Embracing Reality: an interview with Former Navy SEAL, David B Rutherford

In our and most recent installment of Michael’s show, Michael connects via the web with David B. Rutherford, a former Navy SEAL, motivational speaker, radio host, behavioral training specialist, and author.

David started Frologic eight years ago with a focus on children. As a society, we have undergone a process through which we no longer teach children to embrace their failures. Failure is a necessary part of life and as part of a learning process. As a result, children leave school ill-equipped to deal with reality outside of a controlled academic setting. This translates to a sense of entitlement and a collective social immaturity. This has a detrimental effect on their work ethic, ability to receive constructive criticism, ability to work in a team, and ability to recover after a failure.

Rutherford points to the counterculture movement of the 70s and how the counterculture movement created a shift in the manner in which we approached education that shied away from standardized output.

Rutherford maintains that almost every culture contains a warrior ethos, but encourages us to embrace though warrior poet ethos.  He calls for a balance that he represents with the triad of striving to make ourselves better physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Our inability to embrace failure renders us unable to push ourselves to our limits. Willpower must be pushed and tested. Some programs, like SEALFIT, test willpower through physical challenges.

Overall, we are not teaching kids to deal with reality as it is.  Rutherford offers to do a free event for children whenever he is hired by a firm to do a corporate event.  Fewer than 15% of the corporations take advantage of Rutherford’s offer.

Rutherford recalls a recent event where he was serving as emcee at an event in a major city for a national organization.  One of the organization’s board members reach out to his child’s school, and they began to set up the event.  However, at the last minute, the school’s superintendent quashed the event.

We bombard our children with films that portray a world in stark duality, with delineated boundaries between good and evil.  These films often portray incompetent adults and precocious children.  They skirt around major global issues, such as deforestation, species extinction, and other environmental concerns.  We allow for commercial entities to spend millions of dollars to create these encapsulated portrayals of major issues but neglect to incorporate these messages into education at large.

Turns out that a lot of factors we don’t often consider, ranging from nutrition and environment to activity, can have an impact not only on ourselves, but our children.

Rutherford wants students to begin the day with a physical fitness regimen, and advises the installment of a public service component to education.  He advocates for students  to engage in a year of service such as the Civilian Conservation Corps we engaged in during the 1930s.

Check out David at Froglogic to learn more.

Michael interviews Representative Mick Mulvaney

Michael Ostrolenk sits down with one of his fiscal heroes, “recovering lawyer” Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District.  The pair discuss Rep. Mulvaney’s standing desk as well as health and wellness practices.  They also talk about the exercise habits of Members of Congress, home décor, gardening, yoga, and swimming.


Is medicalizing wellness the answer?

Does every health care issue require an intervention from the conventional medical care industry? In this podcast, Michael Ostrolenk along with health and wellness coach and consultant Vik Khanna, examine this question. Vik, at his website, www.KhannaOnHealth.com recently published the first article of a three part exposé of the ineffectiveness of corporate wellness programs, in partnership with our managed care-heavy health care system, in achieving actual health and wellness among its clients.  Physicians, hospitals, and nurses are trained to treat sick, individuals, on a case by case basis, not manage population health issues, contends Mr. Khanna.  Vik’s published books include, Road Warrior: Effective Fitness Strategies for Business Travelers and Ten Commandments of Faith and Fitness.

CrossFit Honor – fitness for everyone from Special Forces candidates to Grandparents

After completing the extreme physical and mental challenges of SEALFit academy, Jim Rutan returned to Pennsylvania aware of the staggering goals that can be achieved when one dares to push past perceived limits. This renewed energy led to Jim and his wife Lisa opening a 9,000 sq. ft. CrossFit gym in their city of Allentown.  CrossFit Honor (http://www.crossfithonor.com), has become a second home for not only their family but their clients as well and they train everyone “from Special Forces candidates to Grandparents.”

On June 2, 2012, Jim and Lisa are hosting “Murph Day 2012” in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant Michael Murphy. Listen in to this interview to learn more about this one-of-a-kind event and the Rutan’s family mission to promote fitness.

