(This is an encore presentation of a previously published episode.) Your host Sam Falsafi has Warrior Guest Kelly Curtis on the call to face the barriers of race, culture, and religion, and have a conversation about how becoming your own man based off of your own definition instead of society’s, helps shape you into what you want to be in life.
Parable #1: Follow the Lead of the Universe
- Kelly’s journey to Warrior Week began in 2007 while attending a convention where Tony Robbins, Les Brown and a charismatic guy named Garrett White were speaking. Years later while surfing the internet, Kelly was surprised to find himself viewing a documentary featuring the guy who, years earlier, had made an unforgettable impression upon him.
- There comes a time in your life when a conversation takes place that is out of your hands, where the Universe is delivering a message to you that will either move you to take immediate action or lead you down the path in the direction that is meant for you to take.
Are you opening your eyes to the messages the Universe is sending you? What are some of the messages you are currently receiving?
Parable #2: Own Your Truth
- While on a spiritual journey questioning everything he has ever believed, Kelly began owning the answers instead of relying on someone else’s idea of what he should believe. He was brought to a place of peace, yet felt like he was missing the Map of what to do next. Warrior Week provided the tactical piece of the puzzle that was missing, giving him permission to become the Seeker.
- In sharing the story surrounding the origin of the Muslim law established 1700 years ago forbidding the consumption of alcohol, Sam asks you to consider: What laws and beliefs will you follow today that will serve you as a man, husband and human being in getting what you want and putting you in a position of serving others?
Where has questioning your core beliefs led you? What beliefs and practices do you still hold onto that are no longer serving you?
Parable #3: There Is No Finish Line
- In a grinding 12 hour day in the war zone during one of the most difficult and challenging experiences of his life, Kelly is able to stay in the grueling game by retaining a piercing and determined focus on the vision of his sons watching him, envisioning demonstrating to them what it looks like to do your best, give your all, and go all in.
- In the midst of a six-month audit, Kelly owned that he had nothing to hide. What separates him from his contemporaries in the finance world is the fact that he lives by a Code that says: Don’t Lie, Tell the Fucking Truth, and I will not ask you to do anything that I haven’t done myself.
Where in your life are you asking people to do things that you have not done yourself?
Parable #4: Religion, Race & Culture: The Big Dividers Of Humanity
- Judgment is the barrier that you put between you and another human being. As humans, we create labels which create the separation. Our backgrounds, race or culture should not create any fucking barriers to what we want or what we are ruthlessly committed to going after.
- By lying, we separate ourselves into these labels and circles. You can have an association that has the same religion, culture and race, but inside of that there is a major amount of separation taking place. On the outside the labels are perfect; on the inside the love is not connected and the love is not real.
What are some of the ways you label, judge and categorize others? Does that make you feel more connected or more divided?
Parable #5: Freedom Has a Price
- In his travels outside of America, Sam observed behaviors and patterns that were symbols of restriction and poverty, where, in one city, families were claiming poles in the street as their home. He came back home appreciative of the freedoms that most take for granted in America. At the end of the day, freedom is a fundamental need for humans.
- We are acting alone as men, feeling like there is nowhere we can drop the guilt, pain, and shame, where we are conditioned to mask our totality. The secret to not fucking living with guilt and shame is to give yourself permission to be free to own the light and the darkness within you. That is what we do inside the experience of Warrior.
What price are you willing to pay to experience freedom within yourself and in all areas of your life?
Parables from the Pit:
“The reality is this: You are either my brother in my faith, race, or culture or my equal in humanity. Black, white – no matter what you want to call yourself – you are more than welcome to come inside this place and discover the permission to stop fucking lying and start fucking telling the truth.”
– Sam Falsafi
“Brothers, I’m looking forward to seeing more of us – guys who look like me. A lot of times we just need to see it. Maybe I’m the guy who sparks the thought inside of you: ‘Hey, he looks like me and he’s doing this, maybe it’s okay for me to try this out.’ The message, doctrine and principles are universal and there are a lot of men out there that can use this across the board – any race or color. We all have the same problems and issues no matter who we are or where we are in the world.”
– Kelly Curtis