skydiver. John's breadth and depth of archery experience spans decades of...


Cleared Hot Episode 49 - Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones is a professional snowboarder, and the founder of Jones Snowboards. Paired with his brothers, who created the extreme sports media company Teton Gravity Research, they created an amazing trilogy of snowboarding movies: Deeper, Further, Higher. In addition to his amazing snowboarding ability and innovation, he is a passionate advocate for combating climate change. In 2007 he created POW - Protect Our Winters, an organization dedicated to reduce the effects of climate change...


Cleared Hot Episode 48 - John Dudley and Chad Ward

John Dudley and Chard Ward are both return guests. John is an archer, a hunter, a coach, and as far as I am concerned, a chef. Chad is a pit master, which I believe stands for chef that uses a barbecue instead of a kitchen top. Both Chad and John taught at the inaugural Nock 2 Fork event held at Traeger HQ, which I highly recommend attending. We discussed a wide range of topics from favorite BBQ, to favorite BBQ techniques, archery, and a little leadership. The most important aspect of...


Cleared Hot Episode 47 - Mark Twight

Mark Twight is a man who has found success in many arenas. When I first heard his name, he was described as an Alpinist, an expert in the outdoors. The description did not do the man justice. Mark was not only an alpinist, he is an author, the founder of Gym Jones, an accomplished cyclist, and at one time a trainer to many stars that most would recognize from movies such as 300, and Man Of Steel. Mark and I met in 2005, while I was slowly climbing out of the hole that an injury from work,...


Cleared Hot Episode 46 - Q and A with Vaughn Stumpf and Jason Deneau

Todays episode is Q and A from the internet, with a twist. As fate would have it, my father and brother in law are here in Montana on vacation. As I was reading through the questions, I realized that they are both a wealth of knowledge from different backgrounds, and that their insight into the questions is equally, if not more valid than my own. Jason has been serving as a firefighter for the city of San Diego for over ten years. They operate in small elements, requiring teamwork,...


Cleared Hot Episode 45 - Jessica Lynch

At the age of 19 Jessica Lynch joined the Army, and just over one year later she found herself staged for the invasion of Iraq. During the initial surge towards Baghdad, her unit became separated from their convoy, and found themselves in the town of Nasiriyah. Her smaller unit was ambushed, and she became the first American POW (Prisoner of War). As Jessica and her unit were staging for the invasion in Kuwait, my unit was in Saudi Arabia, doing the same thing. As the war began, we began...