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William Branum gives an inside look on the life of a retired Navy Seal that rebuilt his life with CBD. Learn how other veterans and first responders are rebuilding their life from alcoholism, PTSD and more with the Naked Warrior Recovery.
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About William Branum:
Founder and CEO of Naked Warrior Recovery, a CBD company focused on the recovery of veterans and first responders. He is a retired Navy SEAL with 26 years of service. He has served on both traditional SEAL Teams, taught as a SEAL Sniper Instructor and served on Teams that specialized in undersea operations, who’s missions must be approved by the President of the United States. He led major combat operations ranging from protecting the interim Iraqi elected officials to Direct Action missions in Baghdad and across Ambar province. After retiring from the military in 2018 he realized that he was suffering from physical and psychological symptoms that negatively impacted his well-being and quality of life. Migraines, severe anxiety, chronic pains, difficulty focusing, difficulty sleeping/falling asleep, and depression are some of the symptoms I struggled with on a daily basis. Like so many others, he used alcohol & prescription drugs to mask the symptoms he had. Then he discovered CBD and it changed his life. It had such an impact on him he started Naked Warrior Recovery to bring the highest quality products to the market and to teach the GET NAKED! Mindset.
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How CBD Helped Me Build My Life Again | William Branum
I’m pumped because we’ve had a retired Navy SEAL on the show before. Now, we have another retired Navy SEAL. I’m so appreciative of these guys because we’ve got many things paid for with this country in blood. I appreciate these dudes because they take on the toughest of the tough, but he went through stuff in his life. We’ll talk about that, but now he has a CBD company that is focused on the recovery of veterans and first responders. He was with the SEALs for many years and a sniper instructor. He served on teams that specialize in undersea ops. William Branum, welcome to the show.
Thanks for having me.
You’ve been through stuff, but you spent a number of years in the service as a Navy SEAL for this amazing country of ours. Thank you for serving.
It’s my pleasure, for sure.
You were a sniper instructor. That’s pretty impressive.
It was a good job. I liked that job. It’s certainly hard work.
The only thing I know about that is things that I’ve read, self-education because I’m sure the movies don’t even do it justice when it comes to that, like wind speed direction, all that stuff. You’re a SEAL, so to be a sniper within the SEAL, is that another special?
It’s a school that you go to. You go to BUD/S and you graduate. First, you go to Army Jump school, so you learn how to fall down for three weeks before they let you jump out of a plane. You then go to the team and they put you through four months of advanced training. BUD/S is just a selection process. The first days, they put you through, they grind you out to see who has the guts and the grit to stay. You then learn how to dive, blow stuff up and do some basic land warfare tactics, but they’re the most basic tactics that you could possibly do.
You learn to throw grenades, which was cool. It’s anticlimactic. You don’t get to watch it blow up because it’s not good. You go to this other called SEAL Tactical Training and you learn more advanced tactics so that when you go back to the SEAL team, you’re not a complete idiot as far as tactics go when you get into a SEAL platoon.
When you become a sniper, that’s separate even after that. You go through everything else first.
There are all these other specialty schools. The SEAL teams are different from the Green Berets or the Marine Recon, the MARSOC, or any other special operations because in the Army, if you’re a comms guy or a medic, you’re only that. In the SEALs team, you can be a medic, a comms guy, a sniper, a breacher, or a JTAC, which is the guy who calls the bombs from the air. You can be all of these things. I was a sniper, but most of my career, I was living in leadership positions. I didn’t carry a sniper rifle all the time.
I went to sniper school early. I got lucky, but I’m going to tell you, that tool was as hard as BUD/S in a different way. You’re up 5:00 in the morning, working out and doing runs. We culminate the sniper training on like a ten-mile run. We’re running 70 miles a day, four days a week. You get up and do calisthenics. The idea is to be able to lower your heart rate. Be in a very good physical fitness to lower your heart rate, to take the shot. Being in sniper school and teaching sniper school, the shooting piece, when you have to take a shot, you should not ever miss. Shooting is only a small fraction of what you do and what you learned while in sniper school.
It’s mental and physical conditioning for the most part.
There are all these other skills like range, estimation, camouflage and observation. Being able to see things out in the world that other people wouldn’t see and remembering things. They’ll throw ten items on the table and you have 60 seconds to look at them and five minutes later, they’ll say, “Write down those ten items.” You can’t talk about it. You can’t say anything. You only have to figure out the skills to remember those things or as you get better, the challenges get harder. They would play a clip from a movie like a 60-second clip and they tell you like, “These are the things that you’re looking for,” or they won’t even tell you that.
