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Risk Without Regret – My Story

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We all have a story. We all have had trials, failures and success of some kind.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and tell my story on the Risk Without Regret radio show.

There is a reason I share this outside of self promotion. It’s for only one reason really – to show others that we all have to overcome adversity and we are all human. The choice of success and failure is ours and no one else.

You see for over a decade I was ashamed of my younger years and tried to hide them in hopes no one would bring it up.

But guess what? Those stories of my past made me who I am today.

And I am okay with who I am. Shit – I like who I am and where my life is.

But I had to own my past as part of the story and not be ashamed of it.

  • I grew up in a divorced home.
  • I slept on a mattress on the floor.
  • I was a juvenile delinquent who was in and out of the system.
  • I was a single dad.
  • I have been fired from jobs I liked
  • I lost both my parents, lost my source of income, had a major surgery and had a son born in the ICU all within 6 months of each other.

On the flip side of that I have built over 20 projects, business, raised 10 million in capital, helped hundreds of people overcome adversity, I am an author, renegade, lover and happy with who I am.

This is my story. Unfiltered. Unadulterated and OWED.

Today’s lesson – Own your story. Don’t be ashamed of who you are.

Cheers!

Kolby is The Healthy Primate

 

 

The Foreign Language That Will Change The World

 

As you read this – you have checked your email, status updates on social media and possibly looked at your bank account. All of these things done online. I think we can all agree on the importance of the internet. When you pull back the covers on how things work – CODE is the underlying aspect that holds it together. Personally I have spent the past 10 years learning and researching how to create everything from websites to mobile applications.

The one similarity I can draw between the learning code and academia would be that of learning a new language. More and more, technology becomes the fabric that is holding many of our dealings together. Keep this in mind – the first iPhone was introduced June 29. 2007. That was only 8 years ago. When I started learning to code, it was similar to learning a new language. The phrasing, the intricacies and the way full pieces are stranded together. Then it hit me – Learning to CODE will be the new Foreign Language of the future. It’s how we communicate, businesses are built and legacies can flourish.

In the United States academic programs, only 2% of learning is spent on computer programing. Yet the over 60% of the jobs that are open in the market place are tied to Computer Science. I was introduced to the team at Code.org a few years ago. If you watch the video above you can see the importance of learning how to code and where it sits in level of importance for or future.

There are many free courses you can take to start this journey. As you look into and do your own research, please take the below into consideration. You can also access a great data base of tutorials over at Code.org. 

Cheers!

The Healthy Primate

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Manifesting a Self Help Course to Help Jesus Get Motivated

Take a “spiritual” journey with me for a moment as we look to find salvation for our sins.

People of any financial wherewithal’s can contribute to experience some aspect of redemption. You see in this story the evangelist has no prejudice for one thing all followers share – the color GREEN.

 Enters Jill – She is a single mother from Phoenix Arizona working two jobs to assure her 3 year old son Elijah and 6 year old daughter Faith can prosper from more than the Arizona summer. Every Sunday she hears the same story and starts to think that her struggles are unique and the pastor is speaking directly to her. As the tithe basket is passed in front of her she takes out a neatly folded $10 dollar bill and tucks it in with a tear and prayer. That money had to last her and the kids until next week. Don’t worry Jill – The Lord will provide.

 

Enters Will from San Diego California. Will comes from a broken home and has often found comfort at the local strip club. He works an honest living pushing for that corner office of the local real estate branch where he spends over 60 hours a week. He sees people around him in the new BMW and knows he is so close to achieving this monetary success he so desires. He starts looking online and finds a group that has the same drive and passion to do more. Daily he reads the posts of “find yourself” “you can be great” “manifest your success”. This group meets every week at a local church to discuss in more depth and share other stories of people just like Will. All he has to do is contribute to the tithe and he can join the others at the opportunity to “achieve his potential”. 

Both people in this story have a chance for their slice of redemption, love, motivation and the self worth they both desire. Shit they owe it to themselves! All they have to do is sacrifice a small contribution, green backs, bills, dinero, clams, MONEY!

Do it for the prosperity. You know, the Prosperity Gospel that any donation you make to God will increase your own material wealth in some opportunity in the future.

  • Give me your money and you will be healed
  • Man up and you can do this
  • Do some epic shit and think epic thoughts
  • Who cares about your mental and emotional strength, it’s only money
  • Give me your money and something great will happen
  • Trust me I am a professional

Who am I talking about here? Is it the gold chain wearing southern Baptist reverend? Is it the 60 year old white man with salt and pepper hair? Is it the couple from Texas with the great tan asking you to forget about your cancer and simply send us money – god will provide?

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Take out the pastors, priests and reverends. Replace them with self proclaimed – Self Help Experts, Motivational Coaches and Fitness Gurus. Twins of industry following a similar road to redemption on the backs of the willing.

Neither group has a moral compass that will cause loss of sleep to anyone opting in to their “programs. In research I have seen price tags range from $15K to $35K for a personal program designed by these self-proclaimed “experts”.

Many of us face struggles, depression, stress and anxiety. One of the reasons I started The Healthy Primate was to share in my personal experience. This road has taken me into some amazing places within my own physical, mental and emotional building blocks. From working 60+ hours a week, enduring a major shoulder surgery to recently welcoming in our fourth child 4 weeks premature. I know what the effects of life pressure cause first hand. I am no doctor; I don’t hold a PHD in psychology. I am just a man who works hard, wants the best for my family and has a platform to help other see the various options to deal with life in positive ways.

I am not going to say that the self help industry is a sham and after all it was a $10B market in 2014.

