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Larry Yatch is a retired Navy SEAL, a father to two young boys, speaker, coach, and a successful business owner. He was part of SEAL Team Three and after being critically injured and medically discharged, has been able to use his experience and knowledge to help others in the business world.
He and his wife Anne started SealedMindset.com in 2008, having more than 100,000 people go through their courses and programs, and have created a process called the Exceptional Life Formula, which they now teach at Plan-Site.com.
It was an honor to speak with Larry and he is a class act across the board. His story started out like many of our own; being bullied as a kid, struggling to fit in, and trying to find something he excelled in. He sucked at traditional sports and even got lost on his first cross country meet (and had to take a taxi back) and shares why it’s so important to find an exercise, sport, or activity that you actually enjoy.
But unlike many, he chose to use his hardships as the catalyst to create great things in his life. He decided at an early age that becoming a Navy SEAL was his path and he immersed himself in sports, academics, and extracurricular activities.
He says “every negative experience has a 180 degree spin on it and every huge negative will have a huge positive” and he’s a perfect example of putting those words into action.
Out of over 12,000 applicants to the Naval Academy, they accepted only 1,200. He was one of them. And out of 200 men interested in becoming SEAL’s, they chose 15 to go through BUD/S. He was one of them as well.
Aside from his military experience, which is incredibly impressive, he has created a business and process that has helped thousands of people become more proficient at what he calls “situational awareness” and teaches them how to live life more confidently, effectively, and purposefully.
We also talk about how his life and business became a grind and how he’s completely changed his lifestyle to focus more on his family and live a more fulfilling life.
There are so many more things I wanted to discuss with Larry and we planned to do a follow up interview in the near future. Given the scope of what he’s teaching and how much it’s impacting others, I’m truly looking forward to that conversation as well.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- How to use personal struggle to become a high achiever
- The power of being part of a tribe or high functioning brotherhood
- What the hardest thing he’s ever done is (and it’s not becoming a SEAL!)
- Why he chose to pursue a more fulfilling family life and completely restructured his business
- Why confidence is a learned skill much like anything else
- How to avoid letting our environment dictate our lifestyle
- What happens to us when we, as men, feel ineffective
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