We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony Blauer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tony, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
This is the million-dollar question – everyone seems to talk about it and everybody has an idea for an opinion about it, but the truth is I’m not sure there’s a rule or system that works across the board. When you’re starting out there isn’t really a balance. It’s go-go-go and if you need to work seven days a week you figure out how to find a way. The real trick is to cultivate self-awareness so that when you feel you’re getting burned out, you can reset and recharge. Is your grind empowering you and those around you or are you neglecting people or yourself (health, fitness, etc.)? I think everyone needs to find their own formula based on their personality and what their business is.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I was twenty years old a successful businessman in my hometown of Montreal asked me what I wanted to do in life. I paused and looked him in the eye and said “I want to make the world safer.” And that’s all I’ve thought about for 4 decades. I abhor violence and I hate the feeling of fear. When I think of people being scared it really has a visceral effect on me. I’m obsessed with helping people manage fear and avoid violence. My company Blauer Training Systems, is now one of the world’s leading consulting companies specializing in the research and development of performance psychology, personal safety, and close quarter tactics & scenario-based training for law enforcement, military, and professional self-defense instructors. It’s been over 3 decades in a very fickle industry. My audience is typically very focused men and women from the military, law enforcement, and other public safety. You can’t maintain relevancy in this industry if your product isn’t top-notch. I continually assess our training and I’m always striving to make sure we have the most realistic and relevant programs available anywhere. The biggest lesson for me has always been to trust your gut and be true to yourself – that is, if you’re an entrepreneur and an innovator. We have created groundbreaking programs that have expanded beyond our tactical training. After decades of interviewing victims of violent encounters and studying violence, I created the KNOW FEAR® program which focuses on managing fear through self-awareness, resiliency, and a ‘movement’ mindset. This program has also been integrated by psychologists, helping veterans to deal with PTSD.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Assuming the world is open again, my two favorite places to eat are Nobu and the Pony Room at Rancho Valencia. There’s a ton of great spots in San Diego, I love bopping around Little Italy, and up the coast to La Jolla, Del Mar, and Solana Beach. I have little favorites in all those places.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people to thank. My incredible team who helps me run my seminars worldwide. I have trainers in Australia, the UK, and the USA that carries the teaching load for me. My staff at the office. I couldn’t do what I do without them, but the most important person would be my wife Jessica who has been by my side for almost 3 decades. She has always had my back, always held down the fort while I traveled the world growing our business.