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  • In this week’s Team Never Quit episode, Marcus and Melanie welcome Sean Glass, a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer and seasoned leadership instructor with Echelon Front. With over 13 years of experience in the SEAL Teams and combat deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Eastern Africa, Sean shares his insights on leadership in both military and business settings.
    Sean led 5 SEAL platoons in Iraq against Islamic State forces, and was the Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams.
    In his transition to the business world, Sean became the Chief Operating Officer at a venture-backed construction tech startup, and is currently the Leadership Instructor at Echelon Front, where he is building a decentralized, team-first culture in a rapidly growing company.
    Join us for an inspiring conversation with Sean Glass as he shares invaluable lessons on leadership that can be applied in any high-pressure environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from a true leader who has navigated the challenges of both the battlefield and the boardroom.

    In This Episode You Will Hear:
    • [Growing up] we had Emus at one time for some reason. (7:46)
    • I read that book, and something inside me was alive, like “This is what I wanna do” Everything I did after that was asking myself that question: Is this next move gonna help me get into the Navy? and if it’s not, then I didn’t do it. (17:25)
    • [Marcus] I feel like our saving grace is the fact that we did it for God and country. If you’re a wild child and you wanna have the most fun of your entire life, go into the SEAL teams. (19:36)
    • Given a boat crew, If you don’t perform - if you screw up, your boat crew get beats for you. Sorry – remediated – gets remediated for you. (24:51)
    • The less you think about yourself, especially when you’re miserable, the better off you are. (25:18)
    • [Marcus] If you want to teach your son or yourself to be a great barterer or negotiator, go over there [Afghanistan]. (41:24)
    • Gift giving is a big thing to them [Afghans]. (41:54)
    • Getting to be on the other side of the BUDS equation was a great experience, because you get to see all the workings that go into it - all the things you don’t see and appreciate as a student obviously because you’re just trying to survive. (44:21)
    • I don’t have a good poker face. (45:33)
    • No one puts a premium on training like the SEAL teams do. It’s everything for us. (54:26)
    • I closed out my career at the training command which was just the best place you could possibly be. (55:21)
    • Our goal there [Echelon Front] is to arm their leaders with the tools they need to be better leaders. (65:42)
    • Jocko started Primal Beef, and our goal was to bring the same farm-raised all natural, Black Angus American beef that we had the opportunity to eat every night to as many Americans as we possibly could. (70:03)
    • Our whole goal was basically to make things the best experience you could possibly have ordering beef from somebody. (74:49)
    • Well above 80% of all beef produced in America comes from 4 different massive companies, and at least one of them is a foreign owned company. (77:55)
    • The average age of a farmer right now is 63 years old, because families just aren’t taking over the family business. (78:06)

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  • In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus & Melanie connect with Josh Smith, Master Bladesmith. His journey into the world of bladesmithing began at the young age of 11, under the mentorship of his baseball coach, Rick Dunkerley. Rick introduced Josh to the art of knife-making, guiding him through the process of removing stock blades.
    Josh set up his own shop at home, thanks to his father, who provided him space in his equipment shop. By the age of 12, Josh had joined the American Bladesmith Society, marking the start of his formal journey into bladesmithing.
    At 14, Josh attended the Eugene Oregon knife show, where he met other talented knife makers who generously shared their knowledge with him. This experience further fueled his passion and skill in the craft.
    At just 15 years old, Josh passed the rigorous Journeyman bladesmith test at the Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia, becoming the youngest bladesmith to achieve this feat. The Journeyman test involves a performance test, where a forged and heat-treated blade must chop a 1” rope and two 2x4s in half and still be able to shave hair. The blade must also withstand a 90-degree bend in a vise without breaking. Following the performance test, the candidate presents five knives to a panel of Mastersmith Judges for evaluation of craftsmanship.
    Josh didn't stop there. He continued to hone his craft and, at 19, became the youngest bladesmith to earn the prestigious Master Smith rating from the American Bladesmith Society.
    Tune in to hear more about Josh's incredible journey and the dedication it takes to become a master of bladesmithing!

    In This Episode You Will Hear:
    • I passed the Mastersmith test when I was young, so technically, I’m a master bladesmith.
    • That [Mastersmith] test and getting there was a lot of work over a lot of years, but really what is meant is you’re really now ready to start learning. You can actually absorb what you’re being taught.
    • If you’re looking back at something you built 20 years ago, and you’re still thinking that’s the best thing you’ve ever done, you’ve really gotta be honest with yourself. You really haven’t come very far.
    • There’s a picture of me in Blade Magazine when I’m about 12, standing on a milk crate grinding knives.
    • I was pretty motivated. At 15 years old, I became the youngest journeyman knife-maker in the world, and then at 19 I became the youngest Mastersmith.
    • I started getting publicity in magazines when I was really young. When I was 16 years old, I probably had 150 knife orders from all over the world.
    • It’s amazing today, with what’s at your fingertips, you can learn how to do anything right from home.
    • Nothing even today replaces being in the presence of that master and having them teach you.
    • Style comes over time.
    • One thing I’m proud of – I didn’t fall into making one style of a knife. I can do almost anything across the board. That is what a master is.
    • I won the best Damascus knife award in the world at the Atlanta Blade Show when I was 20 years old.
    • I’ve sharpened thousands of knives for people. It doesn’t matter who made it. What matters is who carried it.
    • I don’t need 300million Americans to be my customer. I want the 20-30-40-50 million that are patriotic as hell and appreciate quality. They want that story behind the blade. We’re proving that American manufacturing is not just not dead, but it’s desired by Americans.
    • Ten years ago, my house burned to the ground. I was completely broke as hell, living in a camper. And today, I’m shaking hands with President Trump, Junior’s coming over and I pig hunted with Rogan. I get to be friends with heroes-our veterans.
    • People need to keep moving the ball forward and never give up.

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  • Defying Limits: The James Lawrence Story
    Join us in this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast for an awe-inspiring conversation with James Lawrence, a man who turned his failures into a catalyst for extraordinary achievements. Known as the “Iron Cowboy”, James has set multiple world records in the world of triathlons and endurance sports. From barely finishing his first 5k at 28 to completing 50 full-distance triathlons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days, James's journey is a testament to the power of mental fortitude and relentless determination.
    James didn’t grow up as an endurance athlete. At the age of 28, he struggled to finish his first 5k. However, this initial failure ignited a competitive spirit within him and a desire to achieve what seemed impossible.
    James Lawrence’s story is a powerful reminder that our limitations are often self-imposed and that with determination and focus, we can achieve incredible feats. Whether you’re an athlete, a professional, or someone looking to push past personal barriers, James’s journey offers valuable insights and inspiration.

