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Becoming Ronin Podcast – #6 – Toxic Nice Guy Syndrome, What Led to Smitty’s Awakening, Funny Client Stories

In today’s episode, Smitty and OB discuss Robert Glover’s “Toxic Nice Guy Syndrome.” They continue on to discuss ways to become an integrated man, that relies on his own moral compass to guide his life to success.

Smitty gives tribute to his mentor Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Monk who recently passed away, but through his amazing teachings, lives on. 

Smitty and OB then answer some listener questions, share some of their funniest client stories, and talk about how OB almost didn’t make it out of his first Strongman Saturday workout with Smitty. *For a full list of show notes, timestamps & important links from this episode visit: Becoming Ronin Podcast


[0:00] Intro

[0:16] Personal Thank You

[2:16] What is “Nice Guy Syndrome”

[5:50] How to Avoid Toxic Nice Symptoms

[6:54] Liking Yourself First

[7:44] Taking Action to be “Worthy”

[8:23] Empathy through Suffering

[9:46] What is an “Integrated” Man?

[10:10] Wimp Push Over vs. Arrogant Jerks

[14:33] Consistent messaging to kids

[17:50] Why people try to break you down

[18:29] Tribute to Thich Nhat Hanh

[20:11] What led to Smitty’s Awakening

[22:55] The message that changed Smitty’s life

[26:35] The lesson in meaning

[29:21] Mindfulness practice

[30:10] Listener Q&A

[30:20] Dream Cars – from Chris Caputo

[34:07] Group Training vs Individual – Camaco

[36:20] What is a “pre-warmup?”

[38:00] What do you use as a moral compass?

[40:17] Funny Client Stories

[46:20] When OB Almost Died During a Strongman Workout


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