240 episodes

Each week join Retired Navy SEAL and Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell, Morgan Luttrell, and Producer Andrew Brockenbush as they’ll take you into the "briefing room" to chat with incredible guests who share their greatest never quit stories. This humorous, heartfelt, and entertaining podcast is changing lives and has become a beacon of hope and resilience to those who are facing the impossible. One of the best ways we can support our community is to share their stories so that we might inspire others to Never Quit.

Team Never Quit Marcus Luttrell

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Each week join Retired Navy SEAL and Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell, Morgan Luttrell, and Producer Andrew Brockenbush as they’ll take you into the "briefing room" to chat with incredible guests who share their greatest never quit stories. This humorous, heartfelt, and entertaining podcast is changing lives and has become a beacon of hope and resilience to those who are facing the impossible. One of the best ways we can support our community is to share their stories so that we might inspire others to Never Quit.

    Chris Cruise: 82nd Airborne Paratrooper, Founder of Cruise Customs

    Chris Cruise: 82nd Airborne Paratrooper, Founder of Cruise Customs

     “For the greater good.” That’s the mantra of this week’s guest, Chris Cruise. It’s amazing how being delivered a setback can cause someone to step up to the plate and take on what turns out to be a patriotic endeavor.




    After being told that he wasn’t good enough to pursue a football career, Chris enlisted in the U.S. Army and subsequently deployed to Iraq, and learned that there truly is a brotherhood in the military. Chris sees it as the best thing he ever did as it was the path that led him to meet his wife. While re-acclimating to civilian life after his service, he didn’t know what to do with himself or how to adapt his heightened sense of awareness and constant wariness into his new life as a husband and a father.




    His wife Amber gave him a new mission that grew into what has become Cruise Custom Flags. He figured out that woodwork was therapeutic for him. He’d found his happy place – a place where his mind could both rest and work at the same time, in balanced concentration and clarity of purpose.




    Amber wanted him to make something tied to Kentucky for his next project. They both also wanted the project to honor military service, as her father is also a veteran. 

    There are not many things that scream “Kentucky” more than bourbon, and not many greater symbols of military service than the flag. So, the first custom flag he made from a repurposed bourbon barrel hung in their home. The next two were Christmas gifts for both of their fathers.




    The flags were so well received, he made more for some friends and family. Word spread, and requests began pouring in.




    Chris says, what’s more American than a veteran handcrafted flag made out of a bourbon barrel? Bourbon, after all, is “America Spirit by law.”


    In this episode you will hear:


    • It really started when my wife wanted something in our home that represented her Kentucky roots and my service.


    • I had a vision of having a shop full of veterans making American flags from bourbon barrels.


    • Bourbon barrels once served a good purpose aging bourbon, and veterans served a good purpose and we help them both find a new purpose.


    • “Never quit” is not what you do, it’s who you are.


    • Generosity breeds success.


    • With a never quit attitude, you’re unstoppable.


    • I wish someone would have told me that I could have done my passion right out of high school without society telling me I had to climb the corporate ladder.


    • I’ve got a business degree, but I could have done this right out of high school.


    • I only did one deployment. That was enough for me.


    • It’s hard to build a resume after you get out of the military.


    • I get tunnel vision – nothing else matters – once I get focused on something – it’s on.

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cruisecustomsflags/

    Special thanks to Speakeasy Podcast Network for giving Chris a place to record his interview! 

    • 56 min
    Erik Korem: Sleep and Stress Resilience Expert, Founder & CEO of AIM7, Former NFL Sports Science Director

    Erik Korem: Sleep and Stress Resilience Expert, Founder & CEO of AIM7, Former NFL Sports Science Director

    Are uncertainty and hardship inevitable in this life? Could you use a jump start for pursuing your goals, while living a healthy, fulfilled life?




    This week’s guest, Erik Korem, is the guy that can equip you to that end. His unquenchable curiosity and eagerness for knowledge made him an expert in high performance.




    Erik started as a walk-on football player at Texas A&M, and that's where he found two things – a never-quit attitude and curiosity for high performance.




    After spending over 15 years working as a sports scientist, Erik’s passion for solving the data-to-action gap in the wearable tech and mHealth space came to life. He is the founder & CEO of AIM7, teaching people how to turn data into healthy habits.