    In This Episode You Will Hear:
    • My dad was a firefighter my entire life. He was out there serving and saving. (2:59)
    • My life changed at the Calgary Stampede. I entered a contest to see who could ride the giant Ferris wheel for the entire 10 days of the stampede. I won the contest. (3:43)
    • I’ve been a dreamer my entire life. (4:53)
    • I’m really good at forgiving myself for mistakes that I’ve made in the past. (4:57)
    • I don’t see things as good or bad in the ups and downs of life. I see them all as opportunities. (7:00)
    • I could become “woe is me” and become a victim of the economy and the circumstances that was happening. I tried to fine the positive from it. (8:45)
    • I think 1 door closes and 10 doors open. (10:22)
    • When you do something and reach that mountaintop, your perspective changes on what’s possible because you’ve changed. (11:43)
    • We broke the world record for the most Half Ironmans in a year. It was 22 Ironmans in 30 weeks. (12:44)
    • In 2012 we did official, full-length Ironman races. We did 30 Ironmans in 11 countries in that year. (12:58)
    • I’m just trying to find out what my limits are as a human. (14:12)
    • I love setting new standards. (14:26)
    • In 2015 after the second world record, we did 50 Ironmans in 50 days through all 50 states. (32:23)
    • In 2021, we did 100 consecutive Ironmans – An Ironman a day for a quarter of a year, 14,000+ miles to raise money to eradicate sex trafficking. (32:48)
    • What I’m most excited about is our new book: Iron Hope. (33:22)
    • Constantly show up and pursue greatness for yourself. (38:06)
    • Sometimes in life we’re gonna have to get up and do things when we don’t want to. (39:29)

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  • Unmasking Cyber Threats: Insights from Kristofer Healey
    In this week’s episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus and Melanie dive deep into the world of cyber security with our special guest, Kristofer Healey and his wife, Lacey. Kristofer is a seasoned expert in cyber security, fraud prevention, and risk management. With years of experience working at the intersection of technology and security, Kristofer brings a wealth of knowledge on how to protect yourself and your organization in the digital age.
    Kristofer is an expert on telefraud whose criminal investigative work has been featured in national media profiles, most notably his work investigating India-based call center networks targeting American citizens. Listen in for some great stories about Kristofer’s journey in entrepreneurship and how you can protect yourself and your business.
    Kristofer is also a sought-after speaker and consultant, providing strategic advice on preventing cyber-attacks and managing risk in an increasingly connected world.

    In This Episode You Will Hear:
    • I worked for ICE down there [South Texas] for about 3 years, and I got picked up by the internal affairs group – Office of the Inspector General – around the time that the gulf cartel was going through a civil war. Cardenas gets extradited to the U.S. He started diming out every dirty Border Patrol Agent, every dirty CDP officer that he had paid money to. I got thrown right in the fire of going after all these dirty and corrupt Border Patrol officers and CDP officers. (6:59)
    • I always tell my victims [of phone scams] is you’re gonna get a lot more justice than restitution. (17:07)
    • They [phone scammers] get hung up on all the time, but it only takes one to make their week. (21:15)
    • The 2 generations that fell victim the most were the 70+ (the boomers) and the younger folks that grew up on the internet. (27:32)
    • These [phone scams] are incredibly smart schemes. (33:18)
    • Once you do something insanely hard, everything else seems like something you can accomplish. (35:52)
    • We indicted 61 people in 5 call centers in the U.S. and India. (42:25)
    • She [One of the victims] lost 2 million dollars. She was 82 years old. A retired teacher. Lost every dollar she had. She lost everything. (58:45)
    • The IRS scam was very effective, but because we took it down they don’t do that anymore. (63:05)
    • For our seniors – people on Facebook in particular – stay off Marketplace. (70:50)
    • When you introduce voluntary adversity throughout your life, you’ll always have a well of experiences you can draw from that are going to make you stronger when the adversity is involuntary. (92:09)
    • We think we’re going the direction we need to be going in, and God reminds us you’re not in charge. (93:08)
    • It’s not what happens to you. It’s how you react. (96:29)
    • Life isn’t what happens. It’s what you do with what happens. (96:41)

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  • Welcome to this week’s episode of the Team Never Quit podcast. Today, we are honored to host Bill Wagasy, a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL veteran, former Notre Dame football player, and current VP of national sales for Commonwealth Land Title Company. Bill's journey from the gridiron to the battlefield and beyond is nothing short of extraordinary.
    In college, Bill played as a reserve outside linebacker under Coach Lou Holtz, and harnessed the lasting influence of Coach Holtz’s relentless pursuit of excellence. Post-college, Bill pursued a law degree and a master’s in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University. However, driven by a deep sense of duty, Bill joined the Navy and became a Navy SEAL, completing four combat tours between 2002 and 2012—three in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. His specialties included lead sniper, lead breacher, JTAC, and lead navigator.
    After his military career, Bill discusses the transition to civilian life and working with the Gary Sinise Foundation, and the importance of resilience, duty, and honor in his life and career.
    We are deeply grateful to Bill Wagasy for sharing his powerful story. His unwavering dedication to service and the indomitable spirit he embodies serve as an inspiration to us all.

    In This Episode You Will Hear:
    • The first time she [my sister] ever did Boston [marathon] was the year of the bombing. That was the first public event I ever went to when I got out of the SEAL teams. (16:08)

    • I feel like a wonderful, all-American upbringing. (22:28)

    • My coach [at Notre Dame] was coach [Lou] Holtz. (27:43)
    • One of the greatest things I can say about him [Coach Lou Holtz] – He brought an intensity and a passion every single day for five years I was there. He never had an off day. (27:57)
    • Do what’s right. It’s not right to find your teammate’s wallet before he loses it. (28:52)
    • The way you show people you care – is if your part of a team, you have to put forth incredible effort and mental focus. Do your best in every single facet, from execution and preparation. (29:17)
    • Every day, you’ve gotta bring it. (29:51)
    • There’s nothing that anybody could’ve ever said to me when I was going through SEAL training that would have the effect of what Coach Holtz said to me. (32:42)
    • There’s a huge jump between having a dream, and having the courage to follow it. (43:57)
    • While we were in sniper school, that’s when Operation Red Wings went down. (69:20)
    • When they found you [Marcus Luttrell] it was like a miracle, like no one could believe that you were alive. It was bittersweet because we lost everybody else. (81:46)
    • Our fastest sniper rifle shoots about 3,000 feet per second, and an explosive goes somewhere around 12,000 to 25,000 feet per second. (95:02)
    • I was in a vehicle rollover where I shattered my right wrist, and had a level 5 shoulder separation on my left side. I was in the hospital for ten days. (103:59)
    • He (Gary Sinise) truly lived the example of “We can never do enough for our veterans, but we can always do a little bit more.” (131:10)
    • If you were to ask me what 2 years I would never want to repeat again in my life, it’s the 2 years transitioning out of the military into the private sector and starting from scratch at 42 years old.
    • I had 1 superpower in BUDS and that was taking cold water and just splattering everybody. (156:24)

  • Conquering Fear and Leading with Courage: Insights from Retired Navy SEAL Stephen Kaplan
    Welcome to this week’s episode of the Team Never Quit Podcast, where Marcus & Melanie Luttrell dive deep into the realms of leadership, courage, and strategic thinking with an extraordinary guest. Today, we are honored to have Stephen Kaplan, a retired Navy SEAL, keynote speaker, business consultant, and leadership expert. Stephen has dedicated over 20 years to mastering tactics, organizational leadership, strategic thinking, and professional team building. After his illustrious military career as a Navy SEAL, he has been transforming corporations, teams, and individuals through his insights and expertise.
    Stephen shares his perspective on what it truly means to be courageous, emphasizing that being "fearless" is an illusion. True courage is about facing and conquering fears.
    Steve's adventure business, Trident Adventures is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The company specializes in leadership and team-building experiences that offer an adventure of a lifetime. Learn how these adventures provide teams with a unique edge in leadership development.
    Whether you’re looking to enhance your leadership skills, build stronger teams, or simply get inspired by a story of transformation, this episode is packed with valuable takeaways.

