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The Evolution Podcast

The Evolution Podcast

By Jeff Bayless
In an effort to grow we all must take a look inward. Nobody gets to choose whether we participate in life - we are all in the arena. With this podcast, we will share some thoughts, have interesting conversations and provide resources for health, wellness and self-improvement. My goal with this project is to put something positive out into the world to inspire us all to be better humans in constant EVOLUTION.
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Kirk Kellerhals
Kirk was born in DaNang, Vietnam in the summer of 1969 during the height of the Vietnam War. Immediately after being born, he was taken to the Sacred Heart Orphanage on the order of his Vietnamese grandfather, who felt shame from his daughter’s pregnancy by an American military service member. In 1972, he was adopted by a US Army Major that was serving in the Vietnam War and was raised in a wonderful loving adoptive family. As a military dependent, he has lived all over the globe but spent most of his formative years in Texas and South Korea. Kirk spent the first 48 years of his life believing that his birth parents were killed in the Vietnam War. In 2017, on a whim he submitted to a DNA test simply to learn more about his true ethnicity which led him to the discovery of his birth mother and father, whom were both alive and well and living in the US, and birth siblings he didn’t know existed. Since then, he has reconnected with his birth family and in 2019, his life came full circle when he returned to Vietnam and reconnected with his Vietnamese relatives as well as two Catholic nuns who cared for him at the orphanage. Kirk has an AA in Photojournalism and BA in Communications from Austin Peay State University. His diverse professional background includes a storied career in Law Enforcement, Photojournalism, and Multimedia Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations. He is currently a Communications Professional and UAS Pilot for the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Kirk resides in the beautiful coastal community of Norfolk, Virginia with his wife Madeliene and their children.  He volunteers in his local community by serving as an Executive Board Member for the "East Oceanview Civic League" . In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of  Tim Lai which is a partnering 501(c)(3) NPO with SEA2C.  Tim Lai has many missions that parallels the missions of SEA2C and the collaboration and sharing of resources between Tim Lai and SEA2C is going a long way to positively impact lives. When he's not working, he enjoys long distance running, fishing, surfing, boating, and most importantly of all, quality family time. Through the SEA2C Foundation, Kirk seeks to share his blessings by reuniting war orphans with birth families and veterans separated by the war and to help each find healing from a lifetime of stigmas attached to being a part of that tumultuous time in our history.  He is also passionate about giving back to our active duty military personnel and Veterans who have served honorably in combat to maintain the freedoms that are so often taken for granted. Kirk is the Director and Co-Producer for the SEA2C in-house documentary series production, "Intersections".  He also serves as the Race Director for the Ocean View "Storm the Bay" Race series which makes it's debut in Ocean View, Norfolk, Virginia in Fall 2022. This race series benefits the military centric programs of SEA2C. Links:
May 23, 2022
Weathering The Storm | Journal Entry #14
Don’t wait for the storms of your life to pass.  Learn to dance in the rain.
May 16, 2022
4 C's of Relationships | Journal Entry #13
Care Competent Consistent Compass
May 09, 2022
Fish Can't See The Water | Be In The World - Not Of It
In what areas of your life have you conformed against your better judgement? In this episode I attempt to articulate the 4th dimension model of thinking and how just noticing is so important to growth.
May 02, 2022
It Is What It Is | JTHC Collab
In this JTHC Collab, Jeff and David discuss how to respond to “it is what it is”. Topics include: * Focusing on what you can control vs. what you can’t * Learning vs. ruminating on the past * Communication skills and skillful language: “here’s what we can do” * “Voting” for the world we want to live in Please subscribe to this show and connect with us here: David: @droojitsu | Jeff: @jeffbayless_ |
April 26, 2022
Faith, Flag and Family | Robert Jordan
Originally from Saint Remy, New York, Robert Jordan graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, and was inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society in December 1992. In February 1993, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Robert Jordan’s duty stations include overseas analytical assignments, Naval Special Warfare support; served as a Naval Instructor, a Master Training Specialist, and Department Head at the Intelligence Specialist A School, and served aboard USS WASP LHD 1, USS SAIPAN LHA 2, and two tours of duty aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER CVN 69. Throughout his career, he deployed throughout the Western Pacific, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Arabian Gulf and later supported Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, completing five tours of duty with ground units supporting combat operations in Afghanistan; supported contingency operations in eastern Africa, and supporting Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, Operation ODYSSEY RESOLVE, and Operation OAKEN STEEL. As an enlisted Sailor, he served as a plank owner and Master Chief Petty Officer and again as a Chief Warrant Officer at Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command. Recognized for his excellence in Intelligence instruction, leadership, and mentorship, Chief Warrant Officer Jordan has been awarded the VADM Rufus B. Taylor Award, the RADM Edwin T. Layton Award, and the Military Intelligence Corps Knowlton Award. In addition, Chief Warrant Officer Jordan was awarded the 2010 and 2012 Department of Defense HUMINT Collector Team Award, Joint Operating Base-Afghanistan. Additionally, recognized for superior afloat intelligence, information warfare readiness, and performance, the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER received the 2016 COMAIRLANT Excellence in Intelligence and Information Warfare Award. Having completed a distinguished naval career, serving as a Senior Enlisted Leader and as a Chief Warrant Officer, he retired from the Navy, in October 2019, after serving as the Navy’s Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Program Coordinator at the Naval Intelligence Activity, the Pentagon Building, Washington DC. Today, Robert works at the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Operation Blessing and serves as an International Disaster Relief Operations Manager. He also offers dedicated discipleship as a men’s ministry leader for Celebrate Recovery offered at Essential Church, Virginia Beach. Additionally, Robert completed his Master of Arts in Applied Theology at Regent University and is a published author of the book titled Faith, Flag, and Family: A Purposeful Guide for Selfless Service. 
April 20, 2022
Journal Entry #12 | Christ-Like
"Christ-like love can change the world." - Jeffrey R. Holland
April 17, 2022
Man UNcivilized | Traver Boehm
Traver Boehm Traver Boehm knows men. How they think, what’s behind their behavior, and most importantly — their unique challenges in the modern landscape. Traver is the founder of the UNcivilized Men’s Movement, the fastest growing men’s movement in the world. He is the author of Today I Rise, and Man UNcivilized as well as a two time TEDx speaker, men’s coach and podcaster. Drawing upon an eclectic background ranging from professional bodyguarding and Mixed Martial Arts to a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and meditation, Traver counsels men, women, and couples on how to better understand men’s mental health and relationship difficulties. Although he’s not quite sure how to feel about the title, he has been dubbed, “The Man Whisperer” as he has the unique ability to speak to men in a way they can hear and understand. In 2016 after losing a pregnancy, his marriage, and his business partnership all within weeks of each other, he created a radical year long social experiment to answer the questions, “Who am I and who am I as a man?” Highlights of the year include: ● Volunteering with the dying as a hospice worker ● Meditating for 28 days straight in complete isolation and pitch-black darkness in a Guatemalan hut ● Living in the frigid Utah wilderness for a month with only a knife, a water bottle, and a blanket With a passion for people and a unique lens through which to view the human experience, Traver is a highly sought after teacher in the fields of consciousness, intimacy, and personal development. When not teaching workshops or radically shifting the way men experience their masculinity, Traver can be found obsessing over a single word in front of his laptop, chasing surf around the globe, and being awful at yoga. For more information please visit his website And find him on Instagram: @traverboehm And all podcast platforms at The UNcivilized Podcast with Traver Boehm
April 14, 2022
Journal Entry #11 | Get Out Of Your Head
“When you get free from certain fixed concepts of the way the world is, you find it is far more subtle, and far more miraculous, than you thought it was.” – Alan Watts
April 06, 2022
Leading with a Mental Edge | Captain Ted Pledger
We are all in the arena and that arena does not discriminate. Captain Ted Pledger shares his experience of leading with a mental edge: staying sharp with therapy courageously in this episode. I think the biggest takeaway here is that not only do we need to break down any stigma surrounding seeking help with out mental health but also knowing that you are not alone. This topic is extremely important - up and down the chain of command. Links for the show can be found on my flow page: Captain Pledger's USNI Blog:
March 29, 2022
Journal Entry #10 | Love Yourself
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” - Carl Jung
March 24, 2022
Alternative Healing Modalities | Jon Macaskill
The Evolution Podcast Ep 171 | Jon Macaskill Alternative Healing Modalities A warm welcome back to retired Navy SEAL Commander Jon Macaskill! In this episode we explore and Jon shares some alternative healing modalities - everything from virtual reality meditation practices to a guided plant medicine experience he had in Costa Rica recently. If you get anything out of the show please consider sharing it with someone and/or leaving a rank and review wherever you stream content. Jon Macaskill: LinkedIn: Jon on Episode 57: Men Talking Mindfulness: #healingmodalities #mentalhealth #evolution #podcast
March 21, 2022
Journal Entry #9 | Life Hacks
Speed to action isn't always beneficial.  Sometimes we just have to do the work.
