Hero Living: Seven Strides to Awaken Your Infinite Power

Hero Living: Seven Strides to Awaken Your Infinite Power

by Rudy Reyes, Evan Wright

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The star of HBO's Generation Kill and the real-life warrior from the New York Times bestseller presents his empowering philosophy.

In his publishing debut, Rudy Reyes introduces his warrior philosophy of "Hero Living": part Homer, part Joseph Campbell, part Bruce Lee, and part Spider-Man. He outlines the various stages in the journey to bring forth the hero within: recognizing the hero's call, following the hero's path, and returning from the battlefield with the hero's hard- earned wisdom.

Taking readers step-by-step through his program, Reyes draws from his own heroic story of how he triumphed over his harrowing childhood experiences of poverty and abandonment. Rather than giving up hope, he heeded the hero's call to live up to his full potential-first as a martial-arts champion, then as an elite warrior in the mountains of Afghanistan and sands of Iraq, and finally in his post-Marines life as a personal trainer, actor, and motivational speaker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101145302
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 592,828
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rudy Reyes served three tours of duty with the marines, first in Afghanistan immediately after 9/11, then in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and finally in Fallujah in 2004–05. After leaving the Marine Corps with honors, he went on to become a sought-after physical trainer, a public speaker on leadership and veterans’ issues, and an actor and military adviser on HBO’s Generation Kill. He is the author of Hero Living.

Evan Wright is the author of Hella Nation and the award-winning Generation Kill, the basis of the HBO® miniseries for which Wright served as co-writer. Wright earned his degree in medieval and Renaissance studies from Vassar College, an education he soon put to work at Hustler magazine, where he served as “Entertainment Editor.” In the late 1990's he began writing feature articles for Rolling Stone focused on youth subcultures. Wright has covered the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards, one for reporting on the war in Iraq in Rolling Stone and the other for a profile published in Vanity Fair.

Table of Contents

Foreword Evan Wright ix

Introduction 1

Stride 1 Stagnancy & Paralysis 20

The Hero's Whetstone: Tuning In 30

The Hero's Whetstone: Using Your Inner Eye 35

Stride 2 Moment of Movement 42

The Hero's Whetstone: Be the Dreamer of Dreams 50

The Hero's Whetstone: Reading Your Map 58

The Hero's Whetstone: Squaring the Direction of Your Step 79

Stride 3 Fighting & Surviving 83

The Hero's Whetstone: Breathe Your Flow of Power 95

The Hero's Whetstone: A Balanced Fighter Be 113

Stride 4 Tools & Skills 118

The Hero's Whetstone: Honoring Your Enemy 132

The Hero's Whetstone: Packing Your Toolkit 144

Stride 5 Practicing & Honing 150

The Hero's Whetstone: Your Practice 156

The Hero's Whetstone: Practicing Your Destiny 170

Stride 6 Pure Unedited, Uninhibited Potential 179

The Hero's Whetstone: Know Who I Am 201

Stride 7 Reciprocity of Sharing 219

The Hero's Whetstone: Living the Hero Effect 232

Conclusion 248

The Hero's Whetstones 263

Acknowledgments 265

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