    Resources and Links:
    TridentAdventures.com
    LinkedIn: Stephen Kaplan

    In this episode you will hear:
    • After I Graduated High School, I went to Bible College to be a Pastor. I felt was that’s where I was supposed to be. That was calling on my life. (5:32)
    • [Marcus] Q: What was the one thing in BUDS that got you?
    A: I put a stick through my forearm on the obstacle course. (15:34)
    • [On the obstacle course] my heart’s pumping like crazy. I’m excited. I’m in BUDS. There’s 300 guys and I’m thinking I’m gonna be the guy that doesn’t quit, and I throw myself over the wall, and when I hop off the other end of it, I hear a snap. (17:06)
    • The next obstacle was the high wall with the rope, so I go to grab it, and my hand doesn’t work. I look at my arm and there was a big stick sticking through. (17:28)
    • I didn’t know how to swim when I signed up. (21:21)
    • You’ll become a good swimmer at BUDS, for sure, but you won’t become a good runner at BUDS. You’ll get worse. (22:34)
    • I blew out my ear drum really bad. They had to cut my ear off, and replace the membrane in my ear with a skin graft. (26:54)
    • On the second day of hell week, I stepped in a hole in the sand and I hyperextended my knee and tore a bunch of stuff in my knee and ankle. Now I’ve got a bum leg, I’m in day 2 of hell week, and I had such a bad infection in my ear, that it actually rotted a hole in my tympanic membrane. (28:20)
    • I do not look like the type of person that should be lifting the type of weights I can lift. (50:55)
    • [After having shortness of breath and chest pain for days, I was commanded to go to the ER] They do all the x-rays and all the blood tests, and the doctor says, “How long have you had these symptoms?” “5 days, I think.” “You’re supposed to be dead.” (55:47)
    • I had to have 2 nurses hold me up, because if laid down, I’d pass out and die. My friends came by to say goodbye. I ended up not dying. (56:26)
    • I was a SEAL tech advisor for Hawaii 5-O, Magnum PI and a couple of other shows. (58:44)

    • Everybody has fear, Team guys have fear. We’re not fearless. What we do is that we overcome our fear because we have courage. Courage is not the lack of fear, it’s what you do in the face of fear. (62:35)

    • We’re the only operation [Trident Adventures] – I think in the world – that’s allowed to have civilians jump out of a helicopter into the ocean or a body of water. (63:28)
    • I used to love free diving, but I lost most of my lungs when I had the pulmonary embolism, so my breath hold now is embarrassing – maybe 30 seconds. (64:32)
    • [Marcus] In SEAL teams, we will name something funny like Seal Transport Device (STD). 65:11)
    • I choose to take my previous chapter of my life, and thru my entrepreneurship and my company and how I conduct myself. Through my integrity and my character I want to be that guy that makes people look at the teams in a higher regard because of how I carry myself. (73:33)

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  • Mastering Fear and Building Resilience with Evy Poumpouras
    In this compelling episode, Marcus and Melanie sit down with the incredible Evy Poumpouras, former Secret Service Agent, author, and expert in resilience and personal empowerment. Evy shares her journey from protecting presidents to empowering individuals to face their fears and build unshakeable resilience. She provides practical strategies for managing fear, handling stress, and cultivating a mindset that can thrive in any situation.
    As a Secret Service Agent, Evy served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton. She is the author of "Becoming Bulletproof: Protect Yourself, Read People, Influence Situations, and Live Fearlessly." She is a renowned speaker and media commentator, frequently appearing on networks like CNN, MSNBC, and NBC. Her expertise in body language, lie detection, and personal protection makes her a sought-after expert in the fields of security and resilience.
    Evy’s actions as a first responder during the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City bestowed her the United States Secret Service Valor Award.

    Resources:
    Book: Becoming Bulletproof by Evy Poumpouras
    Evy’s Website: evypoumpouras.com
    Follow Evy on Social Media: Instagram, Twitter
    @evypoumpouras

    In this episode you will hear:
    • I was born in Harlem, New York. My parents were immigrants – they’re Greek. (9:50)
    • My dad’s first job in America – he worked for free. (12:04)
    • [Growing up] Fun was when the fire department would open up the fire hydrants, and we’d run through them. That was “going to the pool.” (13:57)
    • I’ve always trusted my [inner] voice – whatever it is – intuition, instinct. I would listen to it. (18:22)
    • I’m brave if I’m in proximity of other brave people. (19:30)
    • When I applied to the Secret Service and before that, NYPD, I never asked what am I getting paid? (22:55)
    • Everything I was able to do, happened here, and there’s no question in my mind, had I been born in Greece – I say this with all humility, there’s no way I would’ve ever been a secret service agent, there’s no way I would’ve ever been a cop. (39:20)
    • After 9/11, the tone changed significantly. [People became] very much supportive of first responders. (42:10)
    • [In the 9-11 experience] there were no injuries that day. You either lived, or you died. (59:51)
    • That was the saddest part, I thought “I’m gonna die all by myself here – completely alone.” (69:33)
    • Those situations show you who people really are. Even training won’t reveal that, until you see who does what, and who’s capable of what. (80:25)
    • [Marcus] The best comes out in everybody when we all get hit at the same time. (81:11)
    • [Marcus} I think 9-11 recreated a different kind of America. (84:38)
    • I never dealt with the victims, I dealt with the suspects and the perpetrators. (99:52)
    • I learned when I was an interviewer, certain countries torture certain ways. (110:04)
    • I think our next big attack is gonna be a cyber-attack. (120:23)

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  • Building a Bridge Between Two Worlds with Aaron Kendle
    In this riveting episode, we dive deep into the extraordinary journey of Aaron Kendle, who dedicated 16 years to the Navy SEALs, completing six deployments. Kendle began his career as a medic, advanced to become a sniper, and eventually served as a sky-diving instructor for the West Coast SEALs in San Diego. Transitioning from military to civilian life, Kendle embraced a new mission as the CEO of the SEAL Future Fund (SFF), an organization devoted to helping fellow SEALs transition into civilian life and careers, with the creation of tailored resumes, professional coaching, and networking opportunities.
    Despite a devastating accident that required hand amputation and the discovery and treatment of his life-threatening aortic aneurysm, Aaron proves firsthand that perspective, attitude and determination go a long way in life. Tune in to hear Aaron Kendle’s full story and gain valuable insights on leadership, resilience, and the power of community in supporting life transitions.

