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 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.
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.
finish it. i highly recommend it. its a fast read and very entertaining. dont start if u gotta go to bed early .
This was the hardest 30 days of training I have ever heard of. I enjoyed the way Jesse told the story because it made me feel as if I was there training with him. I am on a plane heading back to Orlando so when the flight attendants are done serving drinks, I am going to jump in the isle and do some 10 x 10's.
Day 1 Workout .... 100 push ups on an airplane
I'm so inspired to kick my own a$$!! Jesse tells the story like you are sitting at his dining table, with passion, intensity and amazing *hysterical* detail!! He is brutally honest and totally relatable. Thank you for the great escape!!! -Kelly Boccia, MA
"Funny, some hidden gems, but bit short"
Enjoyed the audiobook, bit short though. Has some hidden gems in it - would have liked to have known bit more about background of the seal and why he does what he does- but then again seal doesnt talk....
Picked this up yesterday and couldn't do anything but listen and obsess about it for 24 hours.
A truly inspirational journey through mental and physical barriers. It makes my poor excuses for skipping workouts sound pathetic!
I absolutely loved this book. Fantastic, funny and brilliantly read by author! i thoroughly recommend it.
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