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Joseph TETI






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My Story,

As a kid growing up in a small town in rural Pennsylvania, there was not much to do. Much of my time was spent outside in the woods where I felt most comfortable. Having no brothers or sisters, and parents that divorced when I was 7 left me with the harsh reality that anything I wanted in this life was going happen only if I made it happen. Growing up dirt poor in a highly dysfunctional family traumatized me at a very early age that life isn’t always fair. We had no car until my aunt and uncle gave a car to my parents, and old Rambler. The electricity in our house was an on again off again event. I had to steal my clothes out of a Goodwill box at the end of our street to have decent clothes to go to school in. I was the proverbial 99 pound weakling in high school. I didn’t want to be there and my grades showed it. Looking back I am lucky I even graduated at all. In 11th grade I lost my mother tragically. 

Her death crushed what support mechanism I had at that time. My father who was the epitome of “tough love” gave little support in helping me overcoming such a devastating loss at such a young age. My escape was the military. Ten days after graduating from high school I found myself at Marine Corps boot camp Parris Island SC. It was there that my journey to excel in all things was cemented in stone. It was also there that I learned that to excel and perform at high levels required several things. First and foremost was the MINDSET to excel, which was something completely new to me. 

It took some time to understand what that truly meant, but when the “light bulb went off”; it set the course for the rest of my life.  

Having served in 3 special operations units, each one taking me higher up the food chain, my ability to perform at higher and higher levels was not only a job requirement, but a life saving ability. In war, mistakes are usually repaid with severe penalties. This is not in the form of loss of income or market share, but in the form of lost lives. Peak performance was the standard not the exception. You either met it, or you were asked to leave. It was that simple. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with the most physically and mentally tough individuals on the planet. These overachievers taught me how to raise the bar in my own life, and how to hold myself accountable in all things that I do. Does this mean I have succeeded at everything I have done? Absolutely not. I have had my fair share of failures and life disasters. I have fallen flat on my face many times. I have been financially wiped out, twice and had to rebuild my life from scratch late in life. I have lost many friends in war and to suicide after returning home. I have been stolen from, manipulated, lied to and betrayed by those closest to me. Over the course of my life I have sustained numerous injuries to include 3 major concussions, 1 requiring surgery for a cracked skull, torn rotator cuff, 102 stitches to my left forearm from being run over by a boat, numerous broken fingers and toes, 2 shrapnel wounds while serving in Afghanistan (1 to my ribs and 1 to my knee) and last but not least, I was hit by a car riding my bike that resulted in a broken ankle, broken wrist, 3 broken ribs, bruised kidney, dislocated shoulder and a grade 4 concussion. In spite of my injuries, of which several plague me to this day, I do not use them as a crutch or excuse not to perform in athletic endeavors. No matter the situation, I apply a few time tested, battle proven techniques that have never failed me, and pull me out of bad situations and refocuses my life. We all have our own stories…. Thanks for taking the time to read mine. 

Best Regards,

Joseph N. Teti

Committed to Hard Work & Discipline


“I pride myself on taking care of my mind, body and soul. God gave us amazing bodies that we need to protect, strengthen and develop. This includes our minds and mindset”…  Joe

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Joseph Teti is an experienced speaker and motivator. He was a keynote speaker for the “Wildfire Weekend” where he spoke to a crowd of 10,000 with NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow.

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