I had the good fortune to represent the Warrior Angels Foundation on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast recently.

We dug into all aspects of traumatic brain injury. What I really enjoyed was getting to converse with Joe and Dr. Gordon on the psychology of performance, and how our thoughts influence our environment. Click here to watch an excerpt of the show.


1. I broke my left fibula (non weight bearing) bone above my ankle in 1999 playing high school football. The break required two surgeries, a permanent titanium plate, and a few screws to help it heal.

After the injury, I was able to earn a college football scholarship, enlist in the army, make it through Special Forces training, and multiple deployments .

I remember returning from my first deployment poised to go to RANGER school. First, I had to pass a standard physical to prove I was physically fit. Getting an updated physical is standard business in the military before being cleared to attend most advanced schooling. Part of my physical was to get an x-ray to prove my old injury was still up to code.

Much to our physical therapist’s and surgeons disbelief, the imaging revealed the titanium plate and fibula were in two pieces, known as a non-union. Im not really sure what caused a titanium plate to break in two but it did. This caused a mild knee jerk reaction with my medical command, they stopped me up from attending RANGER school.

Conventional wisdom said that I shouldn’t have been able to physically perform at the level I was with my leg in that condition. That was news to me, I never allowed it to bother me.

I had a job to do and people counted on me to perform. The thought of cowering to something as insignificant as a broken bone never entered my mind. The only thing I acknowledged was that it was not going to stop me from accomplishing what I needed to do, nor would it ever be used as an excuse.

Cooler heads prevailed, I returned to duty and deployed several more times with the break as it’s shown in the x-ray. Our minds can control matter, if you don’t mind it don’t matter.

2. When Joe showed up to do his podcast with Dr. Gordon and I it was obvious he was under the weather.

Joe mentioned one time right before the show about feeling sick, and that was to let both Dr. Gordon and I know that he would be using tissues during the broadcast.

He didn’t whine, he never complained, and after that initial time he never mentioned it again.

He had a job to do, he had people counting on him, he made his mind up that he was going to perform no matter what the situation. My hats off to you Joe, love and respect.


A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.  James Allen

We can all prepare our minds and our thoughts in this manner. If you don’t like something… you fix it. We are the sum of our thoughts. Instead of thinking on what you don’t want to happen, choose to focus on what you do want happen. Then make it happen. Choose purposeful thoughts and decide to achieve no matter what the circumstance.

To Free the Medically Oppressed,

Andrew Marr