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Tactical Living Podcast with Clint and Ashlie Walton

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Cohost, Gary Pinkerton welcomes two guests, Clint Walton, a police officer in an elite tactical unit, and Ashlie Walton, a certified life and business coach. Clint and Ashlie host The Tactical Living Podcast. The two talk with Gary about having a life where theyve known nothing but the first responder lifestyle and how they were able to make their relationship thrive in spite of it. They also discuss where the two see their company going and how other first responders can improve their own relationships.

Announcer 0:04
Welcome to the heroic investing show. As first responders we risk our lives every day our financial security is under attack. Our pensions are in a state of emergency. A single on duty incident can alter or erase our earning potential instantly and forever. We are the heroes of society. We are self reliant and we need to take care of our own financial future. The heroic investing show is our toolkit of business and investing tactics on our mission to financial freedom.

Gary Pinkerton 0:38
Welcome to the heroic investing show, a podcast for first responders, members, the military, veterans, and anyone looking to improve their financial future and gain some freedom with their time. We teach America’s heroes how to build passive income, build their startup business and safely grow wealth through real estate and other alternative investments. We have current and prior from First Responders put protections systems and a team in place to help them build a life where they can focus on their passion, that service or product that they’re uniquely gifted to share with others, making the world a better place for all of us. My name is Gary Pinkerton and I co host this show with Jason Hartman. This is Episode 229. heroic investing two to nine. So on last episode to 28, you heard me on the tactical living podcast. And today we’re turning it around. And I had the pleasure of having Clint and Ashley on my podcast. So if you haven’t made it over to tactical living yet, you’ve got to hear Ashley and her husband, Clint Walton. So their goal is to serve first responders and members of the military. And obviously that’s the same audience that we try to serve here on heroic investing. So please go over and check out their podcast as well. So Ashley is a certified life and business personal coach and her husband Clint is a full time police officer in Southern California. And he works in an elite tactical unit that he wasn’t able to talk much about. But on their podcast, the two of them talk about things like what it’s like to be the wife of a police officer. And Clint joins many of the podcasts to give his perspective as well. Together they share stories and recommendations that work well to live a balanced life. Whether you’re looking for tactical approaches for health and fitness, learning spiritual discipline, improving intimacy, or building knowledge around current business challenges. This podcast is for you and they’re just an awesome group to spend some time together with on podcasts while they’re broke investors. Welcome back. We have an amazing show. And today you get two for one because I’m, I’m interviewing both Ashley and her husband, Clint Walton, so maybe I shouldn’t say and her husband so Clint Is the ticket to be able to get on heroic investment. I guess if we’re getting technical here, I don’t really follow my rules too much that you have to be a first responder or a member of the military. You just got to add value to them. But Clint is Clint Scott is a 12 year active police officer. And Ashley, his beautiful wife who just hosted me on on their show on her show, tactical living, which just by the way, reached the top 105 at iTunes. And she is a certified life coach and has been doing that for over two years. And one of the amazing things is both of this both their show tactical living, and, and her coaching focuses on first responders, their support systems and military members to facilitate the process of developing tactical habits and routines that show you how to truly have it all. And so all of you on heroic investing know, I’m extremely passionate about people finding their unique genius setting up their lives in a way in which they get back time to do what’s really important. And I think that’s in that one minute tagline that I say at the beginning of our show. So we’re in great place here, Ashley. And Clint, thank you so much for joining me.

Clint Walton 4:11
Thank you so much for having us. We appreciate you.

Ashlie Walton 4:13
We’re so excited. And as you listen to this, I just want to share how warm in and just welcome this energy is right now, that doesn’t always happen with a lot of guests. And as Gary just shared, he just got off of being interviewed on on our show. So I love just sharing this energy and sharing the space and we’re just so honored to be able to be on this show with you.

Gary Pinkerton 4:33
It is it is fun, and I appreciate you saying that. So here’s what happened Clint is going to be seriously on the hot seat here because I was just sent an awesome interview by Ashley which I’ll air right before this one, when we’re when we’re airing this. And so you’ll already know what I’m talking about when I say this. But Ashley and I got this thing going on with a great conversation. In part Clint didn’t get to talk at all. So Clint, we are dying to hear your story where First of all, are you serving and do you have a specialty there on the force? And what’s the what’s the future?