March 12, 2022
Combining Energies
In this episode I provide the concept that combining both your masculine and feminine energies make a better version of you - no matter your current identity.
March 12, 2022
The Invisible Fight | Jason Thompson
There are so many things all around us impacting the lens through which we experience this life.  There are also so many people around us struggling in silence - battling the invisible fight.  Jason shares his journey through resilience in this episode in an extremely courageous and vulnerable way in an effort to pay it forward for any of you that may be battling your own inner demons.  Neither Jason or I claim to be mental health professionals, but as two men that have been in that arena we sincerely hope this episode helps someone that may be going through a difficult time or can take the hard earned wisdom shared here and provide a useful tool to someone you know.
March 06, 2022
What Makes You Smile?
The journey of life will always lead us to challenges along the way.  And without attempting to focus on what brings us joy we find ourselves in unnecessary struggles.  In this episode, I just thought I'd bring some ideas around how we can focus more on what makes us smile to reach that optimal existence in this life.
February 26, 2022
Emotional Intelligence
In this JTHC collaboration Dave & Jeff discuss the skillful way to navigate emotional intelligence. Topics include: * Giving others generous interpretations for their words and actions * Accelerating the speed of understanding each other (i.e. speed to trust) * Patience allowing for emotional skillfulness * Setting up tough conversations for success * Importance of filling your cup first before helping others
February 25, 2022
Resilience | Rob Reichardt
In difficult times it is important to know that your tribe is there for you.  In this episode my good friend Rob shares his amazing story of resilience and how he not only overcame the adversity but how he managed to take that hard earned wisdom with him in order to live a better life for himself and (more importantly) those around him. If you find yourself in a similarly difficult situation please reach out - get the help you need.  If you find yourself in a place where you feel as though you have no other human you can trust you can reach out to me at jeffbayless_ on IG. Please consider sharing the episode and/or leaving a review on iTunes. As always - much gratitude friends.
February 20, 2022
Journal Entry #8 | Rome Is Burning
Keep the main thing the main thing - prioritize your life.
February 14, 2022
Lead With Love
Ego coupled with complacency yields failure. Humility coupled with attention to detail yields success. Above all - lead with love.
February 06, 2022
Journal Entry #7 | The Goal
I aspire to inspire until I expire.
January 30, 2022
Journal Entry #6 | IF
successful, virtuous living based on values pertaining to integrity, rightful behavior, and self-development
January 24, 2022
Find the peace and paradise you seek by first finding the love inside yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home. 
January 16, 2022
Who Would You Have Coffee With?
In this Journey to Higher Consciousness collaboration, Jeff and David discuss which person, whether past, present, or future, they would like to have coffee with.
January 13, 2022
Journal Entry #5 | Cheap, Fast, or Good
In the application of your efforts towards most endeavors I have found that you can accomplish them with being cheap, fast, or good.
January 10, 2022
Eight Dimensions Of Wellness
“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” – William Shakespeare
January 03, 2022
Rees Tabor
Rees Tabor is a mindset coach from the UK that guides people through a process of radical personal transformation. You can find Rees here: Instagram - Facebook - Book a call - Please consider ranking the show and leaving a review on iTunes!  
December 27, 2021
Journal Entry #4 | Christ-Like
When the root is deep there is no reason to fear the wind.  Find your roots in a lifetime of being a good human - to be Christ-Like.
December 22, 2021
Journal Entry #3 | Time Machine
“Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.” - Eckhart Tolle
December 21, 2021
Journal Entry #2 | Mood Follows Action
Sometimes when we are feeling down and unmotivated, the best thing we can do to change our mental state is to change our physical state. Mood follows action. ... That's because it's hard, if not impossible, to control our thoughts and the subsequent feelings they generate, but we can control our behaviors.
December 20, 2021
Journal Entry #1 | Processing and Trusting Feelings
In an effort to allow a stream of consciousness to expand I'm attempting a journal style format to sprinkle in with the other episodes on the show. In this episode I work through the importance of having the patience to thoroughly process feelings prior to trusting them fully.
December 19, 2021
What Do You Do?
JTHC #30 What Do You Do? In this episode of Journey to Higher Consciousness collaboration, Jeff and David discuss how to answer “What do you do?”.   Topics include: * Why do we ask: “what do you do?” * Value of skillful questions & effective communication * How to ask “the question” skillfully      * Playfulness      * Answer question with a question      * Allow space for the other to be seen/heard * Framework: be present, pay attention, ask open-ended questions   * Sometimes you just need a tic tac   Reach out to us on Instagram and please leave us feedback:   David: @droojitsu |    Jeff: @jeffbayless_ |
December 13, 2021
The Thorn
What you resists, persists.  In this episode I bring a philosophy of how to potentially remove unnecessary worry by effecting a change of trajectory on where we place our energy. 
December 06, 2021
In this episode of Journey to Higher Consciousness collaboration, Jeff and David discuss making decisions. Topics include: * Permanence/impermanence of decisions * Complexity of decisions * 1 way door vs. 2 way door decisions * Having a bias for decision making * Military examples of decision making * There’s always a cost: which cost are you willing to bear? * Biases in decision making Reach out to us on Instagram and please leave us feedback: Jeff: @jeffbayless_ | David: @droojitsu |
November 28, 2021
The Best Of You
In part four of a four part series I break down The Four Agreements ( and give you a framework to work with the principles.  Next up - Do Your Best. If you get anything out of the show please consider giving us a 5 star review and share it with a friend. You can connect with me here:
November 21, 2021
Veterans Day
In this JTHC collaboration, Jeff and David discuss Veterans Day. Topics include: * The meaning of Veterans Day or saying “thank you for your service” * Service over self * Military Oath - what does it mean? * How Veterans’ Day changes over time Reach out to us on Instagram and please leave us feedback: David: @droojitsu |   Jeff: @jeffbayless_ |
November 11, 2021
Len Gonzales
Len is a Cyber Investigator, Author, and Public Speaker on all things online safety and security.   Email: Phone:  757-384-0862 Website: Book on Amazon: Facebook: Twitter:
November 08, 2021
Summary: In this JTHC collaboration, Jeff and David discuss how everything in life is on a spectrum. Topics include:     •    Health/wellness is a spectrum (death to flourishing)     •    Mental health: suicidal ideation -> peace/love     •    There’s no “upside” (no limit on happiness)     •    Money: broke to wealthy     •    Trust as a spectrum     •    Right and wrong as a spectrum Reach out to us on Instagram and please leave us feedback: David: @droojitsu |   Jeff: @jeffbayless_ |
November 01, 2021
Avi Kelley
In this episode my friend Avi shares his journey of pulling himself out of depression through running.  Not only did he better himself and his family, he continually makes efforts to better his community.  We talk about Avi's mental health struggles and mental health triumphs - all through vulnerability and recognizing that it is absolutely okay to be a sensitive man thriving in all facets of your life. You can reach Avi here: IG: FB: You can reach me here:
October 25, 2021
Community | Lessons From Blue Zones
Summary: In this collaboration, Jeff and David discuss how community contributes to longevity.  Topics include:     •    Blue Zones by Dan Buettner     •    Tribe, sense of purpose, support (nutrition, financial, etc.)     •    The value of merit     •    Raising your standards     •    “Meta concepts” (combining disparate concepts together) Reach out to us on Instagram and please leave us feedback: David: @droojitsu |   Jeff: @jeffbayless_ |
October 18, 2021
In part three of a four part series I break down The Four Agreements ( and give you a framework to work with the principles.  Next up - Don't Make Assumptions. If you get anything out of the show please consider giving us a 5 star review and share it with a friend. You can connect with me here:
October 11, 2021
Captain Javier Medina, PhD
Many of us, unfortunately, go through life existing as lesser versions of our potential self either due to negative self talk or by believing the 'naysayers'.  In this episode I share with you the story of a man that was told he would never be where he is now - a soon to be US Navy ship's Commanding Officer with a PhD, a beautiful family and strong community.  There is a profound lesson in hearing his story and hard earned wisdom.  Thank you Javier for taking us on your journey with you in this episode!
