Joseph Apolinar On Ben Greenfield’s Daily Routine & Optimization Habits


I recently got put in the interviewee hot seat by my friend Joseph Apolinar, a United States Air Force SERE (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape) specialist.

Whether it’s in the desert, the arctic, at sea, in the jungle, or as a prisoner of war, airmen must be prepared to survive, evade, resist, and escape any situation. And it’s the SERE specialists’ mission to train them. These experts know how to survive in the most remote and hostile environments on the planet. It’s up to them to make sure that when a mission doesn’t go as planned, the airmen involved are ready for anything and can return with honor.

So Joseph Apolinar is kinda a badass and even visited my property in Spokane, Washington to take me and my sons through a pretty epic, personalized wilderness survival course.

But this podcast isn’t about survival.

It’s about me.

Joseph Apolinar wanted to get a glimpse of my environment, to expose himself to some words or ideas that may offer insight to better my life in business, with family, and in life, and to learn how I am productive, how I schedule and live the average day, and the routines, rituals, habits that I depend upon for success and impact.

During our discussion, you’ll discover:

-Thoughts on maintaining balance in your life…08:30

  • You are who you hang out with
  • Traeger grill
  • Dry Farm Wine
  • How you spend your days is how we spend your life
  • Self-examining thoughts via a journal
  • You affect others when you improve your own life
  • BGF podcast with Rick Rubin:

-Why Ben begins his productive day very early in the day…13:56

  • Wake at 4:30-5:00 a.m.; no alarm; wake when the body wakes
  • Map out the day the night prior
  • Sleeping and walking (or praying) on problems
  • Care for one’s body and spirit at the beginning of the day
  • Do less productive things in the evening; go to bed early if you’re done with the day’s work
  • Self-care; Ayurvedic routines in the morning
  • Trampoline
  • BGF podcast with Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya:
  • Tackle the most important items first thing
  • Reactive tasks (involves other people) mid-morning thru the afternoon

-How Ben maintains balance with work structure and family/friend relationships and obligations…26:44

  • Sacrifice for others (Jesus is the best model to follow)
  • Spiritual Disciplines Journal
  • Highly protective of assigned time for productive tasks (early morning)
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  • Schedule important things such as intimate time with wife and children
  • Outsource more mundane tasks such as mowing the lawn; hire an assistant
  • The 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
  • BusyCal app
  • You sacrifice some things in order to be more impactful in other ways
  • KetoFast by Dr. Joseph Mercola
  • Work doesn’t feel like “work” when you’re living a self-actualized life and career
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • Rent Ubers rather than a car while traveling so you can work in the back seat of the car

-How controlling your diet affects your productivity…49:40


-The one animal Ben would choose to be, and why…1:07:18

-And much more!

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