Warriors Unmasked

Clint Malarchuk and Chuck Thuss

Warriors Unmasked is a show that will take a deep dive into the life journeys of athletes, both professional and amateur, coaches, military personnel as well as first responders and the people next door. You will hear many stories of tremendous courage and perseverance. Some of these stories will also have an element of dealing with mental illness while overcoming the odds. Your hosts and mental health advocates, Clint Malarchuk and Chuck Thuss, will incorporate their own personal journeys/ experiences as they speak to their guests on a very intimate level.
54. Self-Care in the Midst of Traumatic Situations with Nicki Pike
Hey, Chuck here, while Clint is out with other speaking engagements I’ll be taking over the helm this week! Over the past two years, we think it’s safe to say that we have all experienced the feeling of loss in one way or another… Loss of sleep, loss of normal routines, loss of in-person connection and community, and unfortunately, many of us have lost loved ones. If you can relate or if you’ve ever experienced loss, then you might be interested in today’s guest. I sit down with Nicki Pike who has shown incredible courage, perseverance, and strength through some major losses in life.  Nicki’s journey is one of growth and loss, loss and growth to the point sometimes it feels like she is stuck on repeat. Listen in as Nicki talks about her close walk with loss and grief, filing for divorce, the diagnosis and eventual loss of her mother to dementia, and the unexpected and hard loss of her brother not long after. Life has knocked her down more than once these last few years but these challenges, these struggles, led to her finding her way to the person she is today.  Join us as she talks about navigating the different types of grief and how she realized self-care was more than just massages and spa days. We talk about the selfless act of putting yourself first because if she’s not taking care of herself, there is no way she's taking care of her mother, there's no way she's raising her daughter, and there is certainly no way that she is still running her business. You’ll learn practical tips for processing grief and Nicki’s own encouragement that no matter how hard it seems, you can get through this.  My hope is that this episode encourages you to keep putting one foot in front of the other so that you can find healing and peace in your life. For more resources, or to get in touch with us, check out the links below!  Always in your corner,  Chuck Thuss   More Of What’s Inside: Dealing with the loss of divorceLosing her mother to dementiaLearning to accept help When you should take a step backSurrendering to the space of growthThe freedom of releasing your emotionsGrieving the loss of her brotherFinding gratitude in griefCreating habits that start your day off rightSeeing the hope at the end of the dayAnd much more!     LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today! 2:13 - Welcome Nicki Pike3:57 - Nicki’s journey through loss8:14 - The progression of dementia13:19 - Taking care of yourself during hard times18:07 - The moments that grow us the most23:04 - Listening to what your body and mind need 26:30 - When Nicki’s brother passed29:13 - Grieving differently for different people32:29 - The two choices that helped Nicki move forward37:05 - Learning to accept all of you40:54 - The practices Nicki won’t do without44:02 - Nicki’s advice for the holidays and loss47:13 - Nicki’s encouragement for you48:37 - Closing thoughts
1w ago
49 mins
53. Life As A Recovering Gambling Addict with Patrick Chester
A recent study in the U.S. has shown that nearly 10 million Americans struggle with compulsive gambling every year. While it may not have physical effects like drug abuse or other addictions, it’s still something that can damage your relationships, finances, and life.  Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Today we have an incredible conversation with father of two, professional speaker and mental health advocate, and recovering gambling addict, Patrick Chester. If the statistic previously shared hits close to home, you’re going to want to stick around for this episode. Patrick lets us into his journey of how innocent bets on football games became an insatiable addiction to gambling. Eventually, leaving Patrick with no job, a marriage on the rocks, and sitting in jail.  Listen in as Patrick opens up about the moment he hit rock bottom, as well as how he found the strength and hope to continue living in recovery. The day he stepped out of jail was the first day he experienced freedom, not just in the physical, but from the overwhelming monster that a gambling addiction brings. You’ll hear the best steps to begin the process of recovery, the support system you can find no matter where you are, and what life looks like free of addiction.  This story is sure to bring you to the edge of your seat as you listen to Patrick’s struggle and eventual victory over addiction. For more resources, or to connect with Patrick, check out the links below!  More Of What’s Inside: The addiction to gamblingUnderstanding the disease of addiction Finding hope during recoveryWhy your story mattersFalling into the cycle of rationalizing addictionHow gambling affected Patrick’s loved onesThe moment he hit rock bottomLife after recovery as a gambling addictThe last bet Patrick ever madeFinding freedom from addiction The support system that helped Patrick recover And much more!   GUEST LINKS: Twitter: http://twitter.com/@patrickchester9Phone number: 425-492-0556 LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - A look into the episode!2:13 - Introducing Patrick Chester7:26 - Finding hope in the struggle10:37 - How the gambling addiction started14:54 - The anxiety of hiding an addiction18:39 - When Patrick’s business fell apart21:47 - Struggling with mental illness after25:07 - How gambling became a high for Patrick26:53 - The moment Patrick changed his thinking32:02 - Faith that helped Patrick find recovery34:10 - Rebuilding trust with his family 38:58 - Dealing with the aftermath of a gambling addiction43:34 - Feeling thankful for the struggles of life48:42 - Patrick’s advice for you50:07 - Where to connect with Patrick50:35 - Closing thoughts
Jan 4 2022
51 mins
52. Hope After Addiction: Choosing Life and Purpose with Jay Shifman
Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Boy, do we have an incredible episode for you. When most people think of addiction they think of illegal substances. But what happens when you get hooked on legal medication that your therapist prescribed at eleven years old?  Join us today as our guest Jay Shifman takes us through his harrowing journey of being diagnosed with ADHD at eleven years old, the path that led him to substance abuse, two attempts at suicide, and his inevitable hit at rock bottom. Jay’s remarkable journey doesn’t end there though, he has lived despite all odds and has now dedicated his life to helping others who struggle with mental illness and substance abuse.  Jay started his company “Choose your struggle” with two important goals in mind. Ending stigma and promoting honest and fact-based education around the topics of Mental Health, Substance Misuse & Recovery, and Drug Use & Policy. Listen in as Jay talks about the moment his life changed forever, and how it all started with telling his story. You’ll learn the best way to support those who are struggling and other great tips when it comes to handling medication safely. His perseverance and courage will inspire you, whether you are struggling or know someone who is, that a full turnaround is possible. This episode is sure to open your eyes to the world of prescription drugs and their part in addiction, but also to the hope that every one of us has a purpose and place in this life. For more resources and to connect with Jay, check out the links below!    More Of What’s Inside: Being diagnosed with ADHD as a preteenThe dangers of AdderallThe obstacles to understanding addictionHow the treatment of ADHD can be harmfulGetting a second opinion when it comes to your mental healthUnderstanding the medical definition of addictionBeing misdiagnosed with bipolar disorderSigns that you’re on too many medicationsHow mental illness and addiction go hand in handThe step-down method to detoxingHow telling his story changed Jay’s lifeThe start of “choose your struggle” How to reach people who are strugglingAnd much more!     GUEST LINKS: Website: https://jay.campsite.bio/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChooseYourStruggleTwitter: https://twitter.com/CYS_JayInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/jayshifman/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayshifman/   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - The amazing story you’ll hear today!1:42 - Introducing Jay Shifman5:58 - The treatment of ADHD and its ties to addiction10:13 - The issue of Adderall on campuses13:53 - A perfect storm of adolescence and medication19:28 - The importance of diligence with medication24:09 - Taking six medications by the age of 2227:41 - Living out of his car and attending music festivals33:31 - The moment Jay hit rock bottom40:29 - Choosing life and slowly detoxing45:40 - Getting sober and starting a new life