Clint Walton 5:05
So I can’t specifically bring up the agency I work for, but I’ll just leave it at I work in Southern California. Awesome. Yes. I like it behind the curtain. I love it. So I work for a very busy agency in Southern California. Okay. And I’ve been there for 12 years, which coincides almost exactly with how long Ashley and I have been married. We actually were married days after or days before I started the police academy. So our marriage has no nothing other than being a police wife and police officer. And so, in working where I work and being exposed to what I have over the years, it’s just been, I’ve been I could go through you name it. I’ve pretty much seen it unfortunately. And I brought that home with me. I’ve been through The mud and the muck. And when I come home, I just shut down. And then till about two years ago, I had this eye opening experience of like, this can be all there is for me. And that’s when Ashley and I had some really hard conversations and eye opening conversations with each other and said something needs to change. And that’s where that change really came to fruition for us through Leo warriors and our our podcast, tactical living, and the more and more we’re doing outreach and really getting to know people throughout this world, even of first responders and military service members. It’s such a neglected community. we neglect each other. We do this based on this societal mindset of Well, I don’t it’s not me That’s not me, I’m not the one who’s going to go commit suicide right now. I’m not the one who is going through these problems with my own marriage. So I don’t need this help. But over time, it stacks up, and you slowly start to withdraw it and you just don’t recognize it. I, I didn’t recognize any of it. I had no clue that I was combating c PTSD. And I would go home, went on the couch, turn on the TV zone out the rest of the world, which completely accelerate our communication. Sure. And it just evolved from there. And the more and more we are reached to people and we hear this feedback of, well, I don’t want to have that label of PTSD, or see PTSD. And it’s something that it’s true. We don’t want to be labeled with that, of course, because this career indeed Yeah. And instead of having that label and and that stigma being placed on us, that’s why we’re devoted to crushing that stigma of mental health is so much more than see PTSD, PTSD, it’s like having a broken arm, a broken arm can heal, so can PTSD and that’s why we actually started coining the, the terminology of pts I compared to PTSD.

Gary Pinkerton 8:31
And PTSD is

Clint Walton 8:32
post traumatic stress injury.

Gary Pinkerton 8:35
There you go. That’s awesome. So yeah, that one word makes a big difference in that you know, it’s it’s really interesting and I’m versus have now thought about the similarity here. But I had a, an Air Force officer who worked for me at the Pentagon, one of my last two tours and he was a f 16 pilot and his close friend. had gotten assigned to, you know, one of those conex boxes at an Air Force Base out west where he was flying drones. Right and, and he would go to battle every day and do some horrific things and armed drones, and then he would come home and, and go back to normal life. Right and and so when you prepare, especially the Navy because we do it, you know, at war time or not, you know, we’re gonna deploy the ships for six months at a time. So there’s this whole workup process for it. And then then everyone’s focused on experiencing the same thing. And then you come home and you have some counseling kind of stuff to get you back out of that if there’s any issues. There’s this whole routine army doesn’t ever didn’t have that in Air Force didn’t have it. They figured it out over, you know, eventually after this 10 year war we’ve been in, but then he come back home and then that stuff’s there, and now it’s kind of hitting me that you guys are you know, those of you that go to go to work in war zones as as police officers are doing the same thing this guy was and he was his life was falling apart where He could handle it very easily when he was, you know, deployed with his unit because everybody had the support naturally. But when he would go and pick up his kids from school and go to a birthday party, and then come back and do that job again, and then you know, like that switching on and off, wasn’t working. And yet you guys do the same thing. And so I just kind of go back to Hey, the people who listen to this show, we’re all the same. You know, we’re all we’re all experiencing the same kinds of things. So two years ago, something you know, that really started to change for you. And you guys started this up. Ashley, talk about kind of your background and how two years ago things changed, really, for you personally, as well.