You only have to remember everything that happens, every detail that happens in that 60-second or 2-minute movie clip, and then you go to the range, you shoot all day and do some other stuff. You come back that night and they’re like, “Tell me, what is this? What color was the car? How many?” They ask very specific questions to that movie clip and you build up to that. In the beginning, it’s super hard to do. I didn’t have those skills before I went there. I went back and I was able to teach those skills. That was very gratifying, but it was still a lot of work.
I’m relating to this because I’m in cybersecurity. I’m relating this to a lot of things that I teach my team because you look at a lot of the tech in cybersecurity and that’s what they do. They think it’s all firewalls and diving into systems and all these other things. I’ve had training from the CIA in surveillance and elicitation. When it comes to those, I always look at, “What’s the motive of the attacker?” If we understand the motive and the psychology behind it, then we can start to formulate and get ahead of this brief so we know where they’re going. Why were they in there to begin with? How long was the foothold there?
There was even one where there was an insider threat. There was a fire on the floor of a law firm, that’s a client as my team is explaining all this because there was severe data loss from the fire. They’re talking like, “It was so weird because the water cooler was 6 feet over.” I’m like, “Timeout. Do you have a photo of that?” They showed it from the security camera. It’s like, “What was the motivation?” Sure, it was an arsonist that did the whole thing. It wasn’t only a water cooler that started the fire. There’s somebody that started the fire within the water cooler from a short and that’s what the photo showed. It was interesting because that’s all cybersecurity that nobody ever thinks about like what you’re saying with sniper school.
There are many layers and levels. It’s not a firewall, attacker, block. There are many layers to it.
You’re in this for many years, and we’ll move into a lot of the CBD stuff because you went through some tragedy too and some hard times with the alcohol, prescription drugs and trying to suppress some things. It’s no doubt because I know that sometimes it can do some things to you when you serve in this capacity. You were also specializing in undersea ops. Am I reading this right? Are these missions that needed approval from POTUS to make this happen?
Yes. My very first SEAL team was a SEAL delivery vehicle. Everybody wants to go to the SEAL teams where you’re doing all the high-speed cool stuff. I ended up being told to go to the SDV team. They are orders. They’re not an invitation. I went there. I met some amazing mentors and friends who I still have but our mission was not to go as a big, giant SEAL platoon or task unit and take down targets and things like that. The mission was more reconnaissance, which helped me get to sniper school much earlier in my career.
We have this mini-submarine. It’s full of water. You are on scuba or some closed-circuit or mixed gas rig. You launched from a nuclear-powered submarine. There are submarines out there that have a big garage on the back. You play the SDV, the Seal Delivery Vehicle in the back of that submarine. The submarine goes underway. It goes underwater somewhere in the world. When we get where we’re going, you fill the garage up with water. You open up and hang out the door. You pull the SDV out.
Three guys get upfront, a driver, a pilot and the navigator, four get in the back, then we go someplace, do stuff, and come back. The President approves those missions of the United States because of the political sensitivity. These are truly no-fail missions. If you’re compromised doing this stuff in these areas in the world, that’s a bad day. It’s not going to look good for you.
I appreciate you for doing that too. There are a lot of things that have to happen that a lot of people don’t understand the need behind it because it’s volatile territory. I’m not going to get on a political soapbox, but I appreciate the things that happen undercover. That’s all I’ll say. I don’t need to know exactly what they are, but I know there’s a necessity for that in the world.
Most people don’t like what the US stands for. They’re always trying to find the best way to bring us down.
Even in the scenario whether you agree with a lot of this, the humanitarian side of even donating. We’re donating 80 million vaccines to the world, to the cause. It’s the same principle as when we send troops. It’s the same moment and intention.
We send millions of dollars all over the world every year. People don’t know what it is. I’ve seen behind the curtain on some stuff and it’s interesting. The strategic value of some of the partnerships and alliances that we make are interesting. Most people have no idea what’s going on with its purpose, and I’ve had the opportunity to look behind the curtain a little bit.
Especially if it’s something involving somebody like Kim Jong-un or whatever. For those things, it’s not even keeping America safe. It’s in our self-interest to take action with something like that, but it’s keeping that entire region safe and the billions of people in that region. I appreciate the heart that you have and a lot of people share in this country. You went through a lot of this stuff, then you came out. I was reading in your bio that you started your CBD company, Naked Warrior Recovery, but there was a mission behind that was very personal.
