The Power of Now

It’s dawned on me of late that I’m increasingly the perfect balance (or collision?) between east versus west.

I grew up in a disciplined household with lots of structure. I went into the Marine Corps and got even more structure!!

I followed that with years of extreme ambition. Of starting a company. Of working insane 18-hour days and going nine years with basically just a couple of vacations. I was chasing success and I never really caught it.

And after the exhaustion and burnout finally overtook me, I began moving toward the Eastern mindset. I’ve read dozens (if not a hundred plus) books on Eastern Philosophy.

These days, I’m big-time into mindfulness, living in the moment, and Shaolin Kung Fu. Into smiling, taking deep breaths, and living as if I have less than five minutes remaining in my life.

I know that many people in the West are very familiar with the typical advice and motivation seen in self-help books around here, but I think Eastern Philosophy hasn’t spread (or caught on) as well.

As such, I’ve decided to start a string of blog videos about some of the things I’ve learned, and the things that have really helped me.

Here’s the first video in which I talk about the book called The Power of Now. It’s a book that has really made a huge impact on me. I’ve already uploaded the second video to the series, which helps explain the last point I make in video 1, which I bungle a bit.

Hope you enjoy! And don’t forget to watch Part 2 if you enjoy it! Thanks!

Stan R. Mitchell


Stan R. Mitchell, author and prior Marine, is best known for his Nick Woods Marine Sniper series, which remained in the Top 100 on Amazon for more than three years. The series was also picked up by for a multi-book audio deal. Additional works include a Western thrillerdetective series, and World War II story. Learn more at

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