011 – How to Break Through Your Self-Limiting Beliefs with Nate Burkhalter

May 3, 2021

Nate Burkhalter is a seven-time participant of the hit TV show American Ninja Warrior. He is also a man who defines what it means to live a life with no limits.

In this episode, Nate tells Rylee his story on how we went from engineer to professional athlete, why you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and how to stay resilient in times of adversity and challenge.

In this week’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to Make Progress Towards Your Life’s Vision.
  • How Being Grateful Leads to More Joy
  • How to Overcome Your Self-Limiting Beliefs to Achieve Your Dreams

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How to Break Through Your Self-Limiting Beliefs with Nate Burkhalter Transcript

[00:00:00] Nate Burkhalter: [00:00:00] We go and finish a project and flying in a helicopter out into the Gulf of Mexico. We land on this production platform. I worked in the oil and gas business. Dude. It’s like being on a movie in the way. If Jurassic park is flying on this crazy thing, and then this big structure, that’s the [00:00:15] size of the empire state building way out in the Gulf of Mexico.

[00:00:17] It’s kind of a cool adventure. We finished this project up. We go back to Houston. He retires I’m back in the office in a project like a month later, I hear. Hey everyone within your division. We’re sorry to inform you that this guy has passed away. [00:00:30] He died of an uninspected disease, unknown disease. He was healthy.

[00:00:33] His life was over. Boom, just like that. This is the dude who, this is the guy who was telling me. He just retired and we finished that project and he retired. He was the one telling me, play it to the end. Like when you get to retirement, now you get your [00:00:45] time. You get your money, blah, blah, blah. And that shocked me so deeply because I had agreed.

[00:00:50] Okay. That’s what I’m going to do. And then I realized if I don’t start taking steps towards what I feel more purposed and passionate in, if I’m just staying here, cause it’s safer, it’s [00:01:00] get money or it’s prestige. I’m going to miss the purpose of my life and I’m gonna miss. Passion and fulfillment. I was like, God, if you’re real, show me and I’ll make a change in life.

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[00:02:15] Rylee Meek: [00:02:15] today to speak to one of our team members about how you can level up in all areas of your life today. All right. All right, everybody. Welcome back to another episode of the Kings council podcast. You know me, [00:02:30] I’m your host Riley meek. And today, if you listen to our episode last week, you know who I’m rapping with?

[00:02:35] I spoke it into existence and it happened. We have Mr. Nate. Or caught there on the show today, former engineers. You guys know if you’ve been following us or even [00:02:45] him turn professional athlete. Seven time competitor. No one has no limits. Nate Ninja warrior. Welcome to the show brother. Thank

[00:02:54] Nate Burkhalter: [00:02:54] you, Raleigh.

[00:02:55] Always nighter, always excited to be here.

[00:02:57] Rylee Meek: [00:02:57] I’m so glad we made time for this man. [00:03:00] So I appreciate you being intentional. We’d wake up a little early and get this one in before Nate heads back to you head back to Houston. You’re saying that’s right. Yeah, man. That’s where you live now. Yeah, I swear.

[00:03:08] Nate Burkhalter: [00:03:08] I am. I’m glad you said make time, not had time.

[00:03:11] Exactly. Is about prioritization and making times.

[00:03:14] Rylee Meek: [00:03:14] Exactly. [00:03:15] But being intentional that’s right. And intentional. Speaking of. Of that I want, I’m curious. Now we’re going to get into your story, which I love. I’ve been rapping with him a little bit here. So I want you guys to know a little bit more about Nate, his background, everything like that.

[00:03:27] His involvement here with Steve and the King’s [00:03:30] counsel, but I got to know, man, what is no limits, Nate? What does that actually mean?

[00:03:35] Nate Burkhalter: [00:03:35] Well, to me, it’s about recognizing that myself and many of us have limitations that have been placed on us. Either self-imposed limitations or things that are [00:03:45] our parents, maybe your father or my father imposed on me or what I saw in the world.

[00:03:49] And I saw so many limitations that defined me and held me back. And as I started growing in my. Jerry of life and pushing forward and wanting to be the best that I could be. I started figuring out, and there are [00:04:00] limitations we can break breakthrough. So I was like, there’s going to be no limit that will define me or hold me back from stepping into what I feel called to do or accomplishing the purpose of my life is supposed to have.

[00:04:10] And so I see there’s no, I am no limits Nate, because there is no limit that can define me. And it’s that [00:04:15] reminder for myself, even though I feel cheesy at times saying it, you know what. Stand behind it. Yeah. The limits going to define me. And as we get into my story, we’ll see some limitations that by breaking through my life has become something exciting or incredible.

[00:04:27] Right.

[00:04:28] Rylee Meek: [00:04:28] Absolutely. Man. Yeah. You [00:04:30] certainly have, uh, overcome a lot of adversity and challenges. Again, we’re going to get into that, but you live in Houston now, but that’s not where you grew up and you’re the oldest of five. That’s right. Right. How old are you now? I’m 35 now. We’re right there, man. Now I haven’t [00:04:45] competed in Ninja warrior like seven times, but we’re

[00:04:47] Nate Burkhalter: [00:04:47] in different arenas in many other arenas

[00:04:50] Rylee Meek: [00:04:50] of all the power pillars that make up King’s counsel, dude, that’s the body of Christ right here, man.

[00:04:54] Right. We make it up. But anyway, you grew up in Tennessee, right?

[00:04:57] Nate Burkhalter: [00:04:57] Yes. I was born in Tennessee, moved to [00:05:00] Louisiana when I was younger. My dad was a pastor. And so we grew up for like, my dad was this. I would say Jesus figure in the way of, he was a pastor and a carpenter. He should painter, but we moved to Louisiana at a young age, grew up in a trailer, home and [00:05:15] five kids.

[00:05:15] So I was the oldest of that and had two sisters below me and two younger brothers below them. And after graduating from high school, went to college at Louisiana tech university and became a mechanical engineer. And after that graduation moved to [00:05:30] Texas. So I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got there as soon as I can here.

[00:05:33] Rylee Meek: [00:05:33] Good place. And that was really free at your job, right? That’s a school for engineering. Yeah. Right on. Got a good gig with,

[00:05:40] Nate Burkhalter: [00:05:40] was it Exxon? Yeah. So I got in with ExxonMobil. Which at the time was like the fortune number one or number [00:05:45] two company in the world. So I was like, that sounds like that’s the one to go for.

[00:05:48] So I kind of set my sights on that from an early start in engineering and pursued it and got on

[00:05:52] Rylee Meek: [00:05:52] cheers, man, because I grew up in small town, South Dakota as well, that will not. Small town, not South Dakota, not Louisiana like [00:06:00] you bro. But was that something that growing up like your mindset? I mean, now you’re a professional athlete.

