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My 8yo got picked up by the cops

As most of you know, we homeschool. This means that while all the other kids are trapped in classrooms, mine are out roaming around catching bugs (science), biking (PE), or causing shenanigans (critical thinking).

My 8yo likes to go biking, jogging, and rucking around the neighborhood for his PE. He tells me he’s trying to find his six pack and get in shape for a SWAT team.

The other day the cops delivered him back to my office. They said they found this little kid walking down the street with a backpack full of weights, and they wanted to know why he wasn’t in school and if he was running away.

The whole thing scared the piss out of him, but afterward we all had a good laugh about it. As a matter of fact, I told him if it happens again to just throw the backpack down and start running to see if they can catch him. It’d be a good workout for the cops.

I’m telling you all this to say that no matter if your kids are homeschooled, public schooled, or something different that you need to have fun with it. Make it adventurous. Get crazy.

Now he carries a note in his pocket that tells the cops he has permission to be out. Here’s what I wrote for him:

My name is Gideon Powers, and I am running away from home to join the circus.
Just kidding. I am homeschooled and doing my PE right now.
If you need to, you can contact my parents at ***-***-**** (mom Korrene) or ***-***-**** (dad David).
Their office is around the corner at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach.

If you want some cool ideas for stuff we’ve done, check out my book Teaching in the Weird.

Thanks!

Dr. Dave, the guy that says make the cops work for it if they want to talk to you

PS- I mean no disrespect to the cops. I worked with a lot of these guys during my time with Homeland Security, and most of them really could use the workout.


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Free Course on the Wim Hof Method for Wellness

You may have heard of Wim Hof, aka The Iceman. He’s the guy that runs marathons in the snow barefoot and almost naked, swims under frozen lakes, and more. That’s him below, just hanging out like a normal day.

I’ve been following his method for years, and it’s done some amazing things for my own ‘over 40’ dad bod.

  • Increased strength
  • Increased endurance
  • More gains in the gym
  • Offsetting the natural post-40 testosterone drop
  • And, most importantly, it helped me completely eradicate a lifelong heart condition that’s had me pretty scared as I get older.

The two heart rhythms below are my before and after. The first one is called A Fib. The second one is what I call my ‘Perfectly normal get out of my way because nothing can stop me now because I’m going to live forever’ rhythm.

   

Wim is offering a free course starting Monday that I’m partnering with. I’ll be going through the course myself with him.

I wanted to dare any of you who are brave enough for change to join me. It will be like an accountability group. We can talk about our progress, roadblocks, offer advice, etc. I’ll have two options for communicating: one for public consumption with our group and another for more private questions you might want to ask me.

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Go check out Wim’s free course HERE and sign up.
  2. Like my Facebook page. This is where we’ll discuss things openly and post pics.
  3. E-mail me at drdave@redteamgoals to let me know you joined up. This is where you’ll get in touch for private messages.
  4. Another option for privacy is to direct message me on Instagram. I’ll also be posting tons of pics here as I go through the course.

I’m looking forward to this. I live about a mile from the ocean, and our weather is just now starting to cool down. In other words, prime weather to start doing some cold water immersion routines.

SHARE- Feel free to share this with anyone you know. The more the merrier!

BONUS- Me and my kids always enjoy doing a polar bear plunge here in Myrtle Beach SC in early January to kick off the new year. I’ll keep you updated. Anyone is welcome to join us in person or send pics of your own plunge for the community.

Can’t wait to see you in the course!

Dr. Redbeard, if it gets cold enough you can watch ice form in the beard


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Secret Hack to Sell More Books on Amazon

I’m betting that most of my readers are either already authors, want to be authors, or know someone close who fits either category. If you’re in the first group, try this hack and you’ll see it pushes extra sales your way. If you know an author, feel free to forward this on to them.

