BHP 058: Mike Day | Navy SEAL Shot 27 Times and Kept Fighting

The title says it all… In 2007, Mike Day showed up for work like he had for more than 2 decades when he was ambushed in a small room by 4 enemy combatants with automatic weapons and grenades.

Despite being shot 27 times, he stayed focused, cleared the room, secured the women and children inside the house, then walked to the medivac helicopter that took him to safety.

We talk a lot about high performance, overcoming adversity, mental tenacity, commitment, and total human effort… today’s guest on the Better Human Project embodies those qualities and more.

Meet Mike Day.

Episode #58 Show Notes w/ Mike Day

  • Mike attributes his survival during a gunfight where he was shot 27 times, to training.

  • It’s become his belief that you can train in and out of any portion of your life. Not happy where you are? Train out of it.

  • A neighbor suggested to Mike when he was a kid to join the SEALs. At that point Mike was the ringleader of all the kids you don’t want your kids to hang out with. The navy provided him with a way out of that life without getting hurt or thrown in jail.

  • After recovering from his injuries, Mike became a non-medical case manager for SOCOM.

  • At first, the work was therapeutic. But after years of working with different veterans the weight of all the injuries and illnesses started to affect Mike’s own well being.

  • Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain injuries aren’t isolated within the military community. 30% of adults in america are on some type of anti anxiety or depression pill. Active duty veterans only account for about 1% of the population. There’s plenty of,”hold my beer, watch this” out there.

  • Mike learned about the significance of gut health after going through a very dark period in his life. Without proper gut bacteria your body can’t digest food. Once you’re in that position you lose access to all of the nutrients your brain and body need to function properly.

  • While working at the Care Coalition Mike was able to work with a lot of different therapy methods like EDMR that he was able to experience first hand and change his mind on their effectiveness.

  • The hardest part of recovery for Mike was realizing the effect it had on the people around him. Especially his daughters.

  • Within 6 months he was back in the gym on the treadmill and doing light workouts. Since then he’s run iron man’s tough mudders and marathons.

  • Best advice you’ve ever been given? Learn what not to do during different circumstances in your life.

  • What does it mean to you to be strong? Make your own plan and drive that plan on your own convictions without influence from the outside.

  • Be Better/Do better: Know what drives you, move in that direction and stop listening to the voices that say you can’t. You are what you say you are and if you don’t like it then train out of it.

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