October 03, 2021
In this episode (JTHC Collab) Dave and I discuss his recent experience with burnout - what to notice and how to navigate the experience carefully. JTHC #25 Burnout Summary: In this episode, Jeff and David discuss the psychodynamics and phenomenology of burnout. Topics include:     •    Value of taking a “radical sabbatical”     •    Why burnout happens in the “rat race”     •    Symptoms of burnout     •    The unexpected upsides of burnout     •    The value of noticing, stillness, mindfulness Reach out to us on Instagram and please leave us feedback: David: @droojitsu |   Jeff: @jeffbayless_ |
September 27, 2021
Don't Take It Personally
In part two of a four part series I break down The Four Agreements ( and give you a framework to work with the principles.  Next up - Don't Take Anything Personally. If you get anything out of the show please consider giving us a 5 star review and share it with a friend. You can connect with me here:
September 19, 2021
Bart Yasso
In this episode Bart and I discuss a myriad of topics surrounding the why behind his life accomplishments and what wisdom he as gleaned from them in an effort to help others.  I am extremely excited and humbled to bring you this episode! Bart Yasso, the "mayor of running", was Runner's World's Chief Running Officer from 1987 to 2017.  Yasso is one of a few people to have completed races on all seven continents, including the Mount Kilimanjaro marathon, and won the 1987 U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship. Among marathon trainers, Yasso is the namesake of the "Yasso 800s", believed to be an extremely helpful tool in calculating the marathon goal time. He is a member of the Running USA Hall of Champions for both his accomplishments and his work to promote the sport of running. Because he does so much for the running/endurance community I can't wrap it all up in the episode description so feel free to check him out in the links below. Connect with Bart here: Connect with me here: If you get anything out of the show, please consider leaving a review and/or sharing it with someone it may resonate with.
September 13, 2021
Words Matter
In this four part series I break down The Four Agreements ( and give you a framework to work with the principles.  First up - Be Impeccable With Your Word. If you get anything out of the show please consider giving us a 5 star review and share it with a friend. You can connect with me here:
September 07, 2021
R. L. Shawver
R.L. Shawver is a husband to his joyful wife Stephanie, and the father of two growing boys. He is a Christian Author who also works in data, computers, and engineering; he has worked for a Fortune 500 company in Oil & Gas and now works for a mid-size Telecom Software company. He has also worked in various entrepreneurial pursuits, his largest and longest working with relational marketing and business development. He grew up as a middle child in small town southern West Virginia, and now resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He gave his life to Jesus at 15 years old, and has been in a committed relationship with his Heavenly Father since 2007. "There is a great saying from John Maxwell that says, 'Experience is a great teacher. It’s even better if it’s someone else’s.' My aim is that through my pain and struggle, you can come away with some of the same benefits that I had." You can reach R.L here: You can reach me here:
August 31, 2021
The Good Life
What if you briefly applied a bit of Epicureanism in your approach to daily events?  In this episode I break down the concept that finding the joy in the little things can truly help you find "The Good Life". You can connect with me here:
August 23, 2021
Bumpers Off
Tune in to find out.
August 13, 2021
As Good As It Gets
JTHC Collaboration Summary: In this episode, Jeff and David ask - are things good enough, or is it as good as it gets? Topics include:     •    The value of objectively measuring yourself     •    Comparing oneself to others or prior/future versions of yourself     •    The “psychology of good enough”     •    Can the present moment always be good enough?     •    You are exactly where you need to be     •    Do we ever really know if a situation is good or bad? Reach out to us on Instagram and please leave us feedback: Jeff: @jeffbayless_ David: @droojitsu 
August 09, 2021
The Corporate Action Hero - John Davis
From paralyzed to stuntman, John Davis is a fun, interactive inspirational speaker...  with a whip! We talk all things spiritual, leadership, personal development and even managed to have a few laughs! You can reach John at and if you get anything out of the show we would appreciate a review, share and/or feedback. Enjoy!
August 07, 2021
Hope as the Cure for Suicide
In this episode I discuss my experience with suicidal ideations and how to utilize hope as the cure to overcoming these thoughts. You are not your thoughts, you are the interpretation of your thoughts and therefore you get the opportunity to choose. *If you are experiencing some of the thoughts discussed in this show I strongly advocate for you to please seek help.  You are not alone and you deserve love.*
August 03, 2021
Skillful Communication (101)
In this JTHC collaboration Dave and I discuss the skillful way to navigate the many means of communication. Find us on YouTube at or just search Journey To Higher Consciousness. This was a fun one and hopefully informative as well.  Enjoy!
July 29, 2021
Wholeness With Jen Roland
Jen Roland is a writer, speaker, coach, and women's ministry leader with a passion for walking alongside others toward wholeness. Through her website, workshops, speaking, and coaching, she helps others implement positive lifestyle practices (e.g. nutrition, movement, mindfulness) and develop a deeper relationship with God. Since her neuropathy diagnosis, Jen's ministry has focused on serving those with chronic pain and illness. She provides them with support and resources to reduce pain, overcome fear and anxiety, and improve their quality of life.
July 22, 2021
The Body Keeps The Score
In this episode (a JTHC collaboration) Dave and I discuss the anecdotal evidence based on our life experience of how the body can and will manifest, in different ways, the vicissitudes of life.  The closest resource for further research can be found in The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk - IG:  @jeffbayless_ & @droojitsu 
July 15, 2021
So Much To Say
In this episode I discuss the cross-section between existentialism and allowing others to chart their own course in life to find their purpose and protect their peace with you only serving as someone that can hold the space for them to flourish while also embodying complete selflessness and altruism.
July 13, 2021
Bumper Stickers
What would you put on a bumper sticker to quickly articulate your life?
July 02, 2021
Wellness Over Happiness
In this JTHC collaboration, David and I push a little deeper in the concept I discussed in the last episode "Wellness Above All". Honestly guys, this is such a heavy topic but we found ourselves taking a playful approach to give you a new lens to conceptualize the concept. If this lands with you at all we would greatly appreciate a share, a review and/or some feedback. Enjoy!
July 02, 2021
Wellness Above All
In what ways are we choosing the chase for a minute of happiness? What if we focused on wellness above all? The answer might just lie in the thing that scares the shit out of you. The answer may also lie in your interpretation of the short amount of time you spend listening to this episode. Much love and gratitude!  
June 26, 2021
Under Your Scars
What does resilience actually even mean?  We hear about it, we read about it and it seems to be the buzz word of the year. In this episode I explore the idea that under your scars lies every tool you need to not only survive but thrive during difficult times.
June 23, 2021
Mindfulness Over Meditation
In this JTHC collaboration David and I discuss the importance of transcending into a pattern of embracing mindfulness over a strict meditation practice.
June 15, 2021
Pareto Principle
The Pareto Principle is also called the 80/20 Rule.  Effectively, it provides the idea that 20% of your efforts deliver 80% of your results.  In this episode I offer the idea that if you know what that 20% is you can do a massive amount of streamlining your life to not only create efficiency but overall satisfaction in life.
