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More Than This…

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A few nights ago I stepped into a bar in which I had never been. It was late, the place was open, I had just left a fundraiser dinner, and I was not quite ready to call it a night. Being a social person by nature I enjoy such excursions, particularly in new environments and around new people.

The scene was pretty wild. The crowd was young for the most part, the drinks were stout, and the music was loud.

As is typical in such settings, there were a handful of marginally attractive girls dancing awkwardly and a horde of eager, young men in backwards hats, ill-fitting untucked dress shirts, and sneakers that cost more than their checking account balance hovering about, all looking to earn the privilege of buying one of these irrationally confident princesses a vodka and red bull in hopes of sloppily making out later, and/or potentially taking a trip to planned parenthood in the days to come for a script to clear up the case of chlamydia that they rightfully earned. Read the rest of this page »

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Rest in Peace

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Death is perhaps the only absolute certainty in the life of any man. It comes for us all, can strike without warning, and from it there is no return.

It’s said that knowledge of our own mortality is what separates us from animals. Some choose to use this knowledge of their ever depreciating time on this earth to motivate their push towards an excellent showing in life, while others painfully squander their precious breaths languishing in a situation that is less than what they are ultimately capable of producing for themselves.

One simple exercise that I use with Coaching clients that I have observed to be immensely powerful in solidifying one’s decision to change is the composition of a eulogy for their former self. Read the rest of this page »

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Acta Non Verba

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“Actions, not words”.

This simple mantra has helped me tremendously in overcoming my times of hardship, and arguably even more so in those times of abundance when it’s all too easy to get comfortable.

It takes next to no effort to speak of doing something, whether outwardly, vocalizing it to yourself or others, or inwardly via your internal dialogue. Read the rest of this page »

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Becoming a Man of Power

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It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to post anything on here.

Like you, I have a family and numerous other endeavors and commitments that require the allocation of my attention and energy disproportionately to some of my projects and passions. These past few months have been one of those times.

Much has happened during my¬†“absence” (I really have missed you). I’ve blazed several new trails professionally, created some fantastic new relationships, and furthered my education and understanding of my various crafts through continuous study and application. I have positioned myself to experience perhaps the most pivotal year of my life in 2017, and I have to tell you, it’s a damn good feeling. Read the rest of this page »

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The Villain Challenges eBook

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Back in 2010 when I launched StrengthVillain.com, I released a series of five “Villain Challenges” that were designed to test one’s physical and mental toughness. Read the rest of this page »

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5 Things Every Guy Over 35 Ought to Know About Building Muscle and Losing Fat

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This post originally appeared in December of 2014. While working to make these older posts easier to find for the new reader by way of the soon-to-launch Site Navigator, I figured I’d bump a few of these for those of you who haven’t yet seen them.

Enjoy!

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22 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Johnny Pain

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This post was originally published in May of 2013. It was authored by my dear pal Devin, “D-Train”, “GNS”, “D3”, Coleman. I was recently encouraged to give it a bump, so here it is for your entertainment.

-JP

Here are some fun facts you might not know about your favorite Proper Villain, Johnny Pain. Read the rest of this page »

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Some Self Defense Food for Thought

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In 2016 this website will continue to evolve so as to deliver to you the most valuable content possible to assist you in becoming the most physically and mentally fit, free-thinking, free-living, ready for anything, high performance mofo that you can be.

The content will continue to cover a variety of topics germane to this pursuit, ranging from personal development, physical fitness, financial self reliance, and effective communication, as well as crisis management and preparedness, situational awareness, and personal and home defense. Read the rest of this page »

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The Richest Place on Earth

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This past week I had the honor and the privilege of participating in the “Wreaths Across America” program with the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). I drove with others to several cemeteries across Southeastern Pennsylvania and placed wreaths on the graves of fallen Veterans. It truly was a wonderful experience, and one that I will be taking on, on a larger scale, for many years to come.

All of that time walking through rows of graves, for hours on end, searching out the specific plots, some more well cared for than others, really got me thinking about something that I heard long ago, and that I echoed earlier this year in my “What is Freedom?” video. Read the rest of this page »

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Stay Alert… “STAY ALIVE!!!”

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The title of this post comes from one of the many mantras that was first drilled into my mind, and shouted at the top of my lungs every nine seconds or so while attending the U.S. Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning GA back in the year 2000 (you can see my dapper, awkward teen face in the above photo).

The teachings from those ever so gentle and understanding Infantry Drill Sergeants would go on to serve me well in the years to come, both at war, and since my departure from the service. Read the rest of this page »

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