    In this episode you will hear:



    I dealt with bullying, and I just wanted to change myself. Kids can be cruel.
    In physical fitness events, I was always last.
    After watching John Jacobs and The Power Team, I was so inspired and told my dad, “I’ll never be last again.”
    I learned there was a science to the physical gap I was in.
    Playing football at Texas A&M, I learned how to suffer well.
    You can’t fight what you don’t see coming.
    I could’ve paid attention to how much it sucked, or paid attention to what I could do about it.
    The Olympic Games are more than winning medals; it’s more like political warfare.
    I learned about the synchronization of the physical, psychological, technical, & tactical.
    Wearable devices provide much data, but what do you do with it? 
    Stress is the gateway to improvement, but chronic long-term stress can be a really bad thing if you can’t get it under control.
    If you don’t get enough sleep, your brain is literally full of crap.
    In REM sleep, your body is in a state of paralysis.
    I don’t praise grades; I praise their effort.
    If you synchronize with the sun, you’ll start sleeping like a baby. There are research studies that show that if you want to reset yourself, go camping.
    Sports got me into the game, but curiosity launched my career.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Sgt. Aaron Quinonez (Sgt Q): Marine 1st Anglico Veteran, Speaker, Father, PTSD Ambassador, and Author of Healing Thru Service

    Sgt. Aaron Quinonez (Sgt Q): Marine 1st Anglico Veteran, Speaker, Father, PTSD Ambassador, and Author of Healing Thru Service

    This week, the TNQ Podcast brings you the inspiring never-quit journey of Aaron Quinonez – aka “Sgt. Q” – a Marine Corps Veteran, speaker, author, father, and PTSD ambassador.




    Having been raised in a rough, homeless environment surrounded by people in the drug trade, Aaron became a marine right out of high school.



    What he didn’t know is that his real battle would be fought in his mind. Sgt. Q suffered from depression, anger, and panic attacks and was diagnosed with PTSD. He nearly ended his own life in the parking lot of a church, where later he was redeemed by Jesus Christ, who gave him a new life.




    When he volunteered to build housing for a family in Mexico, Quinonez was so inspired by the experience that he founded the organization, Q Missions, to bring Veterans together to construct buildings around the world and bring mental healing through mission service.




    Quinonez authored the book: Healing Thru Service, The Warrior’s Guidebook to Overcoming Trauma.



    In this episode you will hear:



    I grew up with rednecks, hippies, and pot farmers. Everybody I knew growing up was involved in the drug trade.
    To be homeless as a kid is a trip.
    My work ethic came from my mom, struggling to raise four kids as a single mother.
    I was once on the school bus driving thru the pouring rain and saw a lady carrying two garbage bags, and as we passed I realized - it’s my mom.
    You gotta reposition your mindset from negative experiences to find something positive and focus on that, because what you focus on - your brain will find more of.
    If you have one trauma, another trauma will stick to it and eventually become PTSD.
    Your brain is like a weapon – if it’s malfunctioning you do a function check, and you get back in the fight.
    I went from the battlefield to my front door in less than 48 hours, so there wasn’t any out-processing.
    It wasn’t until I could overcome the victim mentality that I was able to get my life together.
    You may have left the battlefield in Iraq, but every day that you wake up and put your boots on the ground, you’re on another battlefield – the battlefield of the mind.
    You can repurpose military tactics to overcome trauma.
    When anxiety hits, the first thing to do is return fire – speak truth:
    There’s no real threat;
    There’s no real danger:
    I’m totally in a safe environment.
    Bring yourself out of that emotional state.
    67% of men in America have admitted they’ve struggled with a mental health crisis.
    You didn’t fight the war alone, so don’t fight PTSD alone. Communicate with people and tell them you’re struggling.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Brian Kilmeade: Host of Fox and Friends and The Brian Kilmeade Show, 5X New York Times Best Selling Author, Father

    Brian Kilmeade: Host of Fox and Friends and The Brian Kilmeade Show, 5X New York Times Best Selling Author, Father

    We have an inspiring guest in this week’s Team Never Quit podcast. Brian Kilmeade shares his motivating views about reaching your personal potential, despite apparent failures along the way. Brian is a television and radio presenter and political commentator for Fox News. On weekdays, he co-hosts Fox's morning show, Fox & Friends, and he also hosts the Fox News Radio program The Brian Kilmeade Show. He has authored or co-authored non-fiction and fiction books, and is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Brian is also a father of three.

    His attitude related to pursuing a dream, making things happen for a better life, and his love for this country is refreshing.


    In this episode you will hear:


    • Coming out of college, I just wanted to talk sports and news.


    • I played soccer through college. I wanted to be great, but I wasn’t.


    • If you fire me or don’t hire me, that’s your choice, but I’m not gonna quit.


    • It’s our job to reach our potential – whatever it is.


    • If things don’t work out, you can’t blame people.


