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#90 Colonel (Ret) Dave Grossman on Violence And The Sheepdog Mindset

Grossman a leading authority on aggression, close combat, and the psychology of violence.


He literally wrote the book on killing as well as on combat and 10 other books.


He’s lectured at West Point and has conducted training for every federal law enforcement agency, every branch of the military, and for police officers in all 50 states.


Col. Grossman is a former army ranger, holds a black belt in hojutsu, has five patents, and is on the road almost 300 days a year delivering training and leading seminars for the military, law enforcement, mental health providers and school safety organizations.


Since his retirement from the US Army in 1998, he has been on the road almost 300 days a year, for over 19 years, as one of our nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations.


Today we talk about many things but most of it centers around mindset. 

Grossman talks about the sheepdog and what drives the sheepdog, how the sheepdog is different than the wolf and different from the sheep, and more. 


Show Notes

  • Hear what "chaos" looks like to an expert on violence 2:11
  • Grossman shares common "pulls" that he sees in the industry 7:29
  • The relationship between arousal and performance and how to condition your mind to perform optimally under stressful conditions (this stuff works!) 17:12
  • Are you a sheep, a wolf, or a sheepdog? 29:55
  • How to 'be ready' 36:48
  • Grossman shares his heroes 48:05




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