  • It doesn’t matter if your book is already published or not yet launched, you can still use this hack.
  • If you’ve already done the first steps, skip ahead as needed.
  • If you need help, get in touch. I can help at any step from publishing to marketing.
  1. Get your book ready to publish to Kindle and Amazon print (formerly Createspace).
  2. Hit that button and publish it! Get this done first so you’re not waiting on proofs and edits. Wait until your book is live and for sale before you move to step two.
  3. Sign up for the Amazon Associates affiliate program. This way all the links you send out point back to you and Amazon pays you extra money on any sales that come from you.
  4. Copy the link to your book and add it to your Works inventory database. If you don’t have one set up yet, you really need to get in touch.
  5. Find a hot-selling book that just came out, is coming out soon, or hit it big for some reason. Old books come back all the time when a TV show or movie comes out, e.g. The Handmaid’s Tale. Get the link to it.
  6. Put together a sheet of instructions and send it to everyone you know. Have all the necessary links in the instructions. (If you want a detailed tip sheet with these instructions, message me back.)
  7. Tell them to type in the link to your book on Amazon and add the book to their cart. They don’t have to buy it.
  8. Type in the link to the other hot-selling book you researched and add it to their cart.
  9. If they want to buy either book, perfect! You just made a sale. But they don’t have to buy. They can just let it sit in the cart until the end of time or go back in and empty the cart.
  10. Your book will now be more likely to show up along with the best-selling book anytime someone searches for either one. Because of the association effect you’ll grab a few of the customers who are buying the other book.

Hope this makes you a ton of money! Do me a favor if it does. Once you hit a benchmark- $1000 in a day, one of the Amazon best-seller lists, or your own personal goal, send me an autographed copy.

Here’s a concrete example. Bear in mind, by the time you read this, I’ll have more recent ones as well.

A buddy of mine and former Marine Paul Yurkin published Memoirs of a Security Contractor a couple of years ago. Mat Best, spec ops veteran, security contractor, and owner of Black Rifle Coffee, also released his memoir Thank You for My Service. Both books are very similar in tone and story.

The difference- Because of his coffee and wildly popular Youtube videos Mat has a monstrous following, and his book skyrocketed to several best-seller lists. If Paul’s book shows up on the suggested products from Amazon, he’s liable to make sales as well. It’s a perfect book to associate with because it carries the same customer base.

It gets even better. Because Mat owns Black Rifle, both Mat and Paul’s books are liable to show up when customers search for Black Rifle Coffee.

Here’s a funny catch. I was going to read Mat’s book much later after used ones show up on Amazon. While working on the links for this newsletter, I went ahead and ordered a brand-spankin’ new hardback copy. It’s proof the hack works, because it sold me unintentionally.

I’d love to hear any success stories based on this.

Take care,
Dr. Redbeard


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Who wants to be on The Profit television show?

Some really great things are in play around here lately that I wanted to let you know about in case you wanted to capitalize on it as well.

Anyone here ever watch The Profit on CNBC? Me and my wife love it. We don’t have cable, so we usually just buy a new season on Amazon or we’ll binge on the marathons when we’re in a hotel.

I just helped one of my small business clients apply for the show. There’s not much to the application, but getting on a show like this is usually all in how you word it.

I can help you out or you can click HERE to do it yourself.

How about Fiverr? I’ve mentioned them before, because I use folks from Fiverr to design graphics, t-shirts, book covers, and more. I get good work out of them for really affordable rates, i.e. $5.

Here’s some examples-

Fiverr has been expanding into some new areas recently that I wanted to tell you about. They’re going way beyond just graphics and videos.

Here’s some new stuff from Fiverr-

  1. The one I’m most excited about is a new category offering services to gamers to build and modify games. I’m not a big electronic gamer, but I’m really psyched about using some of these services to enhance my videos and animations for lectures.
  2. They launched a new service called And.co, which combines a lot of the admin stuff that small businesses need into one platform. I’m talking everything from invoicing to time tracking.
  3. They’re moving beyond only offering services to offering on demand classes as well. Classes like these are invaluable to me when I need to learn something new. I’m also using them for homeschool. My 15yo is currently learning Photoshop.

I hope some of these services help you out and move your business to the next level. If I can help in any way, just let me know.

Dr. Redbeard

P.S. To check out stuff I offer on Fiverr, click HERE.

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David Goggins (Navy Seal) vs. Negan and Lucille (Zombie and Glenn Slayers)

WARNING: There is profanity below!

Here is Redbeard’s Review of Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

 

 

 

 

Here’s a more detailed recap:

Swear words and their variations:

I read Goggins twice, counted swear words for the first half, and doubled the numbers.

Negan’s numbers came from Do You Kiss Your Mother With That Mouth? by Andrew Kahl

Racial slurs: Goggins- 14, Negan- 0

Hell (not including Hell Week): Goggins- 44, Negan- 0 Damn: Goggins- 54, Negan- 26

Shit: Goggins- 90, Negan- 47

Ass: Goggins- 66, Negan- 16

Bitch: Goggins- 4, Negan- 8

Sexual references: Goggins- 26, Negan- 25

Fuck: Goggins- 260, Negan- 465

Negan for the win!