Ashlie Walton 10:36
Yeah, thanks, Gary. So I had managed a pediatric practice for 13 years, and it was a smaller practice. And as you can imagine, we spend more time at work than we do at home with our own families. So you, you definitely build a close unit and I was very fortunate, or so I thought to have built that close relationship with the doctor that I had worked for. And out of the blue one day shortly after my mom passed away, she came into my office and said that I had cancer. knocked out my salary. And I wasn’t going to be incentivized anymore financially for the services I was providing. And then I either needed to quit or she was going to retire. And then I would be left without a job. And I’m like, What just happened. And I remember feeling like I was slapped in the face, because this is a woman who I looked up to and admired in so many different ways, who always told me I was family, close family, we went over to each other’s houses, like Cher shared a lot of intimacy together that that seemed that it was it was further extended that just an employee employer relationship, and I remember telling myself like, I do not ever want to feel this way again, like, what do I do, and at the same time, things with Clintonite I was recognizing were drifting apart. And it was because we had become so complacent with his day in day out in the minutiae of the way that the dynamics work. When you are in a relationship with a first responder and military service member. You just become used to it, and that becomes your normal, but I remember asking myself Like, is this is this the foundation that I want our marriage to stand on? Like, is this what I want my life to look like in terms of business? I had done everything the right way. I went to school got my MBA, like married the love of my life. I have five brothers, I’m the only girl and yet why does it still feel like like this, this can’t be it like I’m not satisfied, I’m not happy. So I spent thousands of dollars and decided to hire a life coach actually listened to a podcast. And I felt like I had gained such an intimate relationship with this man through my speakers, and not in an unhealthy way intimate and I’m sure as you’re consuming this material here, when you’re having a one on one interaction, it almost feels like you’re very involved. Usually we’re in our cars or somewhere really solo when we are consuming content like this. And that’s how my relationship with this particular coach started. And I’m like, you know what, nothing else is working. I did the school like I did the job like nothing else is going to help. Why don’t I just try? Why don’t I try this. He had put Got a program where he was looking to get new clients. And it was an application process. And to make a long story short, I was one of the seven people that were chosen still cost thousands of dollars, which was a, quote, discount rate. And I started the process of coaching with this man. And in retrospect, having the five brothers and being the only girl was it was really important for me to connect with a coach that I felt very comfortable with. And in this particular the dynamics of this relationship, I need somebody to be very hard on me. And to not like bs things or beat around the bush. He was very direct with me and called me out for a lot of things which I valued and appreciated. And in doing that, I hired him to hold me accountable week after week, and my life changed in a matter of four weeks. In a matter of four weeks. I’m like, Okay, I know that I want to be a life coach myself. I know that I’m never going to work under somebody again in my entire life. And I know that my people, the people that I would literally want to take on vacation with me every day of my life are first responders and military service members. These are the people I connect with. These are the people that I communicate with. With and the people whose energy I feed off and then I thrive off of a routine basis. And so we birth to Leo warriors. That’s our only baby after 12 years apart from three pomeranians. And we started to coach first responders. And we did it the right way. Like we joke a lot about like, these selfie coaches who are trying to sell you products and services by posting some selfie like a shaker bottle with themselves and not to just credit them. There’s a big difference between somebody who is a certified coach and somebody who just training under like MLM material. And for me, I know that having the experience from a coach who was a true professional in the field and who had those credentials, and the ones who be so I’ve also wasted tons of money on I know the difference and having understood that myself as a client made a huge difference in the type of services that I knew I wanted to give to other people.