Dec 28 2021
58 mins
51. How Chuck and Clint Overcome Holiday Stress and Anxiety - Merry Christmas!
It’s official, the holiday season is in full swing! We have Thanksgiving under our belt and Christmas and New Year's are just days away. We thought it was only right to sit down and talk about the blessings and gifts we have already been given this Christmas season and share a few more gifts with you, our amazing and valued listeners! We know that for some, the holiday season isn’t always bright lights and laughter. In fact, it can be a really hard time for those struggling with mental illness. If you can relate, you’re not alone. Listen in as we talk about how we approach the holiday season and how we stay in a routine that helps keep the holiday stress and anxiety at bay. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism and expectations that this season brings, but we’re here to remind you don’t get too wrapped up in the traditions if it’s at the expense of your own mental health.    When you hit play you’ll also be joining us on our walk down memory lane to revisit the past Christmases that brought us love, laughter, and joy, as well as the moments that were not so easy for us. We are sure you will pick up tips along the way that could help bring you out of any holiday slump. We hope this episode encourages and inspires you to take the pressure off this season and helps fill your heart and put it in the right place to feel the real true reason for the season. We would love to connect with you, you can find our information in the links below!  Always In Your Corner,  Chuck and Clint   More Of What’s Inside: Keeping the stress out of Christmas Taking extra time to care for yourselfHow to celebrate Christmas if you have anxietyA simple Christmas and its benefitsGiving yourself the opportunity to stay in a good placeLeaning into the real spirit of Christmas Why it’s ok to say ‘No’ this seasonThe joy of sharing the spirit of Christmas with othersLooking back at the Christmases we enjoyedThe gift our listeners have given to usOur tips to get through this season successfullyAnd much more!     LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we shared today!1:32 - Why this season is so important3:09 - Go the extra mile for your mental health4:45 - If the Holiday season is hard for you, try this6:30 - Finding joy in the simple things8:46 - The importance of staying in your routine 10:51 - Creating magical moments with our families13:49 - The wonderful memories that we grew up with17:44 - What we’re thankful for this season19:13 - The time of year to take care of YOU20:41 - Closing thoughts
Dec 21 2021
22 mins
50. Turning Negative Experiences Into Positive Lessons with Danny Perez
We believe that sharing your story is one of the most powerful things you can do for many reasons. For example, some of the happiest people you can imagine may be struggling with a mental illness and you’d never know…It’s not until vulnerability gives them the courage to open up and share their story that we know what’s going on in their life. This moment can be scary for the one opening up for the first time, but the burden that is lifted when you’re done is like nothing else. If you’re on the listening side of the conversation you are probably thinking  “I thought I was the only one!” When we come together and share our story we realize that the human experience has its ups and downs and we are all on the same journey. When we find similarities in our stories and struggles, the power of healing is within your grasp.  Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Today we sit down with former NHL player, coach, and owner of the Monkey Mind Podcast, Danny Perez. Talking with Danny today you wouldn’t guess that his past is riddled with anxiety, depression, and alcohol abuse. But he reveals all about his time in college and how he ignored the anxiety that start to compound as he pushed himself to the breaking point. We discuss the importance of managing your mental health and how passion can sometimes put more pressure on us than we’re prepared to deal with.   It wasn’t until Danny started opening up that he realized he wasn’t the only one struggling and how that led him to the path of healing and taking back control of his life. If hindsight is 20/20, then Danny has perfect vision, you’ll get amazing insight into taking ownership of the past and turning dark times into valuable learning experiences. He talks about the lessons he’s learned and how he still uses them to this day as well as the practices that keep his mind happy, healthy, and whole. These days you’ll find Danny coaching both on and off the ice, helping athletes open up and overcome the struggles of athletic life.  We hope this episode empowers you to face your past and learn from your experiences but most of all we hope it encourages those struggling to reach out and open up to someone near you today. For more resources or to connect with Danny, check out the links below!  Always in your corner,  Chuck and Clint   More Of What’s Inside: Growing up as a first-generation AmericanThe moment Danny got hooked on hockeyHow Danny’s parents fed his love for hockeyTaking off the pressure and enjoying the journeyThe importance of managing your mental healthHow therapists helped Danny shift his perspectiveOwning up to the past and being self-awareLooking at the learning experiences of lifeThe most important thing you need to start healingPractices Danny does to keep a healthy mindThe power of taking responsibilityAnd much more!     GUEST LINKS:  Podcast: https://monkeymindathletes.com/episodesInsta: https://www.instagram.com/monkeymindathletes/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MonkeyMindAthletesTwitter: https://twitter.com/podmonkeymindLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/monkeymindathletes/?viewAsMember=true   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today!1:39 - Introducing Danny Perez6:34 - Bonding through hockey9:49 - Going all in for the NHL13:01 - Drinking to cope with anxiety17:08 - How pressure makes mental illness worse22:17 - How opening up brings validation25:09 - When Danny realized it was time to change30:00 - Danny’s life as a pro athlete36:01 - Practical tips to help your mental health40:43 - Where to find the Monkey Mind Podcast43:28 - Danny’s advice for you 44:48 - Closing thoughts
Dec 14 2021
45 mins
49. Life After Hockey: How George Hughes Found Purpose Again
For many elite athletes, life after sports isn’t on their radar until it’s too late. When you are performing at your best, focusing on winning games, trying to stay disciplined with your practice and training schedule, getting to know new people and places...all while trying to keep your contract (aka your job) going with your team.  While most people may not relate to being traded to a different team, or losing your starting position, the pandemic left millions without a job...or a sense of identity.   Join us as we take a look at purpose, identity, and the question that comes after every fall.  “What do I do now?” Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Our guest today has shown incredible courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. George Hughes is a retired professional hockey player and co-founder of “Next Shift” a platform designed to help hockey players find direction in life after they’ve stepped off the ice. George takes us on his journey of struggling with alcohol and nicotine addiction at just fourteen to overcoming all obstacles and finding purpose and hope after hockey.  