WHISTLE BLOWER: A person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity.
You won’t find a neutral reaction to a whistle blower. You love him, or you hate him.
Today’s podcast guest is Richard Caruso, a loved and hated important whistle blower.
Caruso blew the whistle on the SHU. It stands for Security Housing Unit. Richard was a prison guard in the most violent SHU in America, Corcoran State Prison in California.
Check out this irony. Corcoran opened with a seemingly progressive approach to incarceration. The idea was to integrate the prison population by allowing white, hispanic, and African American inmates to mingle in the yard.
Sounds great, right? It turned into a nightmare. There were daily racial explosions that led to brutal inmate fights followed by violent “discipline” from prison staff. Discipline? Yeah. The guards stopped fights by shooting into the yard from a watchtower.
We’re not talking about warning shots. We’re talking about direct aim with lethal weapons that injured and killed prisoners. Some of the guards got a major adrenaline rush from this action. The result? Downtime in the yard became gladiator combat staged by corrupt prison officials.
Listen to Richard’s story. It’s more engaging than a dose of Netlflix fiction. You’ll discover:
- The surprising reason Richard Caruso became a proud marine
- Richard’s meeting with Colonel Don Conroy, the real Great Santini
- How Caruso secretly gather evidence against his violent colleagues
- The murderous hit put on Richard’s life
- The whistle blower’s friendship with Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes
- Caruso’s relationships with Charlie Manson and Sirhan Sirhan
- Charlie Manson’s connection to Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys
- How the good guys and the bad guys switched roles
- The history making results of Richard’s actions
- Why Hollywood reached out to Richard Caruso and made the movie, Felon, based on his story
These are only a few highlights of Richard Caruso’s memorable story.
You’ll be inspired when you hear how Richard helped a despairing veteran, Larry Hinkle, find hope, passion, and purpose. Hinkle started Walking With the Wounded, the walk across America that is happening right now to support war veterans worldwide.
Find out how this noble enterprise attracted the attention of Prince Harry, and how he became actively involved.
There are many more rich life lessons in this podcast. You will not only enjoy it; you will want to share it with people you care about.
RICHARD’S FAVORITE BOOK
The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
RICHARD’S FAVORITE QUOTE
“It is what it is.”
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THE MAN WITH TWO LIVES
Conquering death has been man’s dream since the beginning of time. Today’s podcast guest is a man who literally conquered death.
Josh Mantz was a brave young American soldier deployed in Iraq. One day on patrol, a sniper bulled killed him. He flatlined for 15 minutes.
What does that mean? It means that Josh was officially dead for a quarter of an hour before medics revived him.
Was it a miracle? Who can say? I can’t.
What I can say for sure is that Josh Mantz defied science by coming back to life after a prolonged flatline. Medical experts tell us that the chances of surviving beyond 6 minutes is rare.
Here is another amazing fact. People who come back to life after the six minute mark do so with major brain damage. Not Josh Mantz.
If you are really interested in meaningful change and challenging your limiting beliefs, listen to this podcast.
You will learn about:
- The real meaning of courage
- The peace and power of absolute surrender
- Commitment and true teamwork
- Compassion as the key to counterinsurgent warfare
- Trust as the most powerful weapon against evil
- The power of a peak experience to dramatically change your story
One of the most valuable lessons in this podcast is the importance of getting beyond judgement and prejudice.
Josh Mantz’s riveting true story will inspire and elevate you, and enrich your view of life and the world.
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
The Beauty of a Darker Soul by Josh Mantz
Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
JOSH’S POWERFUL QUOTE
“I had to learn to accept the death of my old self before I could fully live in the present moment.” – Josh Mantz
What is your dignity zone? It’s a place where you feel trusted, respected, and safe.
A dignity zone is more than a physical environment. It’s a state of being, an awareness that elevates your self esteem and defines a culture that lets you grow and thrive.
Esther Weinberg, today’s podcast guest, has built her entrepreneurial success on the foundation of her dignity zone. It is also the key that unlocks the power and leadership of the media companies she helps to transform and prosper.
Esther is bold, passionate, and bright. You will be inspired by her courage and willingness to embrace change and step into the unknown.