To talk about my journey to CBD. After many years of service, I have some baggage. I don’t call it PTSD. I don’t call it anything like that. I call it baggage. Some of it’s from work that I’ve done. Some of it is from toxic relationships. There are many of us in the world. The more I talk about it and I talk more specifics, people are like, “Yes, I have that same thing too. Yes, I have toxic relationships like that.” I had a lot of noise in my head. The way that I was dealing with that noise is I was drinking myself to sleep every night. I would use prescription drugs to mask the noise and turn it off enough or quiet enough to go to sleep. I’m not talking about a little bit of alcohol. I was drinking a lot of alcohol. Glasses of alcohol at night to like, “Now I can go to sleep. I’m tired enough. My brain is not talking to me.”
I’ve heard about CBD before CBD was cool. In 2018, with the passing of the Farm Bill, CBD became legal. Hemp became legal then you see CBD popping up all over the place. I was still in the military with a top-secret clearance. I couldn’t go down that road at all. When I retired, I was interested but still afraid because I’m also a child of Nancy Reagan’s War on Drugs, Just Say No. I’ve never had THC or anything like that.
There’s been a stigma around this for a long time too.
I was in Virginia. I linked up with one of my old teammates, who was in my very first platoon. He’s still a little bit of a mentor of mine. I told him, “While I’m in town, I’m going to go see if I can find some CBD.” He was like, “Do you want some CBD? I’ve got some at home.” He’s a little bit of an Instagram influencer. People send him products all the time. I took some CBD that night. Maybe I slept a little bit better that night and I was maybe a little less pissed off the next morning. I like to say that water boils at 212 degrees, and I lived my life at 210 degrees. There was a lot of stuff going on. It was keeping me very red hot and it didn’t take much.
My fuse was very short. It didn’t take long to hit that boiling point. After about 30 days of taking CBD, I noticed that I went from like 210 to 205 to 200 and 191. Maybe I ended around 180. It’s not super quantifiable. When I took CBD, I didn’t notice a whole lot. It wasn’t like rainbows and unicorns and I have this feeling of euphoria or anything like that. CBD was maybe something a little bit better. I started monitoring my sleep but what I noticed when I ran out was my fuse was longer. It took me longer to hit that boiling point. I’m 100% disabled. I’m beat up from my time in the service. I have all kinds of aches and pains. Some of them are sharp or dull.
What I noticed were a lot of those sharp pains were less sharp. They didn’t hurt as much, but it’s still pain. They are more manageable. I’m like, “That was awesome. Maybe I’m better. Maybe not. Maybe it was a placebo.” Stuff started coming back. I tried another brand of CBD. I had got similar results and I was at a business conference. I was very interested in the CBD industry. I wanted to work for a CBD company.
I met a girl who had a CBD company and she was like, “Why don’t you start your own company?” I was like, “I don’t know how to do that.” She’s like, “You’re a Navy SEAL for crying out loud.” I was like, “Fine. I’ll figure it out.” Also, as part of that whole business summit, I started to learn about business because I didn’t know anything about business. I learned like, “What’s your why?” If you start a company, you need to have a mission, a purpose.
As I looked at myself and what I’ve gone through and trauma, relationships and what have you, I found that my reason is to heal other people who have the same issues as me. Not my specific issues. There are lots of people living that 200-degree, 210-degree, 211-degree much closer to boiling or they wake up in the morning and they’re there. As I looked into my demographic of veterans and things like that, I found that 22 veterans take their own lives every single day. The VA has done some new numbers and they think the number is closer to 26 a day as of November of 2020. Maybe COVID had something to do with that. We don’t know.
Our mission at Naked Warrior Recovery is to take that 22 to 0. CBD is a modality. CBD is not a magic pill, magic oil or anything like that. I still had to do work on myself. I started to get my mind straight, but CBD was something that helped me be a little less pissed off. As I said, there wasn’t like this magical thing that happens when you take it. Over time, I was able to have better self-talk. I was able to not pick up that bottle of booze to help myself go to sleep. I was able to start working out again, focusing on myself and figuring out why do I have these thoughts in my head? Also, from there, I created a bit of a mindset.