[00:06:04] You’ve overcome a lot of adversity obstacles in your life, but was there always like that, that desire? Were you an athlete in high school? Number one, I imagine you were, but. Was there always that [00:06:15] desire or that thrill of the hunt type of approach to whether it’s athletics or schooling or, you know, business.

[00:06:23] Give me a little background on that, man.

[00:06:25] Nate Burkhalter: [00:06:25] Yeah. Good question. I don’t think I was always an athlete. I remember being in [00:06:30] Peewee baseball or something like that, like after T-ball, but probably in the fifth grade, sixth grade region. And I’m a guy in the outfield, like sitting there picking flowers in the field, just not really engaged.

[00:06:40] Didn’t really have. Confidence or ability there, but later on, I ended up getting [00:06:45] homeschooled from. Sixth grade seventh grade, eighth grade, ninth grade. And so I was pulled out of the system. It didn’t have a chance to really compete or play around. I played backyard football with my brothers, but didn’t know if I had athletic ability go back to high school in 10th grade and I’m 115 [00:07:00] pounds.

[00:07:00] I hadn’t hit any kind of growth spurt. I don’t know if I’d started puberty at that point, I was a late bloomer and I wanted to play sports. I love watching football. I was like, I wanna play football. My mom was like, you’re going to get broken in half, share you. Right. Protect it. So I didn’t even enter any kind of sports in high school.

[00:07:14] Other than [00:07:15] I found out that, Hey, no one plays tennis in South Louisiana because they considered the sport for the girls. Right. But I saw that there was a few girls on the team and I was like, well, maybe I can go for that sport. So I got into it and. Wasn’t good at first, but second and third year, that’s what I got into, even though it [00:07:30] wasn’t really my passion, but it taught me a few things.

[00:07:31] So I developed some athleticism. I graduated high school at 130 pounds, so I’m still at twig, six foot tall now. And, but I realized adversity helped activate me. Hmm. So I was looking at the time and I, I go [00:07:45] back to high school and, um, after spending these years in public school, we were pretty poor. So like we had these hand me down books and my mom was trying to teach me some of these things.

[00:07:53] And my mom’s the one who was a little bit more endearing and compassionate, and I was a strong-willed kid. So I could convince her why it was not important [00:08:00] to do the bookwork that day. Right. Which became most days. But I learn a lot and I go back to high school in 10th grade. They don’t give me any credit cause I couldn’t pass any of the credit tests.

[00:08:08] And so basically get placed in ninth grade. And I’d been held back in third grade. So now I’m a 16 year old in ninth grade [00:08:15] looking like I’m 12. And like, how am I going to get through these next couple of years of school? But because I was behind, it gave me a driver of like, I’ve got to really set my mind to this and work my way through school.

[00:08:26] And I’d already, I was working two jobs to pay for a way to get a vehicle. And I really wanted to [00:08:30] have a vehicle so that my mom wasn’t dropping me off in this busted up old minivan, super embarrassing. But I saw both with the sports analogy and with this school, Adversity that was, I was facing it’s like, I really got to set my mind to this and work.

[00:08:42] I can’t coast. And I think [00:08:45] myself and others, like we can be semi talented or have some capacity or intelligence and we can kind of get by with our bare minimum, but we never really get activated from that. And I saw early on now I can look in hindsight and see, man, I had to give it everything. I’ve got to work my way through high school [00:09:00] and to start beginning to grow as an athlete.

[00:09:01] And I ended up graduating and like number seven in my class, out of. 250 people or 200 people coming. So I did high school in three years and I was, I’m telling you, I’m not that smart. You know, I’ve learned to work hard. And I realized, Oh, [00:09:15] there’s a formula here. If you really set your mind to it and go after it, something can come from this.

[00:09:19] And so getting to college and like, I got it. How do I get some weight on me? I’m too skinny. You know, I didn’t have much confidence, but started lifting heavy and eating a lot. And boom, I put on 60 pounds in, [00:09:30] in about seven months. No doubt. Wow. Just blew up. And I didn’t take the shortcut of taking steroids.

[00:09:37] Like a lot of the guys I saw in high school, they were playing football. But that really activated me is like, I got some size now I get a little bit confidence and I’m pursuing [00:09:45] engineering. And that was kind of the beginning of my sports journey. I wanted to play football and now I’m like, I’m big, I’m athletic can play in with playing flag football with some friends that I meet some players on the team at Louisiana tech university, which is where Terry Bradshaw played Karl Malone and [00:10:00] had a few legends that had come through there.

[00:10:02] And like I could, I could play ball here. I’m starting to believe that. And a year later I’m actually trying out for the team and thinking I got a shot to get on as wide receiver. And I’d been practicing with a couple of the quarterbacks and going through the process of that walk on [00:10:15] in the spring of 2007, walking onto the team.

[00:10:18] And then one of the adversity stories that maybe we can tie into is I’m walking across campus to go to the practice. And I’ve got a few friends behind me and I’m walking a path and you’re my dorm that had been on for months [00:10:30] as I’m walking across the ground, suddenly it just sinks in on me. The ground caves in like a pie crust.

[00:10:35] I had just step through and up gushes, boiling, water and steam, and it’s kind of hissing. And I slide in about five deep and as I’m [00:10:45] falling in my hands instinctively reached behind me and I catch what’s affirm ledge at that point. Thankfully, and I. Reverse dip, push myself up and out of this. And I looked down at my skin just starting to peel off and it feels like a thousand Hornets are stinging me and I got [00:11:00] wide eyes, like what is going on?

[00:11:01] And then I see this gurgling boiling water bubbling up out of the ground and steam hissing. Um, I’ll look at it in stunned, silence for a second, and then just feel the pain of this burn. So I turn off and run back to my dorm, full sprint, kicking my [00:11:15] shoes off, get into the dorm shower. And as I’m doing that, I’m like rinsing off cold water on me.

[00:11:20] And my skin’s just peeling off of my legs. And that, that was the beginning of a one month journey in the ICU to recover from a severe burn second and third [00:11:30] degree. And if I. Didn’t catch myself on this little ledge. I would have went in eight feet deep. That’s how deep the hole was that they later excavated.

[00:11:38] Wow. And I would have been burned head to toe and died. And in that hospital, I saw other people who had more [00:11:45] severe burns. Some that passed away others that were just horribly disfigured for the rest of their life. And it was kind of a shock and awakening. And that ended my football dream share, man. But I, after coming out and recovering from that, it kind of doubled down on engineering and it had to [00:12:00] persevere through again, thinking the same way I did in high school.

