BulletProof: A Way Of Life

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I’m proud to announce that I will be an affiliate for Bulletproof starting today. After much consideration, I have decided to take this step. I’ve been using Bulletproof products for over three years, and I’ll never forget when I made my first cup of Bulletproof coffee. When you first take a sip of Bulletproof coffee, you’re going to feel like a superhero. You’ll feel energized, focused, and ready to take on whatever comes your way. The founder of Bulletproof coffee, Dave Asprey, has brought a lot of attention to how we eat, what we eat, and most of all, how we take care of ourselves. Dave Asprey continues to pave the way on how to be more healthy and how to achieve optimal performance in your everyday life. You can expect to see product reviews, informational posts, and how Bulletproof products fit into my lifestyle. Even if you don’t fully immerse yourself into the Bulletproof way of life, my goal is to inform you and educate you on something that will benefit the way that you live your life.

Sincerely,

Justin Marroquin

February 28th, 2017

How To Be Like John Wick

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By now you’ve most likely seen the movie ‘John Wick’ starring Keanu Reeves, and I guess that a lot of people have thought to themselves, “man, it would be really cool to be like John Wick.” This post is going to explore that question, and the short answer is yes, you can be just like John Wick, but it will take some commitment and dedication on your part to realize the dream of becoming John Wick.

Firearms: This category is a must if you’re looking to be like John Wick. Let’s get one thing straight: firearms are serious business, and it’s not to be taken lightly. Please take the time to research gun ranges near you, and go talk them about learning how to shoot a firearm, and receive feedback on what type of training that you would like to sign up for. Also, keep in mind gun laws in the state that you reside in. Always keep up to date on firearm safety and gun laws. Moving on now: so you’ve decided to sign up for classes (or you’ve already taken some classes) you’ve purchased a firearm, and now you’re on your way to becoming John Wick, right? Wrong! Learning how to use a gun (proficiently) is painstakingly rough, but don’t give up. Keep practicing and keep honing your skills. Nowadays, it is vital that you keep yourself safe (or your family) at all times, and learning how to use a firearm properly is very empowering, but please don’t get an ego thinking that you’re Mr. Wick just yet, we still have some work to do.

 

Hand To Hand Combat Skills: There is no way around this particular skill. This skill set is essential to becoming not only John Wick but a complete, well-rounded human being. It is in our DNA to express ourselves not only emotionally, but physically as well. Once again research in your area MMA gyms that are accessible to you, and visit the gym. Talk to the people that train there and ask questions. Everyone has to start somewhere, and when you first start training you’re going to feel discouraged, but that’s the whole point about mixed martial arts. MMA teaches you how to push past your own limits, and it also teaches you to rely solely on yourself and how you handle pressure situations. Even with just a month of training consistently with MMA, you’re way ahead of your average man or woman that doesn’t train MMA, but be careful and stay humble; there’s plenty of people that train MMA, and they let the world know it, too. Don’t be that person. Instead, continue to train and always strive to get better in the gym (and outside of the gym). Having trained in MMA is a great feeling, but keep it to yourself and never boast about it, but by all means, use it when it deems necessary.

 

Mindset: So far we’ve discussed being proficient in firearms and MMA, but one particular, integral part of becoming John Wick is having a healthy mindset. So many people know hot to shoot a gun and know how to somewhat defend themselves, but the missing piece to tie all this together is a mindset. Developing a strong sense of who you are and where you’re going is one of the best skill sets that you can have in life, but it doesn’t come easy, though. So, you’re probably asking how can build a stronger mindset? For starters, make certain decisions right away, even if it’s something as simple as “what should I eat?” when you make those certain decisions, you’re training your brain, just like you would be training your arms, legs, etc. Another way you can prepare your mindset is to read. That’s right read. Read anything and read often; reading will expand your thinking process, broaden your vocabulary, and you’ll be a more complete individual for doing so.

 

Being John Wick is not farfetched. With a lot of training (emphasis on “a lot”) and commitment, you’re well on your way to becoming the best individual that you can possibly be.

