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Publisher's Summary

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

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Inspirational book that doesn't make you think, it makes you get off your ass and DO!

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!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

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.

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Great concept...

...now I want to hear David Goggins' story from his own perspective.

So, inspiring....but at times it was a little cartoonish.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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status quo interruption

the mundane life all jacked with by a seal. he got what he wanted. entertaining and eye opening for myself. first goal... 100 push ups in a day.

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Living with a Seal

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.

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Highly highly recommended

Very inspiring in many ways, and fun to listen to the way Jesse narrates his own story.
I recommend this to anyone.

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Entertaining, Motivating and Charming

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because it was inspirational and taught me that I can push myself beyond my perceived physical limits.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Seal because he is crazy.

What does Jesse Itzler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end when they said goodbye and Jessie's recapping of what he learned.

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  • DavidANY
  • flushing, NY, United States
  • 12-11-15

this book was so good, i stayed up all nite to

finish it. i highly recommend it. its a fast read and very entertaining. dont start if u gotta go to bed early .

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Loved it!

Loved this book. Really makes you think. I have been in the military and read a number of books on Navy Seals. This one is unique. If you could use some inspiration I would highly recommend this book.

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Fun.. Great to read this.

I've always have some of this in me and lately i've been struggling with my mind set.. This book really gave me some desire to push my limits.

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  • Matat1021
  • 01-06-17

surprisingly motivational

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-14-16

Brilliant

I absolutely loved this book. Fantastic, funny and brilliantly read by author! i thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Russell
  • 02-22-17

Inspirational

Inspirational, great book to make you push yourself more and think out of the box.

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  • Umashin
  • 02-14-17

funny and inspiring

good narration and interesting story. made me laugh as well. I'd recommend it definitely :)

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  • H Singh
  • 01-27-17

Loved it

Funny and inspirational, it's alot more than just the recitation of his training log.

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  • Michael
  • 01-05-17

easy listen

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.

Enjoy!

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  • MR N H O'BRIEN
  • 05-17-16

Life Changing

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!

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  • Miss Elkie Chiu
  • 10-15-17

a truly inspiring book ,

loved the book , Jesse brought the book alive by choosing to narrate himself . A real personal touch .
it's a fascinating and inspiring book, highly recommend

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  • Amy Walker
  • 09-14-17

loved it.

super inspiring, funny, motivating. Great if you are an Entraprenure, are training or just want to listen to someone's story living with, and being trained by a Navy Seal. Brilliant!!

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  • 09-12-17

Not for Pussies!

Amazing book! Really enjoyed it, funny as hell and massively inspiring! I'm just waiting for it to snow at night so I can get out and 'get it done' 10/10 bitch!