The mindset is about Get Naked because we go through life and we get attacked. Maybe it’s a toxic relationship, a romantic thing, something at work, a family member or whatever. We end up having to put on this armor because we feel we’re being attacked. Pain is cumulative. If I tap you on the shoulder for five minutes, it’s not going to be a big deal, but if I’m tapping you for an hour, it’s going to start to bug you. If I keep doing that for the next couple of days, your whole arm is going to be black and blue, but I was barely tapping you on the arm. It’s not a big deal like a cyberattack. I’m tapping in and trying to get in. That takes us all the way up to that boiling point. It’s not a big deal in the beginning.
You look at the one event that it could be an email, a text, the way someone looked at you. You saw something on social media. You saw something on the news and you’re like, “I’m out of control.” We’re wearing this armor around. We’re wearing other crap that other people put on us. What I found is I’ve had to take my ego off. I had to take all that crap, all that baggage that other people put on me. I had to take it off and put it in the corner. In the SEALs team, we put our armor on to go into harm’s way. We do a mission, come back, take our armor off, hit the showers, rest and recover. We get ready for the next mission.
In life, we don’t do that. We keep that armor on. We keep being defensive. We start to fester underneath that ego. What we have to do is we have to take that armor off. We have to get naked and become vulnerable. We have to expose ourselves to find that healing and that recovery. I’ve also talked about my mentality and my poor self-talk and good self-talk. I also turned NAKED into an acronym, something easy to remember. The N is to Never Quit. The A is Accept Failure because failure is inevitable. The K has to Kill Mediocrity. The E is Expose Your Fears and the D is Do the Work because it’s all work. This is the SEAL mindset that I’ve also created. Get naked because you are a naked warrior.
I love how you’re talking about the armor too and you related it back to your service. Being a SEAL, there’s an interesting dichotomy. You talked about this because when you’re a SEAL, you put your armor on, go to the mission, come back, take your armor off, shower, and clean up. There are things about our jobs. There are things about what we do day-by-day. There are things about our relationships, and it’s a choice to put that armor on in the first place. I would feel anyways, but almost we feel like, at the moment, we probably have no choice because of what’s coming at us. Would you agree with that?
You go to work or you go meet someone and you’re going to battle. You’re going to war. It can be the secretary or the real estate agent. They’re fighting for different things. Fighting for the attention of customers and with disgruntled people. They’re like, “Don the armor. Let’s go. We’re going to battle. We’re going to war.” A stay-at-home mom, it’s still the same thing with the kids learning, school schedules and personal time.
Every single one of us goes into battle every single day. Generally, we don’t recognize it. We may get up in the morning and we already have our armor on and go out there and engage in combat. We then come back and we’re still stuck. That’s what happens to a lot of veterans is we’re still stuck in this combat mode.
We come back from a deployment and don’t have the support system and we don’t know how to turn it off, but it also happens to everyday people. You don’t have to be a veteran. The first responders are under attack 24/7. We have to learn how to take our ego off. Turn off that like, “Let’s go to war mode.” When you get home and in a safe place, take your armor off. I was talking to a friend of mine. I was having a similar conversation and he said his therapist told him, “Before you come in the house, how did you walk from your truck and get to your house? I want you to think about taking that suit of armor. Take that helmet off and mentally go through the process of taking your helmet off and set it down. Take your gauntlet gloves and set them down. As you’re walking to the door, take your chest plate off. Take off your suit of armor that you were wearing all day as you’re trying to grow your business and blow your brand up.”
The first couple of times, he came home and went through that mode. He was friendly when he came in the door. His family was like, “When’s the next year you’re going to drop? I’m not sure I’m cool with what’s going on right now. Even though you’re a better person, I’m not sure I like it.” He goes through that routine every day. When you do new things, they’re hard in the beginning, but the more you do it, the more practice you have in doing it, the easier those things get.
For all of us, you have to think about Get Naked every day. I think about like, “Take my armor off. Now I can relax.” When I’m wearing my armor, it’s go mode. It’s time. We’re going into battle. When it’s time to rest and recover, you take the armor off physically, mentally, however you do it. Maybe you take all your clothes off and walk around your house. Whatever you want to do, get naked. Expose yourself. Be vulnerable because I never believed in being vulnerable. I never believed in looking weak or feeling weak because someone may make fun of me, which would hurt my ego. As I saw people that I had great respect for becoming vulnerable in front of me, I was like, “That looks cool. You’re much braver than I am.” I wasn’t brave enough to be vulnerable ever in my life. It took me going through mental tragedy to define the bravery to become vulnerable. It’s amazing how much courage it takes to be vulnerable sometimes and get naked.
