37 episodes

The Sisu Way is about grit, character, will, & the decision to choose strength. Scott interview's people about life's adversity, universal connections, & powerful moments that have strengthened their character. Topics include perseverance, mindfulness, gratitude, philosophy, fitness, leadership, service, & humor. Hosted by father, husband, law enforcement professional, & Mindful Warrior, Scott McGee.


The Sisu Way Scott McGee: Grit, Character, Mindfulness, Gratitude, Fitness, Leadership, Service.

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The Sisu Way is about grit, character, will, & the decision to choose strength. Scott interview's people about life's adversity, universal connections, & powerful moments that have strengthened their character. Topics include perseverance, mindfulness, gratitude, philosophy, fitness, leadership, service, & humor. Hosted by father, husband, law enforcement professional, & Mindful Warrior, Scott McGee.


    37: Mastering Peace with Eva Charlotte

    37: Mastering Peace with Eva Charlotte

    This episode is dedicated to mastering peace and learning how to live a happy and fulfilling life. I believe a peaceful life is centered on 3 main themes: mastering your desires, performing your duties, and learning to think clearly about yourself and your relations within the larger community of humanity. 

    My guest Eva Charlotte helps us remember how to do those things. Eva studied and taught with healers, shamans, and masters from many different traditions. Among these masters was Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements. The Toltec master selected Eva for an individual, intensive training that lasted for nine years, during which she gave talks, taught workshops, and coached individuals alongside don Miguel and his family.  But like most of us, our experiences are some of our best teachers.  Eva shares extraordinary events that profoundly impacted her perceptions, including near death experiences.  Sometimes you need the dark to see the light.

    Eva travels the world and shares her life empowering message Rise in Love & Be a Peacemaker, a message of authentic love of self and life, the happiness that comes from stripping away personal stories, beliefs and falsehoods that shield us from our true selves, releasing all need for mental control.

    Like strength, to R.I.S.E. in Love is a conscious choice, a deliberate action, a powerful personal statement.  Knowing who you are and what you want gives you the foundation to move forward on our path towards peace.  It is our hope this episode helps guide you in the direction you may need.

    Websites: EvaCharlotte.com TheSisuWay.com

    Social Media: @EvaCharlotteRIL @ScottMcGee @TheSisuWay

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    • 1 hr 58 min
    36: The Character Mile – Movement is a Gift

    36: The Character Mile – Movement is a Gift

    This episode is about The Character Mile and the reminder that Movement is a Gift, Health is Wealth, the Present is a Present, and that we have the freedom and opportunity to choose not only strength, but gratitude. Our paths are unique, but the courage, resilience, and willpower to overcome is universal. For those that don’t know, The Character Mile was a challenge to complete one mile every day during the month of December. One mile might not not seem like much for some, but that’s not what it was about. It was about character, consistency, commitment, and a celebration.  The health we have, the ability to move, our senses, our will to move forward on our path – is all a gift. There are no ordinary moments.

    This episode is dedicated to the community of people across more than 14 countries that not only participated in it The Character Mile, but found connections, awakenings, and appreciation for what they GET TO do.  In the episode I read some of the comments and emails I have received as well as play some of the audio messages from our own character community that participated in this challenge.  You see, it was never just about the running, the time, or how you completed it, it was an expression of character and gratitude. Gratitude isn’t just the best attitude, its a super power… greater than any negative.

    Every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own submerged inner resources. The trials we endure can and should introduce us to our strengths. -Epictetus

    Thank you for listening, participating, and revealing your character!

    Humbly, Scott McGee

    P.S. I hope you don’t forget to celebrate and get yourself and a loved one the MOVEMENT IS A GIFT shirt. It is under the store tab on TheSisuWay.com

    Social Media: @1scottmcgee @TheSisuWay

    Website:  TheSisuWay.com

    Email: TheSisuWay@gmail.com

    Phone:  (470) Sisu-Way

    • 1 hr 17 min
    35: Dr. Nicholas Romanov – The Man Behind the Pose Method

    35: Dr. Nicholas Romanov – The Man Behind the Pose Method

    Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. – Francis Bacon

    Dr. Nicholas Romanov’s mission is to advance the science of human movement and make it useful to people.  He is committed to empowering people to take greater control of their well being. Dr. Romanov is a 2-time Olympic Coach, developer of the Pose Method of running, author, coach/athlete and world-renowned sports scientist. His career has spanned over forty years in numerous countries all over the world, all which started with very humble beginnings in Russia. 

