Clint Emerson | 100 Deadly Skills (Episode 598)

Clint Emerson (@100deadlyskills) is a retired Navy SEAL, founding partner of crisis management and risk mitigation company Escape the Wolf, and author of 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Surviving in the Wild and Being Prepared for Any Disaster.

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Do you know what to do in an active shooter situation, or how to apply trauma medicine after a catastrophic event? What’s the most important thing to do if you’re stuck on a desert island or being boarded by pirates?

Retired Navy SEAL and risk mitigation professional Clint Emerson knows. He joins us to discuss his bestselling book 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation and its follow-up, 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Surviving in the Wild and Being Prepared for Any Disaster. Listen, learn, survive, and enjoy!

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“Expect the unexpected” is tough advice to follow, but it’s all in a day’s work for Clint Emerson, a retired Navy SEAL, co-founder of crisis management and risk mitigation company Escape the Wolf, and author of the best-selling 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation and its follow-up, 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Surviving in the Wild and Being Prepared for Any Disaster.

While he’s had decades of training in the art of surviving nearly every man vs. man to man vs. nature scenario, he wrote these books for the benefit of the everyday people who may find themselves ill-prepared to cope with fluke, potentially life-threatening situations. It’s about dispensing practical survival advice to those of us who have grown perhaps too accustomed to the comforts of the modern world.

“It’s not so much about a camping trip gone bad,” says Clint, “as it is every idiot we see in the news who takes a right-hand turn because their phone told them to and they end up stuck in the snow and there’s a blizzard coming that night. And they always decide to leave their car for some reason and then die three-hundred meters to three miles away from it.

“So it’s more to give people their survival instincts back because we’ve been sticking our noses in our phones and technology for so long we’ve kind of lost our natural ability to just survive.”

If you want to be prepared to escape a car jacking, become crisis proof, build a bamboo hammock, fortify your home security, elude ransomware attacks, improvise a door closer lock, survive a human stampede, build an arctic fire and shelter, locate drinking water and food in a desert, detect an inspired terrorist, ambush an active shooter, defend an airplane against hijackers, send a distress signal by day or night, and yes, defend a ship against pirates, then Clint’s books have got you covered.

Plus, because each book’s 272 pages are made with high-quality paper and bound in a laminated cover, just one edition can stop multiple .22 caliber rounds at point-blank range — together, they’ll stop a 9mm.

Listen to this episode in its entirety to learn more about what Clint’s childhood was like as a westerner growing up in Saudi Arabia, what prompted Clint to become (and spend twenty years as) a Navy SEAL, how special forces training changes one’s mindset, the benefits of joining the Boy Scouts (what Clint calls “the first spy school”), how to spot a terrorist in the making, what else Pulp Fiction’s Captain Koons could have been hiding behind enemy lines, and lots more.

THANKS, CLINT EMERSON!

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