You’re even saying too, which was, I think, when you get out of that scenario to where you feel you can take your armor off, go to a safe place and I’m thinking, “What if someone doesn’t have a safe place to go to even take that off?”
Sometimes it’s in your car when you change your environment. Now I’m not allowed to leave my house, according to the State of Hawaii. I like getting in my truck and driving. I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so I can’t drive far or distance-wise. I can get in and drive, a podcast on, music on. I can put something on to change my mindset, the state of where I am and be completely vulnerable in there.
Sometimes, I’ll do a video diary, video blog. I don’t post it anywhere, but stuff comes pouring out of my head that I don’t talk about it in front of other people. I can practice if I want to memorize Theodore Roosevelt’s Man in The Arena. That’s a perfect time to like, “No one’s going to make fun of you or look at you funny or think weird thoughts when you’re talking to yourself in trying to recite these things while you’re driving.” I believe the car alone is a great place to be vulnerable.
Wherever that place is. I feel it would probably take some effort for some too, to even find where that safe place is but that’s the work. I love how you’re saying that CBD is not like the magic pill.
It’s a modality to help you get there. I still use it. I need less now, but on some days, I need a lot more. The reason that CBD seems like it’s a panacea and why it works so well for so many people is because, number one, it’s been medicine for thousands of years through the hemp plant. How it works with the body is all mammals have what’s called an endocannabinoid system, and this is new science. I’ve talked to a bunch of doctors in 2020. They’re like, “They didn’t teach us about this in med school.” As they’re getting these continuing ed, they’re learning more about it.
The endocannabinoid system has a giant neuroreceptor that’s connected to every other system in your body. Your respiratory system, central nervous system, immune system and digestive system. It is connected to everything. Your body also creates natural endogenous cannabinoids. You create anandamide, which is the bliss molecule, which is very similar to THC. It’s associated with the runner’s high and the upregulation of serotonin, so you feel good.
I love the runner’s high. I don’t run, but when I lift, I get it. It’s like 35 minutes in.
There’s this point where you have to suck it up a little bit of that like old man warmup period. In SEAL training, we would do these four-mile time runs. It’s an eight-minute mile in the beginning and then it gets progressively shorter and I’m like, “I hate running,” and you run a lot in SEAL training. I thought I liked running until I had to do it for my job. I was like, “This sucks.” What I found out when I was doing these 4-mile time runs is what I would do is about halfway through, I would feel more like running and it was about thirteen minutes in.
What I started to do is stretch out. I was younger, so I didn’t have as many issues or maybe because I didn’t stretch well enough, I have the issues that I have now. They would say, “Go,” and I would sprint for about 400 yards. I’m like, “I have to slow down. My heart is going to blow through my chest.” I would get through that suck factor a little bit sooner so then I could be in a comfortable stride and still run it at a reasonable pace.
We all have this endocannabinoid system that is connected to every other system in our body, but sometimes we don’t make enough of these endogenous cannabinoids because these endogenous cannabinoids are what feed the endocannabinoid system. They keep it in homeostasis. If you have one system that’s out of balance, it’ll pull all the other systems out of balance through the endocannabinoid system. CBD is like the super multivitamin for the endocannabinoid system.
Think about a door with 10,000 locks on it. If you don’t open it and close it every day, unlock every lock, they start to rust shut. If you don’t have enough keys to unlock that locked door every single day, then it’s not going to work properly. CBD goes in and it’s shaped like a keyhole. It goes in there, unlocks the locks, helps open the door, closes the door and keeps it working every day. That’s why CBD seems like it’s this panacea because it brings the body back into homeostasis, but it’s not curing anything. It’s helping the body bring it back to where it needs to be for the body to heal itself.
Why wouldn’t we produce the amount of cannabinoids that we need for our system? What would cause it?
Stress, environments, toxins and all sorts of stuff that surround us affect the endocannabinoid system. Sometimes it gets more out of whack than other times. Maybe you have Lyme disease or something. Maybe you have from a tick bite or whatever. There are germs everywhere. There’s pollution everywhere. All of that stuff affects our endocannabinoid system. It’ll get out of balance. It will get out of whack. CBD is one of those things that helps support it. We don’t make enough vitamin D unless we get out in the sun. We don’t make enough vitamin C endogenously. That’s something that we have to consume. The body needs all sorts of things that we don’t make enough of or any of every day or unless we’re in the right environments. It’s critical that we supplement it with the things that our body needs.
I’m sure downing too much alcohol or being in a bad relation.