Gary Pinkerton 14:50
That’s awesome. You know, I talk about all the time that the one of my lessons learned is that the only really the only true scarce resource Any of us have his time, right? Everything else you can come up with, like, there’s a way to solve everything else out there. If you have the money, you can solve all the rest of the things very easily. But it’s easy to solve the money when to write, you just need a good idea or know somebody who does and add value to the world, and then it’s solved. But the thing you can never do is get back to time and so, so learning as soon as you can from a certified Life Coach, what why you’re here is really important. And so he get going in the right direction, like all of us are on the wrong path at different times in life. But as soon as we get pointed in the right direction, like pull out the compass, every once in a while, make sure you’re headed the right direction, but you got to know where to point it first. And so I mean, I was 46 years old when I first worked with a coach to do that. You don’t need to wait that long. And I’m sure there’s people in their 70s who finally got on the right path. You know, Colonel Sanders is very inspirational to me, because that man was like, 73 when he got moving, right, and man, I got a lot to do between now and 73. And then I get to start at his level. So that’s pretty Exciting. So, gosh, Ashley, you asked me an awesome question on your show and I want to turn the tables but this time I get to ask it well asked you to both you but Clint, you got to talk first because I’m keeping you on the hot seat 12 months from today with this amazing business and amazing podcast you guys have, and your amazing family like where are you 12 months from today?

Clint Walton 16:22
I’ll be honest with you, I see us helping so many people more than we have, and and building a platform even bigger, to help more. And that’s the that’s the goal behind what we’re truly doing is we want to help so many people

Ashley Walton 16:46
and all elaborate on this a little bit more because my dear husband might have forgotten but he and I actually just sat down and strategically wrote out exactly what 12 months is going to look like for

Clint Walton 16:57
good. I did forget Rational answer.

Clint Walton 17:03
Yeah. here’s the here’s the clean answer. Now, I’ll let Ashley continue

Ashlie Pinkerton 17:09
in South Africa on a rhino reserve, because that is Colin’s favorite animal in South Africa is our most cherished and precious, precious place to visit in the entire world. And we will be getting ready to host events probably our very, very first mastermind for military servicemembers, first responders and their families, all while having somebody take care of our house, which I have to add one of the things on my list, I very much believe in the law of attraction but not in the way that it’s been, like manipulated and sold and publicized. There’s so much when it comes to neuroplasticity and the neural pathways that we’re able to create. And in doing simple acts like literally drawing out what your next 12 months are going to look like, if you were to revisit that like I’m going to explain to you right now. One of those things on my next 12 months was to have Clint is also on the mounted unit and the department that he works. And we haven’t had his horse at our house, he’s had to had it. Like it stays at a friend’s house. And one of those things was to bring his horse home and I kid you not. We are bringing his host horse home in three weeks. And I have contractors at my house right now like digging up the land and getting everything in place. So it’s just pretty incredible what actually happens when you take these thoughts and you put them out there into the world and something as simple as tangibly writing them down on a piece of paper.

Gary Pinkerton 18:28
I completely agree with you. Dr. Joe dispenza is one of the most amazing people that I’ve studied, right? And he finally got me across that threshold for for a meditation that actually works and is consistent. And one of my one of the things I did send my vision statement is to go to South Africa the next four years.

Ashlie Walton 18:49
So imagine that no matter

Clint Walton 18:52
where you go, there you go. Something is the light that the path is getting set up for me. That’s incredible. So why is that? Africa your most precious place to visit

Ashlie Walton 19:04
the penguins 100%. The first, the first time we visited Africa in general was to be able to see the South African African penguins. That’s my favorite animal in the entire world. And we never thought that we would go to South Africa and fall in love with the nuances of the culture and the people we think of Africa is like this dry desolate land with like, people who you won’t be able to engage, communicate and connect with and it really, ah,

Gary Pinkerton 19:36
wow.

Ashlie Walton 19:38
That these people are some of the most in crowd we’ve ever been able to visit. We just got back from a trip to Morocco and the people there were just the same and the food is amazing. Of course, there’s good and bad anyway that we go. But you know, we’re creating positive neural pathways so we don’t go that way. Otherwise we would stay at home probably all of the time. And but apart from Animals it’s definitely the engagement and being able to experience the culture and learn from people who, who we get to take with us when we come back home in the sense that we’re much more humbled, and we’re not like these Spoiled Brat Americans, which I have to add, I believe that most of us are and it’s just so life enriching to be able to experience

Clint Walton 20:20
that. And it’s really cool. We’ve actually met a few people from South Africa, over here, like through our trainings and stuff and, and one guy I really connected with, he’s planning. He’s a, he’s a coach. He’s planning almost an adventure coaching practice where you go out into the bush in South Africa off of his macadamia nut farm. And you take horses out and you just go spend like in a group setting where it’s like coaching, but it’s almost adventure coaching and it’s a really cool concept and we’re looking forward to getting involved with that too. So

Gary Pinkerton 20:56
Wow, will put me on the list. That’s awesome.

