Rank #1: Ep 65: Winning the Gunfight Before It Starts with LAPD SWAT’s Scott Reitz
Rank #2: Ep 28: Getting Strong & Lean w/ RP Strength CEO Nick Shaw
Rank #3: Ep 62: Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman on the Bulletproof Mind
Rank #4: Ep 19: SWAT Sergeant and CrossFit Games Athlete Freddy Camacho on Night shift, and the importance of Beer and Kool-Aid
Rank #5: Ep 47: Developing the Mindset of a Modern Gunfighter with Green Beret Aaron Barruga
Rank #6: Ep 3: Greg Amundson – You as a Tactical Athlete
Rank #7: Ep 36: Green Beret Aaron Barruga Knows What Its Like to Get Shot At
Rank #8: Ep 50: I Was a Dirty Cop with Former LAPD Officer Ruben Palomares
Rank #9: Ep 103: Becoming Mindful Warriors with Lt. Richard Goerling
Lt. Richard Goerling (ret.) of Mindful Badge is our guest today. Richard has been getting a lot of national attention since our last conversation nearly two years ago. He was even featured on the Today Show and NBC Nightly News.
Richard’s work is devoted to making officers more resilient, and resilience is something we can never have too much of.
Eric Greitens has an amazing book on the topic, titled, appropriately, Resilience. In it, he describes resilience as:
“…the virtue that enables people to move through hardship and become better. No one escapes pain, fear, and suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength – if we have the virtue of resilience.”
For officers, we have the burdens of any other regular human being, but we also experience the traumas of other people day in and day out. What may be the most traumatic experience to a citizen might just be your Tuesday. So, in order to avoid becoming consumed by the traumas, we must be able to learn how to navigate them. One of the key ways to do this is through mindfulness training which, yes, includes meditation.
Rank #10: Ep 101: Lt. Jim Glennon of Calibre Press on Surviving the Streets
Lt. Jim Glennon is the owner of Calibre Press and lead instructor for the well-known and nationally taught course “Street Survival.” Jim retired as a lieutenant for the Lompard, IL police department moving into teaching and publishing.
On this episode we talk about the history of policing and what has and has not changed since the original Street Survival book came out; how the media has impacted our ability to do our jobs; how he found himself in the middle of a national smear campaign over his class Bulletproof Warrior; and how to develop and maintain that will to survive and so much more.
Rank #11: Ep 43: UFC Star and Green Beret Tim Kennedy On Being Hard to Kill and How He Almost Became a Cop
Rank #12: Ep 21: Navy SEAL Clint Bruce on Leadership, Mentorship, and Being Better Than Excellent
Rank #13: Ep 78: Q&A How Do I Get Hired?
Rank #14: Ep 96: Training Your Mind to Train Your Body with Officer Greg Parker
Rank #15: Ep 87: Be the One: Stepping Up During the Vegas Massacre with Sgt. Larry Hahn
Rank #16: Ep 59: Portland SWAT Officer Nick Frankus on Confidence: How to Get it, Keep it, and Make Sure It’s Real.
Rank #17: Episode 100! Learning from Your Failures and Moving Forward with Traver Boehm
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Tim Kennedy, Andy Stumpf, Kelly Starrett, Tony Horton…just some of the amazing guests we’ve had in the first 99 episodes.
It seems like it has taken forever to get to episode 100. In fact, it’s taken almost 4 years. I’ve been inconsistent, infrequent, behind, and distracted as a producer and host. I’ve also been, at times, laser focused, motivated, and progressing.
Traver Boehm, my first guest on episode 1 (and a dozen other appearances) returns live in person for a reunion of sorts. We revisit that first episode, tell some stories, and you’ll learn about how the show started and the challenges we faced.
You’ll also hear me talk veeeeery openly about the struggles I continue to endure. The fact that I’m actually in worse shape now than when the show started – and that was the whole point of the show! (seriously, wtf!?).
In a lot of ways, the experience of getting a podcast to 100 episodes is no different than trying to navigate everyday life. The podcast has certainly fallen victim to callouts, extended shifts, natural disasters, and various critical incidents that have forced my focus back onto my day job.
Sometimes we fail, sometimes we succeed. The important thing is to keep moving forward. You never really fail until you quit. I’ve failed plenty in the last 4 years, not just with the podcast but with my own health and fitness. I’ve also learned a lot, and advanced my life in other areas beyond anything I could have imagined.
Many of you came to this show because you were struggling and you needed to know that you weren’t alone. You’re not. The struggle is real, but the only option we have is to get back up and try again.