    In this episode you will hear:
    • Q: So what was it that made you want to become a Navy SEAL?
    A: I started thinking about it before I graduated. 9-11 is what shifted my path. (7:37)
    • I still going to the VFW. I still love talking to those older guys. It’s a different mindset. (11:14)
    • I heard my name going to Gold Team. As the classes get smaller and smaller, the guys get tighter. (44:33)
    • We were living in Morgan’s house. Every Wednesday, if we were all together, we would go to Outback Steakhouse and get Chocolate Thunder. (50:48)
    • Aaron speaks about “Extortion,” when 30 servicemen were killed when a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. (57:25)
    • 2 days later when everything opened up, I remember calling my dad on a sat phone, saying “Hey, it’s me. I’m alive. I’d love to stay and chat, but there’s a bunch of stuff going on.” (61:59)
    • The older guys that did 20-30 years. Those are the guys trying to figure out what’s the next step? (81:13)
    • Aaron tells the most ridiculous and compelling story of an accident that resulted in having his hand amputated, and the subsequent hilarious events that followed. (82:12)
    • “You have an Aortic aneurism. Your Aorta is way oversized.” (98:09)
    During Covid I’m out there skateboarding. Made this turn, hit a wet patch, and landed directly on my nub. (103:35)
    • I had a seizure. Out of nowhere. (104:18)
    If I don’t have a goal for something, then I’m not doing anything. (109:16)
    • Starting running is the worst feeling of all time. To stand there and then begin to run is terrible. (110:13)
    • I think I owe it to people. 1 - I’m not dead. If I can go out there and suffer a little bit to help motivate people, and make ‘em better than I am, that’s our goal. (123:23)

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  • From Video Gamer to Professional Driver with Jann Mardenborough
    In this week's Team Never Quit episode, Marcus and Melanie bring you an incredible story that bridges the virtual and real worlds of racing. Join us as we dive into the fascinating journey of Jann Mardenborough, a British professional racing driver who went from playing sim racing video games to competing at the highest levels of motorsport.
    Jann’s passion for racing ignited at a young age. Despite his father's professional soccer career, Jann dreamed of holding a steering wheel. Growing up in Cardiff, Wales, his potential was clear even at age 8 when he impressed a local go-kart track owner. However, financial constraints forced him to give up real-world racing, pushing him towards sim racing games like Gran Turismo.
    The turning point came in 2011 when Jann entered the GT Academy, a hybrid gaming-driving competition by Nissan and Sony Computer Entertainment. Competing against 90,000 entrants, Jann’s exceptional skills in Gran Turismo 5 propelled him to the finals. His dedication saw him practicing up to five hours a day on a simulator rig complete with pedals and a steering wheel.
    Jann's journey through the GT Academy was nothing short of extraordinary. Starting from virtual races, he proved his mettle on real tracks at Brands Hatch and Silverstone. His performance culminated in a winner-take-all race at Silverstone, securing him a professional racing contract with Nissan.
    From winning the GT Academy, Jann quickly made a name for himself in the racing world. He has since finished on the podium in his class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, won races, and contended for titles in GT3 and junior formula cars. His career highlights also include competing in Super GT, Super Formula, and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
    We’ll also touch on the Gran Turismo movie, which dramatizes the story of how a video gamer like Jann transitioned into a professional racing driver. This film highlights the transformative impact of the GT Academy and showcases the merging of virtual and real-world racing.
    Jann’s story is a testament to how passion and dedication can turn dreams into reality, regardless of how unachievable they may seem. Tune in to hear more about his incredible journey from a bedroom gamer to a professional driver on some of the world's most prestigious tracks.

    In this episode you will hear:
    • My dad isn’t an academic person, but he really instilled in me and my younger brother – things about life. You have one life. He was paid to do something he loved. (6:07)
    • When you’re 8 or 9 years old, you don’t really understand, but as you get older – what do I want to do? And my thing was racing. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. It was always instilled in my head – the understanding what the job was. I thought to myself “I want to do that. I don’t know how I’m going to get there, but I want to do that.” (6:26)
    • It was through my friends – the love of cars, and the objects, and the pictures. I had them on my wall. (8:38)
    • I was a kid that could recognize a car on the street in the dark just by the headlights as a 6 year-old. (9:50)
    • With my dad, when I was younger, he never forced anything on me. (17:39)
    • [Melanie] Q: Using the video game simulation, did you ever think that that was actually going to propel you into real racing?
    A: No. Absolutely not. It wasn’t a conscious thought. My dream was always to be a racing driver, but I didn’t know how it would happen. (25:52)
    • I used to go to work with the keys of my BMW which I had maybe 6 months. I would always go to work with the key in my pocket. That little BMW emblem on the key ring – I’d be rubbing it in my pocket, just thinking, “This isn’t it, what I’m doing, but I have at least something which was bringing me joy.” (26:53)
    • Confidence and arrogance. People want to give you responsibility. If you’re a bit soft with your answers – the first impressions are what really matter. (41:11)
    • Every day in the academy, there was somebody getting eliminated. (41:41)
    • I box things off in my head, once I learn about them, and I don’t revisit them. (50:49)
    • [His car went airborne] A horrible point in my life. I remember it vividly. (51:34)
    • [Melanie] As [Marcus’] wife, I see the parallel between the two of you. Both of you never quit. (52:46)
    • My favorite championship race is the one in Japan. It’s called GT500. (64:51)
    • In motorsports, even in Formula 1, you have 1 tire supplier. (65:25)
    • Yes, there’s things I want to do in the sport. I want my own race team. (67:42)
    • Be the best that you can be. (71:35)

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  • Exploring Mental Health Through Visual Storytelling with Brandon Kapelow
    This week on the Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus and Melanie speak with Brandon Kapelow, a versatile visual artist hailing from the picturesque landscapes of Wyoming. With a diverse portfolio encompassing directing, photography, and cinematography, Brandon's creative journey is as dynamic as the landscapes he captures.
    But there's more to Brandon's story than meets the eye. At an early age, he endured the tragic loss of his dad to suicide, an experience that profoundly shaped his artistic endeavors and personal mission. Now, as a survivor and advocate, Brandon channels his passion into exploring themes of mental health through his work.
    Brandon delves into the complexities of mental health with a keen eye and compassionate heart. Beyond academia, he extends his support to those affected by suicide loss as a peer-support group facilitator.
    Join us as we traverse the intersections of art, resilience, and healing with Brandon Kapelow. From the rugged landscapes of Wyoming to the bustling streets of LA and Vancouver, Brandon's nomadic lifestyle mirrors his insatiable curiosity for the human experience.

    In this episode you will hear:
    • I struggle with a succinct way to categorize what I do, because I really try my best to be a chameleon at times. (4:45)
    • So you’re having these dramatic swings between one extreme and the other. On one end of that spectrum you have like the depressive, down quality, and the opposite side you have mania – hyperactivity, lots of energy, feeling like you’re king of the world. (7:44)
    • I was a bit of a nerd in high school. I was in the speech and debate team. (9:18)
    • Words do matter. (19:32)
    • Even the word “triggering” is something that we try to avoid using now, because that evokes imagery of a specific thing that might be upsetting to certain people. (23:44)
    • If each of us can encourage one other person to model slightly better behavior, then we’re gonna live in a better world. (25:07)
    • People really don’t take unsolicited advice. (28:19)
    • If you’re concerned about somebody, really just be direct with them and let them know that you are concerned, particularly with suicide. (31:31)
    • The one thing that you can access anywhere in this country is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Call 9-8-8. (34:50)
    • If you know a person who has access to something that they can use to kill themselves, work with them to try to remove access to whatever that might be. (37:10)
    • [Marcus] When you into a situation, don’t let the situation affect you. You go in there to affect the situation. (42:02)
    • We have to separate people’s external circumstances from their feeling of worth, purpose, and meaning in life. (46:58)
    • I work with a lot of veterans, because they are a particularly at risk group for suicide and other mental health challenges. (48:33)
    • Vulnerability is a source of strength. (59:44)
    • [Melanie] When I was introduced to psychedelic medicine, and I saw how it was helping so many people, I couldn’t keep my blinders on. I started to do research and seeing how it was changing lives. (66:56)
    • It’s one thing to have a self-guided experience. It’s another thing to have a mental health professional there with you while you’re undergoing this experience to really maximize the benefits. (72:08)