Goggins- 558 and Negan- 587 (+29)


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Does the World See You as a Goof?

I had a meeting recently with a new small business consulting client. Based on our phone call to set up the meeting, I knew she was younger than me, sounded full of energy, and seemed ready to do the hard work of building an entrepreneurial venture.

When I arrived at her condo for the meeting, I was dumbstruck. She was absolutely beautiful. I mean supermodel beautiful. She was also very muscular. I’m not talking female bodybuilder muscle, but more like a female cage fighter or superhero. I think it’s quite possible she could’ve actually been Supergirl.

A lesser man would have stood there in the doorway and just stared at her slobbering for ten minutes unable to speak.

 

I’m no lesser man. I cut my stare short in only five.

But onto the point of my story. Meeting her got me to thinking and wondering, how does the world see me? How does the world see you?

All her life, this young lady has likely been judged because of her looks. I know many of you might think, “Oh what a curse being beautiful is,” but it really is in a way. Maybe not so much a curse, but something she has to anticipate and work around. People tend to stereotype beauty and good looks and equate it with a lack of intelligence, sleeping around to get what they want, or getting by on nothing but looks.

And there’s also putting up with lesser men who stare and drool.

I’ve never been a handsome guy. I’ve never been dapper or gentlemanly. I have a certain look that sometimes sparks fear, apprehension, and nervousness. People see me on the street at night, and they walk to the other side as they pre-dial 911 on their phones.

I’m fine with that. There isn’t much I can change about my appearance, especially now that I have a big ugly scar on the top of my head to go along with all the other war wounds and the fierce red beard.

But I can change what I do with or even in spite of those looks, just like the young lady I met with. She’s creating something awesome that has nothing to do with her appearance. I’ve been in movies playing rough characters that act just like I look and appeared as a comic book character. I’ve also written nearly twenty books that have nothing to do with my rugged features.

 

Stop a minute and ask yourself how people see you. Take into account how you look, how you walk and talk, what you do for fun or for money, and how you relax. Then ask other people for their honest feedback.

You might want to change some things so that you can project the person you want to be and not how the world sees you. Or you may be just fine, but you need to figure that out to level up.

Thanks for reading, Dr. Dave  

 

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A Big Life Analysis of the Movie Triple Frontier

This is the blog version of the review. Be sure to check out the Youtube video version below for additional commentary.

 

 

Triple Frontier is a Netflix produced movie that debuted in march 2019 starring Ben Affleck and Charlie Hunnam. The movie is about a group of former Special Operations soldiers who bring the old gang back together to rob a South American cartel boss.

Despite bad reviews from a lot of my friends, I actually enjoyed it. I think part of the reason for my enjoyment was based on the fact that the entire movie symbolizes the struggle I’m helping a lot of men with. No, I don’t have a bunch of clients taking down drug lords. Only a few are doing that. Most of my guys are just stuck in dead end positions in life and yearning for something more.

That’s what this movie is really about.

So, for a few minutes abandon any critiques of the military and tactical scenes in the movie. I know there are a lot of screw-ups there, and I’ve already discussed many of them at length with friends. I also want you to ignore the obvious errors in their trip across the Andes. We all know that it would’ve likely ended more like the movie Alive than the way it did like the series ending episodes of Prisonbreak.

Let’s dive into a few lessons we can learn about careers and life from Triple Frontier. But first, a disclaimer- SPOILERS ABOUND. I will be giving away spoilers in this review.

 

  1. Always have a Plan B for everything. What happens if, all of a sudden, you can’t do what you want to for a living? It could be anything- injury, forced retirement, laid off, economy sinks, income or family changes, and more.
  2. Be careful what you do when you find yourself yearning for more.
  3. Be sure that you do something that matters to you. Ben Affleck’s character was miserable selling real estate, but I have friends that find great fulfillment in the same occupation.
  4. Always try to properly identify your specific trouble points. For example, you could ask each of the main characters in the movie- I’m having trouble adjusting to life without _____________________.
  5. Be careful when you find yourself replacing your old lifestyle with something dangerous or potentially addictive. Many people use this as an escape mechanism. It’s not always bad if you do this, as long as it doesn’t take over.
  6. Your life will go awry if you lose your focus, change your rules for bad reasons, or betray your values. Ben Affleck’s character is a model for this negative cascade of events.

