Living by an ethos – Nick Lavery | EP86 recap


What would it be like to be ambushed by enemy soldiers, have your legs torn to shreds with bullets, then be given the wrong blood in an emergency transfusion, and then survive and return to combat?!

This is the conversation with green beret Nick Lavery on this week’s show of Ultrahabits.

We dive into philosophy, performance, and deep elements of his introspection as Nick’s range for dialogue is vast.
Following a year of surgeries and initial recovery including the use of a prosthetic at Walter Reed National Medical Military Center, he returned to his unit. Refusing a military medical retirement, Nick set his sights on returning to operational status. In 2015, at the conclusion of a challenging, comprehensive assessment designed to evaluate Nick’s abilities to operate, he returned to his Detachment and was subsequently deployed once again to Afghanistan conducting full spectrum combat operations. Nick is considered to be the first Green Beret to return to combat as an above the knee amputee.

Nick’s awards include the Silver Star, three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, Bronze Star with “V” for valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Special Operations Command Excalibur Award. An extensive world traveler, Nick provides training and motivational speeches to private sector corporations, schools and universities, sports teams, and a variety of different non-profit organizations. In his TED Talk ‘Living by an Ethos,’ Nick speaks about the Warrior Mindset and the importance of sacrifice, determination, and selflessness.

Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Nick is a husband, father, athlete, student, and author. He speaks multiple languages including Dari, Farsi, and Russian and has earned a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


What you’ll find in this episode:

(19:11) – the tragic accident in 2013 where Nick got attacked in Afghanistan
(42:45) – how Nick has optimised his life despite losing a leg
(47:30) – Nick’s top two habits you need to implement

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