Michael Jackson said, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror” and that is exactly what George did. Listen in as he talks about the moment he had to sit down and take responsibility for what he wanted to do with his life. And how vulnerability and believing in himself helped change his perspective, overcome addiction, manage his depression, and reduce his anxiety. We talk about the importance of proactively taking steps for “after” and why waiting for it to end will only set you up for disappointment.   No matter if you’re an elite athlete, corporate worker, student, mother, or father, this episode has lessons that will help with any stage of life. If you’ll only steel your courage, and know that it is good on the other side. For more resources or to connect with George, check out the links below!   Always in your corner,  Chuck and Clint   More Of What’s Inside: The power of understanding your storyLearning how to deal with failureThe moment that anxiety started creeping in for GeorgeLooking at the bigger picture to help forgive yourselfUsing old talents to accelerate your new purposeTaking responsibility for how you respond to disappointmentWhy you should be proactive with your pathSetting yourself up for successCreating connections that last a lifetimeApplying life lessons to everythingAnd much more!     GUEST LINKS:  Article: https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/story/sports/2020/09/18/on-to-the-next-shift-needhams-sean-and-ryan-coffey-start-podcast-about-life-after-hockey/114517524/Article: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2013/11/24/hockey-huge-deal-for-hughes-family-westwood/jIwhVORjYL3OatVwgbF30L/story.htmlWebsite: https://nextshifthockey.com/Podcast: https://www.nextshift.biz/podcastInsta: https://www.instagram.com/next_shift_hockey/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/next-shift-hockey/Twitter: https://twitter.com/NextShiftPodFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/Next-Shift-Hockey-103888868032180/   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today!1:44 - Introducing George Hughes6:01 - Where it all started10:16 - Being shaped by adversity12:58 - Drinking and smoking at 14 years old18:13 - Life after hockey23:03 - Finding a new purpose in life28:26 - Picking yourself back up after failing33:07 - How to manage your transition well 37:52 - Where to connect with George39:57 - George’s advice for you41:03 - Closing thoughts
Dec 7 2021
42 mins
48. Overcoming Self-Doubt and Believing In Your Future Self with Eric Rogers
Have you ever heard the phrase “you’re too much.” before? Chances are if you have, it came from a teacher, a parent, or someone you held in high regard...for those living with undiagnosed mental illness, words like this can be damaging. Even if the person who said it didn’t mean any harm or have malicious intent. Hearing these words as a youngster can make you feel like who you are is somehow flawed.  Hearing these words and overcoming the limitations that come with it is how the journey of today’s guest begins.  Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Today’s guest has a journey that is so impactful and uplifting you won’t want to hit the pause button. From overcoming cancer at just two years old to facing death from substance abuse multiple times, Eric Rogers has lived despite all odds. We take a look into Eric’s childhood of growing up in an emotionally abusive household while dealing with undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Battling mental illness is not an easy thing, but for eight-year-old Eric, it was painful enough for him to seek normalcy in pills from his parent's medicine cabinet.  Listen in as Eric tells his journey of addiction, soberness, and all the lessons in between. We have an honest conversation on the struggles of addiction, how Eric found a new perspective with sober eyes, and the practical steps he takes today to maintain a healthy mind and body. His story has touched not just us, but so many who have also struggled with addiction, and the label of being “too much”. Join us as we learn how Eric came to shed his crippling self-doubt, love who he is, and use his gifts to change the world around him.  We hope this episode encourages, and gives you the courage to reach out for help. For more resources or to connect with Eric, check out the links below!  Always in your corner,  Chuck and Clint   More Of What’s Inside: Growing up with undiagnosed mental illnessHow Eric was ashamed of being “too much”Escaping reality through substance abuseFinding a new perspective in jailThe signs of hope that kept Eric goingHow you can overcome self-doubtThe power of believing in your future selfLearning the process of healing and sharing it with othersDaily habits that help keep Eric sober-mindedFinding hope in everyday pain and discomfortUnderstanding the gift of being humanAnd much more!     GUEST LINKS:  Website: http://www.rogersfitnessacademy.com/Insta: https://www.instagram.com/thereal_ericrogersYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8P3lVjMfbTxYn549IW-fSA   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today!1:36 - Introducing Eric Rogers5:59  - Dealing with emotional abuse at a young age10:27 - Putting energy into the wrong places16:07 - Sobering up in jail and life after21:34 - Surviving despite all odds24:19 - The struggle of self-doubt28:22 - How Eric Rogers found his purpose34:23 - What Eric’s life looks like today40:53 - Where to connect with Eric44:17 - Eric’s advice to you 44:47 - Closing thoughts
Nov 30 2021
45 mins
47. The Gift Of Gratitude: A Conversation with Chuck and Clint
Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! If you are like us, Thanksgiving and this time of year is about more than just turkey, traveling, and family traditions. It’s a time to reflect on all the things we’re thankful for in this life. This week in honor of the Holiday we decided to take a different approach to our episode. Instead of introducing you to another incredible guest, we want to invite you to grab your favorite Thanksgiving snack or drink and join us at “the table” for a conversation about gratitude and thankfulness. Looking back at our past guests there’s a recurring theme that we’ve noticed. No matter how down and out, how much they struggled, or the trauma that our guests had experienced, they were always thankful for where their journey led them. In our opinion, this isn’t a coincidence. Gratefulness is one of the strongest tools you have in your mental toolbox! Listen in as we share our own experience with thankfulness and how taking as little as ten minutes a day to focus on gratitude has changed our lives.  We also want to take a moment today and honor the people who have helped mold us into the men we are today, the gift this show has given us, and the amazing guests we’ve had the honor of talking to. You’ll hear about comparison and the joy it can rob you of, as well as some tips to find thankfulness in any scenario you find yourself in. We know the holidays are not easy for everyone, but our hope is that this episode can give you just a little comfort, companionship, and encouragement to find something you are grateful for in your life.  So hit play, pull up a chair (or an earbud), sit back, and join the conversation.  PS: Creating this show for our listeners, for YOU, is one of the things we are most grateful for.  Always in your corner,  Chuck and Clint   More Of What’s Inside: Why you should start a gratitude journalIntentionally taking time to give thanksShedding the mask of being “strong”Being thankful for the small thingsThe importance of staying away from comparison Finding thankfulness no matter what Becoming vulnerable to help serve othersWhy kindness is so important Being grateful for the people in your lifeOur gratitude towards YOUAnd much more!       LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today!1:31 - The power of gratitude3:20 - How gratitude journaling changed our lives5:47 - A great way to change perspective7:28 - The magic of Thanksgiving in the U.S.9:57 - Finding gratefulness during the holidays13:20 - How comparison kills gratitude17:50 - Gratitude’s impact on making tough decisions20:51 - The people who got us here today26:13 - Closing thoughts