June 14, 2021
We all know the concept of minimalism typically brings to the forefront the idea that the amount of stuff you have will not always create your happiness.  In this episode (JTHC collaboration) Dave and I discuss the ideas that we think are relevant to the topic and yet, sometimes left undiscussed.  Enjoy! 
June 11, 2021
Learning vs Schooling
In this second round of JTHC / Evolution we discuss the the difference between and value of education vs. learning.  We tackle the complicated subject of higher education and its normalization.  We also bring out some ideas about grit and soft skills in relation to your ability to continue learning far beyond the degree.
June 03, 2021
Harnessing Chaos
If you have read Jordan Peterson's book 12 Rules, I think you will really enjoy his follow on book - Beyond Order.  The lessons in the second book were the inspiration for this episode.  We work so hard to find the "antidote for chaos" and yet if we can harness the chaos we find there is so much beauty in life to experience.  This is the audio version of our YouTube channel titled Journey To Higher Consciousness and you can find us on IG: @droojitsu and @jeffbayless_ | Flow Page:
May 27, 2021
The Passion Hypothesis
What is working in your life right now?  How did you get there?  It is my philosophy that most likely you got there through grit rather than passion.  Coming into this episode think about an element of your life that is working and one that isn't and what the delta is there?
May 26, 2021
Why I Quit Racing
As we all inherently understand, life has seasons.  Although we have this knowledge it is difficult to objectively embody this notion as we traverse hardship.  In this episode I offer you guys a perspective that on the other side of every setback is a great opportunity to take that hard earned wisdom into your future self and we should take it as such.
May 18, 2021
Vanilla Sky
Where are you on your hero's journey?  Every moment is another chance to turn it all around.  In this episode I challenge you to live a *real* life.
May 12, 2021
MOTIVE with Kevin Miller
What drives you?  What is your MOTIVE?  In this episode my friend Kevin Miller, host of the Zig Ziglar Show, Motive, and True Life Podcasts, gives you just that.  From a National BMX rock star to a pro cyclist his young achievements new no boundaries.  As he moved into entrepreneurship and business leadership he found himself called to be of service in a unique way - helping people find their MOTIVE.  Kevin is a husband, father and "Guide" upon your path to finding the best version of you. I am incredibly excited for you to tune into this one folks! Find Kevin here:
May 05, 2021
The One Thing
If you were to gain some altitude and look at your current existence what would you say your meaning and purpose in life is?  I think many of us look a the myriad of things we do well or the things that make us happy and decide that they are collectively what make up a purpose driven life for us.  In this episode I challenge you to consider that it is one singular prime mover that gets you anywhere worth being in life.  What is your one thing?
April 28, 2021
In all things that matter in life we are often thrust into a position that it won't always work out.  As we reflect and look back at failures it's easy to say it was either a waste of time or someone else's fault.  With this audio journal entry I challenge you to consider a couple things they may help those of us traversing rocky ground with hurdles in our way.  Before listening I'd ask you to think about something in your life that is not going well currently - something that is causing you some level of heartache.  It is my sincere hope that the two sentences I share in this episode help you arrive at a better place than you were 18 minutes and 33 seconds before pushing play.
April 19, 2021
We remain in constant transition and hopefully, evolution.  Many of us have a hard time zooming out and taking a clear and objective view of when we are doing things to seek happiness or are we seeking validation.  In this episode I break down my lessons learned from spiraling down the rabbit hole of validation and allowing everything else in my life to take a back seat.  Balance is key and when you seek validation it is impossible to remain grounded. If you get anything out of this please consider sharing it with a friend.
April 16, 2021
Letting Go
What are you holding onto that you could benefit from letting go of?  We all have hurdles to overcome and in doing so it is my belief that holding on with any level of negative energy serves as an impediment to our ability to flourish and becoming who we truly are - the best version of ourselves.
April 10, 2021
Starting Over
Day one or one day - you decide.  It's never a bad time to have the courage to start over by funneling your energy into the new and best version of yourself.
April 04, 2021
Broken Dreams
We are all ambitious and strive towards success.  And yet there are times when we have to stand up for what is right to prevent a perpetual boulevard of broken dreams.  This one covers a few examples where we can ask ourselves what are we willing to sacrifice in order to either gain achievement or remain grounded in our truth. This was a bit of a tough lesson for me so if you get anything out of it, I would really appreciate some feedback.  Thanks guys!
April 03, 2021
How does one gain wisdom?  How does one apply it?  There is a distinct difference between knowledge and wisdom and in this episode I cover how being outside our comfort zone gives us the tools to expand our wisdom and use it for the betterment of ourselves and those around us.
March 29, 2021
What focusing on lost time taught me
Have you ever been forced to unpack something you didn't even know was holding you back?  In this episode I discuss what I learned through harboring guilt and shame when reflecting on lost time - time spent on a fool's errand.  Approach this episode with an open mind and introspective mindset.  What is your current situation trying to teach you?  What do you need to let go of?  What do you think you have to prove to the world?
March 21, 2021
Ambitious Heroes and Heartache with Rick Alexander
Rick Alexander is an author, speaker, and serves as the Chief Growth Operator for The Special Forces Experience.   Rick spent 12 years in the United States Navy as a Special Operations Combat Medic and has completed multiple ultra-endurance events including a 240 mile run in body armor, to raise money for the children of fallen heroes. As such his work draws on this depth of experience in order to help people craft meaningful lives while in the heat of adversity. His current work is focused on the intersection of spirituality and psychology. You can hear his ideas on the podcast, Morning Coffee with Rick Alexander which airs Monday through Friday or by checking out his latest book, Ambitious Heroes and Heartache (available in all formats). If you are interested in having Rick speak to your organization or club please send an email to His two current lectures are centered around Cultivating a Meaningful Life and Managing one’s own Psychological Wellness and Mental Health during times of Adversity. / @rickalexander_
March 12, 2021
Mike Cavaggioni / Average Joe
Life is full of challenges as we all well know.  Maintaining balance in all areas of your life is crucial for not only optimizing but also ensuring that one corner of your world isn't completely dragging you down.  In western culture too many of us have adopted this idea that living in scarcity or living in a deficit is acceptable.  I'm not one to say we should all make our life's mission to be the stockpiling of the 'all mighty dollar' but I do think it is important to tackle all topics in the arena of ensuring we are arriving as our best self.  My friend Mike is here to help you discover some ways to unlock your financial potential to facilitate your ability to focus on new found optionality in other endeavors you desire.  Money doesn't buy happiness but it does buy you, as I said, optionality.  Optionality is the greatest gift you can have when it comes time to pivot. Mike is an Executive Officer in the Navy, a realtor-associate, investor, podcast host, blogger, husband, father and my friend.  Enjoy!!
March 06, 2021
Eddie Lowery
How many of us come from humble beginnings with every possible reason to be mediocre?  If we allow the challenges thrown our way to be the narrator for our story in life I think we will find that we sell ourselves short over and over again.  Eddie Lowery is a prime example of turning every possible scenario into an opportunity for growth and success and I am so proud to share a small part of his hard earned wisdom with you in this episode.
February 28, 2021
Momento Mori
Why is it important to remember we all must die?  In this episode I unpack this question and make the argument for why this is such a vital part of thriving in the current moment of your life.
February 21, 2021
Are you self aware enough to know when a particular form or combination of a coping mechanism is or isn't serving you? I can tell you this is one of the hardest lessons to learn as we go through challenges in life.  Understanding the balance between a healthy process, habit or routine and one that is holding you back could be the singular understanding that will provide clarity in times of trauma or heartache.
February 13, 2021
Episode 100 - Commitment
What are you committed to?  When I started this project the only thing I was committed to was seeing where it would all go.  Along this journey it has been the sincere pleasure of my life to be able to help others explore what might allow them to transcend from a place where they may be stuck or simply not thriving.  I am committed to being the best possible human within my means and in doing so I hope this episode helps you along your journey to higher consciousness as well.  Much love and gratitude to all of you in my tribe.  Enjoy!!