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  • In this week's episode, Marcus and Melanie are honored to host April Cheek-Messier, a key figure in preserving the legacy and lessons of one of the most pivotal moments in history: D-Day.
    April is the President of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, an organization dedicated to upholding the memory of the Allied Forces' valor, fidelity, and sacrifice on June 6, 1944. As the President of the Foundation, she plays a critical role in ensuring the integrity and security of the National D-Day Memorial while advancing its educational mission.
    During our conversation, April sheds light on the Foundation's multifaceted approach to fulfilling its mission. We delve into how the Foundation maintains and operates the National D-Day Memorial, providing a solemn and educational space for visitors to honor and learn about the events of D-Day.
    Through various programs, projects, and exhibitions, the Foundation strives to cultivate an appreciation for the historical and residual significance of D-Day.
    Join Marcus and Melanie us as we gain insights into the tireless work of April Cheek-Messier and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation in preserving the legacy of D-Day and ensuring that future generations understand the profound impact of this historic event.

    In this episode you will hear:
    • I grew up in Bedford, Virginia, which was a community impacted heavily by World War II. (3:50)
    • Bedford sustained the highest per capita loss on D-Day. (4:28)
    • 16 million served in World War II, and we have less than 1% living today. (7:32)
    • Like so many veterans, they didn’t talk about it. They tried to forget about it. (10:47)
    • It became [Bob Slaughter’s] goal to make sure there was something to commemorate those who gave their life on D-Day. (11:48)
    • In 1996, congress decided there should be a National D-Day Memorial. (12:45)
    • We are not federally funded. It was a grass roots efforts by veterans. (13:03)
    • What joy it brought Bob Slaughter and his veteran friends to know that they did it. (13:46)
    • Over 400,000 families during World War II lost a loved one. (17:16)
    • There were 3 sets of brothers who served on D-Day. (18:41)
    • It’s when you’re able to tell the individual stories that young people can understand the tragedy of war and what was accomplished that day was so very critical. (24:29)
    • Believe it or not, there was nowhere – not even in Normandy - a list of who died on June 6, 1944. (25:21)
    • The more we can work together to make sure these stories are told is incredibly important. (32:23)
    • D-Day was critical. It was going to be the turning point of the war in Western Europe. It was Operation Overlord, which was to invade German-occupied France. (33:25)
    • The consequences were dire. This had to happen. They had to succeed. (35:56)
    • 5,000 ships, 11,000 aircraft, just on D-Day alone. 160,000 troops and over 150,000 landing on June 6th alone. (36:50)

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  • Chris Caracci – Part 2 – From SEAL Team Six to Law Enforcement: A Journey of Tactical Mastery
    This week, the Team Never Quit Podcast brings you Part 2 of Marcus and Melanie’s discussion with Chris Caracci, a distinguished figure with over two decades of combined military and law enforcement experience. Chris's journey from serving with SEAL Team One and Team Six to becoming a leading authority in practical and tactical techniques is both inspiring and enlightening.
    Chris’s illustrious career began with a six-year commitment in the U.S. Navy, where he served with unparalleled distinction in SEAL Team One and Team Six, specializing in anti-terrorism operations. Transitioning from his military service, Chris spent nine years as a sworn tactical officer, operating in diverse environments across New York, New Jersey, and South Florida. His expertise in SWAT operations and narcotics enforcement earned him recognition as a top-tier operative and trainer, sought after by both local and federal agencies.
    Chris shares compelling accounts of Medal of Honor recipients going back to the Vietnam War.
    Today, Chris's dedication to personal protection and private training keeps him at the forefront of the field, where maintaining peak physical and mental conditioning is paramount. With a profound understanding of real-life conflicts, Chris brings a unique perspective to his classes, teaching from both the heart and the mind.
    Gain insights into Chris's firsthand experiences with real-life conflicts and the strategies needed to navigate them successfully.
    Don't miss this week’s Part 2 episode as we delve into more details of Chris Caracci’s military and law enforcement service - a true master of tactical expertise.

    In this episode you will hear:
    • [Marcus] I remember being in hell week, around the world, rowing that boat. I looked over at the guys in my boat and I said, “Hey guys, we’re in the books, we’re in the movies right now.
    • The things that I read about in the books is what we were doing. {16:36)
    • If I can’t see my target I’m not shooting. I don’t shoot to make noise. (34:20)
    • [Marcus] Imagine if a football play lasted until you actually scored a touchdown – without stopping. It’s kinda what it’s like for us. (47:48)
    • Sometimes, you have to face the truth that what we do and how we do it. We CAN do it and not everybody can do it. (58:30)
    • SEAL Teams have never left anyone behind – ever. (74:43)
    • We had three Medal of Honors that went out in Vietnam. (84:54)
    • For a SEAL to be awarded and it’s not about medal, we’re talking about a validation for something they did. It’s very hard for frogmen to get that because every day are those kinds of missions. (84:00)
    • Just training. SEAL Teams kill more people in peacetime than anyone has a clue about. (89:59)

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  • Chris Caracci - From SEAL Team Six to Law Enforcement: A Journey of Tactical Mastery
    In this week's Team Never Quit episode, Markus and Melanie are honored to host Chris Caracci, a distinguished figure with over two decades of combined military and law enforcement experience. Chris's journey from serving with SEAL Team One and Team Six to becoming a leading authority in practical and tactical techniques is both inspiring and enlightening.
    Chris’s illustrious career began with a six-year commitment in the U.S. Navy, where he served with unparalleled distinction in SEAL Team One and Team Six, specializing in anti-terrorism operations. Transitioning from his military service, Chris spent nine years as a sworn tactical officer, operating in diverse environments across New York, New Jersey, and South Florida. His expertise in SWAT operations and narcotics enforcement earned him recognition as a top-tier operative and trainer, sought after by both local and federal agencies.
    Chris shares compelling accounts of Medal of Honor recipients going back to the Vietnam War.
    Today, Chris's dedication to personal protection and private training keeps him at the forefront of the field, where maintaining peak physical and mental conditioning is paramount. With a profound understanding of real-life conflicts, Chris brings a unique perspective to his classes, teaching from both the heart and the mind.
    Gain insights into Chris's firsthand experiences with real-life conflicts and the strategies needed to navigate them successfully.
    Don't miss this compelling episode as we delve into the details of Chris Caracci’s military and law enforcement service - a true master of tactical expertise.