Nov 23 2021
27 mins
46. Finding The Courage To Pick Your Own Path with Nello Ferrara
From the outside looking in, today’s guest had it all… He was the heir to a world-renowned candy company, working with his grandpa, uncle, and father, he had a future set up with everything he could want. All he had to do was follow the path laid for him. But Nello had a different dream, and nothing could keep him from achieving his goals. Can you relate? Today on Warriors Unmasked Nello Ferrara takes us on his journey of defying the odds and traveling his own path. Listen in as Nello talks about growing up as the heir to his family’s candy company and the guilt he felt as a teenager who wanted to pursue a career in hockey instead.  Growing up in a tight-knit Italian family had its own challenges, but when divorce split their family apart Nello began to spiral. Leaning on coping mechanisms he wasn’t even aware of until a couple of trusted friends pointed it out. You’ll hear how he turned his mindset around and the moment his life changed forever when he got the chance to play hockey six years after he had quit.  Join us as Nello talks about the escape that hockey gave him and the lessons he learned from the Game that would make him a better man, role model, and ultimately help him reconnect with his father, healing major wounds in the process. Nello’s story is the epitome of what Warriors Unmasked is all about, his courage, perseverance, and focus on mental health has been crucial not only for his healing but for the many young men who come into his gym, needing support through the struggles of life.  We are inspired and empowered by the resilience that Nello has cultivated in his own life. When you hit play you too will see how his determination has created a better life for him and all those that have the blessing of meeting him. For more resources check out the links below!  Always in your corner,  Chuck and Clint   More Of What’s Inside: The real cost of successWhy you shouldn’t be ashamed of struggleGrowing up in a family companyThe power and danger of angerHow your parent’s shape your beliefsFinding an escape in HockeyBeing a role model for kidsThe moment he left the family candy companyLessons from the Game of HockeyHow Nello reconnected with his dadLearning to roll with the punchesAnd much more!   GUEST LINKS: Website: https://www.ferrarapanfitness.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ferrarapanfitness/?ref=py_cInsta: https://www.instagram.com/ferrarapanfitness/   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today!1:30 - Introducing Nello Ferrara4:24 - Changing the perspective on struggle10:08 - Hockey and the family business 15:31 - Divorce’s damage and how Nello coped20:56 - The men who helped Nello get back on track26:01 - Learning unhealthy habits from his parents33:05 - How Nello got back into Hockey38:21 - Trying out for the ECHL42:44 - The moment that changed Nello’s life47:52 - What the game of Hockey taught Nello51:51 - How Hockey helped during his dad’s sickness58:18 - Nello’s advice for you1:00:49 - Closing thoughts
Nov 16 2021
1 hr 1 min
45. Fighting The Stigma with Compassionate Education with Michelle E. Dickinson
If you think mental illness or disorders are just affecting a small group of people…here is a stat to put things into perspective. 42% of the global workforce has experienced a decline in their mental health since the beginning of the pandemic.  42% isn’t a number to shake a stick at… It begs the question, why is there still such a strong stigma around topics regarding mental health? With more people than ever experiencing it now, we have an amazing opportunity to enter into compassionate conversation and end the stigma once and for all.  Our guest today is working towards this goal with fierce passion. Michelle E. Dickinson is a Wellbeing Strategist and passionate mental health advocate. She sees herself as the bridge that helps people get comfortable with their mental health. Allowing them to reach out and get the support they need before a crisis hits. Michelle takes us on a journey through her childhood from growing up with a mom who had severe bipolar disorder to shedding her anger and learning to heal with compassion and understanding.  It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with depression that Michelle really dove into therapy. There she would learn through extensive self-discovery and patience that her childhood was more than distant memories. You’ll hear how Michelle has shaped her life for the better, not in spite of her mom’s abuse, but by using it as motivation to create psychological resilience and mental health strategies that cultivate cultures of compassion. Listen in as we discuss the importance of bringing this into the workplace and how leaders can set an example and create a safe place for their employees.  If you are struggling with your mental health, chances are you aren’t the only one. This episode will leave you feeling empowered to take a step out and have that brave conversation. It may just change the course of your life for good.  Always in your corner,  Chuck and Clint For more resources or to get in touch with Michelle, check out the links below!    More Of What’s Inside: Growing up with a mentally ill parentFinding support outside of homeThe journey of forgiving her momChanging the perspective on Bipolar DisorderRepeating patterns based on your childhoodBeing diagnosed with depressionThe power of your relationship with your parentsEducating the corporate space on mental illnessHow you can support the people you leadNormalizing conversation on mental illnessSetting the tone as a leader Using self-awareness to root out biasAnd much more!     GUEST LINKS: Website: https://www.careforyourpeople.com/Website: https://www.michelleedickinson.com/Website: https://breakingintomylife.com/Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn6Yaq3AqLUebGmfZoRdB4QInstagram: @michelledickinson71Twitter: @mdickinson13Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michelle.dickinson.146?ref=bookmarksLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-e-dickinson-7882013Free Book Exerpt: http://breakingintomylife.com/excerptWebsite: http://www.mantherapy.org/   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today! 1:38 - Introducing Michelle E. Dickinson6:23 - Navigating a difficult home life11:45 - The road to forgiveness and healing16:15 - Gravitating towards familiar people20:51 - Pushing through pain to find healing24:13 - How Michelle shaped her life today27:35 - Where to find Michelle 30:42 - Breaking through stigma in corporations36:12 - Building trust as a leader40:33 - The effect society has had on men45:32 - Michelle’s advice for you47:26 - Closing thoughts
Nov 9 2021
48 mins
44. Cancer: Persevering Through The Physical and Emotional Rollercoaster with David Richman
