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    We all get knocked down.

    Listen here for fuel

    for the fire that gets

    you back up.

  • “Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.“

    -American Psychological Association



    The Get Up Nation Podcast is committed to creating, developing, and empowering individuals, organizations, and societies to practice a skilled resilience that obliterates obstacles, maximizes potential, and wastes no time in creating human interactions of profound depth, respect, health and productivity.



    The Get Up Nation Podcast serves, encourages, and supports people as they develop and deploy personal, organizational and societal resilience and perseverance by sharing the stories and experiences of people who successfully overcome adversity.



    The Get Up Nation Podcast is an offering of Great Waters Media, a division of Ideal State Consulting LLC.

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  • The Blog


    What Up, Get Up Nation? My name is Ben Biddick, the Host of the Get Up Nation Podcast and Co-Author of Get Up: The Art of Perseverance with former Major League Baseball player and CEO of Lurong Living, Adam Greenberg. Recently I had the honor and privilege of speaking with the legendary Cappie...
    January 1, 2019 Here we are. You may be in the mountains today as the light of dawn awakens and peels back the darkness. You may be able to hear snow melt running down the incline like children sledding down drifts. You may feel the icy air on your neck, face, and fingers as if it is the...
    What Up, Get Up Nation? My name is Ben Biddick, the Host of the Get Up Nation Podcast and Co-Author of Get Up: The Art of Perseverance with former Major League Baseball player and CEO of Lurong Living, Adam Greenberg. Recently I had the honor and privilege of speaking with an amazing person named...
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  • Testimonials

    "I'm a Clinical Psychotherapist who works with people with serious and persistent mental illness. I wanted to let you know that I have been asking some of my patients with lower than average resilience to listen to your podcasts for homework once they leave our psychotherapy sessions each week. I can confirm that after 2 months of feedback regarding the homework I had set, the majority of the people who listened to your interviews stated they were developing a more positive way of thinking, combined with a growing tool kit on which to buildup their own new resilience patterns. We now talk about the inspiring and empowering new ways they are practicing, developing, and implementing their own resilience skills, after having watched your YouTube videos. They are also enjoying hearing the amazing stories from the diverse range of podcast participants and asked me to thank you, all the way from Australia, for putting all of the interviews together. Please keep up your groundbreaking work, and know that you are helping many people across the world."

    -Alyse Price-Tobler, Clinical Psychotherapist

    "I have to say this...This is the first time I've done an interview, and I cried. So thank you for reminding me number one who I am because I'm not afraid to admit that but... giving me the opportunity to remember everything I've accomplished ... thank you, thank you so much I wish you amazing success."

    -Cappie Pondexter, WNBA Legend


    "It's been a joy. Thank you, Ben, and deep bows to the good work you are doing.

    It's making a difference. I know that."

    -Linda Graham,

    Resilience Expert and Author of "Resilience" and "Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well Being"

    Ben Biddick is not only an amazing human being, but he is an incredible father, husband and now friend. Many months ago, Ben made a commitment to telling my life's story in a book we were writing together. Ben's dedication to the project is unparalleled. Ben's writing style was also perfect to help bring my story to life. That was the most important thing to him, making me happy and proud. No matter how many edits, or changes needed to be made, Ben made himself available and passionate through the finish line. I cannot say enough how proud I am for what we accomplished together. Introducing Ben to the most important people that have impacted my life was never a concern during the interview process. Ben handles himself with the same pride and dignity that he has served our country with in respecting my life and the relationships in my life. I'm proud to call Ben a member of my family.


    -Adam Greenberg, former Major League Baseball player and CEO of www.lurongliving.com

    "Being a woman I know that I immediately have to fight a little bit harder for anything I want professionally. Being a Latina means I need to work even harder than just being a woman, and so knowing that I'm doing something not just for me but for any Latina who comes after me or maybe even a contemporary Latina...that fuels me. Knowing that we've come far, and we still have a long journey ahead of us...this was such a pleasure, thank you so much. I really appreciate it, Ben."


    -Marysol Castro, the first female Latina PA Announcer for the New York Mets and Creator & Host of www.somosonair.com

    "To me personally going to the VA and sitting down with somebody who has been to Vietnam or Korea and just spend some time with them and ask them what American used to like...or what their experiences in combat were like... Those things are a national treasure... It's almost addictive to me to keep going to the VA and spend some time with these veterans... Thanks, Ben."


