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The FORT with Chris Powers

Feb 22, 2021

Patrick Dossett is a Navy SEAL and Co-Founder of Madefor, a ten-month program that applies the principles of modern neuroscience, psychology, and physiology to make your brain and body better.

On this episode, Patrick talks about his journey of becoming a SEAL and the grueling physical and mental process that develops the greatest soldiers on earth. He also talks about his transition out of the SEAL Teams into business school at Wharton and his time working at Google.

Finally, he and Chris discuss launching Madefor right as the pandemic hit, learning from his Co-founder Blake Mycoskie (founder of Tom's Shoes) and how Madefor is aimed to help bring peak potential out of every student. Enjoy!

(02:31) - Pat’s Story Growing Up

Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko

(03:46) - What was it that drove you to want to become a SEAL?

(05:36) - Pat's Journey of Starting at the Naval Academy and Getting to BUD/S

(08:31) - What’s the breakdown of mental vs. physical toughness in being a SEAL?

(13:01) - Hell Week & Focusing on What’s in Front of You

(19:20) - Sleep During Hell Week

(20:36) - Is there a reason why we aren’t taught more about focusing on the little things in front of us? Why do we only look at the 'big wins’?

Growth and Fixed Mindsets - Carol Dweck

(25:30) - Was the Dweck research outcome due to more nature or nurture?

(26:46) - What’s the main reason a SEAL mission fails?

(32:30) - There’s Always an Opportunity to Quit

(37:20) - How was your transition out of the teams? What did business school do for you?

(40:58) - What was the difference in ‘thinking outside the box’ in the SEALS vs. your time working at Google?

(47:25) - How did you get the idea for Madefor?

(52:23) - What have you learned from your co-founder, Blake, that’s made him a great businessman?

(55:24) - What is the product you’ve built? What’s the curriculum?

(1:02:34) - Do people taking the class get to know other students or is there only communication with the company?

(1:04:06) - How many people have gone through the program to date?

(1:05:09) - What happens during a month of the program?

(1:08:35) - What’s the main reason why people show up for this program?

(1:14:29) - What’s one thing you believe that most people don’t?

(1:15:03) - Do you have a morning routine?

(1:18:44) - What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

(1:19:26) - How can people get in touch with you?

(1:20:31) - Wrap Up

Madefor on Instagram: @madefor

Patrick on Instagram: @Madefor_pat

The FORT with Chris Powers is produced by Straight Up Podcasts