All of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Whether you’ve been diagnosed yourself, know someone who has, or lost a loved one there is no doubt that this devastating disease sometimes leaves us with more questions than answers... There is one side of cancer that is not often talked about or thought about until you find yourself in the aftermath of a diagnosis. That side is the emotional side of the cancer journey. This part of the rollercoaster affects not just the patient but spreads into the entire family and community connected to the patient.  It leaves you wondering...what can you even do to support them? Today we share the story of someone who has been through this first hand. When David Richman lost his sister to brain cancer, he began a journey of not only bettering his health but eventually biking almost 5000 miles cross country to connect the dots between those who have experienced cancer and their emotional journey with it. If you were to ask a patient what they need, their first answer may be something more practical. But through intentional questions, conversations, and offering up a safe space David has been able to record the emotional side of what it’s like to live with cancer.  No two experiences are alike, and not just with cancer. David talks about the importance of the past and how someone’s life experience can determine how they react. You’ll hear about the lessons he’s learned through connection, how someone may react to their diagnosis, and why creating a safe space is one of the best things you could do to help.  Listen in as David shares the stories of some of the people he’s met along the way and how they have impacted his perspective on life. Like we said before there are not many of us who have not been affected by cancer. But with intense vulnerability, compassion, and listening you can make their journey a little easier.  Always in your corner,  Chuck and Clint More Of What’s Inside: Why David started living life on purposeLearning how to address the emotional side of cancerFinding the silver lining and closureCreating connection through relaysWhy people self-isolate during their cancer journeyAllowing each other to be our authentic selvesA redefinition of what strength isHow to show up for those diagnosed with cancerUnderstanding gratefulness in a deeper wayTaking one step forward no matter whatThe effect of cancer on our doctorsAnd much more!   GUEST LINKS: Website: https://david-richman.com/E-mail: info@david-richman.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/cycleoflives/Twitter: https://twitter.com/cycleoflivesLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidrichman/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidrichman_cycleoflives/Website: http://cycleoflives.org/   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today! 1:43 - Becoming a Philanthropist2:50 - The start of David’s journey7:56 - Unveiling the mystery of cancer11:24 - Cross country biking and emotional understanding13:50 - The power of your past before cancer diagnosis18:17 - Learning vulnerability through Bobby’s story22:52 - Creating a safe place for cancer patients26:00 - Two conclusions that helped David heal29:06 - How David chose which stories were told32:05 - Dominic’s story and its ripple effect36:19 - A look into resilience with Karen and Patricia43:07 - Sharing a new perspective on life through his book47:28 - How to find David’s resources50:04 - David’s advice for you51:10 - Closing thoughts
Nov 2 2021
52 mins
43. The Sign Of A True Warrior: Why Vulnerability Matters with Mike Cameron
It took one phone call to change Mike Cameron’s life forever. After losing his girlfriend to gender-based violence Mike went on a journey of grieving and healing. What he learned has become a crucial ability in his life, using this expertise he lends his voice to help eradicate violence against women.  Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! We are blown away by Mike’s story and the amount of courage and perseverance he has shown in the face of tragedy. Mike is a leadership coach and uses his S.O.A.R framework to help leaders reconnect with their passions and purpose in life. He is the co-founder of the Ignore No More Run for Respect, an event designed to raise awareness around gender-based violence and specifically engage men and boys in the conversation. Listen in as Mike recounts the day his life changed forever and the time around the moment he learned Carissa had died at the hands of her ex. This achingly honest account is the start to Mike’s dedication, you’ll hear how he found the strength to move forward and the people and resources he is still thankful for to this day.  Join us as Mike talks about his coaching and the work he’s doing to dismantle the harmful beliefs that cause men to suppress their emotions and erupt on the people in their lives. You’ll hear him talk about the importance of starting at the foundation and equipping men and boys alike to learn how to healthily handle their feelings. As well as the unexpected friend he found in vulnerability.  This episode is one of tragic heartbreak and comfort. Our hope is that you feel inspired and empowered to make your own mark and create a better future for our world. For more resources or to connect with Mike, check out the links below!  Always in your corner,  Chuck and Clint  More Of What’s Inside:   The day that changed Mike’s lifeBeing aware of traumatic anniversariesFinding beauty and joy in feelingThe letter that gave Mike a new perspectiveWhy Mike keeps his heart open despite the grievingThe realization of having to find forgivenessHonoring Carissa by fighting against gender-based violenceChanging the world by walking through traumaGetting to the bottom of the gender violence problem Helping men connect to their feelings And much more!     GUEST LINKS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michael.cameron.315LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/axiommike/Twitter: @axiommikeInstagram: @axiommikeWeb: mikecameron.caBook: https://www.amazon.ca/Becoming-Better-Man-Somethings-Change/dp/1999249003   RESOURCES MENTIONED:  A letter to Rachel  The Little Soul And The Sun   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today 1:44 - Introducing Mike Cameron7:23 - The moments around the bad news12:16 - What it was like questioned for murder18:00 - Finding the courage and strength to move forward23:15 - Using anniversaries as moments of gratitude28:19 - Being willing to explore your feelings33:29 - Creating hope out of tragedy37:50 - Exercising your emotional fitness43:24 - The definition of a true warrior47:21 - Mike’s advice for you49:47 - Closing thoughts
Oct 26 2021
51 mins
42. Healing Through Service: Practical Tips to Upgrade Your Mental Health with Sgt. Aaron Quinonez
What do the Bible and medical journals have in common?  Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! We promise that the question above is not the opening to a bad joke. But it is something our guest today has researched extensively, and the answer? It’s more than you think. Today we sit down and talk with Sgt. Aaron Quinonez, or Sgt. Q, about his journey of heartbreak and hopelessness that by the grace of God he was able to face head-on and overcome his trauma.  From growing up on a marijuana farm in northern California to enlisting in the Marines Sgt. Q has endured some unique hardships that not many can say they’ve experienced. He talks about what it was like coming home after his service and how he struggled with major PTSD to the point of homelessness and attempted suicide.  But the story doesn’t end there, in a life-changing moment Aaron was able to see that, just maybe, there was more to life than what he had experienced. It’s been said that the Bible and science are at odds but through his journey of healing Sgt. Q has found the parallels between medical journals and scripture. Listen in as he talks about the science of trauma and how the bible has been giving us the answers to healing for generations. You’ll learn all about Sgt. Q’s process to overcoming trauma, how he found healing through serving others, and why no matter what you’ve been through you can find the silver lining.  Join us for this powerful conversation and learn how you can start overcoming trauma in your own life, today. This episode will leave you feeling inspired, empowered, and a little more hopeful for the future so hit play and let Sgt. Q show the way to healing.  