February 07, 2021
It's All Connected
If you don't listen to any other solo podcast, I strongly recommend you listen to this episode friends!  In this show I discuss the theory that everything is connected and it starts in your body.  In order to have your health span match your life span we must take into consideration how the body keeps the score and that there is no singular facet of your life that will be the elixir or magic pill to transcend your current state to that of enlightenment - it takes work, time and a measured approach.  Money, fame, a certain diet, one exercise routine, a relationship, a job title, or any other category is not, by itself, going to get you there.  We are spiritual beings having a human experience so applying a belief in your spirituality coupled with a healthy approach to cast a wide net when discussing your overall health, wellness and happiness leaves you with the understanding that it is all connected.
February 01, 2021
A show about nothing! ;)
Just a fun one guys!  Something to remind us all to not hold on too tightly to structure when it can inhibit the very thing we all desire - growth.
January 24, 2021
Optionality has many definitions and connotations:  the quality of being available to be chosen but not obligatory; the quality or state in which choice or discretion is allowed.  Keeping your options open and allowing yourself to move through life with exploring all opportunities is easy to say but sometimes hard to grasp in our day to day events.  In this episode I pull down and break apart my thoughts on the importance of keeping optionality as a high priority and give you some examples of ways to execute this effectively for maximum  potential.   The advantage of optionality is that as the world grows increasingly difficult to predict, you can thrive in spite of not knowing the future. Think of a way that you may be stuck in a groove and keep that in mind when listening to this show.  This concept has definitely helped me as I moved through different sticking points in life.  I truly hope it is helpful to you.  If it is, please drop a review and share with a friend.  Thanks guys!
January 18, 2021
How many times have you potentially sabotaged your ability to level up based upon your reliance on what most would call your hard skills?  In this episode I challenge the idea that your merit is based on your ability to conduct a certain task well.  I posit that you can excel in almost any facet of life if you hone in on your soft skills - your ability to effectively communicate, understand concepts and move through problems.   If you get anything out of this episode it would mean a lot to me if you would share it out and leave a review.  Thanks!
January 10, 2021
Sam Sareini
Grit and the ability to grind is no stranger to my friend Sam Sareini.  In this episode he shares his journey from humble beginnings in life and the military to commanding a Guided Missile Destroyer in the US Navy.  We also discuss, fatherhood, health / wellness, education / resources, struggles, and tools to help you grow as a human and as a leader.  I am excited to facilitate sharing his wisdom with you all in a candid conversation and even more proud to call him my friend.  Enjoy!
January 04, 2021
The Prophet
Have you ever considered the difference between advice and guidance?  In this episode, I break down the importance of owning your decision making process to transcend the baseline level of what any prophet or guru can prescribe.
December 26, 2020
In this episode I discuss my philosophy on why success is a mindset and accomplishments are singular events with the notion that stacking accomplishments will not make you successful or elated.  Rather, we should adopt a mindset driven towards what fills us up and breathes life into us and our community to optimize our actual success in life.
December 21, 2020
Do The Right Thing
“It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
December 14, 2020
In this episode I discuss my philosophy on why pain is albeit difficult to endure it can also be our greatest teacher in life.
December 07, 2020
Runnin' Down A Dream
When you think of dreams what comes to mind for you?  How does the word make you feel - in your body?  In this episode I break down dreams as goals: short term, midrange and long term.  I also shared some of my actual dreams when I sleep and how those are more important than we sometimes may think.  These things took my a long time to understand but I'm happy to share with you guys.  Hope it helps!  
November 29, 2020
Bob Newman (B New)
My good friend and Retired Master Chief Navy SEAL Bob Newman and I sat down for another chat to discuss some more current topics from our previous discussion in Ep. 4 - - from August 2019.  In this episode we discuss mindfulness, gratitude, personality traits, transitioning into finding your purpose in life and in work.  Bob is a service minded, humble man and it is an honor to share his wisdom with you today.  You can reach out to him on IG: @bneweveryday and on LinkedIn: - additionally you can check out his work at Victory Strategies:
November 21, 2020
Choosing Your Path
One of the hardest things we struggle with in life is decision making.  Did I make the right decision?  How will this decision impact my future?  Do I regret things in my past?  So many questions lead us to the many decisions we make on a daily basis.  In this episode I discuss the tactics involved to not only help you make decisions effectively but also the ability to focus on the now and pivot into the future without regret or shame with past decisions.  
November 16, 2020
Out On A Limb
Many of us put a negative connotation on the idiom "Out on a limb".  In my experience flipping that notion on its head has been the singular thing that opens the aperture and facilitates growth in our lives.
November 09, 2020
Brian Gasperson
Many of us have heard a story about or know someone who has benefitted from CBD.  I have had no experience with it and honestly didn't know very much about how it worked or what the benefits of cannabidiol (can·na·bid·i·ol) could possibly be.  I'm certainly not going to say it is the elixir to solve all of your problems.  However, I do think there is a ton of research out there and too many testimonies to not be just a little curious about the supplement and how it can help you optimize some current ailments.  I would encourage you to do your own research and consider checking out or email for more information.
November 04, 2020
After reading Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules For Life a second time in a book club with Rick Alexander (Morning Coffee Podcast) and Danielle McGinnis (The Embodied Podcast) I came to the realization that rule eight deserved a little more exploring.  "Tell the truth - or at least don't lie."
October 30, 2020
Andrew's Journey To Sober Living
My friend Andrew is an extremely talented musician and I regret not having him play something for you.  However, there is so much more he has to offer you with this episode.  Andrew has struggled with his own mental health, substance abuse and addiction for most of his adult life and he discusses it all openly and honestly with me today.  I am so proud of the work he has done to get well and even more proud of his ability to share the challenges from before and the *hope* for the future.  I think his future is super bright and I know you will get something out of hearing his story and perspective on how to heal.
October 27, 2020
In this episode, I discuss the importance of applying discipline to certain areas of your life and also the drawbacks of over restricting in other areas.  Although balance is hard I have found that applying a little discipline as necessary results in far greater opportunities in our future selves.  
October 21, 2020
Dr. Kate Pate
Dr. Kate Pate is a neurophysiologist who has been conducting research for 15 years in a variety of different areas, including neurotrauma, respiratory neurobiology, mental health, redox biology, and combat trauma. She is the CEO and co-founder of Coruna Medical and the director of research for both the Heroic Hearts Project and Unlimited Sciences.  In this episode we cover the importance of mental health and healing modalities to help you optimize your life in a meaningful way.  You can follow her work at on IG.
October 19, 2020
Mental Health
In this episode I explore my thoughts and experience on failing myself and those around me by not taking care of my mental health and the lessons to pay it forward to be of benefit to yourself, your family, your tribe, and society as a whole.
October 10, 2020
In this episode I discuss the hard lesson of taking a brief knee when it is time to do so by tuning into your own intuition and allowing yourself the time to heal so you can pivot in a positive direction going forward.  Self care is so hard to do sometimes because we are always doing.  Sometimes I think it is imperative to just be.  Love you guys!
October 08, 2020
On my birthday today I wanted to share with you guys some gratitude and a perspective on age vs wisdom.
October 06, 2020
Arcy Vazquez
Have you ever wondered where your life could take you if you put down the things that are hanging you up and devoted yourself to something positive - eternal energy?  My guest Arcy did exactly that.  Although he was climbing the ranks rapidly in the military to the highest rank achievable, he still had some adversity to overcome that allowed him to tap into his purpose in life - serving others.  Arcy devotes himself to his family, the Navy, his sailors and anyone willing to go on the journey of growth with him through his project Eternal Energy ( You can also reach out to him on Facebook (, email (, and his YouTube channel ( If you get anything out of this episode please remember to like, share, subscribe and review.
September 29, 2020
Coach Bob Schniedwind
Many of you in the Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach area already know Coach Bob.  Even if you don't know Coach there are so many valuable lessons from his years of wisdom.  We discuss his life as a Navy helicopter pilot and Commander.  We also discuss his transition from military to civilian life and more importantly how he chose the trajectory of a life of service to others.  Coach is an ambassador for Team In Training Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (, Livestrong (, and of course the man we all love to hear read our name aloud as we cross the finish line of our favorite J&A racing event (  It is my distinct pleasure and honor to facilitate sharing the journey of one of the most humble and good hearted humans I have ever known. 
