From Survivor to Thriver

Self-Empowerment, Presence, and a Growth Mindset with John Brewer Jr.

January 09, 2024 Erik DaRosa & Marc Fernandes Episode 143
From Survivor to Thriver
Self-Empowerment, Presence, and a Growth Mindset with John Brewer Jr.
Show Notes

Fear of the unknown can cause a lot of anxiety, but taking steps to prepare yourself can do wonders for your confidence and mental health.

In this episode of From Survivor to Thriver, we sat down with John Brewer Jr. to talk about the importance of preparedness and self-defense, not just in terms of physical protection, but also as a philosophy for life. 

John highlights how readiness, mindfulness, self-reliance, and a sense of preparedness can be applied to various aspects of life, from managing stress to developing confidence.

John Brewer, Jr. is an Army Special Forces veteran with more than 10 years of experience enabling those who act to defend life, family, and country. He is the Founder of Mind, Shield & Spear Consulting Group and Author of Fight for Your Best Life, a book on safety and self-defense. 

He uses his experiences from training and working alongside indigenous forces in war-torn countries fighting against terrorism and oppression, to enable and empower individuals who wish to protect themselves and others from becoming victims of violent crime. 

Using a multidisciplinary approach, John acts as a facilitator in guiding others to meet their safety and security needs from building a sturdy foundation, based on their core values and goals, to gaining knowledge, developing skills, and reaching not only their safety goals but also their life's aspirations. 

Knowing firsthand the importance of self-reliance, John has made it his mission to enable and empower others so they may live healthy, thriving lives.  

In today’s episode, we cover: 

  • The juxtaposition between self-reliance and built community
  • The power of delegating tasks and focusing on what you’re skilled in
  • How John took his war experiences and turned it into a program that empowers others
  • Being prepared for unexpected circumstances in life
  • How being prepared for the unexpected can impact your mental health
  • What happens when you have SOPs ready to go for any situation
  • How to build a mental health toolkit
  • How to use stress to your advantage
  • Staying in purpose and alignment when handling stress
  • Embracing self-reflection 
  • Tips for prioritizing what’s really important in your life 
  • The balance of confidence and having a growth mindset 

We hope you enjoyed our conversation with John! If you want to learn more from him, make sure to visit his website and find him on LinkedIn. 

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“The building blocks to confidence is having SOPs for life ready to go.” -John 

“As you go through these experiences you become better equipped at understanding things that work and things that don't work, you start to fill your mental health toolbox up more and more and you become much better at anticipating different scenarios.” -Erik 

“Just thinking your talent is going to be enough sets you up for failure.” -Marc