Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler will try almost anything. He brazenly pretended to be an established hip-hop artist to secure a meeting with a studio head - and it led to a record deal. He convinced a bunch successful business executives to invest in an unprecedented business plan - and it turned into Marquis Jet. He sincerely offered to run a 100-mile race in Spanx to get the attention of the beautiful founder of the company - and ended up marrying her.
His life is about being bold and risky. And it's brought him plenty of rewards.
So when Jesse felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hired a rather unconventional trainer to live with him for a month - an accomplished Navy SEAL widely considered to be "the toughest man on the planet"!
Living with a SEAL is like a buddy movie if it starred the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air...and Rambo. Jesse is about as easy-oing as you can get. SEAL is...not. He even shows up at Jesse's apartment with an inflatable raft just in case the Itzler family ever has to escape Manhattan by crossing the Hudson River.
Jesse and SEAL's escapades soon produce a great friendship, and by the time SEAL leaves, Jesse is in the best shape of his life, but he gains much more than muscle. At turns hilarious and inspiring, Living with a SEAL ultimately shows you the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone.
©2015 Jesse Itzler (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Just finished this book on my another 21 k hike.
Tonight I thought I was too tired to do anything, I was thinking, maybe I just watch something and fall asleep, it was a busy day. I'll do more tomorrow.
And then I started listening to "living with a SEAL" again. I got up, put on my workout gear and went out.
"Only Today and Getting Better", I remembered seal's words.
I'm a self-improvement book/courses junkie. I consumed so many books that were supposed to make my life better. They made me think different. But they didn't make me do things different.
This book did.
I guess the most important lesson for me, that I got out of the book - when my mind tells me I can't, it just talks about what I haven't done before, the mind has no idea what I truly am capable of. "I can't" is just a memory. I can do anything I can see myself doing. "I can't" has nothing to do with the present or the future, it's the past.
"Only Today and Getting Better"
Amazing book. I'll listen to it not one time more during my workouts and tough times to push me beyond "I can't". I might not have the seal training me to defy my limits but thanks to Jesse Itzler I have the next best thing!
I'm an avid "listener" and reader who loves to read books engage five senses....
...now I want to hear David Goggins' story from his own perspective.
So, inspiring....but at times it was a little cartoonish.
I listened to this audiobook in one day during a road trip. Unlike other audiobooks, I never found myself needing to take a break from the story. It was entertaining, inspiring, and all around more than I expected from a "memoir." Highly recommend.
Absolutely life changing. Do I think I can walk away from this story and accomplish the progress Jessee did? No way. But there are powerful "take always" from this story that I will most definitely be incorporating into my life. It's amazing the limitations we put on ourselves; allowing our minds to govern what we believe we can or we cannot do.
By far, one of the best books I've read lately. Not just inspiring but frigging hilarious!
Thank you to both Jesse (who by the way, has balls of steel) and SEAL.
finish it. i highly recommend it. its a fast read and very entertaining. dont start if u gotta go to bed early .
Yes because it was inspirational and taught me that I can push myself beyond my perceived physical limits.
Seal because he is crazy.
The end when they said goodbye and Jessie's recapping of what he learned.
Jesse Itzler is one successful dude, but this book is a hot, stinky piece of foul garbage. I heard Jesse Itzler on a podcast, jumped on Audible to see all the five star reviews and then bought this book without hesitating. Wish I would have heeded warnings of all the bad reviews. I'm about 99% certain all the 5 star reviews were paid or sponsored, and if you don't believe me, then do what I did and give this book a listen. Terrible.
I'm 90% through and quite sad it's almost over. Huge thanks to Jesse Itzler. Well written, extremely entertaining, motivating, funny, and his narration was fantastic. Very rarely have I listened to a book that left me feeling this way.
Looking forward to the next crazy life experience of Itzler, but I doubt this could be topped.
I absolutely loved this book. Fantastic, funny and brilliantly read by author! i thoroughly recommend it.
Inspirational, great book to make you push yourself more and think out of the box.
"funny and inspiring"
good narration and interesting story. made me laugh as well. I'd recommend it definitely :)
Funny and inspirational, it's alot more than just the recitation of his training log.
this is a funny and sweet book. I really like the narrator and find he is very charismatic and inviting. it is a friendly voice.
the story impressed me I was enjoying the journey and the anecdotes although some are a little self promotional.
this story has really motivated me. I would love more detail about seal. and to know the big red chicken story.
I really enjoyed this book
Nice easy listen,I took notes as to some of the workouts as I went through the book.
Not easy at all but it is a great way to motivate ones self and try and get to 1000 push ups in a day.
"Funny, inspiring, couldn't stop listening"
Absolutely. This book kept me listening beyond my usual travel to and from work - I was late a few times as I sat laughing or finishing a chapter in the car.
The unpredictable storyline - and insight into another world where belief carries you through and rules are there to be pushed
Not listened to any
its always 70 degrees and sunny.....
"It's not hilarious"
It's mildly amusing in places at best, tedious for the most part.Not an awful lot happens tbh. You keep expecting something to but all they do is run and do push ups. Jesse's flat/house/office must stink of sweat, neither seems to shower post workout.But that said it's an oddly interesting listen, Itzler comes across as likeable.
Employed a ghost writer and editor.
The skinhead scene, totally unbelievable, Jesse you'd have watched out the window.
"Loved every minute!"
Simply incredible audiobook. Did not want to stop listening. Its motivating, funny and highly entertaining.
"Inspired, will listen again"
Thoroughly enjoyed it
Several memorable moments, I laugh at what I used to think was tough and ran faster as I listened.
Jesse narration was entertaining
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