The 52: Ashley Resch

Photo Credit: Ashlee Krutzfeldt, AJKPhotography
Photo Credit: Ashlee Krutzfeldt, AJKPhotography

I’m very excited to introduce you to my first guest that I’ve selected to interview in 2017. She’s insanely beautiful, insightful, and full of life. Ashley Resch is not your typical model. Aside from being a model, Ashley is also a blogger (ashleyresch.co), an athlete/personal trainer (bbmovement aka Bad Bitch Fitness), and she’s also very active on social media. Ashely stuck out to me with her down-to-earth personality, and how she views life. I hope you enjoy this interview and hope that you learn a thing (or two) from Ashley.

How did you get interested in modeling?

When I was a kid, I grew up watching so many different fashion programs that since I was a young girl, I knew I was interested in modeling; it has been a lifelong dream.

When you began modeling, what was the most challenging aspect of it?

The criticism. When I first started modeling, I wanted people to accept what I was doing and take me seriously right off the bat, and that was challenging because only my family really supported me until I had to prove everyone wrong.

Did you have a lot of confidence before modeling, or was it something that you had to work on?

I definitely did not. I had just started experiencing anxiety from being bullied in high school, which I didn’t know how to control, and to top that off, I started a career where everyone would be judging me. It was something I had to work on quickly, but now modeling has given me more confidence than I ever thought was possible.

What are your morning rituals? What do the first 60 minutes of your day look like?

Every morning I start my day by making tea and rolling out/stretching from my workout the day before and planning my day/week ahead.

When you think of the word “successful,” who’s the first person who comes to mind and why?

My parents. They didn’t grow up with a lot and yet they gave my brother and I the best childhood and upbringing. I think of them when I think of being successful because they made so many sacrifices throughout their lives to make sure they could create the lives they wanted for their kids, but also so they could live their dream life; it’s incredibly inspirational.

What have you changed your mind about in the last few years? Why?

Within the past few years, I have transitioned from a girl to a woman. My largest change I have made is to be an optimist instead of being pessimistic.

What is something you believe that other people think is insane?

I am deathly afraid of birds, so much that I run away screaming like a little girl. People don’t understand how terrifying they are.

Do you read? If so, what book (or books) have had an impact on your life?

Yes! I love reading. The book that has had the biggest impact on my life is ‘Sharp Objects’ by Gillian Flynn.

What is the worst advice you see or hear being dispensed in your world?

Especially in the modeling industry, the pressure to have the “perfect body” is still huge regardless of the many efforts from women around the world. Just be you and work hard for everything you want, and everything will fall into place.

How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Or, do you have a favorite failure of yours?

I don’t have a favorite failure because I strongly believe that every failure happens to push me down the path I belong, so in this regard, every failure would be my favorite because it has lead me here today and will keep driving me throughout my life.

Do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often?

It would be a tie between “Positive Mind= Positive Life” or “Everything Happens for a Reason.” These quotes are constantly helping me through hard times, and times of doubt.

What advice would you give your younger self?

To stay positive even in the toughest times because it will get better.

What topic would you speak about if you were asked to give a TED talk on something outside of your main area of expertise?

I would love to become a TED talker and be able to talk about the impact of social media in both a negative and positive way. I was cyber bullied throughout high school, and now I have a career around social media, and I would want to talk about the importance of hard work, and a positive mindset in the worst situations.

Is there a particular goal that you’ve set for yourself to achieve by the end of this year?

I want to give back to my community, one of my large goals is to implement charity work in my monthly routine.

What can my audience expect to see from you in the future?

I hope to be in magazines around the world, and working with global brands, so expect to see me on your local news stands.

Any last parting words?

Thank you! Thank you so much for having me, and all the support!

 

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Keep up with Ashley on Snapchat: @ashleyresch

Inspired: My 2017 Journey

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Recently, I purchased Tim Ferriss’s latest book ‘Tools Of Titans,’ and I was pleasantly surprised with the information that is in this book. I’ve been a fan of Tim Ferriss ever since I heard him as a guest on Joe Rogan’s podcast. After listening to that particular podcast, I started to read Tim Ferris’s blog, along with his insightful books. Since devouring information from Tim Ferriss, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and to start interviewing people (which you can find right here on my blog). From there, I turned to podcasting. I had a blast with my podcast, and it was an excellent way to discover how other people that I admire, live their lives and how they think.