Learn how and why she left a great job at Disney to create her own company, MindLight Group. Follow her on her exciting journey that took her from the safety and comfort of a career in the United States to her gratifying work in Uganda.
Expand your mind with her insight on the power of being vs. doing and owning your personal power. Discover why it’s important to find your own voice. Experience the vicarious thrill of Esther’s climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Today’s podcast is for women and men, people in the corporate world and entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone passionate about mindset and personal growth.
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by John Krakauer
Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Marshall Goldsmith and Wendy Speake
Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David
Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change by David L. Cooperrider and Diana Whitney
The Power of Appreciative Inquiry by Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom
Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization by Robert Keegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
ESTHER’S FAVORITE QUOTE
“What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.” – Wayne Dyer
FREEDOM! We all want it. People fight for it. They live and die for it. So, we must all know what it is.
The truth is that if you ask one hundred people to define freedom, you will get one hundred different answers. All of them are valid. All of them are right.
The guest on today’s podcast is John Krotec, a man who is passionate about freedom. He’s an entrepreneur, writer, and army veteran.
He gained his understanding of freedom by fighting tough battles in his own life and winning. His journey highlights the theme of this show, Change Your Story, Change Your Life.
When John abused alcohol, he had to change his story. When he suffered a brain injury in a car crash, he had to change his story. When his marriage was on the rocks, he had to change his story. He did it every time and grew into the inspiring person he is today.
You’ll gain a lot by listening to John’s story. You’ll learn what it really mens to be bigger than your circumstances. You’ll come away with a greater appreciation for a business model that marries contribution and profit.
John created a company based on that model called Greenzone Hero. It honors and supports veterans who fought for our freedom. Greenzone Hero also gives veterans a platform to share their stories.
You’ll tap into your innate sense of compassion for war veterans who have sacrificed their well being and their lives to create more freedom and abundance for all of us.
John may even ignite a new entrepreneurial flame in you that can enrich your business, your life, and the lives of others.
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin
One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams by Chris Fussell and C. W. Goodyear
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal and Tantum Collins
Code of Trust: An American Counterintelligence Expert’s Five Rules to Lead and Succeed by Robin Dreeke and Cameron Stauth
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
The Beauty of a Darker Soul: Overcoming Trauma Through the Power of Human Connection by Joshua Mantz
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and Arthur Wesley Wheen
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
“Polarization only works in sunglasses, not in sustainable communities.” – John Krotec
Straight Outta Combat – Podcast
How to tell your life story. Huh? “I don’t have a life story,” or, “My life story isn’t interesting,” or, “Only famous or remarkable people have a life story worth telling.”
Did you just think one of those thoughts or some other variation? You’re perfectly normal if you did. And guess what? Those normal thoughts are stories. Stories that limit your personal power.
Don’t think so. Listen to this podcast with an open mind, and you may just have a huge aha moment that liberate you and breaks the bond of slavery to the stories you create all the time.
“I’m not a slave to any story,” you say? Yes, you are, and your “I am not” statement is another story.
The truth is that we, all of us, are brilliant storytelling machines. We create identity stories (often negative), religious stories, political stories, and stories about absolutely anyone or anything that is part of our human experience.
This is neither good nor bad, right nor wrong. It just is.
HOW YOUR MIND CREATES STORIES
Actually, it can be bad for us if we are not aware of how this process works in our lives. The moment you become aware, you have the power to create and live into stories that make you happy, stories that enrich and empower you.
This short podcast cuts to the chase about how your mind works. It reveals your mind as a trickster who attaches to every thought and creates a story out of it – if you let it.
That’s what worry is all about. Your mind begins with a thought; it usually expands that thought with the question,”what if?” What if this happens? What if that happens? What if-what if-what if?
When you are a slave to “what if,” you allow yourself to feel a wide range of unpleasant emotions. Guilt, anger, fear, the list goes on. Then, you are a slave to your story and your feelings. No fun?
One way to snap the chains that keep you enslaved is to practice meditation. You will learn a simple powerful technique in this podcast called the blue sky technique. You’ll definitely want to learn it because it may very well be your liberator.
Once you get a taste of mental freedom, you will love it, and you won’t want to slip back into being a story slave. You’ll realize that you know how to tell your life story in a way that gives you fulfillment and power.
Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kevin Hall
Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins