Peak Performance on The Long Haul

Remi Adeleke
by Flow Research Collective
August 1, 2023
I just need to make it to next step - is the thinking that brought me through Hell Week.
Remi Adeleke

In today’s episode, we have someone who is the embodiment of peak performance over the long haul.

You might know our guest Remi Adeleke from the movies ‘Transformers’ or his phenomenal book “Transformed: A Navy SEAL's Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds”.

What does it take for one young man to become a Navy SEAL, actor, entrepreneur, writer, and successful husband and father?

This is the story that Remi Adeleke shares on this podcast with us.

In this episode, we go deep and wide: 

We talk about the peak performance lessons Remi learned dealing with drugs in the Bronx, the most difficult aspect of hell week, and what it’s like to work in Hollywood.

Hell Week is a right of passage for all Navy SEALs. It is the hardest week of the hardest training program in the U.S. military.

Remi explains the importance of underlying motivation to make it through an environment that is cold, wet and physically and emotionally draining - where on average, 70 percent of candidates never make it past Phase One.

I think this episode is an inspiring story of someone seeking the impossible and making it happen.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The story of Remi (4:11)
  • How to carry skills into different careers (11:18)
  • The importance of reference points (13:43)
  • Trust your own history (17:40)
  • Prove people wrong (19:07)
  • The skill of extracting lessons (20:57)
  • Face, psychology and body reading (23:36)
  • A day in the life of Hell Week (26:23)
  • The most challenging part of Hell Week (28:30)
  • The importance of deep-rooted emotional reasons (30:00)
  • The foundation to a great team (35:42)
  • Group flow (40:42)
  • Remi’s creative process (43:44)
  • Remi’s approach as a coach and a consultant (48:21)
  • What’s next for Remi? (58:15)


Remi Adeleke was born in western Africa, but following his father's death, he and his mother and brother relocated permanently to the Bronx in New York City. After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in 2002 and later became a Navy SEAL. Ending his successful naval career in 2016, he was led to pursue a career in writing, speaking, and acting. Remi holds a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and a master's degree in strategic leadership, both from the University of Charleston.


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