That has such an effect on the body. I saw a study that showed that you could reverse the early graying of your hair by reducing the stress in your life because it affects your mitochondria. The mitochondria affect the graying action in the follicle. If you’re able to reduce enough stress in your life, they’re able to reverse some of the graying if you catch it early enough or you start reducing that stress early enough in your life.
There’s so much of what you’re saying that’s resonating because I’m in an entrepreneur world. There’s so much to where there’s this embrace the suck mentality that exists. Many entrepreneurs feel that there’s no safe place, but then a lot of people who have the 9:00 to 5:00 jobs also feel like there’s no safe place because they work and then they’ll go home to a bad relationship after they punch out. They’re always in this defensive mode and keep their armor on.
It sounds like CBD can be something to where it helps reduce this to the point. You call it a modality but get it to where you feel okay with working on yourself. Your emotions that were manifesting were anger and rage, I’m assuming. If you were a 210 and the boiling point is 212, if you were sitting at that 210 mark the whole time but reducing that to the point where you feel, “Now I feel like I can do something about this,” because nobody wants to. If you’re sitting in that environment to where that’s all you can focus on is the crap coming at you day in and day out and you’re sitting there.
I also have some of those same triggers. I always have CBD around. I have a CBD company. When I feel it coming up, I’ll go get the oil tincture. I’ll put it on my tongue and I’ll start to come back down. I’m still pissed off. It’s still something that pisses me off, but that emotional drive is more under control. As I said, CBD is a modality. It’s not a cure. You still have to have positive self-talk and you still have to have that Get Naked mindset. In the entrepreneurial world, business world and the everyday world, we’re faced with these tasks that seem insurmountable. People are like, “How did you make it through SEAL training?” I’m like, “One step at a time. One bite at a time.” “How do you eat an elephant?” It’s the same thing. You break up those tasks into manageable pieces.
In SEAL training, Hell Week is the most famous week of SEAL training. It’s only week number 4 of 6 months. It took me thirteen months to complete that six-month training block because I got injured a couple of times. I remember laying there in the ocean one night. Generally, you face the ocean, lock arms and you lay back in this whole class, and you’re getting smashed around and you’re shivering in the ocean. People are like, “In California, it’s super warm and sunny.” That water’s cold. It will numb your extremities quickly, but there was a couple of months out of the year where it’s not so cold.
Almost the entire time I was there, it was frigid, but there was this one night where they had a spacing the land and had this layer head back on the sand and the waves would come up in your face. It picks up all this silty sand and it went up to my nose and now, I’m lying there like dry heaving, gagging on silty sand and like, “This is terrible, but I know it’s not going to last forever. In an hour, I’m going to be in a hot shower and 30 minutes after that, I’m going to be in bed getting ready for the next day.” It was attainable. I couldn’t stay there for like three days with that happening because that’s not possible. The training is broken up into manageable pieces. It’s whether you want to be there or not. We do the same thing if we want to never quit something.
You break that project, that task, that event that whatever up into manageable pieces. Make it hard and challenging for the days that you’re willing to put in that extra work or maybe you do two of those pieces instead of only one. There will be days when you don’t feel like doing it and you do it anyway. It’s not a big deal because it’s manageable. I don’t like to do things. Sometimes I get stuck and I have to like, “Do one thing and do one more thing.”
Once I get to the third thing, I’m like, “Let’s go. I need more stuff to do. I need more things to attack,” but I think a lot of us, get mediocre with life and social media and scrolling and Netflix and YouTube. We don’t want to like, “I’m busy watching YouTube videos. I can’t do that project.” You can. You only have to turn YouTube off. Sometimes you have to start with smaller chunks to attack the project and kill the mediocrity in your life.
I’m sure bringing that boiling point down too can help with that to the point where you want to or even can where you’re focusing on that. I appreciate what you’re doing so much because I feel it inside. Even thinking about the 22 a day, which is now more like 26 a day, I know it means even more to you because you’ve been there. These are your brothers and sisters.
My father is one of those veterans and I have this mission. He passed right after I graduated BUD/S. He took his own life. I didn’t even think about it that way until I was already down this road and I was like, “Twenty-two a day. My dad is one of those 22.” It then means even more.
I made it NW-Recovery because I didn’t know if anyone wanted to write ‘naked’ into their search engine. You can still write Naked Warrior Recovery and get to my website.
Thank you for being on. Thank you for serving. We’re going to blow this up for you because I appreciate what you’re doing so much. Thank you for helping everybody that you’ve come into contact with.
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