A quick amazon and Google search brings up over 375M options for Self Help. When you look at those in the space, one thing stood out. Many self-help books, teachers and gurus lack credentials or if they do, they are very uneven. Many do have a Masters Degree, are professors or Doctors. Yet over 90% of what is published is personal theory vs the actual science of dealing with the main issues we experience. I mean when was the last time you went looking for a good science journal article to read? Not that sexy.

When you dive into basic “coaching”, there is a noticeable absence of empirical evidence supporting the advice so copiously pumped out to the masses. You would think

Through research I have found many are relying solely or primarily on anecdotal evidence. If you are lucky, a few hard science facts are embedded in personal ideologies. There is no guarantee that the ‘secrets’ within the pages or lessons will be anything more than a stain in the undergarment of long-lasting change and sustained self-improvement.

In a future post I will dive into the science of why many of us feel they way we do. From anxiety, guilt, depression, anger to stress. If you understand the core building blocks, you can work to address them.

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Cheers,

Kolby I The Healthy Primate

 

 

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Power, Speed & Endurance – The Process w Coach Brian Mackenzie

In preparation for our 2 part series with Coach Brian Mackenzie, we release a small piece of our prep call. In this we discuss the thought process from his critically acclaimed book Power, Speed, Endurance – A Skill Based Approach to Endurance Training. In our interview series we cover Brian’s journey from following his dreams and how he has become world class as a trainer, athlete & author.

In part two of our section we cover the importance of breathing and feature live video of me doing intervals.

You can view more at www.thehealthyprimate.com

Brian Mackenzie:
NY Times Best Selling Author, Industry Expert in Functional Fitness, Competed in 30+ ultra marathons and his team hosts over 70 seminars a year. Thought leader in altitude training, coaching and kick ass athlete in his own right.

Coach Mackenzie is the creator of CrossFit Endurance, & 3Fu3l, and Author of Power Speed ENDURANCE: A Skill-Based Approach to Endurance Training & NYT Best Seller Unbreakable Runner: Unleash the Power of Strength & Conditioning for a Lifetime of Running Strong.

Direct Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anaerobic
Instagram: https://instagram.com/iamunscared
Twitter: @iamunscared
CrossFit Endurance: http://crossfitendurance.com/
3 Fuel: http://www.3fu3l.com

Cheers,

The Healthy Primate

Start the Four Hour Mastery of Defeating Goliath

Over the past two or three months I have been collecting a bedside library of things I “intend to” or have started reading. Taking time to study, learn or simply unplug is essential. Personally I have not been the best example of this. You may relate – It’s the end of a 13 hour day. Work is over, you spend some quality time with the family. Unwind, shower and now it’s YOU time! You worked hard and deserve that time to do what you want right?

But what do you end up doing? Laying in your bed wasting time on Facebook, Instagram, ESPN, Gawker or listening to your favorite podcasts and interviews. Sometimes for hours and then realize you are going to be tired as hell in the morning. Is that just me?

Here is a look at what is sitting on my reading cue – aka night stand.

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I picked up the new Peter Thiel book this week along with the latest release of the extended 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. Over a few evenings I am nearly through Zero to One and just started into the 4 Hour Work Week. In a recent time I had near completed David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, yet never finished.

There are so many good pieces of learning and practical activities you can execute on right now. As in right now like I should’t waste time on social media time at 2AM. I will break down some of the things I personally found  valuable over the next month or so.

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

Cheers,

Kolby

How Much Do You Really Know About Nutrition?

How many articles, Facebook posts or Twitter alerts did you come across today that had something to do with fitness, health or the latest craze in supplements?  I counted 15 by 1PM PST today in my circle of media influence. Keep in mind I do follow some unique people on social media, so that number may be a bit higher than most averages.
The point being is there is no shortage of data to see or hear of some new “discovery” in medicine to help you loose 30 lbs in 3 days.
** Spoiler Alert: if it sounds to good to be true, it is. If you loose some crazy weight on a crash program, it will come back I promise. I know this because it has happened to me. I will share personal adventures in my health journey as we go throughout future posts.
I have gathered a few questions to get the conversation started. Let’s start with where your knowledge base is in a practical setting. Follow along, the answers are at the bottom. (don’t cheat!)
1. Which Mineral transports oxygen in the blood?
a. Chromium
b. Zinc
c. Sulfer
d. Iron
2. You enjoy having a few drinks, cocktails or beers in the week. What do you loose?
a. Your Keys
b. Your Morals
c. Sodium
d. B Vitamins, particularly Thiamin
3. You’re taking a family vacation to Disney Land this summer. It’s cloudy and overcast. Should you take extra vitamin D or not?
a. No, because your body will produce vitamin D from the sun regardless of clouds, and too much vitamin D is dangerous.
b. Yes, because there is no such thing as getting to many vitamins.
c. You should have gone to Leggo Land
4. Nuts are delicious and nutritious. They contain:
a. Vitamins, particularly B6 and B12
b. Protein
c. Minerals Like: Chromium, manganese and selenium
d. I am allergic to nuts
5. What are the differences between vitamins & minerals?
a. A vitamin is needed in large amounts
b. Vitamins come from organic things, minerals come from non organic things
c. Vitamins don’t have names, just letters and numbers
d. All of the above
Correct Answers: 1. D, 2. C, 3. A, 4. C, 5. B
As we continue to focus on the building blocks of nutrition and vitality, I think it is important for you to understand the basic aspects as to how things work. No need to become an expert, yet you can take some golden nuggets out of the posts and implement where applicable in your life. The goal is to take action.
Cheers!
Kolby