Hillseeker Fitness – making key lifestyle transformations

A hillseeker in all walks of life, Jeff Grant, is Michael’s guest in this podcast. Hear about his  transformation from an overweight corporate executive into an endurance athlete. Two years ago, Jeff left the corporate world and is now making helping others find health through fitness his vocation. Learn more about Jeff and his online training courses and in person classes in Switzerland at http://HillSeekerFitness.com. Jeff is also a trainer at SEALFit in San Diego and a POSE running instructor.  Jeff gives his student’s unique monthly challenges.  February’s challenge was “thrusters,” and Jeff video taped himself completing the daily task, even if it meant doing so in an airport lounge.

Kokoro Camp – Forging an unconquerable spirit

“Hell Week” is infamous in Navy SEAL training for weeding out the 80% of candidates who don’t have a warrior mentality. Retired SEAL Commander Mark Divine is back again with Michael, this time to talk about his training program – Kokoro Camp – that helps attendees find their warrior spirit. Kokoro camp, while based on “Hell Week”, encourages students to succeed rather than quit. Its mission is to “develop mental toughness and promote your warrior spirit growth in this one of a kind training. Leadership, Building Elite Teams, Self Mastery, Character and Kokoro (unconquerable spirit) are trained and tested through 50 hours of intense physical and internal work.” Learn more at http://www.sealfit.com/camps-academies/kokoro-camp/

Inside SEAL Team Six

Don Mann spent 18 years as a Navy SEAL and was a member of the exclusive and elite SEAL Team Six for 8 of those years.  Following the events of May 2, 2011 and the raid on the Osama Bin Laden compound by SEAL Team Six, Don felt compelled to give the world a glimpse into this secretive military unit and wrote Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors.  Mr. Mann joins Michael Ostrolenk in this podcast to discuss his book – parts of which have been censored by the U.S. Government.  In addition to revealing the history of this special ops force, Mr. Mann also gives his assessment of the possible consequences of  President Obama’s decision to publicly acknowledge the existence of the team including divulging the identities of its members. Michael and Don also discuss what it takes to build the mental and physicial toughness needed to become a SEAL and the extreme psychological, fitness, and endurance challenges these men face. Don Mann is also the author of The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual and the forthcoming The U.S. Navy SEAL Survival Handbook.

SEAL training & exceeding mental & physical thresholds

Whether you are an aspiring Navy SEAL, current military personnel seeking to improve your skill set, or just want to challenge your mental and physical toughness, SEAL Training Adventures provides training courses that will test and improve your ability to perform in the extreme conditions expected our U.S. special operations forces. In this podcast hosted by Michael Ostrolenk, SEAL Training Adventures CEO & NYC chiroprator Dr. Stephen Erle explains what inspired him to become a trainer of these elite endurance athletes and also gives a glimpse at what participants can expect from their training experience. Do you have the mettle to push forward through your perceived mental and physical thresholds?

Surfing & Yoga – empowering body, mind, & spirit

After loosing her job in the dot.com bust, Tierza Davis embraced her passion for surfing and founded Pura Vida Adventures in Costa Rica.  Ms. Davis transformed her life and is now helping women transform, empower and rejuvenate their minds, bodies, and sprirts through surf and yoga retreats.  In this podcast with Michael Ostrolenk, she recounts her journey and explains the benefits to health and wellness found in the synergy of these outwardly diverse yet complementary activities.

GooDeed Health – eliminating childhood obesity

Today’s youth are considered the most inactive generation in history and their life expectancy is predicted to be less than their parents. In this podcast Billy Locke, Executive Director of GooDeed Health, joins Michael Ostrolenk to discuss what his organization is doing to help fix this problem. GoodDeed Health is working to expand, through a nationwide physical trainer network, its after school programs (soon to be in 1500 schools) that teach kids to make wellness a way of life and maintain healthy life-long habits in fitness, nutrition, and emotional health.