 

Since reading ‘Tools Of Titans,’ I revisited pages 648-649, where Tim Ferriss talks about rapid fire questions that he would ask if he ever had the opportunity to speak to someone that he admired. This sparked an idea for me to start up interviewing people once again, but in a different way (and with the help of Tim Ferris’s rapid fire questions). Since there are 52 weeks in a year, I will interview 52 people, and you’ll find the discussions under the header (right here on my blog) titled “The 52.” I’m excited to start interviewing once again, and I hope you enjoy what I have to offer.

 

May you have the best year ever,

Justin Marroquin

January 11th, 2017

Enjoying The Journey: Fitness and Lifestyle

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Year after year the same problem exists for many people: they just don’t have the time to work out and focus on getting healthier. There always seems to be an excuse and fast food and junk food seem to be easier options these days. I’m here to tell you that there are “easy” ways to get into shape and stay away from bad food choices.  I’m no expert, but I’ve had success in achieving my fitness and lifestyle goals (I dislike the word “diet”).  First off, you have to evaluate what your goals are going to be (that’s right, goals). Having goals will get you to where you want to be. If you don’t set goals, then you’re going to end up disorganized, and ultimately, you won’t be achieving your fitness and lifestyle goals.

 

So, where should you begin? You should start by figuring out what kind of working out that you want to do. There are several options that you can choose from: do you want to add muscle like a bodybuilder, or do you prefer to be lean and toned? Now, how many days do you plan on working out? Three times a week, five times a week, or 6-7 times a week?

 

The next step in your fitness and lifestyle journey is to decide how you’re going to work out. Again, there are several options. There are various gyms that you can go to, but also consider working out at home. Everyone has their preference on where they would like to work out, but working out at home has a lot of benefits. I’ve experimented with working out at gyms, but nothing compares to working out at home. First off, you don’t have to worry about membership fees, and you can exercise in the comfort of your home without anyone watching your every move (literally). One of the best at home workout programs out there is P90x. I’ve completed the P90x program, as well as P90x+ and P90x2 with success. If P90x is not your type of workout, there’re tons of other workout programs out there. I’m a big fan of beachbody.com they have something for everyone that will fit your needs during your fitness and lifestyle journey. Also, there are a lot of apps if you prefer to workout from your phone. FitStar is a program that I’ve been using recently, and it’s an excellent program. The main thing to take away from here is to commit to something, and stick to the plan no matter what! Scientific studies have proven that if you stick to a habit (in this case, working out) for 21 days, you’ll do it without even thinking about it, and it will become a part of your daily routine.

 

One of the most integral parts of your fitness and lifestyle journey is what you eat. Admittingly, this was the hardest part for me (and at times, I struggle with this a bit). This was not easy for me, and I researched the heck out of what I should be eating. The tricky part is that everyone is different, and there is no “one size fits all” eating menu. It’s just not realistic, and you’re going to have to see what fits in your daily life and be prepared for a whole lot of ups and downs with this one. Once you get this down, along with your workout routine, you’re going to be unstoppable. Have fun with this side of your journey, and it’s ok if you eat “bad” more often than you eat “right.” Just remember that you can always turn it around, and get back on track. With the holidays upon us, it may be a challenge to eat the right things but pick your battles. If you know that you’re going to eat a lot during the holidays, set yourself up for success beforehand with working out and eating right a few days before you go all out.

 

Working out and eating right can be an uphill battle, but with determination and the motivation to change things in your life, you can expect to see incredible results. Don’t tackle all of this at once. Take it one day at a time, and go at your pace. Before you know it, you’ll be telling someone else about your journey, and helping them along with theirs.

 

 

Influence: Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner

The man, the myth, and the legend. Hugh Hefner has lived a life that many people dream of (men in particular). A magazine, beautiful women, mansion, and of course, money. Mr. Hefner has done it all and seen it all (literally). So, what brings me to Hugh Hefner? Well, you have to go back when I was a teenager. Like all curious teenage boys, I was very curious (and intrigued) about Playboy magazine. In today’s world all you have to do is search anything on Google, but seeing and feeling a Playboy magazine in your hands was something magical. Playboy was always the frontrunner in featuring beautiful women in their magazines, but it wasn’t until I got older that I understood the comment, “I read Playboy for the articles.” Once you gaze over the women in the magazine and start to read the articles, you quickly realize that there’s damn good writing in Playboy.