    In this episode you will hear:
    • Marines are unique people. (7:53)
    • I was only really good at climbing, and I was always climbing buildings. (12:52)
    • I just happened to close a door and looked behind it, and what do I see? I see these twin 72 cubic inch scuba tanks. I grabbed ‘em and they were [made of] Styrofoam! (28:34)
    • If I ever come up with something like Dementia, I hope I’m brave enough to identify it and go for a long swim. (35:21)
    • In battle you learn one thing. [You need] water, and ammunition. (36:45)
    • When you hit the water, you only got a matter of minutes, and if that parachute gets saturated, it’s an anchor. You’re going down. End of story. (38:26)
    • If you never quit, you’ll never know how to. (39:37)
    • [Marcus] The only reason I knew I could make it, it because I made it through hell week. (40:47)
    • The reason they don’t give us – in my day – more psychological techniques, and even some physiological tricks – they wanna see who’s gonna do it on their own. (45:48)
    • Free fall is difficult because there’s no gravity. (49:39)
    • You still did one thing together – you get up in line and you examine each other’s equipment to make sure the guys are squared away and nothing bad’s gonna happen. (57:42)
    • One of the reasons I was really driven to be a frog man was because they weren’t designed for any other purpose other than warfare. (60:59)
    • There were so many cold war frogmen that were ready. There was no war but we were ready. (70:40)
    • One of the first things I learned is that it wasn’t about muscle, it wasn’t about brawn – it was about the mind. (83:24)
    • You can’t change the world. You have to learn how to navigate accordingly. (93:41)
    • Where is there a war I can get in? Where can I stand up for somebody and fight but for a reason, for a purpose. (96:01)
    • Life may be boring to me, but what makes life is being able to share it with someone special. (99:23)

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  • Surviving the Unthinkable: A Law Enforcement Officer's Story of Courage and Recovery
    In this week's Team Never Quit episode, Marcus and Melanie meet with Julie Werhnyak, a former Tempe, Arizona police officer whose life changed forever on March 3, 2015. Julie shares her harrowing experience, the split-second decisions she had to make, and how she drew upon her training and resilience to survive being stabbed in the neck.
    Julie had a routine before starting her shift. But on that fateful Tuesday morning, she sensed something was amiss. A premonition led her to alter her routine and mentally prepare for what lay ahead.
    Responding to a call for a welfare check, Julie and a colleague encountered a situation that quickly escalated.
    As they attempted to gain entry to the residence, Julie's worst fears were realized. A violent suspect emerged, armed and dangerous. In a split-second decision, Julie confronted the assailant, risking her life to protect others.
    Julie's bravery came at a cost. She sustained severe injuries during the confrontation, but her training and resolve kept her focused on survival. With the support of her colleagues and medical personnel, Julie began her journey towards recovery.
    Despite the physical and emotional toll of her ordeal, Julie returned to duty, driven by a sense of duty and resilience. However, the challenges didn't end there. Julie reflects on the importance of proper psychological support for law enforcement officers facing trauma.
    After two decades of service, Julie recently retired from the force. With her company, Artemis Self-Defense, Julie continues to empower others through tactical and self-defense education. Her story serves as a testament to the power of training, resilience, and community support.
    Julie Werhnyak's journey is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers and the strength it takes to overcome adversity.

    In this episode you will hear:
    • My best never quit story would’ve been during my martial arts training and because of those never quit moments, that’s how I was able to survive the stabbing that I incurred. (5:50)
    • Every day I put on my Tempe Police uniform I spoke some version of mantra which is “I accept and expect I will be involved in a lethal encounter today, and I will do everything I can to insure my survival.” (8:36)
    • As soon as the muzzle of my gun touches his body, and I fire my first round, the knife penetrates my neck, just above the left clavicle. (19:24)
    • I started on my tactical breathing to slow everything down, so that hopefully I would bleed out. (21:31)
    • My first thought was, “Oh shit”, not because I was scared but because I knew I couldn’t get out of the way and I was gonna be stabbed. (28:32)
    • The trauma doctor attributed not only my survival but her [the victim’s] survival to physical conditioning. (29:35)
    • It missed my carotid [artery] by less than an inch. (33:05)
    • [The perpetrator] was a 26 year old guy with his whole life ahead of him. He had a family who loved him. (35:07)
    • I survived because I was prepared. (39:16)
    • I wasn’t thinking I was gonna die, I was too focused on living. (39:47)
    • I knew that if I was in a knife fight I would probably be cut, but it would be what I did next that mattered. (44:18)

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  • From Service to Trauma to Triumph.
    In this week’s Team Never Quit Podcast, Marcus brings to the table Mack Alexander, who persevered through a traumatic brain injury while serving in Special Operations as a Navy SEAL. He was medically retired after an injury while deployed in Africa.
    Mack initially turned to leather crafting as a therapeutic activity following his injury. His creations started with repurposing old belts from the Salvation Army into dog collars. However, his trajectory changed when a former teammate requested a belt for an upcoming deployment. Drawing from his military experience, Mack designed a belt he knew could meet the demands of an operator's life. The quality and durability of his belts gained widespread popularity, setting the stage for the inception of Mack Belts. His commitment to quality and patriotism he sourced his materials exclusively from the United States and started Mack Belts.
    At the core of every handmade Mack Belt are vintage American-made machines, some of which date back to 1940 like this Brown & Sharpe automatic screw machine below. These resilient machines, with their sturdy steel frames and timeless designs, are more than historic; they embody a time when meticulous craftsmanship was the norm, and these vintage marvels are the machines that guard the legacy of Mack Belts.
    Mack embarked on a mission to become the new leader of the American belt industry. In a world dominated by mass production and dwindling quality, Mack Belts emerges as a beacon of American craftsmanship, blending heritage with innovation under the visionary leadership of Mack Alexander.
    Join us this week as we delve into Mack's inspiring journey from Navy SEAL to founder of a burgeoning belt company, rooted in patriotism and dedication to quality.

    In this episode you will hear:
    • If I was gonna give my brother something, it had to be perfect, because with a charge, if it’s not built correctly, somebody gets hurt or it doesn’t work. (1:16)
    • The attraction of the SEAL Teams – Did you have what it takes to make it through that training. To be in a group of men like that doing what we do, was like a dream. (13:06)
    • No matter where you are in life, grab a mentor, and then when you get to that place where you think you can give back, be that mentor. (17:35)
    • In a [one] year time frame, I had 3 pretty bad TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injuries). (28:54)
    • [Due to] post concussive Syndrome, I kinda lost my mind. (29:25)
    • I got to a point where I didn’t want to live anymore because my purpose – I wasn’t ever gonna find it out there. (32:55)
    • The first time you see an American service member who’s give his life for freedom, with an American flag covering his body coming home – and you’re standing watch over him – that American flag means something completely different after you’ve experienced that. (33:18)
    • You gotta be grateful. I have a second chance at life, and I need to make the most of it. (34:31)
    • I went from hero to zero. I went from this dude with a title and status, and here I was living in the back of my truck. (37:44)
    • I try to love everybody and anybody that I can, and try to be that good example and be the change I wanna see. (38:31)
    • Leathercraft felt good to me. I’m a Breacher, and high RPM machinery gets me jacked up, there’s no peace there for me. (44:50)
    • I created a lot of my own problems because I was just a mess, on a bunch of pills and kinda off my rocker. (45:23)
    • With $41, and I’ve hit a million dollars in revenue. (58:11)
    • Everything bad I had to go through, led me to where I am right now, which is sitting in a chair in front of Markus Luttrell. (60:51)
    • When I buried my old self and put on this new way, and rebuilt on the word, everything fell into place. (61:25)
    • I put John 3:16 on every box. (62:37)
    • God has a plan for my life. He’s put this passion in my heart & given me this skill. (66:24)
    • I was redeemed by putting my faith in Christ. (66:54)

