Green Beret Kevin Flike on Purpose, Success, Failure & Never Quitting

Green Beret Kevin Flike on Purpose, Success, Failure & Never Quitting

In that moment when you think your life will end, will you have regrets? During his second Afghanistan deployment Green beret Kevin Flike was shot in the abdomen, what did he think in those touch and go moments? Kevin says “an experience is worth nothing unless you share it,” now he shares the story of his own recovery and his experiences going  from highly competent soldier to a man who needed help putting on his socks. He talks about fear, courage (which he defines as “going forward when the outcome is uncertain,”) and the power of setting exceptional goals. With his wife’s encouragement he got off pain medication, got himself into both MIT and Harvard, and started the Green Beret Foundation. He’s created a documentary to raise awareness and funds for the Green Beret Foundation called “Wounded by War.”

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Spartan Up #236: Kevin Flike | The Green Beret Foundation

Kevin Flike, the Green Beret Foundation & Life Lessons

  • Have long term goals
  • Setup small milestones along the way
  • Find something that motivates you to not quit
  • Understand the sacrifice it takes to get where you want
  • Failure is the best teacher: fail early, fail often
  • Don’t be afraid- just get out there
  • Try new things and be open to the experience


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0:00 Joe De Sena, Dr. L , Johnny Waite & Col. Nye introduce Kevin’s episode

1:47 Powerful Foods code SpartanPower

2:13 Interview begins with guest host Dr. L

3:00 Getting shot in the stomach

5:00 Dealing with wounds

7:00 Support staff and path to recovery

10:45 Powerful Foods Break

12:50 Habit number 9 of the 31 Habits of the Healthiest Spartans

14:45 Interview continues: degrees from Harvard & MIT

18:00 Lessons learned

20:45 Joe, Dr. L, Johnny & Col. Nye discuss the interview and how you can apply lessons learned from Kevin’s experience to your life

25:43 Powerful Foods

26:00 Show close


Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena, Johnny Waite,Colonel Nye & guest host Dr. L (Sefra Alexandra was on expedition in the South Pacific)

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

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