Chadd Wright is a retired Navy SEAL veteran, competitive ultrarunner, entrepreneur, and business owner.
“You only have a certain amount of energy. Use it to promote the things you love."Chadd WrightOur 'Best Of' anthology series isn't the only annual tradition here at the RRP. Two years ago we started a new one, kicking off January with hard truths and bankable life advice designed to put that holiday excess in the rear view. Arrest the habits that don't serve you. And calibrate the mind for challenges the new year will undoubtedly bring.In 2018 and 2019 our new year's messenger was a former Navy SEAL turned motivational ultra-athlete they call the hardest man alive -- David Goggins.Continuing on this theme, our first guest for 2020 is also a man who overcame unbelievable obstacles to become a Navy SEAL -- and later an elite ultramarathoner.Meet Chadd Wright.Reared in the mountains of rural northwest Georgia, Chadd grew up obsessed with becoming a SEAL. But when the Navy discovered a rare but asymptomatic cyst on his heart, he was disqualified from entering BUDS. Undaunted, Chadd refused to give up, ultimately tracking down a surgeon willing to perform a procedure deemed too risky by every cardiologist he previously petitioned.Cyst successfully removed, Chadd went on to realize his SEAL dream, serving over the next decade as a Team Leader on multiple deployments to conflict zones across the world.He became a SEAL instructor. A Master Training Specialist. Chadd even served a stint as President Obama’s bodyguard. Along the way, he battled PTSD and traumatic brain injury. He faced his wife’s substance abuse issues. And he found God -- a faith in part born from a paranormal experience he shares in riveting detail today.Now retired from the military, Chadd has found new life as an elite ultramarathoner -- a spiritual quest for self-knowledge and mind-body mastery that has compelled him to tackle some of the world’s most insane endurance slogs like The Revenant -- a 118-mile footrace across south New Zealand with over 52,000 feet of elevation gain that not one person has ever successfully completed.This conversation begins with Chad's unique upbringing. His SEAL dream. And the heart condition that nearly derailed it.We discuss the day-to-day reality of the elite warrior. The supernatural experience and visions that embolden his faith. And the role Christianity plays in his spiritual equation.We talk about the perils of civilian re-entry. The allure of ultrarunning. His training regimen. The mental strategies deployed to venture beyond his limits. And a project he launched with his brother called 3-of-7.Chadd shares his perspective on the importance of breaking down big goals into bite size chunks. Why some people quit their dreams. Why others don’t. And what exactly separates the two.Finally, we talk about why the “stay hard’ mantra isn’t a sustainable life philosophy. The incredible power of spoken word. Disengaging from negativity. And the importance of channeling our limited energy into that which we love.Chadd's mantra is simple:Never give pain a voice. And never, ever die in the chair.As a hardened warrior turned ultra-athlete, Chadd exudes a familiar energy I'd characterize as Goggins-adjacent. But Chadd is anything but a Goggins stand-in. He's warmer. A bit more inviting. Perhaps it's his personable, laconic southern drawl. Or maybe it's his grounded faith in Christ. If Goggins and Josh LaJaunie had a son, his name just might be Chadd Wright.One thing is for certain -- this guy is extremely authentic. Deeply soulful. And wise well beyond his 31 years.Packed with mindset tactics, powerful takeaways and inspiration for miles, Chadd's tale of toil, perseverance and redemption will leave you riveted. Rethinking the ceiling on your own perceived limits. And prepared to tackle any dream you've set for the new year ahead.You can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the conversation streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.I fell in love with this man. And this conversation has stayed with me. I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as I did.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & Subscribe             Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsFour Sigmatic: Nutritious and delicious mushroom brews and elixirs made with only the highest quality adaptogens and easy to take on the go. To try ‘em out visit and use the discount code ROLL to get 15% off ALL PURCHASES.Outerknown: Founded by pro surfer Kelly Slater, Outerknown creates high quality, sustainably produced, and great looking mean's and women's clothes, ethically manufactured in the world’s cleanest solar-powered factory. When you’re ready to amp up your wardrobe, go to and enter my code RichRoll at checkout to get 25% off your full price order.Health IQ: Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for people committed to living well - - people like you and me. To see if you qualify, go to and take their Health IQ quiz. Depending upon your score, as well as other related qualifying factors, you can save up to 41% on your life insurance premiums compared to other providers. There’s no commitment, and you’ll learn even more about potential