To check out the resources we talked about today look into the links below! Always in your corner,  Chuck and Clint More Of What’s Inside: Growing up in a family that farms potThe slingshot principle What you can do to use your hardship for goodHow you can practically find the silver liningRefocusing on what’s valuable How your subconscious filters your thoughtsThe importance of challenging your beliefsLife after the militaryTaking back control of his mental healthThe moment that changed his life for goodCreating a program to help with traumaAnd much more! GUEST LINKS: Website: https://sgtq.net/Book: https://redemption-press.com/featured-authors/aaron-quinonez/Suicide Prevention Community and Mobile App: https://operationpopsmoke.com/Website: https://www.qmissions.org/Website: https://healing-thru-service.thinkific.com/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Y9MfP8bA-VavBdQiTFxaA   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today 1:42 - Introducing Sgt. Aaron Quinonez7:55 - Why your hardship is holding you back13:06 - Choosing to join the military18:11 - How hardship prepared Sgt. Q for the Marines23:11 - A look into the brain and subconscious27:56 - The moment Aaron started to turnaround32:58 - Attending church and applying science37:43 - Creating a program for vets and civilians42:43 - A look into Aaron’s upcoming app47:34 - Aaron’s advice for you 52:21 - Closing thoughts
Oct 19 2021
54 mins
41. Part Two: A Fighting Spirit: How Mac Scotty McGregor Found Freedom
Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! If you listened to our last episode with Mac Scotty McGregor you know he left us with a fascinating process that brought him healing and breakthrough. Today we take a dive into Mac’s letters to his younger self and how he continues to live life like a champion. If you haven’t heard our first interview with Mac, check out episode 39 before starting this one!  Mac takes us on his journey of writing letters to his younger self, as well how he managed to find compassion for the people who neglected him. He talks about the importance of forgiveness not just for others but for yourself as well. Learning to compartmentalize at a young age, martial arts was essential to Mac facing his fears and dealing with his emotional past.  Join us as we discuss the intense process Mac had to go through to become a master of combat chi and how this next-level art has only given him more insight into how you can heal from the inside out. You’ll learn about toxic masculinity and why Mac is so passionate about breaking the cycle and setting men free.  This episode is a wild ride from start to finish and we hope you feel encouraged, empowered, and inspired to start your own journey of healing if you haven’t already. To find more resources or to connect with Mac, check out the links below!  Always in your corner,  Chuck and Clint More Of What’s Inside: The practice that helped Mac HealFinding compassion for his family duing hard timesThe power of forgiving yourself Learning to compartmentalize at a young ageHow Mac became a Champion martial artistBecoming a master of combat chi Mixing martial arts and healing The compound effect on sharing your storyToxic masculinity and its dangersHow vulnerability shows power not weaknessAnd much more!   GUEST LINKS: Website: Positive Masculinity | About UsTwitter: mckickLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/macsmcgregor/Facebook: Positive Masculinity  LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy App Compassion Connection   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today1:54 - Introducing Mac Scotty McGregor4:29 - How Mac started to heal9:45 - Visiting his younger self more14:24 - What keeps you from forgiving18:34 - Keeping success and chaos separated22:21 - Mac’s success in martial arts27:28 - The development of combat chi31:05 - How facing Mac’s fears helped heal him36:02 - Mac’s journey today 40:16 - How you can learn more about toxic masculinity46:27 - The power of being vulnerable 53:19 - Mac’s advice for you 54:03 - Closing thoughts
Oct 12 2021
55 mins
40. Checking In with Yourself and Others: A Conversation with Clint and Chuck
The battle with mental illness may not go away forever, but there is a confidence that comes with having the right tools to handle it. Today Clint and I sit down to talk about the things we are currently struggling with and the victories we’ve had along the way.  Join us as we sit down and do a check-in with our lives and mental health journeys. We have had some amazing guests on our show, with backgrounds and stories from all over. But we want you to get to know Chuck Thuss and Clint Malarchuk a little bit better. We not only share our stories but expand on how we’re doing now and the tools we’ve acquired over our journey.  You’ll learn the practices and tips that help us during our times of struggle, as well as the lessons we’ve learned about ourselves so far. Listen in as we discuss the self-analysis practice that helps us to re-evaluate where we stand, replacing bad habits with good ones, and even how you can become more self-aware. Your journey may have the power to drag you down at times but with these tools, you can learn how to handle them more effectively. Our hope is that our stories will give you the encouragement and support to either reach out to others for help or to maybe be that shoulder for someone you love.  Some of the best work we can do is to be kind to ourselves and remember that the world is waiting to see who we really are. For more resources or to connect with us, check out the links below!  Always In Your Corner,  Chuck Thuss and Clint Malarchuk More Of What’s Inside: Why we started doing “self-analysis”Looking at beliefs that may have started as childrenReplacing bad habits with good onesTips to make you more self-awareLearning how to handle PTSDFinding the method that works for youBeing the example for othersWhy struggling is not a weaknessThe power of sharing your story Connecting with those who understand youFinding peace in scary moments And much more!   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on InstagramMy Community Contact Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today 0:59 - A look into the episode1:39 - Our journey so far6:40 - Challenging beliefs that hinder you12:49 - Becoming a product of your environment17:17 - Understanding trauma and its anniversaries23:10 - Seeing the plan of our lives27:44 - The amazing moment of reaching out for help32:19 - Dealing with the stigma of mental illness36:50 - Finding people who understand your journey41:04 - Our advice to you42:26 - Closing thoughts
Oct 5 2021
43 mins
39. A Fighting Spirit: How Mac Scotty McGregor Found Freedom
Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Chuck here, this week I sit down with a powerful person both in and out of the dojo. Mac Scotty McGregor takes us along on his journey of pain, perseverance, and above all else, healing.  We take a deep dive into what it was like growing up with a mother who battled mental illness, and the responsibilities and stress Mac took upon himself. Including watching over his younger brother, and making sure their mom was taken care of. Mac talks about the moment he realized he wasn’t living in a normal home as well as the dojo he found refuge and family in. You’ll hear how he went from an unstable home to creating a life that was whole, happy, and free.  Listen in as we talk about life after high school and the many people Mac still remembers today who helped and supported him (even if it was little things). Though he hid his wounds through means of overachieving and staying busy Mac knew there was a time where he needed to confront his past to help his future. He talks about the letters he wrote to his younger self and how extending a hand, even if it was his own, was a turning point for him and his mental health. We discuss the courage it takes to be vulnerable and how practicing vulnerability can help you change the very reality you see.  For those of you who are struggling you are not alone, and for those who know someone struggling just remember a little goes a long way. We hope this episode gives you the encouragement to reach out for help or to reach out your hand to someone in need. For more resources or to connect with Mac, check out the links below! Always in your corner,  Chuck Thuss   More Of What’s Inside: Growing up with a mentally ill parentFinding a family through martial artsClimbing the ladder to martial arts successStepping out of a life of silenceBeing a seeker of knowledgeWriting letters to your younger selfUnderstanding that it’s ok to have emotionsLearning vulnerability from a strong role modelTaking off responsibility that is not yoursChanging your reality with healingAnd much more!   GUEST LINKS: Website: ​​https://www.positivemasculinitynow.org/about-usTwitter: https://twitter.com/mckick?lang=enLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/macsmcgregor/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Positivemasc/    LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on FacebookMy Community App Contact Subscribe To Our YouTube   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today1:47 - Introducing Mac Scotty McGregor5:53 - Growing up in the south with a mentally ill parent11:18 - Finding success in martial arts16:39 - The importance of talking about issues21:41 - Being different25:24 - Life after high school30:11 - Beginning the journey of self-healing35:57 - Admitting your past trauma39:43 - The power of coaches43:57 - How Mac sees his mom now48:17 -  Doing it for yourself51:10 - Mac’s advice for you52:48 - Closing thoughts
Sep 28 2021
54 mins
38. Living Through Childhood Abuse, War and Finding Extreme Courage with Bjorn Hermansen
Trigger Warning and Depictions of Violence: This episode shares graphic details of child abuse, war explosions, and other traumatic events. We do not recommend this content for children. If this is overwhelming or hits a little too close to home for you, we encourage you to check out another episode and come back when you’re ready!   You’ve heard the term ‘hindsight is 20/20’, but sometimes when we look back at our journey, things aren’t always so easily explained. Our guest today has an incredible story of courage, resilience, and making the best of what you have. But looking back at the trials and tribulations Bjorn Hermansen has gone through there is no doubt in our mind that nothing short of the grace of God could have kept him alive. Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Today we have the honor of hearing Bjorn Hermansen’s story from growing up in an abusive household, to nearly being killed in Iraq, to now owning a gym and instilling life skills into the younger generation. Bjorn talks about the dread of spending summers with his father and the impact both physical and emotional abuse had on him and his younger brother. You’ll hear about the moment he stood up to his father, ending the physical abuse, and how he navigates their relationship today.  Listen in as Bjorn talks about his time in the Marines as a radio operator and the moment he should have died in a C4 explosion. Bjorn attributes his life to God’s protection both while dealing with physical abuse and his time in Iraq. We talk about where Bjorn is now and the lessons he’s learned along that way that have given him the confidence to choose a life of happiness and healing.  We hope this episode encouraged and inspired you to make the best out of any situation you encounter. To connect with us, check out the links below!  Always In Your Corner,  Chuck and Clint   More Of What’s Inside: Growing up in an abusive householdThe moment Bjorn decided he had enoughChoosing the right path for youNarrowly escaping death in IraqHow Bjorn has kept a healthy mindsetSeeing God’s hand in past situationsBuying a gym in Mississippi after the militaryTeaching life skills through gymnasticsInstilling courage into the younger generationAnd much more!     LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community App Info   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today3:11 - Growing up with an abusive dad7:56 - How Bjorn decided enough was enough12:14 - Bjorn’s relationship with his dad now16:57 - Learning to survive20:29 - Bjorn’s time in Iraq25:09 - Caught in an explosion of C429:54 - Making a name as a radio operator33:00 - How these experiences helped Bjorn38:02 - Life after Afghanistan42:33 - Buying a gym 48:52 - Bjorn’s advice for you50:16 - Closing thoughts
Sep 21 2021
52 mins
37. Unlocking Your Greatness: A Lesson In Gratitude with Jesse Brisendine
Trigger Warning: This episode talks about attempted and committed acts of suicide. If this is overwhelming or hits a little too close to home for you, we encourage you to check out another episode and come back when you’re ready! There’s a moment in someone’s life where one conversation can change the way they see themselves. Our guest Jesse Brisendine had this moment at just five years old. But how it starts isn’t always how it ends and the journey to healing was just a part of unlocking the greatness that Jesse embodies today. Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Jesse Brisendine is an award-winning speaker, best-selling author, and internationally known coach who helps individuals and organizations push past their limitations. We take a deep dive into Jesse’s life and journey from experiencing divorce at five years old to internalizing emotions to the point of attempting suicide at nine. Jesse talks about his struggle with mental health as a teenager and how he managed to break away from the self-loathing and begin growing confidence while in college.  Listen in as we talk about the moment Jesse took his first step in healing and the difference a small change made to his mental health. Jesse talks about one of the hardest days of his life when he lost a friend and how that opened a new sense of consciousness that Jesse still lives with today. From a moment of divine awareness to gaining a new perspective on gratitude in another country, Jesse’s story is full of heartbreak, hope, healing, and inspiration.  This episode is full of eye-opening and life-changing insight into the power of gratitude and mindset shifts. We hope you find encouragement and hope from this story to take that next step in your own journey. For more resources or to get in touch with Jesse, please check out the links below!  Always In Your Corner,  Chuck and Clint   More Of What’s Inside: Growing up too early What lead to Jesse’s attempted suicide Accepting someone for who they are The moment Jesse realized he needed to changeMaking simple guidelines to keep you on your pathHow Jesse grew his self-confidenceLosing a friend to suicideHolding multiple levels of consciousnessGaining a new perspective in lifeNot letting your trauma define youFinding gratitude in the small thingsHow Jesse sets his day up for gratitudeAnd much more!   GUEST LINKS: 7 Essential Mindshifts: https://jessebrisendine.lpages.co/mindset-mastery-blueprint/Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJCMnjXPdosWebsite: http://www.jessebrisendine.com/Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-handful-of-hope/id1510146999Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessebrisendineLinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessebrisendine/Twitter: http://twitter.com/JesseBrisInsta: https://instagram.com/jessebrisendineYoutube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JesseBrisendine   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today1:36 - Introducing Jesse Brisendine6:32 - The start of Jesse’s journey10:19 - Struggling with shame15:53 - Communicating with the ones who hurt us20:24 - Dealing with expectations of loved ones25:05 - The first step to healing30:15 - Taking on responsibility in relationships35:29 - Living in multiple levels of consciousness39:13 - Life after tragedy44:55 - Carrying gratitude in everyday life49:10 - Jesse’s advice for you52:29 - Where to find Jesse’s book53:36 - Closing thoughts