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  • Thriving Across Sea, Air, Land, and Space.
    In this week's Team Never Quit episode, we are honored to host a true hero of our time, Captain Chris Cassidy. With a decorated dual career as a U.S. Navy Captain (SEAL) and NASA Astronaut, Captain Cassidy's journey across the sea, air, land, and outer space is nothing short of inspirational.
    Captain Cassidy shares his remarkable journey from the U.S. Naval Academy to becoming NASA’s 15th Chief Astronaut. He delves into the transition from serving as a member of the U.S. Navy SEALs to embarking on spaceflight missions, emphasizing the importance of adaptability and perseverance in the face of challenges.
    As a proven leader of diverse teams, both in the military and at NASA, Captain Cassidy provides invaluable insights into effective leadership. Drawing from his experiences as a commander of the International Space Station and various military deployments, he highlights the significance of collaboration, communication, and developing trust in achieving common goals.
    Captain Cassidy empowers the never-quit mindset and supports others on their journey to success. He emphasizes the importance of giving back to the community and serving as a source of inspiration for future generations.
    As we look to the stars and beyond, his story serves as a reminder that with determination and leadership, anything is possible.
    Join us for an unforgettable conversation with Captain Chris Cassidy, as we explore the depths of the ocean, the heights of space, and the limitless potential of the human spirit.

    In this episode you will hear:
    • Looking for a way to pay for school is what led me to the Navy. (5:58)
    • In a small town in Maine, people play football and soccer, and Friday the season ends, on Monday basketball starts, and when that season ended, baseball started. (6:41)
    • I didn’t even know [the SEALS] were a thing. I just knew I could be in the Navy and they would help me pay for college. (7:18)
    • If it’s the head of human resources voice you hear [on the phone], you’re not gonna be an astronaut, but if it’s the chief astronaut, like the commanding officer, then it might be a good call. (23:01)
    • Come to work with a good attitude and grind, and you’ll be asked to do things, and doors will open. (26:47)
    • I wanted to go to space. It was really that simple. Once I got selected, I just wanted to do my first mission. (29:11)
    • If you don’t have a little pucker factor, you don’t understand the physics that are going on behind you. (34:15)
    • A rendezvous to the Space Station is kinda like that line drive throw. We have to launch at exactly the right moment when the Space Station is in the perfect spot in the sky, so that we rendezvous together. (38:43)
    • When you land on water, it might be softer, but the mission is not over until you’re on the ship. (45:21)
    • [After a space mission] you’re very uncoordinated, very wobbly, very unstable. We’re not allowed to drive a car for 2 weeks, or ride a bicycle for2weeks. It takes about a month to be normal again. (45:47)
    • If you have a fire, you gotta put it out. If you can’t put it out, you close hatches, and isolate compartments. If it overcomes the whole thing, you gotta leave. (50:04)
    • There’s no air molecules around you, so, if you kick, you’re not pushing against anything – there’s no force to react against. (53:38)

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  • In this week's Team Never Quit episode, Marcus dives into a fascinating discussion with our special guest, Chris Gothro. With an impressive 40 years of combined service, including 26 years in active military duty, Chris brings a wealth of experience and fascinating stories to the table.
    Chris's journey began in the US Navy, where he served in various critical roles. With a focus on force continuity of operations and critical infrastructure protection, Chris operated under an active DOD Secret Clearance, highlighting the gravity of his responsibilities.
    As a Logistics Management Specialist for the Naval Special Warfare Command, Chris navigated the intricate logistics web of one of the most elite branches of the military.
    Rising through the ranks to become a Master Chief SEAL, Chris's expertise and leadership were instrumental in managing the undersea mobility program, a role that demanded precision and strategic planning.
    Throughout the episode, Chris regales us with captivating tales from his time in service. From seemingly ridiculous operations to high-stakes missions, each story offers a glimpse into the dedication and ingenuity required in the world of military service.
    As a Master Chief SEAL and logistics specialist, Chris delves into the intricacies of leadership and effective management, offering valuable lessons for leaders in any field.
    Join us as we uncover the world of government service with Chris Gothro, a true testament to dedication, service, and the pursuit of excellence. His stories inspire and enlighten, offering a glimpse into a world few have the privilege to experience firsthand.

    In this episode you will hear:
    • The guys [SEALS] are smarter, more well prepared, built harder and ready to go from day one. (28:01)
    • I did 40 years combined government service. I did 26 active duty.(30:28)
    • Frog Men – if they’re smart – when they get into trouble and get caught. If you’ll say these mortal words – and the officers will laugh at this – “Well, XO, it seemed the logical thing to do at the time, but in retrospect I see the folly of my decision-making and I will stand accountable for my actions. (36:03)
    • “Okay, you had your fuck up, prove it’s a hiccup and it’s not a habit, because if it’s a habit you’re gonna be very short lived in this community. (36:51)
    • “I love being a team guy.” (40:21)
    • [Melanie] Can you walk us through that bank robbery?” (54:24 – 56:40)
    • [Marcus] We’re on this race track, and there’s 3 cars – side by side. We’d be driving down this track at full speed, and then they’ll be like: “You got shot – you’re out. And he would lean on the steering wheel while we’re racing and we’d have to pull him into the back seat. Meanwhile, the other guys are shooting us with paintballs. (60:35)
    • Don’t be that guy that has the only information. Pass it on to everybody so everybody knows. (64:08)
    • The combat swimmer – no bubbles. You don’t want to be seen. You don’t want to have bubbles come up. (66:49)
    • His [Marcus’] Trident award was the last one awarded by the team. (70:28)
    • [Marcus] “You’re not allowed to touch a Trident or go near one. (74:40)
    • Chris’ involvement with Red Wing (84:44 – 99:00)
    • I’ve got some good news, and bad news. Bad news is we’ve gotta tough job and there’s no way around it. You’re the junior guy and it gonna fall on you. The good news is you’re a perfect fit for it. (101:53)

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  • The Power of Perspective.
    Join us for a deeply moving and inspirational Team Never Quit episode featuring Mason Sawyer, a resilient individual who has faced unimaginable tragedy with unwavering strength and purpose.
    Mason's personal and professional life blossomed as he married his high school sweetheart, Kortni Atkinson, and embarked on a journey of education and coaching. After earning his college degree, Mason returned to his Alma Mater, West Jordan High School, as the head coach of the Varsity Basketball team while Kortni pursued her Nursing degree.
    In the summer of 2021, Mason's life took a devastating turn when his family was involved in a fatal car accident in St. George, Utah. The accident claimed the lives of his brother, nephew, wife, and two of his children, leaving only his son Blue as a survivor. This unimaginable loss shattered Mason's world and altered the course of his life forever.
    Despite his grief, Mason has devoted himself to raising his son, and honoring the memory of his loved ones. Inspired by the 10/90 Principle—believing that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond—Mason has channeled his pain into a mission of helping others. He has launched a podcast, "The10ninety," and emerged as a compelling public speaker, sharing his message of resilience, hope, and the power of perspective.
    Join us as Marcus and Mason discuss the journey of tragedy, resilience, and profound transformation, and discover how Mason continues to inspire others through his unwavering courage and commitment to living the 10/90 Principle.

