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#421. Former Navy SEAL Commander on the Role of Vulnerability & Humor in Mental Resilience | Why Great Leaders Avoid Sarcasm & More with Mark Divine

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Developing grit and resilience is crucial for achieving success during challenging times. So, how do Navy SEALs cultivate an “unbeatable mindset” in the face of extreme adversity? In this episode, retired Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine reveals the specific strategies and daily practices used by elite special operators to build relentless mental toughness.

With over 20 years of experience as a SEAL officer and SEAL trainer, Mark has created resilience programs for Fortune 500 CEOs, Olympic athletes, and special operations units globally. He distills potent neuroscience and time-tested tactics into simple, battle-tested tools you can apply immediately.


  • Why optimizing physical health is the foundation of mental resilience
  • How box breathing rewires your nervous system for calm focus
  • Daily mindfulness practices to master your mental energy
  • Training your mind using “stacked” ritual disciplines
  • How to turn obstacles into opportunities for accelerated growth
  • Why resilience means radically accepting “the suck”
  • How to visualize positive outcomes during setbacks

If you want to thrive in volatile times, this straight-talk with one of the world’s top performance experts will equip you with the skills to overcome anything. Tune in now to forge your own unbeatable mindset.

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Quotable moments:

"Resiliency is the ability to navigate life's complexity and challenges with grace." - Mark Divine

"If you're not training your mind, then someone else is training it for you." - Mark Divine

"When you fall down, you get up and you learn from the experience and then you go forward." - Mark Divine


The BluePrint Podcast is for busy professionals and Household CEOs who care deeply about their families, career, and health. Host Dr. Erik Korem distills cutting edge-science, leadership, and life skills into simple tactics optimized for your busy lifestyle and goals.   Dr. Korem interviews scientists, coaches, elite athletes, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and exceptional people to discuss science and practical skills you can implement to become the most healthy, resilient, and impactful version of yourself.

On a mission to equip people to pursue audacious goals, thrive in uncertainty, and live a healthy and fulfilled life, Dr. Erik Korem is a High-Performance pioneer. He introduced sports science and athlete-tracking technologies to collegiate and professional (NFL) football over a decade ago. He has worked with the National Football League, Power-5 NCAA programs, gold-medal Olympians, Nike, and the United States Department of Defense.

Erik is an expert in sleep and stress resilience. He is the Founder and CEO of AIM7, a health and fitness app that unlocks the power of wearables by providing you with daily personalized recommendations to enhance your mind, body, and recovery.


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