THE EMPOWER HOUR EPISODE 52- “Exceed Your Expectations”

Good morning welcome to the Empower Hour on ESPN RADIO, I’m your host Kyle Brown.

Today, we have an innovative group of friends talking “Exceed Your Expectations” here whose stories will empower you to take your life to the next level.

First, I have my new friend CEO OF ONNIT AUBREY MARCUS. Then, my new friend George Bryant will be here with his TOP 5 WAYS EXCEED YOUR EXPECTATIONS.” Lastly, I’ll be giving you your weekly challenge to help you live the life you want, the way you want it.

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My first guest…

Is the CEO of Onnit, a brand dedicated to human optimization including fitness, supplements, nutrition, and personal care.

He hosts the Total Human Optimization podcast as well as the Warrior Poet Project, dedicate to exploring and expanding human happiness and consciousness.

Please welcome my new friend CEO of ONNIT AUBREY MARCUS.

Listen to hear Aubrey’s answer to this question:

“You have a double major in Philosophy and classical civilization. How do you feel you’re Utopic dreams have transferred over into your passion of human performance?”

“Philosophies are about solving puzzles and philosophy is about how all the puzzle solvers have done it in the past. Provided me with mindset and puzzle solving skills.”

“I am someone who really seeks and appreciates the truth. I don’t respect authority unless they are speaking the truth.”

Listen to hear Aubrey’s answer to this question and what he’s done with Alpha Brain:

“I see you and I both as like-minded visionaries ahead of our time creating products and services without a template. You with Alpha Brain and the rest of the Onnit Brand and Myself with FIT 365. Have you always seen yourself as thinking off the beaten path?”

2 clinical trials with Boston center for memory. Listen to hear the incredible results!

“Joe Rogan has been an incredible alley. He puts out a message of impeccability. If he is wrong, he will be the first to say it. Says it like it is.”

Listen to hear Aubrey’s answer to this question: “Without a support network, an entrepreneur is simply a crazy dreamer. Who has been your biggest supporter?”

“To look at things in isolation is a big problem in Western culture.”

“When I went to my team and said we are going to sell kettlebells that look like Monkey heads they said I was crazy. But we had to think whole body holistic approach.”

“Function can be artistic. We wanted to blend cool looking art with something extremely functional. When swinging kettlebells, you are tapping into ways we as primates are supposed to move.”

Listen to hear Aubrey’s answer to this question:

“Warrior Poet Project. I read one of your blog posts about doing a guided meditation and meeting an animal teacher, which for you was a Rabbit. I actually had my Totem Animals read to me when I was 13 years old in 1990. My within animal, which teaches you how to find your heart’s joy and how to be faithful to your personal truths for me was a Lizard, signifying dreaming or going into the future.”

“I think the greatest teachings come in the stillness. Nature is one of the great tutors we have available to us. In nature with animals. There are things that can be taught by the natural world if you just listen. Finding a way to access the stillness inside of yourself.”

“Onnit has a part of zero gravity institute. I really believe in the power of floatation.” 

Thank you so much AUBREY for sharing your empowering story. Where can we continue to follow your journey?


Lindsey Jean @bodyhottie


My next guest is the New York Times Best-Selling author of The Paleo Kitchen and creator of the wildly popular Paleo food blog “CivilizedCaveman.COM.” After spending the first 20-something years of his life in a constant battle with his weight, and then nearly losing both his legs while on deployment as a US Marine, George took matters into his own hands and began his own Paleo-journey. What started as a simple place to post recipes for friends, has since turned into an award-winning food blog. After being in the Marines for 12 years, George has since been medically separated and is enjoying working full-time creating delicious Paleo recipes, while hoping to change as many lives for the better by making REAL food recipes simple and tasty.

Listen to hear George’s answer to this question:

“Your journey is nothing short of remarkable. Tell us a little about your story and how you first exceeded expectations?”

“I started struggling with eating disorders when I was 15. At 17, decided to join the Marine core.”

George Bryant will be here with his TOP 5 WAYS EXCEED YOUR EXPECTATIONS.”

  1. Don’t listen to those around you
    1. Those who know your past, don’t necessarily know your potential. They tend to judge based on what they have seen up to this point.
  2. Under promise and Over deliver
  3. Set your goals in stages
  4. Believe you’re worth it
  5. Persevere
    1. It is not always rainbows and perfect days. But keep pushing forward. Successful people never give up, even on their worst days.

Thank you so much GEORGE for your empowering insight. Where can we all continue to follow your journey?


This Week’s Challenge is FACE ONE FEAR

Both Aubrey and George exceeded their expectations for life. They did this by dreaming big. Part of dreaming big is facing your fears.

Now there are many so-called gurus out there that say you should live fearless. That it is a sign of weakness or that you’re being a coward. I call those individuals on their bluff and see them as either full of it or future shark bate.

You see, as we are part of the animal kingdom, fear in animals can serve you. It is part of our survival instinct to be afraid of jumping fearlessly into a pool of sharks with a bloody nose or walking onto the freeway into oncoming traffic. I’d call you wise not cowardly if you were afraid of walking into a Crip gang meeting wearing all red boasting that you’re not afraid of them.

So realize that fear is what has kept our species alive this long. However, there you need to break down fear into fears that serve you and fears that hold you back.

So this week’s challenge is to find a fear that doesn’t serve you and face it.

So how do you overcome a big fear that you have that doesn’t serve you? Well, the cute girl I was too afraid to ask out in high school can tell you it’s not from avoiding it. You get out of analysis paralysis and you simply do it.

Facing a fear doesn’t mean you will overcome it completely in one shot. But it does likely mean that you will reduce its intensity. And over time, your fear can actually turn into your passion.

For instance, what is the one thing that surveys show Americans fear more than death? Public speaking. Research shows this stems back from the fact that our ancestors, when they were part of the food chain, were not the biggest, strongest, or most dangerous animals on the planet. So we lived together in groups to survive with our ability to collaborate and outwit our predators. Being ostracized by the group could get you kicked out, which is a big risk, as historically would lead to your demise being all alone.

I grew up with a huge fear of public speaking. I have a slight neurological tremor in my hands when I try to hold them completely still, which is why I would make a terrible surgeon. So in high school, when I was forced to get up in speak in front of class, my hands would shake as I would hold my note cards. As I got older, I realized I had a dilemma: I had a fear of public speaking but a passion to speak my truth and educate and inspire others.

One day, back in 2003, I made a conscious decision to make a radical change and to go into corporations to speak during lunch hours to build up my business. So I chatted with my client who was an eloquent speaker about how he overcame this fear. He said, “I realized I am in the top 25% of all speakers in the world.”

I said, “How?”

He said, “Because ¾ people are so paralyzed by the thought of public speaking that will never attempt it. So if you can step up there and do it, you are now better at public speaking than ¾ of all people. Then once you have trained it like a muscle, overtime your speaking will get stronger.”

At that moment, I decided my desire to change the world was stronger than my fear. Now after 13 years of professional speaking, I have faced this fear tens of thousands of times and learned to harness the nervous energy into excitement, as I speak in front of groups as big as 10,000 and through media like this to hundreds of thousands of people at a time.

So find a fear this week that doesn’t serve you, like singing in public, and go do some karaoke with friends. Stare that fear right in the eyes, smile, and let go. The liberation and sense of accomplishment will transform your life.

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