[00:12:03] I was like, I’m not the smartest guy in this classroom, but this is my path towards success in the best I can envision it. So it’s like, I’m going to stick through and, and do that. So I did finish up in the engineering path and got a good job. And it was [00:12:15] like barely making it in different areas, but that brought me to Houston.

[00:12:17] Right. And started a quote unquote, new life. So long answer there to, yeah, man, I,

[00:12:23] Rylee Meek: [00:12:23] I got a number of questions that pop in my head, so I didn’t realize that that’s, I’ve heard about like [00:12:30] the, you know, a burn story, but I didn’t realize what had actually happened, man. So as you’re sitting in, we talk a lot about mindset within the King’s council here and you know how important that is in order for us to not only develop, but even to just.

[00:12:43] Maintain or [00:12:45] continually progress toward the vision that we have for our life. So as you’re laying in that bed, that hospital bed, man, what’s going through your mind, like you’re S you had mentioned you’re seeing other people and what I gathered or what I took away from what you said is like, [00:13:00] you weren’t.

[00:13:01] That bad compared to other people. That’s good. It was that part of the mindset, the process that you had going on.

[00:13:08] Nate Burkhalter: [00:13:08] That’s good. So that was the first time in my life. I really got a perspective opportunity. And so I had a perspective [00:13:15] change. And I realized growing up, I always viewed my life as man. I’m the poorest person here.

[00:13:21] I have the least opportunity on the smallest person here. I’m the one that’s being bullied or picked on. And I would always see my circumstance to a negative mindset and it took [00:13:30] away my confidence or my gratitude. And in that moment as, um, I was in a. Frustrated like pouty state. I’m like, man, I’m in so much pain.

[00:13:39] I didn’t know. You could be in this much pain and doctors will tell you that second degree burns. I, one of the most painful things you can [00:13:45] experience as a human, because it doesn’t burn off your nerve endings, but it. It fringes him a little bit. So you’re just in terrible pain. They’re hitting me with morphine and I still couldn’t sleep.

[00:13:53] I didn’t sleep for weeks. So I’m starting to complain like why God, and what did I do? And asking all these [00:14:00] frustrating questions. And then as I’m being wheeled in a wheelchair down the hallway to go where they scrub off the bandages and the dead skin and rewrap you in these treatment bandages, I’m seeing people in these rooms.

[00:14:12] I remember just seeing this guy kind of turn and [00:14:15] look at me and his face would just burned and disfigured. And another guy. I saw something similar where his body was covered in burns. And two days later he was dead. It, man, it was like a slap in my face of who am I to be over [00:14:30] here, complaining and crying.

[00:14:32] And. Being frustrated at why would this happen to me? When I see someone who’s just lost their life and someone else who’s going to have their life horribly disfigured and changed. And it really slapped me in the face and gave me a new perspective. And then a [00:14:45] couple of years later, I went on a mission trip after graduating college.

[00:14:48] A doctor, friend of mine, mentor of mine in college, took me to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip, like medical missions. And I’m beginning to see what the world really looks like. And I saw that man, even those who don’t have a lot in the U S. [00:15:00] Have incredible wealth and opportunity. And again, it was that perspective of like, wow, if I can view this from there’s a lens of, here’s a mantra I have of my life.

[00:15:09] There’s always a better person in a worse situation than me. So I need to be appreciative of what I [00:15:15] have, no matter how little it seems like it is. And then use that to continue to take a step forward and have grit and persevere. So that was the first big, like slap in my face of what I felt like God saying, Hey, you still have so much.

[00:15:27] Learn from this grow. Don’t let this define [00:15:30] you. Yeah, he appreciative. And so it gave me that grip mentality, that gratitude mentality, and it gave me the power to change my perspective. And so, as I looked, as I found out, I get many more adversity challenges in the future, but I had that perspective [00:15:45] opportunity.

[00:15:45] Yeah. I’ve used that and I’ve leveraged it. Yeah. It’s a good question.

[00:15:49] Rylee Meek: [00:15:49] Yeah, that came through when you had mentioned that. That’s why I wrote that down in wanting to bring that up because I think so many people that go through life, either choosing to be. The victim [00:16:00] or choosing to be the Victor and not allowing, uh, what comes at us, you know, because so often we go through life and we’re reactive to just what it comes or, you know, we talk a lot about this as well as being that thermometer or being the [00:16:15] thermostat.

[00:16:15] Right. And then a thermometer for those that know, I mean, thermometer is simply a reflection of what’s going on in our environment. Right. It’s just, if it’s 68 degrees, it’s at 68 degrees. That’s what the thermometer gauge is versus being that thermostat, setting the [00:16:30] temperature of every room that you walk into and rather you are a thermostat.

[00:16:33] I mean, not only through just overcoming the adversity and we’re going to hear some more as we progress through your story, bro, but also just who you are as a human being. Like you [00:16:45] walk into a room it’s like, There’s a presence there. It’s like, we know, you know, what’s up, no limits name is in the hockey.

[00:16:52] I received that.

[00:16:52] Nate Burkhalter: [00:16:52] It hasn’t always been that way. Sure. And I, that’s something I’ve

[00:16:56] Rylee Meek: [00:16:56] stepped into. So let’s talk about that then, because for me it was [00:17:00] the same way. I’d like, it, it wasn’t always that way. And I still deal with self limiting beliefs of like, am I really good enough? Or is my. You know, as Steve talks about his Wikipedia page, like this is what, you know, [00:17:15] what the perspective of the outside person looking in like, Oh, he’s got it all going on, but internally there’s always like this.

[00:17:22] This self-doubt right. Or this just like, am I good enough? These self-limiting beliefs that we know are, you know, [00:17:30] it starts with our mindset and what we want to choose to believe because I mean, our lives are our perspective. Is our reality, right? My perspective may not be your reality, but it’s my reality.

[00:17:43] And so it’s so important to be [00:17:45] intentional in making the decision of how you’re going to choose to look at things. You know, when that bad news happens, when the severe burns on your leg too. Now we’re an engineering school. Life’s pretty good. Right? You got a good job. Pretty posh job [00:18:00] sounded like, yeah.

[00:18:00] Right.

[00:18:00] Nate Burkhalter: [00:18:00] Got to that point. Got to

[00:18:02] Rylee Meek: [00:18:02] that point. Yeah. Yeah, exactly. So you’ve pushed through, you’ve progressed. You’re flying, traveling all over the world. It sounded like right, man, you’re making some bank being smart with your [00:18:15] money. That’s right. What’s going on in your life now for let’s flash let’s flash forward through college, your new corporate job.