Ashlie Walton 20:59
That is amazing. Absolutely.

Gary Pinkerton 21:01
So what does it look like to work with you, Ashley? You know, as a as a certified life coach? Meaning like so is it is it do you meet in person and you meet, I’m imagining you meet over zoom like I meet with all my clients. But how long is the process is different for every person? That’s kind of what I was thinking.

Ashlie Walton 21:21
Yeah, so typically we work together for three months. And I don’t mean this and like, My nose is above the air kind of way. But I know that everybody that reaches out to me, I can’t serve, I can’t, I can’t work with everybody. And if people are coming to me and on our clarity call if they’re not willing to be open and honest with themselves, I can’t help them. I know that I can’t be of service to them. So initially, we do the clarity call first. And this is both with Clint and myself. And sometimes that means that like, you know what, Gary, you’re an awesome person. And I love you but I don’t think that I can serve you in the best way possible. However, I do have these seven other coaches that are really deep Friends of mine who I trust with my life, that I can refer you to this person has this credential and so forth, would you like to meet one of them? And if that doesn’t happen, and we both feel comfortable with moving forward with the process, it’s typically a three month and yes, it’s once a week, zoom call. I believe that connecting face to face, I do a lot of nonverbal body language study. And it’s the best way for me to serve somebody by being able to communicate with them while I’m looking at them. And apart from that, we also have a private Facebook group that set up and check in. So I’m very strict when it comes to accountability. If we discuss something, you tell me, you’re going to do it, I want to make sure and not because I think that I’m your mom, I’m not anybody’s mom, except for my three little pomeranians. But it’s very important for us to have somebody hold us accountable, and then to also be a little cheerleader in our corner. We all need people saying I’m proud of you. I don’t know how many times as adults, we don’t get to hear those words. And it’s something so empowering when we do have somebody to build that intimate connection with and I mean, I am long term friends with everybody that I have ever coached. And in my entire career as a coach, I think that’s very important to be able to, again, have people that I want to work with that I know that I would feel comfortable with going on a vacation with.

Gary Pinkerton 23:14
That’s awesome. So I think I think that’s a, that’s a great credibility statement for the coaching program that you guys are doing that you’re very clear on your own best client and an individual that you’re going to be most successful with. And you only work with those, like having the courage to turn down people in the world of service. And sales, to me is a sign of maturity. And it’s a sign that what you’re doing is working, because people who are really hungry and starving for any kind of clients would take anyone and I’ve been in that situation before I realized that it’s not a good idea to do that. And so I fire people all the time as well, which is not higher than which is what you just said. And I think that’s amazing. So Hey, before I forget out there just as a little funny transition here, any of you who are constantly going back and forth with President Trump over Instagram, tell him get on Ashley’s request to be on the radio show because I want to say I was on the podcast before Trump and and I made it real. So he joined. So that’s what I want this I want it to work out. Guys, we’re coming somewhere near the end here. We went a little bit long on your show. But how first for I forget how do they find you and about what you’re doing on this amazing journey you guys started two years ago.

