Living With a Seal

Living With a Seal

by Jesse Itzler

Overview: There is nothing successful entrepreneur and Emmy-winning producer Jesse Itzler won't try. He brazenly pretended to be an established hip-hop artist Dana Dane to secure a meeting with a studio head—and it led to a record deal. He sincerely offered to run a 100 mile race in Spanx to get the attention of the beautiful founder of the company—and ended up marrying her. His life is about being bold and risky. And it's brought him plenty of rewards.

So, when Jesse realized his life was drifting toward autopilot, he decided to hire a rather unconventional trainer to shake things up; an accomplished Navy SEAL widely considered to be "the toughest man on the planet." LIVING WIH A SEAL is like the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air meets Rambo. Jesse is about as easy-going as you can get. SEAL is...not. He even shows up at Jesse's apartment with an inflatable raft just in case the Itzler family ever has to escape Manhattan by crossing the Hudson River.

Jesse and SEAL's escapades soon produce a great friendship, and by the time SEAL leaves, Jesse is in the best shape of his life, but he gains much more than muscle. Hilarious and inspiring, LIVING WIH A SEAL ultimately shows you the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone.

Gail Reid (06/20/16): Jesse Itzler is a hugely successful entrepreneur, musician, and ultra-marathon runner who also happens to be married to Sarah Blakely, the Spanx founder. Jesse thinks and acts outside-the-box, so in 2010 he hires a real-life Navy SEAL to move in to his Central Park apartment and train him for a month. Jesse wants to get past his comfort zone and the anonymous house guest known only as SEAL sets out to make that happen in 250 very humorous pages.

SEAL pushes hard and Jesse spends every spare second running laps and paces during a frigid New York winter while trying to conduct business around the country. SEAL lives simply and speaks little (except in cuss words) but has a huge impact on Jesse and his family. At the end of the book, Jesse is in the best shape of his life in more than just an athletic way.

While SEAL pushes Jesse to unbelievable and punishing limits, there is a much broader message in what is going on: always try to extend yourself so that you can be a better person today than you were yesterday. Very fast and very funny, this is a light read with an engaging premise.
Rating: ****

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