[00:18:20] That’s

[00:18:21] Nate Burkhalter: [00:18:21] good. Well, let me tie up a point. You said don’t be a victim or don’t have a victim mentality. And I had the opportunity after that burn. To not only become a [00:18:30] victim, but then play the victim and try to milk that. Right. And so I had some lawyers come to me, dude, you can make a ton of money off of this.

[00:18:38] You just got a freak accident. The state of Louisiana is liable for this dah dah, dah, dah, dah. And I was at a crossroads [00:18:45] of going into my, my sophomore year. I had finals in about three weeks and I had my first internship lined up. And with most jobs that you want to get into as a full-time employee, you have to have some proven track record as an intern.

[00:18:58] And so for engineering pathways, [00:19:00] it’s crucial that your sophomore year you wrap that up with a solid internship. And I had gotten that lined up and it was like, yes, I’ve got this opportunity. And now I’m in the hospital, I’m in a wheelchair and I’m not going to be able to go back and finish my finals much less take on this internship, which was like [00:19:15] seven hours North in Arkansas.

[00:19:17] And some of the lawyers that talk to me said, do not go accept that internship, because if you do, you’re not going to have this big of a case to Sue the state to say, look what you’ve taken away from me, my opportunity as a future engineer, my income [00:19:30] potential. And they were talking like there’s chances for millions here and as a small town kid with no money, but also not a lot of understanding about.

[00:19:42] Ways to grow and achieve and like, wow, that’s [00:19:45] my dad made 30,000 a year and we fed five kids and live in a trailer. Right. That’s a lot of money that could be the breakthrough. And I had that thought of like, well, if I play this card, then it may be easy from now on. And I remember, I don’t know what and [00:20:00] why.

[00:20:00] I feel like maybe the spirit of God in me, or just the understanding of don’t be a victim or don’t try to milk things, like pay your dues. I was like, no, that’s not the route I’m taking. I’m getting out of here. You guys, let me out of this hospital, I’m going back to school and finishing my finals [00:20:15] and I’m getting that internship.

[00:20:16] And I ended up doing that and driving up, I had one foot was burned worse than the other. So it was my right foot was worse. So at that point I could like use my left foot to kind of push like the pad of my heel and toe weren’t that bad. So I’m driving with my left foot wheelchair in the [00:20:30] back drive up to that place in Arkansas little rock Arkansas and start that internship so that.

[00:20:36] That decision point carried me on to getting a job at a fortune number one or two company later on moving to Houston, couple of years in. So tying up to what you asked [00:20:45] a couple of years in, like I’m doing really well in ways that I didn’t think I could, I didn’t believe that I could ever. Be successful in certain metrics.

[00:20:51] You know, I was shoveling cow poop on a farm for $4 an hour years before in South Louisiana and yeah. Picking out weeds in a rice field, but suddenly I’m at this [00:21:00] place I’m like cannot perform here and just begin to give it everything I’ve got and really hard work and humility. I’m asking as an engineer, they expect you to know what you’re doing, but I’m asking operators who are.

[00:21:10] Older guys working out in the field. Hey, teach me, how do you see things I’ve been trained [00:21:15] in theory, but you guys have seen it in experience. And I saw other engineers come in with a lot of, kind of pride and intelligence. I know what I’m doing here, and we should do this. And they’re barking out orders to everyone as a young person.

[00:21:26] And I’m like, just teach me how it was works. And with that humility posture, [00:21:30] I mean, some of these older guys. Really poured into me and taught me. And suddenly I became successful because my projects were succeeding and others weren’t because I had a lot of that operational experience and wisdom that was being passed on to me.

[00:21:40] So two years into that, I’m crushing it in the business world and I’m getting raises and [00:21:45] I’m getting promotions and I’m like, this is cool. And now I’m being flown around the U S and then eventually flown around the world. First class, making a great salary living as an ex-pat in Africa or in Norway.

[00:21:55] Which is cool and exciting. But back to that two years into the career, I’m going, [00:22:00] is there a lot more to life than this? You know, I was kind of in a relationship room like this. I thought she was what I wanted, but now I’m seeing like the mentality that she has and. The ways that I’m living. Like, I just feel like I’m playing it safe or there’s gotta be more like, God, if you’re out there, what is my life [00:22:15] supposed to be?

[00:22:15] Cause there’s still something stirring inside of me or I feel like I’m just kind of broken and I’m chasing the next success thing. And when I get it, it doesn’t bring purpose or fulfillment. And then I start asking these questions and I’m looking at guys that are near retirement and they’re still doing the same thing.

[00:22:28] There’s still kind of, not only [00:22:30] playing either safe in a certain area, but they’re living for the next achievement and they accomplish it and they get that certain money or that business piece or where they’re pursuing someone and they accomplish it. And then they’re like, okay, that wasn’t it. So I’m starting asking these introspective questions and I’m like, there’s gotta be something [00:22:45] more like, God, what is my life for?

[00:22:46] And that was an inflection point, a decision point and, and a pivot in my life. As I kind of asked that question, it felt like God responded to me and said, yes, there’s more and it’s not what you’re doing here. So there’s a, there’s a few things that go into that, right? Man,

[00:22:59] Rylee Meek: [00:22:59] let me [00:23:00] come on me interject that, bro.

[00:23:01] Because what I’m hearing you say is the society today and how it it’s incentivizes people to stay down. Right? If we look at like the welfare system or if you make a certain amount of money, you don’t [00:23:15] qualify for these benefits. So it’s putting a lid and you know, not only just on like the physical, tangible things that we can get or acquire, but.

[00:23:24] Ultimately, it starts with, goes back to our mindsets if we think, Oh, this is just how it [00:23:30] is. Or if I just allow the system, right. If I’m just a pawn within the system versus being in control of our own lives, which is what you did well, you said no, no, no, no. I’m not going to do that. And one of the things that I had written down here [00:23:45] was.

[00:23:45] The true wisdom is really looking at the fruit and other people’s lives. So even the attorneys that they, you said like, Hey, don’t go do that because you could get this big settlement. Or if you look at the flash forward into [00:24:00] your career now, and you’re seeing the people that are retiring, Hey, do this job, play it safe.

[00:24:05] Right. Play it safe. Because if you do that long enough, this is what you can do. You can retire. And you’re like, okay. Bro. I don’t want to, I don’t want that. Like, and that was a big thing [00:24:15] for, for me, it, in every area in my life that I found myself leveling up or choosing to level up, it was always looking for the fruit and other people’s lives and say, do I want that?