    This is not just about the Pose Method, this is about the man behind it. Dr. R left his country after his poor childhood in Siberia’s wilderness. He struggled as a teenager and had numerous brushes with death. Through it all he has maintained a strong dedication to his family, and to discovering the truth.  He has faced extreme circumstances most of us can not fathom, but only he has turned those moments into becoming the greatest mind in running.

    It is my extreme honor to be able to not only have him on my podcast, but in the studio in person. He is one of the smartest guys I’ve met, but it’s his character that leads the way.

    Websites: Dr. Nicholas Romanov Pose Method The Sisu Way

    Books: To Nick with Love Pose Method of Running Running Revolution

    Social Media: @PoseMethod @DrNicholasRomanov @1ScottMcGee @TheSisuWay

    • 2 hr 37 min
    34: Adversity is a Gift with Marcus Aurelius Anderson

    34: Adversity is a Gift with Marcus Aurelius Anderson

    We are only as strong as the adversity we overcome.  If that is the case, then Marcus Aurelius Anderson is a StrongMan of character.  But facing adversity isn’t the only prerequisite for developing grit, you have to choose to use it as an opportunity for growth so you can adapt. It is not freedom from adversity, but it is the freedom, the power, the choice to take a stand and lean into your adversity.  Our stories are unique, but the struggle is universal.  To the strong, Adversity is a Gift. 

    My guest is Marcus Aurelius Anderson. Marcus is an author, TedX Speaker, and Mindset Coach who, while preparing to deploy with the U.S. Army, suffered a severe spinal injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. His life was turned upside down, and after dying twice on the operating table, he was told he would never be able to walk or use his hands again. He discovered he was left with two choices, he could either be a victim, or change his mindset and become a Victor. Having no other option, he began looking for any lessons to be learned from his injury, and soon discovered that his set back was a gift. After being paralyzed and coming back from death, Marcus is here to help guide us not only out of adversity, but into it.


    Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

    3:10 Who was Marcus prior to joining military at 38? Marcus the Younger

    9:00  What he learned from his great uncle.  The power of intention and purpose. 

    18:40  Joining the military at 38.

    23:40  The concept of Arete and Ikigai

    35:00 Knowing yourself – Temet Nosce

    38:15  Grit – Dying and Paralysis – Movement is a Gift – the healing power of Gratitude

    Genuine gratitude is not a buzzword, it is acting in a grateful manner.

    57:34  You should be seeking out adversity, one in way shape or form. If you can have adversity as your compass, it will always direct you in the right direction, and for most people that are going through hardship, the answer they are looking for so desperately is found within the adversity that they are not facing.

    58:30  Resiliency training – cold exposure – micro adversity 

    1:05:50  Adversity Scale 

    1:16:50  If you want to go beyond mediocrity, then you have to demand more from yourself. If you don’t demand something from you, life will start demanding things from you that you don’t want.

    Misery loves company but not as much as mediocrity.

    1:19:00 The meaning of service

    1:22:30  Lessons from a failed marriage

    1:31:17  Favorite quotes and books.


    Book:  The Gift of Adversity: Ove...

    • 1 hr 46 min
    33: Perseverance & Gratitude with NFL Athlete Erik Swoope

    33: Perseverance & Gratitude with NFL Athlete Erik Swoope

    Train Keeps Moving: No matter what happens in your life the train keeps moving and it doesn’t stop for anyone.

    Erik Swoope is an NFL Tight End with a humble spirit who was with the Indianapolis Colts the past 5 seasons. He is 6’5”, 250 lbs, athletic, fast, and moves with the mass of a truck and coordination of a gymnast. The impressive part is this: He’s never played football before playing in the NFL. The more impressive part is that for as big and strong as Erik is, his character is more powerful. If perseverance, depth, gratitude, humility, and grit were measurable statistical categories, Erik would not only be an All-Pro amongst the NFL, he would be in the Pro Bowl of humans.

    This episode is dedicated to understanding where Erik’s grit and gratitude come from, his upbringing, and the importance and meaning of family. We look at his accomplishments in the classroom, community, and on the court/field. We learn what it’s like to go from playing ACC basketball at the University of Miami to playing football for the first time (ever) in the NFL.