It never dawned on me to learn more about Hugh Hefner. I thought he was just living the life (which he was and still is), but once I started to hear more about Hugh Hefner over they years, I finally began to learn more about him. Hugh Hefner was a man of many talents and interests. For instance, I never knew that Mr. Hefner was a big fan of jazz music, and featured his favorite musical artists on ‘Playboy After Dark’, and he fought against racism. There was just more to Hugh Hefner than meets the eye, and I was impressed by the way he ran Playboy and the way that he respected women and gave them a platform to succeed in life.

Playboy Magazine

I was most impressed by Mr. Hefner’s ability to start Playboy from the ground up, and turn it into one of the most recognizable magazines in the world. When I first started my blog, I didn’t know exactly what to write. Whatever came to mind, I would quickly put together a post. If you look back on previous posts on my blog, you’ll find that I interviewed a lot of models. I never intended to go down that route, but that all changed when I sent out an email to Abigail Ratchford. Abigail was just starting out as a model when I first interviewed her, but now she’s a sensation. Abigail has been on TMZ countless times, and she’s been dominating on Instagram. She was very impressed with my unique questions and my ability to engage her in good conversation. Since I first interviewed her, we’ve become good friends, and I’ll be forever grateful for that. And ironically, Abigail has done photo shoots for Playboy and even shot some content with them. Like Hugh Hefner, I was starting something that gave me great satisfaction knowing that I just wasn’t doing the same thing such as other publications and websites.

Playboy Magazine

Other people may view Hugh Hefner differently than I, but I see him as a pioneer and an innovator. He was truly passionate about the work he was doing, and he paid exceptional detail to each and every magazine that was put out. Things are a lot different now with Playboy, but I’ll always be inspired by Hugh Hefner whether I’m writing something down on paper or typing.

Influence: Tony Robbins

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Next up in my Influence series is the master of self-improvement, Tony Robbins. With his booming voice and a stature like a WWE wrestler, Tony Robbins has been helping people achieve their dreams and conquer their fears for over three decades. I first stumbled upon Tony Robbins in my early twenties. Like everyone else seeking out Tony Robbins, I was looking to make my life better and gain an edge in life. When I first started to read Tony Robbin’s book ‘Awake the Giant Within,’ I was blown away. Tony has a way of speaking (and writing) that gets to you on a personal level. It’s as if he’s sitting right next to you and talking you through things. Of course, I couldn’t stop there: I wanted more. With over three decades of work, Tony Robbins has published books and his top selling audio programs. It wasn’t long before I purchased Tony Robbin’s audio programs, and it was worth every penny. Listening to his audio program was refreshing, and the way that Tony talks about the program get through to you in a way like nobody else can.

Now don’t get me wrong: you’re not going to change your life overnight, and that’s what I like about Tony Robbins the most. He lays out the truth to you that you must put in the work to succeed in your life. Tony is all about results, and to get those results that you want in your life, you have to work continuously on yourself and do a daily assessment of where you’re at and where you want to be. Tony Robbins lays out the foundation for you to succeed. It’s up to you on how far you want to go and how much work you’re willing to put in.

Over the years, Tony Robbins has received criticism and skepticism about his work and his products. The truth of the matter is that people are claiming that Tony is taking people’s money or that he’s not truthful is downright wrong. There is no magic pill in life. Tony has never claimed to guarantee anybody anything. He’s an open book (pardon the pun), and he has nothing to hide. Just like any other product: results may vary. You don’t go three decades helping people out by being a conman.

Just recently, Tony Robbins had a documentary made about him and his top selling program “Date with Destiny” on Netflix titled ‘I am not your Guru.’ It’s an excellent documentary detailing what goes on at a Tony Robbins event. You can even see for yourself how much Tony cares about helping people and the situations that they’re trying to get out of. I encourage you to set some time aside and watch this amazingly made documentary. There’s no doubt that Tony Robbins has a gift, and it’s something special to behold when he gets a person to snap out of their state of negative thinking and depressed mindset.

Tony Robbins has had a huge influence on my life, and he’s gotten me to see life in a different aspect. I’ll keep on using his techniques and will always refer to his books and audio programs from time to time. Everyone has had an aha moment in their life once (or a few times), and mine just happened to be with Mr. Robbins and his books/programs. In closing, I would like to leave you with Tony’s sendoff message, “Live with passion.”