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097: Mark Divine on Thugs vs Warriors & Building a Sheepdog Mentality

November 23, 2017

Today’s business environment is a lot like the battlefield. It’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and it requires agility. What are the mindsets, disciplines, practices and actions that a warrior and business leader should have so they are able to dominate and be in control? Why is it so powerful to have the ability to control your arousal response and have a daily imperative to develop yourself? What is the next domain of leadership development? On this episode, Mark Divine is back to give us deep insights on the warrior discipline of physical, mental and emotional control.

A warrior is someone who took a great amount of time and energy to master themselves at a physical, mental, emotional and even at a spiritual level. Mark Divine

Takeaways from this Episode

  • Do box breathing for 20 minutes a day. 5 minutes will make an impact but 20 minutes will transform you.
  • If you’re not in physiological control of your body, you’re never going to be in psychological control of your mind.
  • Self-mastery is working to unlock your highest potential through warrior discipline.

At the start of the converation, Mark talked about the different kinds of warriors we have in the world, and he gave a more clarified and rarified concept of the warrior. Next, he talked about why a warrior’s skills with weapons are secondary to self-mastery, and why the new structures of business and developments like the internet have made the landscape more like a battlefield. We also talked about the sheepdog mentality and why it’s so important, and the skills and practices you have to master in order to thrive on the battlefield. Towards the end, we talked about how Jeff Bezos has merged philanthropy with entrepreneurship and venture capitalism.

We also spoke about:

  • The ramifications of not being a category designer
  • Why not taking care of your body affects your brain
  • How to channel your anger into determination
  • How self mastery helps you overcome your biases and monkey mind
  • How to master your breath

Business leadership today looks a lot like warriorship. You have to have a refined mind to be mentally and emotionally in control in this environment. It’s about being able to lead effectively in in complex and dangerous situations, and ultimately it’s about mastery of the self, in service to something higher.

The brain is the body, and if the body isn’t functioning properly, your thinking is going to be distorted, you’ll have trouble focusing on the right thing at the right time for the right reasons, which will get in the way of your dominating. The ladder of vertical development is what should matter to us. It’s when we can take active control of our life and development by mastering all the skills of the athlete, the leader, the scholar, the statesman and the monk through the practice of a daily discipline.

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Guest Bio

Mark is the founder and CEO of SEALFIT, and a highly sought after speaker, coach, author who makes frequent media appearances to discuss Seal way of life.

Go to sealfit.com for more information..

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