In Episode #28, Jesse speaks with former Navy SEAL Mark Divine about mental toughness and maintaining focus in the face of adversity. Mark’s diverse background includes a professional career as a CPA for the company which became PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving as a SEAL (at 26 he graduated as honor-man, the #1 ranked trainee in his SEAL BUD/s class), and – after retiring at the rank of Commander in 2011 – beginning a third career as an entrepreneur, co-founding a highly successful Southern California Brewery Restaurant and launching NavySEALs.com in the same year. (NavySEALs.com is the leading web site for gear and information about the SEALs.)
Back in 2006, Mark launched US Tactical, gaining contracts with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE for training support and the Navy Recruiting Command for the nationwide mentoring program for SEAL, SWCC, EOD and Diver candidates. This latter program was credited with increasing the quality of Navy SEAL candidates and reducing the attrition rate at BUD/s by up to 5%. Mark’s pursued a PHd in Leadership at the University of San Diego and served as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership in their undergraduate school. The Doctorate was interrupted by a one-year recall to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The recall took him to Baghdad in 2004 with SEAL Team One to conduct a special project studying the future role of the USMC in the Special Operations Command. Upon return home, he left USD to focus on developing SEALFIT and put his Unbeatable Mind training philosophy to work on a new generation of Special Ops candidates.
Mark is the author of several forthcoming books: 8 Weeks to SEALFIT, published by St. Martins Press in 2014, Way of the SEAL, published by Reader’s Digest Books in 2014, and Unbeatable Mind, available on Amazon Kindle and self published by Divine Ventures. SEALFIT is uniquely effective at developing elite level physical and mental fitness, helping trainees to operate at an entirely new level in mental toughness, creative problem solving, leadership, team effectiveness and awareness. Not just a physical training program, SEALFIT encompasses training of the whole person in three spheres – the Body, Mind and Spirit in Self, Team and Organization.
This Week In Neuroscience: Ultrasounds – Another Non-Invasive Techno-Brain Stimulator?
As it turns out, ultrasound might be the brain-tech to watch! Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have found evidence that directing focused ultrasound waves into specific areas of the brain can affect those areas’ performance. In a test while stimulating a tactile-sensitivity brain region, researchers applied two pins to the skin of the patients, slowly moving the pins closer together. Patients were asked to identify how many pins they were able to feel (as the pins get closer together on the surface of the skin, it becomes much more difficult to differentiate one pin from two). When ultrasonic waves were applied, the patients became more sensitive to the stimulation and could better differentiate between one pin and two.
Researchers were surprised by these findings because ultrasound actually had the affect of lessening brain activity in the targeted area. It is hypothesized that this focused inhibition of neurons surrounding a particular brain region may free up neural bandwidth to more closely focus on and triangulate which neurons are intentionally firing (as opposed to neural “background noise”). Could strategic, compartmentalized application of ultrasound be a future key to increasing cognitive function? We’re doing our best to get Dr. Tyler on the show to talk about the possibilities. Stay tuned!
What You’ll Learn
- How the SEAL selection process identifies the top 1% of the best athletes and soldiers on Earth – then makes them better
- The surprising facts about the emotional and spiritual attributes of a Navy SEAL special ops soldier
- Methods used in SEAL training to galvanize team moral and improve executive decision making
- The importance of sleep and nutrition to a special ops solider
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