 

There are a lot more lessons I could impart from the movie, but I’ll finish with one more.

Ben Affleck’s character was the one in which I saw the most evolution. In fact, he’s a poster child who represents many of my clients in that he possesses an amazing specific skillset but can’t find a place to apply it outside the realm of his job. In the movie he was a master tactician. He was so good in fact that other members refused to sign onto the job without him.

There are so many places and ways he could have applied these skills in the civilian life, but he just couldn’t. He just couldn’t quite figure it out. Because of this he ended up in a job he hated, divorced, running around in the jungle stealing money, and murdering farmers. 

really hope this isn’t going to be you as well. I also hope you don’t stay in the position most men do who don’t take off for the jungle drug lord money hideout. Most men stay in jobs that slowly corrode their souls and steal their happiness. Don’t do that.

 

My job is to help men create Escape Plans so they can move away from lives like that without sacrificing everything to do so. After all, there’s not much point in escaping if you do it the wrong way and have to go right back to it. That’s what happened in the end of the movie. Each man ended up having to go right back to the old life.


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Thank You for the Overwhelming Response to My Testosterone Study!

I was amazed at the level of response to the recent request for help with my testosterone study. After that last e-mail I received a ton of response from men and their wives. Most of it confirmed my suspicions, but there is amazing strength in numbers, especially on a subject that many see as potentially embarrassing. 

I’m happy so many guys jumped in, I’d like to give you a high five via a random guy from a stock photo-

Quite a few men opened up to me about their struggles, and several even provided me with additional information and links to add to the research. I even have several conferences that I speak at now willing to add my survey questions to their conference brochures, which should yield a lot more responses.

But I still need your help. I still need as many men as possible to respond, so I’m asking one more time.

If you fit my category of men over 40, your information is vital. If you know a man over 40, please feel free to forward this e-mail to them for me.

Here are the questions again:

1. Have you experienced a lag in strength, libido, muscle mass, or energy not related to another cause?

2. Have you tried any testosterone therapies, prescription or otherwise?

3. Have you ever had your testosterone checked?

As always, all information is private. Any information released in a report will only be a compilation of results, unless I have your specific permission to release detailed information.

Thanks so much for your help,

Dr. Redbeard, proof that a full quiver of children doesn’t necessarily mean my testosterone levels are high

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I Need Your Help for a Study on Post-40 Men and Testosterone

I’m getting ready to talk about a taboo subject among men. This is not a gimmick, and I am not trying to sell you some snazzy magic pill to turn your sex life into a place where all the magic happens.

As part of my Escape Plan coaching I am finding that men over 40 do not even realize that one of the reasons for their general unhappiness is often low testosterone. It is not always the job or your wife that is making you so unhappy. 

As part of my own journey since I turned 40 (I am 44 now), I have been researching testosterone. Most people, men and women, only associate testosterone with the sex drive. 

Here is what I am finding out so far:

  • Men lose on average 1% of their testosterone each year after 40
  • A low but still normal testosterone range can have a huge negative effect on the body
  • Pretty much all over-the-counter testosterone supplements are pure crap
  • Prescription fixes have big problems and do not always work
  • The most reliable fixes are cheap and easy

Despite my massively fierce red beard, and the fact that I have sired 5 kids from my loins, it turns out that I am on the low side of normal testrosterone levels. Several years of cholesterol-lowering medication that hurt me more than it helped assisted in destroying the high T-levels of my youth. I found this out in a big way as I ramped up my workout program trying to get back to a simple goal-

  1. Bench press my body weight for a 3 rep set
  2. 10 unassisted dead hang pullups

I could not do it, and still cannot although I am working every day on remedying that.

The cholesterol meds and age decreased my muscle mass tremendously. Add to that my weight gain, and I have trouble moving my body the way I should be able to. Even though I dropped from 264 to 232 pounds, I am still having trouble.
*Check the end for more info on the cholesterol drug issue.

Here is where I need your help, if you are willing. There are a couple of questions below, and you can just respond to this e-mail. It will come straight to me. Anything you send me will be confidential, unless I get your permission first. The only way I will use any of this information is in a very general way, such as “x number of men age 40-50 tried X therapy with no change”. This question of mine is only a survey, no a true scientific study, so don’t worry if you don’t have lab results and all that.

