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EP42: Otis "Hoop" Hooper - USAF Pilot / American Ninja Warrior / Ironman Triathlete - That’s all?

Make Your Mark

Release Date: 05/08/2019

EP65: Theo Fleury and Eric Kussin - Your Mental Health Post COVID show art EP65: Theo Fleury and Eric Kussin - Your Mental Health Post COVID

Make Your Mark

“The biggest epidemic of 2021 isn’t Covid. It is mental health, trauma and addiction”- Theo Fleury  I’ve had plenty of Make Your Mark podcast guests and Clubroom events that have focused on victory of bad over good, overcoming hurdles, challenges and struggles. Plenty of laughs too. But having both Theo Fleury and Eric Kussin in the Clubroom to talk about mental health issues as we continue our march through Covid was worth every second of this event. Each suffered through significant trauma, and as you listen to this podcast you will not only hear their life experiences, but also...

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EP64: Clint Malarchuk - NHL Goalie | Mental Health Advocate | Best Selling Author | Suicide Survivor show art EP64: Clint Malarchuk - NHL Goalie | Mental Health Advocate | Best Selling Author | Suicide Survivor

Make Your Mark

Clint Malarchuk’s life can’t be summarized in a few words. But I’ll try. Very successful NHL career as a goalie. Great sense of humor. Strength, kindness, and a huge heart. Rancher. Tougher than nails. Mix in severe mental health illness, anxiety, crippling OCD, depression, alcoholism, rehab centers, and a suicide attempt.   “I’ve had a lot of surgeries, a lot of physical pain. I tell you what. The most painful thing in the world is mental illness. I’d rather have my jugular vein cut again. If God gave me the choice “Hey Clint, want to have your vein cut again and get rid of...

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EP63: Brandi Chastain and Haley Rosen - from the pitch (field) to the pitch (boardroom)! show art EP63: Brandi Chastain and Haley Rosen - from the pitch (field) to the pitch (boardroom)!

Make Your Mark

What's more impressive than two accomplished women's soccer players? How about if they are both successful entrepreneurs scoring goals in the business world! "You have to be willing to accept the information, you have to be willing to work hard. You have to be motivated to go to practice with an open mind. You have to be willing to be criticized. Only you can do those things." - Brandi Chastain Another big time coup for  and the Make Your Mark podcast to have both  AND  discuss their path from the pitch (field) to the pitch (boardroom)! Brandi and Haley each scored...

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EP62: Joe De Sena - Spartan Founder, Mobster Neighbor, and not That Pool Guy!  show art EP62: Joe De Sena - Spartan Founder, Mobster Neighbor, and not That Pool Guy!

Make Your Mark

Obstacles are inevitable, whether you run a business, hold down a job, or simply just try to get through your day. Who would want to face them if we didn't need to? Well, I know a few people who can't wait! Founder and CEO is one of them! My Podcast guest is the true definition of a badass! “Rather than wrapping the kids up in bubble wrap like most of us parents do, you wrap them up in barbed wire. You give kids obstacles and make it harder for them. You make them take the stairs and walk to school. We’re not looking to put them in danger but we are looking for them to learn how to...

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EP61: Dale Moss - From the Gridiron to the Glossy Magazine Covers! show art EP61: Dale Moss - From the Gridiron to the Glossy Magazine Covers!

Make Your Mark

A dramatic pivot from sport to a totally different career is what truly excites me about the potential of athlete transition, and today’s guest on my #MakeYourMark podcast, Dale Moss, has become an impressive entrepreneur, and oh, did I mention, one of the first professional athletes to become a professional model? Hundreds try to sign with world-renowned Wilhelmina Models, and Dale has made the cut!   “The biggest thing I can say to any athlete who is 100 percent into their sport and doesn’t have or has not begun the process of building outside of that, is to start building a team....

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EP60: Jesse Cole - Fans First! Running a Baseball Team in a Yellow Tuxedo! show art EP60: Jesse Cole - Fans First! Running a Baseball Team in a Yellow Tuxedo!

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Dancing grandmas? Baseball players skydiving to their positions? Just a normal day at the office for one of the most exciting, interesting, and big-picture thinking owners in sports, and my guest on the Mark Your Mark podcast, Jesse Cole. Oh, did I mention the yellow tuxedo and top hat that he wears more often than not? “I found out only 200 fans were coming to the games, and the team had been there for seven years. I made ten phone calls out to the community. The first seven phone calls no one had even heard of the team, the next two wouldn’t work with us, and the last one hung up on me....

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EP59: Jack Schram: Skating Downhill at 50 mph, and Healing Power show art EP59: Jack Schram: Skating Downhill at 50 mph, and Healing Power

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Hurtling down a mountain on ice skates at 50 mph in 35 seconds! Pitching his sport for the next Winter Olympics! Starting his own all-natural CBD company. And Jack Schram, this week’s #Make Your Mark guest, gives me advice on staying fit while sitting behind my computer screen, no easy task!   “After awhile working at what I thought was my dream job originally on Wall Street, I decided I really couldn’t see myself doing this long term. I went back to what I would’ve liked to have done as a kid and I wanted to get back into the fitness industry. I just figured life is too short to...

