I’ve known Commander Mark Divine for almost a decade, and he’s as solid as they come. I had a chance to do a quick Q&A with him about his new book, 8 WEEKS TO SEAL FIT, and dig a little deeper into his training philosophy and personal background.

Enjoy, Brandon

1. Before joining the SEALs, you worked on Wall Street as a CPA. What inspired this dramatic career shift? 

I started a martial art that had a deep focus on meditation, which began to re-wire my mind a bit. Over the course of a year or so I began to see and feel like I was out of alignment in my life – meaning, more simply, that I was not in the right place doing what I was meant to do. I was waking up to this awareness that I was inspired to be a warrior and leader, and that I was not meeting that purpose as a CPA.