[00:24:25] That’s good. Is that what I want? And I’ve made it my philosophy now to only take advice [00:24:30] like true counsel wisdom from people that. Either have what I want or are aspiring to get what I want. All they have to be as at least one step ahead of me. That’s good. And that, I like your concept of, like, you’d mentioned, like reaching up and [00:24:45] reaching down like that.

[00:24:46] Like I’m going to, I’m going somewhere in the direction of somebody that has what I want, but I’m going to bring others with me. Yeah. Right. And that’s really what we’re doing with King’s counsel. That’s not what this is about brother, but.

[00:24:57] Nate Burkhalter: [00:24:57] What it is,

[00:24:57] Rylee Meek: [00:24:57] what it’s about so much wisdom [00:25:00] in what you just said, dude.

[00:25:01] And so now you’re in this corporate career. It’s like this, isn’t what I want. And I’ve had these experiences too. It’s like, is this all. This is what life’s about. Is this the, just this feeling of fulfillment, right, right. Take us through.

[00:25:14] Nate Burkhalter: [00:25:14] So [00:25:15] I started asking those questions because some of the retirement guys I saw, they’re like, dude, I’m sitting on three, 5 million in the bank.

[00:25:21] Cause I, I stayed on this process, stick to it, you know? And I’m going, did you do what you really wanted to do in life? And they’d say, no, but [00:25:30] now I’m about to retire and I can do whatever I want and I’ve got the money for it. And I’m like, Oh, that makes sense. Okay. I can. I just don’t think about it. Just keep grinding, just keep going.

[00:25:39] But I was, something was stirring in me. Like, dude, you’ve got time now make the most of your time, do it. The things that make your heart [00:25:45] come alive, which I didn’t feel like I had permission to do. It was like, no, I just gotta, I gotta earn, I gotta make this money. I gotta be safe. I’m like, What, what makes my heart come alive?

[00:25:53] And I remember this one guy who said, dude, just grind it out to retirement. It’s going to be worth it. And I looked up to him and respected him. I’m thinking, [00:26:00] okay, we go and finish a project and flying in a helicopter out into the Gulf of Mexico. We land on this production platform. I worked in the oil and gas business.

[00:26:08] So I’m out here, dude is like, Being on a movie in the way of drastic park, flying on this crazy thing. And in this big structure, [00:26:15] that’s the size of the empire state building way out in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s kind of a cool adventure. We finish this project up. We go back to Houston. He retires I’m back in the office and a project like a month later, I hear, Hey everyone within your division, we’re starting to inform you that this guy has passed [00:26:30] away.

[00:26:30] He died of an uninspected disease, unknown disease. He was healthy. His life was over. Boom, just like that. This is the dude who, this is the same guy who was telling me. He just retired and we finished that project and he retired. He was the one telling me, play it to the end. Like when you get to [00:26:45] retirement, now you get your time, you get your money, blah, blah, blah.

[00:26:47] And that shocked me so deeply because I had agreed. Okay, that’s what I’m going to do. And then I realized if I don’t start taking steps towards what I feel, more purposed and passionate. And if I’m just staying here because it’s [00:27:00] safer, it’s get money or it’s prestige. I’m going to miss the purpose of my life and I’m going to miss passion and fulfillment.

[00:27:07] So immediately, I was like, there’s gotta be more. And that’s when I had this kind of breaking moment, I was at a rough spot in my relationship with this girl that I was like, do I marry her? Do I, do I [00:27:15] walk away? And she had a very play it safe mentality. Am I good? No, I can’t do this. I’ve got to make some changes.

[00:27:21] And so that’s when I had this come to Jesus moment, like, all right, God, I was raised in a religious environment. I’ve heard some things and you exist and this and that, but I never really saw someone [00:27:30] living out their faith in a way that I wanted to follow. Just like you talked about, I look at people with examples of that’s, how I want to live my life.

[00:27:35] I like how they’re doing it. And I got a few of those examples around me. I had some good friends at the time and they’re asking the same questions. And so I made a pivot in life. Like I’m not playing it safe and [00:27:45] I’m going to start taking risks and start seeing if there’s more to life than just, you know, finding success in this area.

[00:27:51] So I kind of had that come to Jesus moment and I was like, God, if you’re real, show me and I’ll make a change in life. I’ll throw away everything. And it was serious. And I thought [00:28:00] if you have any kind of religious background, you feel like serving God means doing something miserable. For me, it meant moving to Africa, living in a mud hut and like knocking on doors and saying, can I tell you about my Lord and savior Jesus Christ, Jason I’m around.

[00:28:13] Um, that sounds like torture to [00:28:15] me. I gotta want to do that. But I, I kind of made this intentional confession of like, I’ll do whatever, God, I believe there’s more to my life. And if someone’s out there, if there’s a higher power, show me the way I’ll do it. And I thought it was going to mean quitting, throwing it all away and going to [00:28:30] Africa.

[00:28:30] Instead, I got a promotion. For instance, via text message and said, Hey, there’s this TV show called American Ninja warrior. I don’t know why I’m telling you this, but you should check it out. You should do it. And like, I never wanted to be on TV before. I did not want to be in the spotlight. I did not want to talk in front of people.

[00:28:44] I was an [00:28:45] engineer for a reason because I could hide behind a desk, but it’s something sparked in my spirit. And at the same time, I got an invite from a friend to go be on a mission trip and drill a water well in Latin America. And I was like, Yeah, I’ve got some skillsets to do that. Let me go help other people.

[00:28:59] And I [00:29:00] also got invited to do a few things like that. That got me out of my comfort zone. I jumped into all these things, long story short, I start feeling activated and purposeful as I’m attempting to get on American Ninja warrior and failing and applying and failing, but learning that I don’t want to miss [00:29:15] opportunities in life.

[00:29:15] Like I’d missed for football and college, or like I missed in other areas. So I start going for it. And that’s where I feel like I became more alive. I’m like, Oh, there is, there is more. And that was kind of the activation process of realizing I’m going to [00:29:30] live my life with passion and purpose right now.

[00:29:32] I’m not going to delay what I feel like my purpose is because I was procrastinating my purpose. I didn’t realize that. And so I got this, no limits Nate thing, because I like to use Nate isms. So if I find a [00:29:45] word, that’s got Nate in it, I look at it so procrastinate. I’m like, that’s what I was doing, but now I’ve become passion.

[00:29:50] Nate. They go about what my purpose is or. You’re trying to dominate over the obstacles or eliminate excuses. And I was like, man, I’ve got so many excuses in [00:30:00] life. So applying these little Nate isms and again, super cheesy, I’m like, you know what, I’m a cheat dude. I got dad jokes for days and I’m not even a dad, so whatever I’m going to go with it.