    -Alejandro Villanueva, Pro Bowl Starting Left Tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Combat Veteran sharing how he and Richard "Buzz" Bryan humbly serve veterans without fanfare on the Get Up Nation Podcast

    "I had the pleasure and honor of being a guest on the Get Up Nation Podcast a few weeks ago and my episode went live today. Sharing this kind of stuff with the world or at least with my world has never been an easy task. You guys would be surprised if you could see how nervous I get when exposing the real rawness of my heart with the masses. However, my mind was put at ease after listening to the episode. I am so proud and thankful for how it turned out. Thank you so much, Ben Biddick, and to the Get Up Nation Podcast for contributing to the change our culture so desperately needs by making grief and the REAL hard parts of life okay to talk about. We are not alone in this world. Every passerby has an entire story, a life filled with struggles of their own."


    -Stevie Allis, Guest 51 on the Get Up Nation Podcast

    "I really do sincerely hope that all the answers we've spoken to today will inspire someone I've never met to get up and to volunteer... My goodness man the pleasure is all mine. I appreciate you so very much. Thank you so much for taking your time. This has been epic. I'm still wiping tears from my eyes. You can probably hear it in my voice... Thank you so, so much."


    -Chris Strub, the first person to live stream in all 50 United States

    and author of the book "50 States, 100 Days: The Book"

    "It's an honor to speak with you. Thank you for what you're doing. Thank you for your work. It's incredible. It's really wonderful, and thank you so much for this opportunity.  We appreciate and love what you do."

    -Alison Crowley & Cyndi Tomlinson of www.bolsterandbridge.org

    "Thank you so much! I appreciate it! It was fun!"

    -Dr. Stacy Drury, MD, PhD, Tulane Dept of Pediatrics, Tulane Brain Institute

    "That's it. Who would've ever thought that something that happened in Southwest Baltimore at a barber shop could be the birthplace for something greater to help? Everyone keeps saying 'What's the solution to this problem right now?' I have one of the answers. We have to take back our community... We must step up and be responsible in our community. We can't wait for the government. We can't wait for public assistance or policy. We ARE public assistance. We ARE policy. We have to bring forth community. We have to bring forth accountability, and how we do that starts in barber shops and beauty salons where people are talking... where the elders is telling the younger people listen you can't do this.... We ARE the programs. The programs are individuals that speak. I'm living proof of it... I believe in solutions over problems... Food desserts. Information desserts. Job training. Providing people with a lifestyle and a way of living by taking care of themselves...giving them a job at a barbershop, addressing the social and economic issues with mental illness... Let's not talk about it. Lets be about it. It ain't about talking. It's about showing. Thank you very much for having me. It was an honor. You ever come this way--let's sit down, let's get down."


    -Troy Staton, Shooting Survivor, Owner of New Beginnings Barber Shop, Founder of Luvs Art Project

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  • Ben Biddick, Host of the Get Up Nation Podcast

    After attending the University of Wisconsin, Ben Biddick enlisted in the United States Army following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. He served as a combat medic and military policeman in Iraq and performed Emergency Management Operations for the State of Wisconsin. Following military service, Biddick served as a First Responder focused on the prevention of domestic violence, the exploitation of children in the form of human trafficking, and criminal gang membership. He also served as a Crisis and Hostage Negotiator.

    He is an author, public speaker, and consultant who strives to transform the effects of poverty, trauma, and illness into power bases of positive change, recovery, and empowerment. As the owner of Ideal State Consulting and Great Waters Media, he uses his Master’s Degree in Performance Improvement and experiences to assist individuals and organizations create a more just and noble America worthy of the honorable men and women who built it and continue to build it every day.

  • That Pitch Was A Gift...

    Adam Greenberg and Ben Biddick's New Book "Get Up: The Art of Perseverance

    On July 9th, 2005, no one suspected the triumph of Adam Greenberg's first major-league plate appearance with the Chicago Cubs would be obliterated by an errant 92 mile-an-hour first-pitch fastball. He didn’t know it at the time, but that pitch was a gift. Now he offers his story of overcoming adversity and persevering through challenges in hopes of helping you pursue your dreams in life.

    Get Up Nation

    We have pivotal moments during our adversity that keep us going, grinding, and grappling. After 7 years in the Minor Leagues seeking to regain a Major League roster slot following his head injury, here is Adam on the Today Show being offered a one day contract with the Marlins after Matt Liston and American rallied around him...