September 23, 2020
Growth Mindset
On the heels of finishing Carol Dweck's book Growth Mindset I discuss my philosophy on how to pivot when we get stuck in the grooves our environment teaches us.  Adopting a growth mindset and expanding your consciousness allows for total optimization.
September 22, 2020
Scott Leeper
Did you ever think you'd have an identity crisis after leaving the military or another organization that you deeply identified with?  Scott Leeper is doing tons of good work in this arena.  He is a veteran of the Marine Corps and now a veteran mindset coach.  We discuss the transformation of his life and other topics that have allowed him to transcend from the military to helping others find their purpose in life.  You can find his work below. Alpha Lima Charlie Website: Vets Mentoring Vets: Alpha Lima Charlie:
September 16, 2020
Time Of My Life
On Friday September 11th my career in the Navy will come to a close.  Retiring with 20 years of service has given me so much to be grateful for.  Before I ride away and since we cannot have a formal ceremony or large gathering for a retirement party I decided I owed to all of you to give a few reflection thoughts on my service.  I discuss the opportunities, the hardship, the gratitude and the lessons learned that come with an arduous and operational career.  I appreciate every one of you that helped me along the journey and those that supported me as there were hard times. Forever grateful, BMC (SWO) Jeff Bayless (Ret).
September 10, 2020
Ralph Parrett
Some of us learn lessons in life through experience.  Others are able to learn from others.  In fact, it has been my experience that we are all a combination of both.  In this episode my friend Ralph talks about his great and high achievements as a young man and how he had some hard lessons to learn along the way.  He focuses heavily on his family, his work, remaining humble and understanding that there is a person on the other side of anything we do in life.  It is my pleasure to share his story and wisdom with you.
September 08, 2020
Danielle McGinnis
Danielle McGinnis, DPT is the owner and founder of AlphaFemme Human Healing and Optimization.  Her mission is to offer physical, emotional, and spiritual healing to individuals through  coaching methodologies that emphasize balancing unconscious masculine and feminine principles within to become the most authentic and expressed version of yourself that you and the world deserves.  Her goal is to offer a light of optimism in a judgement free space to all walks of life.  She coaches with compassion and empathy because everybody on this earth serves a purpose and it is an injustice to not understand your true strengths and gifts.
August 31, 2020
Motivate With Iz
Shawn Isbell is the Command Master Chief aboard USS Bataan LHD-5.  He specifically asked me not to push his biography because he is a humble man and servant leader.  What I will tell you is that he has had an impeccable career of service and that what he has learned through that time in the Navy and in his personal is making a profound and well needed impact.  We discuss some very difficult and important topics that I know you will find value in.  Standby to Motivate With Iz!
August 26, 2020
The Hero's Journey Pt 2
"Life requires us to make adjustments, to change course. Some years, when the waters of your life are calm and you feel a sense of control at the helm, you'll race hard, and hope for personal bests. Other years, beset by a perfect storm of turbulence, you'll have to settle for less. That's okay. Less is still something; just don't surrender and abandon ship." - Amby Burfoot
August 18, 2020
The Hero's Journey
“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential.” ― Joseph Campbell, The Hero's Journey
August 18, 2020
“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.”  Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
August 12, 2020
Four Noble Truths
“I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion and elimination of ignorance, selfishness and greed.” ~ Dalai Lama
August 10, 2020
Entropy is the tendency of things in a system or society to lead towards disorder or chaos.  In this episode I talk about the ability to harness the energy from entropy in our lives.
August 05, 2020
The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities. - Stephen Hawking
August 01, 2020
"Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed." - Friedrich Nietzsche
July 29, 2020
In this episode I discuss the importance of understanding that you deserve love.
July 22, 2020
In this episode I discuss Aristotle's 12 Virtues and argue that bravery is the most important one of all.
July 22, 2020
Courtney Kittrell
Many of us traverse the landscape of life wondering what it would be like to find our voice and be who we really are - without reservation.  My guest today has done just that.  Courtney is the author of Unapologetically Favored, a public speaker, Senior Chief in the US Navy and just an all around  bright soul with contagious positive energy.  She is a strong and confident leader that has - through self discovery - found the way to grow in sharing her story and message with others to help them in a meaningful way.  I am so excited to share this episode with you.  Enjoy! FB: Unapologeticallyfavored IG: Unapologeticallyfavoredcak Twitter: @courtneykittre1 Website:
July 15, 2020
What Does Freedom Mean To You?
"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.  None but ourselves can free our minds" - Bob Marley
July 07, 2020
Colin Nanka
Colin is the Senior Director, Enablement for North American Sales and Leadership Development at the world’s leading Customer Relationship Management Company, He is a proven sales leader with over 20 years of sales experience including time at Salesforce and Xerox Corporation. Colin completed his business degree in Canada at the University of Alberta. In his spare time, he competes in multi-day, self sustained, adventure races in the world’s most treacherous terrains, including the Sahara Desert, Gobi Desert, Iceland, Grand Canyon, Atacama Desert and, most recently, in Antarctica. He has a passion for writing, collaborating, learning and empowering his community to go further. LinkedIn: IG: Website:
July 01, 2020
Who Are You?
Two reasons you don't know what you want: 1) You already have it. 2) You don't know yourself. Alan Watts
June 24, 2020
Jon Macaskill
My guest today is Commander Navy SEAL Jon Macaskill.  He is the Deputy Executive Director (DED) for Veteran’s PATH - a nonprofit helping veterans rediscover meaning, purpose and joy through mindfulness, meditation and a safe community.  He loves guiding others so they can blaze a brighter trail and in this episode he shares so many tools to optimize your mental, physical, spiritual and overall health through a mindfulness practice.  To say it is an honor to share this story and his wisdom is an understatement. Jon Macaskill: IG: LinkedIn: Veteran's Path: IG: LinkedIn:'s-path/ Podcast:
June 17, 2020
John Laney
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June 09, 2020
It's Been A While
To be silent is to be complacent. Black Lives Matter. I don't claim or attempt to have the answers but I hear you and I love you.
June 03, 2020
Monica Davis
Often in life we find ourselves in a place where it is hard to see the joy all around us.  My friend Monica breathes life into doing just that - finding the little joys in every day.  She is truly a "possibilitarian".  The focus and energy you put into any facet of life is reciprocated undoubtedly.  "Your vibe attracts your tribe."  In this episode we talk about so many important topics but I think the biggest takeaway is just loving yourself for who you are and being kind to yourself, no matter what trauma you have experienced.  We all deserve a little grace.  
June 03, 2020
Leave The Light On
I have found it to be a common practice to approach prayer or intentional mindfulness by asking for something from a power outside of us.  In this episode, my amazing wife and I discuss our approach in prayer and how being grateful and humble is the optimal place to start. 
May 27, 2020
Behind every mask there is a soul waiting to escape.
May 22, 2020
Steve Drum
Stillness is the key to unlocking focus.  Understanding that some things are out of our control allows us to develop the skills necessary to persevere in the most challenging of times.  Through breathing techniques, mindfulness and character building training my guest Steve Drum spearheaded the Navy's Warrior Toughness Program.  As a 27 year retired Navy SEAL Master Chief, Steve has a wealth of experience in leadership and personal development.  We discuss a ton of topics with a focus on building resilience through a mindfulness practice and breaking down any barrier to allow us all to grow and evolve into our best self. >>>>> LinkedIn: >>>>> IG: >>>>> Website: >>>>> Email:
May 18, 2020
Jeff Bayless - Memoir
For episode 50 I felt the inspiration to do something in honor of the occasion. This is a short memoir of my life and the lessons I've learned along the way. Warning - This is raw and emotional.  Strap in and remove judgment - let us grow together tribe. 
May 10, 2020
Anthony Waite
In all of life's challenges we have a choice to make - seek out opportunity or fall on our sword.  My friend Anthony shares his story of overcoming adversity and paying it forward in a profound way for those in his community and abroad. . IG: AnthonyWaiteOfficial . MECP Facebook pg: MECP Universtiy . Guys in Ties: . .