[00:30:11] But that was kind of this activation piece. And that’s what led me down this journey of [00:30:15] attempting and eventually getting onto American Ninja warrior and then having a breakthrough and still having a lot of adversity and injuries that. Took me out. So I’m like, okay, well I’m out this season. I got to keep going and keep trying it.

[00:30:26] I don’t know. That’s

[00:30:27] Rylee Meek: [00:30:27] your question coming into this, but so many, so [00:30:30] many, I’m actually just thinking of other words that I can put Nate. I know everybody else that’s listening in is too. So there’s some,

[00:30:36] Nate Burkhalter: [00:30:36] there’s some funny ones. If you’ve got a good one and you’re thinking

[00:30:38] Rylee Meek: [00:30:38] of, I’m going to be like, I’m fanatical right now.

[00:30:42] I had a

[00:30:42] Nate Burkhalter: [00:30:42] guy, he gave me a coffee mug that says [00:30:45] caffeinate my morning. If you’ve got to give them to make fun of me with send it to me, I would love to like, Blast myself on that.

[00:30:51] Rylee Meek: [00:30:51] That’s going to be my mission now. So

[00:30:53] Nate Burkhalter: [00:30:53] everyone out there that’s getting vaccinated, not a political statement, if you are,

[00:31:00] [00:31:00] Rylee Meek: [00:31:00] don’t hate Nate, man.

[00:31:04] So good. So I want to make sure that people understood. Cause what I, what I just heard there was that you applied, you didn’t get in right. For the Ninja where you applied

[00:31:13] Nate Burkhalter: [00:31:13] in addition process. So there’s three [00:31:15] parts to that process, I guess. Yeah. Let’s, let’s dive into Ninja where you’re just a little bit.

[00:31:18] Yeah. So it’s. A very popular athletic TV show on NBC. It’s not go try out. And they have broadcasting

[00:31:26] Rylee Meek: [00:31:26] channel

[00:31:28] Nate Burkhalter: [00:31:28] that into existence. Come [00:31:30] on, I’ll be in the back of my head. Come on. But you had to apply to this thing, create an audition video, show your physical ability, tell a story. Cause they’re, they’re pitching it in a way that when they put you on there, they want to draw the audience in with a story and then people were rooting for you [00:31:45] because you’re overcoming something.

[00:31:46] Or you’re interesting. So you have to be a strong athlete as a baseline, but then you have to have a interesting personality and bring energy to the show. You have to have a story. So I, I had the athleticism built up after years of trying and training [00:32:00] because when I saw this video from a friend, that’s like, dude, check out Ninja warrior, like, okay, what do I have to do to get on this thing?

[00:32:04] I started training at a gym in Houston. I found one built up my skillset there and then applied, but I realized you’ve got to have the personality, which I hadn’t activated yet. I was still pretty reserved. [00:32:15] And then you have to have the story, which I had stories. I just didn’t know how to tell it. And I was too shy to even quote unquote brag on myself.

[00:32:21] So two years of applying and getting rejected was like a huge pain point. I’m like, why is this not working out? And a friend said, dude, you’re not being really not being you. You’re not being the [00:32:30] things that you you’re, Nemoy passionate and parts of your life. But right now you’re kind of. Hi, I’m Nate. I go to sound like a robot.

[00:32:36] As you’re doing this audition process, they ended up calling my brother, Joel, who was a military vet that came back from Afghanistan and I’m telling him, Hey, I want to go this TV [00:32:45] show. We should do it. And he’s like, Oh, okay. I guess I’ll apply to the classes. He’s like, eh, whatever applies. They call them for me.

[00:32:53] This is my second season of applying. They call me and said, Hey, We saw your application and you talked about your brother, Joel, is he in [00:33:00] the application portal? I was like, Oh, let me make sure he got his stuff in. He sends it in and they’re like, cool. Thanks, bye. And I’m like, wait, wait, wait, am I getting picked?

[00:33:07] No, no, hang up. They call him.

[00:33:11] Rylee Meek: [00:33:11] I’m like,

[00:33:13] Nate Burkhalter: [00:33:13] but I also learned, you know, [00:33:15] via cheerleader of others, be a supporter of others, especially when they have the thing you’re looking for instead of being sinful or. Frustrated, like, why didn’t I get that? I deserve that I did the work like, okay, cool, man. I’m going to support you.

[00:33:25] And I went out to LA and he competed on a battleship out in the Harbor in [00:33:30] LA and did well there. And then the next year I was working in Africa on an ex-pat assignment. And that’s when I got the pick and the call, I’m a third season of applying because I shared way more of my personality. I shared a story.

[00:33:41] I talked about, Hey, here’s some of the things I’ve been doing on my global travel travels. Here’s how I’ve [00:33:45] been making the most of my life. And they’re like this stuff’s awesome. Like, this is interesting. We’d love to have you on. And so I’m in this little. Work environment with a bunch of local African guys, mostly who spoke English.

[00:33:54] And I get this call, Hey, Nate, you’ve been accepted to the new season of American Ninja warrior. I remember like busting out of my office [00:34:00] and running down the hall and this is a very formal work environment and everyone’s popping their head out, like, is everything okay? Is there a fire drill? And I’m like, Oh, write it up, dancing around.

[00:34:10] So that, that kind of began the journey and eventually got featured on TV and that brought new [00:34:15] opportunities. And I began getting in by CEO speak and share some of my story, which I didn’t want to do. But let’s get to know what it takes, being uncomfortable and growing. And then I started seeing what I’ve got an ability to communicate.

[00:34:27] I’ve got some of these skillsets that I’m not using, and that’s where I felt. God [00:34:30] reminded me. I’ve placed things inside of you. That until you step into them and start activating them, you’re never going to feel like your life is making the impact or the difference that you, you have that desire to have, or that that’s already rooted in.

[00:34:42] You. And so I began taking those [00:34:45] risks, those leaps of faith, and it grew and it, and the journey got harder, but then the reward of the fulfillment would come through on the back end, you know? So it was always this delayed gratification process. Yeah. It never happened instantly. Anytime I would try to cheat my way there.

[00:34:57] Like, especially earlier in my life, grab it before [00:35:00] I’d earned it. It would always fall through like sand in my hands. Sure.

[00:35:04] Rylee Meek: [00:35:04] Yeah. And the resiliency, I’m trying to tie Nate into that word, but still can’t figure that one out yet. But Google search words with resiliency is I think so many, there’s a great book out there called you know, [00:35:15] three feet from gold where people stop three feet from gold as they’re digging that hole and it gets hard and it gets tough.

