I recently had the extreme honor of talking with Richard "Mack" Machowicz about his book, his website, and the self-protection system he created. Mack is known for the 10 years he spent as a Navy Seal, during which time he completed numerous tactical operations with Seal Teams One and Two. He also served as a Naval Special Warfare Scout and Sniper, as well as a Naval Special Warfare Combat Fighting Instructor. He has over 20 years of martial arts training, multiple black belts, and has even developed his own hybrid training system called Bukido. Mack is possibly most well known as a familiar face as the Host and Producer of Discovery Channel’s show, Future Weapons, and Spike TV’s, Deadliest Warrior.
Mack has a fantastic website and online community called "NDCQ.com" which stands for "Not Dead Can't Quit". The website is a portal for like-minded people to connect and share their stories of success as well as their strategies for overcoming obstacles. It’s a place to get a mental pump each and every day. Mack maintains a very active Facebook page and Twitter profile where you can interact with him and get constant reminders on how to win at the game of life. He remains active as an accomplished motivational speaker, television and radio host and guest, and dedicated husband and father. In addition, he is the author of the superior motivational book we will be discussing today, called "Unleash The Warrior Within".
“Unleash The Warrior Within” is more than just another motivational book. It is fast becoming a cult classic. This is one of the best written, well-worded, clear and concise manuscripts I've seen in a long time; maybe ever...and I read hundreds of books.
"Unleash the Warrior Within" is an articulation of the SEAL approach to accomplishing what you want in life. It essentially comes down to trusting yourself, focusing on the target, understanding the target, and using the weapons at your disposal which will show up for you when you need them. With time, your movements will happen without a thought.
This book is a blueprint that you can put to use immediately to make huge positive changes in your life. It practically goes without saying that everyone should own it. Set aside a few hours because once you start reading, it’s a book you can't put down. And, although you can get the ebook version, I heartily recommend the paperback version because you will soon be highlighting most of the content on every page. You will refer back to this book many many times.
A brief background on the birth of the book - using lessons he learned while a Navy Seal, Mack came up with the Seven Principles of Combat which form the backbone of "UNLEASH THE WARRIOR WITHIN". These Principles of Combat show us how we can master our fears and do whatever it takes to knock down our targets (goals). By developing focus, self discipline, and strengths, Mack shows us, with concrete action steps, how to be so prepared to face our challenges, that we refuse to quit, and winning is the only option.
For Mack, unleashing his inner warrior began early in life when he was eight years old. Instead of giving up on himself, like many people had decided to do, Mack chose instead to tap into the warrior inside. He decided he was going to get to his goals, hit his targets, work hard and train, and show everyone that he could do whatever he put his mind to. This is initially why he chose SEAL Team. He said, “What better place to find out if you really do have that warrior inside you?” Mack learned that you should not to put stock in other people’s opinions of your worth and ability. Ironically, a dismissive officer in boot camp bet Mack $100,000 that he couldn’t become a SEAL. Not only did this wager propel Mack to SEALdom, but well beyond, into success, even he, had not imagined for himself. Never allow another person to discourage you from reaching for your dreams, no matter how big. If you want something badly enough, it is within your power to achieve it.
He was able to rally up with no money, no help, no allies, and he says that you can do the same thing. If he could do it, with people telling him his whole life that “it can’t be done”, then you can do it too. All it takes is you, deciding to hit your targets, deciding to rally up, working to get better. You must put every atom of your being into the thing that you’re trying to get done. There is no “try”. You don’t “try” to hit your targets. You either “do”, or you “don’t”. He says you don’t “try” to lift your arm. You either “do” lift it, or you “don’t” lift it. It’s very straight forward. That’s the way it is with hitting your goals each and every day. You either are hitting them, or you are not. “Unleash The Warrior Within” is about getting it done, showing up for yourself, and about how you show up for yourself moment to moment.
Mackʼs “Not DeadCanʼt Quit” (NDCQ) philosophy came about when some friends of his, who had already made it through BUDS/Navy SEAL Training, sent him a photograph. The photo was just like a SEAL Team photo in that guys were jumping from a helicopter. What struck him, though, was the inscription on the back of the photo which read, “A man can only be beaten in two ways; if he gives up or he dies.” Mack interpreted this as, “As long as I still have a single beat in my heart, a single breath in my body, Iʼm in pain, Iʼm not dead. Iʼm alive. And, if Iʼm alive, then Iʼm still in the game. If Iʼm still in the game, then I refuse to give up on myself and what Iʼm capable of doing. Since that was a lot to remember under stress and pressure, he shortened the sentence to “Not Dead”, which eventually became “Not Dead, Canʼt Quit”.
The “Not Dead Canʼt Quit” website was derived from this mantra. NDCQ.com is a portal for like-minded people to come together and demolish their targets. Itʼs a supportive cohesive community that encourages you to strive for your personal best and never ever give up, give in, or give out. At NDCQ.com you can track your goals, share success stories and bond with other people who share your intensity. NDCQ also offers great apparel and products.