About Brandon Cook

Brandon Cook is the founder of Awakened Warriors.com, a website with the sole-purpose of helping one million people Unleash the Power of Their Ultimate Potential. Brandon has been studying the principles of success, philosophy, optimal nutrition and strength training for almost two decades. Additionally, he has a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Banking and Finance. Brandon has worked for one of North Carolina's premier Financial Planning and Wealth Management Firms for twelve years. His main hobbies and passions include singing and playing the guitar, motorcycles, martial arts, and exploring the great outdoors.

Give Yourself Permission to Live Life Full Out!
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“Don’t look to society to give you permission to be yourself.”
– Dr. Steve Maraboli

Most of us are waiting for someone to give us permission to live our lives. We’re waiting for someone to tell us it’s okay to be ourselves.

We’re waiting for our internal “mommy” and “daddy” to give us their metaphoric nod of approval.

Whether it’s our figurative or literal parents or any of the other prominent men and women in our lives…. so many of us are waiting for their acceptance, their agreement, and their RED Rubber Stamp of Approval in life.

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8 Ways to Believe in Yourself When Nobody Else Does
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henryford

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
– Henry Ford

The next time you get into your car to drive off, wherever you may roam, I want you to stop for a second to pay homage to Henry Ford.

Yes, he’s the guy in the picture over there and the man who created the Ford Motor Company, making it possible for YOU to have your very own personal automobile. He did it because he had an idea he believed in, and he never gave up, even when other people laughed at him.

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Is it Worth Installing a Gas Water Heater Yourself?
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me and my pipe wrench

“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

A week ago my hot water heater died without warning. Essentially, I was forced to live up to my homeowner’s responsibility of restoring life and the universe back to normal! At first, my plan was simply to repair the old gas water heater in high hopes of a cheap fix, but you know the cliche’…

“If you want to make the Water Heater Godz laugh…. tell them about your plans of a cheap repair!”

Still, you never know! Whenever you are troubleshooting, it’s always better to start with the cheapest and easiest repairs first. That way you don’t make the mistake of buying a brand new water heater when you could’ve fixed the old one for ten bucks!

Ya know wat I’m sayin’ 😉

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The ONLY Intelligent Solution to the Health Care Crisis
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“I only ate 400 bacon cheeseburgers, 20,000 french fries and drank 100 pounds of sugar this year… why am I feeling bad Doc!?!?” – Average Joe

The health of our nation is declining rapidly while illness and obesity are reaching epidemic proportions. These largely preventive diseases are causing a major burden on the health care system we have in place… And, we all know, it isn’t the most efficient or affordable one to begin with.

I’m not going to pretend that I have all the answers or even know all the ins and outs of the health care crisis America is now facing. Still, one thing I do know is that the government is NOT the solution to the health care crisis.

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Why YOU Should’ve Started Juice Fasting Yesterday!
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intermittent juice fasting

“You, and you alone are responsible for the result of how you nourish your body. The LIFE in your food is what counts. Your body is composed of billions of microscopic cells. Your very existence depends on them. They need nourishment, live, active nourishment. It depends on you, and on you alone, whether the food you eat results in nutrition or malnutrition.”
– Dr. Norman W. Walker

Juice Fasting is an integral part of the Awakened Warrior’s Diet and Nutritional Strategy because of the HUGE benefits it provides to our health, bodies and minds.

Not only does it supply your body with the raw, living and nourishing enzymes, vitamins and minerals that it needs to thrive and function at peak physical performance…you’ll also have more energy, clarity of mind and radiating health. BAM!!! :mrgreen:

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How to Build Muscle Without Killing Yourself
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“Body mind masters take an easy, relaxed, progressive approach while working within the higher reaches of their comfort zone, thereby avoiding the burnout that accompanies a stressful approach to training.”
– Dan Millman

If there is one thing I wish I would have known when first starting out on my quest to attain a warrior’s physique… it would have been the secret of how to build muscle without killing yourself in the process! 😯

When you’re young you can get away with all types of brutal training and seemingly bounce back unscathed, yet in the end it will catch up with you. Therefore, I don’t recommend pushing yourself to the extreme and killing yourself in the gym. Instead, I suggest a more enlightened approach.

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72 Superfoods That Will Make YOU Superhuman!
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“What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use that power wisely.”
– Christopher Reeve

Very few of us (okay none of us actually, except Superman) were born with Kryptonian DNA, which under the radiation of the Earth’s yellow sun bestow upon us superhuman powers making us virtually invulnerable to anything life may throw our way. No, unfortunately we weren’t blessed with the powers of superhuman strength, lightning speed, x-ray vision, heat vision, super breath or the ability to fly! We were, however, blessed with one power (that Christopher Reeve alluded to in his quote above) and that, my friend, is the power of CHOICE!

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The Caveman Diet and the Foods We Evolved to Eat
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“Most of what we need to know about how to eat we already know, or once did until we allowed the nutrition experts and the advertisers to shake our confidence in common sense, tradition, the testimony of our senses, and the wisdom or our mothers and grandmothers.”
~ Michael Pollan

In this day and age humans are smarter and more intelligent than we’ve ever been in the past 200,000 years of our existence. As the dominant and sole survivors of the many hominid species that began emerging and evolving in Africa over 2 million years ago, humans today… Rule the Earth!!! It was our very intelligence that eventually led us away from our “primal” or caveman diet and on to agricultural, animal husbandry and newer methods of feeding ourselves. With the current health care crisis and dramatic rises in obesity and disease, some may wonder if our ‘modern food industries’ are a good thing after all!?

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17 Awakened Warrior Training Tactics
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Warrior Training

“Given enough time, any man may master the physical. With enough knowledge, any man may become wise. It is the true warrior who can master both….and surpass the result.”
– T’ien T’ai

So you’re interested in Warrior Training and developing the strength, courage and awe-inspiring physique of an Awakened Warrior! Good for you, my friend… and I sincerely mean that. In a world where “Most People” are slurping down super-sized, sugary soda drinks, wolfing down greasy, artery-clogging, factory-farmed beef burgers and spending most of their waking hours sitting on the couch watching TV or playing videos games….. you’re aspiring to achieve excellence by mastering your body and your mind.

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Happy 12th Birthday to Soma Dawg!
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Soma and Brandon

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
– Milan Kundera

Today is my Soma Dawg’s twelfth birthday! She was born on March 6th, 2001 and has been howling, growling and chowing ever since! 😉 I can still remember the night my ex-girlfriend and I picked her up in the Tennessee Mountains. We were so excited to finally bring her home! She was only a 6 week old wolf pup with raccoon eyes, big paws and a waggling tail…. basically the cutest puppy in the world! She curled up in my lap as I drove us down the mountain and back to the city of High Point, North Carolina. Little did I know what I was getting myself into…

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