[00:35:21] And as you’re doing it, it’s good. You know, day in and day out the monotony, maybe sometimes that people go through and then they quit [00:35:30] right before that big breakthrough is going to happen. That being said, you know, I’m a firm believer that there’s never really failure. There’s only feedback. And I know everybody else has their definition of success.

[00:35:45] [00:35:45] And I’m curious, man, not to put you on the spot, but have you, have you thought about that? Like what does success actually mean? To you, is it the thrill of the hunt? Because that dopamine release that we get, you know, or is it like I’ve achieved XYZ [00:36:00] now I’m successful? Or is it, you know, that the cheesy saying that success is a journey, not a destination.

[00:36:06] Right? What does that Ralph Waldo Emerson, I believe had originally said that and I get that, but w how would Nate. Define [00:36:15] success.

[00:36:15] Nate Burkhalter: [00:36:15] It’s a great question. It used to start. Yeah. Somewhere in that hunt, that adventure, that journey, and then accomplishing something. And then it became more of, can I achieve some form of status?

[00:36:26] I think I, I can look back and say I was an achiever in my [00:36:30] mentality or how I wanted to get approval or prove myself. And as I shifted my mindset to others. So when I had this come to Jesus moment, I talked about, yeah, I felt like God gave me a reminder that life isn’t about what you achieve or do. It’s how you impact [00:36:45] others.

[00:36:45] And so for me, it’s more around prioritization and if I can prioritize. I say three things like God, first other second, me third. And when I can live by that, I see not only blessings flow into my life, but purpose [00:37:00] and contentment. So I also say things in my life, like always satisfied, but never complacent.

[00:37:06] Yeah. Like you said, it’s a process in life. And if you look in that achiever mentality, it’s like, okay, when I get this next thing. Then I’m going to be happy, then I’m going to feel [00:37:15] satisfied. And then when you get it, inevitably, you’re like, okay, well now I got to have the next thing. So I fall in love with the process of, yes, you’re always going to be pursuing the next thing.

[00:37:24] And that’s just the mentality of growth, but learning to be satisfied in every situation, appreciative for what you have. [00:37:30] Back to the perspective mentality. And when I have that, then I can enjoy where I’m at. And so now I always feel like I’m in a great place in life. I love that I’m still hungry for more, because I’m not complacent.

[00:37:39] I’m going to keep growing, but I can appreciate the mountains and the valleys. And I’ve been in some low [00:37:45] valleys, physically, mentally. I’ve been in the pool, one of the poorest countries in the world and seeing some rough places I in 2020, I was in a, a really cool situation on a new TV show that, that came out of.

[00:37:57] Perseverance and grit and not [00:38:00] quitting three feet from the goal, but it was also a very lonely isolating place. No cell phone, no internet, no connection for over seven months and, and being alone and eating rice and beans every day. But also remembering, man, this is still beautiful. I can [00:38:15] appreciate certain things I’ve got right now.

[00:38:16] And so that perspective gives me a new version of success. And I think now my life is being able to impact and inspire others because I was so inspired at times when I saw someone doing something that I thought was hard, scary, and yet [00:38:30] incredible. And seeing them come alive and that gave me permission to come alive.

[00:38:34] And, you know, we all know Steve is such a big personality and he’s a guy that’s given me permission, not he didn’t even know it, but he gave me permission to be more of who I am and be excited about that. That’s an [00:38:45] awesome dude.

[00:38:46] Rylee Meek: [00:38:46] I mean that literally is the word that I wrote down here about 20 minutes ago was permission.

[00:38:52] Like you needed an environment to have permission to not be safe, not to play it safe. Yes. But to feel like you [00:39:00] can take the risks because. They

[00:39:02] Nate Burkhalter: [00:39:02] don’t define you. They don’t just failure. Doesn’t define these kid. That’s good. So finding out who you are are outside of your achievements or your failures, you know, don’t die by, there.

[00:39:11] Don’t live for the praise, but don’t die by the criticism. So [00:39:15] when I found out who I was and surrounded myself with people that knew who they were and were willing to speak into me and encourage me and build up my life selflessly, you know, and that’s what the King’s council has been for me. And I’ve found the King’s counsel after the biggest wind in [00:39:30] my life.

[00:39:30] Sure. So the six year journey of me competing on American Ninja warrior auditioning and getting rejected, auditioning, getting rejected, getting on, failing, getting on, making it to the national finals, breaking my ankle the night before, still competing on it the next day, thinking, I don’t know [00:39:45] if I’ll ever get another chance.

[00:39:46] I’ve got to make the most of this. Well, that part didn’t go well as a failed your five year, your four and your five getting back on and missing the national finals by one spot. Yeah. Like, ah, when is it going to break through 60 year is when it hit. I make it back to the national finals [00:40:00] crushed. The first round become one of the elite competitors from that go to get a few hours sleep before we compete on the next round.

[00:40:07] Wake up. Puking my guts up diarrhea because I had just come back from Africa, West Africa, work assignment, South Africa, mission trip. And [00:40:15] I thought I had malaria had all the symptoms. Yeah. I’m like, wait I’m, I am seven hours away from potentially winning the show and getting a million at that point. I’d quit my job with ExxonMobil and I’d walked away from the career.

[00:40:28] And so we didn’t talk about the [00:40:30] side career, taking the leap. It’s like, there’s gotta be more life. Life is about risk as well. Now I’m an engineer, so it’s calculated risk. Like we all fly on airplanes. There’s a risk there, but it’s calculated and it’s a low risk. So we make that choice, same thing with driving an automobile.

[00:40:44] So I made this [00:40:45] choice. I leave the job I’m going for broke on a Ninja. I’d made some, a lot of financial plans as well to, to take this leap of faith, to step out into new arenas. Well, I get this massive sickness. Can’t even move long story short. I’m like, I’m not quitting here. And the executives of the show are like, you [00:41:00] can’t even compete.

[00:41:00] And I’m like, I’ll sign a release. Let me go. They dosed me up with a few Ivy bags. I get to where I can do one pull up and I attack stage two and ended up being this thing by a miracle with one second left. And it becomes one of the most Epic runs on Ninja warrior. And. So they [00:41:15] feature that well then immediately after we have to go to the next round.

[00:41:17] So it’s rounds three and four and the fourth one is the a hundred foot rope climb that you have or 80 foot at the time that you have to climb in under 30 seconds. If you do that, you win the million dollars. That’s on this close, but I’m also so exhausted from this sickness that I can’t [00:41:30] even do the first obstacle it’s over.

[00:41:32] And so there’s this frustration of like, wow, the six year journey of doing this. It reaped a great reward. As far as me achieving some of the goals I set out for, and it took me six years of doing that. And so it was a reminder of the scripture. I live by [00:41:45] Romans eight, 28 for all things work together for the good of those who love God and are walking according to his.