May 10, 2020
Just Keep Rowing
"All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king." J. R. R. Tolkien
May 07, 2020
Ugo Nwosu
From Nigeria to America, Ugo has achieved many accomplishments to include: a Bachelor's Degree, a Master's Degree, service in the Army, Air Force and a commission in the Navy which afforded him the opportunity to lead at a high level in the Marine Corps.  He is an accomplished athlete, podcast host and has many other titles he could place on his name.  However, his message of resilience resonates so powerfully as a human being - first and foremost.  We discuss so many important topics it is hard to list them all or focus on just one.  What I will say is that it was a truly amazing story but an even more inspirational message. .
May 04, 2020
Scott Taylor
Scott Taylor is an American politician and former Navy SEAL who served as the United States Representative for Virginia's 2nd congressional district from 2017 to 2019 and is currently campaigning for the 2020 election.  We discuss a myriad of topics ranging from politics, mentorship and the economy to what books he reads and recommends.  A great conversation with a smart and decisive leader - enjoy! ////////// ////////// ////////// //////////
April 28, 2020
Grant Khan
Whether you're a brick layer or a Navy SEAL - you are a human being first.  Understanding this means we all need the self-awareness to know when it is necessary, or even just beneficial, to seek help to ensure our own mental health is on a positive course and speed. In this episode, I discuss with Grant Khan his story, dealing with PTSD and the importance of reaching out without fear or stigma holding you back. 
April 27, 2020
I'm A Struggler
In this episode I discuss the importance of creating your own struggle in life so when challenges are thrown your way you can interpret, move through, and use them as a learning experience in your path going forward.
April 26, 2020
Gary Barnidge
Gary Barnidge is a former NFL tight end for the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns.  He also played in the 2015 Pro Bowl.  He is now spear-heading the American Football Without Barriers Foundation ( -- a nonprofit organization dedicated to globalizing American football and reaching underprivileged communities with a humanitarian message. He is also co-hosting a podcast with DeAngelo Williams called Cinnamon & Sugar (
April 20, 2020
In this episode I discuss the Hero's Journey and how being a trophy hunter can cause you to continue down a negative trajectory..  Consider looking inwards and understanding that because you have a problem doesn't mean you have to be the problem. 
April 18, 2020
Amaury Ponciano
Human nature has many characteristics: ways of thinking, feeling, and acting.  All of these characteristics are said to happen naturally - innately - without mental effort.  In moments of crisis or extreme challenge it is amazing to see how training kicks in and humans perform great feats.  My friend Amaury Ponciano was a young Sailor that survived the bombing of the USS Cole (DDG-67) on October 12, 2000.  Not only will his story give you goosebumps; it will leave you with a new perspective on how you learn to move through traumatic experiences.  It is an absolute honor to bring you this story of resilience and overcoming adversity.  'Determined Warrior' 
April 13, 2020
Michael Schwarting
I cannot speak to it in a scientific nature but there is - from my experience - a definite positive impact on your mental wellness through moving your body and a sense of belonging to a community.  My friend Michael is an Entrepreneur and the Director of our USO Hampton Roads Central Virginia Outdoor Adventure Team.  As a dedicated family man and former Navy SEAL, he forges his leadership and energy into everything he does.  I am proud to be a small part of the huge and positive project he is growing. ////////// USOHRCVOAT: ////////// IG: ////////// Facebook: ////////// Website: ////////// Michael’s LinkedIn: ////////// USO HRCV OAT Email: ////////// Personal IG:
April 06, 2020
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March 30, 2020
Was It Worth It
A friend of mine recently pointed out that this project lands me not as your guru, mentor or philosopher in life.  I - like you - am a seeker.  My hope is to open some doors that you can walk through to encourage your enlightenment.  
March 29, 2020
No Title Needed
Episode 36 - What's this project all about, where is it going, how is it changing going forward? - EVOLUTION
March 25, 2020
Adriel Fernandez - Blind Ninja
Too many of us think that within our own bubble that our adversity is overwhelming.  We think that things happen to us instead of for us.  In this episode, I share my friend Adriel's story of not only overcoming the physical setbacks of a major accident, but the fortitude it took for him to stay in the fight mentally and spiritually.  Now he is on a mission of sharing his message and it is my sincere pleasure to introduce you to the "Blind Ninja". ////////// ////////// ////////// //////////
March 23, 2020
Bigger Than You
There is always something pushing against us.  The question is - how do we in show up in those moments.  It has been my experience to understand that it is simply bigger than you.  
March 21, 2020
Clayton Ritter
With this project it is my intention to bring you inspiring people and/or thoughts to lift you up and light a fire inside you and to help you grow.  A major pillar of growth is a belief in a higher power - spirituality.  Pastor Clayton Ritter sends a message of God's unconditional love for you. ///////////// /////////////
March 15, 2020
I'm So Free
What holds you back from being your best self?  How can you grow in spite of the naysayers?  In this episode I share my thoughts on growth without concern of drowning in small puddles.
March 14, 2020
Rick Alexander
Rick is an author, speaker and educator who specializes in helping individuals and organizations understand themselves better so that they can; increase performance, find meaning in their work and build a life that is in alignment with their ultimate goals. As a former member of the Naval special operations community as well as ultra endurance athlete, Rick crafts content to help lead people through adversity and into a life of meaning. You can hear his ideas on his podcast Morning Coffee or by picking up a copy of his books, Burn Your Couch and Ambitious Heroes and Heartache. ///////// /////////
March 09, 2020
Every one of us has some form of guilt we are dealing with.  In this episode, Heidi and I discuss her philosophy on dealing with guilt in a positive way to heal yourself and be a better human for others.  
March 07, 2020
John Joseph
John Joseph is the front man for the Punk Rock band Cro-Mags, 11-time IRONMAN triathlete, author and a humble servant. I am very excited to share our conversation about persevering through adversity and following your True North.
March 02, 2020
FLTCM Paul Kingsbury
MCPO Paul A. Kingsbury, USN (Ret) served over 31 years in the U.S. Navy culminating in his selection as the Fleet Master Chief for U.S. Fleet Forces Command.  He is the author of the Chief Petty Officer's Guide, 2nd Edition and has several published articles in military journals.  He currently works for the U.S. Naval Institute as the co-director of outreach.  In this episode we discuss a myriad of topics to include, resilience, leadership and the role of the Chief Petty Officer. TRIBE MASLOW Chief Petty Officer's Guide LinkedIn
February 24, 2020
Sika Henry
Regardless of the amount of effort we put into a goal, life always has a way of dishing out setbacks.  This story is about turning a setback into a setup for her comeback.  My friend Sika Henry is a IRONMAN World Championship Finisher, two time Marathon winner and she has set the new goal in motion to be the first African American woman to achieve her pro card in the triathlon community.    I am truly honored to facilitate her inspirational message about how her relentless drive not only allowed her to compete at the highest level, but showed others what true perseverance looks like. ///////// //////// IG:  @sikahenry ////////
February 23, 2020
Matt Starolis
A lot of us struggle with impostor syndrome or concern when putting ourselves out there in a vulnerable way - through social media or in each conversation we have throughout the day.  The social norm is to hang out in our comfort zone.  My friend Matt Starolis operated this way for most of his adult life until one day he had an awakening - a self awareness.  Matt is an investor, cyber security expert, entrepreneur and has experience in sales.  Matt is also on a journey of self discovery.  Through allowing his expressive self to shine through he has not only been a lighthouse for others but he has grown himself as a human being.  I think you'll find his philosophy and the way he shares it in the episode to be authentic and profound.  
February 17, 2020
We are all in relationships with every facet of our lives.  Ensuring your intentions are pure and focused in the right direction is the foundation for wellness.
