A Conversation with a Former Special Forces Veteran

I had a meeting with a friend of mine today…a US Army Special-Forces Veteran.

We’ll call him Joe.

I see him every couple of months or so.

Joe, my roommate and I all went to a café, sat down, and began to talk.

The conversation was great as we spoke about many different topics such as Taoism, Zen, masculinity, warrior development, survival, the government, politics, women, the value of a currency, artificial intelligence, and more.

Joe is a rare breed of man highly trained in the art of war yet humble and authentic in the way he carries himself. Never once did I get the impression that he was trying to hold his status as a tested warrior above me.

I like to meet with Joe…he’s a mentor to me. I like getting his perspective on things. Whenever I’m with him, I feel like my mindset becomes more powerful.

In society today, many young men are lost. They worship useless celebs who are modern day clowns and jokers. It’s time we start looking up to NOT idolizing warriors, sages, and entrepreneurs who challenge the status quo, add value to the world and seek to align themselves with Tao.

One thing in particular that we spoke about was transcending limitation. He told me that he had a book called The Art of Jeet Kun Do by Bruce Lee. Joe also likes Alan Watts.

Joe also mentioned that he’s glad I didn’t join the military which is interesting given the fact that he served at high levels. Like me, he doesn’t trust our government and doesn’t believe that the causes the modern army is fighting for are truly perpetuating freedom among the people.

We spoke about the idea of organizing events where men get together and train themselves to survive and thrive under pressure by learning martial arts, survival, and evasion. We also spoke about spirituality, meditation, and awakening from the matrix.

The reason I bring all of this up is simply to say that I encourage you to find role models who are on the path of self-mastery. I encourage you to find mentors and seek out veterans and other men who have been in the fire so to speak. Break the pattern of hanging out with the same ol’ bunch.

And one last thing; when you’re around men of that caliber, try not to over-speak. You may know a lot in theory but a theory is nothing compared to real-world experience. Ask questions, stay quiet, and absorb as much as you can. These men are not usually impressed by words.

“Who you are speaks so loud that I can’t hear a word you’re saying.”

Spartan 365 Challenge Day 7 Field Notes:

For those of you that don’t know, I am currently doing a year-long challenge as of this writing. Click here to see what it’s all about.

The following are field notes on today so those who are following/interested can see my progress:

Today I held the line pretty well.

10 hours of sleep sure helped.

So did having an awesome time with my mentor.

Towards the middle of the day, I felt my brain get a bit foggy. I was kind of tired for some reason. I noticed the enemy of mental fog in my sights and decided to take a nap which definitely helped.

I ate a lot of carbs today which I don’t think is great for mental function so I need to discipline that but so far so good. I’ve been disciplined with everything else.


Maximillian Giamarco


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Maximillian Giamarco

Entrepreneur, coach, and author. Spartan Ownership is centered on providing groundbreaking content, products, and services tailored to improving men's lives. Main areas of focus include masculine lifestyle design, character development, self-discipline, MMA, women, mind and body optimization, and more!

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