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    In this episode you will hear:
    • I’m very much in the thick of my grief still… (7:04)
    • [My dad used to tell me] I have you, and your brothers and your sisters, and your mom. I have it all. That’s kinda what I had to shape my perspective. (10:54)
    • The number one thing. That’s what makes someone rich is good quality relationships. (11:09)
    • Being a good dad – That’s the number one, best, quickest way to make a difference in this world. (17:02)
    • A big dust storm got kicked up, and it just covered the highway. It caused a 22 car pileup and it killed 8 people. And 5 of those 8 people was my family. (21:54)
    • We were high school sweethearts. I never dated another girl. She was it. (31:15)
    • You wake up, and you get your ass kicked today. You’re not gonna get any of ‘em back. You’re gonna lose, but you still fight on. It the best you can do. (38:23)
    • That’s why I love the whole buffalo metaphor. The buffalos know they’re gonna get their ass kicked. But they get the good shit with the storm. The cows that run away from it get the snow or the rain or the shit part of the storm. But like if you embrace it, yeah you’re gonna get fucked up, I’m not saying you’re not gonna get hurt, but you’re also gonna get the benefits of it. (38:54)
    • You’re never gonna get to those good parts, if you run away from the bad parts, ‘cause the bad and the good are located in the same spot. (39:52)
    • If you’re running from the pain, you’re running from the growth. (40:02)
    • [Marcus] Oh, by the way, you and I also got the death penalty. That’s the only way we check outta here. (41:28)
    • [Marcus] You wake up, and you have a bad day or a hard day - -that’s gonna remind you how good your good ones are. (49:07)
    • Your life – it doesn’t mean anything. It’s up to you to make it something. (56:47)
    • That’s the point of life – handling shitty moments the best you can. (57:57)
    • I learned that opportunity can come from the absolute worst thing. (60:25)

  • Life's Precious Second Chance.
    In this week's powerful episode, we are honored to have former Royal Marine Toby Gutteridge, an extraordinary individual who defied the odds after being paralyzed by a shot through the neck during a night raid in Afghanistan. Paralyzed instantly with a shattered C2 vertebrae, Toby's survival was miraculous. He details the harrowing moments, the support of his colleagues, and the grueling journey of rebuilding his life. Toby battled mental health issues, but his determination led him back to education, earning a first-class business degree at Bournemouth University.
    Reflecting on the fragility of life, Toby expresses gratitude for his second chance and emphasizes the preciousness of every moment. Toby's resilience extends to entrepreneurship, as he founded an extreme sports clothing brand that echoes his optimistic outlook on life—finding light even in the darkest times.
    Tune in to this episode to witness Toby Gutteridge's remarkable journey from the battlefield to rebuilding a life filled with purpose, determination, and a profound appreciation for the precious gift of life.

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    In this episode you will hear:
    • When I left South Africa, I was so determined, come hell or high water, I was gonna get into the British Marines no matter what. (13:11)
    • My determination was a lot higher than probably 80-85% of the recruits. (15:47)
    • As a Royal Marine, it was a reality check. All of the sudden, the movies and all that goes out the window, and reality kicks in. (16:58)
    • Where the Hilos landed, there was no cover, and they left us there. It was as flat as a pool table. We couldn’t go back; we couldn’t go left or right; so the only thing we could do was a full frontal assault on this compound. [We] Just showed the enemy what we’re made of. (34:10)
    • [As we broke through a door] They just opened fire on the first team that went through the entryway, and I happened to take a round through the neck that hit me square in the spinal cord, and that was me – lights out. (44:45)
    • The next thing I remember was waking up probably about 3 months later. (46:36)
    • [My recovery was] hell on earth, man. (46:47)
    • You’re fighting for your survival, fighting for your life, using everything you’re got, just to not give in. (47:14)
    • They couldn’t do an MRI because of the metal that was still stuck in my neck. (49:06)
    • I spent 12 months on my back, staring at the roof. (57:28)
    • I’m not be the man to let the team down let the legacy of who we are down. I’m not gonna be that soldier. (58:57)
    • I think my brothers in arms – the support I got from them – is what probably got me through it. (60:24)
    • I just crossed a point where I decided I’m gonna make the best of it. (60:59)
    • It’s inspired the next generation of Special Forces Operators to go “Damn, look what these guys have done. Look at that legacy they left behind.“ (62:02)
    • I lost all my physical capabilities, but I still have my mind. (63:31)
    • I put all my energy, all my focus into education. (66:15)
    • [Marcus] That SF attitude they put inside of us when we get in there is a game changer. (67:38)
    • A big part of being in the SF world is being brave, and facing challenges. (70:45)
    • Living life to the max. That positivity, spinning that into people – is what the brand is all about.) (71:55)
    • Live life to your fullest, because you never know when it’s gonna be taken away. (73:41)

  • Navigating the Legislative Landscape.
    Welcome to the Team Never Quit Podcast with your host, Marcus Luttrell. In this week's episode, we dive into the intricate world of the House of Representatives with our special guest, and Marcus’ twin brother, Morgan Luttrell, the dedicated representative from District 8. Join us as Morgan sheds light on the inner workings of the House, providing valuable insights into how laws and bills are crafted, the collaborative efforts involved, and the day-to-day functioning within the hallowed halls of Congress.
    Ever wondered how things actually get done in the House of Representatives? Morgan provides a behind-the-scenes look at the strategies and negotiations that take place, offering an insider's perspective on the art of getting things done in the complex world of politics.
    Learn about the various stages and committees involved in shaping legislation, and how representatives like Morgan play a crucial role in this intricate dance of democracy.
    Morgan opens up about the challenges faced by representatives and the triumphant moments that make the journey worthwhile. Discover the highs and lows of navigating the political landscape and advocating for the needs and concerns of District 8.
    Whether you're a political enthusiast or just curious about the inner workings of government, this episode is sure to leave you with a deeper appreciation for the democratic process.

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    In this episode you will hear:
    • Everything I say is Morgan’s opinion. It’s Morgan’s perspective. (6:24)
    • Candidate Morgan is different now because I have such a depth of what actually happens in the halls of congress. (7:21)
    • You have to convince all the other members about what you think. (8:58)
    • I’ve had conversations where the individual on the other side of the table is like “I don’t want a border. I don’t care about laws on the border. Anybody that wants to come across and plant a flag has the right to do so.” Those conversations happen. (10:16)
    • It’s not Morgan representing the entire country. It’s Morgan representing District 8. (13:10)
    We create appropriations bills, and appropriations bills fund the government. (14:31)
    • I’m doing every single day – as hard as I can – to move laws in order to protect the people of Texas. (32:53)
    • We have a spending problem. The process itself works, if you realize you can’t spend more than you have. (33:58)
    • Learning to be a congressional member. You have to understand your role. (57:26)
    • It can get interesting on the committees. (61:16)
    • I tried never to get hit in my blind spot. I tell my staff: “Don’t ever let me get caught off guard. I don’t want to embarrass the district.” (61:30)
    • I want House Resolution 2, the Border Bill to come across from the senate. And I want this to be signed by the President, so we can enforce it. That’s primary goal #1. (65:22)
    • [Melanie] Q: How long do you see yourself as a congressman? [Morgan] A: 3 terms. (66:17)
    • They chose me, and I’m doing my absolute best to widen the road that those went before me paved. (68:25)
    • After I leave - if somebody was to say anything about me, the response that I’d be honored to hear would be “I wish he was still here.” (70:12)