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EP58: Lauren Brill - From Sports Reporter to the Revolutionary 'The Unsealed' show art EP58: Lauren Brill - From Sports Reporter to the Revolutionary 'The Unsealed'

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The Quote Machine! One pearl of wisdom after the next, and my guest on today’s #Make Your Mark podcast, Lauren Brill, shows very clearly why she was such an impressive sports reporter, and why she is making such a positive impact with her new company, The Unsealed. It’s hard enough to put it out there that you have gone through a traumatic event, but she’s made it easier to make those small steps towards recovery by creating a forum and a community, and you will hear all about how she got it going and where she’s heading with it!    “Starting your own business is like being...

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EP57: Matt Stover - 19 Years, NFL Records, and Helping Charities show art EP57: Matt Stover - 19 Years, NFL Records, and Helping Charities

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Nearly 20 Years strapping on an NFL helmet. Several NFL records. A right foot that accounted for over 2000 points in his career! But today’s guest on my #MakeYourMark podcast, Matt Stover, is just getting started. He’s taken his deep interest in philanthropy and is channeling it into his company, helping charities raise money for great causes with fewer challenges. And he was ready for all of this even during his rookie year!   “Right at the very beginning I understood that I needed to start thinking about the fact that my career will come to an end one day, and I will be a young...

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EP56: TJ Galiardi - Scoring Goals in the NHL and Going Beyond Food! show art EP56: TJ Galiardi - Scoring Goals in the NHL and Going Beyond Food!

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One of the hardest things to do in sports is to shoot a puck into a net, while skating fast, wearing a bunch of equipment, all while being pursued by your opponent looking to hit you into the boards. Hockey players need to have extraordinary peripheral vision, and my guest on this #MakeYourMark podcast, TJ Galiardi, shows us how that vision has extended into his company that he co-founded once his NHL career ended.   “It’s really about walking before you run. But if you want to run, you need to have all the available pieces. You can only do so much on your own. You really want to find...

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Whenever I think I have a plate that is completely full, I have a guest like Otis “Hoop” Hooper on my #MakeYourMark podcast to remind me how accomplished some people can truly be! Hoop not only has served our country for almost 20 years as a pilot, but has some many other accomplishments under his belt, and wait until you hear about being on American Ninja Warrior! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg...

 

I had no desire to be a pilot, but what I did enjoy was leading and inspiring others, affecting change. So while I was there over the 4 years we listened to many different leaders, learned about the military history, and what I observed was those in the Air Force who would affect change the most were the leaders of the organizations, they were pilots, so I figured out that for me the fastest way to affect change and to lead was to be a pilot, and so that’s why I decided to become a pilot.

 

What really stands out about Hoop in my mind is his ability to focus, to put a beacon on what he wants to achieve, and once he’s set his mind to it, it gets done. Just imagine not wanting to necessarily become a USAF pilot, but doing so in order to lead. Think about how hard it is to swim with 3000 other swimmers starting an Ironman Triathlon, and hear how Hoop got through it.

 

While I was deployed I had my first son in 2003, and so during that period I realized I was not the kind of father I wanted to be, just absent all the time, so I decided to make a shift from active duty to National Guard, I didn’t know anything about the guard, it was on of the best kept secrets in the military, so I started talking to some guard guys and they explained me how it works. I found a Guard Unit in D.C. that also flew airplanes, had a similar mision, so I transferred and applied for an instructed pilot position. They had a VIP mission, so I started doing that and I really enjoyed it, and starting in 2005 I flew those for 12 years.

 

Hoop and I covered a ton of ground, and offer up advice not just for servicemembers looking to transition into civilian life, but for anyone who feel like they’re in a bit of a rut. Give this episode a good listen, Hoop truly impresses!

 

Recruiting command was out in San Antonio, Texas, and they were specifically trying to increase the African-American representation at pilot training, because the statistics are not good, including women as well. So they asked me to come on board and target specific conventions, different seminars and to help the process, and the ones who were interested in flying to get into the program.

 

You’ve trained for this moment, just trust your training, and I got through it. I think a lot of those things can apply to military.  We trained for a long time, and doing what we’ve done, it is just about translating the skills that we have into where we are today, and just taking the first step.  Once you start doing that process and get into the rhythm, you just go for it. So for me the event itself was not the hard part, it was getting in my own head.

 

Afterburner is a group of what we call elite military professionals, Air Force Pilots, Navy Seals, Army Rangers, VIP pilots as myself, and what we do is we go and talk to both big and small businesses, and we just talk about the process that we use in the military to accomplish a mission. It is not complicated, but we explain how we plan in the military, how we brief the plan, we’re going to execute and most importantly at the end of that we debrief, and we debrief for the process and the purpose of accelerating future performance, and we repeat that cycle. And we talk to businesses about the importance of doing those steps in that order, to do it efficiently.

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

 

  • Introduction - 02:23
  • Born and raised in Virginia - 05:58
  • Living in a Karate School - 6:20
  • Leading, inspiring and affecting change - 8:08
  • The hard task of refuelling - 12:53
  • Being part of the 09/11 afterwards  - 15:28
  • Transition into Instructoring - 16:03
  • Flying for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - 18:25
  • Increasing African-American representation  - 21:15
  • The Challenge of Recruitment - 22:30
  • Serving the Country through the Military Life - 24:43
  • Being part of American Ninja Warrior - 26:00
  • Watching behind the scenes 29:53
  • The Ironman - 31:21
  • Training hard to execute well - 35:28
  • Beating the time - 37:68
  • Afterburners league - 40:44
  • Incorporating personal story into the speech - 44:21
  • Sky rocking it - 45:26
  • Mastering Yourself in Acting 48:31
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways - 51:20




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