    The Real Doc Todd and Get Up Nation

    Honored by this content @therealdoctodd and @robslenses created, their support for Get Up Nation, and the work they’re doing to save lives in both the veteran and music community as we all seek to be more resilient, more mentally & physically healthy, more empathetic, more united, and more powerful. Together we can transcend hate, greed, violence, and ineffective systems that do not meet the real needs of real people. Together we can create the kind of brilliant reality that doesn’t wait for anyone else to solve our problems but takes ownership and responsibility for our lives, our families, our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, and our nations. This is the soul and strength of Get Up Nation. We are Get Up Nation.

    Eryl McCaffrey and Get Up Nation

    Honored Eryl McCaffrey took time to create this vid describing her experience on the Get Up Nation Podcast. Eryl is a public speaker, mental health advocate, yoga & meditation teacher.


    On Episode 32 of the Get Up Nation Podcast, Eryl shared how mindfulness helped her overcome challenges such as anxiety, depression, stress, eating disorder, and deep grief.


    Learn more about Eryl and how she can help you, your school, your company, and your community create a more mindful and mentally healthy reality for yourself and those you serve at www.erylmccaffrey.com!

    Sam Greenberg, MS4MS.org, and Get Up Nation

    Honored Sam Greenberg took time to create this vid to help celebrate 50 podcast episodes! Sam is the Founder of www.ms4ms.org, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Sam was kind enough to be the 8th guest on the Get Up Nation Podcast, and we had a great time recording the episode! Sam and his team do amazing work in partnership with Johns Hopkins Project Restore by #spreadingorange to Major League Baseball Stadiums and other sports venues across the country. Reach out to Sam today to be part of the #spreadingorange movement!


    Please donate to Sam's organization today!


    Travis Partington, Oscar Mike Radio, and Get Up Nation

    Honored Travis Partington of Oscar Mike Radio (OMR) took the time to create this vid to help us celebrate 50 Get Up Nation Podcast Episodes! Travis was guest 22 on the show! He has created a place for active military service members, veterans, and non-veterans to meet and share ideas on how to be there for each other! After his military service, he realized that there were so many stories and efforts happening every day to make this world a better place. He shares them at:


    Check it out!

    Alyse Price_Tobler, SEMPI, and Get Up Nation

    Honored Alyse Price-Tobler took the time to create this vid to help celebrate 50 Get Up Nation Podcast Episodes all the way from Australia! Alyse was guest 25 on the show! Everyone check out Alyse's SEMPI Communication Model

    which teaches and empowers any person (child or adult) from any social class how to have a deeper level of conversation, decrease stigma associated with mental illness, and create a more empathetic world. She's having a global impact, and I'm honored she's part of Get Up Nation! www.sempi.net

    Ben Baker and Get Up Nation

    Honored Ben Baker took the time to create this vid to help celebrate 50 Get Up Nation Podcast Episodes! Ben was guest 28 on the show! Everyone check out Ben's new book Powerful Personal Brands: A Hands-on Guide to Understanding Yours and his business called Your Brand Marketing. I'm honored he's part of Get Up Nation! www.yourbrandmarketing.com

    PG Sports and Get Up Nation

    Honored Paul Guarino, Founder and CEO of PG Sports, took time to create this vid to help celebrate 50 Get Up Nation Podcast Episodes! PG was guest 41 on the show! He's on Connecticut Magazine's 40 Under 40 List, the Host of the Average to Savage Podcast, and your source for Get Up Nation Gear! Don't forget to tag Get Up Nation social media with you giving Get Up Gear to the people in your world who inspire you. Tell us why they've earned not just a T-shirt, but your trust and respect!


    Check out PG Sports by clicking here!

  • Apply for a Get Up Grant!

    How much positive impact can you make with 50 dollars? Get Up Nation Podcast is giving mini-grants of $50 in 2019 to qualified individuals who use the money (and their heart for service) to build resilience in their organization or community.


    Click below to email Ben @ Get Up Nation. Tell him how you will transform $50 into something extraordinary in your community. We want to see your positive action and share it on Get Up Nation Social Media! How will it help someone in need of resilience and perseverance?


    Individuals and businesses who want to sponsor a Get Up Grant at any dollar amount, also message Ben below.

  • From individual coaching to consulting to keynote speaking, Ben is available to help you develop resilience and perseverance.

    If you're interested in hiring Ben to write your book or film, reach out to him in the contact section below to discuss a potential collaboration! Due to the intensive process of bringing your vision to life in the form of a full-length manuscript or film script, please be aware this is a highly selective process that will require a significant investment of your time and resources if you are selected for collaboration.

    • Interested in partnering with Get Up Nation Podcast to create something special?
    • Do you want to help expand Get Up Nation's positive impact by sponsoring an episode?
    • Do you know someone you believe would make an excellent guest on the show?
    Message us here!

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