Episode 93

Earn Your Trident Every Day with William Branum | Win the Day™ podcast
June 28, 2022
William Branum is a 26-year Navy SEAL and founder of Naked Warrior Recovery.
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Joining me in the studio is William Branum, a Navy SEAL with 26 years of service under his belt.

William served on both traditional SEAL Teams, taught as a SEAL Sniper Instructor, and served on Teams that specialized in undersea operations – where the missions could only be approved by the President of the United States.

In addition, he led major combat operations, ranging from Direct Action missions to protecting the interim Iraqi elected officials.

After retiring from the military in 2018, William came to grips with the physical and psychological symptoms that were negatively impacting his well-being and quality of life – symptoms that he had attempted to mask with alcohol and prescription drugs.

That journey led him to becoming the founder and CEO of Naked Warrior Recovery, a CBD company focused on the recovery of veterans and first responders.

In this episode, we’ll speak with William about:

  • The most grueling moments of SEAL training
  • The secrets to discipline and motivation
  • His difficult transition to civilian life, and
  • The best lessons from his 26-year career as a Navy SEAL.

Let’s WIN THE DAY with Navy SEAL, William Branum!


0:15 William Branum background

2:02 Interview begins

5:15 BUD/S training

12:19 Ringing the bell to quit

16:48 Making friends quickly

21:18 First combat mission

25:35 Imposter syndrome and being hard to kill

30:19 Surround yourself with winners

33:04 10 Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

33:30 Preparing for lethal combat

35:35 Michael Murphy

38:20 US withdrawal of Afghanistan

39:50 Dealing with ungrateful people

44:25 Missing out on high profile missions

47:40 SEAL lessons for business

53:00 Naked Warrior recovery

57:38 Dealing with PTSD

1:00:07 Questions from Win the Day community

1:06:52 Earning your trident every day

1:09:35 Recapturing purpose after major life change

1:12:13 Rocket Round


Resources / links mentioned:

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📷 William Branum Instagram

🌎 William Branum TikTok

🥷 Naked Warrior Recovery

📚 5 SEAL Secrets

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Inspiring quotes in this episode:
  • “If I want to be with those people, I have to push myself beyond what I think my limits are.” - William Branum
  • “If you’re going to suffer, it's better to suffer in the front.” - William Branum
  • “I want to be hard to kill. I don't want to be an easy target. Ever.” - William Branum
  • “We will plan every possible contingency.” - William Branum
  • “When I left the military, I had no team, I had no mission, and I had no purpose.” - William Branum
  • “You're shot, you get back up, you keep going.” - William Branum
  • “Never quit on yourself.” - William Branum
  • “Being vulnerable enough to ask for help has been a game changer.” - William Branum
  • “Failure has been the biggest teacher in my life.” - William Branum
  • “I'm more comfortable in a gunfight than I am talking to people in public.” - William Branum
  • “The only easy day was yesterday." - William Branum
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