Adam Hamilton is founder of Go Full Warrior. He is a graduate of The University of Wyoming, where he received a B.A. in Psychology. It took Adam almost 8 years to receive this degree. He struggled with alcohol and drugs for some times from the ages of 20 to 26 coupled with crippling anxiety and depression. It was during this time that Adam lost his Grandmother, which had a profound impact on his life. One day, he woke up and was tired of living a life that wasn't congruent with the life he wanted. He radically turned his life around in a short time. Shortly after graduating, he began a Master's program for Mental Health/School counseling but quickly realized this was not how he wanted to help people. After leaving the program, Adam married his wife, Hagen. At the beginning of August, they packed up their apartment (and kitty, Gypsy) and moved to Denver, Colorado. As a result of his experiences, he started Go Full Warrior to help others turn their lives around. He firmly believes that everyone can live the life that they want, it all comes down to making positive choices and building strong daily habits. Adam is determined to make the world around him a better place.
What do I do best?
Stay positive. No matter what has happened in my life, I have always been able to stay upbeat and look for the good in all things. I can’t say that it is always easy to do, but you can either look for all of the things going poorly or take a look at the things (even if it is only one) that are going right. Practicing gratitude has helped me keep this mindset going strong when things were tough. I am grateful for every experience I have had, both “good” and “bad” because of what I have learned and how I have been able to grow. Life is fully of beauty. Sometimes it’s in plain sight and sometimes you’ve got to look for it. But trust me, it’s always there.
What makes me the best version of myself?
Listening and learning. In a world where we are surrounded by constant noise and continuous connection to our smart devices, I think that these two things are both undervalued and underutilized. Every person in the world knows something that you don’t. There’s no way to learn that thing if you don’t quiet down your mind and give them your full attention. As far as learning is concerned, I read books and listen to podcasts. I feel that many people can benefit from using their phones to learn something every day. Even if you spend only 30 minutes a day learning, you will have spent a total of 182 hours educating yourself. For those of you who believe in the 10,000-hour theory for mastery, think about how quickly you can master a new skill, language, or topic by putting in more time that that per day.
What are my aspirations?
In regards to my personal life – I aspire to be someone that adds not only value, but positivity, to the world. I want to be the person that crosses paths with others and changes the course of their day. I aim to be a force of light in a world that can be quickly consumed by darkness. As nice as money and material possessions are, bliss is the thing that we can carry with us forever. I seek to help people realize this and help them find peace in their life. We all deserve to be doing exactly what we want in this world. I seek to always see the bright side and help others do the same.
In regards to my business aspirations, I one day want to make my brand (recently started) profitable enough to be self-employed later in life. However, I don’t look to do this by offering coaching and trying to make money – I want to create something that has lasting value for those that come across our community. I don’t care about selling products that I don’t believe in, selling advertisement space, or making people pay to hear the things that have helped me grow as a human. I care about making this world a better place and I hope that my brand can inspire people to create the life they’ve always dreamed about.
My Biggest Success?
My biggest success is not a single event that changed the course of my life, but a culmination of events that made me who I am today. I would say my greatest success is becoming the man that I am today. When I was younger, I constantly struggled with self-esteem, self-image, confidence, etc. When I became an adult, this stuff didn’t change. I constantly limited myself because of the view I had of myself. I let the words of all the people who knew my life story and degraded me because of those things take over my thoughts and views of myself. I was tired of being a loser. I became a loser by thinking that was all I could ever be. I never dreamed that I would be here, writing this interview, sitting on lunch at my wonderful career job, living in my favorite place, and having an incredible wife. I just didn’t think I would do any of this. One day, I stopped calling myself a loser. I stopped blaming my parents, my upbringing, and my lack of financial resources for my failures. I started calling myself a winner and seeing myself as the person I wanted to be. When this happened, everything changed. I raised my self-standards to a level that never allowed me to settle again. I quit hiding behind a wall of excuses and started owning up the things I was doing that held me back. This change took some time to take hold as I did not dig myself into the hole I was in overnight. These changes have been lasting and are allowing me to improve myself each day. I find that becoming the man I am today would have made my Grandmother extremely proud. It’s unfortunate that she isn’t here to see me today, but she always told me that the only person I needed to make proud is myself and I’m doing a fine job of that these days.
My Most Challenging Moment?
My most challenging moment was when my Grandmother Thurza, and English immigrant during WWII, passed away in 2015. She was my mother figure growing up and having her in my life instilled a great deal of self-sufficiency and resiliency. I faced many adverse situations growing up due to a less-than-ideal family life, but she was always a light in the darkness that surrounded me. When she passed, it forced me to reevaluate my life and I wasn’t proud of what I saw. It was hard to turn everything around without having her support any longer, but I used the lessons that she taught me to take control of my life and become the man that I am today.
Go Full Warrior. I try to live this mantra in all that I do. When I am doing something, I want to ensure that I give it my all and try as hard as I can. The only way I believe that you can truly fail is by not giving something your full effort. You either win, or you learn.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
I have quite a few role models. Listening to these amazing individuals has helped me develop a stronger mindset and allows me to challenges myself daily. They are: Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk (Vee), Lewis Howes, and most importantly my incredible wife, Hagen Hamilton.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
A few of my favorite places that I have been are: Monterey Bay, CA, Breckenridge, CO, Laramie, WY, Lincoln, NE, and Fort Collins, CO (as you can tell, I’m a Midwestern boy.)
Colorado is my favorite place in the world and I am honored to be able to wake up as a resident every day.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
One thing I use every day is my Hario v60 pour-over. Coffee is my favorite thing, so I make sure I prepare it properly every morning. Some other things that I like or use on a daily basis are: iPhone 7S plus, Dell Inspiron Laptop, the Litter Genie (for cleaning your cat’s litter box), the Bissell Symphony All-in-One Vaccuum and Steam Mop, and all of the books that we own (Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins, and The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes all come to mind).
My Current Passions?
One of my passions for the last few years has been coffee. I absolutely love the process of growing the bean, the different flavors that you get from various regions, altitudes, etc., and the way in which the coffee is processed and roasted. I would love to open a café/bakery one day as I love to bake as well. Until then, I’ll just enjoy going to my favorite coffee shops in the Denver area (Spur Coffee in Littleton, Two Rivers Coffee in Arvada, Corvus Coffee Roaster in Denver, and Thump Coffee in downtown Denver).
I would say that my largest passion to date is the Go Full Warrior community that I am starting. I was working on a Master’s in Mental Health/School Counseling up until this August when I chose to leave the program and move to Denver with my wife. I am passionate about helping people, but sitting still for an hour listening to people dredge through the things that weigh them down was hard. I took a lot of what they spoke about home with me and had troubles disconnecting when I left for the day. I knew that counseling was not the way in which I was meant to help people. I am very action oriented. I don’t like dwelling on things that are out of our control. What I do worry about is the actions that we can take to ensure we are living the lives that we want. I am also a big proprietor of calling people out on their bullshit. I have heard every excuse imaginable as to why people are settling for less than what they know they deserve. I used to be guilty of doing this as well. So I started Go Full Warrior as a way to help others find a community where they can find inspiration, stop wading in their own misery, and take control of their lives. I hope that this community will grow and attract people from every walk of life. I know I wouldn’t have made it to where I am today without the help and support of some of the most amazing people on this planet (looking at you Mama D and Dad guy). I hope to be that person for others as we all try to navigate this crazy thing that we call life. Thank you all for your time.