Sep 14 2021
54 mins
36. Creating A Legacy Through Integrity with Former Olympian Blaine Wilson
Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Today’s episode is one filled with incredible perseverance. From a hyperactive child to a world-known Olympian our next guest will bring you encouragement, hope, and empowerment with his story.  Today we go on a journey with two-time Olympian and highly decorated gymnast Blaine Wilson. You’ll get an inside look at how Blaine got into gymnastics and the perseverance that took him from letting out energy to competing in division one college tournaments and even into the Olympics. Blaine talks about the endurance that most gymnasts have to deal with not just physically but mentally and how when the going got tough, he just got tougher.  Listen in as we discuss the pressure of being a top athlete and how Blaine was able to use his struggles as motivation to persevere through physical injuries and negative commentary. He talks about the biggest pressure he faced as a gymnast and why keeping himself mentally healthy was the most important thing he could do. You’ll learn about the impact and legacy that Blaine plans to leave his children and others who are willing to learn from him.  We hope this episode gives you the courage and the hope to follow and enjoy your own journey to becoming the best that you can be. For more resources or to connect with Blaine, check out the links below!  Always In Your Corner,  Chuck and Clint   More Of What’s Inside: How Blaine got started in GymnasticsTransitioning from high school gymnastics to collegeBlaine’s best moment in gymnasticsThe decline of college gymnastics programsThe biggest pressure you can faceWhat it really takes to be in the OlympicsPushing through the mental battle of injuriesBlaine’s impact and legacy as a fatherThe importance of believing in your potentialFinding the motivation to keep goingAnd much more!     GUEST LINKS: Website: https://www.integritygym.com/Email: info@integritygym.comPhone: (614) 733-0818Address: Integrity Gymnastics: 8185 Business Way Plain City, Ohio 43064 LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTubeMy Community Contact   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today1:42 - Introducing Blaine Wilson6:15 - The intense training of Gymnastics10:40 - Pushing through negative feedback14:26 - Transitioning into playing for the Olympics19:21 - The role models Blaine looked up to23:07 - Dealing with injuries and competing29:13 - How Blaine dealt with the anxiety of being a top athlete34:16 - The impact of Blaine’s legacy38:01 - Blaine’s advice for those needing encouragement39:02 - Closing thoughts and advice
Sep 7 2021
40 mins
35. The Transformation From Comparison to Confidence with JR Butler
Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! We think it safe to say that everyone has fallen into the comparison trap once or twice. Maybe you compared your outfits to the cool kids in school growing up, or maybe you compared your looks to people in magazines or social media, or maybe the thought “am I making enough money?” crossed your mind the last time your friend got a new car. Whatever your comparison trap looked like we bet it left you feeling not good enough in one way or another. It was Theodore Roosevelt, who once said “comparison is the thief of joy.”  The truth in this quote probably rings true to our guest today more than most. Welcome to the show, former division one hockey player, recovering addict, successful businessman, and mental health advocate JR Butler! After spending years seeking the attention of peers and leaders alike, comparing his skills gifts, and talents against others’ accomplishments JR decided to try hard, work more, and try to outperform everyone in his path. These efforts seemly were going to waste as his friends, and even younger brothers started to skate by him in life and sports. It didn’t take long for this mentality to manifest as a substance abuse problem in his early twenties.  Listen in today as JR shares his powerful story of breaking free from the opinions of others, how he went cold turkey and overcame his addictions with one decision, and how he became a high-performing professional (and healthy) despite the odds.  This episode is going to leave you feeling completely inspired, totally empowered, and knowing that, regardless of what it is that you face in your life today, that you to have, what it takes inside of you to come out on the other side successfully, sit back, relax, and enjoy another amazing episode of warriors unmasked with Mr. Jr Butler.  Always in your corner,  Chuck and Clint   More Of What’s Inside: Learning how to slow downWhen addiction became too muchCompeting against siblings Giving your parents grace at any ageThe M.A.V.R.I.C.K. morning routineHow Clint and JR’s story relateThe importance of exerciseWhen your dads the coachAligning yourself with the right peopleThe power of reaching out for helpAnd much more!   LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Subscribe To Our YouTube   Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 - What we cover today1:45  - Conversation starts2:53 Get to know JR6:53 - JR’s athletic journey 11:45 - JR’s strong    relationship with his Father18:53 - When JR knew he had a problem21:29 - The road to recovery32:45 - JR’s winning morning routine 36:37 - Managing social anxiety without substance abuse38:32 - What JR is doing today44:15 - Final thoughts and advice More About JR Butler: JR Butler was born and raised in the center of Hockey in New England, a mile up the street from North America’s largest rink – the New England Sports Center.  The oldest of 3 boys, JR’s father was a hall of fame hockey coach at Marlboro High School.  After playing four years at Cushing Academy along with dozens of future NHL’ers, JR attended the College of the Holy Cross where he played hockey for the 2006 team that upset the top-seeded Minnesota gophers in the Midwest regional.  His Brother Alec played at UMASS Lowell and Salve Regina and his brother Bobby represented team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea after several NHL, AHL, KHL, and SEL stints over a 10-year pro career.  JR has been working in technology sales since graduation from Holy Cross, spending the majority of his career selling to large companies that are attempting to approach digital transformation and innovation leveraging cutting-edge automation and technology platforms.  He was formerly head of Sales Strategy and Execution for Turbonomic – helping grow the company from 200 to 3000 customers and 30 to 650 employees and a recent $2B Acquisition by IBM.  He now is the Chief Revenue Officer at an early-stage start-up based in Arizona. During his transition from lifelong “Hockey Player”, JR struggled to find his identity.  Even though he retired as a college player – his entire life was about hockey up to that point.  He struggled for many years, battling with addiction to alcohol and drugs.  It wasn’t until his late 20’s that JR was able to find a new path, and just celebrated his 9th sobriety anniversary this August.
Aug 31 2021
46 mins