After the age of 40:

  1. Have you experienced a lag in strength, libido, muscle mass, or energy not related to another cause?
  2. Have you tried any testosterone therapies, prescription or otherwise?
  3. Have you ever had your testosterone checked?

That is it for now.

I hope a bunch of you will help me out. By all means, if you’re under 40, feel free to forward this to your dad, older brother, uncle, or Chuck Norris. Ladies, please send this on to your husbands for me.

Thanks everyone!

Dr. Redbeard, proof that it doesn’t take high testosterone to grow a massive beard, but it helps.

PS- My buddy Kent Julian turned me on to a book The Great Cholesterol Myth that exposes the scam of high cholesterol by the drug manufacturers. If your doc says you have high cholesterol or you are on meds for it, you need to read it.


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Lessons Learned from a Head Injury or What Can I Learn from Busting My Head Open

I was out hiking recently on some abandoned railroad tracks and climbing on the box cars and metalworks and … SMACK!

I hit a beam with my head so hard it made me go blank for a second. I was up on a ladder at the time. I do not even remember coming down. At the bottom I reached up to touch my head and check the injury. I felt my fingers go into the wound. That was when I fell to my knees and the blood started pouring out.

Head injuries bleed a lot anytime, but when you sever an artery, it’s much much worse. My superficial temporal artery was severed on the left side and there was an eight inch opening across the top of my head.

I was with my wife and oldest son. She bandaged it up really quick with the gauze from my IFAK, but it bled through in seconds. Then she took off her shirt, zipped her coat back on, and bandaged it with that.

Then we had to hike out to a road somewhere. It took awhile. It turned out the closest way out was over the tracks, through a muddy field, over several ditches, and climbing over and around two fences. Thankfully I didn’t pass out. My wife isn’t a weakling, but it’s not easy for anyone to carry 230 pounds of pure man.

But we made it.

An ER visit and 17 stitches later I have a really nice scar developing on my melon and a great story to tell. You’ve just read the story, so now let me throw you a few life lessons from a head injury.

  1. Wear a helmet. There are times in life where you should take extra precautions. I should obviously wear a helmet around big metal things. You decide when you need some extra margin in your life.
  2. Pay attention to signs. Pay attention, but do not necessarily obey them. I cannot tell you how many DANGER and NO TRESPASSING signs we passed that day. They did not stop me, but I should pay more attention next time and be better prepared. When people throw you caution flags in life, take note and then go from there.
  3. Make every opportunity a chance to learn something new. At the ER, while she was sewing up my head, the doc brought my son over and showed him all the layers inside my brainbox. He enjoyed it, as he’d never seen the anatomy of the skull other than in scientific illustrations.
  4. Dress appropriately. I always wear dark colors, usually black, because I get into so many activities that either leave me filthy or bloody. Dress the right way for what you’re doing.
  5. Look for the humor. After she saw the pics of my open head, my sister asked if it was too early for Phineas Gage jokes. Always look for humor in any situation.
  6. Go minimalist. So little is needed in trauma events. Outside of definitive care in the ER, all we needed to hike out was a bandage and pressure. Do not complicate things with stuff. It does not always help and sometimes hurts.
  7. Train your team right. My wife is a former paramedic. My 14yo son has multiple certifications in wilderness first aid and CPR. He’s also in good shape and pretty fearless. He never freaked out a bit. We sent him running to scout out a way out.  
  8. Be ready to hike out. Had I not been able to hike out on my own, I would’ve been in serious trouble. Always have a plan B and enough margin to get out and get safe.
  9. Problems makes the most simple things difficult. I have to be really careful about scratching my head, showering, and putting a shirt on, at least until the stitches are out. I have only one hat I can wear that doesn’t touch the stitches. Plan ahead for problems before they occur.
  10. Take care of yourself. At the hospital we talked the doc into giving us a suture removal kit. It makes pulling the stitches out way better than using the tweezers you pick your toes with and a pair of scissors out of the drawer. My wife will do it, and all the kids will probably enjoy watching. Do not always depend on outside resources to help you. Have the gear, team, and training to do it yourself.

And a last bonus lesson, do not ever let something stop you from adventuring! Less than 12 hours after the injury I was on a stage delivering a lecture. Another day later I was back on my workout routine like a beast.

No matter what happens, whether it is a head injury or a business failure, put my tips into action.

Dr. Dave, the guy who looks like an alligator bit his head

PS … If you want to see all the gross pics, check out my Instagram or Facebook feed. I posted all the ones that Facebook would allow to stay on there.


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