    Want to know what it feels like to score a touchdown in the NFL? This episode is for you.  Want to know how to overcome setbacks with a growth mindset and perseverance?  This episode is for you.  How you handle yourself when everything is great is one thing, but the best of us excel in the face of adversity.  That struggle is where true strength is forged.


    Into:  Keep Your Dream

    Don’t let your own will be the reason you fail.  Keep that will strong and unconquerable.  There are too many dreams buried in the cemetery of collapsed wills.  Not yours. Be unconquerable. -Scott McGee

    8:30  Where does Erik’s grit come from?  What does it mean to be a Swoope man?

    18:30  Family and upbringing. “If you start something you have to finish it.”

    25:50  Athletic background as a kid.  First dunk at 12 years old.

    Lake Elsinore to Harvard Westalke (Los Angeles)

    36:20  What are some of highlights from high school? “My struggle.”

    One of my fondest memories. I found out how to do something the right way. I knew how to put in the effort, but are you doing it in a way that benefits you.

    39:30  More proud of academics or sports? 

    The school work was where I had to prove to myself that I’m willing to go through something with no one else’s help. I had to find a way.

    41:05  When did Erik figure out he was really good at sports?

    48:00  How went from high school in SoCal to Miami to play basketball. What was it like leaving family?

    56:22 Train Keeps Moving: No matter what happens in your life the train keeps moving and it doesn’t stop for anyone. If you think that life is going to hold up because you hit something… that train is going to keep moving. 

    59:00 Post college – The interest from the NFL Scouts. They want to see if Erik had “football traits.”

    Learning football and drills. Try outs. 4.57 40 on first try. 

    1:01:40  Jimmy Graham – Mentor – First advice from former basketball player turned football player. “Football is not fun”. Ha.

    1:10:40  Workout with NFL scout to the Indianapolis Colts

    • 2 hr 25 min
    32: Finding Strength in Struggle – A Warrior’s Perspective with Dr. Theresa Larson

    32: Finding Strength in Struggle – A Warrior’s Perspective with Dr. Theresa Larson

    Beautiful things don’t come without some suffering. -Dalai Lama

    What happens after an injury, loss, or major change? How do you adapt to this new normal state? How do you find strength in the face of adversity? How do you accept this new change without always wishing to be like before?  My guest, Dr. Theresa Larson, helps me answer these questions. She says our minds are a war zone and adaptation will occur no matter what, but there is a choice to to optimally adapt or maladapt.  

    Dr. Larson (DPT) is a mom, wife, sister, friend, and TEDx Speaker who happens to be a former Marine Corps Engineer Officer, combat veteran, and professional softball player.  While that sounds like a resume of a strong person, it was the other moments where she developed her strength. Dr. T made it through the death of her mother at the age of 10, the loss of her father, and learned to suffer skillfully while battling an internal war with bulimia in the middle of an actual war.  It’s here she learned strength, positive adaption, and her call to help others.

    You see, her greatest strength isn’t in which she has done. Her greatest strength was in asking for help.  Our stories are unique, but the struggle is universal.  The mission of this episode is to deliver info to people who need it.  To those who have gone through loss, trauma, or a major change in their life and needs to find their new normal again, this episode is dedicated to you.

    Get Up Strong,



    Intro: The Butterfly

    4:40  Where does your weakness come from?

    Can you measure strength? Cellular level and the mind.

    12:30  Knowing yourself as a person vs athlete

    13:50  Early lessons in strength.  A lesson from mom when she knew she was not going to go on:  

    Life is unfair Theresa, and life has to go on.  I’m going to die, but your life has to go on and blossom.

    27:20  Is strength teachable?

    29:30  Battling an internal battle (bulimia) in the middle of an actual war.

    Forgiveness doesn’t change your past, but it opens up your future. 

    On the convoy, when am I going to next throw up.

    46:54  No one is going to hold your hand. Life goes on.  I need to make those choices and stick up for myself, against myself.  My mind is a war zone.

    47:20  TED Talk:  What is a Warrior?  What made me a warrior was not that fact that I was at war, or a professional athlete. It was the fact that I asked for help.

    55:36  Ownership and healing yourself 

    59:40  What is your why?  Physics of the why.

    1:06:13  Your first step in regulating your emotions is stabilizing your attention. You can stabilize your attention by bringing it right into your breath and stilling your mind. -SM

    1:15:30 The Mind Trigger

    1:17:30  Adaptive Athletes – Fitness, Breath work, Community – Ways to recover your strength

    • 1 hr 55 min

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