The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

34% of his body was burned when the Humvee he was driving hit an antitank mine in Iraq. Do you define yourself by your scars or do you conquer all obstacles with mindset, tenacity and humor. This week we speak with Dancing with the Stars champion JR about the art of adversity and about Joe dancing to Donna Summer.



  1. Do you follow? Do you to break off lead? Don’t be a sheep.
  2. Obstacles in your way? SO WHAT - just do it.
  3. You will regret the things NOT done, rather than the other way around.
  4. ASK: Are you happy where you are at? If not, change it.
  5. Always show up your best self.
  6. Control the reaction to your environment.
  7. Your life is a book - be the author!
  8. Bring people into your circle that challenge you.
  9. Pay attention and enjoy the small details of life- the learning moments
  10. Ask yourself what’s your legacy: take the path less traveled.




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00:00 intro

00:58 athletic greens intro

1:27 interview begins

2:00 34% of JR’s body burned - understanding identity

2:45 Mindset vs. physical appearance

4:00 Joining the army

5:55 Giving back to the country

7:00 How life shapes you

8:45 Heading to war

10:00 Not giving up

11:55 Athletic Greens break

14:17 Interview continues

15:00 Joe dancing to Donna Summers

17:00 The tale of Shackleton

20:00 Reacting to triggers

22:00 Don’t become stuck in rut

23:00 Who do you bring into your circle

25:00 How to find inspiration in everything

26:00 Journey not the destination

26:16 Sefra, Angel, Johnny & Joe discuss the interview




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Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye  and guest host Angel Sanz.

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty


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