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Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler chronicles his month of living and extreme fitness training with a Navy SEAL in the New York Times and number one LA Times best seller Living With a Seal, now with two bonus sections.

Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler will try almost anything. His life is about being bold and risky. So when Jesse felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hired a rather unconventional trainer to live with him for a month-an accomplished Navy SEAL widely considered to be "the toughest man on the planet"!

Living With a Seal is like a buddy movie if it starred the Fresh Prince of Bel- Air...and Rambo. Jesse is about as easy-going as you can get. SEAL is...not. Jesse and SEAL's escapades soon produce a great friendship, and Jesse gains much more than muscle. At turns hilarious and inspiring, Living With a Seal ultimately shows you the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone.

©2015 Jesse Itzler (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Motivated!

Entertaining and inspired! Well told and funny. Motivated me to get my bit off the couch ;)

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Inspirational and motivational

truly addictive to listen to. Very inspirational and great motivation. One of my top five books.must listen!

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Entertaining, but not alot of substance.

This book definatley had me entertained. Jesse's performace is great but the story itself, while hilarious at times does lack a bit of substance. The body of the book is a workout log, some biographical elements, and a whole lot of humble bragging about this dudes central park aparment, private jets, lake house, ect.. Some solid anecdotes in here and for sure even some laugh out loud moments. Worth a listen in my opinion. Especially if you've already finished David Goggins "Can't hurt me"

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Quality book, insane stories

For those who don’t know, the seal is legendary ultra runner David Goggins. I decided to listen to this after a friend recommended it to me, and it did not disappoint. The book has a much goofier tone compared to can’t hurt me, David’s real memoir, but it goes to show how impressive and dedicated this man is. Jesse is a good narrator and helps to personalize the seal and highlight how he is to live with. Great book, keep pushing and stay hard!

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Authors shouldn't perform

Hate when authors read their own book. it's unnatural, takes away from the story, they think it'll sound the way it's supposed to be written, but it just doesn't. Hire a professional.

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So epic I listened twice!

inspirational and motivating. It's also very funny and captivating. If you like David Goggins you'll love this book.

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Amazing book! just read it again for the 3rd time!

Jesse itzler's performance is amazing! His story is hilarious and inspiring. This is a wonderful book and a great introduction to David Goggins (Seal).

I often recommend this book to people! Sop reading reviews! BUY THE BOOK AND READ IT! You'll be very happy you did!

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Going to be mandatory reading for all my staff

After seeing Jessie on Grant Cardone‘s 10x a few months back I forgot all about Grant and I’ve been focussed on Jesse. I’ve listen to this audiobook twice and some of the moments still blow me away. I’ve seen other interviews he down all over YouTube. The key moments is learning to test your body and your mind. Don’t take anything for granted. Only later did I realize the seal in the book is actually David Goggins, I like Jessie is talking style and keeps everything interesting. Remember taking care of your physical health is directly related to your business and entrepreneurship. I also listen to Jessyes other audiobook living with marks but this one was better. I intend to listen to this one work at least another few times

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Hilarious and motivating!

This story is fantastic. Hearing it read by Jesse and knowing who seal is makes it even better. "Stay hard motherf*cker."

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Inspiring story

Loved it! Made me feel lucky and helped give perspective to not take things for granted.

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  • Robert See
  • 2018-06-25

Stopped listening half way thru

The accounts of the author's actual training with SEAL and grappling with SEAL's challenges and coaching were my reasons for downloading the book. Those sections had some good takeaways. However the book became more and more a platform for the author to tell us about his personal exploits and achievements. Others might find that entertaining but that's not why I purchased the book so I lost interest.