    • Newscasters pretend they didn’t put an oar in the water or tell you who to vote for, but by a look - by the way they give one side more power that the other. When you think you’ve heard a straight newscast – no you didn’t.


    • If you are for an open border, you don’t care about the country. If you destroyed the oil and gas business, you don’t care about the country. If you’re gonna stand down the Army to talk about white supremacy, you don’t care about the country.


    • If you want to see an example of overcoming obstacles, pick up Andrew Jackson’s book. He was orphaned and he was raised by his town, his county & his country, yet he became a 2 term President.


    • Don’t get caught up in results. If you fail, your success is just delayed.


    • The only time you fail is when you quit.


    • The most rewarding thing to me is helping other people.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Dre Baldwin: Mental Toughness & Business Coach, Former Professional Basketball Player, Author

    Dre Baldwin: Mental Toughness & Business Coach, Former Professional Basketball Player, Author

    Now here’s a guy with an unbelievable vision, drive, and a relentless pursuit of success. Dre Baldwin not only helps athletes get recognized for their talents; he’s a former basketball player, speaker, influencer, YouTuber, and author of The Third Day: The Decision That Separates the Pros from the Amateurs. Tre is a master at teaching discipline, mental toughness, and personal initiative.




    Listen in as this well-spoken motivator tells of his personal path from his high school team's bench, to the first contract of a 9-year professional basketball career, then pioneering new genres of personal branding and entrepreneurship via an ever-growing content publishing empire, publishing literally thousands of YouTube videos, viewed over 73 million times.




    If you could use a spark to get your life moving, this is the podcast for you.


    In this episode you will hear:



    When I realized I had no talent for baseball, I stopped that, then stumbled across basketball.
    I did not go pro immediately after college.
    After college, I attended “Exposure Camp”, a job fair for athletes. After that event and dozens of cold calls and videos to agents, I was finally signed to a contract to play basketball in Lithuania.
    I gained popularity, not from basketball videos on YouTube, but from the motivational things I said on them.
    I launched The weekly Motivation on YouTube.
    I had to find a way to do something I love to do, plus be a computer geek, and make money from it.
    I’m a very competitive person.
    At home, I was taught discipline, respect, honoring authority, and respecting elders.
    I would make up challenging stories in my mind so I’d have a target to shoot at. If I don’t have anything to aim for, I’m not gonna give my best effort. But when I do, it brings out the best in me.
    Our generation, ages 30-50 – we are the best generation.
    People are following me, not for basketball videos, but just to watch The Weekly Motivation. This is life stuff – it’s not athlete stuff.
    Using the challenges of your life to make yourself better for the future summarizes the entire self-help industry right there.
    When you have the right people around you, you can go further, faster.
    In life, you just have to show up.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Joseph "Jody" Plauche: Sexual Abuse and Abduction Survivor and Author of Why, Gary, Why?

    Joseph "Jody" Plauche: Sexual Abuse and Abduction Survivor and Author of Why, Gary, Why?

    What an incredible saga of a ten-year-old boy, from Baton Rouge, LA, who had been sexually abused by his Karate instructor, then abducted by him and taken to Los Angeles, CA, where he continued to be abused. Our guest this week, Joseph Plauche, tells of the events that led up those scenarios.  By way of a traced collect phone call, the FBI rescued “Jody” in LA and his abductor was arrested. To add to the craziness of those events, Joseph’s father waited at a bank of pay phones at the airport and then shot and killed the abductor as he walked by, all of which was captured on film by a local news crew.




    Plauche has worked in the field of violence prevention since 1995. He wants his story to help others in abusive situations, and he offers direction on protecting children. 


    In this episode you will hear:



    Plauche authored the book, 'Why, Jody, Why?'

    During the sexual abuse, there was a physical pleasure, but there was mental anguish.
    Despite being abused, your body still responds, like a human body responds.
    He took me to Disneyland. Even though I was kidnapped. It’s not like I was gagged and bound.  I can’t say I enjoyed it, but I kinda did.
    When I finally told the truth, I felt like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders. 
    I didn’t like him molesting me, but other than that, I thought he was a good guy.
    For him (my dad) to do what he did, he had to be in so much pain. If he could have seen who I was to become in the future, he probably wouldn’t have done what he did.
    My dad was the kindest, sweetest man I knew.
    It’s a parental instinct to eliminate someone that hurts your child.
    A boy saw me on Geraldo, and then told his mom about being abused by his pastor. The pastor was arrested. That’s the moment that I realized that I could use something negative and turn it into something positive.
    I wanna help as many as possible.
    I feel like I can be a role model for victims of sexual assault.

    • 59 min

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