58: Mark Divine: The Way of the Seal

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Mark is from upstate New York and did his formal undergraduate education at Colgate University. His years at Colgate University were focused on athletic endeavors such as competitive swimming, rowing and triathlon racing, interrupted by brief episodes of academic activity. After graduation from “the Gate” Mark started his professional career as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand in New York City. Clients included luminous and no-longer existent financial firms such as Solomon Brothers and Paine Webber.

Four painful years later, with an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business in his briefcase, he left behind the suit to pursue his inner vision to become a Navy SEAL officer. He was 26 when he graduated as honor-man (#1 ranked trainee) of his SEAL BUD/s class 171. Mark was fortunate to serve with many great men and women on active duty for nine year and in the reserves for eleven…retiring at the rank of Commander in 2011.

After leaving active duty in 1997, Mark started his second business career as an entrepreneur. He co-founded the successful Coronado Brewing Company and launched NavySEALs.com in the year he left the active duty Navy. NavySEALs.com is the leading web site for gear and information about the SEALs. US Tactical was next, gaining contracts with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE for training support, and the Navy Recruiting Command for a nationwide mentoring program for SEAL, SWCC, EOD and Diver candidates.

Mark’s business career was interrupted by a stint as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the University of San Diego, where he was pursuing his Doctorate in Leadership, then by a one year recall to active duty in 2004. The recall took him to Baghdad with SEAL Team One to conduct a special project for Naval Special Warfare Command surrounding the role of the USMC in Special Operations.

In 2007 he launched his CrossFit affiliate and the now internationally known SEALFIT program to provide transformational personal and team training experiences. The training utilizes an integrated warrior development model he developed, called Unbeatable Mind, which draws from his 20 years as a SEAL and business leader, 25 years as a martial artist and 15 years as yoga practitioner.

Favorite Success Quote

“We do today what others won’t so we can do tomorrow what other can’t.” – Navy Seal saying

Early Challenge

Mark followed the traditional path went to college, became a CPA in New York, went back to school for his MBA and back to the corporate world. Mark felt this path was “already written” for him and he was simply following the path set by his family and was not listening to his own intuition.

Ah-Hah Moment

Mark was sitting on a meditation bench 45 minutes a day in Seido Karate and he thought about the things he was passionate about which was leadership, physical training and adventure. This showed Mark that his passion was leaning towards the militiary and away from the corporate world.

Influential Books

 Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda

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Connect with Mark Divine

sealfit.com

The Way of the Seal

Unbeatable Mind

Action Item

Go to a yoga class and find your peace of mind. If you’ve already been or haven’t been it doesn’t matter just go be present and find some peace.

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