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  • Gillian
  • 2018-04-05

Amusing Even For The Unabashed Couch-Potato

I've read the reviews saying Living with a SEAL was inspiring, wanted to make people get out there and push themselves, their bodies to the limit. Please believe me when I say that that was NOT my intention when purchasing this book.
I wanted to change my mind, my outlook on life. Living with a SEAL did that, but mostly it was an amusing look at another person's boy-howdy boot camp extraordinaire. SEAL was a boy who played Rambo, not using the action figure, but skulking through the woods, stalking and hunting. He is a man who looks at everything around him as either something he wants to protect or something he's willing to destroy to protect his primaries.
He also plainly and simply lives in the moment. When he runs, he doesn't gabble and talk because he's in the now of the moment (even though he admits he hates running. But as he says: If it doesn't suck, we don't do it). And Itzler learns a lot about being present, enjoying what he has, being ready to protect his loved ones, keeping out of harm's way.
He also becomes fitter than ever. Ya wanna get fit? Here ya go. 31 days of doing it all.
Just be prepared for a lot of military-style and ex-rapper-style profanity--I didn't mind it, but maybe 'cause I can be quite the sailor myself.
There's a lot of humor in the book, a lot of advice, a lot of wake-up/change it up examples of learning how to wake up and live your life in a more profound way.
Do I want to go out and push myself to the limit? Do I want to go out and run miles in a blizzard so that my clothes are rock solid frozen when I'm finished? Well, maybe not.
But now I do want to wake up and appreciate what's around me. Plus, I appreciate chuckles a lot more...!

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It was Ok

Ironically enough I passed on David Goggins book to buy this one. This book left me wanting to know more about Seal (David Goggins) and Sarah Blakely than Jesse. Jesses writing style is decent but I just wasn’t that interested in the story. The underlining lessons were also ok but nothing I’d listen to again, which is odd for me as I tend to listen to my books several times.
I’m now listening to “Can’t hurt Me” by David Goggins and loving it, I highly recommend. I’d pass on this book.

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  • Angela
  • 2015-11-23

Inspirational book that doesn't make you think, it makes you get off your ass and DO!

Just finished this book on my another 21 k hike.
Tonight I thought I was too tired to do anything, I was thinking, maybe I just watch something and fall asleep, it was a busy day. I'll do more tomorrow.
And then I started listening to "living with a SEAL" again. I got up, put on my workout gear and went out.
"Only Today and Getting Better", I remembered seal's words.
I'm a self-improvement book/courses junkie. I consumed so many books that were supposed to make my life better. They made me think different. But they didn't make me do things different.
This book did.
I guess the most important lesson for me, that I got out of the book - when my mind tells me I can't, it just talks about what I haven't done before, the mind has no idea what I truly am capable of. "I can't" is just a memory. I can do anything I can see myself doing. "I can't" has nothing to do with the present or the future, it's the past.
"Only Today and Getting Better"
Amazing book. I'll listen to it not one time more during my workouts and tough times to push me beyond "I can't". I might not have the seal training me to defy my limits but thanks to Jesse Itzler I have the next best thing!

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  • Janet M. Smyth
  • 2016-02-14

Living with a Seal

Absolutely life changing. Do I think I can walk away from this story and accomplish the progress Jessee did? No way. But there are powerful "take always" from this story that I will most definitely be incorporating into my life. It's amazing the limitations we put on ourselves; allowing our minds to govern what we believe we can or we cannot do.

By far, one of the best books I've read lately. Not just inspiring but frigging hilarious!

Thank you to both Jesse (who by the way, has balls of steel) and SEAL.

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  • whtrhno
  • 2017-02-01

status quo interruption

the mundane life all jacked with by a seal. he got what he wanted. entertaining and eye opening for myself. first goal... 100 push ups in a day.

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  • Emily
  • 2015-12-16

Fantastic

I listened to this audiobook in one day during a road trip. Unlike other audiobooks, I never found myself needing to take a break from the story. It was entertaining, inspiring, and all around more than I expected from a "memoir." Highly recommend.

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  • Danny V
  • 2018-05-11

I can't get enough

I've had this audiobook for less than a year and I've already listened to it four times. I'll probably listen to it for more times by the end of this year too.I don't know how they did it but they combined comedy with motivation on a level all of its own.

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  • Elizabeth Showers
  • 2015-12-15

Highly highly recommended

Very inspiring in many ways, and fun to listen to the way Jesse narrates his own story.
I recommend this to anyone.

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  • Betsy Lott
  • 2018-01-28

Disappointed

Language is too coarse for listening at work or within ear shot of children. No insight on how it changed Jesse's life or thought processes post living with the seal. No sharing of the informational nuggets gained by doing this was the big disappointment.

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