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The Chris Rock Method

When my book Living With A SEAL came out in 2015, my friend Brian Groden asked me to come speak at his office. I was thrilled and even offered to pay him for the opportunity, but he insisted other...

Salt-N-Pepa's Here

My fellow Gen-Xers will get this, back in 1988 the song Push It by Salt-N-Pepa took the country by storm. It was everywhere. It was HUGE! And by 1990 Salt-N-Pepper were pop culture Queens. So… Dur...

Good Will Hunting for Coconuts

Back in 2012, when I was in my forties and just married, I went to visit Matt Damon at his house in Miami. As I was getting ready to leave, he asked if I wanted to spend the night. I told him I'd ...

This Story is Wild

Our family trip to Africa was amazing, we had some breath-taking moments and got close to the most beautiful animals on earth. We went on a nine-day safari; watching lions, elephants, leopards, ze...

In Search Of The Perfect Pickle

I used to believe that entrepreneurs had two paths to success: inventing something new that doesn't exist or making an existing product better. However, I've recently discovered a third category - ...

Speculating on Success—Go New York Go!

With the New York Knicks heating up in the playoffs, I thought I'd share a story about doing things on spec. Doing it on spec means creating something without a guarantee of payment in the hopes t...

Planting Seeds

I developed the habit of writing letters when I was in my twenties. I wrote 10 of them every day for an entire year, which amounted to over 3,000 letters. These were seeds that I planted, and alth...

Good Night

The other day, someone asked me about my sleeping routine, which got me thinking. We spend about a third of our lives in bed. Yet, how much thought do we put into our sleep setup? It's like being t...

Stroke of Friendship

A friend of mine recently asked who the next Guest Swimmer would be for Free Swim, and my response was, "I don’t know," but then, on second thought, I said, "Maybe I should ask Katie Hoff, one of ...

Clarity is Key

I sat in a conference room alone. I had been brought in to consult. And then... Each member of the team, one by one, came in, and I asked a simple question: "Describe what your company does." As th...

This Story Is Nuts!

Back in 2005, Marquis Jet was soaring at a comfortable cruising altitude. Things were going well and a call came in from Usher, one of our clients. He needed a jet to fly to Mexico with his girlfri...

Rise to the Top: Elevating Your Entrepreneurial Game

In the world of entrepreneurship, there are certain tools that every aspiring business owner should have in their toolbox. Recently, a survey of 1,000 people who landed deals on Shark Tank uncovere...

What's In Your Permanent File?

I’ve often heard people say that money can buy you anything, and while it's a topic of debate about whether it can buy happiness, many believe in its power to solve problems and open doors. In 199...

How To Eliminate 90% Of Your Worries

Here's the secret: Write down every worry you have. Every. Single. One. Your car might die. The promotion at work might go to Tina. You're scared of the sniffles. Whatever it is, write it down. Se...

Finish Like A Champion

I vividly remember my first 100-mile race.   As I approached mile 99, I was physically and mentally drained. My dream was to cross the finish line triumphantly, with friends cheering me on like Ro...

Lie Detector

We recently took a family trip to Fiji. I shared details about our scuba diving adventures in last week's story. You can find it plus all past stories on my website here.   Anyways...    After com...

The Depths of Marriage

Sara came rushing into our villa “Honey! Honey!” she said. “I have the greatest news ever." “You found plant-based Cheez-its?” "They offer scuba certifications here!" My heart sank because of a pr...

Word To Your Mother

"I'm going to Bhutan," Sara said. "Bhutan?" I echoed. "Is that a new bakery? Do they have smoothies?" "No, Jesse," she said. "Bhutan is a country in the Himalayas. And I'm going there with Richard...

Are You Ready for the Super Bowl?

In my 20s I wrote songs for pro sports teams... basically all of them. One of those was a song called "Salute" for the Broncos. Every time they scored the players would turn to the crowd and salut...

Multiple Choice

I used to love those multiple-choice tests in school. It meant that I had at least a 25% chance of getting it right.   So anyway…   The other day, I got off a plane, walked up the jet bridge, and...

Want to Learn a Magic Trick?

I can’t explain it, but it works like magic.   Ready? Here it is.   Do something nice for someone and don’t tell a soul about it. Nobody. Not your mom, your boyfriend, girlfriend, the guy behind yo...

Misogi Moment

In 2024, we're embarking on an exciting new angle here at Free Swim.   Occasionally, we'll feature a Guest Swimmer(s) who will share their unique experiences and insights.    Today, we're thrilled...

Mentor or Tormentor?

I've told you this before, but Living With a Seal started as a blog and then turned into a book.    But before I decided to go to publishers, I talked about it.   I’d mention it at work, on a jog,...

How To Ace Sales

Let’s pretend I’m hiring for a sales job at All Day Running Co.   We need someone who will pound the pavement literally and metaphorically.   Someone who will be creative and add value.   There a...