Dustin Diefenderfer

Founder of MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab, Ultra Runner, Backcountry Hunter

Backcountry hunting, anyone?

If ever a man wanted to discover what it takes to become an elite man – mentally, physically, and spiritually tough, training for such a high-end hunt may just be the ticket. This week’s Team Never Quit Guest, Dustin Diefenderfer, explains in detail the grueling athletic training and grit it takes to hunt Deer, Elk, Moose, or Caribou In the backcountry. If you’re looking for an easy way to get there, stay home. When the hunt experience is over, you’re left with the mental and physical ability to reach your personal and professional goals by applying the principles learned in this endeavor – a better life by learning to be comfortable in being uncomfortable.

In this episode you will hear:

  • Getting comfortable being uncomfortable is teaching men to handle adversity.
  • If you can handle adversity in the gym, you can handle it better in the field. If you can handle it in the field, you can handle it a lot better at home.
  • When you’re more used to adversity and spend more time outdoors, it makes for a better man.
  • If you’re fortunate enough to harvest an animal on a backcountry hunt, you’re coming out with 80-100 pounds per trip for 3 or 4 trips.
  • Adversity building is one baby step after another. It makes you way tougher than you used to be.
  • It’s cool looking back on God’s footsteps that have brought us to creating Mountain Tough.
  • You don’t need to chase the corporate America stuff; You don‘t need to do what everyone else is doing.
  • Living in Africa taught us not to worry so much about money & finances. The people living there with nothing are pretty happy. They’re not distracted like Americans are, with cell phones and the like.
  • I knew I was gonna do something I was passionate about, and I knew I would do something outside, away from the computer, and engage with building a community.
  • When we’re going thru something stressful, God looks at us like “Do you realize that what you’re looking at right now is ‘this big’ in the grand scheme of life.”
  • We went to Ethiopia on a short mission trip and worked for two weeks where kids lived, slept, and ate in a landfill all day long. It was complete re-entry depression after watching those kids live in the dump.
  • They would rescue the child soldiers and teach them some life skills.
  • We’re creating elite men.
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