SA 035: Former Navy Seal Mark Divine on How to Develop an Unbeatable Mind

Mark Divine

In this episode, Mark Divine talks about his experience as a Navy Seal, why he left his safe corporate job to become a Navy Seal, what it is about entrepreneurship that has inspired him and the components that it takes to develop an unbeatable mind.

Guest Bio:

Mark is a highly sought after speaker, coach, author and makes frequent media appearances to discuss SEAL way of life. His Unbeatable Mind program is helping to forge mental toughness among business leaders.

Mark Divine is from upstate New York with a degree in economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Mark’s first career was with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) as a Certified Public Accountant.

Four years after joining Coopers, Mark left behind the corporate world to pursue his vision to become an elite Navy SEAL officer. At 26 he graduated as honor-man (#1 ranked trainee) of his SEAL BUD/s class number 170. Mark served for nine years total on Active Duty and eleven as a Reserve SEAL, retiring as Commander in 2011.

Mark embarked on his third career as an entrepreneur in 1996 by co-founding the successful Coronado Brewing Company (CBC) and founding the web e-commerce site He later sold his interest in CBC, but continues to run as the leading web site for gear and information about the SEALs. In 2006 he launched US Tactical, a government contracting business.

After working with thousands of special ops candidates and professionals developing mental toughness, Mark self-published his first book Unbeatable Mind in 2011 and launched the at-home study program He is also the author of The Way of the SEAL and 8 Weeks to SEALFIT.

SEALFIT is uniquely effective at developing elite level physical fitness and mental toughness. The program has helped thousands to operate at an entirely new level in their personal and professional lives, and is used by military, first responders and sheepdog-like professionals of all stripes worldwide.


Some Questions We Ask:

  • What’s the first thing or person that comes to mind when he hears the word “successful?”
  • What is the meaning of Kokoro?
  • Are there any other books that have most influenced him, and why?
  • If he could have dinner with one person he admires, past or present, who would it be and why?

What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • The is early life experiences that gave him the mindset and the tools that helped him in SEALs training

“We master ourselves so we can serve others more effectively.”

  • Why he thinks stress is good
  • What is it like to be in the SEALfit training program
  • What he would  say to somebody who’s an aspiring high performer, somebody who wants to achieve big things, as kind of a small win, to get them moving in the right direction with achieving these goals. Right now they might be frustrated, stressed out or anxious.
  • How to get rid of stress


Book: The Unbeatable Mind


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