Tom Satterly, former Delta Force Command Sergeant Major of 20 years whose life was portrayed in the movie Black Hawk Down, joins our show in this special episode of the Elite Man Podcast! In today’s episode Tom talks about his life in one of the most elite military units in the world, the highly-acclaimed Delta Force, and the many experiences he had whilst being a member, including that of the notorious Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia – the battle depicted in the Black Hawk Down movie. Tom dives into the intensity of the battle, the horror he saw, and the scars it left him, emotionally and mentally for many years, even leading to a suicide attempt at one point. But like the true warrior he is, Tom also talks about pulling himself out of it all, regaining his life, and becoming an even better man after these struggles. And he shares with us how we can all grow from similar hardships and also become better by conquering them. If you’re wondering how to overcome your greatest struggles and transform these obstacles into your greatest life lessons, check this episode out now!
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In our episode we go over:
- Why Tom spends most of his time now helping veterans recover from PTSD and past trauma from being in the military
- The fact that 22 veterans a day commit suicide
- Why so many vets are depressed and why the problem is only getting worse with time
- How Tom went from enlisting for a single 4-year term into becoming a Delta Force member for over 20 years
- The incredibly tough training to become a Delta Force member and why the attrition rate is actually higher than that of the Navy Seals
- Why people are usually their own worst enemy and why self-induced stress is often the worst kind of stress
- The right way to deal with stress and stressful situations
- The turning point in Tom Satterly’s life and why one battle changed everything for him
- The Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia and why this was one of the most intense 48 hours of Tom’s life
- The certainty of death that crossed through Tom’s mind during that battle and what he thought inside his head about knowing he was going to die
- Running across the street saving other soldiers while bullets were flying past his head
- Running “The Mogadishu Mile” and somehow, against all odds, surviving this horrible conflict in Somalia
- How Tom’s life changed after this battle and why he was a self-proclaimed horrible person after it
- Tom’s suicide attempt in his car and what stopped him from going through with it
- What he’s done in the last few years to really change his life around
- The most important lesson Tom has learned from his past traumatic experiences
- Why failure is such a powerful way to learn and why failure is actually a good thing when viewed the right way
- Why not giving a shit about what others think of you can be one of the most empowering philosophies in all of life
- Taking responsibility for everything that happens in your life and why this can lead to great happiness
- Having gratitude and appreciation in life
- Changing your thought patterns to change your feelings and emotions
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