[00:41:49] Purpose for their life. And so I’m like, well, I’ve kind of done that. I’ve seen that it was worth it in this journey of not quitting. I was three feet from gold in certain areas, but now I’ve, the sickness has taken me down and I [00:42:00] can’t compete in them. I’m out. And I was so close to this prize, like, why did I miss it?

[00:42:04] What’s going on? I just left my job. Three months later, I get invited on this new TV show in Latin America. Number one show on Telemundo called exit the lawn. And I’ll [00:42:15] put on the team famous the phimosis team, and now I’m a gringo, I don’t speak Spanish, but long story short to get on there. I spent seven and a half months there.

[00:42:23] I have three significant injuries, one where a thought we broke my neck and thought I was paralyzed. I ended up not being broken, just [00:42:30] several herniated disc, and I’m supposed to be eliminated from this competition. And I’m thinking back to these times that I had in Ninja warrior where I’ve had an injury and setback, and I was like, you know what?

[00:42:38] I’m not done here. Push through, come back in up winning that whole TV show, which launches new opportunities. [00:42:45] I got prize money from that. That was significantly larger than my engineering salary that I’d walked away from. And as I get out, I find out about COVID cause we didn’t have our cell phones or internet or connection to the outside world.

[00:42:57] And we were basically on survivor. With the [00:43:00] experience of being in prison of how restricted we were and we’re competing every day as athletes. And it’s a reality TV show. So they’re documenting this chair. I come out and find out about COVID the world’s changed. Everything’s crashed. And my company because of the market tank had let go of like 25% of [00:43:15] its employees.

[00:43:15] And my division was let go. I would have lost my job. So the lesson I got out of that is oftentimes playing it safe is riskier than just taking the risk. You’re taking the leap of faith. And I saw that where it was like, my life became 10 X [00:43:30] because I was willing to walk away from that safety follow the promptings in my spirit.

[00:43:35] And then that led me here. And now I’m aligned with men and women that are a hundred X of what I ever thought my life could be. Yeah. It’s like, wow. I just, I was willing to take the next step and take the leap and have the right [00:43:45] perspective and not quit three feet. Right. That’s

[00:43:48] Rylee Meek: [00:43:48] solid brother. Here we are.

[00:43:49] Here we are, man. We’ve been going, we’ve been ripping for like 40 minutes, bro. So I want, I want to continue this. I find it interesting though, too. Like you crushed 20, 20, one of the [00:44:00] most Epic user life that you come out. Like if you look at mainstream media and everything, like, no, no, you’re not supposed to be successful right now.

[00:44:06] Like, right. That’s right. Because you were your mindset. Wasn’t like, Oh, I’m a victim. Yes, you were, you blocked out, you had the blinders on. It’s like, [00:44:15] this is what we’re doing. And then you come out and it’s like, Oh, I wasn’t supposed to succeed. I wasn’t supposed to have. Any financial gain or anything like that during 2020, that’s a whole nother podcast in itself, probably, but blow up and not 60 [00:44:30] seconds here.

[00:44:30] What’s next dude. What’s next 35 years old, man. Ooh, we’re just getting started here. What do you envision what’s next for? Naper got there.

[00:44:38] Nate Burkhalter: [00:44:38] I’m excited to dream big. Now I’ve left the safety and security. Now. It’s like, how big can this [00:44:45] go? What can my life become? And so I’ve aligned myself with this mastermind in this life coaching and, um, Paying for coaching for the first time in my life, because I believe in the value of learning from others, you can really speak into my life.

[00:44:55] And I’ve been activated so much in the past three months from being a part of this tribe. So [00:45:00] now it’s like, man, I’m going for bigger things. As an athlete, I’m becoming a professional speaker storyteller because I want to use stories of my life and examples. I have to activate others into, to call them forward.

[00:45:11] I’m stepping into that arena. You know, I’m growing my brand. Now I’m going to be [00:45:15] leading others on exciting trips around the world to experience some of the things that I’ve done to really awaken my own spirit. So my heart and my passion is to really awaken others to pursue the God-given purpose in their life.

[00:45:27] And it’s going to be a public journey. Now I’ve [00:45:30] done the private work. You know, my label as an engineer was subsurface engineer below the surface. I was doing the hidden work, the foundational, the character work. And now it’s like, Oh, I’m, I’m seeing I’m on the surface now. But after that foundation is laid, the skyscraper can grow.

[00:45:44] And I’m like, we’re [00:45:45] building this baby. Yeah. And it’s a team effort. It’s a team work and it’s not for me, it’s for others. And so as I remind myself of that, like the sky is the limit. Wait, that’s a limit so we can go through the sky. Cause there are no limits, no limits. Life can become, [00:46:00] there’s no limits.

[00:46:01] So I don’t know fully what that’s going to look like. I’ve got a lot of new ideas and passions. I’ve aligned myself in cool ways being activated. Yeah. Well, I want to invite anyone listening if that excites you, come follow the journey. Yeah. Cause I’m learning to step out. Not only faith, but also being [00:46:15] bold for what I’m excited to do.

[00:46:16] Absolutely.

[00:46:17] Rylee Meek: [00:46:17] Man, where can they find you? Where can they follow you?

[00:46:19] Nate Burkhalter: [00:46:19] Everyone can track with me on social media at no limits. Nate. With the underscore at the end. And so that’s Instagram is probably where I’m most active Facebook. I’m getting into YouTube. [00:46:30] I’ve been told I need to launch a podcast. Yeah. Or I might do some series in that realm, but I got some cool things coming up in the next few months.

[00:46:38] Yeah. And I’ve just competed on the new season of American Ninja warrior. So I’m still growing and training as an athlete. Awesome. But also growing in the [00:46:45] entrepreneurial space. Yeah, man.

[00:46:46] Rylee Meek: [00:46:46] There’s no limits here. We’ll put your links in the show notes as well for everybody. No limits Nate with an underscore at the end there, but bro, thanks for being on, man.

[00:46:55] This is fun. I appreciate it. Rally, get to know you a little bit more.

[00:46:57] Nate Burkhalter: [00:46:57] Yeah, same. Thanks for having me. Appreciate your [00:47:00] life. You continue to inspire me and call me higher. Right on my

[00:47:02] Rylee Meek: [00:47:02] left.

[00:47:07] thanks for tuning into this

[00:47:08] Nate Burkhalter: [00:47:08] week’s episode of the Kings council podcast. For

[00:47:11] Rylee Meek: [00:47:11] more information on the Kings council and becoming the [00:47:15] CEO of your own life. Visit

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