February 17, 2020
Jamar Perry
There is so much to be said for a human being that is self aware enough and has done enough emotional work to identify areas in their life that need to be worked through.  There's a lot of little decisions we make on a daily basis that get us to where we are in life.  No matter where that road has led us, there is always a road to redemption through self discovery.  My friend Jamar is a life coach, entrepreneur, Navy veteran and a genuinely positive energy to be around.  This conversation is raw and vulnerable.  Please open your heart and understand we all have challenges in life - forgiveness is a blessing.  I challenge you to keep an open mind and make an effort to learn from this story. ///////
February 12, 2020
Are you SPENDING all of your time staying afloat?  Have you considered INVESTING time in things that can better you and others?
January 30, 2020
Your worst days are never so bad that it doesn't deserve grace.  Your best days are never so good that you're beyond the requirement of grace.
January 27, 2020
Tori Oldani
We all have a past - a story in life that if we choose, can define our future.  Or you can take that past - all the trauma and work through it to help others.  In order to do that, I think you have to put your oxygen mask on first.  My friend Tori (@tostandsfortakeout on IG) is doing just that.  She has not only had a remarkable and trailblazing career in the military but she is sharing her story in a vulnerable way to help others battling issues such as rape, abuse, PTSD and few other powerful topics we discuss on the podcast.  I am proud to know her and hope you get as much out of this conversation as I did.
January 21, 2020
Allyson Wolf
Simply by the fact we are human beings means we will have hardship in life.  Hardship can lead to self doubt, worry and a negative self image.  My guest Allyson has had her share of adversity and with her vulnerable story of loss, poor decisions, an eating disorder, failed relationships, abuse and other challenges we can all learn and grow.  Her story is only beginning and her character is impeccable.  I cannot wait to see how many more triumphs she will have.  I'm very proud to offer her story to you because it isn't about how you fall - it's about how you get back up and live to fight another day. / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /  RESILIENCY - "The people on the outside who don’t know you or don’t give a damn judge because a) they’re jealous that you can overcome even the toughest of obstacles or b) they wish they could be just like you.  Be resilient but show them strength. Instead of fighting back with pain and anger keep pressing on.  Showing them that even in the face of adversity you can move mountains." - Allyson Wolf
January 13, 2020
Patience Triumphs Anger
If you are patient in one moment of anger you will escape one hundred days of sorrow.
January 04, 2020
Embrace Change
The choice is yours.
December 06, 2019
Stephanie Siemens (Hejnal)
Some of us are put on this earth with unlimited potential.  Sometimes we think we are destined to following a specific path in the trail and sometimes we end up carving our own path - the one less followed.  In this episode my friend and sister shares her story of success, then hardship, and ultimately reaching a place in life where she can look back and say it was all worth it - true happiness.
November 12, 2019
Antony Hyland
Anthony Hyland is a talented young man with wisdom far beyond his years.  It was such a pleasure to be in his presence - this man is gifted.  Spoken word, poetry, public speaking, writing are all a part of his resume but he also serves in the military as a US Navy Boatswain's Mate.  I am proud to share this podcast with you in the hopes it will challenge the way you look at all walks of life. // //
October 20, 2019
Mundy Brantes
Sometimes we think we are going to impact someone else.  Sometimes we believe that we are the mentor.  Sometimes that very person mentors you instead.  Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate Edmundo Brantes has changed so many lives (including my own) it is impossible to quantify.  His leadership coupled with his huge heart make this man the best in the business!  In this episode you'll not only hear his story, you'll hear his philosophy on why service is so valuable to one's own well being.
October 20, 2019
Steve Forss
My good friend Steve Forss shares his story and inspiring journey as a musician, father, adventurer and just all around good dude.   Music has a way to reach into your soul and help you through whatever emotion you're experiencing.  Steve's music puts you in a positive place and inspires us all to chase that dream that might just scare you. //http// // //
October 11, 2019
Sultan (Sumo) Hamzah
My brother CWO4 Sultan Hamzah, USN shares his story of resilience in all facets of his life. Many of you may know him as the strong leader you see out in front - leading the Fleet. This evening, he shared some of the story you may not know and it gives a different dynamic to what real perseverance looks like. I'm humbled and grateful with the opportunity to share this message with you.  If it strikes a chord or resonates with you, do not hesitate to let Sultan know and share with someone it may help.
September 15, 2019
Steven Bayless
My brother shares his story in a very remarkable way.  Authentic, genuine and honorable describe this great human I am lucky enough to call family.  Thank you for sharing Steve and if you know someone this can help, please share! RESOURCES: . . . . . . . .
September 13, 2019
Supporting Addiction
My friend Michelle Bundy shares her story of supporting addiction and how to work through struggles. If you or someone you know is hurting please share this episode with them! A great group for Godly 12 step recovery for hurts, hang-ups and/or additions. In order to be your best self, one of the things you need to learn are your spiritual gifts. This helps to direct you down the path God intends. Book: A Purpose Driven Life This book helps to redirect the purpose you think YOU or OTHERS should have by guiding you to discover GOD’s purpose.
September 07, 2019
A lot of us have challenges in relationships.  It is impossible to capture perfection, but with self awareness, unconditional love and a mindset of growth we can evolve together.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and platform to share this discussion with my beautiful wife, my good friend Dave and his significant other Mayline. Mayline Robertson is a spiritual healer, author, and entrepreneur. Her recently published book “Stepping Into the Light: A Guide To Clearing Limiting Core Beliefs” is available on Heidi is a Veterinarian, mother and Ironman Triathlete. If this podcast helps you please share! WWW.LINKEDIN.COM/IN/DDROOGLEEVER .  WWW.SERVINGWITHJOYHEALER.COM . . .
August 31, 2019
Stephen Green
My friend and Shipmate Stephen Green shares his story of addiction and living a life of sin and how he was able through his belief in Jesus Christ to turn his life around and find the light in salvation.  A great story of faith and perseverance that is sure to inspire us all. . . . .
August 24, 2019
Josh LaJaunie
Josh is a plant based, ultra distance runner, author and truly deep soul.  At best estimate he weighed over 400 lbs growing up in a Southern Louisiana lifestyle of over indulgence in every facet of the term.  In this episode my brother discusses his path to losing ~230 lbs and adopting a healthy lifestyle.  More importantly, he shines some light on some deep topics to help us all evolve and grow as human beings.  I cannot say enough about how inspiring his message is.  You don't need to fit into one particular genre or culture to get something out of this episode - it will resonate across the board.  We all have a story and that's exactly how we grow.  I am proud to share Josh's story.  It is my sincere hope this conversation inspires you to make the change today that you have been waiting to take action on - mood follows action. .. . . 
August 14, 2019
Jay Collette
Have you ever asked yourself, 'why me'?  Have you ever had a life changing experience that changed the trajectory of the rest of you life? My brother and shipmate shares his story of resilience in an open and vulnerable discussion. I am proud to share this remarkable story and hope you learn from Jay's experience that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Links:;
August 10, 2019
Bob Newman
Today I have the honor of sharing the story of resilience from one of the most humble human beings I know.  Bob is a retired Navy SEAL Command Master Chief and has a remarkable journey.  His ability to introspectively interpret his life is amazing and I know we can all benefit from hearing what he has to offer.  Compassionate, caring and honest are just three words that come to mind when I think of my friend. I hope you get as much out of hearing what he eloquently shared as much as I did. Books: 6. Burn Your Couch - Rick Alexander 5. The Art of Living - Thich Nhat Hanh 4. Waking Up - Sam Harris 3. Tribe: On Homecoming  & Belonging 2. What it is like to go to War - Karl Marlantes 1. Man’s Search for Meaning - Viktot E. Frankl Meditation: BIO: Organizations: The USO Outdoor Adventure Team Outward Bound Project Nostos The Honor Foundation Elite Meet LinkedIn:
August 03, 2019
Terrell Murrell
Service is a huge part of finding purpose for me and for this man as well. Check out Rell's story of perseverance and finding the light at the end of the tunnel.
July 28, 2019
David Droogleever
Please welcome my longtime friend with an inspiring story. Dave has a unique gift of finding the resources available for anyone finding themselves in a arduous journey. His story is impactful and I know we all can take something away from his challenges and triumphs.
July 21, 2019
Jeff "Jenny" Craig
This story of amazing experiences and true resilience is not one you'll want to miss!
July 11, 2019