RHP#083. Bud Jeffries, Strongman, Minister, Motivational Speaker, Strength Coach, 1,000lbs Squatter, Co-Founder of An Unconventional Life

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By Gareth Martin and Craig Haywood conversing with inspiring humans. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Strongman. Minister. Author. Motivational Speaker. Massage Therapist. Strength Coach. 1,000lbs Squatter. Coin Bender. Life Enthusiast. Founder of An Unconventional Life.

Fortunately, for every bully in the world, there is the opposite too, a hero. Someone who is prepared to save the day and stand up for what is morally and ethically right. To have the backs of the people who are too timid to fight back and stand up for themselves.

Our guest this week, Bud Jeffries, is a man who refuses to let any excuses or setbacks get in the way of his life from being a success. Bud is also someone who is prepared to stand up for what is right in life and to challenge people who are intimidating others.

Bud grew up in Lakeland, Florida. He still resides on the same farm that has been in his family for over 150 years. He enjoyed a rugged outdoors upbringing that all boys should have in their developmental years.

When he was five years old, he was involved in a horrific car accident. He ran in front of a van and should never have survived. It crushed his hip and fractured his skull and put him in a full body cast for over five months. When he eventually had his cast removed, he was a bit of a fat kid.

Up until 13 years old he was bullied, but when he began playing football, it gave him a sense of power and helped him to learn how to protect himself. Being subjected to bullying gave him a lot of empathy toward people that suffer or have suffered bullying.

It was when he ventured into Strongman competitions that his true calling was found. He actually made his living as an old style strong man by performing to crowds. Among his many accomplishments and awards, he holds the coveted trophy of squatting 1,000lbs, can tear a pack of cards in quarters while wearing oven gloves, bend a coin, juggle a burning kettlebell while doing the splits and many other superhuman feats!

Bud suffered the worst tragedy any parent could in their life. His son, Noah, was tragically killed at the age of 21 in a bike accident. Bud explains that it is a perspective change beyond comprehension. You really find out what matters and what doesn't. What matters, is the people you care about and what you do about them. Everything else means nothing compared to what you do for the people you love.

At least four people are alive today because of Noah’s decision to be an organ donor at 16. Bud has subsequently met the man who has his heart and who has had a chance to see his 7th grandson born! Sheriff Grady Judd, swore Noah in posthumously as a Polk County Deputy!

The real impact and powerful part of Bud, is not only his story, but the way he sees the world and the message of positivity and hope which he continues to spread. You will be enthralled by this man’s enthusiasm for the world and the value he provides.

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Bud Jeffries, to be Ridiculously Human.

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth

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