Ashlie Walton 24:38
You know, Gary, we’re not too fond of social media if I if I’m completely honest. And a lot of that is because of the intimacy factor that surrounds Sacco. When you have a business, especially in today’s modern world, it’s inevitable. So the easiest way for me is to literally shoot us a direct message because I believe that there is something much more deeper than a profile picture when we’re communicating on a platform like Facebook. Look, I want to know who I’m talking with and who I’m engaging with. And it’s actually a sh Li e or Clint see Li n. t. Walton, and direct message either one of us, we have a community on Facebook group called police, fire military and families. And this is a very tight knit community. It’s unlike anything that we’ve ever seen online. That’s why we created it to where people can come in in a confidential and held space to be able to talk about the things that we don’t so openly talk about with our co workers, with our bosses, sometimes with our families. And imagine it like a coach to where I’m in there poking you with little needles to get you to answer questions. And people are opening up in ways that we’ve never seen before. And the amount of outreach that we get from that. It’s so inspiring and so empowering, and it’s what charges us to keep going forward with it. However, in saying that we’re very strict about the people that we let into our group. And as you listen to this, if you feel that we’re a fit, to be able to join our community, we would love that, but it all starts with like a real human connection, one One Yeah, so you can shoot either one of us a direct message and let us know where you’re coming in from and we can start to build that communication and we would love to have you in our group.

Gary Pinkerton 26:08
One of the things I love about about the the two of you is that you’re 100% both in this thing and, and quite I don’t know how you do that with your day job. But I’m curious also from your side, thinking about, you know, you’re walking in those shoes as a first responder, like what advice would you give to others who are thinking about starting some passion on the side while they’re still doing their their job? Or transitioning, you know, like getting ready to transition if it’s inevitably coming that direction, what what advice would you have for him?

Clint Walton 26:42
You know, and I have to credit Ashley so much and she does all the hard work. I’m, I do what I can and she’s just amazing in everything that she does. So I have to give her most of credit, but the advice that I could give honestly, and it’s probably the simplest Advice shut off the damn TV.

Gary Pinkerton 27:03
Yeah, I throw it away actually.

Clint Walton 27:06
And yeah, exactly. And you you hit the nail on the head when he said, study, you know, start utilizing your time Take back your time from the drain of social media, from TV from stuff that is not giving you anything in life. All it is is draining you as a person.

Gary Pinkerton 27:28
Yeah. And and I think I would add to that start to start to be conscious about what circles you’re traveling in. Right? You know, listen to Jim Rohn when he said you’re the sum total of five people you spend the time around, right? Yeah, I you know, I, we moved here to New Jersey. And the first couple years we had this amazing social life. We’re a little bit younger and now really connected up with, ironically all the first responders that were in our neighborhood and our circle of friends. But then I started to alien. People and I didn’t really realize I was doing it. But after a couple of years, we didn’t go out with any of those people anymore. They didn’t call us anymore. And it was really it was because, you know, we were having fun socially, Val wasn’t moving the football and what was really important to me, which was, you know, improving my ability to help other people and my business and our strong relationships with our children. And we know that stuff was happening. We were hanging out at the bars, you know, listening to music. So I’m not saying you have to give up all the fun things in life. But, you know, being in the right circles, and like you said, TV is a huge part of that. Ashley, you’re the expert here, what are we not talking about that we need to talk about before the end of the show?

Ashlie Walton 28:43
You know, one thing that I want to point out is how important it is for us to give ourselves permission to be able to fill up our own cups first, especially as you listen to this if you are active military service or active as a first responder, and even if you’re not if you still carry anything with which I’m sure that you do. It’s okay for you to need to be selfish. And I use that in the most blessed term possible. Because it’s it’s super important for us to find things that we can do on a daily basis, typically first thing every single day, to be able to pour into ourselves and fill up our own cups, so much to where we have those things to be able to devote and pour into other people, instead of it being the other way. Because what happens is we can often get depleted when we think that we’re caring for other people, we’re helping other people, we can’t say no, they’re my friend, like Name something right? But when we have the ability to give everything to ourselves first and to maximize our capacity and perform at the most optimal, optimized way, then we have end this capability to be able to do the same and provide value and give and pour into other people. And I think that’s really important for us to be able to allow ourselves the permission to say no to other people, if it’s not in service of us being in service of ourselves first,

Gary Pinkerton 29:54
being truthful and honest to yourself, so you can serve more people. That’s an awesome way to end This client and Ashley, that was amazing. Thank you so much for joining me on my show on let me be on yours.

Ashlie Walton 30:05
Thank you so much.

Jason Hartman 30:09
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