opportunities to be rewarded for your commitment to living healthy.Note: One of the best ways to support the podcast is to support the sponsors. For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity url's and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".SHOW NOTESConnect with Chadd: Facebook | Instagram3-of-7 Project: | Facebook | InstagramListen: Three of Seven PodcastUltraSignup: Chadd Wright Race ResultsNoted: Where dreams go to die: Can anyone finish NZ's toughest race The Revenant?Stuff: The challenge set up to make runners fail and fail againStuff: Southland ultra marthon organisers expect no-one to finish new raceMilitary News: Navy vets represent U.S. at the Revenant – One of the toughest footraces in the worldSuffolk News Herald: Running the Revenant for ‘pure sport’Otago Daily Times: US navy officers drop in for workoutRelated Podcasts You Might EnjoyRRP #266: David Goggins Is The Toughest Athlete On EarthRRP #413: You Can't Hurt David GogginsRRP #113: How One Man Overcame Alcoholism, Lost 150 Pounds & Tackled BadwaterRRP #403: How Josh LaJaunie Lost 200+ Pounds & Reinvented HimselfThanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering, interstitial music and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics. Theme music by Ana Leimma.*Disclosure: Books and products denoted with an asterisk are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.for 1000s of delicious, customized plant-based recipes & so much more, check out our Plantpower Meal Plannernow through Jan. 31, save $20 on your subscription - just use code POWER20 at checkout! HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE PODCAST?Tell Your Friends & Share Online!Subscribe & Review:  iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Soundcloud | Google PodcastsDonate: Check out our Patreon accountSupport The Sponsors: One of the best ways to support the podcast is to support our sponsors. 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FIND YOUR STEADY STATE. We all hear it. The voice in our heads that tells us to quit or that we’re not good enough. The goal isn’t to eliminate the voice. Our job is to make sure we never give that voice any power. We must silence the doubt and maximize our belief. Whether it’s physical training or business, when things are challenging learn to break things down into digestible pieces. Accept the discomfort and let it go. Keep your mind on your dreams no matter what. Do whatever you need to do to motivate, inspire, and strengthen your mind daily. Once you do, you will be complete and anything is possible. In today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about building a healthy mindset and the need for body, mind, and soul alignment with retired Navy SEAL veteran, competitive Ultrarunner, and business owner: Chadd Wright. Chadd Wright had a successful career in the SEAL teams serving as a Team Leader on multiple deployments as a SEAL instructor and Master Training Specialist. Retiring in 2019, he is now a part-time defense contractor, business owner, entrepreneur, competitive Ultrarunner, and husband. Chadd teaches us how to persevere through times and challenges. He has a fantastic story that will inspire anyone. So get ready to learn about focus, goals, and the power of the mind on Episode 877. Some Questions I Ask: What does “3 of 7” mean? (06:30) Tell us about your journey to becoming a Navy SEAL. (15:00) Why did you sacrifice your life for your dream of being a Navy SEAL? (24:25) How did it feel when the doctor-approved your Navy SEAL training after the heart procedure? (28:45) How do you manage your mind during tough times? (37:40) What was your main job as a Navy SEAL? (55:00) How do you deal with self-doubt? (58:10) In This Episode You Will Learn: Chadd’s interesting story to becoming a Navy SEAL (07:00) How Chadd stayed true to his goal despite being told no (11:00) Why you should never let go of your goal. (21:20) The importance of breaking down challenges into small pieces. (34:20) Words we should and should not say to ourselves during tough times. (45:50) How to maximize your resources or tools to accomplish your mission. (01:01:26) The power of connecting and nourishing your body, soul, and spirit. (01:16:40) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
Chadd rejoins The Nation to discuss a recent race: Bob's Big Timber Backyard Ultra -a Last Man Standing race.  He describes what this type of race is and the mental challenges that come with a loop course with no finish line.  Chadd discusses how his training as an elite Navy Seal helps him prepare and run grueling races.  He explains how these techniques can help you through difficult times in a race and in life. Follow Chadd on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM
Navy SEAL, Chadd Wright joins The Nation to discuss how BUDS training has prepared him to be a better trail and ultra runner. We talk about Setting goals high Tune out the white noise and don't let obstacles get in the way of you achieving your goals "get through the morning" mentality Mental toughness techniques: 4x4 and visualization Sleep deprivation The essential gear VestPac is the pack that Chadd uses.
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