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
I really enjoyed this book. As well as being funny and entertaining, I found it quite motivating also. Seal's message seems, at least to me, that we should all push ourselves well beyond our perceived limits, and constantly challenge ourselves. I've started to take a few of these lessons to my own fitness journey, and have "earned the pain I'm now enjoying," as Seal would say.
This book is well recommended, I just wish there was a part 2.
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!
"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!
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.
...now I want to hear David Goggins' story from his own perspective.
So, inspiring....but at times it was a little cartoonish.
"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.
"Good story than can be told in less than 2 pages"
The overall theme is easily identifiable.
1. When your brain says your done you're only 40% done
2. Don't procrastinate
3. Be around people who even if 10% of their lifestyle rubs off on you makes you a better person.
This book is filled with tons of useless fillers.
I would list out those useless fillers but I'd probably write a book.
"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.
"Entertaining, Motivating and Charming"
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.
"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 .
"Very entertaining book!"
I loved both the amazing challenges and entertaining banter between both SEAL and Jesse. Two guys from completely different ends of the spectrum. They earned the other's respect through adversity, companionship and limited conversation.
"Perfect for the Holidays"
Simplify your life, focus on what's important and always be ready. When you hear somebody whisper in your ear "Happy Halloween MF'r" at 1am you'll know it's about to get real.
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